On Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:14:30 -0000
"Peter J Richardson" <pjrich.ntl(a)googlemail.com> wrote:
I am trying to establish the ancestry of my 3xGt grandmother Mary Ann
COCHRANE. She was born c.1817 at Silverton and married John FARRANT
in August 1837 at Lyme Regis, when she gave her father as being a
soldier named Simon.
I now believe that Simon was baptised as Simon Cockram at Silverton
in 1786 (son of Mary), joined the 28th Regiment of Foot and died
either at Quatre Bras or Waterloo in June 1815. I think that he left
a widow in Silverton, and that widow was my 4xGt grandmother. I have
checked through the Devon Family History Society and there seems to
be no likely wedding in Devon but given that the 28th Regiment served
in Ireland the 1814 entry on the IGI between Simon COCKERAM and Mary
COSGRAVE in "the Diocese Of Dublin, Leinster" looks to be a
possibility. The quick search I was able to do at Kew yesterday
before the weather closed in did not yield any further clues. I was
advised though that there were no widows pensions in those days.
I think it is likely that Simon's mother was still alive, but that
she married when Simon was a teenager to John KERSLAKE (2nd June 1800
at Silverton) and had at least three children by him, so I do not
know what she would have been able to do for her son's widow, and in
view of the dates it seems questionable whether Simon was the father
of my 3xGt grandmother.
My question please is whether anyone has any thoughts that might be
useful to me please, and also what is available in terms of Silverton
poor records or bastardy orders and whether any of these are likely
to be viewable on line.
while recently trawling the National Archives site I noticed a few
'Bastardy Orders' for Devon but it appeared to me that these were
probably random, accidental survivals. I hope I'm wrong as I have a
bastard of my own they could help with.