Tuesday, May 6, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #18 Thomas Belcher

This is my eighteenth posting for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.
Last week, I highlighted his daughter, Louisa.

Thomas Belcher was baptized 12 May 1805 in Withington, Gloucestershire, England. His parents were George and Jane Belcher.
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  Thomas married Jane Belcher 8 June 1826 in the North Cerney Parish Church.

Thomas and Jane had four daughters: Susan, Sarah, Louisa and Phoebe.
By the 1841 census, it would appear that Thomas  (35) was possibly a widower. With him are only his daughters. The youngest, Phoebe, is only seven years old. Next door are George (65) and Jane (60) Belcher. The 1841 English census rounds the ages of those over 15.

Thomas appears in each of the census records from 1841 to 1881 in Withington, Gloucestershire. In 1881, he is listed with daughter Sarah Belcher and grandson Albert Iles. In the 1861 census, he is living alone. In 1871, he is in the household of Ellen Laight, widow, and her children. Ten years later, he is listed with Eleanor Laight as a boarder. Ellen and Eleanor are likely the same person. In all census records except 1881, Thomas is listed as an agricultural labourer. In 1881, he is listed as labourer, roadman.

Thomas died in 1884.

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