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DougWood

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I have an ancestor, John Wood, who according to the 1841 and 1851 censuses lived in Nottingham and was born in Falmouth in 1806. On his second marriage certificate in 1840 his father is shown as also John Wood, a soilder(sic).
Searches in the Falmouth area have failed to reveal recorded evidence on the birth of John Wood (junior) or the marriage of his father. Searches through Army records, concentrating on regiments known to be in the Famouth area in 1806, have drawn a blank.
Any ideas please?
It is intriguing to consider how John Wood (junior) found his way from Falmouth to Nottingham, around 200 miles, between 1806 and 1829, when he was first married. It did occur to me that he might have accompanied his father, as a youngster, on the regimental baggage train en route to a new posting.
Thanks in advance.
Doug Wood
 

pejay

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My guess is that the Father was probably posted to Notts, and he decided to stay. Have you thought of the possibility that he could have been born abroad, and have you checked the Army births. it could be that the father perhaps also married whilst abroad. Do you know his mother's name?. :)
 
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benny1982

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Hi Doug

Many people moved remarkable distances not just in the Army but looking for work.

My great gran moved from Oxford to the Sussex coast in about 1907 or 1908 when she was 12 or 13 to go into service for an ex Ceylon boss.

If you have Army ancestors, then it is very likely that their children were born all over England. Eg, Private John Smith on the 4th Regiment Of Foot and his wife may have had a child born in 1844 in Portsmouth, and a child born in 1846 in Norwich, then a child born in 1849 in Swindon.

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Hi Doug,

John Wood from Falmouth is on my family tree. John Wood is my mothers, fathers, fathers, fathers, father. I have been interested in where James Wood (born 1853, youngest of his four children) went after he had his children with Caroline Freeman.
 
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