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Maria Blackmore

(1816 - ????)

Maria's exact place and date of birth has yet to be established. Reference to later census documentation suggests that she was born in Dulverton, Somerset 1816 - 1817.

On 28 August 1839, Maria married William Sydenham in the parish church at Kings Brompton. The marriage certificate reveals that Maria's father was James Blackmore who worked in the wool industry. Maria, who was presumably unable to write, made her mark, rather than signing the marriage certificate. The marriage was witnessed by James Hobbs and Elizabeth Blackmore.

Maria and William's first child Betsy was baptised at the parish church, Kingsbrompton on 30 August 1840. The families abode is recorded as Kings Brompton and William was working as a mason.

Their second child Mary Anna, was baptised in Kings Brompton on 16 July 1843.

George Henry Sydenham was baptised in Kings Brompton on 15 March 1846. The family abode is recorded as Higher Town, an area of Kings Brompton. This apparent change of address may be misleading as earlier baptism records provided less detail.

Their fourth child William, was baptised in Kings Brompton on 1 October 1848. The baptism record suggests that the family had moved to Lower Town, Kings Brompton. William died age seven months and was buried in Kings Brompton on 17 June 1849.

Maria Sydenham was baptised in Kings Brompton on 19 May 1850.

The 1851 census places Maria and William along with their four surviving children at Trotts Cottage, Kingsbrompton. Also in the property and shown as head of household were William's parents, George and Maria Sydenham. William was recorded as a Mason Journeyman and other than Maria, all of the children were recorded as scholars.

William and Maria's sixth child James was baptised in Kingsbrompton on 14 August 1852. The family were still recorded as living at Lower Town, Kingsbrompton and William was employed as a mason.

Further children were Sarah, who was baptised on 10 December 1854, Harriet baptised 19 April 1857 and Louisa baptised 5 February 1859. All records place the family at Lower Town, Kingsbrompton and show William working as a mason. In all Maria gave birth to nine children, her last child being born when Maria was 43.

The 1881 Census places Maria and William at a property in Lower Town Kingsbrompton. Maria is recorded as 63 years old, William is 66 and a builder. Also in the property is their four year old granddaughter Rosa Gould. Rosa's parents John and Harriet Gould were still living in Kingsbrompton.

In 1891 Maria, William and Rosa Gould were recorded as living at ' part of trotts ' in Kingsbrompton. William is again recorded as a mason.

Whilst a precise date of death has yet to be established for Maria, it is believed that she died between 1891 and 1901. Certainly the GRO indexes list the death of a Maria Sydenham, in the Dulverton district, aged 73, December quarter 1892 (5c 192).