ADLAM of Dilton near Westbury Wiltshire England
I have been searching for a link to my ggg/mother who was Ann ADLAM over many years.
The 1851 and 1861 census stated she was born in Wiltshire circa 1811 and her marriage certificate (1840) stated that her father was named 'Stephen'.
The 1871 census was a little more generous with her place of birth but very badly handwritten.
However I did make some enquiries and the consensus of opinions received were positive that the place of birth stated on the 1871 census was 'Penknap',Dilton,Westbury,Wiltshire.
Further information I obtained is as follows;
"The Sabbath School commenced when the chapel was being built in 1810.
Until the chapel was comfortably fitted up with pews and galleries, the school was conducted every Sabbath in some shops that were unoccupied near Pippin's Bridge, belonging to Mrs. Ballard, who was a great friend of the undertaking. It appears that this was the first Sunday School this side of Westbury.
Within a few Sabbaths, however, another Sunday School was established at Leigh Chapel. When the chapel was completed the school was moved thither, and here it was conducted twice every Lord's Day for 25 years. The first person who acted as Superintendant was Mr. Stephen ADLAM."
It appears that the school was for Baptist Children at Dilton so the difficulty of searching is as a result of the baptismal practices of that faith.
The reference to Stephen ADLAM is the only one that I have ever found in all my searching and I would respectfully ask if there could perhaps be any records related to this man and his family?
Ann ADLAM appears to have left Wiltshire sometime before 1840 for in that year she married my ggg/father at the parish church Paddington Green West London.
Her faith did not wane as several of her descendents were subsequently prominent in the Salvation Army.