Friday, March 23, 2007

Two out of Three Ain't Bad

Woo Hoo! In my last blog, I said I was looking for John Platt's birthcertificate, his parent's marriage certificate and his mother's maiden name. Well, I got two out of three within several days of posting, and am absolutely thrilled.
The above is John Platt's birth certificate, and as an added bonus, it lists his mother's maiden name as Stocks! I ordered it from the General Register Office (GRO) online, and received it within a week! I tested ordering this online vs. the traditional mail in a request, and the latter took over a month. The link for the GRO is You can also Google "GRO Ordering" and it pops right up.
Transcription of the birth certificate with the printed form in regular type, input information in bold, and handwritten info in italic:
Banner across top:
on left: Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth
on right: Given at the General Register Office, Application Number COL030859
Top Box:
Registration District Belper
1838 Birth in the Sub-district of Wirksworth in the Country of Derby
Middle Box:
No. 273
When and Where Born: Eighth of December 1838 at Holloway
Name: John
Sex: Male
Name and Surname of Father: Josiah Platts
Name, Surname and maiden surname of Mother: Martha Platts formerly Stocks
Occupation of father: Book Keeper
Signature, description and residence of informant: X The mark of Martha Platts, mother, Holloway
When Registered: Twenty second of December 1838
Signature of Registrar: Marcellus Peale, Registrar
Name entered after registration: [lined through]
Below middle box:
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a Register of Births in the District above mentioned. Given at the General Register Office, under the Seal of the said Office, the 16th day of March 2007.
Again, I will not be transcribing the small print at the bottom of the form.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Who's Who -- Josiah and Martha Platt's Family

As per the previous marriage certificate in the previous post, John Platts' father was Josiah Platts. Looking at on-line British records (starting 1837), I was able to locate most of the family.
Josiah Platts married Martha (maiden name unknown) and had the following children:
William Platts (b. abt 1825)
Anne Platts (b. abt. 1828)
Joseph Platts (b. abt 1829)
James Platts (b. abt 1831)
Samuel Platts (b. abt 1833)
Henry Platts (b. abt 1835)
John Platts (b. abt 1837)
All children appear to be born in Holloway, Ashford, Derbyshire, England.
I am still looking for John Platt's birth certificate, Josiah & Martha's marriage certificate and Martha's maiden name.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Marriage of John Platts and Sarah Redfern

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As promised, this is the marriage certification for John Platts and Sarah Redfern. A big thank you to my sister Gina, Thomas Arakawa and the Krause Center for Innovation for help with the scan (my scanners are not working).
Although I am posting the scans and pictures better, the above is still hard to read. My transcription is below, the regular type is printed on the certificate and the italic is for the items that were handwritten in.
Top Right:
Application Number PAS1129995
Across top, inside box:
1867. Marriage Solemnized at the Parish Church in the Parish of Matlock in the County of Derby.
First box: No. 284
Second box: Wh. married June 12th
Remaining boxes, lines for groom:
Name and Surname: John Platts
Age: 28
Condition: Widower
Rank or Profession: Framesmith
Residence at time of Marriage: Ashover Lea
Father's Name and Surname: Josiah Platts (deceased)
Rank or Profession of Father: Accountant
Remaining boxes, lines for bride:
Name and Surname: Sarah Redfern
Age: 20
Condition: Spinster*
Rank or Profession: Worker in Factory
Residence at time of Marriage: Matlock Riber
Father's Name and Surname: Henry Redfern
Rank or Profession of Father: Farmer
Line along bottom of boxes: Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me, Charles Jones, Curate of Matlock
Bottom of box:
This marriage was solemnized by us, John Platts, Sarah Redfern, in the Presence of us, Samuel Platts, Selina Hutchinson
Bottom of Form, below box:
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a register of Marriages in the Registration District of Bakewell, Given at the General Register Office, under the seal of such office , the 19th day of January 2007.
[The rest is legal small print that does not pertain to the Platts/Redfern marriage and I am not going to transcribe]
*Spinster refers to a woman who has never married; it did not get it's "old maid" connotation until around the 1920s, long after this marriage!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Who's Who -- John & Sarah Platt's Family

John Platts (b. abt 1837) married Sarah Redfern (b. abt 1847) in Derbyshire, England in 1867. I have ordered a marriage certificate which I hope to post soon. They had the following children:

Samuel Platts (b. abt. 1868, Holloway, Ashover, Derbyshire, England)
Anne E. Platts (b. abt. 1869, Holloway, Ashover, Derbyshire, England)
William Platts (b. abt. 1871, Holloway, Ashover, Derbyshire, England)
Albert John Platts (b. 16 June 1873, Wellington, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Thomas Platts (b. 23 Mar 1875, Wellington, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Mary Ellen Platts (b. 9 Dec 1876, Wellington, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Clara Platts (b. 10 Jul 1878, Wellington, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)
Alfred Platts (b. 29 Sep 1879, Wellington, Guelph, Ontario, Canada)

When looking at a family group from the 1800's, I am always amazed at how many kids they had, and so soon apart. However, it can be a big help too! In looking at the above, the family's move from England to Canada is very narrowed down to around 1872!