Friday, 7 May 2010

Marriage of Florence Fitzhenry and Thomas Potton (Berkhampstead 1903)

Another contribution from a Guild of One Name Studies member, Annie Berman.
Annie is conducting the Boustred one name study.
Annie noted that the writing in this register was truly dreadful, and I've put [square brackets] around words that may be incorrect. The date may be the 8th of July.
Marriage solemnized at the church of St Lawrence in Nettleden, Hertfordshire

[9th] July 1903

Thomas Potton, 25 years, bachelor, a brick layer
Resident in Nettleden
Son of Cabel Potton a bricklayer
Florence Fitzhenry aged 28 years spinster
Resident in [Nettleden]
Daughter of Matthew Fitzhenry a [gentleman]

Both parties signed
Witnesses: Thomas Holliday and Bertha Potton.
The witnesses were themselves married in 1907.

Who was Florence? She was a long way from home as she was the fourth of seven children born in Liverpool to Matthew and Mary Fitzhenry. Matthew was a blacksmith born in 1829 in Wexford Ireland, and he was the son of Edward Fitzhenry and Ellen Kavanagh of Wexford.
To view the whole of this large family group (which has a large offshoot in Australia too) follow this link
to the Fitzhenry database.

In the 1901 census Florence had been living with her widowed older sister Josephine Kelsall (nee Fitzhenry) and her four chidren, and was supporting the family finances as a dressmaker. Any information as to why she found herself in Hertfordshire 2 years later would be gratefully received.

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