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Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 46)

8 Nov

Last week wasn’t too bad, it got quite a bit of research done (the HAYBITTLE family) and a pleasing amount of filing sorted (US census images for the EADE and ALLCORN families).

  • I need to make sure I have everything prepared for a visit to the Hampshire Record Office next Saturday in search of Susannah POCOCK.
  • For my Christmas Tree Project I think I need to create a list of facts that I need to find, so that I can work through them without getting distracted.
  • I think this week I will concentrate on sorting all the George Thomas GASSON paperwork in my stuff to sort folder. I have been putting it off for far too long.
  • I have several people to search for on the British Army WW1 Service Records on Ancestry.co.uk now the records are complete.

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.

Weekly Genealogy Preview (for week 44)

25 Oct

Last week was mainly about consolidation. Very little was actually added to my family tree whilst I spent my time planning some next moves for finding the last of my 4x great grandparents. This week I need to get those plans documented and ready to implement over the next few weeks.

  • Continue working on my stuff to sort folder, last week I discovered a collection of parish register transcriptions that weren’t on my spreadsheet, so that will be my focus this week.
  • Prepare a plan for identifying the parents of Susannah POCOCK, ready for a visit to Hampshire Record Office.
  • Decide whether I should order a copy of the marriage certificate for Henry SHORNDEN and Sarah LAY or whether to try and locate a copy of the parish register.
  • Start working on Phase II of my Christmas Tree Project, by preparing a query in Family Historian to identify the gaps in my research for all my ancestors.
  • Prepare for a visit to the West Surrey Family History Society Family History Fair at Woking, Surrey next weekend, to make sure I get the most out of the day.

Christmas Tree Project Update

19 Oct

Most of my work last week was focused on trying to find the 4x great grandparents for my Christmas Tree Project. All in all it was quite successful, but I have still have quite a bit of work to do.

The present state of play is that I am still missing four individuals, there are another three 4x great grandmothers where I have no maiden name for, only a married name, and there are a couple of connections I have made that are not as strong as I would have liked (like the parents of Ellen NICHOLLS).

The missing individuals are the parents of Susannah POCOCK, and the parents of Sarah Ann the wife of Henry SHORNDEN.

I don’t know Sarah Ann’s maiden name, I thought she was the SHORNDEN and Henry was the WRIGHT, but I have since found that to be wrong. Now I need to find out if Sarah Ann was the WRIGHT.

Logic would suggest that if they didn’t use Henry’s surname, then they used Sarah Ann’s instead, but logic and the WRIGHT/SHORNDEN family don’t seem to sit together well in the same sentence.

Tonight I have ordered a copy of the birth certificate for Henry SHAWNDEN, who I believe was the first of their children to be registered and baptised in Alton, Hampshire in the first quarter of 1842.

This promises to be the most eagerly awaited birth certificate yet (apart from my illegitimate grandfather’s one). If I were a betting man I would put my money on Sarah Ann being a WRIGHT, but then again I wouldn’t be surprised if I lost it all.

I just hope that the Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union settle their differences quickly so my certificate doesn’t get held up in the post too long.

On the way home with two of my 4x great grandparents

10 Oct

After about four hours at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, Hampshire I am back on the train again making my way home, mentally trying to make sense of what I found.

The Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, Hampshire

The Hampshire Record Office, Winchester, Hampshire

I found all the information I was looking for with the WRIGHT family, but then I was only double checking most of it. I have written about this WRIGHT family before and the confusion that surrounds whether Henry and Sarah Ann were in fact married. As I need to find their parents for my Christmas Tree Project it is time to try again and solve this puzzle.

Both Henry and Sarah Ann WRIGHT were buried in Alton, Hampshire, but checking the monumental inscriptions for the parish it doesn’t look like their gravestone has survived, if there ever was one.

The MITCHELL side of things went quite well, I now have William MITCHELL’s parents (John MITCHELL and Elizabeth LOCKETT) and some details of William’s siblings. The family were where I was expecting them, in New Alresford and latterly in Old Alresford. I think I have found John MITCHELL’s parents (John and Olive MITCHELL) there as well, so that takes me back another generation.

The POCOCK side of things was not so straight forward, and I am still left with no parents for Susannah POCOCK, it doesn’t appear that she was baptised in Hampshire (according to the Hampshire Baptism Index), and certainly not Micheldever.

There is an elderly POCOCK couple living in New Alresford (or was it Old Alresford) who seem to be the only POCOCKs for miles around. My instincts tell me that this couple (Richard and Mary) are Susannah’s parents.

They don’t appear to have been married in Hampshire (according to the Hampshire Marriage Index) and Mary’s place of birth on the census was Lambeth, Surrey. So when I get home I will be searching for POCOCK marriages and baptisms in Surrey and Sussex.

All in all it was a successful trip, so far the trains have gone according to plan and the weather has stayed dry, despite a few threatening clouds. I have added two more 4x great grandparents to my Christmas Tree Project so I feel this morning’s optimism was justified.

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