Monday, 18 March 2013

Wedding - George Elson and Ann Heather

Ancestry has recently put some new information online from Surrey including Bishop’s Transcripts of Parish records.  Though I already had the details from other sources, I was very excited to see an original document from the marriage of George Elson and Ann Heather that took place on 7 December 1834 at St. Peter and St. Paul church in Godalming, Surrey.

It reads: “George Elson of this Parish Bachelor and Ann Heather of this Parish Spinster were married in this Church by Banns ... this seventh Day of December in the Year one Thousand eight Hundred and thirty four By me Alfred Menzie Curate. This marriage was solemnized between us George Elson X his mark Ann Heather X her mark. In the Presence of James Wood X his mark Henry Cason"
In December 1834, they had been 19 and 20 years old. George was the youngest son of James Elson & Sarah Moore. He had been christened in the church he later married in on 13 November 1814. Ann, who had been christened in nearby Puttenham, Surrey on 12 February 1815, was the daughter of Thomas Heather and Anne Swanborough.

George was an Agricultural Labourer and they had lived their lives in the village of Farncombe, now part of Godalming. He was only 39 years old when he died and he was buried on Christmas day 1853 in the cemetery of that same church. At the time of his death, he left Ann to raise their 8 children: Sarah 18, George 16, Ann 14, James 11, Zachariah 9, Martha 5, Robert 3 and Charles aged 1. According to census records, Ann lived with a house full of her children and then grandchildren for the next 38 years. She passed away at aged 76 in 1891.

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