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Gabriel Kirk 1806-1853 Cambridgeshire

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tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:07

Hello I am trying to find the parents of Gabriel Kirk, born in Walsoken, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire in 1806 (year of birth calculated from census records). Gabriel Kirk married Mary Anne Lowis in 1826 in Elm, Cambridgeshire and appears in the 1841 and 1851 census. He died in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
I am struggling to find his parents and would welcome suggestions. A William Kirk and Catherine Wright lived in Walsoken and had many children around this time (William 1798, Rebecca 1801, John 1803, Caroline 1808, Levina 1812, Joseph 1814). Gabriel (1806) would fit in nicely but I cannot find any record of his birth.
I would welcome any suggestions as to where to go from here. I have tried, familysearch and Many thanks

Mike *

Mike * Report 15 Feb 2013 10:10

Is this him?


Gabriel Herk
[Gabriel Kirk]
Age: 45
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1806
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Mary A Herk
Gender: Male
Where born: Walsoken, Norfolk, England

Civil parish: Wisbech St Peter
County/Island: Cambridgeshire
Country: England

Registration district: Wisbech
Sub-registration district: Leverington

Gabriel Herk 45
Mary A Herk 45
John Kirk 28
James Kirk 18
Jemmina Kirk 13
Eliza Kirk 3


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:15

Yes that's him. I'm struggling to find a record of his birth though.


AnnCardiff Report 15 Feb 2013 10:22

name: Gabriel Kirk
event: Census
event date: 1841
gender: Male
age: 35
birthplace: Norfolk
record type: Household
registration district: Wisbech
sub-district: Walsoken
civil parish: Walsoken
county: Norfolk


AnnCardiff Report 15 Feb 2013 10:23

name: Sarah Lowest Kirk
gender: Female
baptism/christening date: 28 Mar 1830
baptism/christening place: Walsoken, Norfolk, England
father's name: Gabriel Kirk
mother's name: Mary Ann Lowest
indexing project (batch) number: I02235-1
system origin: England-EASy
source film number: 1470813
reference number: item 3 p


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:24

Yes that's him in the 1841 Census. At the same time his wife is staying in Elm, Cambridgeshire with the children (John James and Jemima). She is working as a labourer. It looks like she is staying with someone from her side of the family (John Lowis).


AnnCardiff Report 15 Feb 2013 10:24

name: James Lowest Kirk
gender: Male
baptism/christening date: 15 Aug 1832
baptism/christening place: Walsoken, Norwich, Norfolk, England :
father's name: Gabriel Kirk
mother's name: Mary Ann
indexing project (batch) number: I02239-7
system origin: England-EASy
source film number: 1470863
reference number: item 1 p 86


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:26

Many thanks. I'm pretty confident I have the children of Gabriel Kirk and Mary Anne Lowis (Lowest / Louis). It's the next generation back that I am struggling with. Of course, help in any direction is helpful.


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:29

For completeness, I believe the children's details are: John Louis Kirk (1828) Sarah Lowest Kirk (died in infancy), James Lowest Kirk (1832), Robert Lewis Kirk (1835), Jemmina Kirk (1838), Eliza Kirk (1848). Of course, I might be wrong.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 15 Feb 2013 10:38

(not seeing anything on above links, second has his Marriage)

Chris :)

(could perhaps be Norfolk too, for that area)


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 10:39

Thanks for that. I agree, I can't find anything on those links either except the marriage in 1826.


tania Report 15 Feb 2013 12:03

I've just tried the Norfolk family history society in addition to the cfhs. Perhaps Gabriel's birth wasn't registered? I wonder if this might be a dead-end for this line of enquiry. Does anyone know if a death certificate from 1853 would have the parents names if I ordered it? Thanks