52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #1 Jane Docwra

While going through my old paperwork, I read a letter from a distant cousin.  In it was the following:

“I also found another child for Jane, baptised Sarah Waller, in 1827, also out of wedlock.”

On reading this, I realised I hadn’t ever followed up this piece of information.  The information I had for Jane was

  • Christened 14 July 1800 at Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England to parents William Docwra and Elizabeth Quy (or Guy).
  • Had a baseborn son Alfred in 1824.  On most records he is listed as Alfred Docwra. The baptism record on the Parish Register CD from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society shows:

1824 July 13 SELL Alfred son of Tempest SELL veterinary surgeon & Jane DOCWRA otp baseborn [in margin – Jane DOCWRA sister to Tempest SELL’s late wife]. (This information actually helped to confirm which Sarah Docwra had married Tempest Sell).

  • Married Samuel Mosley 3 December 1829 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.
  • Buried at 12 August 1840 in Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England aged 40 years.

There is a gap between Alfred’s birth in 1824, and Jane’s marriage in 1829, so I decided to check the Parish Register CD Rom for the entry for Sarah Waller in 1827, and found:

1827 Jul 8 WALLER Sarah Waller dau of William WALLER glazier & Jane DOCWRA sp otp baseborn

This is one of the advantages of using the CD Roms.  As the Parish Registers are in PDF format, you can select Find, and search the whole file for the surname you want, whether it is a mother’s name, witness name, father’s name, or child’s surname – when searching an online database, you tend to be restricted to searching the child’s surname only.

The question is – would this be the same Jane?  I don’t have any definite proof that it is, but from my research of the Docwras in Bassingbourn, this was the only Jane Docwra who was this age, who was living in Bassingbourn at this period of time.

In a later post, I will show the information I have found for Sarah Waller.

Update 22 July 2014

I received the death certificate for Jane today.  The certificate shows that Jane died 9 August 1840 at Bassingbourn.  She was the wife of Samuel Mosley, a shoemaker.  She died from consumption.  The informant was her mother, Elizabeth Docwra.

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