Discussion in 'Dorset' started by The Artful Dodger, Oct 30, 2014.
A little late acknowledging this useful post.
I cannot find them in 1881 either
Well - another day, another dollar - and I think I need to outline what I have found/not found on the various members of this group of family members.
a] Caroline Potter
After her baptism in Colyton, Devon as the apparent base born daughter of Elizabeth Potter, neither Caroline nor Elizabeth can be found with certainty in 1841.
Caroline marries Samuel Rice in Axminster, Devon on 23 June 1845. A witness was Mary Ann Potter. A Mary Ann Potter was born in Charmouth, Dorset on 17 January 1816 and baptised 9 June 1816. If this is the same person as the witness then maybe there is a family relationship but this has not been found.
After marrying Samuel, they move to Chickerell, Dorset and a daughter - named Elizabeth is born in 1848. 1851 census has Samuel [a Coach Smith], his wife and daughter and 3 lodgers - H0107/1861/237/31.
Caroline is pregnant and they move to Bothenhampton, Dorset where a daughter - named Mary Ann is born and is baptised 3 January 1852.They also baptise Elizabeth on 8 February 1852.
I believe the naming of the 2 daughters reflects the name of her mother and the witness to her wedding Samuel.
Samuel died and was buried in Bothenhampton on 1 September 1852.
Caroline then marries Benjamin Welch on 23 October 1852 in Bothenhampton - his occupation - Shipwright. In 4th q. 1854 a son - named Joshua Jesse Potter Welch is born and baptised on 25 December 1854. Another son - William John Potter Welch is born 4th q. 1860 and the family is now living in Alverstoke, Hampshire and can be found in the 1861 census - RG9/645/12/17
Benjamin disappears after the 1861 census. More on him later.
Caroline has 3 of her 34 children with her in 1861 census - more on the children later.
1871 census - RG10/1149/57/42 - has Caroline as Head - no occupation and her son William.
On 14 June 1874 - Caroline baptises William in Alverstoke.
It would appear that a Caroline Welch married George Parker 2nd q. 1877 in Alverstoke and then there is nothing more on Caroline.
b] The husbands of Caroline Potter
1] Samuel Rice- was born in Dalwood, Devonshire and baptised 11 April 1819 and was the son of William and Sarah.
What is missing is his location on the 1841 census
2] Benjamin Welch - was the 8th of 12 children born to Benjamin and Jane Welch nee Ackerman. He was born and later baptised in Pilsdon, Dorset on 1 May 1825.
His mother - Jane - died and was later buried in Burstock, Dorset on 18 May 1836. His father - in the 3rd q. 1837 - married Sarah Meech - a spinster - in Chard, Somerset
1841 census - has father Benjamin, step mother Sarah and an older brother - David - and 2 younger siblings [Emmanuel and Henry] - at home.
1841 census - has the younger Benjamin - living away from home but in Symondsbury.
1851 census - H01071861/128/20 - a Boarder and occupation a Shipwright. What may [or may not] be of importance is that in the household is a 12 year old servant named Ann Meech.
His later life - 1853- 1861 is in this thread - what happened afterÉ
Separate names with a comma.