From the Cheshire Parish Register Database

The following is copied from the Cheshire Parish Register Database, which is in itself transcribed from the original registers or microfiche copies.

Marriage record

Knutsford Parish
21st April 1757
Groom forename: Edward
Groom surname: Higgins
Groom occupation: Yeoman
Groom residence: Knutsford
Bride forename: Katherine
Bride surname: Bertles
Bride status: Spinster
Bride residence: Knutsford
Witness: John Skellorn
Witness: Allen Samuel
Clergy name: Samuel Sanders

Baptisms

Parish: Knutsford
23rd April 1757
Forename: Nancy
Sex: Female
Father: Edward Higgins
Father’s occupation or status: Gentleman
Residence: Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
7th April 1760
Forename: John
Sex: Male
Father: Edward Higgins
Father’s occupation or status: Gentleman
Residence: Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
26th October 1761
Forename: Edward
Sex: Male
Father: Edward Higgins
Father’s occupation or status: Gentleman
Residence: Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
4th April 1763
Forename: Peter
Sex: Male
Father: Edward Higgins
Father’s occupation or status: Gentleman
Residence: Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
11th June 1764
Forename: Kitty
Sex: Female
Father: Edward Higgins
Father’s occupation or status: Gentleman
Residence: Knutsford

Burials

Parish: Knutsford
24th April 1757
Name: Nancy Higgins
Relationship: Daughter
Kin: Edward Higgins, Gent, Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
4th February 1760
Name:  William Higgins
Relationship: Son
Kin: Edward Higgins, Gent, Knutsford

Parish: Knutsford
12th June 1763
Name: Peter Higgins
Relationship: Son
Kin: Edward Higgins, Gent, Knutsford

Notes:

Note the dates of Higgins’s Marriage to Katherine, the baptism of their first child, Nancy, and the burial of Nancy; just a matter of days apart.  I assume that Katherine was heavily pregnant at the wedding or had just given birth and Nancy died just a few days old.  It is also a possibility that Nancy was premature.

I have yet to find the record of William Higgins’s baptism.  Was he baptised before his death?

Peter Higgins also died in childhood, only 2 months old.

I find no other records of burials of Higgins’s children in Knutsford.  John, Edward Jnr and Kitty may have moved to Frenchay with Katherine after Higgins fled Knutsford in 1764.  Note that Kitty was born the same year that Higgins was arrested.  It is also a possibility that the children changed their names.

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