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    Trouble finding a birth record Margaret Jane Morris

    Hello,

    I am trying to find a birth record for one of my ancestors (Margaret Jane Morris) according to her Marriage certificate she was born around 1852 and her father is names Charles. I'm presuming she lived in Manchester before marriage as her and her husband (Cornelius Townson Marr-1873) were married in Manchester and Cornelius is not from around there.

    I thought i had found her birth, but the certificate came back with a different father (Samuel). I can't seem to find any record of her and i don't know her mothers name. I have tried looking at the census record for the address from 1871 to see if that helped but it doesn't appear to exist.

    The GRO index only has 1 Margaret Jane Morris for around that time which is the incorrect one.

    Does anyone have any tips on how i could find something about her, ideally her mothers name so i can continue to research back.

    Thanks in advance

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    Do you have them on a census?

    Have you checked she was a spinster on marriage and that her father's surname was also Morris?
    Elizabeth
    Research Interests:
    England:Purkis, Stilwell, Quintrell, White (Surrey - Guildford), Jeffcoat, Bond, Alexander, Lamb, Newton (Lincolnshire, Stalybridge, London)
    Scotland:Richardson (Banffshire), Wishart (Kincardineshire), Johnston (Kincardineshire)

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    I see they married at Manchester Cathedral. Unfortunately, that was a "peculiar" church and was a favourite place for runaways etc to marry as no questions were asked and no residential qualifications were required, so you might want to widen your search area.

    What residential address does it give on the marriage certificate?

    OC

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    https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...&usePUBJs=true

    This is the marriage. 15th November 1873

    Cornelius was 23, a Bachelor, a Painter and was living at Clitheroe. His father was George Townson, a Painter.

    Margaret Jane Morris was 22 and a Spinster. She was living at 32 Haworth St. Waterloo Road. Her father, Charles Morris, was a Farmer.

    Witnesses: Edward Terrey and Elizabeth Jared.
    Elizabeth
    Research Interests:
    England:Purkis, Stilwell, Quintrell, White (Surrey - Guildford), Jeffcoat, Bond, Alexander, Lamb, Newton (Lincolnshire, Stalybridge, London)
    Scotland:Richardson (Banffshire), Wishart (Kincardineshire), Johnston (Kincardineshire)

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    Hi guys thanks for your help, I have tried looking for the address on census records for 1871 on but i cant seem to find the address on any census records.

    I only have census records after she was married nothing from before.

    If that Church is known for runaways is it possible that the name she provided for her father was made up? Is it possible her name isn't even Margaret?

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    How much do you know about her?

    She had two children with Cornelius.

    George:
    TOWNSON, GEORGE MORRIS MORRIS
    GRO Reference: 1873 D Quarter in CLITHEROE Volume 08E Page 284

    Margaret Jane, who died a couple of months later:
    TOWNSON, MARGARET JANE MORRIS
    GRO Reference: 1875 D Quarter in CLITHEROE Volume 08E Page 296


    TOWNSON, MARGARET JANE 0
    GRO Reference: 1876 M Quarter in CLITHEROE Volume 08E Page 231


    Margaret Jane Townson seems to have died in or shortly after childbirth:

    First name(s) MARGARET JANE
    Last name TOWNSON
    Gender Female
    Birth day -
    Birth month -
    Birth year 1852
    Age 23
    Death quarter 4
    Death year 1875
    District Clitheroe
    County Lancashire
    Volume 8E
    Page 217
    Country England
    Record set England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

    Cornelius married Bridget Hargreaves in 1878 in Clitheroe.
    Elizabeth
    Research Interests:
    England:Purkis, Stilwell, Quintrell, White (Surrey - Guildford), Jeffcoat, Bond, Alexander, Lamb, Newton (Lincolnshire, Stalybridge, London)
    Scotland:Richardson (Banffshire), Wishart (Kincardineshire), Johnston (Kincardineshire)

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    Is this birth the wrong One? Margaret Jane Morris, 1852, Chorlton Lancashire. Vol 8C page 564, MMNFletcher
    GWEN

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    The son George Morris Townson is with his grandparents on one census after Margaret's death.
    Elizabeth
    Research Interests:
    England:Purkis, Stilwell, Quintrell, White (Surrey - Guildford), Jeffcoat, Bond, Alexander, Lamb, Newton (Lincolnshire, Stalybridge, London)
    Scotland:Richardson (Banffshire), Wishart (Kincardineshire), Johnston (Kincardineshire)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwen@coggiecorner View Post
    Is this birth the wrong One? Margaret Jane Morris, 1852, Chorlton Lancashire. Vol 8C page 564, MMNFletcher
    That's the one I have been investigating too, Gwen.
    Elizabeth
    Research Interests:
    England:Purkis, Stilwell, Quintrell, White (Surrey - Guildford), Jeffcoat, Bond, Alexander, Lamb, Newton (Lincolnshire, Stalybridge, London)
    Scotland:Richardson (Banffshire), Wishart (Kincardineshire), Johnston (Kincardineshire)

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    I thought i knew everything about her after she married but i didn't know about the second child i Only knew about George. Will have to add that to the tree!

    I have hear death certificate and know where she is buried, unfortunately the cemetery is locked these days as it is no longer in use.

    Just realised i don't actually have her on any census record as she died too quickly after getting married.

    Cornelius also later married Charlotte A Heath after Bridget Died.

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