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Overseas research

Postby BoxingKitty » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:19 pm

I recently found out that an ancestor (soldier in the Peninsular war) married a local girl when he was in Portugal.
Has anyone come across any useful resources for potentially tracing their marriage record? I assumed they married over there.

Alternatively if anyone can recommend a professional researcher who might be able to help?

NB I don't speak Portuguese!

Many thanks
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Re: Overseas research

Postby Artognou » Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:37 pm

Hello,

Could you tell me their names, please?

If I can find any record of their marriage, I can most definitely help you.
My girlfriend is Brazilian and consequently, fluent in Portuguese, so I'm sure that she'd be more than happy to help with translating.

Regards,

Alex.
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Re: Overseas research

Postby BoxingKitty » Fri Mar 03, 2017 3:28 pm

Thank you

Thomas MUNN was born in Worcester around 1781 – he was a drummer with the 1st Battalion 4th Foot from 1799 – 1813/5.
He was at the battle of Coruña in Spain (16 Jan 1809), Battle of Fuentes de Oñoro, Portugal (5 May 1809) & the siege of Badajoz (06 April 1812).
His wife’s name was Ann (I don’t know what her maiden name may have been as I only know of her from census records from 1841 onwards). I believe she was born around 1793.
They had their first child (that I am aware of) in 1816.

A shot in the dark maybe but many thanks for offering to help
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Re: Overseas research

Postby ksouthall » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:15 am

Were the following some of his children:-

Arabella - born about 1820
Ann - born about 1823
William - born about 1829
Charles - born about 1833?

I found the above family in the 1841 Census. This Thomas Munn was a leather stainer.

According to the 1841 Census, these children were all born in Worcestershire.

I had originally found a 1851 Census record which seems to match the above Thomas and Charles in Worcester, which describes Thomas as a Chelsea Pensioner. Charles is a butcher's servant.

On FindMyPast, there seem to have been several Thomas Munns from Worcestershire who served in the army.
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Re: Overseas research

Postby BoxingKitty » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:40 am

Yes, that's the one. He separated from his wife & she lived in Frome, Somerset with her daughter & son-in-law & later died in the Frome workhouse at the age of 95.
I have struggled with records for Thomas before he joined the army because, as you pointed out, there are a lot of Munns in Worcestershire
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Re: Overseas research

Postby midshipman » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:51 am

If Thomas survived past 1850 and a Chelsea Pensioner plus served in the Iberian Peninsula campaign he may well have been issued a Military General Service medal. I will try and find him on the medal roll which should be online.

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Re: Overseas research

Postby ksouthall » Sat Mar 04, 2017 11:55 am

midshipman wrote:If Thomas survived past 1850 and a Chelsea Pensioner plus served in the Iberian Peninsula campaign he may well have been issued a Military General Service medal. I will try and find him on the medal roll which should be online.


Thomas appeared in the 1851 Census. He may have died in 1867.
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Re: Overseas research

Postby midshipman » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:02 pm

Found him on the medal roll.
Thomas Munn, Drummer 4th Foot, awarded the Military General Service medal with battle clasps, "Corunna", "Fuentes D'Onor" and "Badajoz".
Last sold at auction in 1963.
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Re: Overseas research

Postby ksouthall » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:05 pm

According to the 1851 Census, Thomas Munn was born in Wichenford in about 1781. The following baptism record is transcribed on FindMyPast:

Name: Thomas Munn
Baptism date: 19 May 1782
Place: Wichenford, Worcestershire
Father: William Munn
Mother: Elizabeth

England Births & Baptisms 1538-1975.

This could be your Thomas.
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Re: Overseas research

Postby BoxingKitty » Sat Mar 04, 2017 12:12 pm

These are all the records I have so far for him (plus the census records) and a report in the Worcester Chronicle of 1867 reporting his death" (Dec 8th, aged 86, THOS MUNN, of Hylton-street, a pensioner for 53 years")
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