Friday, January 16, 2009

Marriage of William Clifford to Hannah Pugh nee Cowley

In my posting at the beginning of the year I posted the following

Now I am really side-tracked, I decided that I am going after a marriage for William Clifford to Hannah Pugh nee Cowley. Now this one took a little longer but it was worth it. This is not the first time that I tried to find the marriage registration entry for them. I knew that they were likely married between 1861 when Hannah Pugh was found on the census in the workhouse and the 1871 census where she appears as Hannah Clifford.The most likely result was Marriages Dec 1865 Pugh Hannah Stow on W 6a 7_1

On the original page of the indexes by quarter by surname where Hannah Pugh appeared, the page number was very faint. A range of pages was suggested 759 to 785. I downloaded the file to see if page enhancement might be useful. It looked like 781. I followed the instructions on how to search page numbers. I checked several and found the one I wanted. -- William Clifford was listed on page 781.

Yesterday, the document - a certified copy of an entry of marriage arrived in the mail from the General Register Office in England.

1865 marriage solemnized in the Baptist Chapel in Stow on the Wold in the District of Stow on the Wold in the County of Gloucester & Worcester

no. 192 Seventh day of October 1865 William Clifford age 40 years, widower, labourer residence Lower Swell, father Daniel Clifford, Mason to Hannah Pugh, age 39 years widow residence Lower Swell, father Thomas Cowley, labourer

Both made their mark; their witnesses were Richard James, Deputy Registrar and Sarah James, both made their mark.

I am very happy to now have this document. It is part of the story of my great grandmother. There are still missing parts of the story but soon I am going to present what I know in several parts.


  1. I'm looking forward to seeing the story unfold.

  2. I appreciate your telling the sequence of actions you took to receive the document. I'm now reading about her at the 91st COG.


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