Sorton is a comparitively rare English name with Norman French origins, which comes from the old French word "certeyn", and was probably given initially as a nickname to a person who was particularly self-assured or determined.   The oldest recorded forms of the name in England were Certayne or Serten, while modern forms include Sartin, Sartain, Sarton, Sattin, Sertin and Sorton.  The spelling Sorton is historically found mainly in Cheshire and the adjacent counties, with some branches recorded back to the 16th century.  Older records for our own branch of the family also use the spelling Sworton or Swarton on several occasions.

 

The earliest known members of our branch of the family lived in or near Chester, before moving towards Crewe, and gradually spreading further afield.  Part of the family migrated to Manchester to work, and by the 1800s a number of our family earned their living along the Bridgewater Canal, and lived along the eastern length of it.  At the Manchester end of the canal is a Sorton Street (now mostly built over). This is near Store Street, a warehouse complex initially built for canal and river traffic, but subsequently taken over by the railways. 

 

 

Sarah's note (June 2010): We originally believed that my direct ancestor Richard Sorton (son of Thomas) belonged to a different branch of the Cheshire Sorton family, but have since found a baptismal record confirming the line shown below.  However, as the other Sortons are doubtless related in some way, I have decided to show the "wrong" branch on a separate page for the benefit of others related to this family.

 

The starting point of our Sorton line is Samuel Sorton, who lived in Christleton near Chester at the end of the seventeenth century.  He was the father of either three or (more likely) four children who were baptised there, although the baptismal record of the first child does not name his parents:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Samuel Sorton

Mary Sorton

Benjamin Sorton

John Sorton


(1696-?)

(1699-?)

(1702-1778)

(1706-1754)



m. John Morris, 1726

m. Mary Hart, 1736

m. Elizabeth Gibson, 1723

Samuel's wife is not named on any of the baptismal records, but she was probably the Mary Sorton who was buried in Christleton on 26 March 1717, as there were very few Sortons in the village at this time.  Samuel was buried in Christleton on 2 December 1721.


The only other adult Sorton in Christleton at this time was William Sorton, who is possibly Samuel's brother or cousin. 



Benjamin Sorton, son of Samuel Sorton, was baptised in St James' Church, Christleton on 8 November 1702, and married Mary Hart in St John the Baptist’s Church, Chester on 30 October 1736.  Mary was baptised in Christleton on 7 July 1713 and was the daughter of William Hart and his wife Mary Cotton.

 

The couple had seven children: two were baptised in Farndon, a village just south of Chester, and the others in Holt, which although it  is actually in Wales, is linked to Farndon by a bridge across the River Dee.  (Benjamin's siblings Mary and John also moved to Holt by the early 1720s.)


1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


William Sorton

Benjamin Sorton

Samuel Sorton

Mary Sorton

Jane Sorton

Joseph Sorton

Elizabeth Sorton


(1739-?)

(1742-1804)

(1744-1?)

(1747-?)

(1750-?)

(1753-1764)

(1756-?)



m. Elizabeth Jebson, 1776



m. Thomas Youd, 1778


Benjamin was buried in Holt on 17 October 1778 and Mary on 2 May 1783.

 

 

Benjamin Sorton, son of Benjamin Sorton,  was baptised at St Chad’s Church, Farndon on 16 May 1742 and married Elizabeth (“Betty”) Jebson in Prestwich on 30 December 1776.  Benjamin and Elizabeth lived near Nantwich, where Benjamin was recorded as a farmer and maltster.  They had seven children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Alice Sorton

Thomas Sorton

Ann Sorton

Mary Sorton

John Sorton

Betty Sorton

Jane Sorton


(1777-?)

(1777-1850)

(1779-?)

(1782-?)

(1787-?)

(1789-?)

(1792-?)


m. Sarah Tomkinson, 1798

Ann Sorton may have married John Bostock in Middlewich in 1798.

 

Little is known about most of the children, and it seems likely that those who survived infancy moved to other areas to work.  Over the next generation, a connection developed with Manchester, where Benjamin was buried on 11 March 1804 and Elizabeth on 5 July 1807.

 

Thomas Sorton, oldest son of Benjamin Sorton and Elizabeth, was christened in St Mary's Church, Wistaston on 2 November 1777, along with his twin sister Alice.  He married Sarah Tomkinson at St Michael's Church, Coppenhall on 23 January 1798, and the couple settled in or near Warmingham, where most of their children were christened.  Sarah was christened in Coppenhall on 25 April 1772, and was the daughter of Richard Tomkinson and his wife Ann Lonkison.  (Her surname is very hard to read in the parish register and has been transcribed in various ways.)

 

Thomas and Sarah had eleven children, christened in Warmingham or nearby Middlewich and Over: later baptismal records give Thomas’ occupation as labourer or salt boiler.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.


Thomas Sorton

Mary Sorton

William Sorton

John Sorton

Richard Sorton

Sarah Sorton

Hannah Sorton

Joseph Sorton

Elizabeth Sorton

Jane Sorton

Anne Sorton

(1798-1843)

(1799-?)

(1802-1861)

(1804-1836)

(1806-1870)

(1808-?)

(1810-1877)

(1812-1813)

(1814-?)

(1816-1886)

(1818-?)

m. Sarah Walker, 1822


m. Eliza Banks, 1837


m. Esther Barlow, 1840


m. Charles Bradley, 1834



m. George Tomkinson, 1843

By 1841, Thomas and Sarah were living in Hyde with their married daughter Hannah, along with Elizabeth and Jane who were still unmarried.  Sarah died in Hyde in 1844, and Thomas in 1850.

 

Thomas Sorton, oldest son of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Tomkinson, was born in Tetton and baptised in St Leonard's Church, Warmingham on 4 May 1798.  He married Sarah Walker in Manchester Cathedral on 14 August 1822, when his occupation was given as "labourer", but on his children's baptismal records he is described as a brewer.  Thomas and Sarah had six known children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


Ellen Sorton

Alice Sorton

Joseph Sorton

William Sorton

Richard Sorton

Thomas Sorton


(1829-1854)

(1830-1854)

(1831-?)

(1833-?)

(1835-1900)

(1836-?)


m. Edward Morrisson, 1851

(died before 1841)

(died before 1841)

m. Ellen Burton, 1862

m. Ann Openshaw, 1855

Thomas died in Manchester in 1843, and Sarah is a publican on the 1851 census.  She died in Manchester in 1854.

 


William Sorton, son of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Tomkinson, was born in Warmingham on 1 January 1802, and baptised in St Leonard's Church on 9 May 1802.  By the 1830's, he had moved to Manchester, where he worked as a packer, probably in a warehouse linked to the canal trade.

 

William married three times, and confusingly all his wives had similar forenames.  His first marriage was to Elizabeth Pealen (or Paylen) in Manchester Cathedral on 12 June 1825.  There were at least four children from this marriage:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Ellen Sorton

Elizabeth Sorton

Joseph Sorton

Jane Sorton

(1827-1917)

(1829-?)

(1830-?)

(1831-1833)

m. James Steele, 1844

It is unclear where Ellen was born, but she was baptised in Warmingham, while the other children were all born in Manchester. 

 

Elizabeth died in Manchester in 1832, and William married Eliza Banks in Manchester Cathedral on 13 November 1837.   He had five more children, all born in Manchester:

 

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Emma Sorton

Joseph Sorton

William Sorton

James Sorton

Eliza Sorton

(1840-1908)

(1841-?)

(1843-1845)

(1845-1850)

(1854-?)

m. John Perry, 1857

m. Margaret White, 1871

Eliza Banks was born in about 1813, and died in Manchester in 1856.  (The 1851 census gives her birthplace as Dover, but Over in Cheshire seems more likely - the same census states that William was born in Birmingham instead of Warmingham!)

 

William's third wife was Eliza Norris, whom he married at Manchester Cathedral on 17 June 1860.  She was born in Wigan in about 1823, and was the widow of Henry Sharples, a "maker-up" from Bolton.

 

William died in Manchester at the end of 1861, and Eliza married Francis Phillips, a widowed slater from Manchester, in 1868.  She died in Manchester in 1885 at the age of 62.

 

 

Richard Sorton, son of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Tomkinson, was baptised in Warmingham on 9 March 1806.  By the early 1830s he was living in Manchester, where he worked as a packer like his brother William.  He married Mary Ann Thorp in St John's Church, Manchester on 11 October 1830, and had three children, all born in Manchester:

 

1.

2.

3.


Richard James Sorton

Thomas Sorton

Hannah Sorton

(1832-1854)

(1833-?)

(1835-?)



(died before 1841)

Mary Ann died in Manchester in 1837, and Richard then married Esther Barlow in Manchester Cathedral on 25 October 1840.  Esther was baptised in Whitchurch, Shropshire on 25 November 1801, and was the daughter of cordwainer William Barlow and his wife Mary Beckett. 

 

The 1841 census shows Richard and Esther living with Richard James (known as James) and Thomas in James St, Hulme.  The family was in Chorlton cum Hardy in 1851, but by 1854 they had moved to Lymm, Cheshire.


Richard and Esther had one daughter:


4.


Sarah Sorton

(1843-1931)

m. John Hinton, 1867

Richard worked at various times as a carter, packer, warehouseman and boat horse keeper: all trades associated with the canal.  He was illiterate, unable to sign his name on the marriage certificate, unlike his wife Esther, who was apparently better educated.  Esther was buried in Lymm on 9 September 1862 and Richard on 7 January 1870.

 

Thomas Sorton, Richard's second son, is recorded on the 1851 census as a sailor visiting a family in Liverpool.  He possibly died in Liverpool in 1854.

 

 

Hannah Sorton, daughter of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Tomkinson, was born in Middlewich on 10 May 1805, and christened there exactly a month later.  The family moved to Hyde when she was young, and Hannah married Charles Bradley, a cotton cord stripper, in nearby Mottram in Longdendale on 14 April 1834.  Charles was born in Hyde on 24 June 1910, the son of David Bradley and his wife Ann Bredbury, and was christened in Gee Cross Unitarian chapel on 20 November1810.

 

Hannah and Charles had a large family, all born in Hyde, but sadly most of their children died in infancy:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


George Bradley

Thomas Bradley

William Bradley

James Bradley

Sarah Bradley

John Bradley

Henry Bradley

Charles Bradley

Hannah Bradley

(1834-1843)

(1835-1835)

(1836-1836)

(1837-1839)

(1839-1910)

(1840-1842)

(1843-1867)

(1849-1857)

(1852-1855)





m. John Horatio Wagstaffe, 1868

Sarah Bradley's husband John Horatio Wagstaffe was a widower, born in Hyde in 1822.  He was a shoemaker by trade, and their marriage was childless. 

 

Charles died in Hyde in 1868, and Hannah died in Stockport in 1877.

 

 

Jane Sorton, daughter of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Tomkinson, was christened in Over, near Winsford, on 8 September 1816 and moved with her family to Hyde as a child or young woman.  She married George Tomkinson in St Mary's Church, Stockport on 6 November 1843, and the couple had two children, both born in Hyde:

 

1.

2.


Mary Tomkinson

Joseph Tomkinson

(1844-?)

(1846-1848)

m. Samuel Bennett, 1866

George died comparitively young, and was buried at St George's Church, Hyde on 21 January 1847.  Mary continued to live with her mother Jane after her marriage to Samuel Bennett, and does not appear with her husband on any census returns, although she is listed as "married" rather than "widow".  Mary died in Heaton Norris in 1881, and Jane died in Hyde in early 1886 at the age of 69.

 

Richard Sorton, son of Thomas Sorton and Sarah Walker, was born in Ardwick and baptised in Manchester Cathedral on 3 May 1835.  He married Ellen Burton in Manchester Cathedral on 10 November 1862 and had three sons:

 

1.

2.

3.


Joseph Sorton

John Sorton

Edward Sorton


(1863-1934)

(1869-1870)

(1871-1948)


m. Eliza Hayes, 1883


m. Eliza Keeling, 1895

Richard was buried in Philips Park Cemetery on 20 June 1900.  Ellen was buried in the same cemetery on 17 February 1909, and shares a grave with her infant grandchildren Edith, Edward and John Sorton, as well as their parents Edward and Eliza.



Ellen Sorton, oldest child of William Sorton and his first wife Elizabeth, was born in Warmingham, and christened there on 6 May 1827.  She is possibly recorded as a domestic servant in Broughton on the 1841 census (her father and family were living in Manchester at that time), although her age as listed is a little doubtful.  In any case, she married James Steele, an agricultural labourer, at St Leonard's Church, Warmingham on 2 July 1844, and the couple settled in Warmingham.  James was christened in Warmingham on 10 October 1891, and was the son of William Steele and his wife Sarah Cook.

 

James and Ellen had twelve children, all born in Warmingham:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.


James Steele

William Steele

Dinah Steele

Joseph Steele

John Steele

Thomas Steele

Samuel Steele

George Steele

Sarah Steele

Alfred Steele

Mary Steele

Martha Steele

(1844-1880)

(1846-1869)

(1848-1937)

(1850-1878)

(1852-1855)

(1854-1920)

(1858-1921)

(1860-1871)

(1864-1864)

(1865-1917)

(1868-1875)

(1868-1877)

m. Sarah Leese, 1867


m. James Jackson, 1891

m. Amy Ellen Sumner, 1871


m. Sarah Steele, 1889

m. Eliza Oakes, 1883



m. Sarah Stockton, 1886

In addition to their own children, James and Ellen also raised their grandson John Steele, born in Warmingham in about 1868: his parentage is unknown at present.

 

In the 1870s, the family moved to Church Coppenhall, where James worked as a road labourer, while several of his sons worked in the railway industry: the construction of Crewe station and locomotive works in the 1830s had caused a massive expansion of Coppenhall parish, and the Grand Junction Railway was now a major local employer.

 

James died in Church Coppenhall in 1891, and Ellen in 1917.



Emma Sorton, oldest daughter of William Sorton and Eliza Banks, was christened in Manchester Cathedral on 25 March 1840, and married John Perry there on 12 January 1857.  John was born in Nottingham in about 1832, and was an engine fitter by trade.  The couple had eight children, and moved from Manchester to Pontypool in the early 1860s.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Emily Perry

Ernest Alexander Perry

William Perry

John Perry

Ernest Alexander Perry

Joseph Perry

George Perry

Harry Perry

(1859-1935)

(1861-1862)

(1862-?)

(1866-1939)

(1868-1945)

(1870-1877)

(1872-1946)

(1876-1937)

m. John Rosser, 1882



m. Mary Jane Taylor, 1903

m. Edith Jane Bassett, 1891


m. Thurza Newbery, 1898

m. Ann Maria Burton, 1903

John died in the 1870s, and Emma in 1908.

 

 

Joseph Sorton, son of William Sorton and Eliza Banks, was christened in Manchester Cathedral on 9 December 1841.  He joined the army at some point, and is recorded on the 1871 census as a private, stationed in Edinbugh.  Shortly after the census was taken, he married Margaret White on 8 July 1871 at St Paul's Chapel, York Place, Edinburgh, and subsequently left the army, moving to Stirling.  Margaret was born in Haddington in about 1852, and was the daughter of Charles White and Margaret Thomson.

 

Joseph and Margaret had nine children: their oldest daughter was born in Leith, and the others in Stirling.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


Mary Ann Thomson Sorton

William Charles Sorton

Charles White Sorton

Joseph Sorton

William George Sorton

Eliza Sorton

Thomas Ross Sorton

Margaret Sorton

Emma Perry Sorton

(1871-?)

(1874-1875)

(1876-?)

(1878-?)

(1880-?)

(1883-?)

(1885-1970)

(1886-1949)

(1888-?)




m. Nellie Doris Whiteley


m. John Blake


m. William Henry Elvey, 1926

m. David McKnight, 1913

Margaret died in Stirling in 1914.

 

Joseph and Margaret's son Joseph Sorton served in the Royal Navy for fifteen years, and emigrated to Canada in 1908.  He lived in Toronto with his wife Nellie Doris Whiteley, and was an electrician when he enlisted in the 92nd OS Battalion (Highlanders) on 15 August 1915.  Joseph and Nellie divorced in 1921. 

 

Thomas Ross Sorton was a blacksmith as a young man, and emigrated to Canada in 1907, living in Quebec for a time before settling in Toronto.  He served in the Royal Garrison Artillery for four years, and by the time he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 1 March 1916, he had become a Baptist clergyman.  He made several journeys between Canada, the USA and Scotland, and died in Stirling in 1970. 

 



Sarah Sorton, daughter of Richard Sorton and Esther Barlow, was born in Hulme, Manchester on 23 April 1843.  According to those who knew her in later life, she was well-educated and attractive, with the red hair which ran in the Sorton family.  She moved to Lymm with her family as a child, and worked as a lady's maid, having a talent for handicrafts.

 

Before her marriage to John Hinton, Sarah had two children:

 

1.

2.


William Derbyshire Sorton

Esther Barlow Sorton

(1861-1945)

(1863-1920)

m. Emma Clay, 1885

m. Peter Holt, 1902

Esther Barlow Sorton was born in Lymm on 9 October 1863.  She went into domestic service as a teenager, first as a housemaid and later as a cook.  She married Peter Holt, a widower, in Lymm in 1902 when she was 38.

 

 


Joseph Sorton, oldest son of Richard Sorton and Ellen Burton, was born in Manchester in 1863, and after serving an apprenticeship as a cotton print engineer, became a pentographer to an engraver.  He married Eliza Hayes in St Philip's Church Manchester on 7 October 1883 and had nine children, all born in Ancoats:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.


Richard Sorton

Elizabeth Hannah Sorton

Eliza Ellen Sorton

Joseph Edward Sorton

Minnie Sorton

Albert Sorton

Lilian Sorton

Charles Gilbert Sorton

Elsie Sorton


(1884-1956)

(1887-1889)

(1889-1960)

(1892-1927)

(1894-1971)

(1897-1899)

(1900-1969)

(1903-1904)

(1905-1974)

m. Florence Howard, 1934




m. William Henry Stocker, 1920


m. John W Burton, 1927


m. James Nolan, 1929

Eliza died on 21 March 1932 in Mellor, Derbyshire, where at least two of her children were living, and although Joseph's home address was Gorton, he died in Llandudno Cottage Hospital on 7 July 1934.

 

 

Edward Sorton, son of Richard Sorton and Ellen Burton, was born in Manchester on 16 April 1871 and baptised in St Thomas' Church, Ardwick on 5 November 1871.  He worked as a chemist's assistant, and married Eliza Keeling in St Philip's Church, Manchester on 13 April 1895.  The couple had five children, three of whom died young:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


Edith Sorton

Edward Sorton

Beatrice Sorton

James Sorton

John Sorton


(1895-1899)

(1898-1899)

(1900-1979)

(1904-1958)

(1906-1906)



m. William Butterworth, 1925

m. Ethel Graham, 1925


Edward died in Ashton under Lyne Hospital on 9 January 1948 and Eliza at about the same time, as they were buried together in Philips Park Cemetery on 13 January 1948.  They share a grave with thei three children who died in infancy, as well as Edward's mother Ellen.

 

 

James Steele, oldest child of James Steele and Ellen Sorton, was christened at St Leonard's Church, Warmingham on 28 October 1844, and married Sarah Leese there on 24 July 1867.  Their marriage was only brief, because Sarah died aged just 25, and was buried in Warmingham on 15 January 1871.  The couple had one known child, born in Church Coppenhall:

 

1.


Emily Steele

(1870-?)


In 1871, James and baby Emily were living with James' younger brother Joseph and his wife in Church Coppenhall. 

 

James died in 1880, and was buried in Warmingham on 9 October 1880.  I have no definite trace of Emily after the 1871 census: there is no obvious burial record, so she may have been adopted and taken another surname. 

 

John Steele, born in Warmingham in about 1868 and raised by James' parents may also have been a child of James and Sarah.

 

 

Joseph Steele, son of James Steele and Ellen Sorton, was christened at St Leonard's Church, Warmingham on 23 February 1850, and married Amy Ellen Sumner (known as Ellen) in Manchester Cathedral on 2 July 1871.  Joseph was a railway labourer, and the couple's children were born in Manchester, Worleston and Church Coppenhall.

 

Joseph and Ellen had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Margaret Steele

James Steele

Thomas Steele

Joseph William Steele

(1872-?)

(1873-1947)

(1876-1955)

(1879-1932)


m. Mildred Baker, 1896

m. Mary Elizabeth Walters, 1902

m. Hannah Palin, 1899

Joseph was buried in Warmingham on 5 October 1878, a scant three months before his youngest son was born.  In 1881, Joseph's younger brother Thomas was lodging with Ellen and the children, and after Ellen died in 1887, at least the two youngest lived for a time with Thomas, who married Sarah Steele (possibly a first cousin once removed) in 1889 and had no children of his own.

 

 

Samuel Steele, son of James Steele and Ellen Sorton, was born in Warmingham in 1858, and moved with his family to Church Coppenhall as a young man, becoming a railway labourer.  He married Eliza Oakes in Nantwich in 1883, and the couple settled in Church Coppenhall.  They had ten children, but only the eight who survived infancy are known:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Nellie Steele

Alec Steele

Martha Steele

Elizabeth Steele

Mary Steele

Margaret Steele

Jessie Steele

Norah Steele


(1884-?)

(1886-1947)

(1889-1900)

(1892-?)

(1895-?)

(1897-?)

(1901-?)

(1903-?)


m. Edith Palin, 1912


Samuel died in Church Coppenhall in 1921, and Eliza in 1933.

 

 

Alfred Steele, youngest son of James Steele and Ellen Sorton, was christened at St Leonard's Church, Warmingham on 3 October 1865, and moved with his family to Church Coppenhall, becoming a shunter on the railway.  He married Sarah Stockton in Nantwich in 1886, and the couple had seven children, although the name of one who died in infancy is not known:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.


May Steele

William Stockton Steele

James Steele

Joseph Steele

Alfred John Steele

Wilfred George Steele

(1889-?)

(1892-1972)

(1895-1896)

(1896-1917)

(1899-1989)

(1901-1976)





m. Charlotte Hidderley, 1921

m. Emma Swinney, 1922

Joseph Steele was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery during WW1, and was killed in action in the final days of the Battle of Jerusalem on 27 December 1917.   He is buried in Jerusalem War Cemetery.

 

Alfred died in Coppenhall in 1917, and Sarah in 1935.

 

 

Emily Perry, oldest child of John Perry and Emma Sorton, was born in Manchester in 1859, and moved to Pontypool with her family as a young child.  She married John Rosser, a tinplate furnaceman, in Chepstow in 1882, and the couple settled in Griffithstow.  John was born in Bassaleg, Monmouthshire  in 1860, and was the son of Walter Rosser and his wife, Leah Powell.  By 1901 he had left the tin industry to work on the railways.

 

John and Emily had three children, but only one survived infancy:

 

1.


Ernest John Rosser

(1885-1927)

m. Florence Gertrude E Williams, 1932

John died in Pontypool in 1931, and Emma in 1935.


 

John Perry, oldest son of John Perry and Emma Sorton, was born in Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire in 1866, and christened in Panteg on 9 May 1872 at the same time as three of his younger siblings.  He worked as a timekeeper in a railway locomotive depot, and married Mary Jane Taylor at St Silas' Church, Ardwick in 1903.  The couple lived in Panteg, and had one daughter:

 

1.


Lily Perry

(1906-?)

m. Thomas J Wells, 1928

Mary Jane died in Panteg in 1925, and John in 1939.

 

 

Ernest Alexander Perry (known as Alexander), son of John Perry and Emma Sorton, was born in Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire in 1868, and was given the same name as an older brother who had died in infancy.  He was christened in Panteg on 9 May 1872 at the same time as three of his siblings, and worked as a railway waggon fitter. 

 

He married Edith Jane Bassett in Pontypool in 1891, and the couple had four children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.


Ethel Maud Perry

Emily Perry

William John Perry

Ernest Perry

(1894-1978)

(1897-?)

(1898-?)

(1900-?)

m. Ernest Marshall Kellett, 1920


m. Mabel Spencer, 1922

m. Winnie Llewellyn, 1926

Alexander died in Pontypool in 1945, and Edith in 1961 at the advanced age of 91.

 

 

George Perry, son of John Perry and Emma Sorton, was born in Llanfrechfa, Monmouthshire in 1872, and was christened in Panteg on 9 May 1872 at the same time as three of his siblings.  He became an engine driver with the Great Western Railway, and married Thurza Newbery in Pontypool in 1898.  Thurza was born in Mold, Flintshire in 1874, but her family was originally from Devon.

 

John and Thurza lived in Pontypool, but their daughter was born in Shrewsbury:

 

1.


Florence Perry

(1899-?)


Thurza died in 1942, and John in 1946.

 

 

Harry Perry, youngest son of John Perry and Emma Sorton, was born in Panteg in 1876, and like several of his brothers, worked for the Great Western Railway.  He married Ann Maria Burton in Pontypool in 1903, and the couple had three sons:

 

1.

2.

3.


William Henry Perry (Walding)

Harold Joseph Perry (Walding)

Alfred Leonard Perry

(1904-1975)

(1907-?)

(1910-1912)

m. May Heylock, 1930

m. Phyllis Rosina Soper, 1942

However, the couple separated around the beginning of WW1, and Ann had a daughter with Hedley James Walding in 1916.  (Hedley already had three daughters from his marriage to Edith Emily Sleeman.)  William and Harold Perry (who both adopted the surname Walding) lived with their mother and Hedley, who finally married in 1938, after Harry Perry's death in Pontypool the previous year.  Curiously, Hedley's birth and first marriage were in the name of Waldwin, but both he and at least one of his brothers changed their surname to Walding in the early 1900s.

 

 

Eliza Sorton, daughter of Joseph Sorton and Margaret White, was born in Stirling in April 1883, and married John Blake, who was born in Stirling on 28 December 1880.  The couple emigrated to Canada, with John travelling out first before Eliza arrived to join him on 24 July 1910.  They settled in Toronto, and John served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1.

 

They had one known child, who sadly died at the age of three months:

 

1.


Margaret Blake

(1911-1911)


Eliza's brothers Joseph and Thomas also emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s, and Thomas listed Eliza as his next-of-kin on his WW1 attestation papers.

 

 

Margaret Sorton, daughter of Joseph Sorton and Margaret White, was born in Stirling in 1886, and emigrated to Canada in 1915 to join three of her siblings in Toronto.  She married William Henry Elvey in York, Ontario on 19 April 1926, but by then the couple already had two children born in the US.  William was born in Battersea on 7 October 1893, and emigrated to Canada with his widowed mother Sarah Ann at the age of 18.  He served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WW1.

 

William and Margaret had three children in all, and apparently travelled several times between Canada and the US:

 

1.

2.

3.


Margaret Ann Elvey

William H Elvey

Charles S Elvey

(1921-1968)

(1924-1984)

(1928-1988)

m. William Marshall O'Connor

Margaret died in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio in 1949.

 

 

William Derbyshire Sorton, illegitimate son of Sarah Sorton, was born in Lymm on 5 November 1861.  He worked on the railways, first as a porter, then as a station parcels inspector.  In about 1910 he was station master at Minshall Vernon, where his station often won the prize for the best-kept station gardens.  He later became station master at Crewe, a major junction which was then part of the London and North Western Railway.  He married Emma Clay in Warrington in 1885, and the couple had seven children:

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.


Harold Sorton

Richard Percy Sorton

Percy Clay Sorton

William Stanley Sorton

Jack Sorton

Frank Sorton

Maggie Sorton

(1886-1958)

(1888-1889)

(1890-1962)

(1893-1946)

(1895-1968)

(1897-1961)

(1899-1929)

m. Ethel Violet Heather, 1911


m. Elaine Harvey, 1912

m. Lizzie Slack, 1915

m. Florence Smith, 1917

m. Lily Cadman, 1924

m. William Cadman, 1925

William died in Nantwich in 1945, and Emma in Crewe the following year.

 

 

John Steele was born in Warmingham in 1868, and raised by his grandparents James Steele and Ellen Sorton.  We are unsure at present who his parents were: he may have been the son of James Steele and his wife Sarah Leese (who both died young), or an illegitimate child of James and Ellen's daughter Dinah. 

 

John married Emma Cox in Blackburn in 1889, and the couple settled initially in Coppenhall, where John worked as a labourer.  They had eight known children, born in Shavington and Monks Coppenhall, as well as a ninth child who died in infancy and whose name is unknown.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.


Bertha Alice Steele

John Arthur Steele

Cecil Ernest Steele

James Edgar Steele

Edgar Steele

George Henry Steele

Harold Steele

Jessie Steele

(1891-1892)

(1893-1968)

(1894-1979)

(1896-1964)

(1897-1918)

(1899-1901)

(1901-?)

(1905-?)



m. Ellen Brown, 1920

The family moved from Coppenhall to Rishton, near Blackburn between 1911 and 1914.

 

Edgar Steele enlisted in East Lancs Regiment at the outbreak of WW1, but was discharged after just 17 days when the authorities realised he had lied about his age.  Once he was old enough, he joined the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, and was killed in action in Picardie on 18 September 1918.  He is buried in Bellicourt British Cemetery in Aisne.


John died in Rishton in 1924.

 

 

James Steele, oldest son of Joseph Steele and Amy Ellen Sumner, was born in Worleston near Nantwich in 1873, and like many of his family worked as a labourer on the railway.  He married Mildred Baker at St Michael's Church, Coppenhall in 1896, and the couple had five daughters, in addition to two children who died in infancy and whose names are not known.

 

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.


May Steele

Gladys Steele

Mary Ellen Steele

Ivy Steele

Dorothy Steele

(1896-1985)

(1899-1972)

(1901-2003)

(1905-1995)

(1907-?)

m. John Chadwick, 1920

m. George W Trueman, 1921

m. Val Hulse, 1924

m. David Egerton, 1926

James died in Crewe in 1947, and Mildred in 1953.

 

 

Alec Steele, second child and only son of Samuel Steel and Eliza Oakes, was born in Church Coppenhall in 1886, and married Edith Palin there in 1912.  They had one son, named after his paternal grandfather:

 

1.


Samuel Steele

(1918-1976)




Alfred John Steele, son of Alfred Steele and Sarah Stockton, was born in Church Coppenhall on 15 February 1899, and married Charlotte Hidderley at Christ Church, Crewe in 1921.  The couple had one son:

 

1.


Arthur Steele

(1922-1998)


Charlotte died in Crewe in 1970, and Alfred in 1989.

 

 

Wilfred George Steele, youngest son of Alfred Steele and Sarah Stockton, was born in Church Coppenhall on 12 July 1901, and married Emma Swinney at St Michael' Church, Coppenhall in 1922.  They had two children:

 

1.

2.


John Alfred Steele

(possibly living)

(1922-1988)


Wilfred died in Crewe in 1976, and Emma in 1898.

 


Ernest John Rosser, only child of John Rosser and Emily Perry, was born in Bassaleg, Monmouthshire in 1885, and worked as an annealer in a steel works.  He married Florence Gertrude E Williams in Pontypool in 1909, and the couple had one child:

 

1.


Walter Ivor Rosser

(1911-1941)

m. Elsie May Ralph, 1932

Ernest died in Newport in 1927, aged 42, and his widow Florence later married Bernard William Alderson, a widower from Bridgend.

 

Ernest and Emily's son Walter Ivor Rosser, married Elsie May Ralph in Pontypool in 1932, but she died just a year later.  He then married Elizabeth A Rosser (no obvious relation) in Crickhowell in 1935.  Walter was in the Merchant Navy during WW2, and was second engineer on the SS Stanleigh when it was sunk by the Luftwaffe off the Welsh coast on 14 March 1941.  Walter was one of 20 men killed in this action, and he is listed on the Tower Hill Memorial, which commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave.

 


Harold Sorton, oldest son of William Darbyshire Sorton and Emma Clay, was born in Latchford in 1886 and went into the newpaper industry.  On the 1911 census, he was recorded as a sub-editor, lodging with his future wife Ethel Violet Heather and her family in Brixton, and the couple married shortly afterwards.

 

They had one child:

 

1.


Barbara Jeanne Sorton

(1921-1996)

m. William H Holman, 1942

Ethel died in Manchester in 1932, and Harold died in Christchurch in 1958.

 

 

Percy Clay Sorton, son of William Darbyshire Sorton and Emma Clay, was born in Crewe in 1890, and became a railway bookstall manager.  He married Elaine Harvey at St John's Church, Macclesfield on 12 September 1912, and the couple had one son:

 

1.


Kenneth Howard Sorton

(1913-2001)

m. Lily Allen, 1942

Percy enlisted as a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery on 16 May 1916, and was one of many soldiers to be hospitalised for a time with nephritis, which was epidemic in the trenches during WW1.

 

He died in Crewe in 1962.

 

 

William Stanley Sorton, son of William Darbyshire Sorton and Emma Clay, was born in Crewe in 1893, and married Lizzie Slack there in 1915.  They had one child:

 

1.


Jean Sorton

(1915-?)

m. Stanley T Franklin, 1940

William died in Crewe in 1946, and Lizzie in 1947.

 

 

Jack Sorton, son of William Darbyshire Sorton and Emma Clay, was born in Crewe in 1895, and worked as a furniture salesman.  He enlisted in the RAOC on 9 December 1915, but after suffering from influenza and pneumonia he was transferred to the Labour Corps, where he spent the remainder of WW1 in an Agricultural Company in England.

 

Jack married Florence Smith in Nantwich in 1917, and had three children, one of whom died young:

 

1.

2.

3.


Jack Sorton

(living)

(living)

(1918-1918)


 

Frank Sorton, son of William Darbyshire Sorton and Emma Clay, was born in Crewe in 1897, and enlisted in the Royal Engineers on 11 December 1915.  He was placed in the Army Reserve before being mobilised on 16 July 1917 to the Railway Troops, and serving in France and Belgium.  He suffered from bronchitis during his military, which worsened an existing chest problem, and he was awarded a small disability payment on his discharge in 1919.

 

Frank married Lily Cadman at Weston-by-Crewe in 1924, and had one daughter:

 

1.


Sybil Heather Sorton

(1926-2005)


Frank died in Crewe in 1961.



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