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Staffordshire Lookup Requests / Nathan Williams in (or near) Newcastle-under-Lyme
« on: Tuesday 06 July 21 11:42 BST (UK)  »
Looks like one of my ancestors is a Nathan Williams, of Newcastle under Lyme. Baptised 10.10.1670 to Roger. Married 12.10.1690 to Ann, not very legible and transcribed as "An Waste"(!) but I think maybe Naylor. Buried 16.3.1715 and described as "clarke". Ann was buried 17.9.1725 and shown as the widow of "old clarke". All of this at St Giles in N-u-L.
His father Roger Williams was married 1669 to Isabell Collison, and buried 8.2.1690- also described as "clark".
Question is - what was the "clark"? I know it will be a clerk in modern parlance, but does it indicate a church office? And does anyone recognise these names?
Thanks in anticipation!

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Cheshire / Alfred Keeling of Crewe born in Willaston
« on: Thursday 08 April 21 00:14 BST (UK)  »
My great uncle Alfred Keeling emigrated to America and I have already recorded about 200 of his descendants, and contacted dozens of them. However, there is a question about his birth on 9th March 1878. He is shown on all records as born in Willaston (the one near Nantwich not the one on the Wirral) and I would like to find the address, so that I can send a picture to them if it's still there.
However, he is in Crewe on the 1881 census and, although I have paid the Records Office to look at electoral registers for Willaston in 1877-8-9, they report there are no Keelings recorded on any of them.
I'm posting in the faint hope that there may be someone who already has this.

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The Common Room / Natural father
« on: Thursday 18 February 21 00:03 GMT (UK)  »
I have found the will of an ancestor in which he refers to his “natural father” Edward. This is in Cheshire in the 17th century. I haven’t come across this phrase before and whilst the meaning is obvious, I wonder if it signifies something unusual if it has to be specified. My ancestor often refers to both sets of grandparents so I wondered if for some reason he was closer to them.

Or maybe it is just a figure of speech that is used from time to time. Does anyone have any expertise on this?

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Jane is shown in 1861 as the daughter of John and Hannah in Colwich, but born in Aston. As they were in their 70s she must be their granddaughter. They had 8 children and after much research,I have decided that the best bet to be Jane's parent is Eliza, born in 1831. I know that she had two other illegitimate children in 1850 and 1858, so you might say she had a track record!
However, I'd like to be sure if it's possible (and it may not be). I found a Jane Davis born in Q4 of 1853 but no parish record to show her mother (and maybe even father).
I've discarded Jane baptised at St Martins in Birmingham on 8.8.53, and another one baptised 26.12.53. In each case I found the child with parents in 1861.
I'm asking more in hope than expectation, and have also posted on the Warwickshire board, but does anyone have any information?

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Warwickshire Lookup Requests / Jane Davis born 1853-4
« on: Wednesday 27 January 21 16:39 GMT (UK)  »
Jane is shown in 1861 as the daughter of John and Hannah in Colwich, Staffordshire but born in Aston. As they were in their 70s she must be their granddaughter. They had 8 children and after much research I have decided that the best bet to be Jane's parent is Eliza, born in 1831. I know that she had two other illegitimate children in 1850 and 1858, so you might say she had a track record!
However, I'd like to be sure if it's possible (and it may not be). I found a Jane Davis born in Q4 of 1853 but no parish record to show her mother (and maybe even father).
I've discarded Jane baptised at St Martins in Birmingham on 8.8.53, and another one baptised 26.12.53. In each case I found the child with parents in 1861.
I'm asking more in hope than expectation, but does anyone have any information?

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Cheshire / Thomas Merrick, born 1610 or maybe 1622
« on: Sunday 06 December 20 19:47 GMT (UK)  »
I've been looking through Ancestry, Findmypast and Familysearch to try to establish the birth (or at least baptism) date of my ancestor Thomas Merrick. Most of them point to a baptism at Weaverham on 24th February 1610 (equal to 1611 on today's calendar months).
However. there is a reference to a birth year of 1622, held on Ancestry under "Public Member Photos and Scanned Documents". I can't access that page and wonder if anyone can help.
He appears to have married Katherine Kelsall whose birth date was more certainly in 1622 so I'm wondering if this boils down to a simple typing error on someone's part.
If it's 1610 then I have his father as John Merrick (said to be 1589-1627) although again this is unsourced, so I guess it would be at that point that my research runs out anyway.

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Cheshire / Which Newton in Quaker records?
« on: Tuesday 01 December 20 11:36 GMT (UK)  »
I've found a significant number of ancestors who were Quakers in the 16th to 18th centuries. There are a lot of references to the location of Newton. It seems that there was a burial ground at Newton near Frodsham, but there was also a meeting house at Newton near Middlewich and, as several people (mainly named Merrick) were located at Eddisbury in the Delamere Forest, it could be either. I've found several who were buried at Newton and, even though they never lived there, were shown as "of Newton". I wondered if this suggested some sort of organisational district of Newton, as opposed to either of the actual villages. Anyone have any thoughts to clarify the confusion?

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Cheshire / A larger look at Littlers
« on: Saturday 24 October 20 19:32 BST (UK)  »
Excuse the pun on the subject line! I mentioned this on another thread “Wybunbury & Audlem parish records” but thought I would start afresh as the story is complicated.

My great-great-great-grandfather John Mulliner married Ann Littler on 28.12.1802 at Acton, near Nantwich. I’ve seen the register and the inscriptions are clear and unambiguous. I know that they had 11 children, born between 1803 and 1822. The first was born in Gresty, near Shavington. The other were all born in Hatherton and Stapeley, which are adjacent parishes, so possibly the same address throughout. John and Ann are recorded in Shavington in 1841 together with their 10th child, a son named Joseph who died the following year.

The question is – who was Ann Littler (my great-x3-grandmother)? She is shown as aged 70 when she died in 1849 and 60 in the 1841 census, which of course is rounded, so this should put her birth as 1776-86, probably c1779.

A witness at their wedding was a Margaret Littler, and it seems reasonable to assume that was either her mother or sister. So after searching various websites (Ancestry, Findmypast and FamilySearch) I thought that she must be the daughter of William Littler of Peckforton, near Bunbury. She was baptised in 1779 and had a sister Margaret baptised in 1882.

I spent some time working on that family (of 11 children) but then I found an Ann Littler married to Samuel Dodd in 1806 at Bunbury.

If this is the Ann Littler that I originally recorded as ours, and as they are both in the Bunbury area, then who is the one married to John Mulliner in Acton in 1802? She is shown as a spinster so not previously married.

I’ve flogged through all the records I can find and found nothing conclusive. There are quite a few Littlers elsewhere in Cheshire but nothing that links them to the southern end of the county i.e.within 10 or so miles of Nantwich, Bunbury and Acton. So at present this is as far as I can take this person and her line - unless there just might be someone on Rootschat who specialises in this branch of the Littler family? Well I can always hope!

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The Common Room / Does Jane translate as Anna in Latin?
« on: Sunday 18 October 20 12:05 BST (UK)  »
I have found a (probable) ancestor named Joseph Skerratt (spelt several different ways) and his wife Jane. They are named on baptism records on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border between 1713 and 1725. However, looking for their marriage I found only an image for "Josephus Skerratt" marrying someone with the surname Raven (or Ravin) at Madeley in 1709 (=1708 on the old calendar). The image I have seen does not show a forename but websites have suggested Anna. I wondered if this was of Latin origin, then if she was generally known as Jane that would this marriage relevant to my family.
Any classics scholars able to help?

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