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Is Susannah POCOCK going to spoil my Christmas?

27 Oct

At the moment it looks like Susannah POCOCK (my 3x great grandmother) could be the one person that spoils my Christmas Tree Project.

Susannah married William MITCHELL on the 16th January 1832 at New Alresford, Hampshire. From the census (1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891) I have a date of birth around 1807-08 and a place of birth of Micheldever, Hampshire.

Neither the Hampshire Genealogical Society Baptism Index or the International Genealogical Index (which includes the baptisms for Micheldever) have a baptism for Susannah at the right time or place.

So basically I seem to be stuck, there doesn’t appear to be a baptism in all Hampshire for Susannah POCOCK. There is one in neighbouring Sussex that is a good match, but I have no reason to connect the two.

The question I have to answer is why did Susannah believe that she was born in Micheldever? There are several possibilities:

  • Maybe she was born there, but she was never baptised.
  • Maybe she was born there, but her parents were non-conformists and the baptism records are held elsewhere.
  • Maybe she wasn’t born there, but that was where she grew up.
  • Maybe her surname wasn’t POCOCK.

I probably need to head back down to Winchester again and the Hampshire Record Office. I would like to find out if there was a POCOCK family in Micheldever between 1808 and 1832.

There is a couple in New Alresford, Hampshire in the 1841 census who could be Susannah’s parents, they would have been about the right age when Susannah was born.

This couple, Richard and Mary POCOCK, are probably my best hope for finding Susannah’s parents, but based purely on the fact that Susannah was living in New Alresford when she married, so it is quite likely that her parents were also living there.

According to the 1841 census Richard was born in Hampshire, but he died in 1843, so I can’t tell any more than that. Mary on the other hand survived until 1870, so I have more information, she was born in Lambeth, Surrey, so I possibly need to be looking for Susannah’s baptism in Surrey.

Missing from my Christmas Tree: The parents of William MITCHELL and Susannah POCOCK

9 Oct

Four of the missing individuals on my Christmas Tree Project stem from this couple. William MITCHELL and Susannah POCOCK are my 3x great grandparents, and were married on the 16th January 1832 in the parish of New Alresford, Hampshire.

To my knowledge they had ten children, including my 2x great grandfather William Henry MITCHELL (who I have written much about previously), and they appear to have spent most if not all of their married life in the parish of Exton, Hampshire.

I have found them in every available census from 1841 up to the 1881 for William (he died in 1888 aged 81) and the 1891 for Susannah (she died in 1898 aged 90).

The ages and places of birth are pretty consistent for both of them across the range of census years. William was born in Alresford, Hampshire and Susannah was born in Micheldever, Hampshire.

Their ages give a year of birth around 1807-08 for William, and 1808-09 for Susannah. There is a slight discrepancy with the 1861 census where both of them are a couple of years younger than they should be according to the other census data.

So there is a possibility that they may have been born slightly earlier, if the 1861 census was correct and the others are wrong, but that seems unlikely. Also the ages in the other census years also tie up with their ages in the GRO Death Indexes.

All of this seems quite straight forward, all I need to do is look in the parish registers for (New and Old) Alresford and Micheldever and there they will be. The problem, other than not having copies of the parish registers to hand, is that the baptisms for Micheldever are on the International Genealogical Index on familysearch.org and they don’t include Susannah or any other POCOCKs.

My saviour will hopefully be the Hampshire Baptism Index, this is available on CD from the Hampshire Genealogical Society and I know they have a copy at the Hampshire Record Office. I could buy a copy, but unlike the Sussex Marriage Index (from the Sussex Family History Group) I am not sure I will get enough use out of it to justify the cost. Perhaps one for my Christmas wish list.

POCOCK is an unusual enough surname that there shouldn’t be too many of them about and hopefully there will only be one Susannah in the right time frame. Hopefully I will be able to find William in Alresford without too much trouble, if not the problem will be just the opposite, there will probably be too many William MITCHELLs to choose from.

Time to schedule in a trip to Winchester I think. If I can find both sets of parents then I should hopefully be able to find out more details on their families, confirm what is in the index and hopefully go back a generation or two on the same visit. Now where is my calendar?

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