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Can anyone help me please? I'm researching the Saunders family from Stradbroke as part of my family tree and am having some difficulties. I have a Margaret Saunders born in 1841. Sometimes, she's referred to as Margaretta or Margarette. She married Abraham Ward. From the marriage certificate, her father's name was Samuel Saunders but the problem is this: the 1841 census shows her at 2 months old, living with her unmarried mother Marianne Saunders. It seems, that as Marianne has Saunders as a maiden name, that Samuel may have been a relative! What's also very strange, is that the GRO have been unable to provide a birth certificate for Margaret and she isn't listed on Free BMD either! By the 1851 census, there are 2 more children, Emma and John Saunders, but still no male Head of Household. 

It seems that Marianne's mother may have been a Phillis Saunders born in 1795 and daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Saunders. 

Is anyone able to help me make sense of all this please. Who was Samuel Saunders? 


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Comment by Jo Rolph on April 25, 2017 at 22:09

Hi Ann

Thanks for those. My 5x great grandparents Robert & Susannah Boast lived at Doggett's.  I always think the cottage is quite sweet if a bit ugly!  I guess Fred Boast must be related somehow but my last Boast is Judith who was born in 1812 so I lose them before Fred's dates. She married the Samuel Hurren I mentioned before. Are you working on your family tree too?


Comment by A View from the Gallery on May 1, 2017 at 11:43

Hi Jo, I've worked on my family tree for nearly 40 years! It's hard for me because my ancestors come from America and Ireland - hurray for the www. Luckily I have 2 big court cases to do with ancestry and of course money which are a great help.

Please let me know if you want me to look into your family connection or not with the Stradbroke Boast family. When I came to the village in 1999 my late husband started the History group and Bertie Boast was a very interesting and knowledgable member. Ann

Comment by Jo Rolph on May 1, 2017 at 12:26

Hi Ann, It must be quite tricky researching links in America and Ireland! I guess I'm quite lucky that the majority of my ancestors seem to be from Suffolk and I'm only in Ipswich. My mother's side (lots of Mayhew's)  was mostly from Stradbroke, Horham, Worlingworth, Wilby and the surrounding villages and my Dad's side from Chelmondiston area. Thank you so much for the offer of help with my Boast line but my genealogist has covered them quite well,although I know nothing about Judith Boast's mother Judith Borrett. I was bored with the Boast's at that point and sent the genealogist in search of my Saunders line instead. Robert Boast and Susannah Shimmon were from my Mum's side and bizarrely, Susannah's sister Anne marries one of my Dad's ancestor, therefore linking both sides of my family. It could only happen in sleepy Suffolk!

If it's not too much of a cheek, I am a bit patchy on my Hurren line if there's anything you could find about them? My Samuel Hurren married Judith Boast and from their marriage certificate (Stradbroke 1837)  his father was John Hurring (different spelling). I believe John was married to a Sophia but that's as far back as I know. I love doing the research but working full time and being self employed does mean that I tend to have to rely on online resources and I'm too far back with most of my 'branches' now. Please don't worry if the above is too much hassle, I wouldn't want to impose. 


Comment by A View from the Gallery on May 2, 2017 at 15:00

Hi Jo,

Something to look at:

It is a transcript of a news report taken from the National Newspaper archives 1884, which has both the Borrett name and the Hurren name mentioned. I have to transcribe as the T&C don't allow reproducing the image.

The Borrett family is often mentioned - I have a feeling there is a plate in the church with that name.

Comment by A View from the Gallery on May 2, 2017 at 15:20

Hi Jo, I've just checked the churchyard graves and James Borrett is Grave number 6, Daniel Borrett is grave number 10, Hannah Hurren is Number 221 and Unreadable and Thomas Borrett are grave 274. Next time I'm in the church I will look at the plates.


Comment by A View from the Gallery on May 2, 2017 at 16:09

and lastly . . .

On the 1881 census return Samuel Hurren 68 and John Hurren 24 (his son) lived next door to John Borrett 84 and Sarah Borrett 48 (daughter) on the Diss Road before Mill Lane. About 50yds on from the lane is Mayhew Corner.

Queens Street leading onto The Diss Road with the Mill in the background

Mayhew Corner.

Comment by Jo Rolph on May 2, 2017 at 17:18

Hi Ann

Thanks again. Ahhh, so it all kind of fits together then doesn't it. Judith Hurren's mother was a Borrett and Samuel Hurren is living next door to Borrett's. Hopefully they were linked in some way. It's a starting point for investigation. 

I didn't know there was a Mayhew Corner. Was it named after any of my many Mayhew's I wonder? I shall see if I can find that out. 



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