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Stephen PALMER
abt 1812 in Portugal - died South Shields, Co. Durham


    Stephen PALMER, eldest son of Stephen PALMER & Maria DeSilva was born in Portugal in abt 1812 during
    the Peninsular War campaign.  He was baptised at St Mary's Church, Burwell, Cambridgeshire on 
    27 April 1815, along with his new baby brother, Henry.

    Stephen trained as a Millwright - possibly with Simon Jacob of Gazeley in Suffolk, where his younger
    brother, Emmanuel [my Gt Gt Gt Grandfather] was also apprenticed in 1834.  I think this as Stephen & 
    Elizabeth's first child, a daughter, Elizabeth was born in Gazeley - according to the family's 1851
    Census entry! 

    Stephen and Elizabeth's children are:

Elizabeth born abt 1837 Gazely, Suffolk baptised ?Gazeley,
Delphenia born abt 1841 Houghton, Hunts baptised ?Houghton
Stephen born abt 1847 Ramsey, Hunts baptised 28 May 1855, Burwell, Cambs
Henry born abt 1849 Ramsey, Hunts . ? died young?
Sarah Ann born 1850/1 Ramsey, Hunts baptised 28 May 1855, Burwell, Cambs
Mary born after 1851 Ramsey? baptised 28 May 1855, Burwell, Cambs

My thanks to Renee Pennington, my PALMER 4th cousin, who found the three 1855 Baptisms in the Burwell Parish Registers at the CRO, Shire Hall, Cambridge, on her visit there in April 2002.

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1851 U.K. Census for Ramsey, Hunts PRO Ref. HO/107/1745 Enumeration District 1G Folio 104b Schedule 113 Newtown - Stocken Fen
FOLIO/SCH. NAME RELN COND. AGE OCCUPATION WHERE BORN
104b/Sch 113 Stephen PALMER H M 39 Millwright Portugal
. Elizabeth PALMER Wife M 40 Millwright's Wife Cam, Cambridge
. Elizabeth PALMER Daug U 14 --- Sfk, Gaugely [Gazeley?]
. Delphenia PALMER Daug U 10 Scholar Hun, Houghton
. Stephen PALMER Son U 4 Scholar Hun, Ramsey
. Henry PALMER Son U 2 --- Hun, Ramsey
. Sarah Ann PALMER Daug. U ? --- Hun, Ramsey
. Louis PALMER Br U 23 None listed Cam, Burwell

With many thanks to Shirley King, a fellow PALMER researcher who found this entry. On the 1841 England Census - the family were living in Victoria Lane, nr. Brampton Road, Huntingdon; Stephen's occupation is given as Millwright, and he is with his wife Elizabeth and 2 children Elizabeth 5yrs & Delphiniah aged 1 year. I haven't found the 1861 and 1871 Census entries for this family, but an interesting theory has emerged as to why we couldn't find them; still working on this!

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By the time of the 1881 U.K. Census, we have a different story entirely! Stephen is a widower and living with his married daughter, Elizabeth and her family in South Shields, Co. Durham. Stephen [junior] is married and possibly living in Bedford with his family.
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Stephen's's Siblings: ............... Stephen & Elizabeth's children:
Henry Elizabeth
Mary Delphinia
Emmanuel & Susannah Stephen
Honor Henry
William & Burwell PALMERs in Lancashire Sarah Anne
Louis Mary
Phylldelfina
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This page created 18 January 2002 & amended/updated 13:13 03/11/2013