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From: "Groves.Genealogy" <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] Job Powell
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2003 22:45:39 +0100
>Hi everyone againJob Powell a Blacksmith was married at Erith Kent 1812 to Elizabeth Parsons the Daughter of Robert and Sarah Parsons from where I do not know in 1817 there first child was born I think it was the first child ? chr at Lambeth then I found a child in 1825 called Rebecca woolich and then Daniel born 1830 ch at shorditch they only seemed to have a child every 5 years which seems a bit strange in those years I can not find a birth of Job I have checked the ones on the IGI but after checking the jobs on there were married to someone else .I am really stumped on this line I think if he was about 20 when married he would have been born about 1780 /1790 can anyone out there give me a few clues I might have missed or things I have not done vera in sunny suffolk
Don't forget, the IGI is the International Genealogical Index, and is
just that - an (incomplete) index. If there are no other baptism's of
Job and Elizabeth's children on there, it may just mean that the
parishes where the others were done have not been filmed or recorded.
If there really was a birth of a child only every five years, it could
be for many reasons - some may have died at or shortly after birth
without baptism, miscarriages may have occured on a regular basis or
there may have been other fertility problems.
Alternatively, there may be a mistranscription of the parent's names on
the IGI entry - I have a child that did not show up when I did a parent
search because the mother's name was entered as JAE ELIZA instead of
Jane Eliza, and I only made the connection after I found the child on a
Census entry and put her name directly into the search.
Have you thought that Job may have been a pet name, maybe because he had
the same name as his father? When the vicar asked his name, he may have
replied with the only name he had ever been called by - there were no
birth certificates to check then, and it would be doubtful if he
possessed his baptismal certificate if it even ever existed. I am not
sure what Job may have been shortened from - James, Joseph, etc., - or
even if it is a name in its own right, but it is worth thinking about.
Also, Elizabeth may also have been known as Eliza, Liz, Lizzie, Beth,
Betty, Bessie etc., for the same reasons.
If you can manage it, it would be well worth your while to travel down
to London for the day and take a look at the original Parish Registers,
at the London Metropolitan Archives, for all three of the children you
have already found on the IGI and see if they include an address and
occupation. If they do prove to be 'yours', then perhaps someone with a
directory around the 1820's to the 1840's could look-up Blacksmiths for
you, if you ask on the List.
Hope this helps.
Always looking for my elusive Wygold/Wiegold's and Malenoirs - do you
have any hidden away?
Someone must have, because I can't find 'em!
I use Archive CD Books in my research
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