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Suffolk / Marriage information at St. Mary's, Bury St. Edmunds
« on: Tuesday 10 January 06 20:33 GMT (UK)  »
I am looking for my great-great-grandparents, James Graves and Martha Scates who were married at St. Mary's on January 2, 1826.  They had at least 10 children and lived at Whiting Street, Bury St. Edmunds.  However, I can find no parents for James and Martha.  Does anybody have access to the records of St. Mary's?

Northumberland Lookup Requests / Border Marriages in the 1800s
« on: Monday 19 September 05 17:47 BST (UK)  »
Could somebody look up the marriage of my great great grandparents William and Jane Purves in or before 1846.  They lived in the Ord Mill area of Tweedmouth.
Also looking for the marriage of my great-grandparents Alexander and Mary Gladston around 1851.  They lived in and came from Spittal.  All these people were Presbyterians and so could have got married at one of the places on the Scottish border such as Lamberton Toll or Gretna Green.

Completed Census Requests / Gladstone in 1851 Scremerston
« on: Tuesday 13 September 05 17:20 BST (UK)  »
I am trying to establish the origins of my great great grandfather, James Gladston who was born in Belford in 1783.  Could somebody look up Scremerston Colliery in the 1851 census to see if there was a Margaret and an Isabella living there.  They were the children of John Gladstone and Phyllis Richardson.

Peter Arkell

Gloucestershire Lookup Requests / Joseph Arkell in 1841 Fairford
« on: Monday 06 June 05 14:33 BST (UK)  »
I don't seem to be able to find the origin of my great-great-grandfather, Joseph Arkell.  Could somebody look up the 1841 census  Fairford


 ???  My great great uncle, Christopher Arkell, in the 1861 Census, said he was born in Lambeth in 1836.  However I can find no trace of his birth anywhere.  Could somebody look up the parish registers in Lambeth to see if his birth was recorded.

Completed Census Requests / Purves in 1851 census
« on: Thursday 31 March 05 17:49 BST (UK)  »
Could somebody please look up William Purves in Berwick/Tweedmouth/Ord in the 1851 census.  He would have been living with his wife (either Eleanor or Jane) and possibly, several children.  He was about 46.
Thank you    peterarkell ???

The Common Room / Nurse Child
« on: Saturday 26 March 05 14:01 GMT (UK)  »
Often, when transcribing 19th-century censuses, I would come across the phrase "Nurse Child" but would not know what was meant.

I have discovered that this phrase hides a very tragic story relating to illegitimate or unwanted children.  Before the Elizabethan poorlaw was changed in the 19th-century care of illegitimate children and their mothers was haphazard.  The 19th-century poor law changed this and placed the responsibility on the mother.  Most times, she was unable to hold a job and to feed the infant.

One solution to her problem was the baby farmer.  This person would for a small fee, offer to take care of the infant.  As soon as the money stopped coming (or before), the infant would be starved to death or just dumped in a convenient place.

This procedure continued until the end of the century when horror stories in the newspapers, compelled the government to act.


Northamptonshire / Mary Ann Holman born ~1815 Naseby
« on: Friday 04 March 05 20:15 GMT (UK)  »
A Mary Ann Holman was born in July 1807 in Naseby but this makes her eight years too old to be my great great grandmother.  Is it possible that this one died and another daughter was christened Mary Ann.  I think her parents were Christopher and Elizabeth Holman.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. ???

Northumberland Lookup Requests / Mary Purves 1861/71 Spittal censuses.
« on: Thursday 03 March 05 11:59 GMT (UK)  »
Could somebody check the 1861 and 1871 Spittal/Tweedmouth censuses for my great-grandmother, Mary Purves.  She was born in 1852.  Her father was William Purves, but I do not know her mother's name. 

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