Unfortunately formal adoption was not introduced in the UK until the 1920s
199791231-0083.xml for an overview. It looks as though this was arranged
through some sort of broker and, given the amount and regularity of the
payment, may well have been a solicitor. Unfortunately most solicitors,
until recently, destroyed their records, particularly for transactions of a
FMP throws up 3 Barnes families living in Withycombe Rawleigh in 1881 though
none seem to fit your letter. Withycombe Rawleigh is about 1 mile from
Exmouth. FMP also has 1851 and 1861 census for Charles Cabe. Interestingly
in 1851 he was living in Withycombe Rawleigh. It also has the following
entry: Cabe Chas b1836 d1872 Deaths at sea, 1781-1968 plus
image. There may be other references. Do you have the UK subscription for
FMP or just Australia?. There may be more in FMP newspaper collection but it
insists on searching for McCabe
May be just a coincidence but Richard Barnes, retired Naval Captain is an
1881 resident of Withycombe Rawleigh.
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Sent: 24 August 2015 12:01
Subject: [DEV] Rose Nellie MARDON / CABE, Exmouth
I am in Australia and haven't written to the list before.
I have been researching my family history in Exmouth and hoping that someone
will be able to help me with finding my grandmother's adoption record
between 1878 and 1881, and related solicitor's records, a boarding house
near Exmouth station, death and census records for seamen.
1. My grandmother Rose Nellie MARDON who was born 27 October 1878 in St
Thomas registration district Exmouth. Her mother Rose MARDON, born in Exeter
in 1858, was unmarried. Rose Nellie was adopted some time before the 1881
census by Emma and Charles CABE, and on the 1881 census was described as
"Nellie CABE, adopted daughter, parents unknown" aged two. On the National
(Beacon) Schools Admissions record her name is Nelly Rose CABE. The family
lived in Market Street Exmouth. Would there be a record of the adoption?
2. As part of the adoption Emma CABE was paid 2 shillings a week for Rose
Nellie's education and care. Is there some way I can find out who paid the 2
shillings and how that was organized? Are there solicitors records of such
3. I have a family letter that says Rose Nellie was born at Mrs BARNES
boarding house at or near the Exmouth Railway Station, but I haven't found
any record of BARNES / BARN, etc in Exmouth on Find My Past, Ancestry, and
other sites. She was said to be married and had a daughter Martha from a
previous marriage and a baby also called Nellie.
4. Charles CABE was a seaman born 1838 at Lympstone Devon, and he died at
sea sometime before1881. Is there a way I can find details of his death, and
census details for him when he was at sea on census days?
I would really appreciate any help anyone can give me.
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