Surnames registered by Christine Bennett
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Notes: John STRATFORD (c1817 Tingewick, Bucks ~ 1895 Wigginton): Baptism record "This child is said to have been born in this Parish about three years ago. Mother's present residence unknown." His mother's name was Ann STRATFORD. There are no other incidences of STRATFORD in Tingewick, so I infer that Tingewick invoked parish origins of Ann to get John removed to Wigginton, where he lived his adult life. I have yet to find the actual removal order or relevant parish records to justify that; such records might also link Ann to a particular family. John STRATFORD married Hannah GARDNER, of Swalcliffe, and had three children with her but she died, aged only 27, and was buried 24 Apr 1849. He set up home with her younger sister, Elizabeth (my ancestor), and I deduce that this marriage was intended to legitimise the relationship (at a time when the law denied such a marriage): 3 Feb 1851 St Paul, Oxford. John STRATFORD, widower, "s/o John STRATFORD, lab" & Elizabeth GARDNER, spinster; d/o Ann GARDNER*, lab; bride & groom both of Clarendon Place. All Elizabeth's children (right up to 1862) were baptised as if Hannah's. Elizabeth's burial record was somewhat uncompromising: " 21 Jan 1894 Wigginton (Row 16 No 6). Mary Elizabeth STRATFORD, "properly called GARDNER", age 68, of Wigginton". *Elizabeth GARDNER did actually have a father - George GARDNER/GARNAR (1792-1875). The BNA image of The Banbury Guardian of 23 Mar 1899 includes a detailed account of how my ancestor, Jason John WARR (who was married to John STRATFORD's daughter, Patience), saved St Giles Church, Wigginton, from being burned down, when he reported seeing smoke emanating from the roof, as he was travelling home. The archive also holds an account of the tragic death of Mary WARR (1780-1858), Jason's grandmother, as a result of her dress catching alight from her open fire. [Oxford Journal Sat 6 Nov 1858]. The WARR family gradually moved towards the Birmingham area, via Coleshill.
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