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update on old post, Alma Sabastopol whitehead

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Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 15:29

Hi every one,
i wonder if someone could find out about this person via census just tried ancestry 1881 but no luck.
I just found out about her today,she was my husbands step 3x grandmother.She married William Pimlott Stephens in 1910 and they lived in Romford
she was born c1863 at sea.
Just googled her name and up popped the battle of Alma and the siege of Sabastopol during the Crimea wars.Am wondering if her father was in the army or navy.Hence the birth at sea.
Any info would be great as i would love to tell my father in law about this lady,his sister was named after her.
many thanks


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 15:45

Is her last name Whitehead as the D is missing from you heading


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 15:46

Sorry Julie,
just noticed that my self,yes it is,i think i fan out of space in the heading


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 15:48

That was me that deleted as post came up twice

Sue C

Sue C Report 15 Feb 2009 15:49

She must have been in her forties when she married in 1910. Had she been married earlier? If so, she might appear on the census's in her maiden name.


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 15:51

Hi Sue,
I don't know that,i think that whitehead was her maiden name,i will try to find out,but i'll have to e-mail my husbands cousin and hope she's online


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 15:52

Strange i can't find anything either apart from her marriage and this on the 1911 which doesn't give you much



Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 15:55

Hi Julie,
i know it is strange,my in law sent me the 1911 info and thats all i have.
So looks like it's gonna be hard for me.I have sent off the e-mail and hope to hear back about the last name
but probably the 1911 is all she has as well,i suppose i could try to find the marriage and get the cert,but it all takes so long!


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 15:58

So she give her birth as 1857,i had that wrong.The Crimea was between 1853 i think and 1855.So the Crimea link probably means something


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 16:02

Heres their marriage

Alma Sebastopol Whitehead
Year of Registration: 1910
Quarter of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar
District: Romford
County: Essex
Volume: 4a
Page: 631 (click to see others on page)

They're not doing to bad on certs the ones i ordered took a week to come


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:03

does any one know if her maiden name would be given on her marriage to William or would it just give previous husbands surname

Sue C

Sue C Report 15 Feb 2009 16:03

Lordy!! She would have been in her fifties then in 1910. Surely not her first marriage?


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:04

Thanks for that Julie,
i will order that next week and then might get somewhere


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:05

Thats what i thought,i wish my husbands rele hadn't dangled this carrot in the first place.It will drive me mad till i find out the info i want,perhaps she knew that all along lol

Sue C

Sue C Report 15 Feb 2009 16:05

The certs I have when the bride is on her second marriage give both previous married name and maiden name.


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 16:07


Was having a look about & found this

Alma Sebastopol Robert Stevenson Collings
Year of Registration: 1854
Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
District: Tenterden
County: Kent
Volume: 2a
Page: 412 (click to see others on page)


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:08

Thanks Sue,
thats good news,with all these certs i am collecting to buy my husband will have to get a second job
but this one is the top of the list as my son is into military history and would love to have an ancestor in it even if only step.She must have been nice to have her step grandson name his daughter after her


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:11

i may be thick,but i don't understand what this is.Is it a birth and is that all of her name,forgive me for being not quite with it


Julie Report 15 Feb 2009 16:19

I was working on the theory that she might have been married before so was off cross reffing some marriages

I have found 2 young ladies with the name Alma Sebastopol
& 2 others with Alma Sebastopol among their name
Oh and 1 Man

Just ignore me with that birth i think i was getting carried away lol


Blue1 Report 15 Feb 2009 16:23

i think i can eliminate the man as she was defiantly a woman,ha ha.her name seemed very unusual to me,but not so it seems