Bosley, Cheshire Genealogy
Guide to Bosley, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.
Church of St Mary the Virgin Bosley
|Poor Law Union||Macclesfield|
|Parish registers: 1728; For more records see Prestbury|
|Bishop's Transcripts: 1615|
|Diocese||Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester|
|Probate Court||Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)|
|Location of Archive|
|Cheshire Record Office|
BOSLEY, is a chapelry, in the parish of Prestbury, union and hundred of Macclesfield, N. division of the county of Chester, it is 4¾ miles ENE from Congleton. The chapelry is situated on the road from Manchester to Derby.
Bosley St Mary the Virgin was originally a chapelry in the Ancient Parish of Prestbury.
The church was originally dedicated to St. Thomas a Becket of Canterbury but later this was changed to St. Lawrence and then to St. Mary the Virgin. It was formerly a chapel of ease for Prestbury, and was granted the right to have a font and burial ground by Pope Boniface in a Papal Bull of 5 April 1402 as recorded at Lichfield. The parish registers go back to 1728 and the list of vicars to approximately 1596.
Following the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, there were a series of Acts of Parliament designed to punish the Nonconformists and to protect the Church of England.
Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.
Bosley St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:
|BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)|
|FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers|
|FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts|
|TGEN = TheGenealogist - (£)|
|Bosley St Mary Parish (1612) Online Records|
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To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
Prestbury, St. Peter was the ancient parish church for Bosley.
Bosley, St. Mary. An ancient chapelry to Prestbury, becoming the parish church for Bosley in 1883.
Parish registers of Bosley, Cheshire, 1728-1847
Bosley is a chapelry in Prestbury parish.
Cheshire Record Office reference: P42/1/1-2, P42/2, P42/3.
An index for Cheshire parish registers is available online in Record Search
|Parish registers Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, burials, 1728-1788.||BRITISH 1941869 Item 14|
|Baptisms, burials, 1788-1847.||BRITISH 1941870 Items 1 - 3|
Bishop's Transcripts 1617-1893 Some text in Latin. The transcripts are online on Record Search. Chapelry (now a parish) in Prestbury parish. Cheshire Record Office reference: EDB 31
An index for Cheshire, Church of England, Bishop's Transcripts (Diocese of Chester) is available online in Record Search
|Bishop's Transcripts Content||FHL Film|
|Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1617, 1619-1623. Baptisms, burials, 1626-1627, 1634-1637, 1639, 1641, 1662-1675, 1677-1681, 1696-1700, 1718-1752, 1755-1857. Baptisms, 1858.||BRITISH 1655397 Item 3|
|Baptisms and burials, 1858-1893.||BRITISH 1655398 Item 1|
Bosley, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded 1832. Memorial inscriptions have been published by the FHS of Cheshire (1995).
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:
- Macclesfield (1837–98)
- Cheshire East (post 1998)
Poor Law UnionsEdit
- Macclesfield Poor Law Union, Cheshire
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and GazetteersEdit
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Bosley on GENUKI
- Lewis,Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England and Wales (1848). Date accessed: 5 February 2013.
- Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online.
- 'Parish Records,' TheGenealogist, accessed 25 April 2014.