Sarah Prestbury was one of Ari’s 8x great-grandmothers. She was born in about 1735 in Hanbury, Staffordshire.

St Werburgh’s Church, Hanbury – monument to Sir John de Hanbury (detail).

On 3 Dec 1765, John Bull of Cubley, Derbyshire, who was a widower, went to Church Broughton for a marriage licence, swearing an oath that he intended to marry Sarah, who was a single woman aged over twenty-one, and that there was no impediment to the marriage.

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Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636–1893, Findmypast

The marriage licence meant that the couple did not need to wait to have the banns read in church. John and Sarah’s marriage took place on 8 Dec. One of the witnesses was “Maneuel” Presbury, possibly Sarah’s father or brother, but I haven’t found any other records for the family yet.

John was a farmer whose first wife, Mary, had died in childbirth in 1763.

Sarah had eight children between 1766 and 1778. She lived to the age of eighty, and died on 15 October 1815 (we only know the exact date from this notice in the Derby Mercury):

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Derby Mercury, 19 October 1815, Findmypast

She was buried at St Andrew’s, Cubley, on 18 Oct.

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Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1991,
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The graves of John Bull, his first wife Mary, and second wife Sarah.

Ari, this is how you are related to Sarah:

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