The Cheshire Non-Conformist and Roman Catholic baptism records include those for Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Society of Friends (Quakers), Unitarians and Roman Catholics.
Each record contains an image and a transcript of the original document. The amount of information varies a great deal but they may contain some or all of the following information about your ancestor:
Groom’s rank or occupation
Bride’s father’s name
Bride’s father’s rank or occupation
Bride’s mother’s maiden name
Groom’s father’s name
Groom’s father’s rank or occupation
Parish or denomination
Address of witnesses
Further information about the individual denominations including locations is available below
The Methodist movement grew in Cheshire from the 1740s. Breakaway groups included Primitive Methodists, New Connexion, Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. Records were created by districts, circuits and chapels. There are 3,566 Methodist marriage records in the collection covering 18 chapels, circuits and churches at the following locations:
Acton, Wesleyan Chapel
Bebington, Bebington Road Wesleyan Chapel
Bebington, Old Chester Road Wesleyan Chapel
Frodsham, London Road Wesleyan Chapel
Frodsham Trinity Wesleyan Church
Macclesfield Sunderland Street Wesleyan Chapel
Macclesfield Park Green United Free Chapel
Macclesfield Trinity Wesleyan Chapel
Over, High Street Wesleyan Chapel
Prestbury Bourne Primitive Chapel
Prestbury, Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel
Presbury High Street Primitive Chapel
Runcorn, Ellesmere United Free Chapel
Runcorn, Halton Road Wesleyan Chapel
Runcorn, St Paul’s Wesleyan Church
Runcorn Wesleyan Church
Tarporley Wesleyan Church
Wallasey, Brighton Street Wesleyan Chapel
There are 11, 262 Roman Catholic marriage records covering the following Cheshire Churches:
Ashton Under Lyne, St Peter’s Church
Ashton Upon Mersey, St Joseph’s Church
Bowden, St Vincent de Paul Church
Chester, St Francis of Assissi Church
Chester, St Werburgh’s Church
Eastham, Hooten Hall Chapel
Great Budworth, St Wilfred’s Church
Nantwich, St Anne’s Church
Neston, St Winifrede’s Church
Stockport, St Paul’s Church
Wallasey, St Alban’s Church
Wallasey, St Joseph’s Church
Please note that the original Roman Catholic records are written in Latin
Stockport Society of Friends
Sandbach United Reformed Church
Non-conformist is a very broad term covering churches of widely differing beliefs that did not follow the teachings of the Church of England. The term can be used to describe Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends etc.
Members of English Protestant denominations who did not follow the teachings of the Church of England were known as non-conformists. Before 1837, regardless of religious beliefs, most people were baptised, married and buried in the local Church of England Parish. Despite differences in belief and even after the Toleration Act of 1689 which granted freedom to worship, many non-conformists continued to use their local parish church for registration purposes.
However, some non-conformists did keep their own registers, particularly baptism and burial registers, in the period between 1689 and 1837. Between 1754 and 1837 is was illegal to marry anywhere except in a Church of England parish Church unless you were a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) or Jewish. In both cases members were exempt from the Act and allowed to keep their own records.
After 1837, while people were now allowed to marry in the church of their choice, some organisations still did not keep their own records.
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