Hoping for help with a major 'brick wall'
I have William Hague married Mary (ms not known) appearing at age 30 for both with children William 7, Jane 9, Mary 6 John 2 in the 1841 Census living Copperas Cottages Wigan. A further four children James b est 1841, Peter est d.o.b 1843,Thomas est b 1847 & Alice est b 1852 (est d.o.b from Census and other sources)Because of the rounding down of ages in this Census there is some discrepancy in ages for subsequent Census
By 1851 Census residence is still Copperas Cottages.
On 1st February Mary Hague age 20 married Thomas Foster also aged 20 (son of Thomas Foster & Mary (mn not known)) at St John's R.C. Church, Hardybutts Wigan.
Fathers: George Foster - stonemason- deceased
and William Hague - stonemason - deceased.
Witnesses: William Hague - signed, and
Jane Beattie signed with her X mark
Mary Hague & Thomas Foster also signed with their X mark
Usual Residence for both Mary & Thomas given as Chapel Lane, Scholes, Wigan.
Mary Hague (Snr) age 59 and widowed is living at 29 Bottling Wood Wigan with
James age 20 Fitter & Engineer
Peter age 18 ditto
Alice age 16 Cotton Factory Operator
Thomas age 14 Assistant at Forge
Mary Hague (jnr) & Thomas Foster are living at 23 Bottling Wood both age 24 - Occupation for Thomas - Bricklayer
with two children Mary A (Ellen) 2 yrs and William 1mnth
Is there anyone out there researching these Hague or Foster families?
I have been unable to find information for either the Foster or Hague families earlier than 1841. It is possible that both families have Irish roots, both were Catholic, and a story told by Thomas Foster the son of Mary Hague and Thomas Foster (snr) was that his family originated in Holland and had settled in Ireland to escape religious persecution in Holland, and that there were monies held in Chancery to which he was entitled but because the necessary documentation to prove his right of inheritance had been destroyed in a fire he was never able to claim the money. (? was he referring to 1922 fires in Ireland). It is also not clear if the stories referred to the Hagues or Fosters. What is becoming clear however is that perhaps I will also not be able to find out the details my grandfather maintained were impossible to find re his rights of inheritance !!
This is my direct maternal line and I would like to fill in the gaps for all the children from each of these families and take the research back further than 1841. I have further information re Peter Hague and re Thomas and Mary's children and descendants but if there's anyone who can add any information for either family prior to 1841 or fill in the many gaps for other Hague children I would be more than grateful, and happy to share what I have for descendants from Mary Hague & Thomas Foster.
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