I just love the quirkiness of a Leap Year wedding, don’t you? One hundred and ninety years ago, my 3rd great grandparents were married on 29 February 1824 at the Manchester Cathedral in Manchester, England.

Thomas Williamson
born about 1803 in Manchester, England
died 20 September 1849 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
Margaret Pollitt
born about 1803 in Manchester, England
died April 1856 in Rochester, Monroe, New York

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  1. This post was last updated/edited on 14 March 2014.
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  3. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 (Cathedral) [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. ImageNo: 1824 [accessed 01 Mar 2014].
  4. Manchester Cathedral exterior photo by Richard Rogerson. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
  5. Manchester Cathedral interior photo by Michael D Beckwith. Licensed for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
  6. Manchester Cathedral aerial view in public domain with no copyright restrictions.
  7. Virtual Tour of Manchester Cathedral


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4 Responses to 52 Ancestors A Leap Year Wedding

  • Damyanti says:

    Stopping by to welcome you on board the A to Z Challenge April 2014.
    Look forward to your challenge posts!

    #atozchallenge co-host
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  • Julia says:

    I already think your blog fascinating because it is about genealogy, which I have spent a bit of time researching myself, but not to the extent you have. I followed your blog, and will look forward to what you post during the A to Z Challenge. The marriage certificate is an incredible find as well. The pictures you have added showing the places your ancestors have been add visual interest to your story, and I am sure might help others that are looking for a common ancestor. I love how with the Internet today we can find distant relatives, which I did a few years back when I found someone I have a common ancestor with.

    • Erin says:

      Thank you, Julia for your kind words about my family history blog. Research has greatly improved over the years with the availability of records online. And yes it is great to connect to distant relatives. I’m doing this mostly for my children so they can have a better sense of themselves through the stories of their ancestors.

      I’m looking forward to browsing blogs as soon as I get home and have internet service. It’s just not the same browsing blogs with my phone…

I'd love to hear from you!

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Aside from my own family history research, I also have 2 Surname Studies: Williamson in Monroe County New York & Colebach / Colepaugh--a worldwide study & A One-Place Study of Nye County Nevada Boomtowns
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