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#9 The Heap Family Line

Each month I am looking at a different Family surname and straightening out my files and seeing what I know or don’t know for each family line. This month the dubious job is surveying the Heap files. It begins with my maternal grandmother (Ada Richmal Heap  b. 18 August 1888, Staten Island, New York, USA) and I have navigated my way back to my 4x great grandfather (Robert Heap b. 1766?, Cheshire England).

Since I have the direct line sorted out to that point I have taken to what we genealogist lovingly call “killing off the relatives”. Some of the siblings are not co-operating and in order to find their death dates I have to muck around in the records sometimes creating more questions for myself. One of those was Edward Heap b. about 1841 to Henry and Mary (Woolley) Heap. Henry had a brother Edward Lees Heap (b. 1809 d. 1845) and when Henry and Mary had their third baby boy christened on 11 April 1841 they named him Edward Lees Heap. Well, now Henry’s son Edward is in the 1841 census for Ashton Under Lyne and noted to be 6 months old. Also there is another Edward Heap 30 years old living in Henry’s household, unfortunately they do not list relationship in the 1841 UK Census, but the age is right for Edward Lees Heap, Henry’s brother. Since the census was to reflect the household on the night of  June 6th 1841  Edward (the younger) was born in either December 1840 or January 1841.

Henry and Mary had their children (Robert, John Woolley and Edward)  baptized at the parish church

Mottram Parish Church from Google Earth

Mottram-in-Logandendale, Cheshire England. In the Census of 1841 the family is shown as living at Rossbottom Street in the town of Staleybridge (Cheshire). When Mary (Woolley) Heap dies in 1843 she is shown as being at Rossbottom Street and when Henry marries Eliza Stokes in 1845 his address is listed as Staleybridge and they marry in Ashton Under Lyne. In the Census of 1851 the family is shown as living at 52 Rossbottom Street in the town of Staleybridge (Cheshire) but no Edward.


So the questions are:

  • where in 1851 is Edward or did he not  survive to his 10th birthday
  • where would I find the death record? Mottram-in- Logandale? Ashton-under Lyne?
  •  looking at the map of the area we can see that Staleybridge is between Mottram-in- Logandendale and Ashton-under Lyne.

Who are the Edward Heaps in the 1851 UK census

  • in Hartshead in the parish of Ashton-under Lyne there’s another Henry Heap family. His wife is listed as Elizabeth. The children in the family are shown as Robert(24 years of age), Ann (22), Edward (21), Martha (18), and Joseph (16). This Edward is too old and this Robert is 4 years older the our Robert would have been. This census does list the relationship of each individual to the head of household
  • in Lancashire there are are only two other Edward Heaps indexed in the 1851 UK census.
    • one in Higher Booths who is only 5
    • one in Cotton who is 11 which would be about the correct age but he is shown as born in Munst.
  • There are none in Cheshire and several in Yorkshire.

So I have sent an inquiry to the Parish church in Mottram-in-Logandendale for a possible burial that is not available on-line. Any other ideas? Would love your input.


The Publican’s wife, Mary Woolley

Some names just make us smile. I have several in my family that do that for me, it’s not the stories about the people with those names that make me smile, it’s just the name itself. One of those is Henry Heap, that one works best for me with a cockney accent where the ‘h’ on Henry is silent. Another one for me is Woolley. Makes me think “soft and cuddly”, I like soft and cuddly things.

I have been familiar with the Woolley name since I was a small girl. My grandmother spoke of her grandfather John Woolley Heap and it stuck in my brain. I do not remember what she said about him, just the name. So fast forward forty years and I’m wondering, where did the name Woolley come from? Well I knew my 2x great grandfather John Woolley Heap got his middle name from his mother’s family name. So who were the “Woolley’s”

Since we start our research going backwards the 1881 UK Census, the 1871, the 1861 and then the 1851.

1851 UK Census Ashton under Lyne Lancashire

1851 UK Census
Ashton under Lyne







They all had Henry’s wife as Eliza . I was pretty well convinced that it was Eliza Woolley,but no, in the 1841 UK Census Henry is living on Rassbottom Street in Ashton-under Lyne, Lancashire, and his wife is listed as Mary.

1841 UK Census Ashton under Lyne Lancashire, England

1841 UK Census
Ashton under Lyne
Lancashire, England

Mary is 10 years younger than Henry but in this census we need to remember that adults ages were rounded  off. Where as in the 1851 census Eliza is only 4 years younger then Henry. In the 1851 UK Census it had been  Eliza and Henry at the same address on Rassbottom Street. Well, when I thought she was Eliza Woolley I found her parents as Merlin (Melling?) Woolley and Hannah. Well that ‘s bogus.

But no, it’s  Mary (Woolley) Heap. After I was corrected by a 2x cousin I found  the  marriage for her and Henry Heap 10 June 1830 in Oldham  Lancashire England.

Church record of Marriage - Henry Heap and Mary Woolley

Church record of Marriage – Henry Heap and Mary Woolley

She died and was buried 28 July 1843, just two years after this census, lucky for me she had not died prior to the 1841 census. Mary Heaps parish burial records list place of abode as Rassbottom street in Ashton under Lyne. That is how I am assured that I had the correct Mary Heap, wife of Henry. Mary was 38 at the time of her death and that means that she was born about 1807. So now the question is who were Mary’s parents.

Looking at the 1841 UK Census, Henry and Mary name their first child Robert, which appears to be named for Henry’s father. Their second child is named John (Woolley) Heap, well maybe that’s a pretty great clue. I see on familysearch.org a Mary born to a John and Ann Woolley in Cheshire England. Since the 1841 census says that Mary was not born in Lancashire it is a pretty safe guess to think Mary may also be from Cheshire County, as is Henry. So now I have a possible couple for Mary’s parents. I just have to find some evidence for proof.

I did find where Henry remarries in 1845 to Eliza Stokes. I do not yet know who her Eliza’s  parents are but it is not a priority.

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