Thomas, born at Burtonwood, married a local, Mary Rawstern or Rosthern (1705-1772).
Thomas and Mary had six sons (John, Edward, William, a second John, Joseph and Peter) and four daughters (Sarah Yoxley, Mary Okell, Ellen and a second Mary). They were all born in Warrington and a number of them were baptised at St Elphin Church. The church has a 281ft spire and parts of it were built in the 1350s although there has been a place of worship there since 650 CE.
Fortunately, the baptism records for several of their children indicate Thomas’s occupation was that of a hatter; elsewhere he is described as a ‘feltmaker of Liverpool’. He appeared to have lived a good long life (eighty-six years). The long-term use of mercury in the hat-making business affected those active in it, leading to the term ‘mad as a hatter’. No information on his sanity could be found.
Edward (essentially Thomas’s eldest as the first son John died young) followed his father and also became a hatter. John was a locksmith, Joseph was a ‘sawyer’ and Peter was a currior (presumably a courier?).
|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