William WATKIN

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peterandrita
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My name is Peter Fitz. I live in Australia but was born and raised in Coventry. My sister Jane and I are compiling a family tree.
Our forebears emanate from Shropshire, principally around Bishops Castle.
Our ancestors names include BUTLER, ROBINSON,PERKIN, EDMONDS, WATKIN and BEAMOND amongst many others.

We believe our grandmother Ethel Annie BUTLER'S mother, Lucy WATKIN ( born 1864) father was William WATKIN  and her mother was Ann EDMONDS.
They were married 1861 (Clun Salop) We have struck a snag with William WATKIN and his lineage and cannot prove to our satisfaction that the foregoing is actual fact. In the 1871 UK census Ann and Lucy WATKIN are listed as living at 18 Colebatch which we believe is a farming hamlet 1 to 2 miles outside Bishops Castle.
Any help with confirming William WATKIN in our tree would be appreciated. He probably died between Lucy being born 1864 and the 1871 census.

Wendy Lund
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Colebatch is, indeed, a hamlet 1 mile south of BC.  I have been looking into its history on and off and remember the name WATKIN, as well as several COLEBATCHs coming up.  I'll have a look and post details at some point soon-ish.

peterandrita
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Any luck with that Wendy ?

Merry Christmas and prosperous 2017

Regards

Peter and Rita Fitz

Peter John
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Peter & Rita,

It would seem that some of the answers to your questions may be found in Findmypast.

Therein is an image of the (1861) Banns for William WATKIN & Ann EDMONDS, along with an image of the burial record for William on 5th January 1869. With regard to the latter (3 entries below) you will also see a burial record for a John GWILLIAM.

Additionally, if you search within the FMP Newspapers section simply using the keyword: Colebatch (but without also entering William's forename or surname) and then narrow the search results by choosing January 1869 you will be presented with just 3 results.

The first result, from the Wellington Journal issue of 16th January 1869, contains an article which relates to William's death on New Year's Day of that year. It also mentions the death of a J GWILLIAM in the same incident.

Peter

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Thanks Peter, That's great information and a fresh starting point in our search.

Happy New Year. If you come across anything else, please post,

Kind regards

Peter Fitz