any info on Selina Macmanus and (her spouse) born c1845 maccclesfield cheshire

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She was a silk worker and then a washerwoman. There is a family belief that her husband, ?macmanus came from co mayo
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anonymous, the only Selina from Macclesfield that I can find in this period that I can find who married a McManus (or similar) was Selina Swaine whose marriage in 1865 is shown below...
Name: SWAINE, Selina
Registration district: Macclesfield
County: Cheshire
Year of registration: 1865
Quarter of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
Spouse's last name Not available before 1912
Volume no: 8A
Page no: 187
Possible Spouses: Either,  MCMANNS, James  ...or...  MCMANNS, Joseph
This woman appears with her parents in the 1851 census, and her father appears to be connected to the silk industry...
SWAIN, Joseph Head Married M 35 1816 Heward At Silk Mill Macclesfield, Cheshire
SWAIN, Mary Wife Married F 36 1815 Macclesfield, Cheshire
SWAIN, William Son M 10 1841 Silk Piecer Sutton, Cheshire
SWAIN, Salina Daughter F 7 1844 Macclesfield, Cheshire
SWAIN, Emma Daughter F 0 (6 MOS) 1851 Macclesfield, Cheshire
Perhaps the name confusion is the reason why you have struggled to find records ?
by Wombat Allen G2G6 Mach 2 (25.3k points)
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Selina Macmanus appears in the census records of for 1881 and 1891. in 1881 she is a widow working as a Silk Piecer and living in lodgings at          8 Vincent Street, Macclesfield. In 1891 she appears to be renting her own property as she is listed as head of the household. No address or occupation is given so she may be renting out rooms and/or working as a washerwoman as you suggest.

The census takers are unsure how her name is spelt. in 1881 it is McManus and in 1891 it is Macmanus.

I was unable to locate her in the 1871 census, but at home with her father, Joseph Swain, in 1861 her name is recorded as Elina just to add more confusion. To pick up the 1861 census it is best to use Joseph Swain with estimated birth year as 1816. Heis biirthplace is given as Sutton, Cheshire. This almost certinly refers to the small village of Sutton Lane Ends just to the South of Macclesfield and you may find birthplaces variously referred to as Sutton or Macclesfield depending on the whim of the census enumerator.
by John Shipton G2G6 Mach 1 (15.2k points)
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I have also been trying to unravel the mistery of Selina, in 1891 she is listed as a washer woman on Duke st.

The story in our family was that her daughter Mary Jane came from Co Mayo (wrong). I have been searching for quite while and my last clue was a James Mcmanus who was married in Macclesfield in 1865. It is wonderful we have found out it was Swaine as I had half a dozen on my maybe list.

The reason for thinking it was James is also backed up by the fact that Mary Jane Mcmanus'( born 1865 ) first child was called James Mcmanus then she married and became Smith.My nanna was Nellie Smith.

Hope this helps

Jan Wright

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