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My Cordwainer - Thomas Charles Quelch

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Hi, to all researching Cordwainers. I didn't know what a Cordwainer was until recently so it is my "word of the month". I knew that my great-great grandfather Thomas Charles Quelch was a boot/shoemaker but having recently received in 1864 marriage certificate his occupation is given as Cordwainer.

My Thomas Charles Quelch was born in Oxfordshire around 1828 and his father was William Quelch and this is all I know about Thomas in Oxfordshire. I found Thomas's wife and children in Westminister but would love to find out more about his original family in Oxfordshire.

A family story, fact or fiction, was that Thomas Quelch was the shoemaker for one of the Royal weddings. When over in the UK many years ago I went to the Royal Albert Museum but all they could tell me was that there were many shoemakers assigned to the royal family. So again, maybe a myth.

When in the UK I also did a day trip to Oxford and went to the museum there and found the name Quelch on one of their displays. There were probably heaps of Quelch's around.

If anyone researching cordwainers have come across the surname Quelch that would be wonderful.

Regards,
Suzanne
 

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