Fred was born on 11 Mar 1865 in Tarbock, a sub-district of Huyton, Liverpool, and his birth certificate shows his mother was Elizabeth Woolfall and his father is left blank. Ancestry.com has as a tentative baptism record (the British Isles Vital Records Index, taken from the Bishop's Transcripts) in Huyton on 23 Apr 1865 for a "Frederich Woolfall" (link only available with an Ancestry subscription), with his father shown as "James Woolfall" and mother as Elizabeth, but the Parish records don't seem to exist for me to check for any other information (e.g., an address or godparents). Since there were no other individuals named anything similar to Frederick Woolfall in the Liverpool area at that time, and based on the timing (6 weeks after his birth), it seems likely that this was Fred's baptism record. Was "James Woolfall" a euphemism, or was someone named "James" the supposed father? At that time, effective contraception was not available and it was shameful to have an illegitimate child, so I can easily see why Elizabeth and her father, William Woolfall (1814-1893), may have "invented" a supposed father for Fred (maybe based on a hint of truth).
While at the Meadows, Fred turned a blind eye to illegal gambling (betting on horses) that was going on in the pub, and as a form of "hush money" for this, he was given a ring with three large diamonds. The diamonds were subsequently split into 2 rings, which two of his grand-daughters now have. Thanks to Fred doing this, our family has some additional, beautiful jewellery.
Incidentally, for those who live on the Wirral, the Flaybrick website has a really nice section entitled Great Trees of the Wirral. Although only a few trees have been covered, I recognize the old Stone Pine.
Could DNA Testing Give a Clue to Fred's Father?
Now I've had my DNA tested at all the main DNA testing companies, Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and the Genographic Project (Geno 2.0), I'm receiving a lot of DNA matches, so hopefully I may be able to find out something about this branch, which is the most recent of my brick walls. Odds are that I never will, but at least there's a chance!
I encourage everyone to have their DNA tested – especially anyone related to me (even if you don't yet know it). In order to identify which line you inherited all your key segments of DNA from (at least those used for genetic genealogy), we all have to rely on each other in order to create our "chromosome maps". See Do You Have the Right DNA?, as I'm even offering to pay for the testing costs for a few people, depending on the DNA you have inherited.
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