The Problem Where and when was William Stoddard born, who were his parents, when did he die?
What is known The known information can best be shown by a very brief timeline:
|1825||Cathedral Church, Manchester, Lancashire||12 Jun 1825 marriage of William Stoddard (bachelor) and Ann Peniston (spinster) (Church of England, Cathedral Church, Manchester, Lancashire, Parish register for 1825 p.56)|
|1825||Stockport, Cheshire (per census: 1851 ENG Joseph Fauley, 1861 ENG Joseph Fawley)||22 Sep 1825 birth of daughter Ellen Stoddard (date per Find-A-Grave is consistent with her age on other records)|
|abt 1830||Stalybridge, Cheshire||birth of daughter Susanna Stoddard (per her census records)|
|1832||Caroline St Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Stalybridge, Cheshire||5 Feb 1832 baptisms of Ellen and Susanna Stoddard. William's occupation was "weaver".|
|1839||Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire||25 Nov 1839 marriage of Ann Peniston Stoddard and Benjamin Stevens. The indexes do not indicate her marital status, but her father Joseph Peniston is named. (Civil Records Vol. 20 p.12, Ashton under Lyne District, registered Dec qtr 1839 per England and Wales Civil Registration Index; Ancestry.com: England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1940; Family Search: England Marriages, 1538-1973). They lived in Ashton Under Lyne (per census: 1841 ENG Benjamin Stevens)|
Other Children Indexes of records for three other Stoddard children with parents William and Ann(e) have been found:
|1824||Manchester Church, Lancashire||11 Jan 1824 baptism of William Stoddard (Family Search: Bishop's transcripts for Collegiate Church, Manchester, 1614-1851, FHL 1545583) No further records have been found.|
|1832||Saint Michael, Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire||9 Dec 1832 baptism of Anne Stoddard (Family Search: Bishop's transcripts for Collegiate Church, Manchester, 1614-1851, FHL 1545583, and Parish registers for St. Michael's Church, Ashton-under-Lyne, 1594-1964, FHL 547824). No further records have been found.|
|1837||Cathedral, Manchester, Lancashire|| 31 Dec 1837 baptism of Edward Stoddard (mother Susannah) (Family Search: Parish registers for the Cathedral Church, Manchester, 1573-1946,FHL 438173). See Ancestry: Manchester, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1901 (Cathedral), the father was a brewer.|
The only children living with Ann and her second husband in 1841 are Ellen and Susanna.
Birth of William Without census records, it is difficult to even estimate William's birth date. He was married for the first (and apparently only) time in 1825. He was probably at least 20 years old at the time, so he was probably born before 1805. His bride was about 19 years old, born about 1806.
Death of William
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