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The Search for David Brown

The Search for David Brown

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Published by Annette Edwards
Story of a family mystery.
Story of a family mystery.

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Categories:Types, Research, Genealogy
Published by: Annette Edwards on Jan 05, 2011
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My own ancestor Thomas was baptised at St Mwrog`s Church, Llanfwrog on 29
February.1824. He was the illegitimate child of Elinor Roberts of Mwrog St andThomas Willcoxon, Holt and was brought up as Wilcoxon rather than taking hismother’s name. On his marriage certificate dated 1852 Thomas states that his father is ThomasWilcoxon, a chandler. . By this time his father had a business in Chester, so theremust have been some sort of contact between him or his mother In 1825 Thomas Wilcoxon of Cornish Hall, Holt was apprenticed for seven years tohis uncle, Jonathon Wilcoxon who was also a preacher to learn the trade of a tallowchandler. He didn’t serve the full term of this apprenticeship because in 1829 Thomasmarried Ellen Jones in Liverpool. Their first son was named Thomas. Two sons = both named Thomas. !!!!A couple of years ago I was `browsing ` the IGI for more Wilcoxons when I spottedan entry I’d not seen before. Henry Wilcoxson, son of Thomas Wilcoxson and MaryBrown. Christened 15 Jan 1826 Holt.I couldn’t get to the A N Palmer centre fast enough to check for myself. My eyesnearly popped out of my head, flippin eck, another illegitimate child!!!! Sure enoughit looked like Thomas had been at it again.
This was probably the reason Thomas didn’t complete his apprenticeship, the terms of the indenture dated the 1
February 1825 were that he `
 shall not commit fornicationnor contract matrimony within the full term
`. Thomas failed miserably on both thoseaccounts, as was proved by the baptism of Henry in 1826 and for definite in 1829.It would seem he stayed with Uncle Jonathon though because when Jonathon died on16
December 1837
in his will it states.
`I give and bequeath to my two nephews Thomas Wilcoxon and James Wilcoxon nowin my service the sum of four hundred pounds for the purpose of enabling them tocontinue jointly on their own account the business now carried on by me. I also give and bequeath to the said Thomas Wilcoxon and James Wilcoxon all theutensils used in the manufacturing of soap and candles in he warehouse and shopnow in my occupation to and for their own use absolutely.`
Of course I wanted to find out more about the Browns, and after searching GenesReunited I found a lady who had a Henry Brown born 1826 Holt in her list. Icontacted her and she told me she’d been searching for Henry’s father David who wasa deceased broker for many years without any success. This name had been onHenry’s marriage certificate when he married at St Oswalds, Chester on 30
April1848.Then I spotted that Henry was a chandler and thought `that’s a coincidence`.When I found that in every census Henry states he was born Holt, and his agematched the baptism I had found I was convinced that Mary had been telling fibsabout his father.Even odder I found in 1841 a Henry Brown, right age, not born in Cheshire livingnext to my Thomas Wilcoxon and his family. Was there some arrangement betweenthem, had Thomas been made to give Mary and her son Henry some sort of support, perhaps giving him employment in the soap boiler / tallow chandlers business. 

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