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What is the house number on this 1891 Census record?

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 ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

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 ...
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What type of journey from Plymouth to Exeter in 1751 might cost 1 pound 5 shillings?

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 ...
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Explaining migration around 1800 between Somerset, Devon and Dorset?

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 ...
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Deciphering place name in 1841 Census for Tavistock, Devon, England?

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 ...
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What parish records are likely for pregnant widow with 8 children in 1791 at Whitchurch, Devon, England?

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 ...
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Were James Smyth Stacy and family in London, Devon or elsewhere for 1841 Census?

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 ...
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What might "biblical" names for Abel/Foot and Noake children in 17-18th Century Devon indicate?

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 ...
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What might "biblical" names for Abel/Foot and Noake children in 17-18th Century Devon indicate?

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 ...
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Wife's surname used as second name to indicate Smyth child named after someone from her Osment family?

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 ...
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Finding Devon parish marriage records?

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 ...
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What parish records are likely for pregnant widow with 8 children in 1791 at Whitchurch, Devon, England?

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 ...
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Interpreting 1801 Settlement Examination from Marystow, Devon, England?

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 ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

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 ...
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What parish records are likely for pregnant widow with 8 children in 1791 at Whitchurch, Devon, England?

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, ...
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Finding FindMyPast Devon Marriage image indexed by FamilySearch?

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 ...
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Finding FindMyPast Devon Marriage image indexed by FamilySearch?

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, ...
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What was surname of Susan/Susanna, wife of Edward McDowell, from Devon area in abt 1800?

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. ...
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Identifying parents of John & William Milman who were baptised 1800 & 1805 at Okehampton, Devon, England?

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 ...
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Finding FindMyPast Devon Marriage image indexed by FamilySearch?

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%...
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Explaining migration around 1800 between Somerset, Devon and Dorset?

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 ...
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Finding baptism record near Marystow, Devon, for Harriet Palmer in about 1770?

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 ...
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Why use name Ebzeebra for Ebbot Millman (nee Martin) on 1840 gravestone at Marystow, Devon, England?

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 ...
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