In my previous blog post I’d found that my 2x Great-Grandfather Mark Wood (1855-1901) had been with the Coldstream Guards in London and I was keen to find out more about his time there. I used a free trial from Ancestry’s Fold collection and downloaded several pages from the Police Gazette where Mark was listed as a deserter. Unfortunately, on revisiting the downloaded documents I realised that the print is tiny and if I zoom in the print blurs! So I’ve put that to one side for now and am trying to follow this branch of my family further back.
I ordered the marriage certificate for Mark’s parents, Thomas Wood and Elizabeth Cope. They were married in October 1842 in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Thomas’s father was Robert Wood, a miner and Elizabeth’s a labourer, James. So I can now try and identify them in the 1841 census.
Looking at the 1841 census on Ancestry for Thomas Wood, there are no entries in Polesworth, Warwickshire with a father called Robert. There are two other possibilities; both widowed mothers, either Mary or Phebe, both have a son Thomas of the right age living with them. But which one is the right one?
I checked both Find My Past and Family Search for baptisms and found just the one Thomas Wood the son of Robert and Phoebe, so it looks like his mother was Phebe/Phoebe and that Robert, his father, died before 1841.
In order to be doubly sure, I followed the other Thomas Wood, born in Polesworth to mother Mary, forwards through the census and found he had moved to West Bromwich and married Mary Jane by 1861, so definitely not my ancestor.
So I need to enter all the new information into my Roots Magic program and then move onto finding all the available census for Thomas Wood and more details of his parents, Robert and Phebe/Phoebe.