At last a Bettany forum!
I am researching my Bettany ancestors along two lines of descent, both of which are found living in or around the southern parts of the Potteries in North Staffordshire. It is possible that they converge in the early years of the 19th century with a couple who were called Daniel and Susannah. Daniel Bettany (c1771-1842) was a miner who lived in Furnace Road, Normacot (1851 census locates it in 'Mear Heath'), and he and his wife, Susannah Hemmings (c1774-1832) had many children, most of whom were baptised in St. John's, Longton (Lane End). Their children, however, were mostly married in rural parishes outside Longton, particularly St. Nicholas's, Fulford.
The line of descent which I am sure leads from Daniel and Susannah is through their son Thomas Bettany, who married Jane Malkin in 1822. Thomas and Jane (as well as three subsequent generations) lived in Park Lane, Fenton. They were succeeded there by their son Job Bettany (1831-1902) and his wife Caroline (formerly Cooke, 1834-1910). Their son, John Bettany, married Sarah Ann Kinsey in 1882. It is possible that John and Sarah were second cousins. Sarah's mother, Eliza (1826-1881), was also a Bettany. She was the daughter of James Bettany and Elizabeth Tams, who were married at St. Nicholas's, Fulford in 1825. James and Elizabeth are known to have lived in the John Street area of Longton (adjacent to Normacot) until moving to Willenhall in the late 1840s, where they and most of their family were wiped out in the 1849 cholera epidemic.
There is some circumstantial evidence which suggests that James Bettany might also be the son of Daniel and Susannah. For example, there are known ties between the Tams family and other members of Daniel's family. However, in the year that James was apparently born (1805), there were recorded two baptisms of children called James Bettany in the registers of St. John's, Longton (only one of which is currently found in the IGI transcription). One was the son of Daniel and Susannah, baptised on 21 January 1805, the other was the illegitimate son of Sarah Bettany (whose origin is unknown to me), baptised on 13 August 1805. If anyone has evidence which might establish whether or not James and Thomas were indeed brothers I would be very pleased to hear of it.
I have so far collected a fair amount of information concerning the Bettanys of Fenton, which I would be most willing to discuss with anyone who has an interest in this family. I have also written another message (see below) concerning this family which relates to a somewhat different matter.
Stephen G. Bott (Stoke on Trent)