Edward’s son William was born in Prescot and in 1696 married Sarah Sampson from nearby Huyton-with-Roby (two miles west), although later her parents and siblings all appear to have been living in Prescot. In 1830 Huyton would prosper when the world’s first passenger train service was built between Liverpool and Manchester and it was selected to have a local station, and not Prescot.
William and Sarah moved to nearby Burtonwood (ten miles east) where they had six sons (Thomas, a second Thomas [my GGF5], Joseph, William, James and Richard) and four daughters (Catherine, Mary, Sarah Gee and Elizabeth) all christened in St Michael’s Church. Mary and Joseph were twins.
This family pre-dated censuses so it is impossible to establish what William did for a living.
|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