YOUNG - ANN, ANN OR ANN? Jan 4, 2017 12:40:51 GMT -5
Post by Loolah on Jan 4, 2017 12:40:51 GMT -5
After an absence of...well, quite some time, I am revisiting my Young family history. In particular, I am looking again at which Ann Purefoy, is 'my' Ann Purefoy.
(Hello again CT ). I need to untwist my preverbials!
My direct ancestor, JAMES YOUNG, married ANN PUREFOY in St.Ives on 16 September 1771. I am trying to establish whether she is the Ann Purefoy born circa 1737/8 or the Ann Purefoy baptised on 15 July 1749 (d/o John and Jane Purefoy). Just to add to the confusion, three Ann Purefoy ladies were married in St. Ives between 1770 and 1773. One to Thomas Brey in 1770 (is that the right name?), one to my James Young and one to James Berryman in 1773.
Seems straight forward enough, so you may wonder why this is causing me a problem - again. Well, it's because on old family story suggested that James Young drowned in 1772 and Ann remarried - to James Berryman. The wonderful CT ( ) discovered eons ago that that marriage entry recorded Ann as a spinster. However, looking today at the OPC, I now see her recorded as a widow. BUT, even as a widow of just one year, would she not have been recorded as Ann Young and not Ann Purefoy? (I know in some cases widows reverted to their maiden names.) Or could this lady have been the widow of Thomas Brey? Or, more likely, the widow of a Mr Purefoy!!!
There is a burial record for an ANN YOUNG age 81 buried at St. Ives in 1819. This would make her birth around 1738. We also have a burial for ANN BERRIMAN who died in 1827 aged 80 and born circa 1748/9.
My instinct is that my Ann is the Ann Young buried in 1819. Moreover, I have no evidence to prove that James Young drowned in 1772 - there is a record for a James Young being buried on 12 April 1788 at Penzance though sadly no age is given. But this is just my thinking; I am a one for evidence so is it possible to prove which Ann is which or should I just learn to live with twisted knickers - which are distinctly uncomfortable!