Although the names are slightly wrong, I suspect the ďTĒ was added for effect. Several of Georgeís siblings (brothers and sisters) had the second name of Torrington given to them, after their motherís maiden surname no doubt. Edward and Edwin are easily interchangeable in the strong dialects of west Somerset and Birmingham, so I am 100% sure these are ďourĒ men.
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Subject Eleanor R. FOSBONDER
Mauston Star, Mauston, Juneau Co, Wisc July 21 1921
Eleanor Risdon FOSBINDER was born in Lincolnshire, England April 29 1845 and died July 18 1921, after a long lingering illness
Her father came to this country when she was about 6 years old and settled in Milwaukee county. From there the family moved to Juneau county settling on a farm near Lond Rock. After teaching several terms in the schools in Juneau county, she was united in marriage to William J. FOSBINDER. Besides her husband, 5 children are left to mourn her, Mrs A.M. MICHEL, Mrs A.F.OTTO, Sarah, Dr H.R. FOSBINDER of Los Angles and C.R. FOSBINDER of Viroqua. Also 3 of her sisters survive her Mrs Jemima BURDICK of Milwaukee, Mrs Henrietta CROSS of Chicago and Mrs Levi COLE of this city
Subject William J. FOSBINDER
Mauston Star, Mauston, Juneau Co WIS Sep 10 1925
William J FOSBINDER died at his home in this city Sep 6 1925
Mr Fosbinder was born at Rochelle, Ogle Co, Ill Jan 6 1849. His parents moved here the following year, settling on a farm in Stewartís settlement, Lindina, and he lived there until shortly after his marriage when he decided to quit farming and moved to this city.
On Nov 6 1869, he was united in marriage to Eleanor RISDON, who preceded him in death about 2 yeara ago. Seven children were born to them, 5 of whom survive, Mrs A.M. MICHEL and Mrs August OTTO of this city. Sade of Milwaukee, Harry J of Hollywood, Cal and Charles R of Tomah. Burial in the Mauston Cemetery
Then on another site of newspaper obituaries, I found
OTTO, Lucy (Fosbinder)
5 September 1926, Mauston
who would appear to be the Mrs OTTO mentioned in the above articles, whilst there was also a Charles FOSBINDER died 9 August 1996 at Tomah Monroe, WI. I wonder if he is the son of Charles R in the above articles? Do you know anything about these folk?
Well, I think that has given us all enough to think about for the moment, donít you?
Good-bye for now to you all
Jennifer Topham, 2 Orchard Court, Arches Lane, Malmesbury SN16 0ED Wiltshire
[email dated 7 Aug 2004]
Sorry I have been quiet for so long, we've had a difficult period familywise, apart from me having my elder grand-daughter Zoe (aged 9) to stay - for the first time! It was super and we both enjoyed ourselves immensely. Consequently no family history has been done for a while.
Tom [McFarland], your CD arrived safely, thank you very much! My younger daughter Adele has also enjoyed looking at it too.
Barbara [Johnson], I have re-searched both my Risdon indexes and the GRO indexes, plus familysearch.org plus a name search in Google search engine. I can find nothing regarding a child called Mary, and feel this is probably a transcription error in the shipping registers. My "gut" instinct tells me this should read Charles, especially as the word infant usually refers to a baby ie under one year of age. If there was a Mary born in c1849 she would be walking and would then definitely not be an infant. George and Jane seemed to be good about registering the births of their children, but they also moved around alot, so if they did have additional children then I feel sure that they died very young. Without buying all the birth certificates for every Risdon/Risden for the dates between George and Janes marriage and their departure for USA, there is little chance that we will pick up on any possible "missing" children.
With difficulty I have managed to open your attachment and find the Harris information which is very interesting, especially the bit about the Symons of Dragon House. The Risdon family married into the Symons family some of whom I have traced but am having problems with other descendants. Is it possible for you to send another copy of the death certificate in a smaller format, please? As it is currently, it won't even fit onto an A3 sheet, so is not suitable for my files. I can find no way of reducing the size.
I will send some more family info per an attachment hopefully later today. Bye for now and best wishes to you all
[email dated 7 Aug 2004]
As I have already given you the details of Georgeís brother and sisters, I will go on to his parents generation.
Edward born September 1762
married 16 November 1789 St Decumanís (Watchet)
The parents of Edward were:
Edward born 1724 Old Cleeve
married 30 September 1748 Old Cleeve
Betty EVETT buried 3 July 1785 Old Cleeve
Edward and Betty had the following children
Mary born 1750
Elizabeth born July 1752
John born August 1754
George born April 1756
Rebecca born 1758
Joan born August 1760
Edward born 1762 see above
Jane born 1765
Going back another generation, the parents of Edward born 1724 are:
Phillip buried 9 October 1769 Old Cleeve
Rebecca (surname + date of marriage unknown)
Joan WILLIAMS born circa 1733
The children of Phillip and Rebecca are:
Jane born circa 1716 Carhampton illegible
Elizabeth baptised 18 September 1721 Old Cleeve
Rebecca baptised 12 --- 1722 Old Cleeve illegible
Edward born 1724 see above
George baptised 3 April 1727 Old Cleeve
John baptised 30 August 1728 Old Cleeve
Hope this makes sense to you. It is a bare outline of all the information that I have. In some cases I am able to enlarge on details, but pre the days of censuses and tombstones, not to mention newspaper articles on individual persons, it is difficult to find more than the barest details.
In case you are not familiar with the wills situation in Somerset, here is the position. In 1939 at the onset of WW11, all the Somerset wills plus other various papers were removed to Exeter. The authorities thought there was more likelihood of Taunton being bombed than Exeter. However the Germans thought otherwise and bombed Exeter very severly, whilst Taunton was spared. However, in our family we are lucky, as several members had PCC wills. They are Perogative Court of Canterbury wills, in other words proved by the (at that time) highest probate court in the country. I do have copies of all the PCC wills that I have mentioned above, and could send copies if you would like them.