Thomas Charles Farr - marriage checking

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Hello! I'm really enjoying using wikitree so far, although I've yet to connect any people to existing profiles yet :) 

I've traced back one of my ggg-grandfathers to Thomas Charles Farr (farr-2646), but I'm struggling a bit with his wife Marion. I could have found a complete red-herring. There's a marriage registration with 3 possible spouses mentioned: Annie Cooke, Frederick Charles Jones or Martin Merrick. I know this sounds crazy, but I'm wondering if Martin is a mispelling or a transcribing error for Marrion? If so, there is a Marion Merrick who was born in the right town in the right year to match the census records with Thomas, and while there are census records before the marriage dates, I can't find any record of her afterwards. 

I can't see the actual image to see what the hand-writing says on the document - I'm purely looking at 

Has anyone got access to another version of this record to check the spouse? 

As I said I could be completely wrong on this ... any other help would be fantastic thank you!

Speak to you soon,

Matt Steady

WikiTree profile: Thomas Farr
in Genealogy Help by Matt Steady G2G3 (3.3k points)

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The 'original' is not hand-written.  It is a typed index, and it is not 'Martin', but 'Marion'.

You could check that Thomas did indeed marry Marion by looking at the next census after they married (which would be the 1901).
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Matt Steady

Is this the family?

"England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch( : 21 May 2019), Thomas Farr, Hereford All Saints, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast( : n.d.); citing Hereford City subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Here is the 1911 census.  It looks as though Thomas is now a widower.

"England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch( : 22 July 2019), Thomas Farr, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Ooh you star! Yes he definitely married a Marion from the later census records. That's fab - and thank you for such a fast response!

Out of interest, where did you find the original index from?

I looked up the marriage on FreeBMD .  It has transcriptions of birth, marriage, and death registrations, and you can delve deeper and look at the original indexes from which someone has done a transcription.

These registrations make it possible for you to order a copy of the certificate itself.

Fabulous - thanks again!
Yes that's the family - it matches up exactly. I'd already found the 1901 one but the 1911 is a nice bonus. Brill!

Going back to freebmd so I can hopefully answer more questions myself next time - I searched for "thomas farr" and found the marriage in dec 1884 - and next to his name it said hereford, 6a, 1080. But I failed miserably searching for marion merrick/meyrich. I got a list of all the marriages in Hereford in 1884, but I couldn't see the forename or the surname there. How did you find it? Sorry if I'm being particularly thick here!

OK, when you use FreeBMD... (and by the way, you don't want 1884.  You want 1892 - that's the one where Thomas Farr married Marion Merrick).

Say you've done your search, and come up with

Farr  Thomas    Hereford  6a 1057  

You click on the '1057' - and that will give you a list of all the people on that page of the marriage register i.e.

Surname  First name(s)    District  Vol  Page 

Marriages Dec 1892   (>99%)
Cooke  Annie    Hereford  6a 1057   
Farr  Thomas    Hereford  6a 1057  
JONES  Frederick Charles    Hereford  6a 1057  
Merrick  Marian    Hereford  6a 1057  
Ahh I WAS being particularly dense. I'd got 1884 from a different Thomas Farr marriage. I should do this when less tired. Thanks again - you've given me some new tools!

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