As many of you will know (Bert!), my Elizabeth Lawrinson married William Gordon in Liverpool in 1827 but her birth has eluded me. I recently came to the conclusion she had been born in Warrington in 1807 and that her parents were John Lawrinson and Margaret Clarke. D.o.b tallied with death certificate and census dates but It didn't explain why the 1851 census says she was born in Upholland and who Sarah Lawrinson (married name Martindale) was who reported her death in 1858.
A look at her burial record, howver, has given me more doubts as this says her parents were William and Margaret! The widowed Margaret was living with Sarah Martindale on the 1841 census and when she died in 1848 but William and Margaret do not appear to have had a daughter called Sarah and thier daughter called Elizabeth was born in 1812 which means that, if this was my Elizabeth, she would have been 15 years old when she married the 25 year old mariner called William Gordon! Is this a likely scenario? Still doesn't solve the Upholland puzzle and and 1812 doesn't match with Elizabeth's death certificate or census entries.
Just so I don't waste people's time: I know William was a tailor, that he probably (incorrect name recorded) married Margaret Johnson in 1795 and that they had 6 children between 1797 and 1812 (Elizabeth appears to have been their last child - significant?). My last reference for William is in the 1829 Gore's Directory when he was a tailor at 59 Rose Place.
Can anyone see a way to resolve my dilemma? As always, any ideas would be much appreciated.