- The 1861 census lists Peter and Maria Gaskell as living at 205 Black Rd., Macclesfield, with Peter being a shoemaker aged 36 and Maria a silk weaver aged 37. As we know that "our" Peter was a shoemaker in Lord St., Macclesfeld (less than ½ mile away), this is probably the same person. They have two children listed, Harriett aged 12 (a silk piecer) and John aged 6 (a scholar). There does not appear to be a listing for a 211 Black Rd. in the 1861 census (the road numbers start at Peter's at 205 and go down), but the next-door neighbours the Cottons stay the same between the census years 1861 and 1871 (although Sarah Cotton is widowed by 1871), so it is likely that there was some sort of house renumbering scheme imposed upon them!
- By the 1871 census, Peter, Maria and John along with 9 year old Maria are listed at 211 Black Road. Maria sr. has now become a Silk weaver, and John a "shoe binder". Peter in this listing is shown as being born in Lyme Hanley (Prestbury), Cheshire in 1827, and Maria his wife was born in Macclesfield in 1824.
- In the 1881 census for Peter and Maria
Gaskell are still residing at 211 Black Rd., Macclesfield. Maria the daughter is listed as still residing at home in 1881, with a birth year of 1862 and working as a silk weaver.
- By 1891 Maria (sr) is widowed, and is living with her daughter Maria (still a silk weaver) at 5, Byrons Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield. They also have a boarder living there, one James Birchenall, a 60 year old widowed tailor born in Macclesfield.
- The 1911 census lists Maria as having been married to Samuel Rayner, a silk weaver aged 46 (born in Macclesfield), for 19 years. They are living at 50 St. Georges Street, Macclesfield, and have had no children.