Have you tried Farnworth Chapel?. A lot of folk preferred to be married
there rather than St Helens or St Mary's Prescot.
Rather curiously very few Eccleston / Prescot Tradesmen or Workers got
married in Prescot. I have not found any satisfactory explanation for this
fact. I have looked at the Registers and the proportion of people in the
Watchmaking Trade is very low when compared to the number engaged in the
Trade in the Town.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Rosalind Paterson" <rosalind.paterson(a)ntlworld.com>
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2005 1:13 AM
Subject: [LAN] CRITCHLEY/KNOWLES, St Helens area
I've recently received a birth certificate for someone I think is a
distant rellie; these are the details; -
John CRITCHLEY, born 11 March 1861, at Scotch Row, Eccleston,
son of William CRITCHLEY, Coal miner, and Eliza CRITCHLEY, formerly
I think that this William CRITCHLEY was the brother of my
g-g-grandfather Samuel CRITCHLEY, but I would need his marriage
certificate to check this, and so far I can't find a marriage for William
I do have their census entry for 1861, which shows that William was
born about 1832 and Eliza about 1834, both in St Helens. By 1861 they had
three children; Martha CRITCHLEY b about 1853, and Ellen CRITCHLEY born
about 1858, as well as John CRITCHLEY shown above.
By 1881, they have four other lads - Samuel, David, James, and
Edward CRITCHLEY; Samuel was born in Skelmersdale, but all the others were
from St Helens. I haven't been able to find the family in Skelmersdale or
St Helens in 1871.
Does anyone else have a connection with any of these folk ?
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