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Brierley Hill, Staffordshire

Letter found in the Parish Registers

(Pencil Note-Top Left Corner):

Found 16 2/1982

104 Vine St


Jan 12/ 1930

Dear Reverend Sir

I must apologise for trespassing upon your time in a matter of this kind.

My wife was born in your immediate vicinity, and is entitled to claim for the old-age pension. I need some authentic information regarding the date of her birth to fill up the form, of which she is rather uncertain.

Her mother (Ann Dawes) lived in the vicinity of St Michaels' nearly all her lifetime, and was interred in the Churchyard in the family vault in 1915.

Have you any record in the Church regarding her baptism about 1861-2-3? She believes she was born on October 5th, 1861, but is not sure.

If I knew the Registrar for the District I might have applied to him for a birth certificate, but don't know either his name or address. She has an idea that she was born in the neighbourhood of 'The Delph'.

Again apologising for trespassing on your valuable time.

Yours respectfully

Chas. Shakespeare


This letter appears on the microfilm of the parish register for this period, being inserted inside the cover of the baptism register

The marriage of Charles Shakespeare to Amelia Dawes at Coventry 23 Jun1901 is on the IGI.

This seems to be her entry in the 1881 Census:


 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation Disability
 Ann DAWES   Head   U   Female   42   Brierley Hill, Stafford, England   Formerly Dressmaker    
 Amelia DAWES   Daur   U   Female   20   Brierley Hill, Stafford, England   Sewing Machinist Unemployed    
 Kate LENNEN   Boarder   U   Female   24   Birmingham, Warwick, England   School Mistress    

Source Information:

  Dwelling   38 Church Street
  Census Place Kingswinford, Stafford, England
  Family History Library Film   1341694
  Public Records Office Reference   RG11
  Piece / Folio   2894 / 6
  Page Number   5


July 2004