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Susan Finall Snape & George Allard
Married 16 Dec 1835
Bathwick St Mary, Somerset, England

Refs Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914

Somerset Heritage Service; Taunton, Somerset, England; Somerset Parish Records, 1538-1914; Reference Number: D\P\batw.m/2/1/13

Susanna Snape
Born 3 Jan 1819 (Parents William and Eleanor)
Bapt 3 Sep 1819 Holy Trinity, Frome, Somerset, England
FHL Film Number - 1470972; Ref ID b27 p229 n1830

Refs England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.



Can I ask for your help with wife #3 please? I can see their marriage record of Susannah ALLARD, widow, to Edmund Pearse on 6 Dec 1842. On it her father is William SNAPE.

I have searched without success on freebmd, ancestry, familysearch and FindMyPast for:

1) her first marriage - so between Snape and Allard....can anyone find it?
2) her baptism (with father's name William Snape)
3) her death record. I have one possible - Susan Pearse 1844 Marylebone. NB. Edmund Pearse had a child with wife 4 (Jane Starr) in 1846. So she must have died before then.

There's a marriage between George Allard and Susan Finall Snape in 1835 that would be worth having a look into, as the handwriting for the signature is very similar to the Allard/Pearse marriage. An online tree has George Allard's death as 1840.


Add: There's a 1819 Somerset birth of Susanna Snape to William and Eleanor

It's very strange. Wonder how and why she changed her name from getting on board the ship to marrying him straight after the voyage?

On the marriage register entry on Ancestry she has her father as William Hockaday, carpenter, so I would guess it would be to fit with that. How does the surname Beamish fit in?

In case you haven't seen it, Edmund's father is Thomas Pearse, brewer.


Page links for Mary Ann (or Margaret) BEAMISH aged 20y arrived as immigrant on the Strathfieldsay August 1834. General servant, character doubtful, employed by Mrs Hills Elizabeth st Hobart


Death of Ann, wife of Edmund Pearse of the King's Arms Inn, Longford

Transfer of the licence for the King's Arms from Edmund Pearse

'All persons having claims on the undersigned during his absence...'

Edmund Pearse departed for London
Add: 'Departures 3 April the bark Union, 327 tons, Webster, for London'


Add: all in 1839

Add: Some other Trove results here

Thank you so much, I've just seen he departed alongside his soon-to-be wife number 2: Mary Ann Beaumish. So now I know her MMN and that they met in Tasmania. Much appreciated.

Married as Mary Ann Hockaday a couple of days after landing in London, witnesses John and Ann Beamish? All very curious!

There's a Mary Ann Beamish arrived in Van Diemen's Land in 1834

Add - oops, Neale1961 found it first!

Does anyone know what this means please? Looks like Edmund Pearse was the landlord of the Kings Arms Inn. This was March 1839. His first wife died Jan 1839 and he transferred the license two weeks later to someone else. Does this clipping mean he was bankrupt? Or that he was leaving the country? (which he was doing)

It is Edmund Pearse authorising James Gurney to act on his behalf, in Pearse's absence, in relation to any debts owed by Pearse or any money owed to him. This was common for people leaving the colony.


The British Newspaper Archive shows that the Union, Webster, arrived from Van Diemen's Land around the 25th July 1839 - does this timing fit with his next marriage?


1839 death reg for Ann Pearse aged 49y

1835 marriage entry for the couple


Convict conduct record

Description list - part missing, but he was number 233 which lines up with the record with Hitchin as the native place


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