There is not a Humphrey about

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  1. ColinA

    ColinA Member

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    I have had no luck finding the death of Humphrey Ashworth born probably in 1763 [+/- 5 years] who was last known to be alive in 1812 when he married Elizabeth Thompson in Whittlesey. (Previous to that he had married Alice Hall who died 1799).

    I have tried surname variations such as Ashford, Ashforth and also Humphry, Humfrey. A researcher has visited the Cambridgeshire Archives for me, so we are stumped. I suppose he could have moved out of Cambridgeshire.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Perhaps he migrated to March, Cambridgeshire? Cambridgeshire FHS Baptismal Index shows baptisms of the following children at March:

    1815 Elisabeth daughter of Humphrey & Elisabeth ASHWORTH
    1817 Eliza daughter of Humphrey & Elisabeth ASHWORTH
    1820 Joshua son of Humphrey & Elisabeth ASHWORTH
    1824 James son of Humphrey & Elisabeth ASHWORTH

    These baptisms are corroborated by transcriptions, with full dates, on FindmyPast and Ancestry which show Elizabeth's maiden name as THOMPSON on the first 3 baptisms and TOWSON or JEWSON on the baptism of son James, so I would think the latter is probably a mistranscription.

    Not having an awful lot of luck finding the family after this, so far though.

    Janet
     
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    Possible burial for son James ASHWORTH - transcribed as ASHFORTH - at March on 11 January 1828, aged 3. Also a burial for son Joshua on 30 December 1827 at March, aged 9. That explains why I could not find James & Joshua in census records but where did Humphrey & Elisabeth go to after 1828.

    I don't know if this is relevant to your family of ASHWORTHs, but there is a newspaper article in the Cambridge Chronicle & Journal dated 21 July 1826, wherein Martha JOHNSON & Elizabeth ASHWORTH, both of March, were indicted for stealing 3 lbs of wool of a dead sheep lying dead on the farm of Isaac KIRBY of March. Both found guilty and sentenced to 21 days, the last seven days being in solitary confinement.

    Janet
     
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    Hi Janet
    I have only recently seen the Ashforth issue in the CFHS records. You've gone above and beyond here - I have the details you have kindly found. Humphrey must have kicked the bucket somewhere!
     
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