Split and Amalgamation

I have been working on and off for some time on a new Partington Clan. This is based on a tree sent to me, probably a decade ago, by Cathy Warburton in California. This included some early Partington families and their descendants who occupied properties in Heatley and Wet Gate in Lymm.

Cathy’s tree included lots of information, much based on wills, and some speculative. In rationalising all of this I realised that the new clan will incorporate the existing Pennsylvania Clan.

Then recently, when I started my first serious proofread of the clan I noted one glaring problem. The will of Richard of Wet Gate, who died in 1781, referred to his late brother John of Flixton, and his only (living) son Thomas. However there is a considerable branch of descendants of a Richard of Flixton who died in 1818, and he was listed as a son of John.

If the will of Richard of Wet Gate is to be believed, Richard of Flixton cannot be the son of John of Flixton. Yet there is a total of 9 children of John of Flixton baptised at St Michael, Flixton between 1736 and 1752, including a Richard baptised in 1744, and a number of them are mentioned in Richard of Wet Gate’s will. However the records of this time do not include the mother’s name so it is not impossible that two families are mixed together.

Richard of Flixton was 76 on his burial record of January 4th 1818, which would indicate a birth in 1741. On the other hand, Richard uses many names for his children that are used regularly in Partington Clan families. Particularly notable are Christian, Peter and George, as well as Richard itself.

So although it is probable that Richard of Flixton is linked to the Partington Clan, I cannot ignore Richard of Wet Gate’s will. I have concluded that the Richard baptised in 1744 had died by 1781, and Richard of Flixton’s parentage is therefore unknown. As I cannot link him directly to the Partington Clan, I have published him and his descendants as a separate Flixton Clan within the Cheshire group. I hope a chance will arise to test this relationship with a DNA test in due course.

One distraction from working on the Partington Clan was information sent to me by Frances Roberts about her Warburton ancestors. Principal of these was Joseph Warburton who was born in 1837, just before the introduction of civil registration. Joseph’s parents were William and Hannah. William was a blacksmith, and Joseph’s place of birth was recorded as Pendlebury or Charlestown on censuses. Both are areas of Salford.

Hannah appears in the 1851 census as Hannah O, a widow. Looking for her marriage I found Hannah Oakley Fisher of Staffordshire who married William Warburton in 1832 in Eccles. Yet when I found her death registration she was Hannah Osbourne Warburton, and Osbourne or Osborne appears as a middle name amongst her children and grandchildren.

I have found no baptism of a Hannah Fisher in the 1790s in Staffordshire with a middle name. However it isn’t unusual for children born about that time to adopt a mother’s maiden name, or other significant family surname, as a middle name in later life. But I can’t be sure whether Oakley was an error in the records, or Hannah just changed her mind over which middle name she liked most.

Unfortunately I can’t find the family in the 1841 census, so William’s death could have occurred any time between Joseph’s conception in 1836 and the 1851 census. An obvious candidate was a William whose death was registered at Salford in 1848, aged 47. This matched some promising baptisms, including one at Flixton, but they were all eliminated. The Flixton William appears in the 1851 census, for example.

I also found a burial record from St Michael, Manchester of the burial of William aged 47 which described him as ‘from Salford Workhouse’. Although the mention of Salford was encouraging, the workhouse doesn’t fit well with Hannah’s described occupation in 1851 as a ‘proprietor of houses’.

Searching death registrations didn’t find any other Williams of a suitable age, and from the correct place. However when I looked for burials there is one on April 2nd 1837 at St James, Didsbury for William of Pendlebury, aged 54. This seems a much better fit because of the mention of Pendlebury, and because William would be older than Hannah, not 4 years younger.

His age also makes him an exact fit for a William baptised on July 21st 1782 at Manchester Cathedral, the son of George and Ellen. I found no other baptism that is a serious contender, and the son of George and Ellen had not been explored, although he does feature in the Ashley and Morley Clan.

I had intended to publish Frances’s ancestors as a new Salford Clan, but I can find no reason not to identify William as the son of George and Ellen, so I have amalgamated them as a new line in the Ashley and Morley clan, and published the updated version.

I currently have a DNA test pending from the Ashley and Morley Clan. Only partial results are available at the moment. These confirm the links with the Nottinghamshire Clan, and the family of Samuel Warburton of Western Australia. I expect the rest of the results in a month or so and will report on them more full when I have them.

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