I've considered both those points too but how to be sure?
The marriage came via the OPC who used the DFHS booklet and said there was no other
detail. She offered two possible baptisms for Elizabeth Reed in CM and I can't
disprove these either. There are other Francis's in the village so perhaps I should
check if either of them have a wife called Elizabeth! 'My' couple are from
elsewhere but I can't say with 100% surety that the 1817 marriage isn't theirs but
I can't explain the 1811 baptism of Francis either!
As for ages on census... Huh! I have at least two people who couldn't do their sums
and made themselves child brides by the time they wrote down the number of years married
on the lovely 1911 census! One chap said he'd been married for over 50 years, his
wife was 78 and he was 62!!
Remind me again why we do this for fun?
On 30 Nov 2012, at 11:42, Joy Langdon <joy.langdon(a)btopenworld.com> wrote:
Just a thought, but there is a baptism at Brendon 10 Oct 1786 of an Elizabeth RUDD,
parents John and Mary. I am wondering if this could be an alternative spelling of Reed.
The Parish clerk wrote what he heard and also transcriptions can be wrong as the
transcriber just interprets spidery faded manuscript the best they can - I have seen Ridd
as an alternative to Reed. Birth dates on census returns can be misleading as the person
giving the information to the enumerator didn't always know.
I notice the eldest son, Francis, was born before 1817 when the Francis Norman/Elizabeth
Reed marriage took place. Did the Combe Martin baptisms give the mother's first name
or just that the father was Francis? The reason I ask is that we tend to assume that the
mother on the census is the birth mother but Elizabeth may be a second wife.
From: Christine Ashby <christine_ashby(a)btinternet.com>
Sent: Friday, 30 November 2012, 8:52
Subject: Re: [DEV] Francis Norman
Thanks for these. I'm doubtful that any of these are my couple although -
the parents of my Amelia were Frances and Elizabeth who, according to the
1851 and 1861 census, were born in Ilfracombe and Brendon respectively.
Elizabeth was born c1788 so the only marriage that would apply would be the
1817 one. I gather from the CM OPC that the bride was Elizabeth Reed and
there are several baptisms in Combe Martin that could apply. I have a li