I have a very thorny problem, and would be fascinated if anyone can help find a way through it.
I've written articles for the DFHS magazine about JOHN PINE and his wife JANE nee SMITH - I know masses about their married life at Littleham, Exmouth and their children but where did JOHN come from? It's been my block for over 20 years.
Their marriage is interesting. The clerk/vicar wrote their names and expected day of marriage in the Feb 1814 register at Ottery St Mary. Both were described of Ottery St Mary. Yet the marriage did not take place, the entry is crossed out. However the marriage was conducted by licence on 3d Feb 1815 at St David's Exeter. Eliza was described of St David's, John of Sidmouth. Have always thought this strange.
One of their many sons attended Greenwich Hospital School and from an index I recently found online, John PINE was also known as John Woods ref. National Archives document about son Charles Arthur Pine b1832 at Greenwich Hospital School.
This would seem to indicate that JOHN PINE (WOODS) had one time been in the navy. From the 1841 census John was possibly 10 years older than his wife ie born c1785.
I have searched Merchant Seaman's records at Kew, and found a couple of John's sons. I have always thought John PINE worked as ferryman over the River Exe.
he died in 1855 and was buried at Littleham, Exmouth.
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