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Sarah Waller (Docwra)

In an earlier post, a reference was made to a Sarah Waller, a baseborn daughter of William Waller, glazier, and Jane Docwra.  This lead to a search for more information about Sarah.

So far, the information I had was an entry on the CD for the Parish Registers of St Peter and St Paul, Bassingbourn, from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society.  The entry stated:

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

The first thing to do was to see if Sarah was on the 1841 England Census.  Although there are other websites with the 1841 England Census, I currently have a subscription for, so I searched the ancestry website and found an entry for a Sarah Waller, age 13, in Bassingbourn.   The other person in the household was Sarah Waller age 60.  This may have been Sarah’s grandmother.

While searching on the ancestry website, I also found an entry for Sarah’s baptism in the England and Wales: Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 database.

There was also an Ancestry Public Member Tree with information that might have been for this Sarah:

This tree showed that a Sarah Waller was married to George Manton, and they had a daughter, Sarah Ann Waller Manton.

The question now is – was the 1841 census for this Sarah, and is this family tree for her?

The first thing I did was to have a look at the census records for Sarah and George, to see when they were likely to have married, as the family tree didn’t give a marriage date.  On the 1851 England Census I found a Sarah Manton, age 25, wife of George Manton, birthplace Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire.   They were in the Civil Parish of Bedford St John.  As well as George and Sarah there was Elizabeth Manton, age 3 months, Eliza Grulman age 24 and Sarah Grulman age 1.

Since this indicates George and Sarah were married by 1851, I decided to look for a marriage record for them.  I was unable to find a marriage record under the surname Waller, but I decided, since she was baseborn, to try under her mother’s surname Docwra, and found a marriage entry for Sarah Waller Docivra married 20 May 1850 at Saint John, Bedford, Bedford, England, father William Waller and Spouse George Manton.

This definitely looks like it’s the same Sarah, so I now know who she married, and the name of her eldest child. A search of later census records gave me the names of her other children. A search of the death indexes gave me an entry that matched the details on the family tree, so the next thing to do would be to get a copy of her death certificate, and also a copy of her marriage certificate.