I'm struggling a little with my great great grandfather Thomas Rylance, and some of his sons, who seem to have disappeared off the face of the planet.
My G G Grandfather was Thomas Rylance, born the eldest of 6 children in 1844, the only son of Thomas Rylance and Betsey Fazackerley, married in 1843 in St John's in Manchester. They lived all their married life that I can ascertain at 7 Hyde Street in Hulme, where they ran a shop of some description.
He had six sisters, all born in Manchester
Rebecca Jane born 1848- later warder at Manchester Prison, who married late
Alice Ann- born 1850 -
Margaret Hannah- born 1852
Betsey Eliza- born 1854 (died 1857)
Lydia Maria- born 1859
Elizabeth Mary- born 1861
All these are for the benefit of anyone who might be looking for them.
Now comes the tricky part. He was married to my great great grandmother in 1882, by which time they already had three sons, and both stated themselves to be widowed on their marriage certificate. Thomas was already 37, his new wife ten years younger.
I would like to find out what happened to his first wife, whether he had any children from his first marriage, and where he was for the years 1844 (his christening) to 1881 (the first time he appears on a census). I should think that he really was widowed because his sister Alice and Elizabeth were his witnesses, and they would been unlikely to attend a bigamous marriage!
Later, after his death in 1899 at the early age of 54. several of his sons 'disappear'. The whole family was split up by poverty and reduced circumstances- Harold F (possibly Fazackerley) Rylance for example, born 1891; Ronald Victor, born 1889; Frederick Joshua, born 1880; Arthur Edward, born 1876; Maggie Fazackerley, born 1894.
If anyone has any of these in their tree, I would be delighted to hear from them- it might help answer some questions...