Marple, Cheshire Genealogy

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Guide to Marple, Cheshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Marple, Cheshire
Type Ecclesiastical Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Stockport Borough
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Stockport
Registration District Stockport
Records begin
Parish registers: 1655
Bishop's Transcripts: 1715
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Macclesfield
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Pre-1541 - Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory) Post-1540 - Court of the Bishop of Cheshire (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Cheshire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

MARPLE, a chapelry, in the parish and union of Stockport, hundred of Macclesfield, and the North division of the county of Chester, it is 4¾ miles ESE from Stockport. This chapelry, anciently called Merpull, is situated on the River Goyt, which separates the counties of Chester and Derby. The Whaley branch of the Manchester and Sheffield railway pass through the township.

The chapel, dedicated to All Saints, was rebuilt in 1812. There are places of worship for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.[1]

Known as Merpille by the early 13th century, probably from the words maere and pyll meaning "a pool or stream near the boundary"

Historically part of Cheshire, Marple is a large village within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on the River Goyt southeast of Stockport.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Marple All Saints chapelry registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

BOYD = Boyd's Marriage Index (findmypast) - (£)[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Register
FS BT's =FamilySearch Bishops Transcripts
FMP = FindMyPast
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[3]
NBI = National Burial Index (findmypast) - (£)[4]
TGEN = TheGenealogist - (£)[5]
Marple All Saints Chapelry (1655) Online Records


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FS PR's 1655-1909
FS BT'S 1715-1892
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To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Stockport St Mary was the Ancient parish for Marple.

Marple All Saints was a chapelry of Stockport and then became an ecclesiastical parish.

High Lane St Thomas

Low Marple St Martin

Here is a list of parish registers on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Parish registers for Marple, Cheshire, 1655-1925

Parish Registers:Marple Film
Early registers (baptisms, marriages to 1754, burials), 1655-1773. Baptisms and burials, 1773-1812. Baptisms, 1813-1910. Marriages, 1838-1880.
2106558 Items 3 - 10
Marriages, 1880-1920. Burials, 1813-1899. Grave inscriptions, section b, plots 1-271, ca. 1814-1967.
Graves inscriptions, section b, plot 272-625, ca. 1846-1964. Graves inscriptions, section a, ca. 1657-1961 (in alphabetical order).
2106605 Items 1 - 2

Parish of All Saints, Marple, burials, 19 Jun. 1655 - 6 Mar. 1947 Microfiche of original published: [S.l.]: North Cheshire Family History Society, 1999.

Parish Registers: All Saints, Marple Film
Burials, 1655-1947
Granite Mountain Record Vault 6200563

Marriages at Marple, 1656-1754 Cheshire Record Office call no.: P99/1/1-5, P99/2/1-2, P99/3/1-2, P99/4/1-4, P99/6/61-62.

Parish Registers: Marple Film
942.71 K29c
British Reference Available
Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm.

Bishop's transcripts for Marple, 1715-1843 Cheshire Record Office: EDB 143

Bishops Transcripts: Marple Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1715, 1718, 1720, 1722, 1718-1719, 1721, 1724-1725, 1727, 1726, 1729-1755, baptisms, burials, 1795, 1756-1803, 1805-1813, baptisms, 1814-1815, 1822-1839, burials, 1841-1842, baptisms, 1841-1843, burials, 1842-1843, 1840-1841, baptisms, 1840-1841, burials, 1839, Baptisms, 1839-1840, burials, 1824, 1815-1838.
1647520 Item 5

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

Marple Bridge, St. Mary (Roman Catholic), Hollins Lane. Founded 1859, rebuilt in 1945. Marple, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan). Founded 1803, rebuilt in 1876. Registers 1804–1840 are at the Cheshire Record Office. Marple, Methodist Church (Primitive), Market Street. Founded 1832, rebuilt in 1876. Registers of baptisms 1832–1862 are at Manchester Central Library. Marple, Methodist Church (Primitive). Built in 1892, rebuilt in 1869. Marple Bridge, United Reformed Church (Independent/Congregational). Founded 1662 at Mill Brow. Church records, 1761-1837 Births, baptisms and burials, 1761-1837. Marple Bridge United Reformed Church was formerly Mill Brow Independent, Congregational, then United Reformed. RG-4 series nos. 943 and 505.

Other Content FHL Film
Births, baptisms and burials 1761-1837. BRITISH 590683 Items 6-7
Baptisms 1839-1895. Marriages 1839-1895. Burial register 1846-1878. Graveyard register 1791-1965. List of members 1838, 1846-1868, 1872-1896. BRITISH 1655629 Items 1-9

Microfilms of registers 1761–1840 are at the Cheshire Record Office and Derbyshire Record Office, with some later records other than registers at Derbyshire Record Office.

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from 1 July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. Here are two excellent Internet sites with birth, marriage and death indexes available:

Registration Districts[edit | edit source]
  • Stockport (1837–1937)
  • North East Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Stockport (post 1974)

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Cheshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

See also England Cheshire Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Marple on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 29 March 2013
  2. Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists, 1987).
  3. Cheshire Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 16 October 2013.
  4. 'Parish Records - National Burial Index Records 1538 - 2005 Coverage', Find My Past, accessed 15 October 2013.
  5. 'Parish Records,' TheGenealogist, accessed 25 April 2014.