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Here’s to 2014

January 1, 2014

Happy new yer

Well there is a lot to look back on over the last year both in ‘real’ life and in my research too.  Who can resist the lure of a New Year’s resolution- it’s like having a new exercise book at school with lovely clean pages and you do your best handwriting for about half a page until you make a spelling mistake.  My resolution is to try and be a bit more organised about my research.  I get very distracted by new branches or even people who live next door! which is no good for finishing anything.

I tried my hardest yesterday to make a decent list of the records that are the highest priority to find, as they will unlock quite a bit more.  In making this list I realised that each branch of my family has at least one person who seems to vanish into thin air.   One in particular has a fabulous name: Philadelphia Goldsmith.  I wasn’t expecting someone with this name to elude me for so long, but this is partly because she was born 1800-1810 and married in 1827, before registration and actually neither her first or surname are that uncommon for that period in East Sussex.  The source that this leads me to is the National Archives found at where I found this record

Maintenance order  PAR422/34/2/119  25 Apr 1828

Charles Ovenden of Mayfield, labourer, reputed father of an illegitimate daughter of Philadelphia Goldsmith (born 8 Nov 1828).
This isn’t the man that I wanted to find- I wanted John Cane Bourne who is the father of Frances Bourne but it does lead to questions of whether there are two Philadelphia Goldsmiths in the same place at the same time or if there is some confusion surrounding the marriage and daughter.
There is a great website about the Bournes and associated families so I know quite a lot about John Cane’s heritage and also that he married three times.  He was born in 1805 into a fairly prosperous family that owned a farm- World’s End Farm. He was the elder of two surviving children, the youngest son having died in infancy but it was his younger brother Thomas who was the sole heir to their father.
The village in East Sussex where John Cane Bourne married the elusive Philadelphia Goldsmith.

The village in East Sussex where John Cane Bourne married the elusive Philadelphia Goldsmith.

John Cane Bourne married Philadelphia Goldsmith in August 1827, and their daughter Frances was baptised in October 1828- so a month before the maintenance order above.  I have no idea what happened to Philadelphia then, as there is no burial record that I can find, and John marries Ann Cornwall in May 1833.  Ann also disappears with no burial record and he then marries Isabella Neale, a widow from Newcastle in October 1835.  John and Ann don’t have any children that I know about and he an Isabella have one son- William John Bourne in 1845.
So my list of tasks- to try and track down the death or burial records of Philadelphia and Ann, find the 1841 census record of John, Isabella and Frances.  Let’s see how long I am organised for!
Happy New Year.

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