In addition to the last name mystery, it is unusual that A) I was unable to find no marriage record for Elizabeth and “Samuel”; and B) Elizabeth is a “spinster” on her marriage certificate with William. All this evidence appears to suggest that Lily was born out of wedlock and potentially “Samuel” is a made up name. Lily’s mother had three more daughters and five sons with her husband William Richard Webb.
Regardless, after years of hitting a brick wall, I have recently discovered that Lily married Samuel Schofield on May 27, 1899 in Hulme, Lancashire, England. Despite the uncertainty about Lily’s name, we can be sure this is the correct marriage registration because Lily’s name is “Lily Drucilla Dutton Webb” and her the father listed on the marriage registration is actually her stepfather, William Richard Webb. Her sister Mary Elizabeth (Polly) and her stepfather appear as witnesses. Lily’s middle name is here spelled with a “c” instead of an “s” as in her birth information.Samuel Schofield was born on October 8, 1873, the son of Charles Rhodes Schofield (1841-1897) and Sarah Ann (nee Whatmough) (1849-1926). Samuel was baptized at St. Chad’s in Rochdale on May 24, 1874. Samuel and Lily had three children:
- Walter Rhodes Schofield (1900-1974) married Lilian Acton (1899-1974)
- Nellie Schofield (1904-?)
- Frank Schofield (1906-1990) married Lucy Hitchon (1902-1981)
Details related to the passing of Samuel and Lily have been difficult to find. A potential probate record shows a Lillie Schofield of 4 Kirkham Street West in Gorton died on August 26, 1961. Walter Schofield was the administrator of the estate. It could be that this was her son Walter Rhodes Schofield, but the job does not match his job on the 1939 Register. It could also be that it’s just one of the many Lillie and Lily Schofields in the area at the time. If it is her, she lived to 84 years of age.Samuel is a little more tricky—there are at least 5 Samuel Schofields who died between 1910 and 1960, and not one of them fits.
Main image: Drake Street, Rochdale