|Born in Siddington in 1826, the son of John
Worth and Esther Buckley, Francis Worth married Sophia Salthouse in 1865
at Manchester Cathedral, he was about 14 years older than her and signed
the register with his mark.
I have wondered why they married at Manchester Cathedral
and not at St Mary's in Nether Alderley (traditionally they would have
married at the bride's church), did they want a quiet wedding, perhaps
unknown to their families as they used an address of convenience (3 Boden
Street, Ardwick) for the Banns? Or was Francis working there as a porter
at the time? Francis' parents were married at Manchester Cathedral so
perhaps they just wanted to continue a family tradition?
Within a few years of their marriage they were living in
one of the lodges in Nether Alderley; Francis was an agricultural labourer
whilst Sophia was a laundress. They had eleven children (that I know of),
all of whom survived childhood.