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James Dean, Born 1818
I am trying to prove the parentage of James Dean, a tailor of Burnley, Lancashire. James' marriage certificate (to Martha Helliwell also spelt Ellewell, 1845) states his father as 'deceased'. James is listed in the 1841 census for Burnley living with Ellen Dean, age given as 58. I am working on the premise that this is his mother, which is supported by somewhat patchy IGI entries. There is also an entry in the Burnley (St Peter) parish records for a brth of James,"son of Ellen Dean of Heabey (Healey?) Wood, Habergham Eaves, baptised 22nd May 1818", which fits with IGI records, and loosely with his age at marriage and several censuses. James is also listed in the 1851 census as living with his sister (given on census entry) Harriet Parkinson. Harriet Dean married William Parkinson in Blackburn, 1836.

The most likely candidate for James Dean's father is currently Thomas Parker, although IGI records are confused as to whether Ellen Dean and Thomas ever married (one IGI entry has an approximate mariage year of 1805, which may be surmised from the assumed start of their issue). To confuse matters further, the IGI also lists an Ellen Dean linked to Thomas Parker, but this Ellen is recorded as dying in 1811. Further linked (potential) relatives are John Dean born 1811 (thought to be brother of James and Harriet) who emigrated to America and has relatives in Utah, and much recorded (in IGI) parents of an Ellen Dean of John and Margaret (Peggy) Dean.

Any additional information or help in clarifying the above would be very much appreciated.


Posted: 2009
Burnley, Lancashire


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