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Old 26-04-20, 14:24
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Default Joseph Friswell - please not another dead end?

Joseph Friswell was my great great great grandfather.

According to what I can find online, he was born in Bedworth, Warwickshire somewhere around 1810, married Elizabeth Matthews at Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire on 20 October 1834, and died in Bedworth at the end of 1894, by which time Elizabeth had pre-deceased him and he was living in the alms houses, which are a bit of a landmark in the town.

It also looks as if he might have livened things up a bit by going to prison for two years in 1852, with others, for going equipped for poaching.

He comes up on four trees on Ancestry, none of which can take me any further back with any degree of certainty or any validated source. There is a suggestion that his parents may be John Friswell and Ann Broadbent, who married at Bedworth on 25 March 1816, almost certainly noticeably after his birth. A John and Ann Friswell certainly took a son Joseph to be baptised at Bedworth, but not until 1 February 1824!

Here he is on the 1861 census:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...&usePUBJs=true

I can't find him on the 1871, so here's the 1881:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...423.1570966371

Any thoughts as to where I might go from here?

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Bedworth Independent church:

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Joseph son of John & Ann Frizwell, late Frizwell, born Feby 8 1816 in the parish of Bedworth, baptised by T Dix.

Your Joseph is 47 on the 1861 census which would only be 2 years out.
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And on the 1841 census he is down as 25, i.e. 25-29:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...557.1572911152
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They have a son John age 7 months on that 1841 census, which would fit with Joseph's father being called John.
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John Friswell of Shilton married Ann Friswell of Bedworth 18 Sep 1797 at Shilton, Warks:

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I'll see if I can find baptisms for their children to see if they seem to have carried on having them up to 1816.
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Hmm, not sure about the children of that 1797 couple yet, but there seems to have been more than one John and Ann couple having children in Bedworth around 1816/7, since there is a William baptised 21 Jul 1816 whose father is a ribbon weaver, and a John baptised 23 Nov 1817 whose father is a shoe maker. (These baptised at the C of E church.)
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I think this will be the John and Ann whose son Joseph was baptised in 1824, and they are also the parents of the William who was baptised 1816:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...=successSource

1841 census
Friswell Jno 40 Ribbon Weaver Y
Friswell Ann 45 Do Y
Friswell Wm 24 Do Y
Friswell Jos 17 Do Y
Knight Sarah 12 Do Ap Y

So your Joseph is not the one baptised 1824.
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There is also this John on the 1841 census:

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/interacti...=successSource

John Friswell 65 Shoe M Y
Mary Do 60 Y.
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John Friswell, widower, married Mary Butler 3 Dec 1827:
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So the John who is with Mary in 1841 could have had a first wife called Ann.
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Thanks for digging these out. It clearly merits further study. I rail against 'yoonique' names today, but in a case like this one or two would not go amiss!

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