We were interested to read about your search for Snailhams in Lancashire.We now live in Canada, but originated from the Fylde region of England, close to Pemwortham and Preston.My husband and I have been doing research into the Snailham name for approximately the last 5 years.At the current time, we are only looking at the Lancashire branch of the name.
I spent a little time yesterday, looking at your line both on the Internet (IGI and Free BMD) and some records that I have in Excel spreadsheets.Could I ask you why do you think that Moses’s father was William Snailham from Pemwortham, b 8-5-1821?I do have this William in my tree, but I was unaware of any of the details of what happened to him, since his birth.If this really is his father, thank you for filling in the details.It was interesting to hear that we had ancestors that had emigrated to the USA!
The IGI does not seem to have a record of Moses’s birth, but it does indicate that Moses and Alice Sharples had a daughter Elizabeth, born in Blackburn on July 25 1867, christened on January 26 1868.I don’t know what happened to her.
I must tell you that much of my research is done on the Internet, living so far away from England it is difficult to personally search church records or census information.Sometimes I pursue a line, then prove myself wrong – I don’t really mind, because I recon that somebody else will need the research for their tree.That being said, the following is what I think is relevant information for William Snailham from Pemwortham.
I believe that William married Elizabeth Walmsley on August 31, 1845 in Blackburn.Their witnesses were George Snalam (probably William’s cousin) and Moses Walmsley (either Elizabeth’s younger brother or father).Moses (1844)must have been born before they were married – not unusual in those days.William died in Blackburn about March 1892.The only death I can find for an Elizabeth in Blackburn, is March 1853 – I’m not sure about this one.I think that Elizabeth was born on June 8, 1817, also in Blackburn.Her parents were Moses Walmsley and Catherine Green – can’t find a marriage for them.
Moses is not a name that I have ever seen in my Snailham research, so I decided on this Elizabeth because of her father’s name.The Moses name continues in the Walmsley family and there is even a Moses Walmsley born in Blackburn as far back as 1793!Elizabeth (Betty) seems to have been the oldest of 7 children, 3 boys and 4 girls.Moses gave his middle name as Walmsley when he married Alice Sharples in 1865.
William Snailham (1821), was born to William Snailham (1789) and Betty Whittle (1789) who were married July 20, 1808 in Pemwortham.I think they had 9 children, at least two of which died in infancy.There were 5 boys and 4 girls born over a 20 year period.
William Snailham (1789) was one of 8 children born to John Snailham (1769) and Jane Cook who were married in Pemwortham, February 02, 1788.John had two sisters.His parents were Wm. Snailham (about 1739) and Elizabeth (about 1743), who were married in Pemwortham about 1764.
Unfortunately, the church in Pemwortham burn down, and all the records were lost – some are in the Bishop’s Transcripts but others are probably lost for ever.I do have another “Snailham” genealogist that I am in touch with in England.He has several trees, all from Pemwortham, that we are unable to link together because of the loss of records.I will send him this webpage, and maybe he can help with some of the other Snailham enquiries from other parts of the country.
I hope that this is of some help to you.I too am sure that there must be others out there researching the Snailham lines – it would be great to combine our efforts.Please feel free to prove or disprove any of my theories.I hope to hear back from you.