The Pettit Family 1823 - 2002

Lucy Pettit b 1820 - d

Census Year Copy Found Certificate Type Copy Found Other Information  
1841 No

Birth

Yes, Pallott's Baptism Index

 
1851 Yes

Marriage

Yes

 
1861 No

Death

No

 
1871 No        
1881 No        
1891 No        
1901 No        

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Dates
1 Mar 06        3 May 06        17 May 06

1 March 2006
As with her other siblings, apart from George who was already known, Lucy was found in Pallott's Baptism Index.   Nothing else is known about her, she is not present in the 1841 census, the first in which she could have appeared, but this may be due to the possibility that she had married.   An entry has been found in the Register of Marriages, the entry being Q1 1841 Woodbridge vol 12 page 605.    The certificate will be obtained to establish the name of the father, and hopefully confirm Lucy as being married.   This will also allow for further searches under her married name.

3 May 2006
The marriage certificate arrived today, and confirmed that the Lucy mentioned in the possible marriage notes was indeed Lucy, daughter of Willam Pettitt. The certificate shows the marriage taking place in the parish church at Boyton, on the 24th January 1841, between Lucy Pettitt, Spinster, aged 21 and of Boyton, and Edward Whyard, a bachelor aged 22 of Capel. Both Edward and his father William Whyard are shown as Labourers, whilst Lucy's father William is shown as a Mariner, which was hoped for. The Rev William Aldrich conducted the ceremony, which was witnessed by George Pettitt (Lucy's brother), and William Livitt, who is unknown.

17 May 2006
Having established that Lucy married just before the 1841 census, a search was carried out for her under her married name. Nothing was found in he 1841 census, but the 1851 census shows her and her husband, together with five children. The age of the eldest child, Ellen,  indicates that she may have been born before the marriage of her parents, but this appears not to be unusual as at least two of Lucy's siblings had illegitimate children, her youngest sister having twins, one of which was called Lucy, the other being named Elizabeth.   Sadly, Lucy was to die aged 2 in the workhouse.   More searches were carried out in the 1861, 71, 81, 91 and 1901 census records, but to no avail.  The partial FreeBMD death registers were also checked, but neither party appears, they have, for the moment, disappeared without trace.

Pallott's Baptism Index

This extract from Pallott's Baptism Index shows Lucy, daughter of William, mariner, and Lucy, nee Buckman.

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Marriage Certificate

The marriage certificate confirms the marriage taking place in the parish church at Boyton, on the 24th January 1841, between Lucy Pettitt, Spinster, aged 21 and of Boyton, and Edward Whyard, a bachelor aged 22 of Capel. Both Edward and his father Willam Whyard are shown as labourers, whilst Lucy's father William is shown as a mariner, which was hoped for. The Rev William Aldrich conducted the ceremony, which was witnessed by George Pettitt (Lucy's brother), and William Livitt, who is unknown.

1851 Census

The 1851 census is the first census in which the family appears, as they are not to be found in the 1841 census. By this time, Lucy and Edward have produced quite a family, it numbers some 5 children. Interestingly, the eldest, Ellen, is shown as aged 11, which puts her birth year as 1840, just a little before her parents were married on the 24th Jan 1841. Lucy is shown as being aged 31, with Edward as 32 and an agricultural labourer. Children are Ellen, then Jane aged 9, Ann aged 6, John aged 4 and youngest William aged 2. Ellen is shown as being born in Boyton whilst the rest were born in Capel.

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