Can you help me to find the right Ed­ward Lamb?

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QI am try­ing to trace the ori­gins of my pa­ter­nal great great grand­fa­ther, James Ware­ing, and his fa­ther-in-law, Ed­ward Lamb.

The 1861, 1871 and 1881 cen­suses sug­gest James was born in around 1819 in Manch­ester. The cer­tifi­cate when he mar­ried Mary Lamb in 1842 in Manch­ester records her fa­ther as Ed­ward Lamb, a farmer, in Withing­ton, but no fa­ther is recorded for him. The most likely birth I can find for James is in 1822 in Wors­ley, near Manch­ester (par­ents El­iz­a­beth and James). I can find no other ev­i­dence for Mary’s fa­ther Ed­ward. Su­san Ware­ing, by email

AWithing­ton, a sub­urb of Manch­ester and his­tor­i­cally part of Lan­cashire, lies four miles south of the city cen­tre. The Col­le­giate Church (later the Cathe­dral) would have been the par­ish church used for wed­dings and James and Mary mar­ried there in 1842. Nei­ther of them ap­pears to be liv­ing in Withing­ton at the time of the 1841 cen­sus, but Lamb en­tries can be found there, so it is pos­si­ble that Mary was liv­ing with rel­a­tives shortly be­fore the cer­e­mony. The 1851 Manch­ester cen­sus (wa­ter-dam­aged but now re­cov­ered) shows James and Mary liv­ing at 6 Hope Street, Chorl­ton. Lodg­ing with them is a Mur­ray fam­ily who may pro­vide a lead.

Civil regis­tra­tion be­gan in Eng­land on 1 July 1837. Be­fore this date we need to search par­ish reg­is­ters for suit­able mar­riages. Fam­il­y­ is a good place to start look­ing for Ed­ward. It shows a mar­riage be­tween Ed­ward Lamb and El­iz­a­beth Daven­port in Manch­ester on 10 Oc­to­ber 1810. Check­ing the reg­is­ter en­try we note that un­for­tu­nately there were no wit­nesses to the cer­e­mony and the mar­riage was by pub­li­ca­tion of banns so there is no pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther in­for­ma­tion from sur­viv­ing li­cence bonds or al­le­ga­tions. How­ever, know­ing that Ed­ward was born around 1789 will help you to work fur­ther back – ev­i­dence of the sur­name can be found in the lo­cal parishes of both Northen­den and Bow­don. Find­my­past now has Cheshire par­ish reg­is­ters avail­able on­line and these can be ac­cessed to find bap­tism de­tails for the cou­ple’s chil­dren at St Ge­orge’s Chapel, Al­trin­cham. I’ve found records for Peter (1812), James (1814), Sa­muel (1816), Han­nah (1818), Wil­liam (1821) and Mary in Fe­bru­ary 1824.

James may not have been born in the Manch­ester area. He could have ar­rived shortly af­ter his birth so al­ways as­sumed that he came from there. Don’t for­get to check non­con­formist reg­is­ters. These are avail­able on­line at an­ces­try. Two Ro­man Catholic churches in Manch­ester – St Chad’s (dat­ing from the 1770s) and St Mary’s (dat­ing from the 1790s) have no on­line ac­cess to their reg­is­ters, so you should def­i­nitely con­sider check­ing out their records. Also worth in­ves­ti­gat­ing is the bap­tism of a son James to Ju­lia Ann War­ing, a spin­ster, at St Peter’s, Liver­pool, on 11 Jan­uary 1818. Ju­lia sub­se­quently mar­ried Robert John­son in Liver­pool (1823), but by 1841 she was wid­owed. She moved to Manch­ester at some point be­tween 1841 and 1845, where she re­mar­ried Thomas Humphreys and set­tled lo­cally. Ju­dith Moore

Fam­il­y­search re­vealed Ed­ward Lamb’s mar­riage cer­ti­fifi­cate cer­tifi­cate

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