Ancestor Spotlight: Miriam Clark

In this week’s Ancestor Spotlight, we meet Miriam Clark, my Paternal 5x Great-Grandmother.

Miriam Clark was baptized on 26 July 1789 at St Mary’s Church Garsington, Oxfordshire.  Her parents were James and Ann (Harper) Clark.

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“Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, entry for Miriam Clark, 26 July 1789, Garsington, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society, Anglican Parish Registers, Ref No: BOD112_b_2.

When she was 22 years old, she married Thomas Kimber in Garsington on 19 November 1811.

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“Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812”, entry for Kimber-Clark, 19 Nov 1811, Garsington, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society, Anglican Parish Registers, Ref No: BOD112_c_2.

 

Over the next 14 years, they had four daughters – Edith (b. 1816), Mary (b.1819), Keria (b.1821) and Sarah (b.1824).

Tragedy struck the family in 1825 when Thomas died at the age of 34.  He was buried on 22 May 1825 in the St Mary’s Church graveyard.

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“Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1965”, entry for Thomas Kimber, Garsington, May 22 1825, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society, Anglican Parish Registers, Ref No: BOD112_b_6

 

Over a decade passed before Miriam found love again.  On 13 January 1839, she married Stephen Hall in the same church she had married in 28 years earlier.

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“Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930”, entry for Hall-Kimber, 13 Jan 1839, Garsington, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society, Anglican Parish Registers, Ref No: BOD112_b_16

A few months after their wedding and at the age of 50, Miriam gave birth to her fifth child (my 4x great-grandfather) Thomas Hall.

In 1841, Miriam was living in Garsington with her husband Stephen, stepson Edward, their young son Thomas and two of her daughters.

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1841 England Census, Garsington, Oxfordshire, Piece 876, Book 18, Folio 4, Page No. 3, Tho Hall, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019)

In 1851, Miriam was living with Stephen and Thomas, as well as one of her granddaughters Elizabeth Kimber.  They remained in Garsington where Stephen worked as an agricultural laborer.

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1851 England Census, Garsington, Oxfordshire, Household Schedule 101 Piece 1727, Folio 79, Page No. 30, Miriam Hall, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019).

On 5 August 1860, Miriam died at the age of 71.  She was buried in the St Mary’s Church graveyard in Garsington.

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“Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1965”, entry for Miriam Hall, August 5 1860, Garsington, database and images, Ancestry  (www.ancestry.com: accessed 18 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society, Anglican Parish Registers, Ref No: BOD112_b_6.
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St Mary’s Church, Garsington, Oxfordshire. 

 

The Criminal Grandma

My maternal Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Jane Hussey lived a long life in the East End of London and was happily married for 69 years.

However, it has always frustrated me that she was not in the 1901 England census with her family (seen below) and I knew she wasn’t dead, as she died in 1937.

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1901 England Census, Mile End Old Town, London, Household Schedule 258, Piece 335, Folio 143, Page No. 46, James Donald, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 18 Jan 2019).

 

The 1901 England census was taken on the night of 31 March/1 April.  As shown below, it turns out the reason my 3x great grandmother was not at home that night, was because she was actually locked up in prison!

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England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935, Wormwood Scrubs Prison, entry for Jane Donald,  15 Jan 1901, database and images, FindMyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk: accessed 18 Jan 2019).

 

Although many of the Prison records for Wormwood Scrubs prison no longer exist, some still remain.  Jane was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment at Wormwood beginning on 15 Jan 1901.  She was found guilty of:

“Stealing a gold watch, the property of the London and North Western Railway Company.  Receiving the same well knowing it to have been stolen”.  

Wormwood Scrubs Prison still stands to this day and is in use.  By all accounts, it was not a pleasant place to live out a custodial sentence.

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Wormwood Scrubs Prison

Another Brick Wall Down!

Today I broke through another brick wall in my family tree!  As I have been busy with work for clients, completing ProGen and DNA analysis, I have neglected my own trees.

On one of my paternal branches, I was stuck getting past my 4x great grandfather Thomas Hall (b. 1839 in  Headington, Oxfordshire).  Despite having him in all the censuses, I could not figure out who his mother was.

So I decided to go back and really look through the records (it has been many months since I have looked at these).  I had his birth index record that stated he was born in Jul-Aug-Sep 1839 in Headington, Oxfordshire.  The GRO website had his mother’s maiden name listed as ‘Clarke’.

In the 1841 census, Thomas was listed as being 9 months old and living in Garsington, Oxfordshire with his father Stephen Hall,  mother Miriam, brother Edward and two older sisters Keziah and Louisa Kimber.

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1841 England Census, Garsington, Oxfordshire, Piece 876, Book 18, Folio 4, Page No. 3, Tho Hall, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 Jan 2019)

I had not noticed before the large age gap between the two older sisters to Edward and Thomas.  As Miriam is listed as 50 years old, this is quite old to have a 9 month old son.  It hit me that this could be her second marriage and that the two older girls were from her previous marriage!

This would make sense as the marriage record I had found for Stephen stated that he married a Miriam Kimber on 13 Jan 1839 in Garsington, Oxfordshire.   Further look at that marriage record showed that Miriam’s father was called………James Clark!   So Miriam’s maiden name was Clark.

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Oxfordshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930, Hall-Kimber, Garsington, 13 Jan 1839, database and images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 17 Jan 2019); citing Oxfordshire Family History Society.

After feeling a bit of an idiot for missing this before, I decided to push through and see where this now took me.

Stay tuned for further updates on this line!

The lesson from today is go back and look over the records – there is always something you have missed!  

 

The Missing Great-Great-Grandma

The mystery of where my Great-Great-Grandmother Mary Louise Bolton was when the 1891 England Census was taken has finally been solved!  For years, I have struggled to locate her and her family in this record set.  A sudden hunch that maybe the family weren’t all together when the census was taken inspired me to take another look and success!

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Mary Louise, pictured in the early 1940s. 

Mary and her older brother James William were found to be living at 10 South Grove, Mile End Old Town.  They were living with a widow, Emily Thornton and her three daughters.  It is not known why the siblings were living with this particular family, although it is possible they could have been family friends.

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1891 England Census, Mile End Old Town, London, Household Schedule 129, Piece 310, Folio 125, Page No. 20, Mary Bolton, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 14 Nov 2018); citing TNA; Class: RG12.

In a moment of wonderful clarity, I realized that her future husband, Henry John Donald and his family lived in the same area in 1891.  It turned out to not only be the same area, but the same block of streets!

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1891 England Census, Mile End Old Town, Household Schedule 296, Piece 210, Folio 138, Page No 45, Henry J Donald, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 14 Nov 2018); citing TNA; Class: RG12.

 

The Booth Poverty Map was created by Charles Booth from 1889-1898.  During this time, Booth travelled around London with his researchers interviewing people and characterizing the areas they visited into seven different categories ranging from Upper Class/Wealthy to Vicious, Semi Criminal.    The image below is an excerpt from the Booth map.   The dark blue rectangles are Grove Buildings (where Henry lived at No.117) and were classed as “Very Poor, casual. Chronic Want”.  Mary lived on South Grove (the long road running vertically next to the Grove Buildings, and are classed as “Poor. 18s to 21s a week for a moderate family”.

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The Booth Poverty Map, Mapping London (www.mappinglondon.co.uk/2011/the-booth-poverty-map/: accessed 14 Nov 2018).

So where were the rest of Mary’s family in 1891?    That is still to be solved!

 

Remembering the men of World War 1

Today marks 100 years since the guns fell silent in World War 1.  As we spend the day remembering the millions who died, I wanted to honor my ancestors who fought in WW1.  All but one of them survived the war.

Arthur Edward Price (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Arthur Edward Price was born in early 1880 to Thomas and Mary Ann Price, and was brother to my Great-Great-Grandfather George Frederick.

He was wounded in the right arm and thigh on 29th May 1917 in France.  He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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“British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920” entry for Arthur Edward Price, 1916, Regimental No. 5803, Ancestry.co.uk  (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 10 Nov 2018).

Sydney Howard Stares (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Sydney Howard Stares was born on 15th September 1884 to John and Maria Stares and was brother to my Great-Great-Grandmother May.   He was baptized 17 July 1887 at Christ Church Hornsey.

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“London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906” entry for Sydney Howard Stares, 17 Jul 1887, Christ Church Hornsey, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 9 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, London Parish Register, DRO/023/I/A/01/002.

He joined the Royal Navy on 6th May 1901 and served on several different ships in his almost 20 year career.  He served on the HMS Southampton from 13 March 1914 to 16 July 1915, and would have most likely participated in the Battles of Heligoland Bight and Dogger Bank.

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“UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services, 1848-1939”, entry for Sydney Howard Stares, Service No. 214535, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 9 Nov 2018); citing National Archives, Royal Navy Registers of Seaman’s Services, Class:ADM 188, Piece 376.

Sydney survived the war and died 13th April 1948 in Battersea, London.

Private Alfred John Thrussell (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Alfred John Thrussell was born on 18th June 1872 to George and Sarah Thrussell and was brother to my Great-Great-Grandmother Sarah Jane.  He was baptized on 29th December 1872 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

Alfred first enlisted in the Army in 16 October 1889 and served in several Regiments including the 97th Foot Soldiers and Royal West Kent Regiment.  He served for 12.5 years.

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“British Army WW1 Pension Records, 1914-1920”, entry for Alfred John Thrussell, 1889, Regiment No. 2612, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk  (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed on 10 Nov 2018). 

Alfred married Harriet Elizabeth Ann Bryant on 1st Nov 1904 at Christ Church Deptford.  They quickly had three children – William (1904),Arthur (1907) and Winifred May (1910).

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“London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921,” database and images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 9 Nov 2018), entry for Thrussell-Bryant,1 Nov 1904, Christ Church Deptford; citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers, P95/ctc/010.

When World War 1 broke out, he reenlisted into the Army aged 41 years old.  As seen below in his Army Pension, he remained in the Army Reserve from August 1914 until his demobilization in March 1919.  Although it is unknown exactly where he served during the War, he would have seen fighting during that time.

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“British Army WW1 Pension Records, 1914-1920”, entry for Alfred John Thrussell, 1914, Regiment No. 24289, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk  (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed on 10 Nov 2018).

Alfred died on 18th June 1951 aged 78 years old in Watford.

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General Register Office. Death Certificate, Watford, Hertfordshire, Alfred John Thrussell, Jun 1951, Vol 4b, Page 256.

Private Alfred John Bolton  (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Alfred John Bolton was born on 27th May 1881 to James and Louisa Bolton, and was the brother of my Great-Great Grandmother Mary Louisa.  He was baptized on 7 August 1881 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Islington.

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“London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906” entry for Alfred John Bolton, 7 Aug 1881, St Mary Magdalene, Islington, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 8 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers 1754-1906, Ref No. p83/mmg/002.

He joined the British Army and was sent to the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment (Regimental No. L/10769).   He was 34 years old when he killed in action on 25 September 1915 in France & Flanders.  This was the first day in the bloody Battle of Loos.  He is buried at the Loos Memorial in Loos-en-Gohelle, France.

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“UK, Army Registers of Soldier’s Effects, 1901-1929”, entry for Pvt Alfred John Bolton, 25 Sep 1915, Reg No. 10769, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 8 Nov 2018); citing National Army Museum, Chelsea, London, Record No Ranges: 226001, Ref No. 103.

After his death, he was awarded the trio of British WW1 medals – The 1914-1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

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“British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920”, entry for Alfred J Bolton, Queens Reg, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 8 Nov 2018); citing Army Medal Office, WW1 Medal Index Cards.

Frederick Bolton (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Frederick Bolton was born 1 March 1888 to James and Louisa Bolton, and was the younger brother to the aforementioned Alfred John Bolton.  He was baptized on 28 Oct 1888 at Hackney St John.

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“London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906” entry for Frederick Bolton, 28th Oct 1888, St John, Hackney, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 8 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers 1754-1906, Ref No. p79/jn1/041.

In 1904, he joined the Army attached to the York and Lancaster Regiment. As seen his Military History Sheet, he served several times in France and the Mediterranean during the war.

 

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“British Army WW1 Service Records, 1914-1920”, entry for Frederick Bolton, 1904, Regiment No. 7964, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 10 Nov 2018).

Unlike his brother, Frederick survived the war and went on to marry and have children.  He died in Winter 1943 in Hackney, London.

Private Benjamin Donoghue (Great-Great-Great Uncle)

Benjamin Donoghue was born in Spring 1877 to John Donoghue and Sarah Harriet Marsden, and was the brother of my Great-Great-Grandfather Frederick Donoghue.  He married Bridget Linehan in 1909 in Woolwich, London.

Although details are not available of when and where he served, he did receive the Victory and British War Medal whilst serving as a Private with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.  He survived the war, but additional details of his life are unknown.

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“British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920”, entry for Benjamin Donoghue, Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Reg No. 5097, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 9 Nov 2018); citing Army Medal Office, WW1 Medal Index Cards.

 

George Henry Williams (Great-Grandfather)

George Henry Williams was born on 7 September 1898 to Albert Henry and Emily Williams in Clapham, London.  He was baptized on 14 Nov 1902 at Clapham Holy Trinity.

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“London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906” entry for George Henry Williams, 14 Nov 1902, Clapham Holy Trinity, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 10 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers 1754-1906, Ref No. P95/TRI1/149.

He enlisted in the Army on 2nd February 1914 aged 18.  He served through the entirety of the war, although exact locations are not known.

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“UK, Royal Air Force Airmen Records, 1918-1940”, entry for George Henry Williams, 12 Feb 1917, Service No. 59303, database and images, Fold3 (www.fold3.com: accessed 10 Nov 2018); citing National Archives, Air Member for Personnel and Predecessors, Airmen’s Records; Series No. AIR 79. 

After the war, George married and had three children.  He died on 12 April 1965 in Merton.

Electoral Records

Yesterday, the U.S. had its midterm elections.   This was the first large scale election that I have been able to vote in since becoming a U.S. Citizen back in February 2017.

As all of my family are from England, this got me thinking about past elections they would have voted in.  I am fairly lucky in that most of my family (especially my maternal side) have lived in London for many generations, so Electoral Records for this area are fairly easy to find. Ancestry has the London, England, Electoral Registers from 1832-1965 available on their website.    Electoral records for each year list the names and addresses of those eligible and registered to vote.  Women were not allowed to vote until 1928 in England (although some who met certain requirements were allowed to vote from 1918).

Below are a few of the Electoral Records I have collected for my ancestors.  For many of them, I have been able to track their location for a 20 year period between the 1911 Census and 1939 Register thanks to these records!

 

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1914 Electoral Record for my maternal 2X Great-Grandfather George Frederick Price.                “London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965”, Price, George Frederick, 1914, 112 Holloway Road, Islington, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 7 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Electoral Registers.

 

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     1918 Electoral Record for my  2x Great-Grandparents Albert Ernest & Sarah Jane Edghill     “London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965”, Edghill Albert Ernest, 1918, 40 Hyde Street, Deptford, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 7 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Electoral Registers.

 

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1936 Electoral Record for my Great- Grandparents Ernest Christopher & Isabel Donald        “London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965”, Donald Ernest Christopher, 1936, 22 Robinson Road, Bethnal Green, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 7 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Electoral Registers.
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1912 Electoral Record for my maternal 2x Great-Grandfather Henry John Donald       “London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965”, Donald Henry John, 1912, 12 Joseph Street, Mile End, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 7 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Electoral Registers.
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1927 Electoral Record for my paternal 2x Great Grandfather Albert Henry Williams &             Great-Grandfather George Henry Williams                                                                                “London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965”, Williams Albert Henry, 1927, 51 Lessar Avenue, Clapham, database and images, Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk: accessed 7 Nov 2018); citing London Metropolitan Archives, Electoral Registers.

The Marriage of Thomas Medhurst and Mary Wingrove

After finally completing the last of my ProGen chats, I am jumping right back in with my research on my paternal side.  After solving the mystery of my adopted great grandmother’s real parentage, I have been able to progress backwards several more generations.  Things took an exciting turn this weekend when I discovered the marriage bann of my 5 x Great Grandparents Thomas Medhurst and Mary Wingrove.

 

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“London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921,” database and images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 2 Nov 2018), entry for Medhurst-Wingrove, 10 April 1785; citing London Metropolitan Archives, Church of England Parish Registers, P71/mmg/055)                 

 

 

Thomas and Mary married on 10th April 1785 at St Mary Magdalene Church, Bermondsey, Surrey.   Interestingly, several of my maternal ancestors lived in this same area at the same time.   This inspired me to look for proof that they may have known each other, or at least, had mutual acquaintances.

I ended up discovering that in 1785, Thomas Medhurst owned property in Bermondsey.  Several streets away, my maternal 6x Great Grandparent Benjamin Edghill was renting a property from a Benjamin Hodgson.  Although definite proof that the families knew each other likely does not exist, small developing areas such as Bermondsey were relatively tight knit communities so it is not beyond the realm of possibility that their paths may have crossed.

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“Surrey, England, Land Tax Records, 1780-1832”, database and images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 Nov 2018), entry for Thomas Medhurst, 1785, Bermondsey, Roll No. 89, Ref No. 992367; citing Surrey Land Tax, Surrey History Centre.
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Surrey, England, Land Tax Records, 1780-1832″, database and images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com: accessed 5 Nov 2018), entry for Benj” Edghill, 1785, Bermondsey, Roll No. 89, Ref No. 992367; citing Surrey Land Tax, Surrey History Centre.

 

 

 

I wonder if they would have believed that several generations in the future, their families would be combined?