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Patricia Report 25 Oct 2013 18:32

Thanks so much everyone for looking up all that information for me. I've put freebmd in my favourites now Reggie, and will work on all the information you found for me Potty. Thanks Pam for pointing out his occupation was probably Mattress Maker. This is getting addictive! :-)


Potty Report 25 Oct 2013 12:36

There is a marriage for a John Henry Dawson (Cabinet Maker) in 1867; father Robert Dawson, Cabinet Maker and freebmd has this birth:

Births Mar 1846 (>99%)
DAWSON James Henry Shoreditch 2 492


Potty Report 25 Oct 2013 12:26

There is a marriage in 1864 for Robert Dawson, Cabinet maker, widower to Bridget Bowton Nee Collins, widower but the couple are on the 1861 as married (living in the same road as on the marriage).


Potty Report 25 Oct 2013 12:08

There is a John Dawson, b1857, on the 1871 census with father Robert (Cabinet Maker - the same occupation as the marriage) with mother Bridget.

Robert's POB given as Norwich, Bridget's Limerick, Ireland. Living next door is a James N Dawson, Cabinet maker, b 1842 Shoreditch


Reggie Report 24 Oct 2013 22:56

Put freebmd in your favourites...............and use it for BMD lookups between 1837 and c1955.


Pam Report 24 Oct 2013 21:15

Mat(t)ress Maker


jax Report 24 Oct 2013 21:12

As mentioned above it came from Ancestry under the London marriages

No I cannot work out what his occupation was something Maker

Was he a salesman in 1891?


Patricia Report 24 Oct 2013 21:01

Can you make out what John's profession is?


Patricia Report 24 Oct 2013 20:55

Thank you Jax. Really appreciate it.
Can you tell me how and where you got the certificate?


jax Report 24 Oct 2013 18:24

London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921
about John Dawson
John Dawson
Full Age
Spouse Name:
Elizabeth Bell
Record Type:
Event Date:
16 May 1880
Hoxton St John
Father Name:
Robert Dawson
Spouse Father Name:
Robert Bell
Register Type:
Parish Register

I will pm the image

Had you put those names into freebmd theirs is the only marriage that comes up

Marriages Jun 1880 (>99%)

BELL Elizabeth Shoreditch 1c 226
Dawson John Shoreditch 1c 226

As I have sent the image you do not need to purchase it


Patricia Report 24 Oct 2013 17:29

Hi, thank you for your kind offers so here goes.
The names are:
John Dawson and Elizabeth Bell.
John was born in Shoreditch, London, in 1857.
Elizabeth was born in Middlesex in 1856.
I don't know the year they were married but their first child was born in 1882 so I assume it would be before that. I'm also assuming they would have married in London, Shoreditch or Bethnal Green may be, as it seems all their family come from that area. However I'm beginning to find out that "assuming" is not a good thing to do!
Thanks for your help


Reggie Report 24 Oct 2013 11:22

If they married in England/Wales after July 1837, the record of the marriage will be on freebmd. from where you can link to the GRO to order the cert

BUT........only the fathers will be named on the marriage cert...............and only if they were known

When and where were these people born?

When do you think they married?


MarieCeleste Report 23 Oct 2013 22:00

Hi Patricia, why not tell us who they were and when/where married and we'll see if we can find anything for you or give you pointers on where to go next.


Patricia Report 23 Oct 2013 19:39

Thanks everyone. I have the names of my gggranparents and wanted to get their marriage certificate so I could check out their parents.


KenSE Report 23 Oct 2013 15:36

Family search have images of a lot of Cornish and some Devon parishes:


Potty Report 23 Oct 2013 13:12

Ancestry also has images of Manchester and Liverpool marriages and some ones for Dorset up until 1921; also has West Yorkshire.

These are images of original church registers so will have the couple's signatures which certs may not as they are copies of the church registers.


Reggie Report 23 Oct 2013 13:07

No, you can't, unless they are among the records transcribed on Ancestry, which are limited

You can find the record of a marriage on freebmd..........up to abt 1955..................and order a copy of the cert from the GRO


GlitterBaby Report 23 Oct 2013 13:06

Depending on date and location some can be viewed on Ancestry


Patricia Report 23 Oct 2013 12:56

Can anyone tell me if I can view original certs on this site, or any other sites. I'm looking for a marriage certificate and have names of the people involved so it would be easy to find but just don't know how to do it. Thanks