Re: Chorley UK
Thank you for all the poking around you have done on my behalf and reporting it to me. I have the records that you mention, but parts do not fit, and I think there may be an error or Sarah may have a second set of records, elsewhere in the world.
I have reason to not trust LDS records implicitly. One of my LDS records for Richard and Jane Walker has them getting married somewhere around 1767 and links them to Maidstone. When I finally tracked down the marriage record, I discovered that they were married in 1764 in London: not Maidstone. I have found other errors, as well: not uncommon on LDS.
It seems that many family's posted records in several parishes. Maybe they did this to keep two sets of families happy? One of my Cole ancestors has a record that implies he was born at Boisland (misspelled on the record) Hall in 1797. Actually, there are <> around the information. After doing some simple math, I believe that he arrived in this parish in 1797 but was born elsewhere. You see, his first child was born around 1813 so he can't have been born in 1797 as the men in my lineage didn't start having children until they were into their thirties. We know Thomas Cole entered the clergy, so he probably attended college, maybe Oxford as other ancestors went there, before he married (1811?) and sired children.
Anyway, my point is that I don't think Sarah and John Chorley are only associated with London. LDS has placed <> around her information and I think this implies that she originated somewhere else.
I am not certain that Charles Walker was born there, either. He certainly wasn't born in Maidstone or anywhere else in Kent as a highly-paid researcher was unable to find any records for him in that parish.
Regarding Sarah's marriage to (John?) Hughes: I have turned up a record that indicates that a Sarah and John Hughes were in Australia for a short time and I am presently trying to find out if this is my Sarah Chorley. According to LDS, my ancestor, Charles John, son of Charles Walker and Sarah Chorley, was born in Australia in 1806. I am also trying to confirm this. I have no idea why Charles Walker went to Australia -- he was a solicitor with a practice in London. Charles John relocated to Australia somewhere around 1829.
Thank you, again, for all your work. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Do you have Chorley ancestors that went to Van Diemen's land?