George & Martha Palmer
Posted by John Bennett on 7/6/2018, 10:37 am
Good Morning, |
George & Martha Palmer are recorded in the 1841 & 1851 Census living in St Marylebone, Middx. The 1851 Census records their births as 1781 in Exeter. George records his occupation as 'Smith'.
I have found birth records for 3 of their children, John, Martha & Samuel in 1812, 1815 & 1821 respectively in Exeter parish records. In each case George's occupation is recorded as 'Whitesmith'.
I have been unable to find an obvious birth record for a 4th child, Fanny, but she is recorded in the 1851 Census as a married daughter born in Exeter in 1821, with the married name 'de Boand'.
I have searched the Ancestry & FMP records for any marriages of George Palmer and a Martha and have found only 2. One is in Frome, Somerset in 1804 featuring a Martha Dyer and the second in St Marylebone, Middx. in 1811 with a bride, Mary Gould.
The second marriage seems more likely as it is about 18 months prior to the birth of the first son John in Oct. 1812. It is relevant also that many of the family members lived in St Marylebone in subsequent decades.In fact in 1851, George & Martha lived in the same Alsopp Mews, Marylebone as their son John & family. John also worked as a 'Whitesmith'.
I have found a parish birth record for a Mary Gould in 1781 in Axminster, not Exeter, but this anomaly could be due to an enumeration error in the 1851 Census.
If the 1811 marriage record is for the George & Martha in question, why did they return to Exeter for the period of the birth of the 4 children and then return to St Marylebone?
A second puzzle relates to the daughter Fanny born in 1821 in Exeter. Her married name of 'de Boand' has been searched for in the records of DFHS, FMP & Ancestry, but not one occurrence has been found. It is possible that Fanny had married a Frenchman or Belgian and then had left England after 1851.
I would be extremely grateful to receive any information which any other member may have uncovered relating to this family and which may confirm, or otherwise, my assumptions.