|Ancestor Research for Weaver Family Branches|
|Martha Callaway of Corsham and Malmesbury, England|
Martha Callaway of Corsham was a daughter of Samuel Callaway and Susannah Butler Callaway. Although the 1851 Census for England indicates that Martha was born in Beanacre, Melksham, the records of the Independent Church at Corsham include the register of her birth. She was born on August 10, 1816, and was christened on February 11, 1819. [Corsham, England, Independent Church Records.]
On January 23, 1834, Martha married John Fowler in Malmesbury. Church records for Malmesbury show that Martha and John were married on the same date that a Mary Callaway, presumably Martha's sister Mary (siblings listed below), married a James Russell. Charles Pitt, Vicar, performed both marriages, and the two couples exchanged witness duties. [Malmesbury, England, Church Records.] Martha and John lived and worked on High Street in Malmesbury. The 1851 Census for England reveals that John employed four men in the business of making boots and shoes and that Martha was a binder of shoes. Martha and John had seven children, among whom Elizabeth Whittingham Fowler was the only daughter. John died in 1856. About seven years later, Martha married William Barnes, a stonemason. A General Register Office copy of the marriage record shows that Martha Fowler, a widow, and William Barnes, a widower, were married on February 08, 1863, in the Independent Chapel on Silver Street. Minister Isaac Hanks performed the ceremony. Witnesses were Henry Barnes and Sarah Russell. [Certified copy of a marriage entry for William Barnes and Martha Fowler (Register of Marriages, 1863, in Malmesbury, Wiltshire County, England; copy issued on April 04, 2005, at the General Register Office), MXC 032695.] On April 06, 1871, Martha died of cancer. [Certified copy of a death entry for Martha Barnes (Register of Deaths, 1871, in Malmesbury West, Wiltshire County, England; copy issued on November 20, 2003, at the General Register Office), DYA 229496.]
[The following dates were obtained from either microfilmed church records (LDS microfilms) for Corsham and Westbury or General Register Office certified copies of records for Malmesbury (including Westport).]
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