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Subject: Re: [SANKEY] the shropshire sankeys
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 12:47:59 -0000
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Sorry I was a bit abrupt, and I am glad to learn the reason for your pen-name. Your basic information was right, but the dates were way out, so I'd like to know where the basic info came from.
Richard Sankey (1743-1822) was married to his second wife Mary Gardner (c.1758-1824) in 1790. She had a daughter Mary by him in 1786, before marriage, and two sons and three daughters (one of whom died in infancy) after marriage. The sons were, as you said, Richard Nicholas (1791-1844) and John (1793-1875), my great-grandfather.
Richard is sometimes described as the son of Richard Sr (1707-1870). This is wrong, as Richard Sr had no children. Richard was almost certainly born to Samuel & Mary Sankey in Diddlebury (sometimes known as Delbury).
You mention Irish ancestry. My studies have been concerned with the Shropshire Sankeys, and I have ignored the Irish branch even though they passed through Shropshire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Their line can be traced to minor gentry in Little Sankey in Lancashire around 1300 AD, and the Irish Sankeys kept that status.
You would, I think, be interested in John Sankey's website at http://sankey.ws/. He is descended from the Irish Sankeys. John and I had y-chromosome DNA tests which showed that we both belong to a group which is comparatively rare in Britain and indicates Viking ancestry.
You may already know the website of Tim Sankey at http://www.timsankey.co.uk/. This is the "fount of all knowledge" for Sankey research in Britain.
I would be glad to hear from you again.
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