Elizabeth (abt 1815-abt 1905)


Elizabeth, yep that’s all I know about the woman who married John Urry, probably sometime before 1838, when their first child was born. She was my husband’s 2x great grandmother. If I could find a marriage for John and Elizabeth, I might have a chance of finding Elizabeth’s maiden name. But so far my searches haven’t yielded any results.


I wrote the above paragraph a week ago, and then I remembered a way I could find out Elizabeth’s maiden name. The UK General Register Office birth search results lists the maiden name of the mother. I had the names of children and appropriate ages from the census records. So, it was a quick search to find the records of births for John and Elizabeth. Check out the GRO here – https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/Login.asp  You have to register, but it’s free.

I found entries for 4 out of 6 of their children. Her maiden name was Williamson.

Then I found a baptism for Elizabeth Williamson at Willingham by Stow, parents Thomas Williamson and Elenor. So I’ve been able to go back one more generation.

Oh, and once I had a maiden name, I could confirm that a  transcript I had seen earlier, for a marriage of John Urry and Elizabeth Williamson in Kingston, York in 1840, was likely the one I had been looking for.

St Helens Church Willingham by Stow

St Helen’s Church, Willingham by Stow


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