Wedding Wednesday – Daniel Owen Espley & Betsy Skelding

Daniel Owen Espley and Betsy Skelding were married on 20 April 1908. They are my wife’s grandparents.

Owen was born on 14 March 1886 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. His parents were Frederick Espley and Frances Owen.

Betsy was born one year and one day later on 15 March 1887 in Lye, Staffordshire. Her parents were Imri Skelding and Sarah Anne Darby.

By the time of the 1901 census Owen and Betsy were both living in Smallthorne, Staffordshire. I checked on Google Maps and their addresses are fairly near to each other. However we have no knowledge about how they first met.

They were married at the Salem Methodist New Connexion Chapel in Smallthorne. The marriage was registered in the district of Leek, Staffordshire. We took the photograph below when we visited the area a few years ago.

Salem Methodist Chapel, Smallthorne

The minister conducting the service was James E Woodfield.

The two witnesses were Samuel Skelding (Betsy’s brother) and Rose Espley, who I believe is the wife of Owen’s brother Richard Henry Espley.

At the time of their marriage Owen was working as a coal miner. There is no occupation for Betsy on the marriage certificate.

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