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Family mystery Elijah Prescott

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Elijah Prescott married Elizabeth Winstanley in Kings Manhattan New York 22nd October 1899. Elizabeth was 18 and Elijah 19 so possibly an elopement. She doesn't appear to have been pregnant as first child was born back in their hometown of Wigan in September 1890.

So why Manhattan and how did they get there? Why come back? If they were escaping parental wrath why not settle there?

I've tried looking for an answer but so far nothing has come up. Elijah was a builder and a sportsman. He played Rugby and Cricket.

Any ideas?
 

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