Advice before editing this pre-1700 Townley profile?

+1 vote

I have information to contribute to the profile of Mary Townley. This is what I can add:

  • Birth date; death date, place of birth and death
  • Title Lady Mary Townley
  • b. 20 May 1543 Stone Edge, Burnley, Lancashire, England
  • d. Aug 1606 Townley Hall, Burnley, Lancashire, England

These are the sources I am using:

  • From my Ancestry Tree, specifically Web: Netherlands, Geneology Online trees, 1000-2015 (yrs).

Should I contact one of the pre-1700 projects or know about any style guidelines before proceeding? Thank you!

WikiTree profile: Mary Towneley
in Genealogy Help by Anna Strutt G2G6 (7.2k points)

could you see if you can find the info at - the sources you list are not appropriate for pre-1700 profiles. See

(She caught my eye because I've worked on the Smith family - Lawrence is believed to have married Elizabeth Townley, sister of Mary Towneley. [This page] might have links to sources that could be of use to you.)

1 Answer

+3 votes

Hi Anna, I've only had a look at the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks website, and not tried to find if the original records are anywhere but there are some issues.

The burial of the wife (not named in the record) of John Townley, esquire takes place on 28 Aug 1606 at St Peter, Burnley, Lancashire, and for John Townley, Esquire on 4 March 1607/08 (at WikiTree we use Gregorian or New Style dates, so it should be entered as 4 Mar 1608).

So if Sir John Townley was knighted then the burial information must be for a different couple?  If he wasn't knighted then this could be them, but we would need to remove the Sir from his profile and Mary Townley, wouldn't be Lady Mary.

There is also an issue with the profile of the son Richard, as he is said to be born in 1566, but married on 10 Feb 1579/1580 which could indicate there is a chronological problem, though the year of birth isn't sourced, and I couldn't find it in the baptism records from the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks database.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (535k points)

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