Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Crowse of Worcestershire

Guild member Ian Preece has very kindly found two CROWSE marriages for me in his recent Marriage Challenge for the Upton on Severn Registration District. Both marriages took place in Worcestershire. The details are as follows:

- 1846 The Parish Church, Eldersfield: John Crowse, yeoman, son of William Crowse, yeoman, and Elizabeth Shipton, daughter of Thomas Shipton, yeoman

- 1866 The Parish Church, Great Malvern: Fanny Augusta Crowse, daughter of John Crowse, a miller, and Joseph Parry, farmer, son of John Crowse, miller.

CROWSE is a rare variant spelling which I have not yet had a chance to research. There are only a handful of occurrences of the name in the English and Welsh birth, marriage and death indexes, and just a few isolated occurrences of the surname in America and Canada. Worcestershire is some distance from the Cruwys epicentre in North Devon, and it is not yet known if the two surnames are related. I would be very pleased to hear from anyone researching the CROWSE surname.

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