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Brickwall Broken Down.

benny1982

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Hi

I have struggled to find the marriage of my ancestor Thomas Brain to Maria who lived in Bletchingdon, oxfordshire. I obtained their daughter Sarah Brain's birth cert and Maria's maiden name was Butler.

I found a Thomas Bearn marriage with a Maria Butler on the same page in the June Quarter of 1838 in Woodstock district of Oxfordshire. I couldnt find such a couple afterwards in any census and I was under the theory that Bearn was a mistake for Brain so I sent for cert. Bullseye.

It is the right one and when you look at the cert it is Thomas Brain, not Bearn. They wed on 14 May 1838 at Wootton, Oxfordshire. Thomas was of Bletchingdon, father George Brain, a labourer. That tallies with Thomas's baptism and residence. Maria was of Wootton, father Mathias Butler a labourer. Both signed with their mark X. This tallies with Maria giving her mark on her 1842 daughters birth cert.

I found Mathias in the 1851 census aged 62, Ag Lab born in Chesterton, living in Wootton. A relevant death has been found in the Mar Quarter of 1858 in Woodstock district. It is good to find an ancestor living in the 1851 census as that was the first really useful one.

Matthias married Mary Hull in 1816 then Charlotte Russell in 1831. Maria was the daughter of the eldest child. I have the family in 1841. Charlotte died in about 1849.

So I have a new load of ancestors from that line now, all thanks to a marriage cert.

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Good work Ben..its amazing how one letter can throw you...once while making a delivery to London the address was India Avenue...after spending hours checking 3 locations it turned out someone missed out the N....it was Indian Avenue,and i found it right away!...regards to you ,Lee.
 

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Hi leefer

Now it is a case of looking up the records for Wootton in oxfordhsire to get more info on the Butler family and Maria's baptism.

Sarah Brain lost her mum when she was 5 and her dad when she was 12 in 1854 but she still had a grandad until early 1858 when she was 15.

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Well done Ben, great result.:2fun:
It just shows what we are all up against when we rely on the transcription and interpretations of names and details.
No wonder these brickwalls are sometimes unsurmountable.
With stories like yours, it gives us all hope.
Congrats again.

Steve.:)
 

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Hi Ben
Congratulations ! Isn't great when you break a wall that has had you foxed for so long. Well done. I only have one brick wall left on my late husband's side then it will be back to the Welsh side. I have enjoyed using the Internet so much and it will be difficult to revert back to the old method
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Hi

Now I want to access the PRs for Wootton by Woodstock.

Leefer thanks for the link, however that Wootton is now in Buckinghamshire and I think it is a few miles from my Wootton which is near Bicester, about 5 miles west. Having just looked, I think there are 3 Woottons in the area so it is easy to get confused.

Ben
 

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