Maria Birch

#29835, b. 1819

Individual's Timeline

Birth1819Maria Birch
Marriage25 May 1837Maria Birch1

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Married Name: Her married name was Bell.

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: In 1861 things get complicated - Maria (born in East Indies 1822) was with Maria 23 born in Norwich, Eleanor 17 born in Yarmouth, Catherine 13 born in Ipswich, Robert 7 born in London, William 1 born in Warwickshire and Benjamin a grandson 2 months also born in Warwickshire. All ages for pre 1851 children match, but birth places do NOT. Neither, interestingly enough does the husband, who is William F BELL, a cordwainer aged 46 born in Warwickshire.

    (notes on peaple above) No Eleanor BELL registered in Yarmouth c 1845; Nothing in Yarmouth PR; All or some of the children may be William's before he took up with Maria? I did find a William BELL, shoemanker, living in Brooke Norfolk in 1851. He was unmarried, and was born 1811 in Norwich. Same man in 1841 was living alone in Bottom Street Heigham. I checked 1861 for him (to disprove a connection) and did not find him.

    Same family in 1871 has father as William still a cordwainer and still BELL (meaning his name in the 1861 census was not an error). Place of birth now Norwich. He is widowed. With him is Robert aged 17, birth place now Norwich and Catherine aged 24, also born in Norwich. Catherine has married Christopher CONNER (Sep qtr 1865) and has a daughter Grace aged 5 born in Birmingham. Grace's birth is registered as CONNOR in Birmingham Dec qtr 1865

    (notes on above) No Robert registered in Norwich around correct dates; No Ellen nor Elleanor in Yarmouth either..
  • Research note 02: May have died in Birmingham in Dec qtr 1865, no age given.

Children of Maria Birch and James William Bell


  1. Free parish registers, online, Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St Andrew
    RegisterNumber     235
    MarriageDate     * May 1837
    GroomForename     James William
    GroomSurname     BELL
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    BrideForename     Maria
    BrideSurname     BIRCH
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    WitnessOneForename     John
    WitnessOneSurname     BIRCH
    WitnessTwoForename     Ann
    WitnessTwoSurname     DIDWELL
    Notes     By Banns; This Entry Wit 1 And 2 See Alt Entry For Wit 3
    FileNumber     5549.
  2. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Bell      James William Hubbard            Norwich      13     2[79]3.