Saturday, 2 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: B is for Beatrice Murch 1864-1934
The first of my theme is Beatrice Alexander Murch.  (The 'A' post was for All Aboard! and was the introduction to this theme.)

Beatrice was born in 1864 in Colchester, Essex, England. 

On the 1881 census, she is living with her widowed mother at 124 Cromwell Road, Colchester. Her mother, Harriet M Murch from Corlee, Mayo, Ireland, is not recorded as having an occupation, but Beatrice, aged 17 and unmarried, is working as a dressmaker.  Since I cannot find either female on the 1871 England & Wales census, then possibly they are in Ireland.

Beatrice married in Colchester in 1890; her husband was Thomas George C Rich from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, and two years younger than her.  On the 1891 census, the young couple is living with his widowed mother, Emma Rich in 1 Sea View Cottages, Walton le Soken, Essex, and Thomas is a smith's striker (the smith would heat the metal and give directions, the striker would wield the hammer and shape the metal).

They are still in Walton le Soken on the 1901 census, living at 13 Broomfield Cottages with a small son, William Henry, aged 7 and born in Walton on the Naze.

Beatrice died in 1934, aged 70.  She features in the Murch Surname Study.

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  1. And we both chose B for Beatrice - how's that?

    Jill- Blogging at



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