Shaw family of Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire



Lydia Ann Shaw married Robert Wood (my great great great grandparents) on the 29th September 1819. For some time I have had her putative father as James Shaw owing to his presence on the 1841 census. Recently I checked the non-conformist baptism of their daughter Hannah Wood on 27th January 1821 at Hyde Presbyterian Chapel. This gives not only Hannah's parents but names Lydia's parents as James Shaw and Sally. Although Lydia's own baptism has not been found, it has now been possible to trace further.


Lydia has 5 known siblings born from 1788 to 1810, the latter ones were baptised at Hyde Presbyterian Chapel. James Shaw married Sally Swindells on 22nd October 1786 at Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire. Sally's parents were deduced similarly (from the baptism of her and James's daughter Sally) as John and Sally Swindells.


A James Shaw died in Godley in July 1850 and was buried at Mottram in Longdendale aged 78. His baptism has now been identified as 14th January 1771 at Mottram in Longdendale, son of Abraham and Sarah. The problem is that the James Shaw who died in 1850 has now been clearly identified as the wrong one (per admin - widow named as Ellen). Also he would be too young. Another James was buried at Hyde Presbyterian in 1846- and was older - seems be the correct person.

It now seems that James Shaw was baptised on 29th September 1765 at Mottram in Longdendale to Isaac Shaw and Sarah Garside. These had 7 children, but neither has been traced back though.


What I have found now is this.

Sally Swindells was daughter of John Swindells and Sally. She was baptised at Mottram in Longdendale, and born in Hattersley. She was the second of 8 children similarly born at Hattersley and baptised at Mottram between 1769 and 1787.

John Swindells married Sally Hadfield on 19th April 1768 at Mottram. John's occupation is given as Cive maker, which is apparently a Sieve Maker.



Further description to follow

There are Swindells owning land called Swindells Fold in Godley, going back some way. I am considering the evidence but this needs some time. Thanks to Marie Ball for this information.


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