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02-03-2007, 3:26 PM
I am trying to find a marriage for Daniel Cliff married to Margaret ? in Whitchurch shrops about 1769 ish also his father John Cliff who married Mary Roe Whitechurch about 1840-45 can any one help. I have looked on ancestry parish records with no luck, has anyone got any suggestions please Eileen6
03-03-2007, 9:20 AM
John Cliff married Mary Roe 29 Dec 1744 according to the IGI.
03-03-2007, 9:24 AM
Daniel Cliff married Margaret Reeves 30 Nov 1794 again on the IGI. There are plenty more Cliffs if you search using reference number M037561.
03-03-2007, 11:51 AM
Thankyou Peter your reply was helpful and I will have a look on IGI but how do I find out what they did for a living? Eileen6
03-03-2007, 11:09 PM
Not always easy to find out pre-1837. If you're luckly you may find an inventory of a business following someone's death or maybe they employed an apprentice?
I'm lucky in that my family were clay tobacco pipe makers and their product survives - no good if you're from a long line of bakers I guess.
04-03-2007, 5:34 PM
Thanks again Peter I suppose I can pretend they are anything I like then who's to know HA HA Eileen
05-03-2007, 9:05 AM
I would start by finding a relative who died just after 1837 and applying for their death certificate - that should give their occupation. If you can find the GRO reference from a website like http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
you can apply online - it will cost you £7.
05-03-2007, 9:07 AM
Also marriage certificates should list the occupation of the father as well.
05-05-2008, 10:43 PM
The Cliff family you are refering to lived in Ash Magna near Whitchurch, Eliza the daughter of John Cliff was my great grandmother. I visited Ash Magna a couple of weeks ago and the blacksmiths shop they ran is still there,also I found the family graves in the local church yard. If you would like any more information I will be happy to help.
13-05-2008, 7:15 PM
Hi Eric, I finally found your message and we do have the same relatives then. I can't look at my notes just now as I,m in the middle of decorating but if my memory serves me well I think John Cliff had a son Daniel who was my direct line. I would love to hear more of Ash Magna I had no idea the Cliffs came from there I only had Whitchurch. Any info you have would be gratefully received. Best Wishes Eileen6
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