We have been working to find the ancestors of our 8-greats grandfather John Fearnley who married Anne Whittel in Winwick, Lancashire, in 1675.The good news is that, last weekend, we recognised better how some of the Warrington and Great Budworth records of the family tree fit together.My brother, Eddie, and I now believe that our ancestors (and the ancestors of our 8-greats grandfather John) are:
11 Gg George Fearnley [born in Great Budworth, before church parish records started c1560] had children:
George[baptised when?George died before 1623 because that was declared in Robert’s will.Robert’s Will also specifies that his brother George had a son named George.]
Robert [baptised Great Budworth 6 August 1582.He married Ellen Caldwell in 1608.Robert, an attorney, died in 1623 leaving a Will.]
Elinor [married Richard Hale at Great Budworth on 25 Jul 1614.Elinor is mentioned in Robert’s Will as Robert’s sister.]
Elizabeth [married William Jackson on 25 May 1605.She was named as Robert’s sister in Robert’s Will.]
10 Gg John [baptised Great Budworth 21 Dec 1587 as the son of George] married Mode Hollinfield on 10 Dec 1621 at Great Budworth.A ‘John’ was named as Robert’s brother in Robert’s Will.A John Fearnley, butcher, was buried on 6 Sep 1637 in Warrington.]
10 Gg John had children:
Ellenor [baptised 1 Sep 1622 at Great Budworth.Probably the same Ellinor whose marriage prospects were catered for in the 1640 Will of Richard Hale.]
9 Gg Anthony [baptised c 1623.We can't find the parish record of baptism, but many pages are obscured in this period.Anthony is mentioned in the 1680 Will of his sister Mary as the deceased father of Mary’s nephew George.]
William [baptised 9 Oct 1625 at Great Budworth.Probably the same William of Hulme who left a Will in 1666 naming his wife as Jaquett.]
Marie [baptised 8 May 1634 at Warrington.She is assumed to be the Mary who died in Great Budworth in 1680 leaving a Will naming Anthony as the father of her nephew George.]
Margaret [baptised 20 Sep 1636 at Warrington.She is probably the Margaret Kerfoot who witnessed the Will of her brother William in 1666.]
We were lucky to be able to link John (baptised 1587) to his father George as prior to c1582 the Great Budworth parish records did not specify the names of fathers.As John was born in 1587, his father, George, is named. George could easily have been older than 27 years when he fathered his son and that would mean that George was born before 1560 which was when the first parish records were started.Or, if there were any earlier records, they are not now preserved.So we are unsure when George was born.The parish records are excellently written and preserved between 1560 and 1570 so we are unlikely to have missed a relevant baptism record there.
Anthony's father, John, was the brother of Robert who left the Will in 1623. John appears to have moved to Warrington c1626-31 and was probably the butcher, John Fearnley, who died in Warrington in 1637.Anthony named his first three children: George (after Anthony’s grandfather, who might have raised Anthony after 1637); our 8Gg John (named after Anthony’s father); and Ellen (after Anthony’s sister).John possibly has more siblings implied in Robert’s Will.
John Fearnley’s daughter Ellinor was born in Great Budworth in 1622 and would have been 18 years old when her marriage prospects were catered for in the Will of Richard Hale in 1640.Richard Hale’s wife was also named Ellinor, and she was the sister of both Robert and John Fearnley.But Robert had died in 1623 and John had died in 1637.Their brother George had died even earlier.So Ellinor Fearnley’s aunt, Ellinor Hale, was trying to look after her niece’s marriage interests in 1640.