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  1. MollyMay

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    This time, from a marriage cert in 1847
    What is the occupation below Greenwich Pensioner (I think that is what it says)
    The bride gave her father's occupation, on her previous marriage in 1842, as mariner
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    Gunner's Mate?
     
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    Could the last word be 'Retd' - retired?
     
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    Gunner RN? - not happy with that though. I'd like to see more writing in that hand to guess further
     
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    The marriage - image on FMP
    David Bennett to Mary Ann Smee 18/5/1847 Portsea Hampshire

    The father's names David Bennett, William Walter Baxter - the handwriting is pretty poor
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    I think Steve has it. Gunner R.N.

    The father of the bride in the preceeding marriage, Marshbanks, is the same occupation where the 'N' is more pronounced and flicks into the margin.
     
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    Thank you everyone - I thought gunner, but the second word defeated me, having convinced myself the first letter was P (if the Greenwhich Pensioner is correct).
    I really wanted it to be dec - deceased, but can see R N now.
     
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    I think it’ Gunner R.A. - Royal Artillery :)
     
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    Ooh thanks Ann :)
     
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    I think it’ Gunner R.A. - Royal Artillery :)

    Would an RA gunner be a pensioner of Greenwich though - surely that would be Chelsea?
     
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    The Greenwich Pension is David Bennett's fathers occupation
    The Gunner is Mary Ann Smee's
     
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    Oops, sorry - not concentrating
     
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    Looks like R A to me too.
     
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    Just musing, if they lived around the Greenwich/Woolwich area there is or was a Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich.
     
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    "Gunner" was a rank only in the Royal Artillery.
    (Just as "Sapper" existed only in the Royal Engineers.)
    I think.
    Not so sure what the ranks were in the Royal Navy, apart from AB (Able Seaman)

    Jane
     
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    Gunner Retired. Maybe a marine
     
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    Equivalent to a private in the Artillery. Royal Marine Gunner
     
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    It is William Walter Baxter that I am trying find. I have little on him other than on a baptism for daughter Mary Ann (can find no other children) with wife also Mary Ann, in 1828 (although daughter born 1819).

    He is occ mariner when Mary Ann marries in 1842, and a witness is Maria Baxter (who is she? sister or mother using Maria?)
    and the above when she marries again in 1847.

    I have Mary Ann, the mother, sorted through to her death in 1872 and Mary Ann Bennett, the daughter too.

    There is a possible marriage of William Baxter to Mary Cook 11/1/1819 in Alverstoke, but no other info on the transcription.

    The areas concerned is Portsea/Alverstoke Hampshire
     
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    16 August 1840 is the baptism of William Walter Baxter at Alverston. Father John mother Maria. Is John the son of William and Mary Ann Baxter and his wife Maria?
    In 1851 is 11 year old William Baxter born Gosport living with Mary Ann Baxter and Mary Ann Bennett. He is a grandson.
    n
    No sign of William snr as yet.
     
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    Another conundrum AM. If you look at the GRO Index, William Walter b1840 is listed with no mother's maiden name. So is Maria Baxter (that name again) the mother and she either wed after the birth, or as you say is John the son of Mary Ann and William Walter snr and Maria his wife?
     

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