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Hi everyone,
I've been reading Rootschat on and off for a few years, but I haven't posted on here before.  Amongst others, I am researching an Evans family of Hartland, Devon.  On the 1851 census, the father, John Evans (b. c. 1790), reports that his occupation is "Chelsea Pensioner."  However, I have been unable to find anyone in the database to date who has a birth place of Devon and was born in the right time period, and many of the pensions that don't have indexed birth places and birth dates don't have them because the original records don't say either.  If the name was uncommon, I suppose this might be easier, but there are numerous John Evans who appear to have no birth place, residence or age listed on the original records.  Since this was a census, and I don't know yet whether or not he really served in the military, I am unsure at this point whether I should keep looking and if so, what I could try next.  Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts?

Thank you.

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