I’ve been trying to find some of the resources I’ve been missing for my 3x Great Grandparents, Mark Wood and Elizabeth Cope – one of these is the 1851 census return.
After trying some different search techniques and filtering I finally found Mark Wood living on his own, but still noted as married, in Two Gates, Warwickshire. So where were his wife and children? The couple had five children by this time so I tried searching for one of the children and found four of them living with Thomas’s brother Joseph and his wife, Harriett, in Wilnecote, Warwickshire.
I eventually found Elizabeth and her youngest child, Rebecca, in the House of Correction in Warwick – she was in prison! Rebecca, at 10 months of age, was probably deemed to be too young to be separated from her mother and so they were kept together.
The census gives no clue as to how long Elizabeth had to serve or what crime she had committed, so I need to have a look through Ancestry’s criminal databases to see what I can find.
I also noticed that who I thought was Elizabeth & William’s eldest child, also William, is recorded as William Bush Cope, not Wood. I knew he was born before the couple married but as he’s recorded as Wood and son on subsequent census I assumed (dangerous, I know!) he was the couple’s first child. So I need to try and find a birth record for him to try and settle that.