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That's great, yes he's there on the 1939 register and 1911 census.  :)

Glad to help!

Australia / Re: Mary Sandle
« on: Yesterday at 23:29 »
You may find this helpful, a list of which early censuses survive and where they can be found:

Also info about the census records on familysearch:

and this one from the State Library Victoria

Can't help with father's occupation, however, I see on their return to the US in 1913 they nominate George DONKIN of 80 Worley St, Newcastle upon Tyne as nearest relative. Can you connect him to Elizabeth/Annie?

Somerset / Re: Hitchcocks in Ruishton
« on: Saturday 23 January 21 02:50 GMT (UK)  »
I see in the 1911 census George HITCHCOCK (born c1835 - I think this is the father of Ann and Caroline?) is at "Bennett's Farm" Ruishton. (Although I also note his address is described differently on the other census records.) On this 1903 map of Ruishton, Bennett's Farm is next to the School. Perhaps this may explain why the family is at the "parochial school" in 1871.

Staffordshire Lookup Requests / Re: Cheadle Staffs. Blears
« on: Saturday 23 January 21 01:22 GMT (UK)  »
No worries Paul.

Before 1837 it gets harder to be sure of details. Whilst I thik this looks a pretty good fit for your Thomas BLEARS, it is not absolutely certain.  ;) Some more evidence with a parent's name for example would be better! As he was a shoemaker I had a quick look to see if there were any apprenticeship records, though I couldn't find any. Someone else may have better luck. Also had a look in newspapers, but couldn't see anything relevant (though there was a lot about a murder at the hotel of a Joseph BLEARS of Winton - not sure how he fits into the family, but it's not such a common name that I suspect they are related in some way).

There are many other free sites for family history, as well as the subscription ones. And lots of helpful people here on RootsChat too!

Australia / Re: Mary Sandle
« on: Saturday 23 January 21 01:10 GMT (UK)  »
If you don't subscribe to Ancestry you can probably access it from a public library or sometimes there's a free trial period.

You can also access Ancestry for free at the moment from your own computer if you have an Australian National Library Card. During the COVID pandemic Ancestry have very generously made their Library Edition free. If you don't have a Library Card you can apply here (if you live in Australia):

Lots of other on-line resources to explore as well. (Again, thank you JM for giving me the info about the National Library many moons ago, it has given me hours of pleasure and kept me from housework way too often!)

Staffordshire Lookup Requests / Re: Cheadle Staffs. Blears
« on: Friday 22 January 21 10:08 GMT (UK)  »
Thomas BLEARS (20) married Martha HENSHAW (21) 24 October 1786 at St Marys Eccles by banns. Witnesses John SHAW and James BLEARS

Staffordshire Lookup Requests / Re: Cheadle Staffs. Blears
« on: Friday 22 January 21 10:00 GMT (UK)  »
From Lancs OPC ( there are numerous other baptisms to Thomas (weaver of Winton) and Martha BLEARS at Eccles:

1787   Ann  (bu 1788)
1789  Abraham
1791  Ann  (bu 1792)
1792  Alice
1795  Mary
1797  John
1800  James
1802  Thomas
1806  Ann
1809  Jane

Staffordshire Lookup Requests / Re: Cheadle Staffs. Blears
« on: Friday 22 January 21 09:38 GMT (UK)  »
Your Thomas BLEARS dies before 1871 (as his wife Mary is a widow in the 1871 census,
so I assume this is his death - buried 4 August 1870 aged 68 at St Marys Eccles. (Registered at Barton 8c/358)

There is another Thomas BLEARS born Eccles in the census records: he is with his brother Joseph BLEARS (born c1825). Joseph married Hannah TURNER 3 Nov 1851 and his father's name is Peter (a weaver).

So I would say through deduction your Thomas is baptised 1802 to parents Thomas and Martha.

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