John was born in Prescot and married a local girl Ann Heaps. John’s children moved away in the mid-19thcentury- perhaps times were getting tough around Prescot?
Son John moved off to Sheffield, son James moved to Liverpool and son Peter [my GGF2] moved first to Hunslet in Yorkshire and then on to Evenwood and Coundon in Durham.
At sixty-five years of age John appears on the 1841 Census living in Prescot with his wife and having five children still with him. John himself was described as a labourer, as was Benjamin shown on the census as aged 25 although he was in fact 27. Thomas aged 23 appears to be a journeyman but no trade was mentioned. Margaret aged 25 and Ann aged 20 have no occupations shown. There is a mysterious second Thomas aged 15 shown as a tailor’s assistant. Could he be brother Joseph’s son moved back?
The 1851 census catches up with John’s eldest son Joseph living at 26 The Street in Farnworth. He was with his second wife Catherine (Hapes) and at forty-eight was described as a journeyman joiner. In 1861 he was living in 60 Wellington Street, St Marys, Widnes with Catherine and his son William aged 28 and described as a blacksmith.
|Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:|
– GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
– GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
– 1C3 – means first cousin three times removed