I am researching the background of my Gr.Gr. Grandfather Peter Mawdsley who wasbornin Great Crosby near Liverpool Lancashire about 1764. He was a Ship's Captain early in life, apparently surviving an attack on his ship by Barbary pirates. Later he describes himself as a 'gentleman'. He was married first to Elizabeth, by whom he had at least one child. Laterhe marriedMary ? Weir in 1824 and they had James, Emma, Peter, William, Mary-anne, Edward and Mary-Anne. Jamesmigrated to Aust. abt. 1855. Edward Emma and Mary-Anne migrated to Canada. After Mary died in 1838, Peter married Anne. He died in 1856 inSeacombe, Cheshire.