Monday, November 25, 2013

This Weeks Brickwall, Can you help?

Maiden Name of Ann Johnson
1806c -died in Eastwood 30 September 1866, age 60, 

Where: Nottingham and area, England.

Who:       Thomas Johnson and Ann      ?         My maternal grandfather’s grandparents.

Thomas and Ann were the parents of Henry (Harry)  Johnson  (B 3 December 1848)my great grandfather. He was their last child.

Main challenge: Trying to discover the  maiden name of   Ann, to go into her family.

Also, which might help, if/when/where they were legally married, and how many children they had. (two possibles along with the sure ones)

Thomas Johnson was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in 1805 He died in 1874, in Staffordshire. His parents were William Johnson and Sarah Severns (B1785)

Census findings:

1841  Thomas (Blacksmith, 35) and Ann (30) living in Eastwood, with their 6 (?) children so far.

Note- all the children have been located on baptismal records (LDS microfilm) except for the 2 oldest children, Charlotte(15) and Martha(12)   (Ann would have been only 15 when Charlotte was born, not impossible of course, but lack of evidence causes me to wonder if they were just being looked after there, perhaps a brother’s children.) There is no record for any of the children on Civil Registration records.(Even though there should have been after 1837) Another clue that may indicate there was no civil registration of their marriage.

1851  Thomas and Ann now have 3 more children, still living in Eastwood, on Nottingham Road. Thomas and his sons Thomas (18) and John (15) are all blacksmiths.

1861  Thomas and Ann Still living on Nottingham Road, with 4 children.

1871  Thomas living with his son George and family in Lichfield.  I am presuming Ann had died by this time. There is an Ann Johnson who was buried in St Mary’s Anglican,  Eastwood in 1866, age 60.  (National Burial Index for England and Wales)
Death: Ann Johnson in Eastwood 30 September 1866, age 60,

Death : 1874 Thomas was living at the home of his son George, in Lichfield.

I have searched parish records and other BMD records as much as I could, but nothing found.

 Diana Clarke        []              

Thank you.

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