Nearly made a fool of myself!

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  1. Brentor boy

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    Elizabeth Mitchell was born in 1857 in St Agnes, Cornwall. She married John Osborne in St Agnes in 1881, and was buried as Elizabeth Osborne in St Agnes in December 1889, age 33.

    I was about to post a comment about a death registration "missing" from Free BMD when I decided to have a final search, removing the Cornwall/Devon restriction. Up she pops, ( or is it down she dropped?) in Liverpool. What on earth was she doing up there?

    An object lesson in having to be open minded in our research.
     
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    I would hazard a guess that she was about to board a ship for America to join her husband :)
    Cornish Telegraph 12th December 1889
    December 4 at Liverpool, Bessie, wife of Mr John Osborne of Colorado, America, and daughter of Mr T. Mitchell of Goonown, St Agnes, aged 32.
     
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    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Oh dear. That’s very sad. John waiting for her at the other end. :(
     
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    Many thanks, Ann. I was not expecting such a significant response, which now opens up a whole new area of research - John Osborne in America.
     
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    Good luck :nailbiting:
     
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    I believe I have now found record of John's migration in 1881, aboard SS Britannic, but it is impossible to be sure with such a fairly common name and such limited detail on the manifest.
    I am more confident that Bessie, together with son John, followed him in 1885 on board SS Celtic.
    It now appears that Bessie was taken ill on board ship on a return to England. Newspaper accounts refer to her having been " confined" on board and she died whilst being transferred from the vessel to hospital.
    I interpret that to mean she was pregnant, went into premature labour, lost her child and, eventually, her life.
     

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