I'm researching the surname WITHINGTON -- my gr-grandmother was Sarah Ann Withington.Here's what I know:
My gr-gr-grandparents were a Withington and Margaret Roughley (b. 1835, Newton-le-Willows). They had three children, Sarah Ann b. 1868, Clara b. l872 and John b. l878.
The 1881 British census shows Sarah Ann living with her sister, brother, mother and grandfather at 7 Wellington St., Newton in Makerfield, Lancashire, England.Therefore we believe that her father had died sometime prior to 1881. It also indicates that the Withingtons were all born in Newton-le-Willows, while Sarah's grandfather John Roughley was born in Haydock.
Sarah Ann married THOMAS WAKEFIELD at Wesleyan Chapel in Newton-le-Willows in 1892; they later emigrated to Guelph, Ontario, Canada around 1904. In 1881 the Wakefield family was living at 35 Chandos St., Newton in Makerfield.
At the time of Sarah's death in 1929, her brother John Withington was living in Earlestown, Lancashire, and may have at one time been a bootmaker/dealer in shoes. Her sister Clara had emigrated to Canada, married Richard TURNER in 1901 and moved to Ottawa, Ontario.
Note that I'm also researching the surnames WAKEFIELD and ROUGHLEY in connection with this line.