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Looking for Amer Frome or Middlesex UK

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My GGmother Florence Amer is hiding from me, my other 7 ggrandparents all capitulated, some after a fight and tracing name changes etc, but Florence won't give herself up yet!

The problem is I know nothing about her apart from her name.

The family story is that she was sent by the (baptist) church in Frome to help my GGrandfather with the children from his first marriage after his first wife died.

I have contacted the church in frome but they can't help. No information available.

The 1901 census shows here living at 5 Hambro Terrace Norwood with the family of Mary Stevens and says that she was born in Frome (no county) in 1878 making her 23 in 1901. Also with her on the census was her son Thomas Henry Amer b1900 (his birth certificate does not name the father) and a Hetty Gibbons (Thomases daughter by his first wife.

I can find no match for her on any previous census (including name variations etc).

Her marriage certificate shows her father as William (deceased) a Farmer. I can't find him on a previous census either.

Her son Thomas Henry's birth certificate shows her living at 36 White Street in Norwood in 1900. The 1901 census shows the family of Henry Osbourne living there.

FreeBMD has some entries for Amer starting in 1898 and include

Isley Royal - Birth 1898,
Thomas Henry - Birth 1900 (Florences son with no father recorded on the birth certificate),
Florences Marriage in 1901,
Death of Zacariah in 1902
Birth and death of Geranium in 1902
Albert Arthur, Amelia and Venus in 1903 - births.

I am currently thinking that perhaps she was part of a travelling family that arrived in the area in the late 1890's. That could explain the absence of census entries.

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on 2006-10-20 06:00:53

stevelaming , from Swindon Wilts UK, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2006. is researching the following names: AMOR, THOMPKINS, STURMAN and 10 other(s).

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by stevelaming on 2012-05-11 21:57:08

As an update, I found her. She changed her name from Sarah Ann to Florence when she moved from Frome to Southall.

I felt this was correct but could only confirm it when I got sight of the 1911 census that confirmed her place of birth as Upton Lovell (Same as Sarah Ann's).

by SilverVixen on 2012-05-12 10:26:48

She is in the 1881 living with her grandparents William & Eliza PIKE in Wells Somerset; in 1891 they are at 5 Broad Street, Frome, Somerset Grandmother is a widow and Sarah is classed as a boarder, working as a "Printer Holder"

by SilverVixen on 2012-05-12 10:57:17

Ah Ha! : William Pike married Eliza Amer 1864 Amesbury Wiltshire, Q2 5a 273. So in fact she was not his grand-daughter but his step-daughter

by stevelaming on 2012-05-12 11:50:55

Right on 1881, although I'm not sure what a printer holder would have done.

The next interesting thing is that Sarah Ann was actually Elizabeth's Daughter who was Eliza's daughter before she married William Pike. Elizabeth is on the 1871 census in Upton Lovell, so Sarah Ann was actually Williams Step-Grand Daughter.

I've only recently found out that Elizabeth had another child Mary Ann, before she married a Henry Durbin, who was blind, and ended up living in Midsommer Norton. The 1911 census has her working as a Travelling Organ Grinder.

A very colourful family indeed.

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