Tilston, Cheshire Genealogy

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

Tilston, Cheshire
St Mary's Church, Tilston Cheshire.jpg
St Mary's Church, Tilston Cheshire
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Broxton
County Cheshire
Poor Law Union Great Boughton
Registration District Great Boughton
Records begin
Parish registers: 1558
Bishop's Transcripts: 1585
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Malpas
Diocese Pre-1541 - Lichfield and Coventry; Post-1540 - Chester
Province York
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]

TILSTON (St. Mary), is a parish, in the union of Great Boughton, Higher division of the hundred of Broxton, South division of the county of Chester; containing, with the townships of Carden, Grafton, Horton-by-Malpas, and Stretton, it is 3 miles NW by N from Malpas.[1]

Tilston St Mary is an ancient parish in the ancient Broxton Hundred which includes the hamlets of Hob Hill and Lowcross Hill and lies three miles northwest of Malpas and twelve miles from Chester.

The ancient church of St. Mary's in the township, despite having been extensively restored in the late 19th century, largely dates from 1659 but there was a church on the site at least as early as the time of King Henry III in the mid 13th century.

Tilston was the site of a Roman town, known as Bovium, which was on the Roman road between Chester and Wroxeter.

In 1066 after the Battle of Hastings the area of present-day Tilston was taken from the Anglo-Saxons. Hugh Lupus, the nephew of King William I was given these lands. Hugh then gave parts of this land to his supporters. The village of Tilston was given to a knight named Eynion who was the called Eynion de Tilston. In the 12th century, Wales was not part of the Kingdom of England and the Welsh people constantly raided England.

Tilston is a village and a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, England.

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]

Tilston St Mary parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials have been indexed by the following groups:

CPR = Cheshire Parish Register Project - free[2]
FS PR's =FamilySearch Parish Registers
FS BT's = FamilySearch Bishops Transcript
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - (£)[3]
Tilston St Mary Parish (1558) Online Records


Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
CPR 1558-1871
FS PR's 1558-1909
FS BT'S 1621-1839

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.

Tilston, St. Mary (C of E). An ancient parish church, serving the townships of Carden, Grafton, Horton, Stretton (near Malpas) and Tilston. Registers of Baptisms 1558–1937, Marriages 1559–1998 and Burials 1558–1924 have been deposited at the Cheshire Record Office. Parish registers for Tilston, 1558-1978 Microfilm copy of original record in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England. The parish church is known as St. Mary's.Cheshire Record Office no.: P18/1/1-2, 2/1-3, 3/1-2, 4/1, 5/1-2; P18/6328.

Parish Register Content FHL Film
Baptisms, 1558-1937. Marriages, 1558-1837. Marriage banns, 1754-1813, 1823-1897. Burials, 1558-1924. BRITISH 2105377 Items 4 - 13
Marriages, 1917-1978. VAULT BRITISH 2356822 Item 7

Bishop's transcripts for Tilston, 1585-1839 Microfilm of manuscripts in the Cheshire Record Office, Chester, England.
Records are not in strict chronological order. Some years are missing.

Bishop's transcripts Content FHL Film
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1585-1586, 1605, 1610, 1613, 1618, 1621-1625, 1628-1631, 1635, 1665-1697, 1700-1800. BRITISH 1751855 Item 2
Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1801-1839. BRITISH 1751856 Item 1

Transcripts of this parish are available online at Cheshire Parish Register Project

Non-Conformist Churches[edit | edit source]

  • Tilston, Methodist Chapel (Wesleyan)
  • Tilston, Methodist Chapel (Primitive)

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]
  • Great Boughton (1837–69)
  • Chester (1870–1937)
  • West Cheshire (1937–74)
  • Chester and Ellesmere Port (1974–98)
  • Cheshire West (post 1998) Registration events may be searched online at Cheshire BMD

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]

Tilston on GENUKI

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A. A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848). Date Accessed: 12 April 2013
  2. 'CPR Project Progress (As on 17 January 2014),' Cheshire Parish Register Project, accessed 1 February 2014.
  3. Cheshire Coverage, The Joiner Marriage Index, accessed 16 October 2013.