|Market Place, Garstang|
Betty was probably born about 1772, based on her age when she died in 1833. She and her husband William Lambert had three daughters who were baptised in Garstang, Lancashire, in the early 1800s (Betty, Hannah and Esther). And that was all I knew about her. I couldn't find any record of her marriage to William.
First came Grace
|Former Church of St John, Preston,|
demolished and rebuilt in the 1850's.
The next question was, who was Grace Lambert? Could she be a sister to Esther? Or a cousin? Knowing the answer to that could be a step forward in finding out more about Betty. Unfortunately, none of the baptism records I found for children named Grace Lambert appear likely to be hers.
All I have discovered about Grace is that she married John Singleton, had two children, George (1833) and Elizabeth (1841) and was living with her family in Bolton in 1841. The census suggests she was born about 1800. Young Elizabeth died in 1848.
It seems Grace must have died sometime between 1841 and the next census, since she doesn't appear in 1851. She is possibly the Grace Singleton whose death is recorded in Burnley in 1849. I haven't been able to trace with any certainty what became of her husband John or her son George after her death .
Since Grace was born and married before civil registration began in 1837, there are no birth or marriage certificates available for her. Her death certificate is unlikely to reveal much, as parents names were not recorded for adults. So instead of being a step forward, she has become another mystery.
And then there's Anne
I eventually discovered, by another indirect route, that Esther Lambert had an older sister named Anne. Her children, Mary and William Newsham, were living with Esther and Matthew Cragg when the 1851 census was taken. I've been able to trace their births, Anne's marriage in Preston in 1829, and her death in 1832.
Anne doesn't appear to have been baptised in Garstang, so William and Betty Lambert may have been living elsewhere when she was born. Perhaps she was the child named Anne Lambert, daughter of William and Elizabeth Lambert, who was baptised in Warton, near Lancaster, in 1795. But, so far, that is another cold trail. And Betty remains plain Betty Unknown for now.
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St John's church Preston see St John's Minster Preston