Merry Christmas Elizabeth.How close is Burnley to Widnes?How close is Burnley to Stockport and Manchester?
I've got some information on the Widnes Albistons which I can share with you if you are interested. For sure, Thomas Albiston & Johanna Lunt had a son George, but there could have been others.
Ref RG9 / 2743 Folio 83
Widnes Docks, Widnes, Lancs
Thomas Albiston - Head - Marr - 37 - Cheshire, Frodsham - Waterman
Johanna Albiston - Wife - Marr - 33 - Lancashire, Prescot
George Albiston - Son - 9 - Lancashire, Widnes - Scholar
64 Church Street
Thomas Albiston, head, 45, captain of river steam boat, b. Frodsham, Ches
Johanna Albiston, wife, 44, b. Prescot, Lancs
George Albiston, son, 19, draper's apprentice, b. Widnes, Lancs
Johanna R. Rylands, niece, 15, b. Widnes, Lancs
Elizabeth Thomas, niece, 9, scholar, b. Widnes, Lancs
Lucie Thomas, niece, 6, scholar, b. Widnes, Lancs
1881 Census - Widnes, Lancashire, England
Address: 5 Church Street
Thomas ALBISTON Head M Male 55 Frodsham, Cheshire, England Sea Captain Seaman
Joanne ALBISTON Wife M Female 52 Prescot, Lancashire, England
Naomi ALBISTON Grand Daur Female 6 Widnes, Lancashire, England Scholar
Thomas ALBISTON Grandson Male 4 Widnes, Lancashire, England Scholar
Elizabeth THOMAS Niece U Female 18 Widnes, Lancashire, England
Selina THOMAS Niece U Female 12 Widnes, Lancashire, England Scholar
1891 Census - Working as a Captain of a River Flat Barge.Grandchildren Naomi and Thomas are living with them.
Now back to Manchester and Stockport:I found a William H. Albiston, born 1870 in Heaton Norris, Lancashire to Charles Albiston and Susannah Gibson.The birth year, however, does not square with your William Hewitt Albiston.
1871 Census, 12 Whitefield, Heaton Norris, Lancashire, England
Charles Albiston, head, age 26, Book-keeper in a Cotton factory, b. Heaton Norris, Lancs.
Susannah Albiston, wife, age 28, b. Oxlow (?), Notts.
Charles G. Albiston, son, age 5, b. Heaton Norris, Lancs.
Laura ? Albiston, dau, age 3, b. Heaton Norris, Lancs.
William H. Albiston, son, 1, b. Heaton Norris, Lancs.
Charles was the son of James Lees Albiston (1824-1883) and Sarah Wells (1826-1856). Charles' great grandparents moved to Heaton Norris from Congleton, Cheshire sometime around 1800.