I should have been filing, but got distracted

16 Sep

Last night I was supposed to be filing, but I couldn’t help adding another pair of 4x great grandparents to my tree. I was looking at me tree wondering when the birth certificate for William GEERING would arrive, when I noticed that I didn’t have parents for William’s father-in-law William GREEN.

It was once again surprisingly easy to find the information I was looking for. There were two William GREENs of the right age in Seaford, Sussex in the 1841 census, so I had to find further evidence of his father’s name. William’s marriage to Charlotte TEMPLEMAN was in 1843 in Seaford, so I thought I would either have to wait for a marriage certificate or until I could get to a record office.

I was check the West Sussex Record Office’s holdings to see if they had the bishop’s transcripts (they do) and noticed that the Seaford marriages are on the International Genealogical Index. That gave me the evidence I needed (I will confirm the entry is correct on the original register eventually), his father’s name was Charles GREEN, that narrowed down my choice and I had his parents in the 1841 and 1851 census.

From the Sussex Marriage Index it looks like Charles GREEN married Mary TUCKNOT in Seaford on the 10th June 1811. Charles was an agricultural labourer, so no surprise there. He was from Seaford, born around 1788. Mary was from nearby Bishopstone and was slightly younger than Charles. So far from the census I have found seven children including William, but like the LEWRYs yesterday I still have some gaps to fill in.

I seem to have quite a few ancestors now from the Seaford area, and I am wondering now if perhaps I should go and pay it a visit this weekend rather than go to a record office. I am sure a visit to the church would be quite productive and I can always go for a walk on the hills to the east if I get bored of the town. In the back of my mind is the thought that as the seasons change my opportunity for going exploring is getting less and less, so I might just seize the opportunity and spend a day exploring Seaford this weekend.

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2 Responses to “I should have been filing, but got distracted”

  1. beingmaisie September 19, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    Hi John

    Concerning finding 2 possible ancestors who were both born close togther in the same parish, i was reading Your Family Tree mag yesterday and found out something i never knew before. There are likely to be several occasions of this as people would ‘privately’ i.e at home christen their babies if they thought they were not going to survive but then if they pulled through they would have them baptised again a month of so later officially in church, thus making 2 copies.
    i found that fascinating and very helpful.

    Gill

  2. John Gasson September 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm #

    I quite often see the words “admitted into the church” or similar in baptism registers, I guess that is the sort of thing. I guess there is plenty of opportunity for that sort of thing to go on, or just too busy to get it done.

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