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Information submitted by rachel cunningham
Your information offspring was my ggggrandfather. born in arlesey 1810 i believe son of thomas webb and ann nee grace. in 1841 census he is married to mary nee miles from stotfold and living in church end arlesey with their children mary age 5 ruth age 2 and eliza few months old. 1851 census they have moved to white horse st arlesey he is an agri lab and his daughters mary 15, ruth 12 and eliza 7 are strawplaiters they also have william aged 5, elizabeth 3, fanny 1 in 1852 another child is born and named offspring - my g.grandfthr.1861 census he is still with mary and all their children except elizabeth who died.offspring is still working as a farm labourer and ruth, eliza, and fanny aged 11 are still plaiting straw. william aged 14 has found employment as a brickmaker well we are talking arlesey aren't we!the young offspring does good becoming a baker and later adds farmer to his occupation. ironically his eldest son arthur offspring the firsts grandson becomes a police constable.arturs younger brother charles was my ggrandfather and made a heap of money supplying horses and carts for the builders of letchworth garden city. for a while he lived at nortonbury farm and then new farm baldock supplying baldock and surrounding area with their daily milk. i would like to to try to trace what happened to the illeg child. it seems the punishment worked offspring 1 seems to have led a quiet life dying in 1862 aged 52.have to say though what a great name for his particular crime...a name which seems to be pretty unique to arlesey from 1800 to about the 1870's had 3 in my family. amazing having his physical description ive got hazel eyes!
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