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Cambridgeshire / Re: Mary Green of Swavesey
« on: Monday 21 May 18 11:24 BST (UK)  »
Sadly no indication of whether either had been married before on the parish register entry, although we know that William was a widower, having been married previously to another Mary, Mary Bassett.  The couple were entered as both of this parish (Ellington) and the witnesses were Thomas Harper (probably parish clerk, as he wrote so well) and Christian Abbot (his mark).

There are earlier Mary Greens christened in Swavesey, but much earlier - 1723 and 1732 - and there are two tempting entries in 1784 in Staplefod, parents of these Marys were John and Alice and Charles and Sarah.  Maybe my Mary got her facts muddled.  Shall I ever know?

Thanks for your suggestions.

Cambridgeshire / Mary Green of Swavesey
« on: Sunday 20 May 18 12:19 BST (UK)  »
Mary Green was the second wife of my ancestor William Fair(e)y and according to the census returns she would have been born about 1784 in Swavesey.  They married in Ellington, Hunts., in 1811.  I have all the census returns showing Mary, William and their children, but can't seem to get any further back to find her parents.  William was a Baptist, but Mary clearly was not, because she had to stand up in the Baptist church in Spaldwick, Hunts.,to make her statement of belief and did so so badly that she was at first rejected and had to try again.  She died and was buried in Ellington in 1865.

There are a couple of Mary Greens baptised in Cambridgeshire around the right year, but none from Swavesey, which is her given birthplace consistently on the census records.

Any suggestions as to how I can trace her further would be greatly appreciated. :)

The Common Room / Re: Finding photos of ancestors online
« on: Wednesday 16 May 18 11:52 BST (UK)  »
There is a tree on Ancestry which has my mother's cousin and her parents' photo on it.  As far as I can see the family tree belongs to a totally different family of the same name!  I cannot trace any relationship between them and my mother's cousin whatsoever, so wonder where they got the photo from. 

The Common Room / Re: Home baptism?
« on: Thursday 03 May 18 09:45 BST (UK)  »
My great aunt was baptised at home because she was a sickly baby, but actually she survived to a good old age. 

The Common Room / Re: Is there a family resemblance? a curiosity thread
« on: Tuesday 24 April 18 10:55 BST (UK)  »
I am often amused when people say how much my son resembles me - actually he was adopted and is no blood relative at all!  I think people look for resemblances. A neighbour of mine once said how much my husband resembled my brother's wife - she had assumed they were siblings, when of course they were not related except through my brother's marriage. 

The Lighter Side / Re: Helpful photo caption!
« on: Monday 16 April 18 15:04 BST (UK)  »
Several of mine have names like Auntie Vera, Cousin Sarah on the back - not very helpful unless you are very familiar with the family tree. Words like "my grandfather" also need a bit of clarification for others. I intend to go through them again and rename them with something like "Vera Smith, aunt of Mary Brown", but even that is not easy... You could end up writing an essay about the image

The Lighter Side / Re: Suicide burial
« on: Wednesday 11 April 18 11:26 BST (UK)  »
Most cemeterys (as opposed to churchyards) will have a large area that is not consecrated - principally for  non-conformists, but a suicide could easily be buried there.

That's new to me - all my English and Scottish non-conformist ancestors from the late 19th and early 20th centuries are buried in our local cemetery (Lancashire), but not in any particular enclave, in fact there are others around them that are not from non-conformist families.  Why this discrimination against non-conformists, who are after all Christians and surely merit being buried in consecrated ground?

The Lighter Side / Re: Happy 'Plan Your Epitaph Day!'
« on: Saturday 07 April 18 11:02 BST (UK)  »
Attended a funeral yesterday where the coffin was carried out of the church to the music of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best".  Some of the family were dancing to it!

Technical Help / Re: New browser for IGI/FamilySearch?
« on: Saturday 24 March 18 19:50 GMT (UK)  »
Oops, not Chrome - it was Firefox.  Sorry! :(

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