1871 – After James Forrester passed away sometime in the 1860’s, on the 8th of january 1871 Mary Ann Forester married Michael Davies at St Nicholas church. They lived in at a “house” located in a court off Steven’s lane – Cheapside. I have been unable to discover the exact location of Steven’s lane but an 1888 fire insurance plan shows several courts with access from Cheapside. The church our lady & saint Nicholas is of course a famous Liverpool landmark, nobody dared to demolish this. (Although I cannot, at this time, ignore the possibility that the marriage took place at the catholic church of st. Nicholas located at Copperas Hil and demolished in 1972.) Interesting about this marriage record is that Mark Grant & Maria Grant (her half-sister with maiden name Wycherley) are witnesses and that Michael Davies had the same profession as Mark Grant ie bottler.
1872 – 18 months later Hugh Grant Forrester was born at the same address in Cheapside or at least nearby. When Mary Ann got married in 1871, her daughter Harriet (Hugh Grant’s mother) and her mother (Ann Stirrup) lived in one of the courts on the other side of Dale street.
1875 – A few years later in 1875 Thomas Forrester (Harriets brother) got married to Jane Whalley. They both lived on Cheapside.
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