It may sound odd to say I’m pleased when someone points out a mistake in the Tingewick database: but I am. If nobody tells me, then I may never spot the error and – given the way of t’Internet – it may continue to burrow into other folk’s trees for ever.
I had two sent to me this week!
The first pointed out that Catherine Read bp 1838 did not die in 1865. That burial was actually for Caroline Read née Holton, wife of Andrew, and had in fact also been attached to her record. Catherine, too, was duplicated in the database – I had recorded her in 1881 in Skelton, Lancashire with with her husband Robert Withington and their children, but had failed to make the connection with her baptism and earlier census returns in Tingewick.
Thanks to Anna, I’ve now found the other intervening census returns, Catherine’s mother’s marriage to Anthony Druce, and tidied up an assortment of loose ends.
The second error arrived a day later, and also concerns the Holton family. Was it possible, Jan asked, that the Thomas Holton b. 1812 who was recorded (with wife Ann) in Buckingham from 1851 through 1871 and was not to be found on the Tingewick database be the same Thomas Holton b 1807 who baptised a son (with wife Sarah) in 1827 and then vanishes apparently without trace? This second Thomas is assumed to be the one baptised in August 1807, son of Thomas and Ann née Marriot
The error in this case was that the first Thomas did appear on the database … but his age in 1851 looked very much like 29 not 39 and so had been mis-transcribed on the Buckinghamshire Family History Society 1851 census returns database. Later returns show quite clearly that this is wrong.
So – are the two actually the same person? I’m undecided. On the one hand, the ages don’t quite tally. On the other, if they aren’t the same, then whose child is the first Thomas?
Does anyone else have an opinion?