The LEWTAS Families

NOVEMBER   2017

LEWTAS FAMILIES in  FRECKLETON & KIRKHAM

 

The parish of Kirkham was one of the largest in Lancashire and included many small communities between Poulton and Preston - Wharles, Treales, Clifton, Newton and the village of Freckleton. When roads were in terrible condition and travelling was difficult people would go to the church which was nearest to their homes. Baptisms, marriages and burials for members of the same family could therefore take place in one of several local parish churches. However the only church in the area was St Michael's parish church in Kirkham itself. Freckleton parish church was not built until 1836.

Some of the earliest records of Lewtas in the Fylde comes in the registers of Kirkham as this was the parish which covered a large area of the mid Fylde including Goosnargh where the earliest records are from. The parish registers between 1769 - 1803 record John & Susannah of Newton, Richard & Mary and Robert & Emery of Freckleton, David & Mary of Clifton, John & Dorothy of Salwick, David & Margaret of Treales, Matthew & Margaret of Kirkham The list illustrates the wide range of the parish of Kirkham; families appearing in St Michael's registers did not necessarily live in the town itself.

Frank Coadyis researching all Lewtas families, particularly those originating in the Kirkham area - please contact him at whitlew2@btinternet.com
 

1. JOHN LEWTAS (c.1722 - 1776) Newton near Preston; married DOROTHY JOHNSON (c. 1722 - 1778) at St John's Preston
4th April 1738
Their children:
1. RICHARD born in Freckleton c.1751 died February 1829 in Freckleton
2. JOHN born January 1743
3. EDMUNDÂ born September 1744
4. ROBERT born June 1753
5. ELLEN born 1755
6. DAVID born September 1759

 

2. RICHARD LEWTAS (1751 - 1829) in Freckleton; married MARY BRECKELL (c. 1750 - d.1823) both buried at St Michael's Kirkham;
Their children:
1. JOHN born 1779
2. ROBERT of Freckleton born October 1781 died March 1848
3. RICHARD born 1784
4. MARGARET born 1786
5. EDMUND born 1789
6. MARY born 1792
7. DAVID born 1796

 

3. ROBERT LEWTAS (1781 - 1848); married EMMORY ALANSON (1781 - 1850) in St Michael's Kirkham on 11th April 1803.
Their children:
1. RICHARD born December 1803 died January 1883
2. MARY born September 1805
3. JOHN born September 1807
4. DOROTHY born November 1809
5. MARY born July 1812
6. ROBERT born September 1814
7. MARGARET born November 1816
8. EDMUND born February 1819
9. DAVID born January 1822
10. HENRY born November 1824
11. WILLIAM born c. 1826 died April 1873 Kirkham

 

4. WILLIAM LEWTAS (1826 - 1873); married ISABELLA WARD (1828 - 1889) on 19th February 1848 at St Michael's Kirkham.
Their children:
1. ANNE born 1847
2. EMMORY born July 1848
3. ROBERT born August 1851
4. THOMAS born July 1853
5. THOMAS born July 1855
6. JOHN born November 1857
7. ALICE born March 1861
8. ELIZABETH born December 1863

5. THOMAS LEWTAS (1855 - 1907) maried MARGARET MAYBUTT (1858 - 1907) on 25th August 1880 at St Michael's Kirkham
 

FRECKLETON
From the mid 18th century onwards industry such as manufacturing of cotton and linen goods co-existed with traditional farming and the small port of Freckleton served as a centre for the distribution of coal throughout the district. Peter Shakeshaft has written a history of Freckleton - and has provided material on the town for the
BBC History website