Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Margaret (DAWES) TESTER Family

Margaret born 19 Feb 1848 was the last child of Thomas Dawes and Ann Langridge. She was baptised 18 May 1846 in Hold Cross Church, Uckfield and was only 3 years old when her father died.

Margaret Dawes cannot be found in the 1861 census while her mother and other siblings can. A closer look at Uckfield shows a Margaret WEAVER aged 16 living with a widow needlewoman, Maria WEAVER. I speculate that when Margaret's father died in 1851 the family dispersed to live with relatives and neighbours.

Margaret re-appears under the Dawes surname in 1866 when she marries George TESTER (1845-1896) on 25th March at St. Nicholas Church, Brighton. They had 7 children a lot of whom moved the family into the twentieth century as you can see from the chart. I am in contact with descendants of this line.

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