Ancestors of Adam and Emma Jackson


Francis BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0706 # was born in Jan 1766 in Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 26 Jan 1766 in Church of Saint Peter and St Paul, Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He died 3 on 09 Sep 1820 in Aylsham, Norfolk. He was buried 4 on 13 Sep 1820 in Heckingham, Norfolk. Francis married 5 Elizabeth REVELL-R0703 # on 26 Oct 1790 in St Gregory's Church, Heckingham, Norfolk.

Francis worked as Farmer.

Francis made and signed his Will (See Scrapbook) on the 4th Jun 1819. It was proved on the 11th Dec 1820.

Elizabeth REVELL [Parents]-R0703 # was born about Aug 1762 in Woodton, Norfolk. She was christened on 08 Aug 1762. She died 1 on 20 Jun 1848 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried 2, 3 on 23 Jun 1848 in St Gregory's Church, Heckingham, Norfolk. Elizabeth married 4 Francis BLUNDERFIELD-B0706 # on 26 Oct 1790 in St Gregory's Church, Heckingham, Norfolk.

Elizabeth was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was described as aged 75 to 79 years and of Independant Means.

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth BLUNDERFIELD-B0618 was born on 01 Nov 1791. She died on 24 Aug 1831.
  F ii Susannah BLUNDERFIELD-B0619 was born on 06 Nov 1793.
  F iii
Martha BLUNDERFIELD-B0613 was born on 29 Sep 1795. She was christened 1 on 04 Oct 1795 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She died on 08 Feb 1802 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried 2 on 11 Feb 1802 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk.
  M iv Francis BLUNDERFIELD-B0604 # was born on 30 Nov 1797. He died on 25 Jun 1881 from senile decay, apoplexy.
  M v Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0611 was born on 01 Nov 1799. He died on 05 Aug 1874.
  F vi
Mary BLUNDERFIELD-B0612 was born on 22 Sep 1803 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 22 Sep 1803 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She died 2 on 20 May 1811 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried 3 on 04 Jun 1811 in St Gregory's, Heckingham, Norfolk.
  M vii Henry BLUNDERFIELD-B0614 was born on 12 May 1805. He died on 20 Jan 1883.

Benjamin SAUNDERS 1-S0406 died after 1917. Benjamin married 2 Maria RACKHAM-R0402 on 25 May 1882 in Saint Peter, Gunton, Suffolk.

Benjamin worked as Butcher.

Maria RACKHAM [Parents]-R0402 was born on 24 Dec 1856 in Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was christened on 03 Jul 1859. Maria married 1 Benjamin SAUNDERS-S0406 on 25 May 1882 in Saint Peter, Gunton, Suffolk.

Maria was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 23 Dukes Head Street, Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was described as daughter aged 4 years. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in The Beccles Road, Burgh Saint Peter, Norfolk. She was described as a Farmer's daughter aged 14 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Turnpike, Gunton, Suffolk. She was described as a Farmer's daughter, unmarried aged 24 years.


John FISKE 1-F0703 died in ?. John married Sarah HADINGHAM-H0704.

Sarah HADINGHAM [Parents] 1-H0704 was born about Apr 1770 in Westhall, Suffolk. She was christened 2 on 15 Apr 1770 in Westhall, Suffolk. Sarah married John FISKE-F0703.


William RICHES [Parents] 1, 2-R0704 # was born about May 1757 in Fritton, Norfolk. He was christened on 29 May 1757 in Fritton, Norfolk. He died on 24 Dec 1845 in Fritton, Norfolk. He was buried on 31 Dec 1845 in Fritton, Norfolk. William married Mary PAGE-P0701 # on 26 Feb 1799 in St Edmund's Church, Thurne, Norfolk.

William worked as Farmer on 26 Feb 1799 in Fritton Hall, Norfolk. He was counted in a census on 06 Jun 1841 in Stubbs Green, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as aged 80 to 84 years, of Independant Means.

Mary PAGE-P0701 # was born about 1771. She died in Nov 1821 in Fritton, Norfolk. She was buried on 14 Nov 1821 in Fritton, Norfolk. Mary married William RICHES-R0704 # on 26 Feb 1799 in St Edmund's Church, Thurne, Norfolk.

They had the following children.

  M i William RICHES-R0607 was born on 01 Jan 1800. He died on 30 Apr 1886.
  F ii Charlotte RICHES-R0608 was born on 19 Feb 1801.
  M iii George RICHES-R0609 was born on 29 Aug 1802. He died on 15 Feb 1892.
  F iv Mary Ann RICHES-R0602 # was born on 30 Jan 1804. She died on 23 Dec 1888.
  F v
Elizabeth RICHES 1-R0610 was born on 12 Nov 1805 in Fritton, Norfolk. She was christened on 01 Dec 1805 in Fritton, Norfolk.
  F vi Tabitha RICHES-R0611 was born on 22 May 1807. She died on 02 Nov 1883.
  F vii
Maria RICHES 1-R0612 was born on 23 Feb 1809 in Fritton, Norfolk. She was christened on 26 Feb 1809 in Fritton, Norfolk.
  M viii John RICHES-R0613 was born on 15 Jun 1810.
  M ix
James RICHES 1-R0614 was born on 03 May 1812 in Fritton, Norfolk. He was christened on 03 May 1812 in Fritton, Norfolk.
  M x Richard RICHES-R0615 was born on 21 Feb 1814. He died on 23 Jun 1896.

Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0802 # was born about Mar 1740 in Loddon, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 28 Mar 1740 in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 2 on 19 Oct 1815 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was buried 3 on 25 Oct 1815 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. Thomas married 4 Martha NORTON-N0801 # on 26 Mar 1765 in Norwich, St George Tombland, Norfolk.

Thomas had a will on 04 Jun 1814 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He worked as Yeoman.

Other marriages:
BRUNING, Mary

The Heckingham Parish Registers are, in places confusing. The same register was used for baptisms and burials at the nearby Heckingham House of Industry (Workhouse), as well as at St Gregory's Church. Between 1778 and 1781, the baptisms of their children appear amongst numerous 'base born' children, presumably from the workhouse.

It seems very unlikely that Thomas and Martha's family were ever in the workhouse, because, when Thomas died in 1815, his Will showed that he owned several properties and made substantial bequests. He also devised lands at Heckingham and Thurlton to his eldest son Francis.

The Blunderfields were a family of some standing in Heckingham and many register entries, emphasise that the baptism or burial was 'at the Church'.

Martha NORTON [Parents]-N0801 # was born about 1740 in Brooke, Norfolk. She died 1 on 20 Nov 1783 in Heckingham, Norfolk from complications during childbirth. She was buried 2 on 23 Nov 1783 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. Martha married 3 Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0802 # on 26 Mar 1765 in Norwich, St George Tombland, Norfolk.

They had the following children.

  M i Francis BLUNDERFIELD-B0706 # was born in Jan 1766. He died on 09 Sep 1820.
  M ii
Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0707 was born about Jun 1767 in Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 01 Jun 1767 in Church of Saint Peter and St Paul, Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He died in Jun 1767 in Bergh Apton, Norfolk. He was buried 2 on 13 Jun 1767 in Church of Saint Peter and St Paul, Bergh Apton, Norfolk.
  M iii Henry BLUNDERFIELD-B0717 was born about Jun 1768. He died on 11 Mar 1835.
  F iv Lydia BLUNDERFIELD-B0709 was born about Dec 1769. She died on 31 Jan 1832.
  M v Samuel BLUNDERFIELD-B0723 was born about Apr 1772. He died on 21 May 1846.
  F vi Charlotte BLUNDERFIELD-B0720 was born about May 1773. She died about Aug 1857.
  F vii Martha BLUNDERFIELD-B0705 was born about Dec 1774. She died after Jun 1814.
  F viii Mary BLUNDERFIELD-B0721 was born about Apr 1776. She died after Jun 1814.
  M ix
Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0716 was born about Jul 1777 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was christened on 20 Jul 1777 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died in Jun 1778 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was buried on 28 Jun 1778 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk.
  M x Benjamin BLUNDERFIELD-B0715 was born about Sep 1778. He died about Aug 1850.
  M xi
Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0708 was born about Feb 1780 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 21 Feb 1780 in St Gregory's Church, Heckingham, Norfolk. He died in Mar 1780 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was buried 2 on 19 Mar 1780 in St Gregory's Church, Heckingham, Norfolk.
  M xii Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0714 was born about Apr 1781. He died on 12 Feb 1829 from Cholera.
  F xiii
Esther BLUNDERFIELD-B0713 was born about 20 Nov 1783 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 20 Nov 1783 in St Gregory's, Heckingham, Norfolk. She died 2 on 11 Jan 1784 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried 3 on 17 Jan 1784 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk.

Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents]-B0802 # was born about Mar 1740 in Loddon, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 28 Mar 1740 in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 2 on 19 Oct 1815 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was buried 3 on 25 Oct 1815 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. Thomas married 4, 5 Mary BRUNING-B0803 on 16 May 1785 in Heckingham, Norfolk.

Thomas had a will on 04 Jun 1814 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He worked as Yeoman.

Other marriages:
NORTON, Martha

The Heckingham Parish Registers are, in places confusing. The same register was used for baptisms and burials at the nearby Heckingham House of Industry (Workhouse), as well as at St Gregory's Church. Between 1778 and 1781, the baptisms of their children appear amongst numerous 'base born' children, presumably from the workhouse.

It seems very unlikely that Thomas and Martha's family were ever in the workhouse, because, when Thomas died in 1815, his Will showed that he owned several properties and made substantial bequests. He also devised lands at Heckingham and Thurlton to his eldest son Francis.

The Blunderfields were a family of some standing in Heckingham and many register entries, emphasise that the baptism or burial was 'at the Church'.

Mary BRUNING-B0803 was born about 1739 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She died 1 on 27 Oct 1815 in Heckingham, Norfolk. She was buried 2 on 30 Oct 1815 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk. Mary married 3, 4 Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0802 # on 16 May 1785 in Heckingham, Norfolk.

They had the following children.

  M i
John BLUNDERFIELD-B0710 was born on 10 Aug 1785 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 14 Aug 1785 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He died 2 on 31 Mar 1793 in Heckingham, Norfolk. He was buried 3 on 02 Apr 1793 in the Church of Saint Gregory in Heckingham, Norfolk.
  F ii Alice BLUNDERFIELD-B0711 was born on 27 Nov 1786. She died on 16 Feb 1836.
  M iii Joseph Bruning BLUNDERFIELD-B0712 was born on 05 Jan 1789. He died in Aug 1845.

George BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0501 was born 2 on 29 Aug 1829 in Hales, Norfolk. He was christened 3 on 27 Sep 1829 in Holy Trinity, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 4 on 04 Nov 1886 in Cawston, Norfolk. He was buried 5 on 06 Nov 1886 in St Agnes, Cawston, Norfolk. George married 6 Sarah Ann GEORGE-G0514 about Nov 1880 in Yarmouth RD, Norfolk.

George was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Magdalen Street, Norwich St Saviour, Norfolk. He was described as aged 10 years (probably boarding whilst at school in Norwich). He was counted in a census on 28 Aug 1850 in Township of Convis, Calhoun County, Michigan, USA. He was described as aged 20 years and working on a farm. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Church Farm, Heckingham. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 41 years, working as a Farmer of 134 acres, employing 4 men and 1 boy. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Southtown Rd, No 4 Brighton Terrace, Gorleston, Suffolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 51 years, a Retired Farmer. His will was probated on 14 Feb 1887 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Other marriages:
SPURGEON, Anna Maria

George emigrated to the USA in 1844 and was working on a farm in Michigan.However, this was the era of the 49'ers and the gold rush. He and and some friends were amongst the first to cross America on the famous Oregon Wagon Trail, with numerous adventures (including encounters with indians) on the way. It's not known if he struck it rich but sometime between 1860 and 1863 he returned to Norfolk, where he married and settled down. A full account of his adventures can be read at http://www.jacksontree.co.uk/Blunderfield_George_B0501.htm

Sarah Ann GEORGE [Parents]-G0514 was born about 1839 in Dunham, Norfolk. She died 1 on 12 Mar 1911 in Norwich, Norfolk from Cardiac dilation. Syncope. Sarah married 2 George BLUNDERFIELD-B0501 about Nov 1880 in Yarmouth RD, Norfolk.

Sarah was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Church Farm, Oulton, Norfolk. She was described as a Servant, unmarried, aged 30 years, working as a Housekeeper. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Southtown Rd, No 4 Brighton Terrace, Gorleston, Suffolk. She was described as Wife aged 45 years. She was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Town, Cawston, Norfolk. She was described as Head of family, a Widow aged 52 years, living on own means. She was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in 71, Gloucester Street, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Head of family, a Widow aged 62 years, living on own means.

Prior to her death in March 1911, Sarah lived at 83, Unthank Road in Norwich.


Arthur Thomas BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0423 was born 2 on 22 Oct 1874 in Poringland, Norfolk. He was christened 3 on 15 Nov 1874 in Saint Mary, Sisland, Norfolk. He died 4 on 28 Feb 1954 in the West Norfolk Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. He was buried in Mar 1954. Arthur married 5, 6 Faith Louisa Carver STARLING-S0408 on 17 Sep 1902 in Saint Peter, Hockwold, Norfolk.

Arthur was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Gt Poringland St, Poringland, Norfolk. He was described as Son aged 6 years, a Scholar. He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Blackdyke Farm, Hockwold, Norfolk. He was described as Son, unmarried, aged 25 years, working on Farm (there is a note recording 'Withered? Limb'). He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Globe Street, Methwold, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 35 years, working as a Hawker (self employed). When the National Register was compiled on the 29th of September 1939, He was living at Heath Farm, Downham, Norfolk. He was described as a General Dealer. Date of Birth was recorded as 22 Oct 1874. His will was probated on 10 Apr 1954 in Norwich, Norfolk.

Received a legacy from his Uncle George BLUNDERFIELD (B0501), Gentleman of Cawston, when his Will was proved in February 1887

In 1904, Arthur held the licence for the Cock Inn, High Street, Methwold, Norfolk

In the 1925 edition of Kellys Directory, Arthur was listed as a Poultry Dealer of Methwold.

Prior to his death in February 1954, Arthur was living at Heath Farm, Feltwell in Norfolk

Faith Louisa Carver STARLING 1-S0408 was born on 16 Feb 1873 in Ashby Saint Mary, Norfolk. She was christened on 16 Mar 1873. She died 2 on 17 Jan 1951 in the West Norfolk Hospital, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. She was buried in Jan 1951. Faith married 3, 4 Arthur Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0423 on 17 Sep 1902 in Saint Peter, Hockwold, Norfolk.

Faith was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Globe Street, Methwold, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 36 years. Married for 9 years and given birth to 5 children of which 4 are still living Her will was probated on 09 Feb 1951 in Norwich, Norfolk. When the National Register was compiled on the 29th of September 1939, She was living at Heath Farm, Downham, Norfolk. She was described as a Housekeeper. Date of Birth was recorded as 16 Feb 1873.

According to Jean Bellamy in L56, Faith was the first cousin of Arthur.

In January 1951, Faith and Arthur had Heath Farm, Feltwell, Norfolk

They had the following children.

  M i
Geoffrey James BLUNDERFIELD-B0385 was born 1 about Feb 1903 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. He died 2 about Feb 1903 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

The birth of Geoffrey came to light when the 1911 census was released, it shows that five children had been born to Arthur and Faith but that one had died. A search of Free BMD soon revealed that Geoffrey was born and died at a time and place where Arthur and Thomas probably where.
  M ii Ernest Arthur BLUNDERFIELD-B0309 was born on 20 Jan 1904. He died on 08 Sep 1989.
  M iii Francis James BLUNDERFIELD-B0310 was born on 21 Apr 1906. He died on 06 Jan 1976.
  M iv Percy David BLUNDERFIELD-B0311 was born on 05 Dec 1907. He died on 22 Jun 1984.
  F v Bessie Jane BLUNDERFIELD-B0312 was born on 22 Feb 1910. She died on 27 Jul 1992.

Samuel SHARDELOW 1, 2-S0703 was born about 1770 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died after Jun 1814. Samuel married 3 Martha BLUNDERFIELD-B0705 on 06 Oct 1795 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.

Samuel is mentioned in the will of his wife's father which was signed on the 4th June 1814.

Martha BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] 1-B0705 was born about Dec 1774 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She was christened 2 on 29 Dec 1774 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She died after Jun 1814. Martha married 3 Samuel SHARDELOW-S0703 on 06 Oct 1795 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.

Martha is mentioned in the will of her father which was signed on the 4th June 1814.

They had the following children.

  M i
Samuel SHARDELOW-S0616 was born on 29 Feb 1796 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was baptized on 06 Mar 1796 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died in Mar 1796. He was buried on 25 Mar 1796 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  M ii
Thomas SHARDELOW-S0617 was born on 02 Sep 1797 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was baptized on 03 Sep 1797 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died in Dec 1797 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was buried on 03 Dec 1797 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  F iii
Hannah SHARDELOW-S0618 was born on 22 Nov 1798 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She was baptized on 25 Nov 1798 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  M iv
Edward SHARDELOW-S0619 was born on 17 Sep 1800 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was baptized on 21 Sep 1800 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  M v
Samuel SHARDELOW-S0613 was born on 23 Jun 1803 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 26 Jun 1803 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  M vi
Thomas Blunderfield SHARDELOW-S0614 was born on 26 Jun 1807 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 28 Jun 1807 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He died 2 on 14 Aug 1885 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  M vii
Benjamin Blunderfield SHARDELOW-S0615 was born on 26 Aug 1809 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. He was christened 1 on 27 Aug 1809 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.
  F viii
Charlotte Blunderfield SHARDELOW-S0612 was born on 13 Apr 1811 in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 21 Apr 1811 in the Church of Saint Mary in Norton Subcourse, Norfolk.

Jabez Richard BLUNDERFIELD [Parents] [scrapbook]-B0524 was born 1 about Oct 1838 in Loddon, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 04 Nov 1838 in Holy Trinity, Loddon, Norfolk. He died 3 about Aug 1927 in Walsingham, Norfolk. Jabez married 4, 5 Catherine STEVENS-S0513 on 26 May 1862 in Saint Peter per Mountgate, Norwich, Norfolk.

Jabez was counted in a census on 07 Jun 1841 in Hales Hall Farm, Loddon, Norfolk. He was described as aged 2 years. He was counted in a census on 30 Mar 1851 in Magdalen St, Pawseys Yard, Norwich St Saviour, NFK. He was described as Scholar, aged 12 years, boarding in Norwich. He was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in 12, Briggs's Street, Norwich, Norfolk. He was described as Draper's Assistant, unmarried, aged 20 . He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Bridewell Street, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 31 years, working as a Grocer and Draper. He was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Commerce House, Common Place, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 40 years, working as a Grocer and Draper (Master) employing 1 assistant. He was counted in a census on 05 Apr 1891 in Bridewell Street, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, a Widower aged 50 years, working as a Grocer and Draper (Master). He was counted in a census on 31 Mar 1901 in Common Place, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 61 years, working as a Grocer and Draper - Shopkeeper. He was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1911 in Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Head of family, married, aged 73 years, working as a Grocer and Draper.

Other marriages:
JOHNSON, Kate Charlotte

The name Jabez (which is Hebrew for 'height') came into use in the 17thC and continued to be used, especially by Dissenters, until the 19thC.

William White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk 1883, has the following entry:
Blunderfield, Jabez Richard milliner, draper and grocer, Common place, Little Walsingham.

About 14 years after the death of Catherine, his first wife, Jabez married Kate Johnson in 1897. Kate was recorded as an assistant in his shop at the time of the 1891 census.

Catherine STEVENS-S0513 was born 1 on 03 Nov 1829 in Norwich, Norfolk. She was christened 1 on 08 Nov 1829 in Saint Peter per Mountgate, Norwich, Norfolk. She died 2 about Nov 1883 in Walsingham, Norfolk. Catherine married 3, 4 Jabez Richard BLUNDERFIELD-B0524 on 26 May 1862 in Saint Peter per Mountgate, Norwich, Norfolk.

Catherine was counted in a census on 08 Apr 1861 in St Faiths Lane, Norwich, Norfolk. She was described as Dressmaker, unmarried, aged 29. She was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Bridewell Street, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 39 years. She was counted in a census on 03 Apr 1881 in Commerce House, Common Place, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She was described as Wife aged 46 years.

Daughter of William Stevens & Mary Ann. William was solicitor's writing clerk.

They had the following children.

  M i
Thomas Rust BLUNDERFIELD-B04GM was born on 29 Apr 1862 in Norwich, Norfolk. He died on 02 Jul 1862 in Norwich, Norfolk from Diarrhea. He was buried 1 in Earlham Cemetery, Norwich, Norfolk.

There is some mystery regarding the father's identity.
The birth was registered on the 1st May 1862 by the father Thomas Blunderfield, a Hawker of Earthenware, of Stepping Lane, St Peter per Mountergate, Norwich. The death was registered on the 5th July 1862 by a Mary Moore, who was present at the death in Brocks Buildings, Oak Street, Norwich. Mary, who it is thought was a lodging house keeper, gave the father's name as Thomas Rust Blunderfield. When the child was buried at Earlham Cemetery in Norwich, the father's name was again stated as Thomas Rust Blunderfield.

The mother, Catherine Steven’s, married Jabez Richard Blunderfield on 26th May 1862 at St Peter per Mountergate, Norwich. They married by Licence issued on the 19th May (quicker and more private than banns which would have had to be read in the grooms parish - probably in Norwich rather than his family's parish of Loddon). There were four witnesses all with the surname Stevens (her brothers and sisters);  no Blunderfield witness. Was it a secret wedding? Was it announced in the newspaper?

Other than the child, there are no Thomas Rust Blunderfields in the GRO registers (B,M or D). He cannot be found in any of the Census years, particularly Norwich in 1861 and 1871. Admittedly, a hawker may not have had a fixed abode and perhaps would avoid official records whenever possible. There is only one Thomas Blunderfield currently on the family tree who is 'unaccounted for' - B0652, but he was born in 1811 and, if still living, was probably in London like the rest of his family by 1861.

There are a number of possible explanations:

Jabez, whilst in Norwich,  may have been using the alias Thomas in preference to Jabez. If this was the case, why falsify the occupation and marital status of Catherine on the birth certificate.

Jabez, working as a 22 year old drapers assistant in Norwich gets Catherine pregnant. Jabez, who is from a respectable church going family, would probably have not told his parents, so when the child is born, Jabez registers the birth under a false name (the Hawker Thomas) and says that Catherine was married. When it appears that the child will survive, Jabez does the right thing by Catherine and marries her, perhaps in secret, 4 weeks later. When the child died on the 2nd July 1862, although now married, they have to give the father’s name as Thomas to be consistent with the birth certificate - although this means that Mary Moore, the informant, was told of the deception.

There may actually be a Thomas Rust Blunderfield, hawker of earthenware, who got Catherine pregnant but then disappeared soon after he registered the birth. Jabez steps in and marries Catherine – even though people would assume the child was his. In this case the father’s name and occupation are stated truly on the certificates but that Catherine was married is again untrue.

I can’t help feeling that the Rust middle name must have some significance.

It would be interesting to see if they had the child baptised – there was enough time. Would they be more truthful to the church?
  M ii Jabez Francis BLUNDERFIELD-B0433 was born on 10 Aug 1863. He died in Jan 1945.
  F iii
Mary Ann Catherine BLUNDERFIELD-B04EJ was born 1 about Nov 1864 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She was christened 2 on 16 Dec 1864 in Saint Mary's, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She died 3 in Dec 1864 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk.
  F iv
Kate Elizabeth BLUNDERFIELD-B04GC was born 1 on 10 Jan 1866 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She was christened 2 on 26 Aug 1866 in Wesleyan Methodist Circuit, Walsingham, Norfolk. She died 3 about Nov 1866 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk.
  F v
Rosa Maria BLUNDERFIELD-B04GD was born 1 about Aug 1867 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. She died 2 about May 1868 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk.
  F vi Ellen Laura BLUNDERFIELD-B0434 was born about May 1870. She died about Nov 1906.
  M vii
George Thomas BLUNDERFIELD-B0472 was born 1 on 01 Apr 1871 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 14 Oct 1871 in Saint Mary's, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He died 3 about Feb 1872 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk.

George was counted in a census on 02 Apr 1871 in Bridewell Street, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was described as Son aged 1 day.

The order of names given by his parents in the birth registration, 1871 census and death registration (in 1872) was George Thomas, however, the baptism register records the name as Thomas George - which must be a clerical.
  M viii
Henry Charles BLUNDERFIELD-B04EK was born 1 about Feb 1873 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He was christened 2 on 06 Apr 1873 in Saint Mary's, Little Walsingham, Norfolk. He died 3 about Nov 1873 in Little Walsingham, Norfolk.

Both the GRO Birth and Death Indexes list him has Henry Charles but the baptism entry in the parish register shows him as Charles Henry.

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