Of the many trials and revelations, one find stands out. It was one of my many puzzle piece payoffs. I was getting to know my g-g-grandfather James Vamplew. Besides wanting to know who his parents were, I wanted to know more about his family, children, siblings, etc. This seemed like a good time to hunt because pieces of information were starting to come together, but there were mysteries to solve, too. The more I dug, the more I wanted to know.
James lived in Tumby Woodside, Lincolnshire, England. He married Anne Rouse in 1838 and they lived in District 4 of the Tumby parish. Their second child is my great grandmother Mary Ann who married John Portus and eventually settled in Illinois. James and Anne had 10 children, all of which lived to adulthood; that was not as common as we'd like to think.
COMING TO MY CENSUSFrom 1841 to 1901 census, I could start piecing together most James' life. Even though Ancestry.com indexed with various spellings, I eventually found them by entering in the search field "Tumby" and looking at each district; each page and each line of that district. Of course that takes time, but it did have its benefits – I found other family connections at the same time. As research goes on over the years, I have seen the surname spelled more ways that your head is spinning. The most common way is VAMPLEW in England; in USA it is VanPlew.
|James VANFLEW - age: 24 born: Y [in county]|
1841 UK Census - HO 107 / 638 / 25
Kirkby Upon Bain, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg6)
|James Vamplew - age: 35 born: Ranby|
1851 UK Census - HO 107 / 2108
Tumby, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 17)
|James Vamplew - age: 44 born: Ranby|
1861 UK Census - RG9 / 2370
Tumby, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 13)
|James Vamplew - age: 54 born: Martin|
1871 UK Census - RG10 / 3384
Tumby, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 10)
|James Vamplew - age: 64 born: Ranby|
1881 UK Census - RG11 / 3252
Tumby, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 11)
|James Vamplew - age: 74 born: Ranby|
1891 UK Census - RG12 / 2600
Tumby, Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 19)
|James Vamplew - age: 84 born: Ranby|
1901 UK Census - RG13 / 3071
Wildmore (Tumby), Lincolnshire, District 4 (Ancestry.com image pg. 12)
HIS FATHER SHOULD BE NAMED
I already had his death record, but not his marriage record. I sent to the RO in England and received the marriage record – at least I'd have his father's name, right? That's a start.
I had planned my first trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, Oct. 2006. The baptism record would have to wait until I was in the Family History Library and could look at the mother lode of parish records on microfilm.
First thing in the FHL – I searched through the Ranby microfilm to no avail. There was nothing! Not to let my research trip go to waste, I decided I to look through other films for some of my PORTAS family. It was later in the day and I was getting very groggy from looking at the whirling film on the reader bed...in the darkened area. I was on my last box of film – the Thornton parish. I was searching "P" for Portas when a "B" popped out at me. I spotted it! Mary BAMPFLEW! I think everyone on the British Isles floor of the library knew I struck gold! It was probably a good thing we were two stories down in the basement for fear all of Salt Lake City would have heard. There it was – six rows down...who would have thunk? I was floating higher and higher! My sister-in-law was next to me...she knew it was a special find.
No father's name. Even though he was illegitimate, sometimes a father is written on the baptism record. So, who is the "James" on his wedding certificate as his father? More questions. Was Mary single or was she married to a James Vamplew? I was on the hunt and found Mary was daughter to Jacob. She was single at time of the birth.
BASTARD AND PUTATIVE FATHER
Back in 2006, I didn't think about "Bastardy Cases" where the single mother would ask the Justices of the General Quarter Sessions for payment from the father for upkeep on her child. I had emailed a Vamplew researcher in Australia to tell her my mystery. She was the one to mention Bastardy Recognizances. She explained what these were and sent me a sample of what I should be looking for. Unbeknownst to her, the clipping she sent me was Mary's request! I hadn't told her who I was looking for! Luck be with me for sure!
Looky here! Mary Vamplew single woman of Ranby. Putative father: James Patchett...well, the father's name was James. Could it have been when g-g-grandfather got married, the Curate was told my James' father was also "James" whereas the Curate "assumed" his father was also Vamplew? Maybe my g-g-grandfather thought his father was (as if turns out) his uncle James?
I noticed I could send for the Bastardy Certificate. I ordered it from Lincoln Archives and waited in great anticipation for the papers. I was so excited when I was reading the certificate because it mentions the day he was born... "Bastard Child, on Sunday the sixth day of October infant..."
I learned something new. The Recognizance announces the father and his surety and the certificate gives details. I don't know if there is another paper to order, but this is enough for now. It gives me the important answers I have been searching for.
DID SHE OR NOT?
I had wondered if Mary ever married James Patchett, but further investigation showed they did not. Son James went to live with Mary's mother and her brother James. She married a Bartholomew Voucher in 1818, and passed away at age 26 in 1822. They had one daughter. James Patchett married a Mary Brown, and he died in 1867. They had nine children.
My g-g-grandfather James Vamplew b. 1816, m. 1838, d. 1905. Anne, his wife, passed a year later. They were married 72 years and lived their whole married life in Tumby Woodside. Anne was born in Tumby, and from what I can tell James had lived within a five-mile radius all his life.
|James Vamplew, died 21 October 1905 at age 89 of Epithelioma of Ear. Exhaustion. Certified by T.W.S. Mann M.R.C.S.; Informant: George Vamplew, Son.|
|"Frog Hall" is what the locals call it, but actually it is St. Peter's in Wildmore Parish. |
It is a listed building, built in 1816, and is known as a "fen church."