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Re: Decipher occupation
« Reply #36 on: Monday 24 June 19 20:19 BST (UK) »
Hmm well having received a couple of certificates today I am still not convinced that I am not chasing two separate families.

Firstly I have the death certificate for Ann King King for 23 June 1856 at 36 Seymour Street, 54 years old. Wife of William King Tea Dealer (Master). This ties in correctly with all the baptism records etc.

However I also have the marriage certificate for Alexander King (son I believe of William) and Mary

Document dated 7 July 1866 in the Independent Chapel Newbury according to the rites & ceremonies of the Congregationalists.

Alexander King - 28 years - Bachelor - Gentlemen - Spleenhamland Spleen Berks. Father William King Farmer

Mary Jones - 22 years - spinster - Donnington Berks. Father Henry Jones Machinist.

Witnesses George and Elizabeth Nailor (a surname name I do not recognise).

Jones.

I think what I cannot get my head around are the job discrepancies. I had William King as Grocer/oilman then farmer but this is the first I have seen of a master tea dealer - presumably he would have been required to be a bog standard tea dealer beforehand... unless that ties in with 'grocer', I just don't know.

Also I am really struggling with the fact that Alexander King is frequently listed as gentleman, annuitant etc. His father was clearly a working man his entire life and having gone down the rabbit hole of following siblings I cannot see any others able to opt out of work. How would this even be possible?

I am wondering if I have Alexander's ancestry incorrect.

Anyway I realise I have veered off track with the original point of the post however any ideas would be much appreciated.

Waite, Marchant, Nash, Goddard, Pocock, Hiles, Switzer, Larondie, Harris, Radford, Monger, Harper, Harris, Sixsmith, Fitzgerald.

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Re: Decipher occupation
« Reply #37 on: Monday 24 June 19 21:43 BST (UK) »
Not sure I understand the difficulty really!  Ann King King died at Seymour St in 1856, so her husband William is clearly the same William King who was at Seymour St in 1841 and 1851.  His dealing in tea is of a piece with dealing in groceries and oil - he sold household commodities, which wouldn’t have required any particularly specialist training so presumably he could diversify as and when opportunity presented itself in terms of supply of, and demand for, particular consumables.

Perhaps Alexander had received or made some money which meant he could afford a life of leisure, or perhaps not - “gentleman” was often an affectation, and we don’t know whether he was rich, idle or wildly in debt.  You’ve said his son had a humbler station in life, so maybe any wealth was illusory or short-lived.

On the evidence I don’t see how there are two separate families here.
Ayr: Barnes, Wylie
Caithness: MacGregor
Essex: Eldred (Pebmarsh)
Gloucs: Timbrell (Winchcomb)
Hants: Stares (Wickham)
Lincs: Maw, Jackson (Epworth, Belton)
London: Pierce
Suffolk: Markham (Framlingham)
Surrey: Gosling (Richmond)
Wilts: Matthews, Tarrant (Calne, Preshute)
Worcs: Milward (Redditch)
Yorks: Beaumont, Crook, Moore, Styring (Huddersfield); Middleton (Church Fenton); Exley, Gelder (High Hoyland); Barnes, Birchinall (Sheffield); Kenyon, Wood (Cumberworth/Denby Dale)

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Re: Decipher occupation
« Reply #38 on: Tuesday 25 June 19 01:45 BST (UK) »
Witnesses George and Elizabeth Nailor (a surname name I do not recognise)...……………………..………………………………….the Witnesses could be anyone. Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, the church cleaning lady and her husband. Anyone!

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Re: Decipher occupation
« Reply #39 on: Tuesday 25 June 19 10:58 BST (UK) »
I am unnecessarily over complicating things I think! Thank you both for the responses.
Waite, Marchant, Nash, Goddard, Pocock, Hiles, Switzer, Larondie, Harris, Radford, Monger, Harper, Harris, Sixsmith, Fitzgerald.