GALLAGHER, James and Amelia (nee WALMSLEY)
BENT, Lawrence and Mary (nee WOOD)

James Gallagher - bachelor, occupation - carter - married Amelia Walmsley, spinster in the Parish Church of Manchester (Manchester Cathedral), in the County of Lancaster, on the twenty-sixth day of April in the Year 1835.

Children born to James Gallagher and Amelia nee Walmsley, were James approx. 1837, Thomas 1839 (died 1842) - Deansgate, Elizabeth 1841 - Deansgate, Mary 1844 - Ancoats, George and William 1846 (both died 1846) - Ancoats, Eliza Jane 1847, Amelia Ann 1850 and Ellen in 1852 - all in London Road. All were born in various parts of Manchester, Lancashire, England - date and place of birth for first born James have not been established. On the 1841 UK Census the small family of James Snr., his wife Amelia and their children James 4 and Thomas 2, were living in Radford Street, Manchester.

Manchester Collegiate Church

Manchester Cathedral - 1600's

NOTE: As at September 2015, rather more informatin has been tracked down in regard to the siblings of James.

1) James born c.1837 (see separate page on he and his family).

2) Thomas was born in the Deansgate area of Manchester in 1839 and died in 1842.

3) Elizabeth born 1841, also Deansgate, married Patrick GAFFNEY 16 September 1871 in the Cathedral and Parish Church, Manchester (Manchester Cathedral). Marriage Certificate and Census records indicate that her husband was a Warehouseman in 1871, a Lamplighter in 1881, a Warehouse Porter in 1891 and a Dock Labourer, Worker in 1901. He and Elizabeth had a son Nicholas born c.1879 and there is mention of an adopted son James Frederick POWECEY on the 1881 census. There are possible entries for his death but nothing definite.

Elizabeth died in Chorlton, Manchester in 1891.

4) Mary was born in the Ancoats area of Manchester in 1844. She married Isaac KAY 13 March 1864 inManchester Cathedral. Her husband's occupation was Machine and Engine Fitter.

They had 7 children that we know of - Harry born 11 April 1866, Elizabeth Ann 17 June 1868, Frederick William 1871, Ellen 1873, Mary Hannah 15 November 1874, Amy 1880 and Emily born 9 May 1884. Mary died sometime between the 1891 and 1901 census returns - there are possible index entries. Possible Free BMD entry for death of her husband Isaac - Jun 1902 - age 61 - Chorlton.

5) George was born in the Ancoats area in 1846, sadly he died as a baby.
6) William (twin to George) was also born 1846 in Ancoats - he also died that year.

7) Eliza Jane was born in 1847 in the London Road area of Manchester. She married Frederick Henry CROFTON in 1869; he left her not long afterwards for another woman and from then on she spent most of her life in and out of the Chorlton Union Workhouse. She died 6 November 1926 in the Workhouse.

Her husband Frederick had a long life with Charlotte Ann COTTAM; they never married although they did have two sons, Bertie Cecil and Frederick Henry - both sons used the surnames of CROFTON and COTTAM at various times. Frederick Snr. died in 1902 in Bradford, Yorkshire. He was pre-deceased by his defacto wife Charlotte who died in September 1898 in North Bierley, Yorkshire.

Frederick and Eliza Jane had no children in the short time they were together.

8) Amelia Ann was born 25 May 1850 while the family was living at 6 Baine's Place, Walter Street, Manchester (also in the London Road area). She died on 10 December 1868 - address on her Death Certificate was 6 Heron Place, Hulme, Lancashire.

9) Ellen (also known as Helen) was born in 1852 - also in the London Road area of Manchester. She married John KELLY in St Wilfred's Chapel, Hulme in the registration district of Chorlton. John's occupation as shown on Marriage Certificate and census records was labourer, excavator, stoker, engine driver. To date there are no details of his life following the marriage. Where did he go...?

Ellen is on 1881 and 1891 census records but never with her husband. No records have been found to show that any children were born to the couple, also no information has been found on Ellen's re-marriage (or similar), or death.

Just six years after the birth of Ellen, on 30 May 1858, her father James was found drowned in Ashton Road, Ardwick. His widow Amelia outlived him by 28 years. She died 11 November 1886; her address at the time was 64 Bonsall Street, Hulme - cause of death was heart disease and bronchitis.

Lawrence Bent (son of William and Betty (nee Darbishire) was christened on 4 April 1790 in Flixton, Lancashire. His marriage certificate shows that he was a widower, his occupation - weaver. He married Mary Wood, once again in Manchester Cathedral, by banns, on the 16 June 1823. Both Lawrence and Mary were educated enough to be able to sign their names to the marriage document.

Eleanor Bent was born in Ardwick, Manchester, around 1837 to Lawrence Bent and Mary nee Wood. Lawrence was a widower and possibly his first wife was Margaret, with a daughter Alice baptised at Davy Hulme, Flixton, Manchester on 20 October 1813.

It seems Lawrence and Mary had four children whose names all began with the letter “E”. Following a painstaking search through the microfiche of the IGI looking for any child born to Lawrence and Mary Bent, I came to the conclusion that the four “E” names were the only ones!

Emma was born 1827, Edwin 1832, Emily date of birth not known and Eleanor about 1837. The four children were all baptised in Manchester Cathedral 5 March 1837.

Research further back on both the GALLAGHER-WALMSLEY and BENT-WOOD family lines has been very unsatisfactory, with many leads unable to be corroborated. Therefore not much is known about this branch of the family tree.....maybe one day......?


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