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Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« on: Saturday 23 September 17 16:24 BST (UK) »
Referring to the 1851 census at Easton, Wiltshire p18
Thomas Smith head 38 baker
Elizabeth  ..     wife  54
Elizabeth  ..     dau  32
Arthur      ..     son   30

i.e. Thomas was 6 when he became a father!
Age 38  is quite clear and seems correct for in 1861 he is 48 . Elizabeth is 62.
Can anyone offer some suggestions? T

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Re: Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 23 September 17 16:35 BST (UK) »
1841 census has 'children' Elizabeth & Arthur and other children with the surname Pearce so probably a second marriage for Elizabeth
HO107 /1180 bk9 f11 p15

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Re: Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 23 September 17 16:39 BST (UK) »
Elizabeth Pearce - Widow
Thomas Smith   - Bachelor
07 Oct 1833
Easton Royal, Wiltshire
Married by licence
Witnesses Thos A Johnson,  Elizabeth Smith & William Hazeland
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Re: Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 23 September 17 17:02 BST (UK) »
I think you probably have it Rosie. Then Elizabeth 32 should have been described as step daughter.
I wondered but could not establish that Thomas, bachelor had married a widow. Thanks. T

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Re: Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 23 September 17 17:26 BST (UK) »
"Should have gone to Specsavers." I now have "widow",
Thomas' second marriage, when he would have been "widower", has been more difficult. Perhaps it was a Nonconf. marriage, T

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Re: Candidate for Guiness Book of Records
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 24 September 17 07:27 BST (UK) »
Burial for Elizabeth age 68 at Easton 21 Nov 1866
Burial for Thomas  age 65 at Easton  01 Feb 1878

1881 - RG11/2062 f7 p7 has Mary Smith with mother Mary Gilbert.

Probable second marriage for Thomas Smith to a Mary
March qtr 1869   
Mary Gilbert   
Thomas Smith   
Pewsey RD  5a   239
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