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Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:16 pm

I have one line of 8 generations who has, without exception, married women who were widows. With civil registration that’s not a problem but before that ‘widow’ is the first and only clue that Jane Doe has another name. I’ve been lucky and worked out one thanks to a lucky discovery of a child holding on to her original surname but I’ve another widow and no children to work on. Any suggestions or advice?
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Templ4r » Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:26 pm

In a village it would be easier as the previous husband might be mentioned as "husband of" in the burial register, so you could go back to the marriage register. I look though registers and indexes for the surname and any wife with the right first name, then cancel them out via Census, burials, etc. I found a couple like that, but they were in the Lincolnshire Fens, so villages are pretty far apart and the churches a bit more scarce and remote.
Memorial inscriptions as well.
You could try the same in a town, but a common surname might take a lot of time. As familys tended to use the same church, that could help.
Other way is a will.
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:28 pm

Thank you for the suggestions, I’ll give everything a go. Unfortunately this is a London family but I’m still optimistic. Even in London people stayed close and remained loyal to a parish church unless they had anything to hide. I’m tempted to try trawling through for children baptised Atkins with a mother called Charlotte. You never know...I do love a good excuse to trawl through a parish register, such interesting documents.
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Templ4r » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:36 pm

Any idea where they lived/married? If we all start looking at different churches it might speed up the search.
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:54 pm

Charlotte Atkins, widow, married George Davison at St Dunstan in the East, London, on 22 April 1773.
A chocolate orange for anyone who finds her first marriage and therefore her maiden name.

She died in 1808 after having 8 children with George, burying at least 4 of them (3 called George) and finally George himself in 1790. He was only 44 when he died. They lived in Chelsea and the majority of the baptism were at St Luke’s.
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Templ4r » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:39 am

There's a John Atkins marrying a Charlotte Bonnyman at Greenwich in 1766, she's a widow.

There's a John Bonnyman marrying a Charlotte Rowe in 1751, but it's in Devon.

Be worth keeping a note though..
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Norfolk Nan » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:58 am

Crikey, is she a serial widow? Unlucky or calculating? :shock:
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Re: Identifying widows pre 1834

Postby Templ4r » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:02 pm

I've saved the images, I'll e mail them to you. Might not be her, but at least she can be eliminated.
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