The Cheshire Non-Conformist and Roman Catholic baptism records include those for Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Society of Friends (Quakers), Unitarians and Roman Catholics.
Each record contains an image and a transcript of the original document. The amount of information varies a great deal but they may contain some or all of the following information about your ancestor:
Date of birth
Date of death
Date of burial
Denomination or parish
Further information about the individual denominations including locations is available below
The Methodist movement grew in Cheshire from the 1740s. Breakaway groups included Primitive Methodists, New Connexion, Independents and Wesleyan Methodists. Records were created by districts, circuits and chapels. There are 3068 Methodist records in the collection covering chapels, circuits and churches at the following locations:
MacClesfield Park Street New Connexion Chapel
Prestbury, Brunswick Wesleyan Chapel
Runcorn, Englesea Brook Chapel
There are 11,858 Roman Catholic baptism records covering the following Cheshire Churches.
Ashton Under Lyne, St Peter’s Church
Bowden, St Vincent de Paul Church
Chester, St Francis of Assissi Church
Chester, St Werburgh’s Church
Eastham, Hooten Hall Chapel
Nantwich, St Anne’s Church
Neston, St Winifrede’s Church
Prestbury, St Alban’s Church
Stockport, St Michael’s Church
Stockport, St Paul’s Church
Wallasey, St Alban’s Church
Wallasey, St Joseph’s Church
Wilmslow, Sacred Heart and St Theresa Church
Please note that the original Roman Catholic records are written in Latin
Great Budworth, Frandley Society of Friends
Macclesfield Society of Friends
Stockport Society of Friends
Sandbach United Reformed Church
Non-conformist is a very broad term covering churches of widely differing beliefs that did not follow the teachings of the Church of England. The term can be used to describe Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends etc.
Members of English Protestant denominations who did not follow the teachings of the Church of England were known as non-conformists. Before 1837, regardless of religious beliefs, most people were baptised, married and buried in the local Church of England Parish. Despite differences in belief and even after the Toleration Act of 1689 which granted freedom to worship, many non-conformists continued to use their local parish church for registration purposes.
However, some non-conformists did keep their own registers, particularly baptism and burial registers, in the period between 1689 and 1837. Between 1754 and 1837 is was illegal to marry anywhere except in a Church of England parish Church unless you were a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers) or Jewish. In both cases members were exempt from the Act and allowed to keep their own records.
After 1837, while people were now allowed to marry in the church of their choice, some organisations still did not keep their own records.
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