Sarah married Richard Wilcock on 3 Feb 1878 at age 18yrs at Golborne St Thomas. Her father was John Bate an Innkeeper. Census in Golborne after marriage indicates birth in 1858 in Golborne. In1891 she has brother John livng with family he is 28yr and a brickmaker. There is a near complete list of baps on lan-opc.org.uk at Golborne church with John Bate and Mary Ann as parents, this gives Sarah's birth as 4 Mar 1859 and John's birth as 14 Sep 1862. Father's occupation is brickmaker. My problem is there are a lot of Bates around at that time and John /Sarah are very common names so I cannot be sure this is the correct family. I have found this family on Census 1861/1871.
There is another family on 1871 and 1881 Census with father John Bate, children Sarah and John but in 1881 this Sarah is still with birth family age 19yr and cotton weaver. So I think this family is unlikely as my Sarah is married in 1878 and brother John is too young.
On freebmd there are three Sarah Bate births: Mar 1859, Dec 1861 which I think are the two above families. Then there is Dec 1860 Sarah Ellen Bate registered in Leigh 8c 179. I cannot find this child on any bap record or Census. I cannot find burial either. Could some one help me with this please? If I can find this Sarah and she doesn't have father and brother called John then she is not my Sarah.
Also I have tried to search Census for John Bate, Sarah's father after Sarah's marriage in 1878 because if I can find this Bate family after 1878 without Sarah then this strengthens my idea that the first Sarah is the correct one. Can anyone find John Bate on Census after 1878 please?
Thank you for any help.