As with all data that gets indexed or transcribed there is always the possibility that information can be misread due to bad handwriting or general aging. Whilst preparing information for the forthcoming village booklet on Wield I have found a prime example of this. I had been looking for information on the EARWAKER farming family and amongst other sources have been using details from the Memorial Inscriptions Index for Wield.
John EARWAKER was baptized in Privett on 21 February 1802 but before the 1841 census was taken he had moved to and was farming in Wield. He married Ann EWEN there on 4 September 1834. Their eldest son John Maberley was baptized in Wield on 26 June 1836 and subsequently farmed in Exton with his wife Louisa.
John Maberley returned to Wield and possibly took over his father’s farm after he died. He was recorded as farming there in 1891 and continued until he died on 17 March 1917. Looking in the 1911 census he was still in Wield but with a much younger wife named Eleanor. This prompted a GRO search to find that he married Eleanor J.C.F. ATTWATER in the first quarter of 1905 in Wandsworth district. However, this raised a problem because I had already seen a memorial for Louisa stating that she died on 7 April 1905, after his second marriage. Another check on the GRO revealed that Louisa’s death was registered in the second quarter of 1902. This must be a situation where weathering on the stone resulted in a 2 being read as a 5.
With tens of thousands of MI records having been indexed there are likely to be other similar errors. In particular with some older stones where the inscriptions have become weathered making it difficult to correctly read a name or date. If you do experience any similar situations where it can be proved in any of our indexes that the details our volunteers have collected are incorrect please let us know so that corrections can be made. It may prevent somebody else from making serious mistakes in their research.
HGS Fair Oak Open Evening
Would you like to trace your family history but don’t know where to start? Have you started your research but hit a brick wall and don’t know where to look next? The HGS Fair Oak Group is holding an Open Evening at the St Thomas’ Church Hall, Fair Oak on Tuesday 8th October from 7:30pm […]
Headley village booklet now available
Headley, (VB104) is a large parish reduced in size by the creation of Grayshott in 1901, the creation of Whitehill civil parish in 1929 and the creation of Bordon ecclesiastical parish in 2002. Headley is 4 miles north of Liphook and 8 miles south of Farnham
Protestant Dissenters Burials Grounds
There is an interesting insight into the use of separate burial grounds for dissenters written onto the first page of the burial register for the Christchurch Independent Church that is in reference RG4/399.
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019
Review of HGS Conference Day 2019 Our third conference day was held on 15th June and was attended by 150 delegates. In the luxury of the Fair Oak Suite of the Macdonald Hotel and Spa, Botley, everyone took advantage of the opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
HGS Conference Day – Rosalind McCutcheon – Fact Sheet
The factsheet from Ros McCutcheon’s excellent talk at our recent Conference Day can be accessed via the following Link: Irish-Poor-Handout-June-2019-Ros-McCutcheon (1)