- Hello Janet and congratulations on your new list.
I have often been going to write and seek your advice on the following:
I have James OVENDEN alias BIRCH marrying Mary WOODWARD in Ramsgate Kent
1799. Both the Parish Register and Bishops Transcript read the above.
Problem, who was James OVENDEN alias Birch. He married twice though all
his children were born to his first wife, all of them were baptised
Ovenden and nowhere does the name Birch appear again in the family.
He died in Thanet (Kent) Workhouse in 1855, In the 1851 census he
stated he was born at Woodnesborough but perhaps this was entered by the
people you were responsible for the Workhouse. I have checked the
parish records of the surrounding parishes and not found either a James
Ovenden or James Birch baptism. He was born about 1776/77 according to
census information. I have tried to check admission records
for the Workhouse via LDS centres but had no success in locating a film
to cover this. I have no further ideas on how to overcome my problem.
Can you give me some guidance?