Parish registers: Bunbury, Cheshire, England, 1559-1953, St. Boniface Church, FamilySearch.org indexed data from parish registers, FHL MF 2093505; Charles Spurtow, buried 17 June 1685, Bunbury.
Marriage License and Allegation Bond, October 1716 for John Spurstow and Elizabeth Illidge
Marriage Record: John Spurstow and Elizabeth Illidge, 1716, Bunbury, Cheshire, England, 4 Nov 1716. FHL MF 1655425, Bishop's Transcripts for Bunbury, John Spurstow, merchant, of Chester, and Elizabeth Illidge of Stapeley, parish of Wibunbury, both age 21 or older, married by license.
Christening: Elizabeth Illidge, 1687, Nantwich, Cheshire, Parish Register, St. Mary's Church, 14 July 1687, FHL MF 2105029, Elizabeth, Dau of George Illidge, shoemaker, Family notes give place of birth as Stapely, Nantwich, which is just SE of the town of Nantwich in Cheshire.
See below for Elizabeth’s parentage.
A chapman would invest in the raw materials of the cotton, woolen or silk trade, put out the work to spinners and weavers at home on piece-rates, and sell the product for profit.
John’s and Elizabeth’s wills were obtained by my aunt at the Lancashire Record Office in Preston, Lancashire, in the 1980s.
Elizabeth Illidge’s Parentage
Elizabeth Illidge's parents are said to be, in our family tree, George Illidge and Mary Croxton. A couple by this name did marry on 15 Apr 1693 in Wybunbury, Cheshire – near Stapeley and Nantwich. This marriage date is after Elizabeth's christening in 1687.
There is a christening of a George Illidge in Nantwich on 4 Jan 1662; the father is Richard Illidge.
There is a diary, which can be found on the internet, written by Lieutenant Richard Illidge who was born in Weston in the parish of Wybunbury in 1637 - according to the diary. Weston is east of Nantwich and not far from Wybunbury. Richard's son George got his father in touch with his friend Matthew Henry who wrote up Richard's diary. The diary gives a few details of his life, the change in his life from a drunk and wicked life to one of morality, religion and social concern.
Richard was apprenticed to a shoemaker in Nantwich where he married Mary Price, daughter of Richard Price. He eventually leased a farm called Cheer Brook near Stapeley. He died 12 June 1709, age 72, and was buried in Wybunbury churchyard. He mentions three granddaughters and notes that their mother died when they were very young.
Elizabeth Illidge was from the Stapeley/Nantwich area, her father was named George in her christening record, and he was a shoemaker. It is most likely that her grandfather is Richard Illidge who kept the diary. Who her mother might be is another question. Mary Croxton might have been a second wife to George if Elizabeth's mother died when she was very young.
There are a couple possibilities for George's first wife. A George Illidge married a Mary Child in Wybunbury on 26 Dec 1685. A George Illidge married an Ellen Seavill on 27 July 1686 in Nantwich.
Starting about 1680 there are at least ten christenings of children of a George Illidge. This may or may not all be the same George Illidge. The first eight are in Nantwich, Cheshire, and the last two in Wybunbury, Cheshire. We know that the mother of George’s daughters died when the daughters were young, so it is possible that George took a second wife, possibly Mary Croxton.
The following were christened, children of a George Illidge:
1680 Samuell Illidge
1681 William Illidge
1682 Thomas Illidge
1684 Robert Illidge
1686 Henry Illidge
1687 Elizabeth Illidge
1688 Ralph Illidge
1689 Mary Illidge
1691 Martha Illidgev
1693 George Illidge
A Ralph Illidge was buried in 1692
Elizabeth, Mary and Martha could be the three granddaughters that Richard Illidge refers to in his Diary. He does not mention any grandsons. In 1709, when Richard died, son Ralph, born 1688, had already been buried, leaving the three daughters as the youngest children of George and his first wife.
The George Illidge baptized in Nov 1693 is problematic – since the Mary Croxton/George Illidge marriage was in April 1693.