View Full Version : MUCKRIDGE/MOCKERIDGE/SPERRING Somerset
20-02-2011, 9:56 PM
I have just discovered that my great great grandfather was baptised as John Mockeridge in 1818. He had become John Sperring by 1851. His baptism was in Compton Martin and was also back living there by 1871 after a career in the Royal Marines. If anyone has information I'd be really grateful. I may have chipped a bit off a brickwall but it's still as clear as mud
20-02-2011, 10:04 PM
Clear as mud to you, even less clear to me:confused5:
Can you tell us a little more? How have you established the surname change? What other info do you have which you can share that may enable us to help you? Do you have his parents' names or siblings? Any extra info you can supply may be useful.
20-02-2011, 10:16 PM
Using resources available to me I have been unable to find a christening for John Muckeridge/ Mockridge in Compton Martin about 1818.
I have found this baptism, is he not your chap?
John Sperring: 31 Mar 1816 Chilcompton, parents: James and Ann
20-02-2011, 10:37 PM
Is this him in 1851 where the census records him as born in Chilcompton?
1851, living: Woolwich. HO107/Piece1588/Folio339/Page18 (Crown copyright, in care of TNA)
John Sperring 36, Royal Marines, Chilcompton
Mary Sperring 34, Gurney Slade, Somerset
James Sperring 2 MO, Woolwich
20-02-2011, 10:46 PM
I see you have another thread relating to the names Sperring/Muckeridge, the info there may help other members trying to help you on this thread.
20-02-2011, 10:58 PM
This record which appears to relate to your chap, can be downloaded for £3.50
21-02-2011, 8:38 AM
I have just discovered that my great great grandfather was baptised as John Mockeridge in 1818. He had become John Sperring by 1851. His baptism was in Compton Martin ...
Is this the christening from FreeREG?
John MOCKERIDGE on 31 May 1818 at St Michael the Archangel, Compton Martin. Parents William and Martha
There is this Mockeridge/Sperring marriage ...
Marriage on 05 Sep 1810 at Blagdon, Somerset of William Mockeridge of the parish of Nempnett to Martha Sperring. By licence.
21-02-2011, 7:43 PM
Thank you for all your responses. To answer Olliecat first, yes that's probably his baptism and the marriage certainly fits. I shall have to do some guesswork to find out why he kept changing the surname - perhaps Martha died so he decided to use her surname for a few years? Another confusion (!) is that there were 2 John Sperrings in the marines, both married within a year of each other. The one referred to by Lizzie is the John Sperring who came from Chilcompton. he died about 1860. A couple of years ago I got in a real tangle over those two. I'm just going to download the record that Lizzie mentions and have another cogitate
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