I've been watching episodes from the UK's "Who Do You Think You Are Are,"and have been reviewing my records on a pre-civil registration family in Dorset, England.
John Ellis, born abt 1760-1761 (possibly Dorset, England), married, 5 Aug 1790 (by license), Sarah Cox, in Dorchester Holy Trinity parish, Dorchester, Dorset, England. John Ellis was listed as being "of the parish of Hounslow" and Sarah Cox was listed as being "of the parish [of Dorchester Holy Trinity]." Both John and Sarah signed their names, and the witnesses to the marriage were George Hann and Thomas Hardy.
Before John and Sarah married, they had a son, George, baptized 9 April 1790 in Holy Trinity parish, Dorchester, Dorset, England. Their first legitimate child, Thomas, was baptized in Holy Trinity parish, on the 5 July 1791. Their other children were Mary Russell, Elizabeth, Robert, Ann, Michael John, Sarah, Mary, and Jane. Burial records have been found for George Ellis/Cox, Mary Russell, and Robert. Further records have been found for Thomas, Michael John, Sarah, and Jane.
On 1 December 1796, in the parish of Dorchester Holy Trinity, George Hann married Ann Cox, both of the parish, by banns. The witnesses to the marriage were Thomas Bessant and Sarah Ellis. The signatures of George Hann and the signatures of Sarah Ellis/Sarah Cox matches the ones from the marriage of Sarah Cox to John Ellis.
George Hann and Ann (Cox) Hann had at least four children: William, Mary, Robert, and Charles. Burial records have been found for William and Mary. No further records have been found for Robert or Charles.
The families of John Ellis and George Hann both lived in Shire Hall Lane in Dorchester. John was a blacksmith; George's occupation is currently unknown.
Sarah (Cox) Ellis, wife of John Ellis, of the parish of Dorchester Holy Trinity was buried 19 November 1820, aged 58 years, in St. Peter's Parish, Dorchester. That gives a birth year of approximately 1762.
Ann (Cox) Hann, wife of George Hann, of the parish of Dorchester Holy Trinity, was buried on 21 January 1817, in St. Peter's Parish, Dorchester, aged 48 years. That gives a birth year of approximately 1768.
George Hann, of the parish of Dorchester Holy Trinity, was buried 13 May 1817, in St. Peter's Parsh, aged 49 years. This gives a birth year of approximately 1767.
I've not been able to find the death record of John Ellis. I've been able to track him on the 1841 and 1851 censuses with his son Michael John Ellis, and both censuses indicate the John Ellis was born in Dorset [somewhat conflicting with the "of the parish of Hounslow" from the marriage register. Thomas Ellis had emigrated from England to New York in 1837 and from there moved to Canada by 1851.
I've also not been able to find the baptisms of Sarah Cox, Ann Cox, or George Hann in the parish records for Dorchester Holy Trinity or other Dorchester parishes.
I'm not familiar enough with English records nor do I have the ability to get at some of these records.
This family married into a branch of a family that married into a branch of one of my RICHARDSON branches. Until I hit this snag, I was doing well on the ELLIS family. I think that Sarah and Ann Cox are relatives in some way, possibly sisters.
(c) Sara Gredler, 2012