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Further details for John Yourby from Bedford gaol

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Christening record found on Potton Parish Records, microfilm #0826466. Listed as an illegitimate son. Mother was a servant. No father listed. However, his brothers, George and Joseph both indicated on their respective marriage certificates that their father was Joseph Yourby. Also, Joseph's parents' Joseph and Elizabeth Yourby were living in Potton with some of their children according to the 1841 Census of Potton, Bedfordshire.

Marriage found on IGI. Apparently he was married very early, perhaps 15 or 16 as determined from his christening date (unless his birth was significantly before his christening). Married 25 Jun 1837 Potton, Bedford to Mary Ann Chamberlaine

Death registration found on the FreeBMD Index online for March 1854 Quarter, Biggleswade Registration District, Vol. 3b, p. 218.

Found on the 1841 Census on Biggleswade End, Potton, Bedford. His age was listed as 20 but because ages of adults in this census were rounded down to the nearest multiple of 5 he may have been a little older. He was born in Bedford County. He was working as an agricultural labourer. Enumerated with his wife Mary and daughters Elizabeth and Mary Ann in the household of his parents Joseph and Elizabeth Yourby and siblings: George, Edmund, Susanna, Eliza.

Found on the 1851 Census on Dublin? End, Potton, Bedfordshire. He was reported to be 34 but his age was actually 29-30 years of age, born Potton, Bedfordshire. He was an agricultural labourer. Enumerated with his wife Mary Ann and children: Elizabeth, Mary Ann, John, and Eliza Yourby. (Note: the Ancestry.com index has the surname spelled Yourbs.)

He appears in his daughter Elizabeth's birth certificate as a labourer.

He appears in his daughter Mary Ann's marriage certificate as a gardener (probably market gardener as that was an important activity in Potton and the surrounding area).

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