Saturday, 23 April 2016

A-Z Challenge 2016: T is for Thomas Alfred Murch 1877
Thomas Alfred Murch first appears on the 1881 census, living with his family in Llanfaelog, Wales.  His father, John, was a coastguard, which explains why there are seven children under the age of 10 (in 1881), yet their births are in different places: Somerset, Cork (Ireland), St Mawgan (Cornwall), and Llanfaelog. Thomas's mother, Jane, also came from Cork.

But that's where the trail goes cold.  Thomas does not appear in the 1901 or 1911 censuses, and the entire family does not appear in the 1891 census (then later they are in Holyhead, Anglesey).  I cannot find an early death for Thomas.  Is it possible that he became a coastguard like his father and moved all over the place?  Were the family in Ireland in 1891, visiting family?

Thomas features in the Murch Surname Study.

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