Saturday, December 12, 2015

Joseph Sealy of Chudleigh

This is taken from the 1851 census for Chudleigh, Devonsire, England,
Joseph Sealey, head, married, 73, Chelsea pensioner, born Chudleigh, Devon; Elizabeth, wife, age 79, born at Hennock; William Bolt, son-in-law, age 52, house servant, born Powderham; Sarah Bolt, daughter, age 51, dressmaker, born Chudleigh; John Sealy Bolt, grandson, unmarried, age 25, journeyman carpenter, born Chudleigh; Mary Ann Bolt, granddaughter, unmarried, age 16, at home, born Chudleigh; William Bolt, grandson, age 11, scholar, born Chudleigh.

Census records like this are a treasure because they tie people together. From this record we learn where Joseph and his wife, Elizabeth were born. That is helpful for further research. We also find out about his daughter, Sarah, and her family. There are three generations living together in this household! Their address was 15 Culver Street.

Parish records tell us that Joseph was born 12 December 1779 and christened on 10 January 1780. His parents were Philip and Grace Sealy. He had at least one sibling, a sister named Betty. While we don't know when he died, we do know that it was after the 1851 census. Since Sarah was born in 1800, we can estimate Joseph and Elizabeth's marriage at 1799. Not having an actual marriage record, we do not know her maiden name. It is likely they were married at her home of Hennock, but it could also have been at Chudleigh, it being a "thriving metropolis." The distance between these two places is a staggering 3.5 miles, Hennock being on the west side of the River Teign, and Chudleigh on the east. Hennock is a small moorland village, recorded in the Domesday Book, and situated just inside the SE edge of the Dartmoor National Park, with tremendous views over the rolling countryside. Chudleigh was featured in an earlier post in September.

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