Mary Wilson Cullingham

#20349, b. 3 December 1744

Individual's Timeline

Christening3 December 1744Mary Wilson Cullingham2
Marriage17 November 1765Mary Wilson Cullingham3
Deathbetween 1768 and 1770Samuel Smith Larn4
Marriage24 March 1776Mary Wilson Cullingham5

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Larn.1
  • Note - illiterate: 1765 Mary Wilson was illiterate.
  • Married Name: Her married name was Sallows.

Anecdote - Musings and Reasonings

Research note (complicated): Message sent to Suffolk list on Rootschat, Oct 2014.

The name variations: LAAN is the usual spelling at the time in Lowestoft PR, and CUNNINGHAM/CULLINGHAM seems to have been used interchangeably. I have ample proof in both cases that the variations as used refer to the same person.

Trish - You are correct. For this to be my couple, the age at burial for both Mary and William would have to be incorrect.

Annette7 - details surrounding the Mary LAAN and William SALLOWS marriage are:

The SALLOWS/LAAN marriage was in Lowestoft 24th March 1776. The IGI transcription does NOT have any status for bride and groom, nor parents names. ("England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Oct 2014), William Sallows and Mary Laan, 24 Mar 1776; citing St. Margaret, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, reference 151; FHL microfilm 1526139).

There are 2 separate entries for the marriage in IGI with different, but close, dates so I think the IGI info comes from a banns book, which is NOT on "England, Norfolk, Parish ...Record Office), 1510-1997, Lowestoft St Margaret"

When James LAAN was Chr in Lowestoft 18th May 1768 he was the son of Samuel and Mary LAAN. When John LAAN was Chr in Lowestoft 13th April 1770, he was the posthumous son of Samuel and Mary LAAN. I checked all original pages between the conception of James and the birth of John, and there is no burial of Samuel. I am assuming his death, based on the 'posthumous' note in 1770, as I believe this proves that Samuel was dead by 1770.

The marriage falls outside the coverage of the original Norfolk PR on the Family Search site, but the mother's name is Cunningham on Mary SALLOWS' Chr in 1787. I believes this indicates that the Mary nee CULLINGHAM who married Samuel LAAN could well have been the Mary LAAN who married William SALLOWS. The names and the dates fit.

Annes - as you can see from above, the ages at death of the couple buried in Kessingland are in question. I will be grateful for anything you can tell me from the Suffolk record office, but as this is only me trying to cover off a negative to eliminate them, please give this a LOW priority.

A LATER MESSAGE from Annes and my reply

Maria Sallows d/o William Sallows and Amy his wife of the parish of Beccles in the county of Suffolk born 9th day of November 1785 was baptised the 21st day of November 1785.

This couple also baptised Robert born 4th Dec 1787 baptised 8th Jan 1788

I couldn't see a Mary Ann (1790) within this register.

Reply - I can see by searching for children of William and Amy in the IGI that the transcription is of the records you are looking at. I am thinking that the Chr of Mary Ann with mother Mary is most likely an error of some sort, and that she is in fact a child of William and Amy, but I will leave her as part of my records for the time being. I can see I need to research the William who married Amy.

Mary Wilson LARN nee CULLINGHAM who married William SALLOWS is my direct ancestor. William was her second husband; my relationship is from a child of her first husband. I am of course interested in her SALLOWS children, but my main aim is to find her circumstances of life after she married William SALLOWS and her death/burial..

Locus Operandi

Research Notes

  • Research note 03: Mary and William may be the couple buried in Kessingland. William in 1822 aged 60 and Mary in 1823 aged 67.
  • Research note 02: May have had a daughter Chr in Independent Beccles Maria SALLOWS 1785, but mother named as Amy.6
  • Research note 01: Most likely widowed in 1774 and married (2nd) William SALLOWS. Children of this marriage: William 1777; Mary Ann 6/4/1790; Mary 1787. Confirmation of the theory is that in one Chr mothers is named as Mart CUNNINGHAM.7

Children of Mary Wilson Cullingham and Samuel Smith Larn

Children of Mary Wilson Cullingham and William Sallows


  1. Website ( "family tree from kollywobbles."
  2. International Genealogical Index (IGI), P009831      1724 - 1750.
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marriages:
    Spouse:      SAMUEL LAUNE - 17 NOV 1765 - Lowestoft, Suffolk, England M009831 1751 - 1812.
  4. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain).
  5. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Name:     William Sallows
    Birth Date:     
    Spouse's Name:     Mary Laan
    Spouse's Birth Date:     
    Spouse's Birthplace:     
    Spouse's Age:     
    Event Date:     24 Mar 1776
    Event Place:     St. Margaret, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
    Father's Name:     
    Mother's Name:     
    Spouse's Father's Name:     
    Spouse's Mother's Name:     
    Marital Status:     
    Previous Wife's Name:     
    Spouse's Race:     
    Spouse's Marital Status:     
    Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:     
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number:     I03767-9
    System Origin:     England-EASy
    GS Film number:     1526139
    Reference ID:     151

    Citing this Record:
    "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Oct 2014), William Sallows and Mary Laan, 24 Mar 1776; citing St. Margaret, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England, reference 151; FHL microfilm 1526139.
  6. International Genealogical Index (IGI), Name:     Maria Sallows
    Gender:     Female
    Christening Date:     21 Nov 1785
    Birth Date:     09 Nov 1785
    Death Date:     
    Name Note:     
    Father's Name:     William Sallows
    Father's Birthplace:     
    Father's Age:     
    Mother's Name:     Amy
    Mother's Birthplace:     
    Mother's Age:     
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number:     C07821-2
    System Origin:     England-ODM
    GS Film number:     825399
    Reference ID:     

    Citing this Record:
    "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Oct 2014), Maria Sallows, 21 Nov 1785; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 825399.
  7. Find my past web sites, online or,
    Mary Laan
    mentioned in the record of William Sallows and Mary Laan
    Name:      William Sallows
    Spouse's Name:      Mary Laan
    Event Date:      24 Mar 1776
    Event Place:      St. Margaret, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I03767-9 , System Origin: England-EASy , GS Film number: 1526139 , Reference ID: 151.
  8. International Genealogical Index (IGI), P009831      1751-1812.