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Dorothy Punchard (1897)

Dorothy Punchard [uncertain]
Born in Rattlesden, Suffolk, Englandmap [uncertain]
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[children unknown]
Died [date unknown] [location unknown]
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2010
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Dorothy Punchard was born in Suffolk, England.

Dorothy was born on 6 June 1897 and baptised at Rattlesden Parish Church on July 25, 1897. She was the illegitimate daughter of Caroline Punchard and butcher Thomas Portus.[1][2]

She was listed in the 1901 Census in Rattlesden, 'boarding' in the household of Lucy Cocksedge. The head's daughter, also named Lucy, was recorded as a nurse (domestic) so was likely looking after 3-year-old Dorothy. Her mother, Caroline, may have been working as a servant in Ipswich at the time.[3]

Research Notes

Dorothy was originally uploaded as a child of Charles Punchard and Mary Ann Steggles. This was due to a mistake made prior to upload.

Baptism record gives parents as Caroline (Punchard) Steggles (1872-) and Thomas Portus (abt.1875-) and so was detached from Charles Punchard (1869-1950) and Mary Ann Steggles (abt.1872-abt.1956). Dorothy's mother seems to be Charles' sister Caroline (Punchard) Steggles (1872-). This may have had something to do with the confusion. Also see notes in Thomas Portus' profile.

Lucy Cocksedge (1835-) may be the head of household she was with in 1901.

1901 England Census[4]:

Name Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Lucy Cocksedge Head Female 66 Rattlesden, Suffolk
Lucy Cocksedge Daughter Female 25 Rattlesden, Suffolk
Dorothy Punchard Boarder Female 3 Rattlesden, Suffolk


  1. "Suffolk Baptism Index 1538-1911" FindMyPast Dorothy Punchard, 25 Jul 1897, Rattlesden, St Nicholas, Father: - ,Mother: Caroline; Notes: "bn 6 Jun / father Thomas PORTUS, Butcher / sw" (accessed 3 Apr 2021); citing Suffolk Baptism Index (Part 3)
  2. "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Dorothy Punchard, 1897; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Stow, Suffolk, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  3. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2019), Caroline Punchard in household of Thomas W Francis, Ipswich St Peter, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Ipswich Western subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  4. "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Dorothy Punchard in household of Lucy Cocksedge, Rattlesden, Suffolk, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Rattlesden subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

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