I live in the UK and have been researching my family history for about 5 years. This has drawn me into wider research into the entire Hallmark family history in the county of Cheshire.
There are lots of family trees out on the internet and genealogy sites. Many are clearly of American origin, with individuals tracing themselves back to George Hallmark (baptised 23 June 1742). Unfortunately I think an error has been made by someone researching George's ancestry and this error has been repeated by everyone subsequently.
The received wisdom is that George's ancestry runs as follows: George Hallmark is the illegitmate son of Mary Hallmark Mary Hallmark (baptised 14 Feb 1725) is the daughter of John Hallmark and Mary Bettiley (married 3 Oct 1714) John Hallmark is the son of Hatton Hallmark and Barbara Pemberton
Unfortunately Mary Hallmark cannot be the granddaughter of Hatton Hallmark. The proof runs as follows: > Hatton Hallmark had two sons that I can find - Thomas (baptised 3 Nov 1692) and John (I have not yet found John's baptism record but it is believed to be around 1690). > BUT - the Marbury BMD parish records have the following entry: "John son of Hatton Hallmark of (illegible) buried 2 Nov 1710" > Hatton Hallmark's will (dated 14 Jan 1716) makes no mention of his son John. His goods are left to 3 family members (and some servants) - the family members are listed as his son Thomas, his brother John and his grandson John (Thomas's son)
On the basis of this evidence I conclude that John Hallmark, son of Hatton Hallmark, died in 1710. This is 6 years before Hatton wrote his will, 4 years before John Hallmark married Mary Bettiley and 15 years before Mary Hallmark was born.
Unfrtunately this means that all the geneaogies for George Hallmark are incorrect as they select the wrong John Hallmark as Mary's father.
The question then turns to this - who then was the John that married Mary Bettiley and gave birth to Mary?
My research has revealed only one viable option. Hatton Hallmark was the son of Thomas Halmarke of Marbury (baptised 23 Mar 1608, buried 16 Oct 1684). Thomas had 7 children, one of whom was called John and born c.1648 (exact record to be confirmed). John married Margaret and had 6 children, one of whom was also called John (baptised May 1687). The family name is still recorded as Halmarke at this time.
This man, John junior, would have been 27 in 1714 when the records show a marriage between a John Hallmark of Quoisley and Mary Bettiley of Norbury. I can find no other living John (except his father, who would have been 66 in 1714) in the region at that time. As further circumstantial evidence, John's brother Thomas (my direct ancestor) has 3 children and is also described in the records as being "of Quoisley". The John who marries Mary Bettiley is also "of Quoisley". [Hatton's family lives in Norbury, a hamlet 2-3 miles away].
On the basis of this evidence my family tree corrects the mistake in all the published genealogies and has the following link: > George Hallmark illegitimate son of Mary Hallmark > Mary Hallmark daughter of John Hallmark of Quoisley and Mary Bettiley of Norbury > John Hallmark son of John Halmarke of Quoisley and Margaret > John Halmarke son of Thomas Halmarke of Marbury (1608-1684) > From this point backwards the family tree follows the original pattern that others have researched (although I have not verified it).
I'm keen to hear if anyone else as spotted this anomaly - perhaps I have solved a problem that others have already solved before me?