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I visited yesterday The Church of  St. Mary, Mulberry Street (The Hidden Gem), in Manchester to see where my ancestor Jane Billington was baptised in 1827.

Unable to gain access to the interior, I settled for some exterior photographs -  one of the images taken reveals the Rev J Billington 1837 – 1844.

Of course, I am curious as to who he was and if there was a connection at all to my family, although he was in house some ten years after Jane’s baptism and of course, i am aware that the surname in Lancashire is more common than it is elsewhere.

I thought I might find him on the 1841 Census but a name search does not come up and I am not familiar enough to know which sub district to search ( presume he lived close to ST Mary’s)

The church web site mentions him only in passing and I cannot find anymore about him anywhere. Normally there would be something in alumni records or an obituary somewhere.

Can anyone offer any help ?



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I am Marcia Billington Williams.  I have  I am a descendant of Ezekiel Billington who fought in the American Revolution.  His father James Billington came to Patterson, NJ in 1740 as a School Master.  I am stuck in trying to find his father in England or the UK.  I know of two areas that have or had Billingtons one near London and another on the west side of England.  

Do you know where I can look for further information?  One family tree on Ancestry shows a christening record of John as the possible father but since James and John are such common names I don't know for sure.  

Maybe that is too far back to get definitive information.

I would welcome your opinion or any information that might narrow my search.





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