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Lost and found (and lost again)

You may remember my disappearing Florey family from earlier posts, and my attempt to track them down.  The Floreys were last seen living in Wateringbury at the time of the 1841 census, but I hadn’t been able to find any of them until Henry Richard Florey, my great great grandfather, turns up in 1871 living in Rochester. Where did the rest of them go?

I decided to follow his half-sister Jane first – I had her baptism record, and a possible marriage for her – and ordered the marriage certificate from the GRO.

Jane Elizabeth Florey and Alfred Pope were married on 6th April 1846 at Trinity Church in the parish of Maidstone, Spinster and Bachelor respectively, both being of full age and residing in Maidstone. Alfred’s occupation was listed as Labourer, and their fathers were James Florey (Labourer) and Richard Pope (Labourer). Witnesses were William Apps and Charlotte Myers.1

I still can’t find Jane in 1851. There are some Alfred Popes around, but none with a wife Jane. I did find a death for a Jane Pope in 1847 in Maidstone2 – could this be her? Should I go ahead and order the certificate, or change tack and try and find her brother William?

(When I came to write this post yesterday, I couldn’t find Jane’s marriage certificate. I knew I had put it “somewhere” but obviously I had not filed it away correctly, nor did I note down any of the information in it. So, I spent over an hour searching through all my papers and binders before I found it, and several other certificates. Moral of the story – FILE promptly and carefully!)

  1. England, marriage certificate for Alfred Pope and Jane Elizabeth Florey; 06 Apr 1846, Maidstone; citing 1846 Jun [quarter] 05 [vol] 405 [page], General Register Office, Stockport.
  2. “England & Wales, FreeBMD Index: 1837-1983,” database, FreeBMD (http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl : accessed 14 Mar 2011), death entry for Jane Pope; citing 1847 Jun [quarter] Maidstone 5 [vol] 244 [page].

On the hunt for Jane

As mentioned in an earlier post, I lost track of my Florey household from the 1841 census until Henry Richard Florey turns up with wife and kid in 1871. Where did the others go? And where was Henry during those 30 years?

Since I’ve found what I think is Jane Florey’s baptism, I’m starting with her. In the 1841 census her age is listed as 19. If the baptism record is hers, her actual age was 16. So, within the realms of possibility. No occupation is listed.

I’ve found a possible marriage for her in Maidstone, which is not far from Wateringbury, in 18461. I did a search through the 1851 census on Ancestry to see if I could figure out who she married out of the four men listed on the same page in the register, with not much luck. The contenders are:

  • Thomas Hickmott
  • Alfred Pope
  • William Reeves
  • George Town

Interestingly enough, one of the other brides in the register was a Mary Ann Florey. I wonder if she is related to Jane? Anyway, yesterday I ordered Jane’s marriage certificate from the GRO. Hopefully that will confirm her father’s name, as well as her husband’s.

I found a couple of marriages for William Florey as well, but there is a second William Florey who was born in Maidstone around the same time as my William, so need to do a little more research before I start ordering certificates.

  1. “England & Wales, FreeBMD Index: 1837-1983, ” database, FreeBMD (http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/search.pl : accessed 11 Jan 2011), marriage entry for Jane Elizabeth Florey; citing June [quarter] 1846, Maidstone, vol 5: 405.