Last night, pondering over the Alice Taylor/Shaw mystery (Andrew’s great, great grandmother), it occurred to me that I hadn’t located her in the 1911 census. See this post for more details.
A couple of days ago I received the marriage certificate I sent for, hoping it was Alice’s marriage to the man she was living with in the 1891 census, John Withington. Andrew & I knew it was a long shot but we were prepared to pay for the certificate just to try & get some more information about his great grandmother, the illusive Annie Shaw. Unfortunately it wasn’t the couple we were looking for …
Married in the Parish Church of St John, Lindow, Chester on 5th Sept 1883 by licence
John Withington - 27 - Bachelor - Banker's Clerk - Stockport – James Withington - Hotel Keeper
Alice Bolshaw - 28 - Spinster - Morley - Johnathan Bolshaw - Gentleman
Witnesses - James Edward Smith & Elizabeth Alice Rathbone
So like I said, I found the Withington family in the 1911 census …
116 Slag Lane, Lowton, Leigh
John Withington – Head – Married – 49 – Colliery Labourer Underground – Lancs Wigan
Alice Ann Withington – Wife – Married for 3 years – 57 – Lancs Ashton U Lyne
B William – Son-in-Law – Widower – 27 - Colliery Labourer Underground – Lancs Lowton
Bennet John – grandson – 4 – Lancs Lowton
The beauty of the 1911 census is it tells you how many years a person has been married, in this case 3! Low & behold, after a quick search on the freeBMD site (free index to births, deaths & marriages) & another search on the Lancashire BMD, I found this …
Marriage June qtr 1908
Lowton St Luke’s Lancashire
John Withington & Alice Ann Shaw
So this may rule out the bigamy theory *tut* what a shame :O)
The other information I found after reading the 1911 census entry was the marriage & death of Annie’s half sister Amelia …
December qtr 1906 in Leigh - William Bennett & Amelia Withington
June qtr 1907 in Leigh - John Bennett
June qtr 1907 in Leigh - Amelia Bennett aged 23
How sad is that. Poor Amelia must have died in childbirth or shortly after. We’re not talking 100’s of years ago here, we’re talking 50 years before Andrew was born! We have a lot to be thankful for these days don’t we.
On a much, MUCH happier note, Teresa is having a GIRL!!! Yipeee!!! I’m so thrilled for her :O) Now she will have someone for her, who gives cuddles & kisses and wears pink and wants to go shopping and do girly things ... I love girls :O)
Talking of lovely girls, Elena modelled her new T-shirts for me today. They are SO Elena. She adores cartoon style clothing especially when it's just an outline drawing. Apart from cleaning & tidying her bedroom we haven't done a lot today. Mind you we did get 2 bags of rubbish from up there plus a bag of stuff for the charity shop. Tomorrow we're off to Southampton for a shopping trip with Kerri & Gemma. Here come the girl's!!