My 4 times great grandmother, Ruth Glover was baptised at Upholland, Lancashire, of Dalton, Wigan on the 6th May 1804, she was the daughter of Hugh Glover and Mary Gregson.
Ruth had a number of children with partners she was not married to.
The first was Mary Ann Glover, she was baptised at Upholland on the 12th September 1824 to a single Ruth, of Rainford, Lancashire. Mary Ann went on to marry a George Webster at St Helens in 1841.
Then, in about 1830, a son called Hugh Glover was born to Ruth. He went on to marry a Mary Pye at St Wilfred, Farnworth, near Widnes in 1852.
On the 30th January 1832, Ruth went on to marry a Jonathan Bibby at All Saints, Wigan, Lancashire.
2 children were born to Jonathan and Ruth; Michael (1832 – 1910) and Jessie (1836 – 1890), both born in Rainford.
However, Jonathan Bibby appears to have died before 1841, as he does not appear on that census in Rainford alongside Ruth and children up to that point. Ruth is listed as an agricultural labourer in 1841.
Moving ahead to the 1851 census, which gives more detail than the 1841 census, Ruth shows up as a widowed housekeeper, with an extra 2 children, Ann Bibby, who went on to marry a John Bridge (About 1843 – 1915), and William Bibby, my great great great grandfather.
William Owen Bibby was born on the 11th March 1845 at Scotch Row, Eccleston in Prescot, Lancashire (now part of St Helens). The Owen part is quite important here as it gives a clue as to who the father was.
Also on the 1851 census with this family is a William Owen, an agricultural labourer, lodger, unmarried aged 41, born in Kirby, Lancashire.
At his first marriage at Rainford on the 6th June 1869, to Ellen Cullen (nee Mousdel), William Owen Bibby gives his father’s name as William Bibby. However, on the 16th February 1889, William remarries as a widower, to an Elizabeth Hart at St Peter’s, Parr. Here the truth is revealed, his father’s name is William Owen.
William and Ellen (nee Mousdel) had 3 children (Ellen having had 8 children with her first husband, Edward Cullen); James Bibby (1870 – 1940) married a Margaret Hewitt, and had 2 daughters, Ethel and Lydia; William Bibby (1872 – 1895) sadly died aged only 23 and my great great grandfather, Francis Bibby (1874 – 1952)
Going back to William Owen, the lodger in the 1851 census, I managed to find him in the 1861 census, he was living with his mum, Elizabeth Owen (nee Moorcroft), his father was George Owen, 1769 – 1836.
A descendant of a sibling of George Owen has been found and has done a DNA test, and shows up as a DNA match, which links to the wider Owen family, therefore confirming my suspicions that William Owen, the 1851 lodger, born on the 14th December 1811 to George and Elizabeth, baptised at St Mary the Virgin, Prescot on the 12th January 1812 is my great great great great grandfather.