Monday, May 19, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: # 20 George Belcher

This is my twentieth posting for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.

Little is known about George Belcher's life. He is my 4th great-grandfather. The only census that he appears in is the 1841 census for Withington, Gloucestershire, England. The 1841 census required that ages 15 and over to be rounded down to the closest 5 years. George is listed as 65. This would put his age to be about 65 to 69. He would have been born about 1772 to 1776. 

On 3 November 1801, a George Belcher and Jane Turner exchanged vows in the Withington Parish Church before Rev. Benjamin Grisdale. John Preston and Richard Poole acted as the witnesses. Both George and Jane signed with their mark. It is unfortunate that these early records do not name the parents of a couple. 

Four children of George and Jane Belcher were baptized in the Withington Parish Church: William (1802), Thomas (1805), Elizabeth (1807) and Hannah (1812). I descend from their son Thomas.

On Free BMDs I found two George Belchers with deaths in the 1840s registered in the Northleach district where Withington is located.  The index does not indicate the age at death.  One was registered in the March quarter of 1842 and another in the March quarter of 1849. When I looked at the Withington Parish burial registers many years ago, I noted a George Belcher, aged 68, with a burial date of 8 January 1842. I did not note the 1849 date so that may indicate that one was in a different parish. 

Withington Parish, microfilm 0856943, Family History Library, Salt Lake City

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