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Offline Chris Anderson

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Possible misspelling?
« on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:03 BST (UK) »
I ordered a record from Durham Records Online to find my great grandfather x4

It says he was native to "Larwick, North Britain"..... Do they mean Lerwick, Scotland?

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Baptisms, Sunderland District
Record Number: 739731.0
Location: Sunderland
Church: Robinson's Lane Meeting House
Denomination: Presbyterian (Scotch)
21 Sep 1815 Ralph Taylor Anderson, born 12-Sep 1815, third son of Andrew Anderson (mariner, native of Larwick, North Britain) & Mary Taylor (native of Sunderland)

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:12 BST (UK) »
Anderson was a fairly common name throughout Shetland so it's a pretty reasonable bet. There are eighteen Andrew Andersons born in Shetland between 1780 and 1800, and an Andrew Anderson whose daughter Margaret was born in Lerwick in 1798.

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:16 BST (UK) »
Where does he say he was born in the censuses?

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:22 BST (UK) »
Which censuses? We're probably talking about 1760-1830 here.

He isn't on the 1841 census.

This record was the only way I could figure out who he was.


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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:27 BST (UK) »
Ralph was born in 1815, are you suggesting his Father was 55 when he was born?

But as his Father was a mariner it increases the difficulty of finding him if he was still alive in a census.

Does not Ralph's marriage certificate also give his name?

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 05 August 17 23:38 BST (UK) »
No I'm just giving a rough estimate of the time frame, it's a difficult one

I can't find Ralph Taylor Andersons marriage record

He married a widow. Her name was Mary and her surname was either Nanson or Snaith

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 06 August 17 00:06 BST (UK) »
A way to confirm the father's place of origin may be to seek out births of any other children in Durham to see what they say about the father's place of birth.


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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 06 August 17 00:44 BST (UK) »
Hi Chris,

I think there was probably a misinterpretation of the town name by the person writing down the information due to the Shetland accent of the informant. The baptism was recorded in Sunderland, in the north of England, and the informant, when asked where he was from, said in his best Shetland accent, Larwick, which was how he pronounced. Lerwick.  So that was what was written down.  It seems as if the recorder of the information might have asked where 'Larwick' was and the informant said North Britain.
I think it could have been as simple as that!

Anne

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Re: Possible misspelling?
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 06 August 17 00:46 BST (UK) »
....and welcome to RootsChat!