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From: "Jonathan Frayne" <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] After 20 years
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 21:47:18 +0100
I did all the transcriptions of my own family and I learned a lot about the
names of the registration districtions. I remember W. Derby very well as it
had the same number as other Liverpool areas.
On a more parochial note it also lead me to learn that there is an area of
Barnstaple also called Derby, albeit that I wondered for years about my
g'grandfather and what he was doing in the Midlands!.
Barnstaple On-Line Parish Clerk
Web site at www.barnstapleopc.co.uk
----- Original Message -----
From: "Anne Speight" <>
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 6:11 PM
Subject: [DEV] After 20 years
> After 20 years I have had a break through today !
> As always there's a lesson to be learnt, and I thought it might be worth
> Check out everything and don't ignore stuff you think looks unlikely.
> My PINE family from Exmouth were seaman and darn difficult to track down.
Mrs JANE PINE (nee SMITH) was born at Venn Ottery in 1793, but lived all her
married life in Exmouth. She is on the 1871 census, a widow but disappears
by 1881. I could never find her death.
> In the days before computers we used to trawl through heavy books at St
Catherines House in London. I only ever found 2 deaths of a Jane Pine, one
at Tavistock, one at W.Derby. I recorded W.Derby but living as I do in the
Midlands, I thought how on earth would Jane arrive in these parts!
> A few years ago with the advent of 1881 census available on CD I found 2
grandchildren of Jane Pine living in Liverpool. George Pine was working as a
dock gateman. In Devon, in the early 1870s both his parents and 3 brothers
died from illness or were drowned. To make a fresh start George took his 15
year old sister to Liverpool.
> With the help of FreeBMD I have found George's marriage in 1876. Where? In
W.Derby. Looking in greater detail on FreeBMD I realise a part of Liverpool
is called W.Derby. Cracked it !!
> When George went to Liverpool besides his sister he obviously took his old
grandma. She died in 1877, said to be aged 85 years.
> I had the reference all the time but never took action to follow it up!
> A lesson for us all to learn.
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