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She was baptised September 15, 1805, according to the IGI. On the various censuses, she is noted as being born in Godstone or Croydon. My money is on Croydon.
In the 1841 census, she and the three older children are alone in Croydon. Aaron was in places unknown.
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In the 1881 UK Census, he was living at Mile End, Old Town, London. Here is the entry:
Dwelling:26 Coutts Rd
Census Place:Mile End Old Town, London, Middlesex, England
Source:FHL Film 1341107 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 0486 Folio 96 Page 38
William BRYANTM41 MGodstone, Surrey, England
Fanny C. G. BRYANTM38 FLittlehampton, Sussex, England
William BRYANTU16 MBermondsey, Surrey, England
John BRYANTU12 MSt James's, Middlesex, England
James H.G. BRYANTU10 MMile End, Middlesex, England
Arthur BRYANTU4 MBethnal Green, Middlesex, England
What is a scripture reader?
There is a William Bryant, age 51 in the 1891 census which was done on April 5, 1891. He is a lay missionary preacher. That sounds a bit like a scripture reader. He is living in with his wife Ester and James and Arthur from his first marriage and Thomas and Ester Jr. from his second. He must have remarried after Fanny died.
There is an entry in the 1901 census which is interesting. It is for a William Bryant who was 62 on March 31st of that year. He has a wife named Ester who was only 38 years old. His occupation was lay missionary preacher.
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She was a lace maker in the 1841 census.
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The date for his baptism comes from the IGI and the parish records. The parish burial record has him buried on March 17, 1830 at age 25, so it accords. That burial record notes him as being from Yardley Gobion and being buried by Gowen Evans - Vicar.
He and his brother Thomas appear to have died within days of one another in March 1830. One has to wonder about disease or something like a fire.
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He uses the spelling Briant on his documents.
He also appears in the 1841 census for Yardley Gobion, Potterspury Parish. He is with his wife Rachael. They have four children: William 9, Thomas, 6, Ann 4 and Emma 2. That would tend to indicate that Ann Susannah died before 1841.
A cousin in Australia (Grahame Wheeler) has written to say that George and the girls immigrated to Australia in 1848. I will be getting more details later. The family went to Australia on the ship "Fairlie" which arrived 7th August 1848. The ship's manifest shows that the son William, then 19, and the son Thomas, then 13, also went. There were a whole pile of others coming from Yardley Gibbon as well.
George is listed as a widower. He could read and write, his occupation was farm labourer. William could read and was also a farm labourer. Thomas read and write. Ann could read. Emma could not read; neither could Sarah.
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He appears to have still been alive in 1851. At least I am going to assume that it is he with the name Gervaise Byant, born in Yardley Gobion, living in Pottersbury. He is a widow with 2 lodgers.
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Her burial records reads: buried, June 24, 1846, Rachel Bryant, of Yardley Gobion, age 37, no. 1069, by T. C. Stretch, vicar
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She was baptised June 11, 1835, according to the IGI.
I have seen a picture of her tombstone which shows her as Ann Susanna Batty. Therefore presumably she married a Batty. There are two of them on the same tombstone - Alfred Batty who died in 1896 at age 73, and Richard Batty who died in 1916 at age 53. From the family tree on Ancestry, it seems that Richard was her husband and that Alfred was her son.