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Published by ceriseblack@btinternet.com on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 19:28
Place/Region:SOM Somerset
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I am looking for William Edward Rawlings born approx. 1852 and his father William Henry Rawlings who was an architect and survey. William moved to Manchester and married Annie Adair in 1898 in Chorlton, he was 46yrs old. His father was listed as deceased on the certificate.

Thanks Sue 

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Submitted by Pat Hase on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 14:24

It does seem strange that there is no Birth Registration on FreeBMD for William Edward RAWLINGS in the Axbridge District.

If his father was the William Henry RAWLINGS described on the 1851 census of Holborn as an Architect and Surveyor he was born in about 1807 in Shepton Mallet and he does have a couple of children born in Weston-super-Mare.

In 1861 the Architect is living in Portsea in Hampshire - on the census with the surname RAWLINGSON but no sign of William Edward.   You can trace William Henry back to his christening in Shepton Mallet in 1806 (as RAWLINS) and he seems to have had a chequered career but that doesn't help you with William Edward.

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Submitted by ceriseblack@btinternet.com on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 15:49
Hi Pat,rnrnPossibly, the Shepton Mallet Rawlings you found, they had a William Henry listed and I did wonder if that was the same one. To complicate matters the William Henry buried in Annie’s grave died 1918 aged 56 yrs in the burial register is listed as William Erne, (should be William Esme not Erne that is definitely a transcript error as I have got the original). The GRO has William Esme died 1918 aged 79 yrs, which ties in with Shepton Mallet Esme’s birth on the Census of 1842.rnWhat is even stranger, is on the 1911 Census Manchester, Esme is down as head of household with William Edwards wife Annie, married 12 yrs, this ties in with the date William and Annie got married in 1898 but why would William call himself Esme. If he was William Esme, why is it William Edward on his marriage certificate.rnThere is also a Vincent Percival as William Henry’s brother in the Shepton family and William Henry also had a brother names Vincent Percival which again seems to imply it is the same family. rnNone of this explains why there is no record of William Edward for Weston Super Mare and did Annie Rawlings marry her husbands brother Esme. It’s the strangest thing and I have no living relatives to ask. William Edward would have been my great grandad. It’s his marriage certificate that I got the names from, I was hoping to find a baptism record for him.
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Submitted by Pat Hase on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 16:52
I was beginning to think that Esme simply adopted the name William Edward and used it until I discovered that Esme had married in London in 1866. Esme married an Elizabeth WILLIS at St John's Notting Hill Sept 29th 1866. In 1881 Esme and Elizabeth with 4 children were in Fulham. In 1891 Esme was a patient in a London Hospital, Do you know what happened to them after that?
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Submitted by ceriseblack@btinternet.com on Mon, 20/07/2020 - 23:28

Hi Pat, I found Esme in Slaters directory in Denton, now under Tameside near Manchester in 1909 and 1911 and then on the 1911 Census with Annie. I did find who I think was his wife Elizabeth in 1891 Census living with her sister but it said she was a widow, so I’m not really certain but she did have one of the children with her, it’s a real mystery. For now I am going to assume that Esme was William Henry’s brother and keep searching, see what else I can find in the meantime to say otherwise. Even the occupations of being a lithographer are the same for William and Esme. I was hoping the cemetery would answer all my questions but there was no headstone. I will keep plodding on. I’m so glad I joined the site, it’s great just to have someone to share you’re thoughts that understands the issues. My hubby doesn’t like the record searching side but likes to visit the places and look for buildings and gravestones etc. Thanks Sue

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