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Somerset / Re: Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 11:31 BST (UK)  »
Freecen is not complete.  Use either one of the subscription sites - Ancestry or FindMyPast or free site

Ah, ok. Thanks. I am actually on Ancestry, so I'll take a look there.

Sorry, I'm still pretty new to all this.

I did a DNA test too, so I am hoping that sheds a little light on who I am. :)

Somerset / Re: Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 11:21 BST (UK)  »
1901 census - Wellington - RG13/2271 folio 38, page 10

William - 44, Emily - 42, Walter - 17, Ethel - 13, Mary - 9 and Samuel - 8.

FreeBMD shows the birth registration as Mary Eva Marke - December quarter 1890 - Wellington, Somerset RD.

Forgive me if this sounds obvious to you, but how did you find this census information? When I am using FreeCen and entering her name and birth year, I'm not getting any results at all.

Somerset / Re: Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 11:10 BST (UK)  »
Re your query above #5
When you found the marriage on freebmd - click on the page number at the side of the entry for more details

I'm such an idiot. I've just been clicking the glasses and info. buttons, looking at the documents and then trying to figure it out from there! This will definitely save me a lot of time. :)

Somerset / Re: Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 10:33 BST (UK)  »
Thank you. Apologies if this sounds like a stupid question, but how did you manage to get her first name from Free BMD? I could find the marriage registration (hence how I knew her surname) - but I couldn't find anything with her first name on.

I don't know how true it is, but I was told by a cousin that her line dries up in terms of records fairly quickly as her family were originally Roma gypsies and so no records were kept.

Somerset / Northam / Marke - Possibly Taunton Area
« on: Wednesday 29 September 21 10:15 BST (UK)  »

I'm hoping someone might be able to help me trace a great grandmother, possibly from the Taunton area.

I believe her husband was called Frederick Northam b. circa 1887 (Devon), d. 1962 (Somerset), and she herself had the surname Marke - but I don't know what her first name was. Together they had a daughter called Marina.

I'd be interested in exploring that line further too as I know very little about the maternal side of my family.

Any help would be appreciated,

Gloucestershire / Re: Ambrose Jefferies
« on: Tuesday 28 September 21 16:04 BST (UK)  »
Thank you. Assuming Ambrose/Amherst are the same person, is there any way to establish who his parents were using a marriage record? I thought these usually included the parents' surnames?

Gloucestershire / Ambrose Jefferies
« on: Tuesday 28 September 21 13:41 BST (UK)  »

I am looking to see if anyone might be able to help me shed some light on a man who I think might be one of might be one of my ancestors - and to establish who his parents might have been.

My 3rd Great Grandfather was a man called Job Jefferies (sometimes spelt Jeffries or Jeffreys) born in 1819 in Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire. He was married to a lady called Mary Bartlett. I believe he may have also had a brother called Henry Jefferis (which usually appears to be spelt Jeffries).

Supposedly Job's father was an Ambrose Jefferies. I'm struggling, because I can't seem to find any information on Ambrose. He would have been born in 1772, also in Stow. I am told his first name might have sometimes been written as Amherst, although I am a little confused as to why - as I can find no etymological argument to suggest these names were/are interchangeable.

Would anybody be able to help me identify Ambrose and, ideally, his spouse?

Also, there appears to be some debate in our family as to who his parents were. There are several people who are certain that his father was called James Jeffries - but there is more than one potential person this could be.

A cousin believes that his parents may have been James Jeffries and Mary Ellis. I can find historical records that James and Mary had many children (they were clearly busy bunnies):

Job Jeffries
Jane Jeffries
Johnathan Purbrick Jeffries
Jemima Jeffries
Jeffrey Amhest Jeffries
Carolina Matilda Jeffries
Jeffery Jeffries
Bongoyne Jeffries
Jemima Jeffries (possibly named after a sister of the same name who died young)
Jeibre Jeffries
Eliza Jeffries
Daniel Jeffries

...but, as you can see, no Ambrose Jeffries. Considering Amherst as an alternative way of spelling Ambrose, I have begun to consider two possibilities:

1. Ambrose Jeffries is Jeffrey Amhest Jeffries - just with Jeffrey having been dropped from his name;

2. Ambrose Jeffries is a completely different person whose father also happens to be called James and also happens to come from Stow - which would be a heck of a coincidence, but not out of the realms of possibility.

Is there anybody at all who could help me solve this mystery? It would be greatly appreciated if you could!

Best wishes,

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