The Mather family of Billinge and St Helens is linked to the Berry family of Prescot by the marriage of Florence Mather to Edward Berry in 1949, my parents.
The surname Mather is quite extensive in Lancashire and the subject family of these pages has lived consistently in and around Billinge, with some families moving to St Helens in more recent times. A Richard Mather , born in 1596 in Lowton, near Wigan sailed in 1635 for New England and his descendants include his son Innocent Mather and his grandson Cotton Mather, who was one of the judges in the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
The core Mather family of these pages have been traced back to the mid 1600''s. The family has been the subject of some detailed research. One particularly useful source has been The Billinge History Society publication with one section (starting page 83) being devoted to 10 generations of Mather in Billinge. My research has reached slightly different conclusions as to the exact line of descent of my family and the author's, but overall the same root is arrived at.
There are many Mather families to be found in the Parish records of Wigan in the 16th Century, Billinge was at that time within the parish of Wigan. The earliest definitive reference is to Richard Mather in the Wigan Court Leet Rolls. There are records of leases for land in 1654 and in 1659 Richard Mather was elected a constable of Billinge and Winstanley.
Richard had at least 3 children, Peter, Richard and Francis between 1650 and 1660. Only the middle son Richard has been traced so far.
Florences' lineage is as follows
|Joseph Mather||1891...1942||F||M||Florence Greenall||1895...1979|
|George Mather||1869...nk||GF||GM||Ann Nxn||1869...nk|
|Edward Mather||1832...nk||gGF||gGM||Elizabeth Roughley||1834...nk|
|Richard Mather||Nk...Nk||ggGF||ggGM||Margaret Nxn||1801...nk|
|Joshua Mather||1769...1856||gggGF||gggGM||Peggy Mather||1782...nk|
|James Mather||1733...1802||ggggGF||ggggGM||Ann Berrington||1740...nk|
|Thomas Mather||1686...1745||gggggGF||gggggGM||Hannah Rawlinson||1700...nk|
|Richard Mather||1651...1733||ggggggGF||ggggggGM||Elizabeth Nxn||1651...1745|
|Richard Mather||n1630...1672||gggggggGF||gggggggGM||Margaret NxN||1630...1680|