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Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« on: Monday 05 April 21 02:25 BST (UK) »
Hi there, I am hoping for some assistance in tracking Frances Mary Blundell. I can no longer see the wood for the trees! Here is what I have thus far:
Frances Mary Blundell, daughter of Sarah Blundell (nee Cooper) and William Blundell - DOB 25/1/1852 - Kirkdale, Lancashire.
1861 census - at home with Mum and Dad;1871 census - at home with Mum who is now a widow, both laundresses.
This is where I start to go down a rabbit hole:
1881 census - the only one I can find that seems to match is for a Mary F Rimmer (married) who is a boarder along with a Sarah C Blundell (widow and charwoman). Mary has a child Sarah E. The details for Sarah (apart from the 'c') match. Is Mary F actually my Frances Mary?
I have searched for a marriage for Frances Mary to a Rimmer with no joy. I have searched GRO and can find Sarah Elizabeth as a birth for a Rimmer with mother's maiden name Blundell.
Moving to 1891 census - again I can find a Mary Rimmer (now widowed and Mum has died by this stage) with 3 children - William, Sarah and Peter. All can be found on GRO as Rimmer with mother's maiden name Blundell. No idea where William was in the 1881 census.
I have also found a death record for a Frances Mary Rimmer in 1892.
From 1881 on, have I actually found my Frances Mary Blundell? Did she in fact marry a Rimmer and if so, who was he and why can't I find a marriage record? (I have looked for a previous marriage to see if she married under another name but no joy there either). If this isn't my Frances Mary, where did she go? (I also can't find a death entry for her under this name).
All thoughts and ideas gratefully received! :) TIA
Holohan, Darenzy (various), Farmer, Peacock, Formby, Hannon, Parsons

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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #1 on: Monday 05 April 21 06:06 BST (UK) »
This may not help but there was a William was living with his mother in 1881 listed as WH Rimmer as below but he is listed as 7 months old?
Sarah C. Blundel    58
Mary F. Rimmer    26
Sarah E. Rimmer    1
W.H. Rimmer    7 months

Kay

Added - There may have been no marriage but she took the partners surname.   Do you have one of the children's birth certs with father's name?

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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #2 on: Monday 05 April 21 06:16 BST (UK) »
Yes that is the 1881 census that has thrown me. Don't know who the William Henry is in this one but in the 1891 census William appears again and is 17, which matches the DOB I have for him as 1874. Kay99 I did wonder the same i.e. did she take her partner's name but never actually married him? I haven't yet got hold of a birth certificate but probably a good next step if a marriage doesn't come to light! Thank you :)
Holohan, Darenzy (various), Farmer, Peacock, Formby, Hannon, Parsons


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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #3 on: Monday 05 April 21 06:27 BST (UK) »
It could be that William was 7 rather than 7 months and the enumerator misheard his age in 1881

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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #4 on: Monday 05 April 21 09:35 BST (UK) »
Just posted this to show that there could be more than 1 Blundell/Rimmer family.

Marriage: 1 Jan 1876 St James, Birkdale, Lancashire, England
Thomas Rimmer - 19, Joiner, Bachelor, Clarence Road
Ellen Blundell - 18, Spinster, Birkdale
Groom's Father: William Rimmer, Painter
Bride's Father: James Blundell, Contractor
Witness: George Thomas Hodge; Elizabeth Hodge
Married by Banns by: Robert Stephenson
Notes: [minister wrote date as 1 Jan 1875 but correctly put 1876 in date box at top of certificate]

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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #5 on: Monday 05 April 21 09:52 BST (UK) »
There is a marriage in 1871 for a Frances Blundell and Edward Jones at St Mary's Birkenhead.

* ignore this one, she was a widow.




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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #6 on: Monday 05 April 21 23:24 BST (UK) »
That was my thought too Kay99.
Thanks heatherjulie. I did see this and I think this is important for me to keep in mind when going through GRO and other records. I was pretty sure there was going to be another Rimmer-Blundell union given the locale. But I do still have an 1874 birth for a William Henry (pre this marriage) and I do have a death record for a Frances Mary Rimmer  ??? 
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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 06 April 21 08:15 BST (UK) »
There are births registered for a

Peter Rimmer mmn Blundell North Meols in 1862 1865 and 1882



Another one in 1874 with mmn Rimmer

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Re: Frances Mary Blundell - where is she?
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 06 April 21 08:20 BST (UK) »
Is your William Henry the one registered in Litherland in 1874?