Hi I need advice/comments/ help re my Horrocks brick wall. I also need patience from you as I being even more long winded than normal.
If any of the below rings a bell please let meknow.
William mcMullen married Ann Horrocks 1st Agust 1842 Parish Church Wigan. her age was given as 18, she was a throstle spinner and her dad was John Horrocks, a crofter. She lived at Stewart Street which I believe was in Scholes Wigan.William Mcmullen also lived there.
On 1851 census she gives her place of birth as Leeds Yorkshire. Shes still in Wigan NameAge Mathew Horrocks21 Lodger Ann McMullen25 wife Elizabeth McMullen3 daughter Henry McMullen8 son John McMullen19 brother William McMullen26 head John Sheringham18 lodger John Watson17 lodger
She has also become a bit younger giving her year of birth as abt 1826. John McMullen is shown as brother but a Matthew Horrocks is shown as lodger, born Wigan abt 1829.
In 1856 Ann dies in Co Durham, her age is given as 27.
I have searched 1841 census but cant find Ann anywhere, mind you I cant find William McMullens brother John either.
I have looked for Yorkshire Horrocks and not found anything of interest... till now.
Ellen Horrocks abt 1823 Wigan, Lancashire, England Wife Ince in Makerfield Lancashire Ellenor Horrocks abt 1865 Wigan, Lancashire, England Daughter Ince in Makerfield Lancashire William Horrocks abt 1819 N K, Yorkshire, England Head Ince in Makerfield Lancashire
A Horrocks born in Yorkshire and living in Wigan, well Ince actually.
So I searched for earlier years, each year he says born Wigan so why decide 1881 to say somewhere in yorkshire?
What is particularly interesting is his 1841 entry, he has a younger brotther who is none other than Matthew Horrocks, my Anns lodger of 1851. And dad is John.
1841 Elizabeth Horrocks abt 1836 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire John Horrocks abt 1796 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire John Horrocks abt 1827 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire Maria Horrocks abt 1837 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire Margaret Horrocks abt 1838 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire Mary Horrocks abt 1796 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire Mathew Horrocks abt 1829 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire William Horrocks abt 1821 Lancashire, England Wigan Lancashire
Ive checked as much as I can and they all give Wigan as place of birth throughout census records so whats the verdict? Could Matthew Horrocks be Anns brother rather than lodger?
If so then could William who looks like the eldest sibling and Ann who admittedly isnt on 1841 census, have been born in Yorkshire and brought to Wigan while little?
If so can I believe mam and dad were born Wigan or did they originate elsewhere?
I know my William McMullen denied his Irish heritage, at the risk of sounding naive, would Yorkshire born people living in Wigan come across the same type of prejudice perhaps, no lancs/Yorkshire insultsintended.