In the 19th century Cabus was a rural area just north of Garstang, about 20km north of Preston. Matthew and Dorothy Swarbrick lived and farmed in Cabus from 1814 through 1818 per the baptismal records of several of their children including Betty Swarbrick in 1818. We believe Dorothy’s parents, Robert Chippindale and Nancy Gardner, also spent their life in the Cabus area.
The nearest ancient church is St. Thomas in Garstang founded in 1337. However the Swarbrick–Chippendale families baptized their children at St. Helen’s or at St. Michael on Wyre. We have not yet investigated the parish records for St. Thomas.