Why The Move!

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  1. Chimp

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    Have you ever wondered why someone moved so far away from where they were born?

    I have one fellow, Richard Sherwood, who was baptised on 6th September 1807 in St. Peter, Shipton-Bellinger, Hampshire, to parents John & Elizabeth.

    He next pops up in Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire on 16th November 1836 where he marries Mary Morgan.

    What makes someone living in Shipton-Bellinger, Hampshire move 112 miles to the middle of nowhere?
     
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    But how do you meet someone at that distance? Brampton Bryan back then was all dirt tracks and horse and cart, I lived there for nearly 30 years and the only street light then was the telephone box by the bus stop.
     
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    Work, probably.

    My great Grandfather was born and baptised in Tenterden, Kent. He moved up to Hull, 250 miles away, came back down to Tenterden to get married and then went back up to Hull. His next stop was Bridlington, Yorkshire and then down to St Albans in Hertfordshire.

    Your chap might have met his wife somewhere else - where they both worked, for instance - but wed in her home village.

    Then again, maybe he was running from the law.... :nailbiting:
     
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    He must have had some money behind him as he bought the rites to the Stowe turnpike gate, near Knighton.
     
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    In 1871 my great grandfather, then 18, was serving his apprenticeship as a carpenter in Cumberland but by 1876 had moved to Birmingham and married there. The family joke is that he got fed up having to work with wet wood. :D
     
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    Par for the course back then here. Two days travel, there and back to pick up the tea and sugar. And get the latest baby baptised while you were there. No thanks.:sceptical:
     
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    In my family, it would appear that anyone who moved a distance from their home did so for work. The possible exception to this was my paternal grandparents. My paternal grandfather, born and bred in North Devon, met and married my grandmother from Hampshire, who was working in her sister's shop in Ilfracombe. My grandmother had delusions of grandeur and persuaded my grandfather that life would be so much better in London - so they upped and went. It didn't exactly turn out the way she expected as they ended up living near the docks in the East End, but she still managed to worm her way into local 'society', such as it was in that neck of the woods, even encouraging my grandfather to join the Freemasons so that she could attend such things as the annual Freemason's Ball :eek:
     
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    One of mine, born in Twickenham, went to Middlesborough, and married there,
    to a girl who lived in the next street to his family home in Twickenham. They had 3 children there, a further 6 children in Limehouse London, before returning briefly to Twickenham (not a great distance), to have 3 more and then back to the East End.
    Work must have been the reason.
     
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    Perhaps the clue is in the the turnpike rights. I've no idea how these were managed, but perhaps advertised and bought and sold through some agency - he had money he wanted to invest and that took him to Herefordshire. If so, shame he did it just as the railways were about to appear!
     
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    A lot of my ancestors moved between coalfields. If families go missing in the census from Flintshire in North Wales, I know they'll be around the South Wales pits, or Stoke on Trent, or Durham, or the East Lancs coalfields.

    I suspect that many responded to 'situations vacant' in the newspapers. Many of these positions involved lodgings, sometimes a cottage with the job.
     
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    Time traveler being added to your resume?
     
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    It would be another 25 years before the train arrived in our town. It being a rural area there would still be tolls to pay by farmers bringing their animals to market.
     
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    The furthest travelled of my relatives has to be a distant cousin who was a ship's engineer. He moved from St Helena, South Atlantic to Dalton in Furness and from there to Hartlepool, where he died at the tender age of 32. His Hartlepool born widow then moved to live in Kensington.

    My wife's ggg grandmother, who lived to be 90, was born near Coventry but moved to St Marylebone, where she married her Falmouth born husband and had 4 children. Three more children were then born in Falmouth, after which the family moved to Coventry, stopping off en route in Somerset where her eighth child was born.
     
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    We all know how Australia was populated. My great great grandparents came from Cornwall, after marrying at the tender ages of 16 in Cornwall. They came to South Australia with a sister and her family, brought into the world the first of 23 children then moved to Broken Hill in NSW, walking, where they had the remainder of the tribe. Then some of their offspring moved from Broken Hill to Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and then my grandmother then moved to Sydney after marrying my grandfather who came from Scotland to Kalgoorlie.
    It’s over 9000 miles from Cornwall to South Australia and when you are 16, how brave would that be. They came to mine copper and then gold.
     
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    Doesn't sound as if he had time for work :D
     
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    More time than @Archie's Mum's great greats did. :eek:
     
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