Most of the information I have about this family is from the Cunliffe Family Bible and from census records of1881, 1891, and 1901
I can’t find the parish records as they are not on the otherwise wonderful Lancashire Online Parish Clerks Project website. But I have found some records recently on Lancashire BMD.
James Cunliffe (1856 – AFT 1901) and his wife Margaret Winstanley (1849-1902) married 21 May 1876. They lived their married life in Ince in Makerfield, Wigan, Lancshire and had around 9 children together. Margaret had a daughter before they were married – Ellen.
I have found their children in BMD but this does not give me any more information other than that they were all born in Hindley parish. They are:
- 1876: Thomas
- 1878: William
- 1880: Elizabeth
- 1882: Jane
- 1884: John
- 1886: Henry
- 1888: James
- 1890: Joseph
- 1892: Alice
Margaret Winstanley had a daughter before she was married to James: Ellen Winstanley. In the census we can see that Ellen came to live with his mother and step-father when they got married. In the 1891 census in Ince Ellen was a Reeler In Cotton Mil.
I have found James Cunliffe in the Lancashire BMD in 1856:
|CUNLIFFE||James||Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||CATTERALL||WIG/45/356|
If this is true I have a new lead in terms of the James’ mothers last name – Catterall.
Based on this assumption I found:
|CUNLIFFE||Thomas||CATTRALL||Elizabeth||All Saints,Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||C33/11/219|
According to this record the parents of James Cunliffe must be Thomas Cunliffe and Elizabeth Cattrall married in 1852 in All Saints, Wigan.
I then went on to look for some children of Cunliffe and Catterall: in 1852, 1854, 1859
|CUNLIFFE||Mary Ann||Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||CATTERALL||WIG/35/127
|CUNLIFFE||Catherine||Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||CATTERALL||WIG/40/182|
|CUNLIFFE||Margaret||Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||CATTERALL||WIG/56/380|
Persuing the Winstanley line I have found what I think is the birth of Margaret Winstanley in 1849 Wigan. Her mother’s maiden name is Winstanley according to the BMD.
|WINSTANLEY||Margaret||Wigan||Wigan & Leigh||WINSTANLEY||WIG/27/198|
The only Winstanley and Winstanley marriage I can find in the Lancashire BMD is in 1848 in St Catherine, Liverpool.