In 1729 Aaron Warburton of Dunham died leaving a will in which the main beneficiary was his daughter Alice. However he also included the following stipulations:
And if it should so happen that my son George Warburton return to Cheshire and live and settle there then my will and mind is that my daughter Alice Warburton shall pay to my son George Warburton the yearly sum of 5 pounds...
My will and mind is that in case my son George Warburton gives my daughter Alice or Ann an disturbance in the Law the his annuity of five pound per annum shall cease and the said George Warburton shall only receive the sum of five shillings from my Executors…
George’s baptism doesn’t appear in the Bowdon parish register, but it is in the Bishop’s Transcripts dated February 22nd 1700/1. Until recently that was all I knew of George.
The other day I was researching a question I received via my Contact Page. As an after though I decided to search for the principal character in this query, one Thomas Warburton who married in 1806, in Ancestry’s Public Trees. To my surprise I found he was represented in over 100 trees.
Many of these trees identified Thomas’s grandfather as George. There were different versions of George. In one he was baptised in 1704 at Budworth, and in another in 1700 at Bowdon. There were also 2 versions of his wife, one being Mary Glave who he married in 1722, and who died in 1748, the other being Mary Gleave who died in 1775/7. There was no marriage record identified for the second Mary. What both versions of George had in common was that he had a son William born in 1731, and he died on December 3rd 1782, aged 82, and was buried at Witton-cum-Twambrooks on December 5th.
The most interesting record was the record of the marriage to Mary Glave at Salford on February 14th 1722. In it George was ‘of Massy in the parish of Boden’. Mary was from Witton. So this looks very much like the son of Aaron, especially because he was literally outside the county of Cheshire. Also his age at death is a close fit in that if he wasn’t strictly 82, he was in his 82nd year.
I also discovered a marriage Oath for Thomas’s 1806 marriage to Hanna Hewitt which states he was a butcher from Lostock in the parish of Witton, father William, also a butcher. Thomas and Hannah went on to have 11 children baptised at Great Budworth so this promises to be a large new branch to the Warburtons of Hale Barns.
William in turn was buried at Witton-cum-Twambrooks in 1816 and his detailed burial record describes him as a butcher from Lostock, aged 85, and the son of George and Mary of Lostock.
Unfortunately there is no baptism record for William. The only baptism I have found that relates to George of Lostock is that of a son George in 1735. However, if we take Aaron’s will literally, George was not living in Cheshire in 1729, and the implication is he was a bit further away than Salford. He only definitely moved to Lostock by 1735 so he could have lived elsewhere, even abroad, for up to 13 years.
Although there is no cluster of children’s baptisms, including a William, that might identify where George was, it can’t be discounted that George and Mary had William, and maybe other children before they returned to Cheshire. Maybe he returned to claim his inheritance.