Birth: between 1811 and 1816 [based on 1841 and 1861 census]
Marriage: To Alice Meadow(s) of Scarisbrick on 4th June 1832 at St Peter, Liverpool
1841 census: Town Row, West Derby
1851 census: Town Row, West Derby
1861 census: Speke (Nr Liverpool)
I have a theory that William remarried in 1861 and died in 1875.
William Lunt (labourer) married Alice Meadows (spinster) on 4th June 1832 at the Parish Church of St Peter, Liverpool
Witnesses were Ellen Halsall and Edward Halsall.
NB. Alice Meadows was born in Scarisbrick on 19th September 1814 to Thomas and Jane Meadow. She was baptised on 6th November 1814 at St Peter and St Paul, Ormskirk. (The surname is recorded as Meadow by the Lancashire Online parish Clerks but I have not seen the original.
Town Row, West Derby
HO 107 520 / 10
William Lunt age 30, Ag Lab
Alice Lunt age 25
Margaret Lunt age 7
Jane Lunt age 5
William Lunt age 2
Mary Lunt age 3 months
Town Row, West Derby
HO 107 2192
William is not at home, Alice is head of the family.
(NB. There is a William Lunt working as a servant at a farm in Finch Lane, which might be 'our' William.)
Alice Lunt age 35, laundress, born Scaresbrick
Margaret Lunt age 16, born West Derby
William Lunt age 12, born West Derby
Charles Lunt age 9, born West Derby
Thomas Lunt age 6, born West Derby
James Lunt age 3, born West Derby
Alice Lunt, age 47, was buried at St Michaels, Garston on 11th March 1860.
Her abode was Speke Town
Speke (Nr Liverpool)
RG 9 2739
William is now a widower and has moved to Speke.
His daughter Margaret, her husband and child are also living there.
William Lunt age 45, Lab, born West Derby
James Lunt age 13, born West Derby
George Lunt age 10, born West Derby
Ann Lunt age 5, born Speke
Thomas Fitton age 34, Lab, born Garston
Margaret Fitton (William's daughter) age 26, born West Derby
Alice Fitton age 1 born Speke
I have a theory that, after the death of his first wife, William remarried, in 1861.
From the register of St John the Baptist, Toxteth:
William Lunt (widower) age 44, married Alice Carter Richardson (spinster) age 26 on 10th July 1861.
The couple had been living in Wellington Street, off Park Road
William's father was William Lunt and Alice's father was James Richardson, both labourers.
I certainly cannot prove that this is the correct William, and I do not yet know for certain that his father's name was William, so this must remain a theory.
This particular couple settled in James Street, Garston, which would make sense, and they produced a batch of children.
[There were actually two William Lunts, both with a wife called Alice, living in James Street in 1871. The other couple are younger and this may be the William Lunt and Alice Crosby who married in 1862 at St James's, Toxteth. This William also had a father called William - was he "my" William's son?]
1871 census. 39, James Street Garston
William Lunt age 50, labourer, born West Derby
[the age is not perfect a match, either for 'my' William or for the William who married Alice Carter Richardson, however, the birthplace would support the theory]
Alice Lunt age 34, born Liverpool
Alice A Lunt age 9, born Garston
Eliza Lunt age 7, born Garston
John J Lunt age 5, born Garston
Mary Lunt age 4, born Garston
Elizabeth Lunt age 1, born Garston
William Dickinson age 68, boarder, labourer, born Yorkshire
William Bissell? age 24, boarder, sawyer, born Ireland
1881 census. 39 James Street, Garston
Alice Lunt age 45, widow, charwoman, born Liverpool
John Jas Lunt age 15, garden boy, born Garston
Elizabeth Lunt age 11, born Garston
The children were all baptised at St Michael's, Garston.
Ellis Ann Lunt [Alice?], 2nd March 1862
Eliza Lunt, 27th September 1863
[Eliza's baptism record confirms her mother's name as Carter. (She has dropped the Richardson)]
Mary Lunt, 31st March 1867
Elizabeth Lunt, 6th March 1870
William Lunt was buried at St Michael's, Garston on 9th December 1875.
His abode was James Street - a match - and his age is given as 64 - which matches 'my' William but not the other William in James Street in 1871.
I am convinced that this represents 'my' William after 1861 but this remains just a theory. The Lunts did not seem to care much about accuracy when stating their ages and they added or subtracted a few years as it suited.
All William Lunts seem to have been attracted to Alices for their brides and to have Williams as their fathers.
Was this a conspiracy against future family historians?