On 22/5/12 09:50, "Megan Roberts" <welshladymegan(a)yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
A couple of months ago I asked the list to help find records for the
my gt. grandmother, Mary Ann Couzens (surname can be spelt in many different
ways) born 1868 in Johnston, and had some really useful help. One of the
³left-over² mysteries concerned her older sister Hannah born about 1864. In
the 1871 census Hannah was living with her parents, and in the 1881 she was a
dairymaid on a farm. After that she vanished. I could not even find a birth
record for her. Now however, I have found her and thought that I would let
you know how, as it might help others with similar quandries.
In the 1911
Census, their aunt Esther O'Connell was recorded as having a 19
year old niece
called Ethel Maud Walters born in Mumbles living with her. So wanting to know
who Ethel was and how she fitted into the tree, I looked for her in the 1901
census. There she was with her mother Anna Cooze and step-father Joseph Cooze
living in Cardiff.
So now who was Anna Cooze? I soon discovered that she
had married as Anna Walters in 1900. So now who was Anna Walters?
census had other children from what must have been a first marriage living
with her, and they were all born in Furzy Hill. Using that information I back
tracked to the 1891 census, discovering that her first husband was John
So then I looked for a marriage of John Walters to an Anna. The
only one that fitted was an Anna Maria Couzens, who had a birth
record in 1864
in Haverfordwest, but did not appear in either the 1871 or 1881 census. I had
no idea who she was or how she was related to my family tree, so I ordered her
birth certificate which arrived yesterday, and low and behold she was a sister
to my gt grandmother Mary Ann.
I now conclude that Hannah must have been a
mis-transcription of Anna - perhaps they were trying to sound posh,
sounding a non-existent H before her name.
Well done Megan
Just shows what persistence and a bit of lateral thinking can do. You'll
have to change your name to Megan Jane Marple-Roberts!