Hello World!

Welcome to the Phethean Family History site!

The family tree is available via the top menu item, or via the side-bar/bottom bar (depending if you are on a large or small screen) menu.

Updates to the database are carried out at regular intervals but if there is anything that you think is wrong or missing then please use the “Contact Me” tab on the menu bar.

Please keep me updated with all genealogical information and news.

Data Protection

The data that can be viewed on this website may be limited due to the various laws concerning privacy and data protection. For this reason I do not publish any records of living persons on this site.  Cookies: This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. By using this site you accept these terms.  Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site will not work as expected without them. These cookies are set when you submit a form, login or interact with the site by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links.


Stuart Phethean, Hampshire, UK

New Phethean DNA Project

A new Y-DNA surname project has been set up in conjunction with Family Tree DNA. If your surname is, or is similar to those listed below then you are welcome to participate. Registering to become a member of the project will enable you get a discount compared to the prices charged to the general public. You must be male in order to participate in this project since Y-DNA is only passed from male to male.

Click on the tab  DNA Surname Project in the top menu for full details of the project and how to apply.

Surnames of interest

Fethion, Fethyan, Fethyon, Fhithyan, Fithan, Fithean, Fitheion, Fitheon, Fithian, Fithion, Fithyan, Fithyon, Fitton, Fytheone, Fythian, Pheathean, Pheathian, Phethean, Phethein, Phetheon, Phethian, Phethion, Phithean, Phitheon, Phithian, Phithion, Phithyan, Phythean, Phytheon, Phythian, Phythion, Phythyan.


Variants of the Phethean surname

I have come across the names in bold within a few miles of each other in Cheshire:

fathon, feithyon, fethion, fethyan, fethyon, fhithyan, fithan, fithean, fithein, fitheion, fithen, fitheon, fithian, fithians, fithien, fithin, fithins, fithiohn, fithion, fithon, fithyan, fithyon, fythen, fytheone, fythian, phathain, phathian, pheathean, pheathian, pheaton, pheteon, phethean, phethein, phethen, phetheon, phethian, phethion, phithan, phithean, phitheon, phithian, phithion, phithyan, phitian, phitin, phition, phittheon, phitthian, phitthion, phothean, phythean, phythen, phytheon, phythian, phythians, phythion, phythions, phythyan, phythyen, phytion, phyton, pithyon, pytheone

Derived from:   FamilySearch Standard Finder


Brief chronology of the Phethean mill at Moses Gate, Farnworth

I have carried out an examination of various old Ordnance Survey maps and archive material and have deduced this early chronology of the mills at Moses Gate:

1850 – no mills at all except for one in the triangle between Bolton
Road, Egerton St and Gladstone Road

1884 ” A fire of alarming proportions broke out at two o’clock on Saturday morning at the mill of Messrs. Phethean & Sons, Farnworth near Bolton. The fire broke out in the storeroom, which had £10,000 worth of stock in it. This room was gutted, also the spinning room, but the rest of the premises were saved. Fifty spinners are thrown out of work, and damage 0f £20,000 was caused”
Liverpool Mercury, Monday, October 6, 1884; Issue 11462

1891 Egerton Mill standing – located between Egerton St and Thynne St;
un-named mill between Thynne St and Cambell St (Phethean’s Mill?)

1893 as above

1909 Egerton mill seems to have been rebuilt slightly to the west; is now between Phethean St and Thynne St. Phethean St and Thorne St seem to have been built over the site of the older mill (or part of it).

Continue reading Brief chronology of the Phethean mill at Moses Gate, Farnworth