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Re: Trying to follow an alias
Where did you find the reference to Woods, is it just from National archives and the allotment? John could have been born at Exmouth, but baptised elsewhere, if his father was also a mariner. If it was just from the allotment, could have been a confused naval clerical person , not knowing the circumstances of the family. His father could have died when he was young and his mother remarried before the allotment started, she could even have been widowed again, which would be a good reason for him to help support her. Spellings of the name always confuse, in Plymouth it seems to be Pine, and Exmouth/Littleham lots of Pyne's.