I've been trying to track down a Mark Taylor born about 1868 in Barnstaple,
and he's driving me quietly mad.
Mark married Ellen LEMON in 1888 at the Holy Trinity Church in Barnstaple.
His address was Trinity (either Street or Square) and she was living in
Belle Alley. Mark's father is shown as John TAYLOR, occupation of Hawker.
When checking the 1881 census, there is a John Taylor, occupation of Hawker,
living in Winkleigh...
John TAYLOR (Head) M Male 38 Bristol Hawker
Harriet TAYLOR Other M Female 31 Chard Hawker
John TAYLOR Other Male 10 Barnstaple Scholar
Mark TAYLOR Other Male 9 Tiverton Scholar
Joseph TAYLOR Son U Male 7 Winkleigh Scholar
Henry TAYLOR Son Male 4 Scholar
Harriet Jane TAYLOR Daur Female 2 Infant
Charlotte TAYLOR Daur Female 5 w Infant
Jane TAYLOR Daur Female 5 w Infant
Susanna BAKER Servant Female 24 Beaford
Dwelling Vine Street, Winkleigh, Devon
... but this would have meant that the 'other' called Mark (what the heck
does it mean anyway??? Harriet married John Taylor in 1871 in Launceston, so
I think he's being a tad cheeky in referring to her as an 'other'...) would
have only been 17 or 18 when he married, and whilst I appreciate that he
could have lied on the certificate, he does give his age as 21 and there's
no mention in the family history about there being an age gap in his favour.
There is also this Mark Taylor...
James DAVEY Head W Male 62 Bishops Tawton, Devon, England Bill
Thirza TAYLOR Boarder M F 50 Swimbridge, Devon, England
Mark TAYLOR Boarder Male 13 Barnstaple, Devon, England
Green Lane, Barnstaple, Devon
Who I rather prefer the look of, but when applying for a birth certificate
that I found on the 18370nline site for that birth year, I was informed that
they wouldn't issue the certificate as the father is not a John
In 1891, Ellen TAYLOR is back with her mother and no trace of Mark. Although
there is a Mark TAYLOR born Barnstaple in Wandsworth prison in 1891, but
this Mark TAYLOR is only 19.
Mark and Ellen do have a go at some sort of married life, as they managed to
have 3 children, Rosina, Percy and Elsie, all born between 1891 and 1895 in
Barnstaple, but I've not been able to track him down successfully on any
census so far, nor have I ever found anything else to confirm his
Any ideas anyone????
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