Thursday, October 11, 2012

The families left behind in England

     Before taking the Hepworth/Fletcher families across the plains towards the Great Salt Lake Territory I decided to do more research in England on their families.    
Marriage record for Samuel Fletcher and Anne Jackson
19 Apr 1804  St. Annes, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
       In my search I  was very pleased to find a marriage record of Mary's and Francis Amelia's paternal grandparents! My fourth great-grandparents. 
     This is the year of 1804.  And, this is the  actual digital image out of the Liverpool, Lancashire, England record book of marriages posted on Couples were usually married in the bride's parish and in the case it is the parish of Richmond St. Anne.
     It reads like this;
Samuel Fletcher of the parish of Liverpool, Cabinet Maker and Anne Jackson of the same parish, Widow, married in this Church by Licence this Nineteenth Day of April in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and four by me Wm Blundell Minst. 
     This marriage was solemnized between us,
                                                                             Samuel Fletcher
                                                    the mark x of Anne Jackson
       In the Presence of Tho' Holden

   Notice the signature of 'Samuel Fletcher;" beautiful and notes that he is educated where Anne cannot write and more than likely cannot read.  
     Sam is a cabinet maker which is very important in research; there are lots of Samuel Fletcher's but, maybe only one that is a cabinet maker which would be 'my guy.'  Anne is recorded as a widow which makes me wonder; is her maiden name 'Jackson' or is this her last marriage name?
(I'm thinking it is her maiden name, yet to be proven)
     Sadly, I cannot find them in the 1841 England Census.  I even sent this information to my friend Tony in England.  Tony knows his stuff in genealogy research and he could not find them in the 1841 Census either.    It's most likely neither are alive in 1841.  Guessing they were in their  twenties or older when they married they would be in their  fifties or early sixties in 1841 when life expectancy was only in peoples early forties.