St Marys Church – Stockport

PARISH REGISTER OF SAINT MARY CHURCH —–STOCKPORT
1584 – 1620

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GEE MENTIONS
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The first page of Volume number one is prefaced with the following entry: “A true and perfect Register of all those that have bene christened married and buried in the parish church of Stockport which beginneth the twentie and fifte day of March 1584 and in the twentie sixte yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Ladye Elizabeth.”

The reader needs to keep in mind when viewing dates written as 1584/5 for example, events that occurred between January 1st and March 25th in any year between 1582 and 1752, it was customary to insert both the civil and the historical year. Previous to the last named year, it was usual for two dates to be used. January 1st, 1584/5 meant that 1584 was the civil year, 1585 was the historical year.

          1……. October 1584 – Buried John GEE of the Foxholes in Hyde.
          2……. February 1587 – Bap. Ellen dau. of Robert GEE.
          3……. March 1587 – Buried Ales GEE.
           ……………………….- Buried Ellen dau. of Robert GEE.
          4……. May 1588 – Buried Ales dau. of Reginolde GEE.
          5…… September 1588 – Married John GEE and Anne HIGGINBOTTOM.
          6…… April 1589 – Married William THORNILEY and Anne GEE.
          7…… January 1589 – Buried John GEE of Hyde Greene.
          8…… March 1589 – Buried George GEE of Gee Crosse.
          9…… October 1592 – Buried wyfe of Reginolde GEE of Gee Crosse.
          10…… June 1593 – Buried Reginolde GEE of Gee Crosse.
          11….. March 1594 – Buried a chyld of John GEE of the Foxholes.
          12….. June 1595 – Baptised Reginolde GEE of Hyde had a chyld Bap.
          13…… November 1595 – Married Ralphe HYDE and Elizabeth GEE.
          14…… August 1597 – Bap. Reginalde son of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          15…… November 1597 – Buried George GEE of Werneth.
          16…… January 1597 – Reginalde GEE married Elizabeth RIDGEWAIE
          17…… May 1598 – Reginalde GEE of Hyde buried a child.
          18….. December 1598 – Buried John son of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          19…… February 1598 – Buried wife of George GEE of Werneth.
          20…… June 1599 – Bap. John son of John GEE of Werneth.
          21…… August 1599 – Married Thomas GEE and Elizabeth MELLOR.
          22…… February 1599 – Bap. George son of Thomas GEE of Dukinfield.
            ………………………….. – Bap. Ellen daughter of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          23…… August 1600 – Bap. Margaret dau. of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          24…… February 1600 – Bap. Thomas son of John GEE of Werneth.
             ………………………….. – Married George GEE and Margery HIBBERT.
          25…… August 1602 – Buried Henrye GEE of Haughton Webster.
          26…… November 1602 – Bap. John son of Thomas GEE of Dukinfield.
          27…… January 1602 – Buried infant of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          28…… March 1602 – Married Richard BREDBURY and Jane GEE.
          29…… June 1603 – Married Leonard ASHWORTH and Elizabeth GEE.
          30…… August 1603 – Married Peter GEE and Alice WYLDE.
          31…… December 1603 – Bap. Ellen daughter of John GEE of Werneth.
           ……………………………. – Buried Thomas GEE of Offerton
           ……………………………. – Buried Ralphe son of Charles GEE of Werneth.
          32…… January 1604 – Bap. Ann daughter of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          33…… February 1604 – Buried Ann dau. of Reginalde GEE of Bredbury.
          34…… June 1604 – Buried wife of John GEE of Hyde.
          35…… September 1604 – Buried Infant of Reginalde GEE of Bredbury.
          36…… October 1604 – Bap. Elizabeth daughter of Peter GEE of Hyde.
          37…… December 1604 – Married James FELL and Elizabeth GEE.
          38…… February 1604 – Buried wife of James GEE of Hyde.
          39…… April 1605 – Bap. john son of George GEE of Werneth.
          40…… October 1605 – Bap. John son of Peter GEE of Hyde.
          ………………………….. – Bap. George son of Reginalde GEE of Woodley.

From October 1605 to August 14, 1606 the registers record the deaths of 51 persons who died of the plague of whom Madd Mary was the first.

          41…… November 1606 – Buried Elizabeth dau. of James GEE of Werneth.
          42…… April 1607 – Bap. Anne daughter of George GEE of Werneth.
          43…… October 1608 – Bap. Alice daughter of John GEE of Werneth.
          44…… January 1608 – Married Robert GEE and Jane HIBBERT.
          45…… July 1609 – Bap. Nathaniel son of George GEE of Werneth.
          46…… December 1609 – Bap. Joseph son of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          47…… March 1610 – Buried wife of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          48…… May 1610 – Bap. Mary daughter of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          49…… September 1610 – Buried widow of Charles GEE late of Werneth.
          50…… March 1610 – Buried James GEE of Werneth.
          51…… August 1611 – Married Edmond HOLMES and Margaret GEE.
          52…… September 1611 – Bap. Anne daughter of John GEE of Werneth.
          53…… January 1611 – Bap. Joseph son of George GEE of Werneth.
          54…… June 1612 – Buried Marye dau. of Reginalde GEE of Werneth.
          55…… November 1612 – Buried infant of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          56…… June 1613 – Buried Robert GEE of Hyde.
          57…… August 1613 – Buried John GEE of Hyde.
          58…… December 1613 – Buried Peter GEE of Hyde.
          59…….June 1614 – Bap. Elizabeth daughter of John GEE of Werneth.
          60…… October 1614 – Buried Reginalde GEE of Werneth (tanner).
          61…… January 1614 – Bap. child of Robert GEE of Hyde.
          62…… March 1614 – Bap. Robert son of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          ……………………….. – Buried Alice GEE of Hyde.
          63…… April 1615 – Buried infant of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          64…… May 1615 – Buried Margery GEE of Werneth Widow.
          65…… June 1616 – Bap. Robert son of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          66…… November 1616 – Bap. Nathaniel son of Robert GEE of Werneth.
          67…… May 1616 – Bap. Cecilie daughter of John GEE of Werneth.
          68…… March 1618 – Buried Reynold GEE of Hyde.
          69…… May 1618 – Married Will BRADBURIE and Elizabeth GEE.
          70…… December 1618 – Married George DOODSON and Ellen GEE.
          71…… April 1619 – Bap. John son of Robert GEE of Gee Crosse.
          72…… May 1619 – Bap. Jonathon son of Robert GEE of Werneth More Syde.
          …………………….. – Buried John son of Robert GEE of Gee Crosse.

A curious entry —– Baptised on the 18th July 1619 Frauncis who was the youngest daughter of Henrie Arderne (who died 2nd November 1623). His widow Margaret, re-married a William DAVENPORT on 26th September 1627 the same day as their daughter Frances, who was eight years old. The entry reads: William DAVENPORT, Esquire and Margaret Arderne were married the 26th. William DAVENPORT, sonne and heir apparent to the before-named William DAVENPORT and ffranceis ARDERNE, daughter of the before-named Margaret ARDERNE were married also the 26th. Thus we a written account of a custom prevailing in those days of child marriages.

St Mary’s Church is the oldest church in the town of Stockport and has a classification of a “Grade 1” listed building. In legal speak, this means that the building cannot be demolished, extended or altered without permission from the local planning authorities. There is no mention of this church in the Doomsday book, however, the area was devastated by the Normans soon after the conquest, so this may account for the omission.

A church was on the site by 1190 but of this church only the original oratory (which is now an annex to the vestry) remains. Around 1310 a new church was built and only its Chancel (a chancel is the space around the alter at the liturgical east end of a traditional Christian Church building) remains. The rest of the present church was built between 1813 and 1817 to the design of Lewis WYATT . There was a further restoration in 1848 to replace weathered masonry. The tower originated in the 14th century and was rebuilt in 1612–16 and again in 1810.

At the time when the registers commenced the Rector was the Reverend Richard Gerard, H. D. M. A. He was appointed circa 1541 and continued until his death on 17th May 1614. He would have registered all of the first entries which began 25th March 1584 with William DAVENPORT’S baptism being the first entry.

Some of the very early names mentioned are GEE, HIGGENBOTHOM, SHAW, BRIDGE, ANDREW, LEIGHE, ROWBOTHAM, LEES, ROBINSON, KIRKE to name a few. The spellings of any individual name varies from page to page.

The Following excerpt was taken from:  “A Topographical Dictionary of England – 1848” pages 513-517 URL:  british-history.ac.uk:

Werneth:  a township in the parish and union of Stockport, Hundred of Macclesfield, North division of the County of Chester, 5 miles North East by East of Stockport ……  This township, noticed in the Norman survey as “Warnet” is situated on the right bank of the River Tame.  It is 3 ½ miles by 2 ½, of irregular form; chiefly pasture; stiff clayey soil.  Werneth Loe or Low, is considerable height, enclosed and cultivated to its summit, divides the township into two equal parts ……. The view to the north and west extends over the plains of Lancashire and would be very extensive but for the forest of chimneys and the clouds of smoke. 

In the township are the hamlets of Gee-Cross and Compstall-Bridge; the former takes its name from the ancient family of GEE, who erected a cross here that has long since disappeared…….. Ancient Christians in England had a custom of erecting a cross at the conflux of two roads…..

Industries include cotton manufacture, calico-printing, making of hats and stone quarries.  Fairs for cattle take place at Gee-Cross on 28th April and 20th November…….”

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