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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.

52 Ancestors- Robert Heap’s Will

This week the theme for Amy Johnson Crow’s challenge 52 Ancestors – 52 Weeks  is “Where there’s a Will”.

I immediately thought about the will of  my maternal 4x great grandfather, Robert Heap.  I had discovered the  document back in March of 2000 on Cheshire (England) Records office online. I was able to order a copy through their offices and it was very exciting to have a document that was written back in 1818. Robert Heap was probably born around 1765 in Cheshire county England. He was the husband of Mally Lees and they were the parents of at least 7 children. It was disappointing that the children were not named, except the youngest , Edward.

While transcribing the document I discovered a word I had never come across before, Messauges.

noun, Law.


a dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and the lands appropriated to the use of the household.

The following is a transcript of those documents.

Mr. Robert Heaps Will

The twenty sixth Day of June 1819

Mally Heap the Executira and William Hasledine & Samuel Lees the Executors in this Will with codicil named were sworn in common Form, and they further made oath that the personal effects & Estate of the Testator within the Diocese of Chester were under the value of six hundred pounds,

Before me

Jos. Brooker Suvrogate

The Testator died Jan. 20 1819

MB Stamp Duty remitted eleven pounds

Duty paid 11:W.W.

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Robert Heap

Of Stayley in the County of Chester Clothier made and published the thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighteen in manner following that is to say, I order all my just Debts Funeral and Testamentary Charges to be paid out of my Estates and Effects and subject there to. My Will and desire is that my beloved Wife, Mally and my children shall continue together and employ my Stock in Trade for the purpose of carrying on my business of a Clothier to the best advantage until my youngest child Edward shall attain the age of twenty one years for their comfortable support and maintenance and for the increase of my property, And when my said youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years I order and direct that the said stock in Trade and the increase and profits thereof with my other Estate and Effects not herein after otherwise disposed of shall be divided among my said children equally and the child or children of such of them as maybe then dead leaving a child or children (if more than one) to take only among them the share or shares that the deceased parent or parents would have been Entitled to if living Provided nevertheless that in case my said wife or children shall agree to carry on my said Business after the time aforesaid Then they shall be at Liberty so to do until such time as they shall see proper to make a division of the property in manner aforesaid and if any of them shall think proper during the time or hence aforesaid to go to himself or herself then the rest shall and may continue to carry on my said Business in manner aforesaid And it is my Will and wish that my Elder Children shall be paid a fair compensation for their Labour Care and pains in and about carrying on my said Business according to their desert which shall be at the discretion of my Executors and payable at the time such division shall be made as aforesaid over and above their respective shares of such said property And Whereas I am Entitled to several Messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst in the Parish of Ashtonunderline And Whereas I have contracted with Francis Dunkinfield Astley Esquire for a piece of Building Land in Dunkinfield but no conveyances have yet been executed to me therefor Now I direct that the Rents of the said Messuages in Hurst being about Thirty pounds a year shall be applied for the purpose of making Erections or Buildings upon said plot of Land in Dunkinfield yearly until such division of my other property shall be made as aforesaid And when such division shall be made as aforesaid or in the mean in Case any unforeseen circumstance shall happen so that my said Family shall not keep together and carry on my said business in manner aforesaid I give my said Messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst aforesaid with the appurtenances to my said wife for all my Estate and interest therein to be at her disposal And as to the said plot of Land in Dunkinfield and the intended Buildings thereon I give the same equally among my Children as Tenants in Common and not as Joint Tenants their respective heirs and assigns when the youngest attains twenty one and the Child or Children of such Child or Children only taking the parents share in manner a foresaid And I nominate nd appoint my said wife Mally, William Hasledine of StayleyBridge, Machinemaker and my bother in Law Samuel Lees Executors of this my will and here by revoking all former wills by me made I declare this to be my last And I direct my Executors to satisfy themselves from and out of my Estate and Effects all Charges and Expenses which they maybe put to and for their trouble in and about the execution here of and that they shall not be answerable for each others acts neglects or default but each for his own only In Witness where of I the said Robert Heap the Testator have hereto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed published and declared by                                     Robert Heap

said Robert Heap the Testator as and for

his last will and Testament in the presence

of us who have here into subscribed our

Names as witnesses thereto in his presence

and at his request and in the presence of each other.

Jn Higginbottom

Eliza Higginbottom

Wm Cheethain Wagstaff

By way of a Codicil to the Will of me the above named Robert Heap and which I desire may be taken as a part there of I direct that my wife is not to have the disposal of my messuages or Dwelling houses in Hurst aforesaid but the same shall on her death in Case my youngest Child shall then have attained the age of twenty one years be equally divided amongst my Children and the Child or children of such of them dead leaving a child or children such child or children only taking the parents share in manner intended in my  said Will as to my other property But my wife is to have the rents and Profits thereof during her life on the event mentioned in my Will of my business not being carried on and such Division as aforesaid is to be postponed till her death if my youngest child attains Twenty one before that time And in case any of my Children shall act imprudently and contrary to the inclination of my other children and waste any of my property by  so doing he she or they shall have so much less of my property on the division aforesaid as shall have been so wasted by his her or their default in manner aforesaid and the same shall be applied to and for the benefit of the others of my said children who shall act with prudence In witness where of I have to this codicil set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and eighteen

Signed sealed published and

declared as a codicil to the Will of the                                            Robert Heap

said Robert Heap in the presence of

us who at his request and in his

presence and in the presence of each

other have here unto set our hands

as Witnesses

James Hurst

John Adam his mark X

Samuel Hurst

The following are the copies received. Click on image to enlarge.

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.2

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.1

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament

Robert Heap Last Will and Testament  pg. 3

Robert Heap Last Will and Testament
pg. 3

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament  pg.4

Robert Heap Last Will & Testament


52 Ancestors ~ # 26 Henry Heap – Licensed Victualler

I am officially half way through my 52 ancestors challenge. I need to thank Amy Johnson Crow
(http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/52-ancestors-challenge) for starting this challenge. It has been a great help.

This weeks ancestor is my 3x great maternal grandfather Henry Heap. For some reason I really like this name and have developed a real attachment for him. He was born about 1801 Cheshire, England and christened 5 April 1801 St George , Staleybridge, Lancashire, England.

We do not have much on Henry until the 1841 UK census. We can follow him pretty much through the England Census from 1841  until the last census 1881 prior to his death.  He was born and raised in and around Staleybridge in both Lancashire and Cheshire counties.

click on to enlarge

click on to enlarge


In the 1841 census we find Henry Heap (40)  already married Eliza (30) (listed as Mary ) and with three children  living on Rassbottom Street in Ashton under-Lyne where he is a Publican.

1841 UK census Parish - Ashton Under-lyne Staleybridge

1841 UK census
Parish – Ashton under-Lyne


Robert his oldest son is 10 (not born in Lancashire county), John (9), and Edward (6 months) who was born in the county of the census. Oh I forgot to mention that in the British census the adult ages are often rounded off. If the age as in Henry is listed as 40 he could be anywhere from 36-44. In this case we have his birth year as 1801 so he actually is 40. Also listed in the household is Edward Heap (30) who is probably Henrys brother  who was born in 1808 and would have been about 33 that year.

Henry Heap's Pub. 52 Rassbottom Street Staleybridge,Lancashire, England

Henry Heap’s Pub.
52 Rassbottom Street
Staleybridge,Lancashire, England

So Henry is shown on Rassbottom Street in Staleybridge. In the above census it looks like there are several boarders on the night of the census. This Photo was taken on our England trip in 2000 and our best guess where 52 Rossbottom would have been in 1841. While there we also found several abodes named Heap this or that. Below is the “Heaps Farm” which Madeleine wanted to have belonged to our family, but probably not.

Heaps Farm

Heaps Farm

In the 1851 census the family is still at 52 Rassbottom Street and Now Henry (50) is listed as a Licensed Victualler. You ask what is that?  Here is what I found (http://www.genguide.co.uk/source/Publican-Brewery-and-Licensed-Victuallers-Records-Occupations/127/)  A licensed Victualler is one who is licensed to sell food and spirits in a Public House. So now he is licensed.

1851 UK Census Staleybridge, Lancashire

1851 UK Census
Staleybridge, Lancashire

Now in the household in 1851 is  Eliza (46) formerly shown as Mary. Here we can see the county where the individuals were born. For Henry it is easily read as Cheshire, Staley. Eliza is a little harder to read. John W. (20) their son was born in Cheshire, Hollingworth and Mary (52) Henry’s sister was born in Cheshire, Staley and Mally (83) Henry’s widowed mother was born in Lancashire, Ashton under-Lyne.

In the 1861 UK census we find the family has moved back to Staley, Cheshire and are living on or near Mottram Old Road in the Shaw Bank House.


1861 UK Census Staley, Cheshire

1861 UK Census
Staley, Cheshire

Henry Heap (60) listed as a common brewer his wife Eliza (56) and the only other person in the household for this census is an 18 year old unmarried servant named Ann Taylor born in Derbyshire.

1871 UK Census Matley, Cheshire

1871 UK Census
Matley, Cheshire


Here is the 1871 UK Census with Henry Heap (70) now a Retired Brewer and Eliza (66) and they are living in Matley on Higher Tongue.


1881 UK Census Matley, Cheshire

1881 UK Census
Matley, Cheshire

Henry is now 80 and Eliza is 77. Their son John Woolley Heap is a visitor in their home on the night the census was taken.


England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

England and Wales National Probate Calendar Index

On 7 September 1882 the will of Henry Heap was filed for probate. We are assured that this is our Henry Heap for his two sons are shown Robert Heap and John Woolley Heap. His last address is shown as Tonge House in Mottram in Longdendale Cheshire county, just down the road from Matley. He died 25 April 1882. Since his wife is not mentioned I am assuming she may have died prior to him.

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