Re: RELPH FAMILY OF KIRKOSWALD/LAZONBY, CUMBERLAND, ENG
Happy New Year Pete,
I would appreciate anything you would be willing to share and in whatever time frame is convenient for you!
Since that posting I have found a couple of other "bits" that have made some sense.It looks like John Relph (1810/11 - 1849) came to the US in 1832 and his father Thomas, mother Mary, sisters Catherine, Rachel, Mary and Hannah, and brother Joseph came to Philadelphia the next year per the manifest of the Ship Elizabeth.Hannah was only 5 months old according to the ship's manifest.This explains the absence of birth dates and places for her in family notes.
It looks to me that the eldest children, Thomas, Jr. and Margaret Richardson stayed behind in England.
I am pretty much convinced that the variance of dates between other dates and those found on the headstones is due to errors on the stones.As I indicated it appears the stones were placed many decades after the deaths/burials memorialized.The ages chiseled are probably best guesses based on who knows who's memory or "documentation."
I am pretty sure that the Mary Noble identity is wrong and that Thomas' wife is not the Mary Noble who married a Thomas Relph in Stanwix, Cumberland.I think its a conclusion based on a coincidence of names.There were literally dozens of Thomas and Mary Relphs throughout Cumberland in the early 19th century.Unless the christening records in Kirksoswald positively identify the mother as Mary Noble I see no particular reason to believe Thomas' wife Mary is Mary Noble living on the edge of Carlisle many miles from where the Relphs of Kirkoswald lived.If there is other information confirming her to be Mary Noble I would be most interested.
John Relphs wife is frequently identified as Jane Parker.Apparently she married a Welshman, Israel Reynolds, after Johns early death and so explains why she isn't buried with John and the other children listed as she probably is buried with the Reynolds family where ever they are.
Well, that is what I think I know today.I look forward to anything you have especially any more details regarding Samuel Relph's generation.