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The UK and Ireland censuses are available from multiple places: Ancestry, FindMyPast, and MyHeritage to name a few. FamilySearch has transcripts, but it links to FindMyPast for the images. I can access the image at Ancestry and MyHeritage through my library. In both of these, the image is not very clear. However, on MyHeritage, I was able to zoom large ...


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It's very common for at least one child to have the mother's maiden name as a middle - it's a way of preserving a name that might otherwise be lost. I can't see I've ever seen a case where quite so many children have been given their mother's maiden name as a middle name before though! It can certainly be very useful in confirming that you've got the right ...


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In "The Transport Revolution in Industrializing Britain: A Survey" (pdf) by Dan Bogard at UC Irvine, a table on page 14 gives Stagecoach Fares in shillings per passenger mile, with a value of 0.23 in 1760, which is reasonably close to 1751. On Google Maps, Plymouth to Exeter is around 45 miles by current roads, but that could be somewhat higher using 1750s "...


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I grew up in that part of the world and can trace a remarkably similar migration pattern between Somerset and Dorset in my ancestors - particularly Gillingham, Wiveliscombe and Old Cleeve. Much of what I have learnt comes from local history handed down in the family and by visiting farming museums in Somerset (particularly this one in Glastonbury). 18th ...


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I think this place name is written "Old Duda", however I am confident it is referring to a place called "Old Wooda" in Tavistock parish. If spoken out loud there is a very minimal audible difference between the two spellings even though they look completely different. The spelling Duda is just a mistake. Old Wooda was the name of a small group of dwellings ...


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While the amount and usefulness of available information will vary by parish, for many parishes there are records like overseers' accounts and poor rate books. Overseers' accounts often include information such as money paid to paupers, and may name the individuals. Poor rate books include information about who paid the poor rate. To see what is available ...


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If you use the 1841 census search page at FindMyPast and put "Kingsland Road" in the "Street" field which is the very last field then you will find yourself with a page full of results for Kingsland Road in St Leonard, Shoreditch which I think is the one you want. Further investigation finds a family that appears to match at: Archive reference: HO107 Piece ...


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Biblical names may not necessarily signify non-conformist affiliations. There are certainly cases, even before non-conformism was around, where Biblical names more likely signified stronger than average (conventional) religious convictions. For example, one Abraham Dewce moved from elsewhere (possibly Wolverhampton) to take up duties as vicar of Abdon, ...


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Hmm - I think the answer might be "It seemed like a good idea at the time" more often than we care to imagine. My Pickstock families from mid-Cheshire in the 1800s seem to like to use more unusual names. They were, so far as I can see, Methodists when I've been able to confirm their faith, but for interest, my 4G GF named his children thus: James Martha ...


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My ancestor ROBERT OSMENT born 1742 married Mary Gloipen from Yealmpton 12 Jan 1765. ROBERT's daughter was CAROLINE JANE OSMENT. She moved to London and married JOHN BEARD. Some of the children had the OSMENT middle name. Returning to ROBERT His parents were Robert and Eliza. ROBERT OSMENT father of Robert, was born in 1703 and baptised on 8 March, ...


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An important point to recognize here is the way in which the GRO indexes are organized. The marriages are organized very differently to how births and deaths are organized. Births and deaths are organized by subdistrict, but marriages are not. The GOONS Marriage Locator (mentioned in the question) takes advantage of the page order of marriages in the index. ...


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Here are some resources to supplement the previous answer. If you would like to widen your search for the family, the website maps.familysearch.org (note: there is no www at the beginning of the address) has several useful tools to show all parishes in a certain radius, contiguous parishes, etc. This interactive map shows the jurisdictions in Britain as of ...


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The term "covenant servant" would simply refer to the fact that John was bound under some sort of contract to work for John Lang. This was probably an informal agreement, and unless you are extremely lucky I doubt it left a surviving paper trail. It may have been important to note this because the fact that it was contracted employment is evidence in support ...


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I'm not sure this fully answers your question but I think it is relevant, and far too much to place in the comments. I'm not sure if you already have any or all of this, but I came across a second individual with a very similar name - Ebzebeda Millman (of course, the spelling varies). She was the daughter of William and Catherine Millman, born in Cornwall ...


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I believe that I may have found a candidate for the unborn child of Charles and Margery. I have not located a baptism record, but in the: 1841 Census there is a Richard Keagle, Blacksmith, aged 50, living at Buckland Monachorum 1851 Census there is a Richard Keagle, Blacksmith, aged 60, living at Buckland Monachorum, and recorded as being born at Buckland ...


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I used the Old Search to search for any marriage in 1729 with "Plymouth, Devon, England" in the Where box, then narrowed the search by selecting these filters: Country: England Subcategory: Marriages and Divorces Opening the filter for Record Set gave me the following options: Devon Banns Registers 1538-1915 (2) Devon Marriages (2,826) Dorset Marriages (2)...


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The marriage occurred at Plymouth Charles the Martyr, as it can be found in the index made by the late Don Curkeet: Charles the Martyr Marriages 1644-1758. OSMENT, Robert, 1720-1729, SIMONS, Elizabeth, 468 I know they don't show up in a search on FindMyPast, but my next step would be to browse the registers for Plymouth Charles the Martyr. I would ...


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Another baptism record that looks like it is within the vicinity of your family story is the baptism of John Frederick McDowell on 24 Dec 1821 at East Stonehouse, Devon that I found via FindMyPast. His father's name was Edward and Edward was a cordwainer. This Edward appears to have the name and expected occupation, and be from the expected area, as your ...


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I am planning to post separate answers for John and William, because there are several of each baptised at Okehampton in this period. This answer will examine whether John's life post-baptism may shed any light on whether his parents have both been correctly named there. In the 10 year period either side of 1800 there were four John Milman baptisms at ...


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I eventually found the image of this marriage on page 206 of 285 in the Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Registers at FindMyPast ( https://search.findmypast.co.uk/record/browse?id=gbprs%2fply%2f004634454%2f00206). That showed that Robert Osment and Elizabeth Simons married on 3 Jan 1729/30 at Plymouth Charles the Martyr, Devon, England.


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I can partially answer my own question. The reason for Martha and Robert being at Broadwey appears to be that three of Martha's siblings (John, Rachel and Ann), and later her mother (Martha nee Derriman) lived there. It may be particularly relevant that her younger sister Rachel had two illegitimate children, in 1800 and 1801, christened at Broadwey so ...


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Perhaps it's a good idea to expand the search area if you're stuck. It's possible they moved or traveled for a short time, as well as expand the year range and look at original record images to see if there are transcription errors. I found a record for Harriet Palmer, but her birth and baptism was in 1778 to Robert and Elizabeth Palmer, in St. John, ...


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Hephziba Millman was my 2nd great grandmother. I have found her with many given name variations, including some of those above. Illiteracy and the unusual name if spoken unclearly are, as suggested above, probably the reason for the variations. Out of interest I searched the web for "Hephziba". One result said that according to the Old Testament, 2 Kings ...


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