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Success. Just need clarification from you as it is an old FH mystery.

benny1982

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Hi

I have just knocked down a brickwall and had a huge family history success.

My 3xgreat grandfather was William Thomas Coombs son of George and Sarah Coombs a coachman bap at St James Westminster, London on 4th March 1830.

In 1835 their eldest son Matthew George Coombs born 1813 got married and two of the witnesses was James and Sarah Bradford.

A Sarah Bradford is on the 1841 census in 11 Carburton Street, Marylebone with a son with matching name and age to William Coombs. No James anywhere.

Sarah also witnessed Matthew Coombs second wedding and registered his first wife's 1845 and his sons 1839 deaths. She gave her address on the death certs of his wife and child as 11 Carburton Street which ties in with the 1841 census.

Sarah was born about 1791 according to her 1851 death cert. She died in February that year.

A great stroke of luck came just now on the new A******y London Marriages and Banns. A James Bradford, widower and Sarah Coombs, widow had their banns called on the 14, 21 and 27th July 1834 at St Mary, St Marylebone, London. I cannot believe my luck.

I think I have finally solved the mystery wouldn't you?

Ben
 

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Hi Steve and Julie.

I have finally nailed it. :D :D :D :D :D

One snag though, the banns were read and it said they were both of St Marylebone but I cannot find a marriage. The last day of calling of banns was 27th July 1834.

But I am so glad I have found a record of an impending marriage to sya the least. :biggrin: :) :)

Ben
 

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I didnt realise the London Banns and Marriage were on Ancestry until ther other day. The other halfs gt grandad was a foundling, after finding his marriage details on Ancestry, looked up his given father on the 1871 census and there was just one an elderly man and his wife, with a young orphan living with them same first name (Louis) and age as hubbies gt grandad. These records are going to be a great asset.
 

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It could be that the marriage never actually took place or they were rejected and had to wed elsehwere. But even if they never actually got down the aisle and got fat on wedding cake, at least I have proof of the fact they tried to get married and I have corroborated all the evidence together.

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It is a huge success but it is a bit sad as well to confirm that George Coombs died when his youngest son was so young. George would have been about 40 odd.
 

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