THE BURIAL REGISTER OF BETHESDA INDEPENDENT CHAPEL, LEIGH.

     In the present possession of the Deacons of the Leigh Congregational Church is the Burial Register of the old Bethesda Chapel, in Newton Street. The Register was somewhat untidily, but yet carefully kept, and with it are two ruled plans showing the arrangement of the graves. The earliest entry was in 1816. The first few entries, up to 1827, appear to have been copied from an older book, or more probably from the Grave Book. Subsequently the Register was, with exceptions hereafter mentioned, regularly kept, until the ground was closed for re-internment in 1856. In order to identify the position of the graves, it will be sufficient to note that the original burying ground was divided from north to south into 27 spaces, and from west to east into seven spaces, in all 189 graves, with 12 extra spaces (Nos. 190-201) on the east side. This old ground was well filled, and extra ground had to be arranged, which contained 35 spaces seven from north to south, and five from west to east. The numbering of the graves began in the northwest angle of each ground ; the rows being numbered 1 to 27, 28 to 54, and so on. A copy of this, probably the oldest Nonconformist Register in Leigh, will possibly be of more than usual interest, many of the entries bridging over between the living and the dead. The first portion of the Register is given below, the numbers prefixed being the numbers of the graves. —

7.  Ann Shuttleworth. July 16th, 1823.
62. Margaret Bevington. March 2, 1826. 5 months.
64. Elizabeth Penkethman, Child.
64. Sarah Penkethman February 26,1817.
64. Betty Jarrold.
64. Child of Millington.
64. Hannah Millington. April 9, 1823.
65. Robert Wainwright. April 19, 1815. Child.
9.  William. Lee.
9.  Still born child. September 20, 1820.
13. Ester Aldred.
13. Martha Tweedie. March, 1819. 22 years.
14. Samuel Yates. May, 1819. 3 years.
14. Thomas Yates. January., 1820.
67. Hannah Shaw. February. 28, 1816. 39 years.
67. Sarah Shaw. August, 1816. 18 months.
67  Isaac Shaw. March, 1820- 7 years.
67. Shaw. Child.
67. Shaw. Jany. 1824. Child.
67. Henry Hesketh. February, 1826. Child.
95. Harriet Farrington. December. 10, 1818. Child.
95. Harriet Farrington, January. 22, 1819. 14 years
95. Sarah Farrington. February. 9, 1822.
 Henry Rigby. March 12, 1827.
   [Removed afterwards to grave No. 96.]
    from Grave Book; blank in register.
120.Henry Farrington. October. 3, 1826. 43 years.
118.Peter Rosbottom. December. 17, 1827. 47 years.
116.James Yates. March 12, 1828 41 years.
123.Giles Boardman. April 10, 1828. 2 months**
120.Mary Hindley. May 18, 1828.
64. Thos. Millington May 18, 1828.
122.Alice Boardman. January. 28, 1829. 33 years.
124.Thomas Isherwood. June 2, 1829. 24 years.
120.James. Farrington. June 4, 1829. 47 years.
126.Benjamin Grundy. September. 24, 1S29. 47 years.
13. Sarah Henries. February. 14, 1830. 78 years.
89. Rachel Livesley. February. 22, 1830. 17 years.
64. Isaac Millington. May 12, 1830. 17 years.
65. Still born child male. May 12, 1830.
93. Margaret.Farrington. June 24, 1830. 16 years.
13. James Hampson. Nov. 22, 1830. 14 months.
122.Giles Boardman. April 1, 1831. 39 years.
62. Thos. Bevington. April 19, 1831. 30 years.
116.William Yates. April 21, 1831. 22 years.
62. Ann Bevington. May 5, 1831. 26 years.
87. Ann Hampson. June 29, 1831. 40 years.
87. Elizabeth. Hampson. Feb. 14, .1832. 14 years.
116.William Ryley. July 8, 1832. 10 weeks.
97. Sarah Shannon. August. 19, 1832, 8 months.
69. Sarah Ann Hindley. September. 6, 1832. 14 months
-   Male — Gerrard. January. 7, 1833. Child.
62. Simeon Bevington. January. 20, 1833 4 years.
62. Samuel Bevington. March 12, 1833. 6 years.
136.Margaret Grundy. April 10, 1833. 25 years
93. John Farrington. May 24, 1833. 29 years.
116.James Riley.J August. 27, 1833. 4 months
120.Joseph Hindley. Nov. 1, 1833. 13 years.
62. Catherine Bevington. March 25, 1834.61 years-
93. Alice Farrington. May 2, 1834. 51 years.
66. Name Unknown
66. Name Unknown
116.Mary Riley.J Aug. 8, 1834. 12 days.
93. Agnes Farrington. Januaryy. 5, 1835. 23 years.
7.  Ann Shuttleworth. July 16th, 1823.
62. Marg', Bevington. March 2, 1826. 5 months
64. Elizabeth. Penkethman, Child.
64. Sarah Penkethman. February. 26,1817.
64. Betty Jarrold.
64. Child of Millington.
64. Hannah Millington. April 9, 1823.
65. Rob'. Wainwright. April 19, 1815. Child.
9.  William. Lee.
9.  Still born child. September. 20, 1820.
13. Ester Aldred.
13. Martha Tweedie. March, 1819. 22 years.
14. Samuel Yates. May, 1819. 3 years.
14. Thomas Yates. January, 1820.
67. Hannah Shaw. February. 28, 1816. 39 years.
67. Sarah Shaw. Aug, 1816. 18 months.
67. Isaac Shaw. March, 1820- 7 years.
67. Shaw. Child.
67. Shaw. JTany., 1824. Child.
67. Henry Hesketh. February, 1826. Child.
95. Harriet Farriugton. December. 10, 1818. Child.
95. [*Harriet] Farrington, January. 22, 1819.14 years
95. Sarah Farrington. February. 9, 1822.

Henry Rigby. March 12, 1827.
   [Removed afterwards to grave No. 96.]
    from Grave Book; blank in register
120.Henry Farrington. October. 3, 1826. 43 years.
118.Peter Rosbottom. December. 17, 1827. 47 years.
116.James Yates. March 12, 1828 41 years.
123.Giles Boardman. April 10, 1828. 2 months
120.Mary Hindley. May 18, 1828.
64. Thomas. Millington May 18, 1828.
122.Alice Boardman. January. 28, 1829. 33 years.
124.Thomas Isherwood. June 2, 1829. 24 years.
120.Jas. Farrington. June 4, 1829. 47 years.
126.Benjamin Grundy. September. 24, 1829. 47 years.
13.Sarah Henries. February. 14, 1830. 78 years.
89.Rachel Livesley. February. 22, 1830. 17 years.
64.Isaac Millington. May 12, 1830. 17 years.
65.Still born child male. May 12, 1830.
93.Margaret. Farrington. June 24, 1830. 16 years.
13.James Hampson. November. 22, 1830. 14 months.
122.Giles Boardman. April 1, 1831. 39 years.
62.Thos. Bevington. April 19, 1831. 30 years.
116.William. Yates. April 21, 1831. 22 years.
62.Ann Bevington. May 5, 1831. 26 years.
87.Ann Hampson. June 29, 1831. 40 years.
87.Elizabeth Hampson. February. 14, .1832. 14 years.
116.William Ryley. July 8, 1832. 10 weeks.
97.Sarah Shannon. August. 19, 1832, 8 months.
69.Sarah Ann Hindley. September. 6, 1832. 14 months
  Male — Gerrard. January. 7, 1833. Child.
62.Simeon Bevington. Januaryy. 20, 1833 4 years.
62.Samuel Bevington. March 12, 1833. 6 years.
136.Margaret Grundy. April 10, 1833. 25 years.
93.John Farrington. May 24, 1833. 29 years.
116.James Eiley.J Aug.ust 27, 1833. 4 months
120.Joseph Hindley. Nov. 1, 1833. 13 years.
62.Catherine Bevington. March 25, 1834.61 years
93.Alice Farrington. .May 2, 1834. 51 years.
66.Name unknown.
66.Name unknown
116.Mary Riley.J Aug. 8, 1834. 12 days.
93.Agnes Farrington. Jany. 5, 1835. 23 years.