Further to my previous post looking at the Bates family of Lincolnshire I’ve now received the certificates I ordered from the GRO.
The marriage certificate for Peter Bates and Mary Phillips, my 3x Great Grandparents revealed that they were married in the parish of Bitchfield, Lincolnshire on the 10th June 1839. Both were employed as servants and they both had fathers called John who were labourers and both deceased.
As I’ve now got confirmation of their respective father’s names I can search for them and hopefully go back another generation.
I also ordered death certificates for Peter & Mary; they were available as PDF files, which makes them slightly cheaper and delivery quicker.
Peter died in 1879 at the age of 66. His death was registered by his daughter, Ellen Harwood, so she must have married a Mr. Harwood at some point!
I knew Mary died in Nottingham, as I’d found her in both the 1891 and 1901 census. In 1891 she was living with her daughter Mary and Mary’s husband, Arthur Shaw. But in 1901 she was a resident of the Nazareth House in Lenton, Nottingham, a home for the aged and infant poor.
Her death certificate reveals that she died there the following year of a cerebral haemorrhage at the age of 83.
So I’m going to carry on looking for the baptisms of Mary and Peter’s children, according to the various census returns I’ve found them in they are all born around Bulby and Hawthorpe in Lincolnshire so I know where to start. Then I’ll try and go further back with my Bates and Phillips lines. I may also see if I can find any information on Mary’s time in the Nazareth House.
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