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age of marriage and recruiting
« on: Tuesday 23 November 21 19:00 GMT (UK) »
i am trying to prove some evidence of the birth age and marriage of a Thomas Pritchard

i have found a very promising record but the age is suspect.
is it possible that a Thomas born in 1789 Ricksome- Probably Wrexham. Denbighshire to John and Elizabeth. his first child Thomas was born in 1805 in Chirk. and he signed up as a reserve soldier in 1803.ref F.M.P e182/1290 vol2.
is this probable please. thank you,

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Re: age of marriage and recruiting
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 23 November 21 19:18 GMT (UK) »
Posting a link to the FindMyPast military record to save others from searching:

https://www.findmypast.co.uk/transcript?id=GBM%2FNAP1%2F00018797
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Re: age of marriage and recruiting
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 23 November 21 20:33 GMT (UK) »
What is the evidence that Thomas was born in 1789?
Have you found a marriage for Thomas?
(I can't access FindMyPast)
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Re: age of marriage and recruiting
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 24 November 21 16:15 GMT (UK) »
thanks yes birth 1789 Ricksome Denbighshire-assumed as Wrexham by me.
parents John and Elizabeth
baptism 7th Nov 1789

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Re: age of marriage and recruiting
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 24 November 21 16:56 GMT (UK) »
There's this Thomas Pritchard from "Ricksome" - is that the one you mean? Age 62 on discharge in 1814 so must have been born circa 1752:

 https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record/browse?id=gbm%2fwo97%2f1119%2f230%2f001
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« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 24 November 21 17:13 GMT (UK) »
o/k thanks for that the wrong one completely by me then.
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« Reply #6 on: Thursday 25 November 21 15:48 GMT (UK) »
Neither birth year seems to me to be perfectly compatible with someone whose first child was born 1805. Rather late for one chap and a bit early for the other. 
GenGuide "Militia Records (Military)" has information on recruitment age range for militias and reserve regiments. See Militia Act 1757 and Militia Ballot List - able-bodied men aged 18-50 (lowered to age 42 in 1762). "Posse Comitatus" lists and "Levee en Masse" (mass enlistment) lists made in 1798 and 1803/4 seem to be relevant to your enquiry. These were lists of reservists to be used in the event of a French invasion. GenGuide says that in theory all able-bodied males 15-60 should appear on the lists.
https://www.genguide.co.uk/source/militia-records-military/
GenGuide is good for background information on family history topics and a guide to sources.
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Re: age of marriage and recruiting
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 25 November 21 16:15 GMT (UK) »
thank you. i will have a look at that.