Early Bury Parish Records

I have recently published the Warburton entries in the Bury, St Mary parish registers up to 1700. This came out of my continuing study of the Peters in the Edenfield area and their relationship to the Edenfield clan. This has also included listing the entries at Edenfield, Holcombe, and Newchurch in Rossendale. These will be published shortly along with a paper on my findings. Please note my comments below on the amount of guesswork in the Families list.

The entries can be accessed from the Parishes page, and the sidebar. The text below also appears on the Parishes page.

Bury has one of the largest concentrations of Warburtons, with the earliest records of a Warburton within the parish found in a rental from Tottington dated 1442 (see Warburtons in the Tottington Manor Halmote Records). The parish records begin in the 1590s and the records are transcribed up to 1700.

Records from this period lack the detail of later records, with baptisms only naming the father, and no ages on burial records. The records from Bury lack even more detail with abode omitted more often than not, and some burials of “child of”, or even “wife of” a father or husband. Occupation is also never mentioned.

The records are reasonably continuous so far as I checked, but some areas have poor legibility. I only accessed the images for records already transcribed in online sources (FamilySearch and Ancestry), so there may be some omissions in the lists. I have included marriages in the Families list.

Because of limited content of the entries, the Families list contains a lot of guesswork. There is a limited range of names, with John being the most common. Where abode is mentioned the most common are Holcombe, Tottington, Stubbins, and Elton. These all lie in the Irwell valley to the north and west of Bury. Early families from the Edenfield and Tottington clans can be recognised.

I have used abode and date clashes to identify separate families with the same father’s name, but beyond that there is a lot of guesswork in the allocation of children to families, and wives to husbands where there is no matching marriage. The result is an impression rather than accurate detail.

The picture that emerges is of several families in a relatively small area. Combined with the information in the Halmote records this suggests they probably descended from one or two early settlers, and include lines from additional sons not mentioned in the earlier records. This corresponds with a Tottington Rental of 1662 that mentions four Johns and two Thomases (one deceased). In fact there are more families than marriages, raising the question of whether these extra marriages occurred elsewhere, or are merely lost from the Bury records

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