Since I was updating the blog anyway I though now would be an excellent time to put a plea out there for any information that anyone may have about the Dean or Deane family of Bedford and possibly of Wolverhampton also.
Followers of this blog will probably know that one of the most important motivations for me in tracing my family tree is the hope that by doing so I may learn more about my family on my Father’s side.
The Dean’s or Deane’s of Bedford – What we do know.
The birth of my Father David Thomas Deane was registered in Bedford in the Jan-Mar quarter of 1925 after his being born on December 6th 1924.
His mother was one Georgine Lightfoot born 1885 in Haslington, Bedford and his father one Jubilee Albert E Dean born June 7th 1887 also in Bedford. Jubilee was in fact the second eldest of 8 children who included..
Sigvery Joseph Dean (also known as Joseph Dean) – born 1885 in Bedford
Jubilee Albert E Dean – born 1887 in Bedford
David Henry Dean – born 1889 in Bedford
Violet Beatrice Dean – born 1891 in Bedford
Alice Isabella Dean – born 1893 in Bedford
Dorothy Edelweiss Dean – born 1896 in Bedford
Ivy Dean – born 1897 in Bedford
Lawrence James Dean – born 1900 in Bedford
This much I know and details of their births etc have already been traced. But it is her that the trail of available information seems to begin to end.
Their mother, we know (from one or two of their wedding certificates and from Census records) was one Caroline Fensom (or Fensome) Born in Bedford in 1862 the wife of one David Dean whom she married in Bedford at Holy Trinity Parish Church Bedford in 1883.
The only records that we can find and definitely attribute to David Dean (my great grandfather) apart from one or two entries on his children’s wedding certificate and which give only his name and occupation, are two Census record entries – those of 1891 and 1901.
Possible Wolverhampton connection
Both of these give his birth year (calculated from his age at time of the census) as being about 1853 or 1854 and his place of birth as being Wolverhampton.
I have also obtained a copy of David and Caroline’s Wedding Certificate from 1883 on which his age is recorded as being 30 and his occupation given as “labourer”. So this would seem to confirm the birth year of 1853.
It also give his father’s name as being George Dean who was also a labourer.
Sadly however, there seems to be no record of a David Dean being born in Wolverhampton in or around 1853 and additionally I have no way of knowing his father George’s age or date or place of birth.
So unfortunately I cannot progress my research into this side of my family any further and I cannot begin to tell you how frustrating this is!
So if anyone out there reading this is familiar with this family and has any further information concerning them I really would appreciate it and cannot begin to describe how much it would mean to me.
In the course of my research I have been able to link up with two cousins from two separate strands of my father’s side f the family and we are all stuck at the same point.
One last piece of information that may help.
In discussions with the cousins that I mentioned we all have confirmed that each of us have independently throughout our childhood heard stories of our family having Romany roots. For me personally this is perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of my family tree (as you can probably guess from the title of this site/blog) and so if you could help in any way I really would appreciate it.
Kevin – The Unsettled Settler