Edward was born in Warrington and married Ann Hey on 4 Jul 1763 twenty miles east at Manchester’s St Mary, St Denys and St George Church. Ann was evidently illiterate as she ‘signed’ the marriage certificate with her mark.
Edward and Ann had five sons (Thomas, John [my GGF3], Joseph, Edward and James) and three daughters (Mary, Ellen and Margaret). They were all born in either Warrington, Prescot or Manchester. As we saw, Edward followed his father in becoming a hatter. Of Edward’s sons we know only that John was a labourer and James a toolmaker.
|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