Posted by Karen Newman on 14/11/2016, 1:28 pm
My great-great grandfather was GEORGE DOWN(E). He was baptised in East Worlington on 3rd May 1840. His parents were John and Susan(na). George is 'missing' from the family home in 1881,1891 and 1901, but I have enough supporting evidence to trace him back to this baptism. |
I cannot be 100% sure (pre-civil reg), but I have evidence from the censuses to support my theory that his parents married in 1829 in West Worlington. Susan's maiden name was BOUNDY.
Some years ago, I sent off for what I thought was George's birth cert. I was surprised that his mother's maiden name was shown as EDDIFORD. The cert is typewritten but I wrote to the Register Office and they confirmed it was the correct name.
John and Susan had a son called George in 1838. I have his birth cert. Mother's maiden name is BOUNDY. This child died in 1839. I have seen the burial register. All the children born after 'my' George were registered with MMN as BOUNDY.
I have looked for an EDDIFORD connection, but it's not a common name in Devon (I have tried permutations), and I can't understand where this name has come from.
According to the censuses, Susan was born in Meshaw, and there is a baptism there which 'fits' in 1803, parents James and Elizabeth.
Susan signed by mark on both birth certs, so there is the possibility that she was mis-heard, but not that that extent!
Any suggestions gratefully received.