What hap­pened to my fore­bear Ed­ward’s fam­ily?

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an­ces­tor, Ed­ward Stubbs, was bap­tised on 5 March 1837 at St Bene­dict’s, Nor­wich, and mar­ried on Christ­mas Day 1860 in Great Yar­mouth. On his mar­riage cer­tifi­cate, his fa­ther is given as Thomas Stubbs. Ed­ward died in 1921, aged 84.

On the 1851 cen­sus, Ed­ward is liv­ing with ‘kin’ in Pock­thorpe, Nor­folk. These ‘kin’ are Kader and Mary Ann Kid­dal. Ed­ward’s fa­ther may have gone to Amer­ica, and that is why young Ed­ward is with kin. Can you cast any light? Barry Hawkes A There are no out­go­ing pas­sen­ger lists un­til 1890, but some mi­gra­tion and trans­porta­tion records have been digi­tised and are avail­able on­line. Con­tact Nor­folk Record Of­fice for lo­cal as­sisted mi­gra­tion records, check its par­ish and union work­house col­lec­tions, and see its cat­a­logue for Poor Law and pre1858 pro­bate in­dexes ( www. ar­chives.nor­folk.gov.uk).

There is no death reg­is­tered for Thomas Stubbs in Nor­folk be­tween 1837 and 1900. How­ever, it was not com­pul­sory to regis­ter deaths un­til 1875, so make sure you check par­ish buri­als. Many Nor­folk reg­is­ters are on­line, but not all, and some have gaps. Check what is miss­ing, and search those at the record of­fice.

Ed­ward’s mar­riage record says that his fa­ther was Thomas, but the bap­tism you men­tion gives his par­ents as Wil­liam and Sarah. On­line in­dexes don’t re­veal any Ed­ward, son of Thomas, but one Ed­ward was bap­tised in 1838 in St John Mad­der­mar­ket, Nor­wich, son of Ben­jamin and Emily Ann. Both fam­i­lies ap­pear on the 1841 cen­sus. In 1851 Wil­liam, Sarah and Ed­ward were in Nor­wich St Gre­gory, but I couldn’t find Ben­jamin and Emily.

In 1861 your Ed­ward was in Pock­thorpe, as the wid­owed Mary Ann Kid­dal’s nephew. Kader Kid­dal mar­ried Mary Ann Stubbs at St John Mad­der­mar­ket in 1829 – the 1851 cen­sus says that she was born in Nor­wich around 1804.

Mary Ann, daugh­ter of Ed­ward and Ann Stubbs (née Fulcher), was bap­tised at St Peter South­gate, Nor­wich, in 1803. Ed­ward and Ann had chil­dren in var­i­ous parishes, in­clud­ing Wil­liam in 1808 and Ben­jamin in 1814, but no Thomas. I rec­om­mend check­ing the St John Mad­der­mar­ket reg­is­ters, as these are only par­tially on­line.

Gill Blan­chard

Barry got in touch with the mag­a­zine be­cause he wanted to know why the 1851 cen­sus records Ed­ward Stubbs as stay­ing with his ‘kin’

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