My Samuel was born in the Handforth/Cheadle area and my research suggests that there were several Roylance families that he could have been from. I know that he was born about 1804 and I have found THREE Samuel Roylances baptised at Dean Row Chapel (situated between Handforth and Wilmslow) during 1804. One family, in particular, looks promising as my Samuel seems to have adopted the same given names for his own children as those found in the other baptism records for this family. These Dean Row Roylances appear to have been Shoemakers, and the Museum at Northampton whom maintain a database of Shoemakers have told me that this family is recorded, but just as a name only with no further information.
There is also a record of a Thomas Roylance who served in the Napoleonic Wars with the Royal Artillery and I have a copy of his service record. Before joining up he was a Clockmaker (or possibly, 'Chockmaker' it is rather hard to read) born Cheadle, Cheshire. I have'nt linked him to my family yet, but the document is interesting nevertheless.
I have also seen your Joshua's ships passenger record on the Castle Garden website. It confirms what you wrote earlier, but for some reason they have him lised as Joshua Royland.
The will of your Joshua Vernon Roylance is available from the Cheshire Wills database at the Cheshire Records Office. I have seen it on their website whilst undertaking my research.
The Samuel Roylance that I have previously mentioned married at Manchester Cathedral was my Samuel. He married Mary Bailey who was pregnant with their second child, the first being born out of wedlock. He is listed as a bachelor Shoemaker and she a spinster, both residents of Manchester. It seems evident that they lied about their residency in order for the ceremony to take place. Manchester Cathedral was, at that time, the Parish Church of Manchester, and had a reputation for turning a blind eye to brides who were unmarried mothers, divorcees and non-conformists. For obvious reasons such individuals were unlikely to be allowed to marry in their local churches where everybody was aware of their circumstances. It has been suggested that up to 20 weddings a day were taking part at Manchester under these circumstances and people from the surrounding area used to travel into Manchester with a picnic to watch the ceremonies taking place.
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