I am sorry but my Leach family is London based. I can't find any
Leach butcher in the 1829 or 1850 Knutsford Trade directories. The
only Leech Samuel is a leather worker so probably not your family.
You seem to have checked census and parish records already. Peover
Hall records are not very extensive as the Mainwaring family died
out. Have you tried grave yard lists? I can look at Knutsford and
I expect Peover ones will be on fiche. I'll look up Molly Potts
as I did have something on her. I like to think of you reading about
Knutsford over there in NZ
My husband is a cockney so our Leaches were not local to Knutsford.
I am not sure if you have traced your Leach/Potts family back to
the 1841 census?
John Potts , gardener, aged 70, was living in Over Knutsford next
door to his daughter Ann Leech ( as spelt in census) She was 27
and no husband is listed. Your gt gt grandmother Martha was 5 and
there were sisters Jane(9) and Mgt 17 months.
Mrs Mary Potts living with John is also 70 and not born in Cheshire;
living with them was Mary Leech aged 5 obviously a grand-daughter.
As the Potts were in Over Knutsford it is almost certain they would
have been employed at Caldwells nurseries. 1841 census, Matthew
Potts gardener aged 42 was actually living next door to William
Caldwell. (still there in 1861 census as retired gardener 63) Think
he must have been son of Thomas? wife was 50 and son John 22 also
I have borrowed an account book of the overseers of the poor for
Over Knutsford where there are 40 householders listed but not in
the years after 1832 then they ceased to list them so I failed to
find John Potts etc but Matthew arrrived there in 1830
I will check on Molly Potts- have read something and think I know
where to find it. I wonder is she was,Mary the wife of Thomas, as
Molly is a variation of Mary.?
Hope this is helpful
Joan Leach 18.4.02