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Re: Skelly family
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Following on from my last message:

Baptism of “your” John Skelley:

Name: John Skelley • Edit
Event Type: Christening
Event Date: 23 Jan 1848
Event Place: Arbory, Isle of Man
Gender: Male
Father's Name: William Skelley • Edit
Mother's Name: Margaret Leece

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There was a John Skeally b Castletown who married Margaret Collister / Callister and went with his wife and children to Cumbria where he died in 1924. That John Skeally was a miner. There are at least a dozen trees on Ancestry which WRONGLY state that he was John Skelley b 1848 (son of William Skelly and Margaret Leece).

Could the record below be the baptism of the John Skelly who married Margaret Callister in Jan 1865 Malew, giving his address as Queen Street, Castletown and his father’s details as “John Skelly, butler” ? Could he have had little or no contact with his biological father and been vague about the christian name of his father, but knew that he’d been in service in a large house in Castletown ? In 1841 there was an 18yr old footman b IOM at Government House, Castletown, named Samuel Skelly.

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Illegitimate:

Name: John Waterson
Event Type: Christening
Event Date: 21 Dec 1842
Event Place: Castletown, Isle of Man
Event Place (Original): Saint Marys, Castletown, Isle of Man
Gender: Male
Father's Name: Samuel Skelly
Mother's Name: Eleanor Waterson

The image isn’t viewable on familysearch because the page has been cropped (page 43 of 103)

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Name: John Skeally • Edit
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 08 Jan 1865
Event Place: Malew, Isle of Man
Residence Place: Malew, Isle of Man
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: John Skeally • Edit
Spouse's Name: Margaret Callister • Edit
Spouse's Residence Place: Moaney Mooar
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Father's Name: Thomas Callister

Image shows:
JS bachelor, car driver, Queen St, father John Skeally a butler.
Margaret Callister, spinster, Moaney Mooar, father Thomas Callister, a smith.
John made an x-mark. Margaret signed as COLLISTER.
Wit: Thomas Keggin and John Kaighin, parish clerk.

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Looking at John Skelly/Waterson b Dec 1842, going backwards through the 1861, 1851 and 1841 (before his birth) censuses:

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1861
Queen Street, Castletown

Ellen Watterson mar 50 labourer b Malew
Wm unm son 28 ostler b Malew
Jno unm son 18 ostler b Malew

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1851
Queen Hithe St, Castletown

Name Age
Henry Watterson 73
Ellen Watterson 40
William Watterson 19
Elizabeth Watterson 16
John Watterson 8
Catherine Watterson 4

HW 73 ag lab b Arbory
Ellen 40 unm ag lab b CT
Wm 19 ostler
grandchildren all b Castletown
Wm illegit son of Ellen Waterson and Stephen Gelling, baker of CT, bap 20 Nov 1831 CT.
Catherine, illegit daughter of Ellen Waterson and William Christian, mason, of Castletown, bap 2 Feb 1848.
John illegit son of Eleanor Waterson and Samuel Skelly bap 21 Dec 1842 CT.
Catherine illegit dau of Ellen Waterson and James Bridson, watch maker, bap 21 June 1835, CT.

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1841
Queen Hithe St, CT

Ancestry’s mis-transcription:

Name Age
Henry Walterson 60
Ellen Walterson 30
Robert Walterson 12
William Walterson 6
Elizabeth Walterson 5

Henry 60 labourer

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Hope this clarifies the identity of “your” John Skelley as being “son of William Skelley and Margaret Leece”.

Jean C

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