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Research on the Spratt side of the Family Tree - The Southcombe Family

This is the picture that started our family history quest; it shows the Southcombe family circa 1909, probably posed in a photographers studio in Cardiff when the family were living in Constellation Street, Roath.  Left to right are; Annie Angelina, Phyllis Jessie, Clifford Samuel, Emma Rachel Southcombe, nee Candy, Hilda Irene, Cecil Horace, Arthur James, Ivy Irene (Clive's mother, sitting on fathers knee), and Samuel Southcombe who was born in 1856 in Lydiard St Lawrence, Somerset. 

Samuel was 13 years older than Emma; they married on 1st December 1889 in Cardiff. and had nine children, but two died young.  Samuel was a Boilermaker and the family set up home in Portskewett, Monmouthshire, where Samuel was believed to be involved with the building of the Severn Railway Tunnel under the Bristol Channel.  In the 1891 Census they were at 6 Marine Terrace for the birth of their son Clifford and daughter Annie, but the address had changed to 6 Church Row when the next three children were born.  Was this a move to another house numbered 6, or did the street name change?  More investigation is required.

Samuel Southcombe's father was James Southcombe, born in Rose Ash, Devon, the son of another James Southcombe born in 1774.  At this time in Rose Ash there were at least three separate Southcomb/Southcombe families and our family story was that we were related to the line of Rectors descended from the first of the Southcomb clergy to hold the living.  This Revd Southcomb built/rebuilt the church and started a line of Southcomb Rectors who held the living in succession until the last Southcomb died without issue during WWII.  The truth is always a little bit different, as we are descended from another family who were farmers.  At this time there were three James Southcombe's, (note the spelling of Southcombe, with an 'e'), who married three Mary's, and it was a little difficult to establish which Mary was the wife of James born in 1774. 

Mary Veysey was the most likely candidate for the marriage to James Southcombe, but we will be happy to hear from anyone who knows for certain.  Anne Baker came from Kings Brompton in Somerset, (otherwise known as Brompton Regis).  Her parents were Francis Baker and Betty his wife, again of unknown surname; more research needs to be carried out.  The records we have searched for this family are held on microfiche in the Devon Record Office in Castle Street, Exeter, which is conveniently close to the West Country Studies Library.

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