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St Margarets Sufflolk

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patchem Report 27 Jan 2013 20:48

1841 for ref:
Name: John Adams
Age: 45 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1796 Gender: Male
Civil parish: Sheffield Hundred: Strafforth and Tickhill (South Division)
County/Island: Yorkshire Country: England
Registration district: Sheffield Sub-registration district: Sheffield
piece: 1334 Book: 5 Folio: 34
Page Number: 9
....John Adams 45
Catharine Adams 35
Mary Ann Adams 14
John Wm Adams 13
Henry Adams 11
James Adams 10
Charlotte Adams 6
Wm Fred Adams 4
Jas Somasd Adams 3
Rchl Eliz C Adams 11 Mo
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1334; Book: 5; Civil Parish: Sheffield; County: Yorkshire; Enumeration District: Sheffield Barracks; Folio: 34; Page: 9; Line: 13; GSU roll: 464280.

Births Sep 1840
Adams Rachel Elizabeth Catherine Ecclesall Bierlow 22 111

And the 1851
Catherine Adams Age: 46 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1805
Relation: Head Gender: F (Female)
Where born: Ireland
Civil parish: Nether Hallam Ecclesiastical parish: St Philip County/Island: Yorkshire Country: England
Sub-registration district: Nether Hallam ED, institution, or vessel: 4
Household schedule number: 77 Piece: 2336 Folio: 78 Page Number: 20
Catherine Adams 46
Mary A Adams 24
John A Adams 23
Jane Adams 19
Charles A Adams 16
William F Adams 14
James L Adams 13
Rachael Adams 10
Martha Adams 8
Joseph Adams 7
William Murray 35
Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 2336; Folio: 78; Page: 20; GSU roll: 87583-87584.


Unknown Report 27 Jan 2013 19:33

Wow thanks for all the replies

According to his Army record he fought at the Battle of New Orleans and was pensioned off in 1833 due to rheumastism. In 1841 he is the barrack sergant at Sheffield barracks his wife Catherine and children also live at the barracks.
I cant find him in the 1851 census but his in 1851 his wife is a house Keeper for a Mr John Hooper she records herself as married.

His Army records show he was admitted to the pensioners on 1st Jan 1861 which fits with the 1861 census. He was discharged on the 1st July 1862 "to live with his children" so perhaps his marriage had broken down..

The hospital recorded all patients as private in that box this refers to his position in the instutution no the ranks they held in the Army.
The John Adams born in Wretham 26 Nov 1794 appears in the 1861 still living in Wrentham so this rules him out but thanks for all your help.



patchem Report 27 Jan 2013 16:49

On the 1861 he is described as married. Who was his wife?


Vera Report 27 Jan 2013 12:08

Re place of birth Wrentham.....just a thought......

The Church of St Margaret

The village of Reydon lies to the north of the town of Southwold. The three roads from Wangford, Wrentham and Halesworth converge at Reydon corner about 100 metres from where Mights Bridge crosses over Buss Creek, which provides the only road bridge entry to Southwold.

Reydon Church
The parish church is dedicated to St Margaret of Antioch. It is situated on the B1126 Wangford Road, to the north west of the village. One of the most striking features is a large, unnamed bronze angel inscribed "To Fanny my beloved wife." The present building is mainly from the early 14th century. The tower was built about 1325. The chancel was made more elaborate in the 15th century, and has many niches for saints in the window splays. The church suffered damage during the Reformation and the Civil War and was much altered in succeeding centuries.[11][12][13]

Regards Vera


HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 27 Jan 2013 12:08

So if the army record is correct, then the John Adams as a Chelsea Pensioner as possibly not him (because of the rank). Which then muddies the waters - if Wrentham is correct - as we also have a John Adams in Wrentham in 1861...which suggests there could be two of them :-S

How have you got back to him?



AnnCardiff Report 27 Jan 2013 11:46

name: John Adams
event: Census
event date: 1861
gender: Male
age: 66
relationship to head of household: Private
birthplace: Wickham, Suffolk
record type: Institution
registration district: Chelsea
sub-district: 1 Chelsea South
ecclesiastical parish: St Luke
civil parish: St Luke Chelsea
county: London, Middlesex


AnnCardiff Report 27 Jan 2013 11:46

name: John Adams
event: Census
event date: 1861
gender: Male
age: 67
relationship to head of household: Head
birthplace: Wrentham, Suffolk
record type: Household
registration district: Mutford
sub-district: 1 Kessingland
ecclesiastical parish:
civil parish: Rutley
county: Suffolk


AnnCardiff Report 27 Jan 2013 11:45

welcome to the boards Steve


name: John Adams
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 26 Nov 1794
baptism/christening place: WRENTHAM,SUFFOLK,ENGLAND
birth date: 23 Nov 1794
death date:
name note:
father's name: Henry Adams
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Mary Lidimer
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: C06260-2
system origin: England-ODM
source film number: 919640


KathleenBell Report 27 Jan 2013 11:42

I agree with Jude. I think the birthplace on the 1861 census says Wrentham.

Kath. x


HeyJudeB4Beatles Report 27 Jan 2013 08:58

could it say Wrentham?


Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 27 Jan 2013 08:34

ADAMS, John Private Married M 66 1795 Chelsea Pensioner
Wickham, Suffolk
Piece: 32
Folio: 145
Page: 13
Registration District: Chelsea
Civil Parish: St Luke Chelsea
Municipal Borough:
Address: St Luke Chelsea
County: London

(as above FMP, but not sure it's Wickham?)

Chris :)


patchem Report 27 Jan 2013 07:29

Have you found him on the 1851 census with an alternate place of birth?


Vera Report 26 Jan 2013 23:11

I am having the same problem as you finding a St Margarets Suffolk as a town.

I know mistakes were made on census....but when he was discharged from the army he was a sergeant....on the 1861 he is down as a private.

Regards Vera


Vera Report 26 Jan 2013 22:49

First name(s): John
Last name: ADAMS

Calculated year of birth: 1795
Parish of birth: St Margarets
Town of birth: St Margarets
County of birth: Suffolk
Age at attestation: 18 years
Discharge date: 1 April 1813
Attestation corps:
Attestation soldier number:
Discharge rank: Sergeant
Discharge corps: 43rd Regt Of Lt Infy
Discharge soldier number: 97
The National Archives reference: WO97 / 583 / 4

Regards Vera


Unknown Report 26 Jan 2013 22:38

The Army records for My ancester John Adams record that he was born in the parish of St Margarets in or near the town of St Margaret Suffolk in 1795

He is in the Royal hospital Chelsea when the 1861 was taken and his place of birth is transribed by Ancestry as Witcham Suffolk.

I have googled St Margarets Suffolk but get various hits for St Margarets parishs in Suffolk the nearest sounding name to this in Suffolk is Wickham but the parish church is St Andrews. There is a Witcham in Cambrideshire but the parish church is St Martins,
Does anyone know if there was a town or village called St Margarets in Suffolk at at fhis time.

Thanks in advance