Tuesday’s Tip – Unsuccessfully organising Myself Part II

Following on from my failure to keep myself organised – the second certificate I ordered was a marriage certificate for my other Great-Grandfather on my paternal line,William Frederick Freeman.

The son of George Frederick Freeman, William married Elizabeth Ann Wood on Christmas day 1902. This certificate confirms their marriage date, which I hadn’t known before and also that Elizabeth’s father was Mark Wood, who had died before the marriage took place. One of the witnesses was Phoebe Wood, a possible sister for Elizabeth.

This is really helpful as I’d previously made a mistake with Elizabeth Wood’s parents. I’d found a likely entry for her in the census, both the age and area fitted, so I had assumed (I know, dangerous genealogy term!) I’d found her and her parents. Following the release of the 1911 census, I looked up William and Elizabeth; they were living on Burton Road in Overseal, Derbyshire. Elizabeth’s place of birth was given as Worthing in Hampshire, so she obviously had no link to the Derbyshire family I had assumed were hers!

But having Elizabeth’s father’s name and a possible sister will hopefully make it possible to find the correct family for her and follow them further back.

Motivation Monday – New Freeman Research

I recently received an email from a distant cousin. We’d been in touch briefly a few years ago and he has been continuing his research into the Freeman family. We’ve never been able to prove our Freeman branches are on the same tree, but it piqued my interest enough to revisit my own research.

I’d only got back as far as my 3x great-grandfather William Freeman, who, according to the census records had been born around 1816 in Burton-on-Trent. The census also revealed that his wife was called Sarah and he worked as a blacksmith in Overseal on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. I’ve found four children for them so far; Sarah Jane born 1844, Anne born 1847, William Carey born 1848 and my direct ancestor George Frederick born 1853.

 

My distant cousin had previously found the marriage of William and Sarah so I ordered the certificate and learnt that Sarah was the daughter of John Coulton, a labourer from Netherseal. William was the son of another William, a shoemaker living in Overseal. They had married in the Baptist chapel in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in October 1841 so I knew I would need to search the non-conformist records.

Searching on Find My Past¬† I eventually found William’s baptism which was held at the High Street Independent chapel in Burton-on-Trent in February 1816. Unfortunately there is no mention of his mother’s name or his father’s first name but it does give his father’s occupation as shoemaker which fits in nicely with the marriage certificate. and also suggests that William Snr wasn’t a permanent Burton resident.

Unfortunately there appears to be some information missing from the left of the document, possibly William’s actual date of birth. The copy I requested from the Lichfield Archives also didn’t have this information so the next step would be The National Archives in London where the original registers are kept.

But I think I’m happy with what I’ve found so far – I can now check the census records for both parents of William Freeman and Sarah Coulton and try to follow them forwards as well as backwards.

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