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Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby maplerose » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:22 am

Hi folks, I would really appreciate some help interpreting the rank or profession of the fathers noted in this marriage certificate. I think the bride's father is a 'joiner' but can't make out what the groom's father is and need that info to try and track both branches down in the 1901 Census as they are proving elusive. I have a feeling George Watts is either make believe or a brother of the bride. Thanks in advance, Melanie
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Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby coopernicola » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:14 am

Is it "Grinder"? Although the first letter does appear to match the other "S" on the certificate, this seems the most likely word. A quick search of 1901 census came up blank for the Wass men, but I've not looked thoroughly.
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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby Mick Loney » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:05 pm

I too came up with Grinder ( and Joiner for the other father). Then I saw coopernicola's reply and was pleased to see we both came up with the same answer! :)


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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:31 pm

My problem is that the first letter doesn't look like the G in George or Greengrocer. But the rest of it does look like Grinder.

If the first letter were an S then the only term I could think of was Striker (a Smith's Striker) but it doesn't look like Striker....

So I'm not very happy either way [PERSEVERING FACE]

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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby Harroder » Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:55 pm

Lucy Bell, the witness, is the daughter of Francis & Hannah Wass. On the 1881, 1891 & 1901 censuses she is living on Moorgate. Francis' occupation is a grinder. There is no sign of a William or Henry Wass though.
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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby meekhcs » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:49 pm

I think the answer is Grinder but I think the registrar has written the word grinder with a small "g". Look at the address Irongate for comparison??

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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:15 pm

Sally - I think you've got it. That would make everything fit much better - "grinder" it is, not "Grinder" ;)
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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby coopernicola » Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:24 pm

meekhcs wrote:I think the answer is Grinder but I think the registrar has written the word grinder with a small "g". Look at the address Irongate for comparison?

That's a great point!
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Re: Illegible writing (to me!)

Postby maplerose » Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:31 am

Thank you all for your helpful feedback. And thank you, Harroder, for finding the Lucy Bell link - I was wondering where she fit in. Possibly a cousin. Frances & Hannah are not direct ancestors of mine, although the bridge and groom are (paternal great grandparents).

What a fantastically helpful group you are :).

Kia ora from NZ.

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