Monday, 23 February 2009

More Marylebone Marriages

I have received full certificate details of three more Marylebone marriages from Guild members Mary Ghrist and Sian Plant as part of their Marylebone Marriage Challenge, together with a certificate from St George's Hanover Square which is the subject of their latest marriage challenge.. The outline details are as follows with the tree name in brackets. As always, please get in touch if you would like copies of any of these certificates:

- 1852 Christchurch, Marylebone: Dinah Cruse, daughter of Thomas Cruse, labourer, and John Lee, general dealer, son of John Lee, labourer (Ogbourne St George tree)

- 1859 St George's Hanover Square: Rebecca Cruse, daughter of Charles Wray Cruse, tailor, and Hugh Watt, sculptor, son of David Watt, seal engraver

- 1869 St Thomas, Portman Square, Marylebone: Jane Cruse, daughter of Richard Cruse (deceased), labourer, and George Martin, brewer's servant, son of George Martin, labourer

- 1896 St Mary, Bryanston Square, Marylebone: William Cruse, decorator, son of William Cruse, eating house proprietor, and Florence Sarah Allum, daughter of Henry Allum (deceased), tailor (Teddington tree)

The 1896 certificate was a particularly interesting one as I hadn't previously been able to link this William Cruse into any of the trees I've researched. I've now been able to add a big branch of Cruses to the Teddington Cruse tree. William Cruse was born in 1866 in Lambeth, London. He was the son of William Cruse (c.1839-1919) and Sarah McGowan Barton (c.1839-1923). William senior is variously described as an eating house proprietor and coffee shop keeper. He was the son of Stephen Cruse, a butler and gardener, and his first wife Elizabeth Pasco. William senior was supposedly born around 1839 in Teddington, Middlesex, but I can find no record of his birth in the GRO indexes. I've also been unable to locate him in the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses. By 1871 he was married with three children and should be living in Lambeth. I suspect that by 1881 the family were in Ramsgate where their youngest son Percy Barton Cruse was born in 1879. By 1891 they had moved to 127 London Road, Croydon, where William established his coffee shop. If anyone has any further information on this line do get in touch. Do let me know too if you have any luck finding the missing census entries. No doubt they are all hiding under an unusual mis-spelling!

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