Interesting problem - missing parents and siblings
Might she have arrived in Rochester with her parents and siblings, perhaps moving from one
coastal(ish) place to another as part of the general 'mobilisation' against
Napoleon - directly or indirectly.
She seems to have married at 21, so probably a spinster even if the marriage record fails
to give marital status at that date (as sadly often.....)
I would look in Rochester and surrounding areas for sibling Parker marriages 1800 onwards,
and parent Parker deaths say 1790 onwards. And even 1851 Census for anyone born Dorset
and living Kent? Or 1841 Parker not born in Kent but living Rochester area?
And who registered her death?
And did George leave a will - he might have named her siblings as trustees or legatees?
(a death duty will record for 1843, Whitechapel, looks helpful - the IR27 index (online
via Discovery without payment) shows "court PCC, executor Elizabeth Peall". PCC
wills can now be read on Ancestry)
In Lancashire and other northern places, I find that naming conventions were generally
observed carefully up to around 1820. So sibling names might give clues to parental and
grandparental names. You would need to know the normal naming conventions, if any, for
Dorset! Equally - how did she name her own children - if any?
Do keep me posted with any results!
Wiltshire, and currently in Greece
On Saturday, 29 September 2018, 16:23:52 EEST, Barry Faiers <barry(a)faiers.org>
I am currently trying to link a family member to her parents in the tiny
village of Pilsdon in Dorset.
Elizabeth Parker married a George Peall (baptised 1791 in Thanet), in
Rochester Kent on 29 Oct 1811. George dies in 1842 in Stepney Middlesex.
In the 1841 census she is 'not born in same county' age 50, 1851 census
born Bridport, Dorset age 62, (proprietor of houses Stepney Middlesex),
1861 census born Pilsdon Dorset age 71 (Householder/freeholder, Mile End
Old Town Middlesex).
She died 13 Apr 1870 in Tower Hamlets age 80.
There is a family of Parkers in Pilsdon with an Elizabeth baptised 19
Sep 1773, and a Betty baptised 8 July 1787. There are also other
families named Parker in the surrounding villages.
Any thoughts on how I might find parents names for Elizabeth?
Online parish clerk has no details of records other than BMDs, and the
Dorset Record Office catalogue has over 200 documents for Pilsdon but
none that would appear relevant.
The other question, (perhaps only a side issue) is how or why did she
get from a tiny village in Dorset to a major port in Kent?
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