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WAINWRIGHT of Hawarden, Flintshire

My grand father Charles Wainwright born 1899/1900 was born on Lower Ash Farm Leaches Lane, Hawarden.

His mother Lily RICKETTS and father Charles WAINWRIGHT are buried together in Hawarden Churchyard. This Charles died feb 1947 aged 87, born 1860 inscribed on the headstone (age shown as 2 on the 1861 census).

His father was William WAINWRIGHT b.1830, (father John) and married Catherine CONNAH b.1833 (father Richard) in 1860 in the St. Mary's Parish of Chester. He was living in Bridge Street, Saltney. The English side of the welsh border.

The important facts here are his male family are all boilermakers in the railway boom years and they seem to live away a lot due to work commitment. He worked in Chester but is not with Catherine or his son Charles in the 1861 census. This census also shows an aging Thomas WAINWRIGHT aged 76 (b.1795)as the grandfather and not John WAINWRIGHT on the marriage certificate. This is either William's grandfather or Uncle eg John's brother. Thomas WAINWRIGHT is shown as a retired boilermaker.

For me the history beyond William is confusing and looks as if the family worked in the West Derby, Liverpool area. They all seem to have Hawarden as their origins (or Pentrobin). I have some ideas and plausible links but they do not fit together properly and I am unhappy with this.

There is a John and Mary in Chester in the St. Mary district but dates don't work well here either.

1841 to 1871 need to be researched more, to work this out, plus Catherine CONNAH and her family may have been in the workhouse at some of this time due to the very large family (Maybe Holywell).

Now an extra confusion! William disappears and dies because Catherine remarries John Mackintosh shown in the 1871 census in Hawarden. Her son Charles is there but also now another older son Edward WAINWRIGHT b.1856 and clearly out of wedlock. He appears to be with his uncle Peter CONNAH in the 1861 census and with the name Edward CONNAH. I need to confirm this but Edward WAINWRIGHT does appear to go back to Peter CONNAH in the 1891 census. Suggesting this link. He sticks with coal mining and labouring in the Hawarden area.

Final thought. William's death occurs around the time of the fire in the Queens hotel in Chester. Was he killed here or in the vacinity? It is near the railway yards in Chester and an area of lodgings.

Any support is priceless. is confused with some dodgy links. I need to set the scene straight.

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