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Shropshire / Mary Day of Wellington
« on: Wednesday 18 January 06 17:01 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone please help me?

I am trying to ascertain the maiden name of a Mary Day the wife of a Richard Day (married c.1815) I think, in the Ketley/Hadley area.   There were at least five children of the marriage being John, Ann, Sarah, Ruth and Richard.   On the death of Richard Day, Mary remarried to a Richard Simmonds on lst January 1834 and they had one Son, Francis.

I have found a both a Mary Yates and a Mary Stokes marrying a Richard Day but have no proof of either.

If anyone could confirm  Mary Day's maiden name I would be most grateful.


Shropshire Lookup Requests / Re: 1841 census look up please - Colley
« on: Wednesday 18 January 06 16:32 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Catherine,

I have just noticed your message regarding James Colley and wonder if you are still looking for him.

I come through the Colleys down my maternal line and go back as far as a George Colley b. c.1783 who married a Charlotte Yeaton on 5th October 1808 at Wellington, Shropshire.

They had 7 children the second of whom was a James baptised on 31st May 1812.   Do you think this may be the James you are looking for?   I haven't gone any further down my tree from him but would be interested to know if it is the same Colley family we are researching.



Shropshire Lookup Requests / Re: Richard Simmonds - 1851 Shropshire
« on: Wednesday 06 April 05 12:20 BST (UK)  »
Hello Jane,

No, none of these Richard Simmonds appear to be mine unfortunately.

The FreeBMD shows no record of him either.

I'm beginning to think he may have been transported for sheep stealing!

Funnily enough, in the prison records at Shrewsbury, there is a Richard Simmonds who was transported in 1840 for horse stealing, but here again, he is not the one I am looking for.

Will keep on trying and let you know if anything turns up.

All the best,


Shropshire Lookup Requests / Re: Richard Simmonds - 1851 Shropshire
« on: Tuesday 05 April 05 15:50 BST (UK)  »
Hello Jane,

Many thanks for your reply, but I don't think your Richard Simmonds senior and mine are the same, more's the pity.

My g-g-grandfather Richard Simmonds was born either 1814 or 1816.   His son Richard by his second wife Caroline was born in 1844.   We have recently found that my Richard senior was alive in May 1856 when his son Francis by his first wife Mary was married.   By June 1857 Richard senior's second wife Caroline remarried (as a widow, so she said!).   That leaves a period of just 13 months during which he should have died unless Caroline was telling porkies!

At the moment it does't seem that either of your Richards tie up with either of mine which is a shame.   I just cannot find my Richard Simmonds senior's death anywhere and it's driving me nuts!!

Anyway, many thanks for your interest and it is nice to hear from you.



Shropshire Lookup Requests / Richard Simmonds - 1851 Shropshire
« on: Wednesday 16 March 05 15:24 GMT (UK)  »

Could anyone locate the whereabouts of a Richard Simmonds, his wife Caroline and their four children, Francis;  Richard;  Mary and Elizabeth in the 1851 census please?

In 1841 Richard, Caroline and Francis (Richard's son by his first marriage), were living at Trewern, Montgomeryshire but none of them are shown there in the 1851 census.

However they may have returned to the Wellington area of Shropshire which is where Richard and Caroline came from in the first place.

Any help would be much appreciated.


Shropshire / Look under your beds in Wellington!
« on: Friday 11 March 05 14:55 GMT (UK)  »

My gt-gt-grandfather, Richard Simmonds, was found hiding under a bed in the Dun Cow Inn, Duke Street, Wellington in July 1854.   He was hoicked out by a constable and, although he had not actually done anything wrong he was tried and convicted and given three months with hard labour for "intent to commit a felony"!   Poor Richard!!

His second wife remarried as a widow in 1857 and I am trying
to find out what happened to him between July 1854 and June 1857.    I assume he died, unless his wife was telling porkies when she remarried.

Has anyone any answers to this please, as it is driving me mad.


Shropshire / Simmonds family in Shropshire
« on: Friday 11 March 05 14:19 GMT (UK)  »

I am trying to find the death or burial of my gt-gt-grandfather Richard Simmonds.   He was probably born in the Wellington area of Shropshire in 1814-1816.   He first married a Mary Day in 1834 and they had a son, Francis.   He married again as a widower to Caroline Colley in 1839 and they had three children - Elizabeth, Richard and Mary.   He is mentioned in the Shropshire Quarter Sessions in July 1854 and Caroline remarried in June 1857 as a widow.

He obviously died between these two dates but I can find absolutely no trace of him anywhere after 1854.

If anyone else is researching this branch of the Simmonds' family I would  very much like to hear from them. 


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