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Subject: [CHS] BLACKSHAW
Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 07:34:08 EST
On the premise that brides usually married in the parish where they lived I
looked through Bowdon baptisms microfiche 1738-1837 (from North Cheshire
FHS). I couldn't find a Martha of the right dates (1770-1780). However, I did
come across Alice BLACKSHAW, the illegitimate daughter of William Blackshaw
of Wilmslow and Martha Hilton of Altrincham, born in 1763. If they ever
married perhaps they are possible parents for Martha Blackshaw. I also looked
at the Bertram Merrill Marriage Index (on CD from Family History Society of
Cheshire) and couldn't find the marriage of William Blackshaw and Martha
Hilton, but that doesn't mean it didn't happen - somewhere.
I also looked for possible John Holts in the Bowdon baptisms and found 3:
John, baptised 18 February 1776, son of John and Margaret of
John, baptised 13 May 1778, son of John of Dunham Massey
John, baptised 1 November 1778, son of Charles and Susannah of Altrincham
Looking at the Bowdon burials microfiche I found Mary Holt, buried 8 March
1799, aged 5 years, daughter of John and Martha Holt of Dunham, which means
that either there was a second John Holt living in the area - very possible
since there were a large number of Holts in Bowdon parish - or that John and
Martha married AFTER the birth of their first child - also possible.
Either John Holt probably came from the Little Bollington branch (near Dunham
and Bowdon), who were innkeepers and carriers in the mid-eighteenth century.
Hope this is of some help to you.