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    Default Alonzo James WEECH - mystery?

    I have come across a situation that I cannot fully grasp.

    Alonzo was born in Walton Somerset in 1855 (Vol 5c page 535) and baptised on 9 Mar 1856.
    Alonzo was also born in Walton in 1856 (Vol 5c page 583). There is also a 2nd baptism record for the same date but does not show any reference. Is it possibly a duplicate? Both were listed in a FMP search.

    I have ordered both Birth certificates.

    The real mystery is that I cannot find any other record for Alonzo. He does not appear on any census. A GRO search failed to find a death certificate. There is a death certificate for Alonza Jane WEECH in 1856 though. Is it possible that this is him and the information is very inaccurate?

    Can anyone guide me to determining what happened to poor Alonzo?

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    Both birth reg are on the GRO too.

    WEECH, ALONZA JAMES MMN NORTON
    GRO Reference: 1855 D Quarter in WELLS Volume 05C Page 535

    WEECH, ALONZA JAMES MMN NORTON
    GRO Reference: 1856 D Quarter in WELLS Volume 05C Page 583

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    I found Several of the children on the GRO with MMN Norton.

    There's a marraige of a George Wych to Eliza Norton 1845,the image of the cert is available to view on Ancestry.

    1861 census
    POSSIBLY Transcribed as WICK.

    George Wick 40
    Eliza Wick 39
    William Wick 10
    Henry Wick 9
    James Wick 4
    Mary Wick. 2

    Hill Rd Walton

    1871
    This could be them.

    George Weech 55
    Eliza Weech 40
    William Weech 22
    Henry Weech 18
    James Weech 14
    Mary J Weech 12
    Elisha Weech 8
    Elizabeth Victory 20

    Compton Dundo
    Langport Somerton ,Somerset.

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    It is possible that these are two babies - people who lost one child often named the next one after the deceased sibling. That doesn’t explain the lack of death cents though, although Alonza Jane could be the baby born in 1855...

    Do you know who the parents were? Are there other Weech births in the area? It looks to me like a name that would inevitably attract mis-spelling!

    (Message crossed with Pamela’s).

    Looking at the children listed in #3, I’d investigate the child listed as James...

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    The 1856 death for Alonza Jane Weech is a female, according to the GRO.
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    It looks as though the first child died then they named the next child with the same name but referred to him as James.
    Image of the burial register on Ancestry.

    Name: Alonzo James Wych
    Age: 5/12
    Birth Year: abt 1855
    Burial Date: 19 Mar 1856
    Burial Place: Compton Dundon, Somerset, England

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    Thank you all so much, in a couple of hours I have more answers than I could discover in 2 days. I did wonder about an infant death and using the same name for the next child.

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    Since posting this I have revisited it several times to continue the life of Alonzo II
    He appears with the family on the 1861 census as James Wick age 4.
    In 1871 he is again James Weech aged 14. I have been unable to locate any information beyond this either as Alonzo or James.

    I would appreciate any input as this is the only obstacle I have been unable to overcome to date.

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    it looks like we can discount the James Weech who married Jane Luxton in 1894. He was born at Wiveliscombe in about 1864.

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    I did look at him for a while but his father was John Weech.

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