Our Creswicke line is not at all what we thought it was!
My mother Sandra and I had thought we were descended from Henry Lebzeltern Creswicke, who was born in 1777, and who was the last male of the Moreton in Marsh line.Now I know that this Henry died in 1800, so he cannot have fathered our ancestor Frederick Creswicke who was born in Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire in 1810.
Frederic CRESSWICKE, baptized 2 Dec 1810, son of Henry and Leah, Rotherfield Peppard, Oxfordshire. Henry and Leah ("not-his-wife" according to some of the parish records) had at least 3 other children: Anne (bap. 1813), Robert (bap 1815) and Alfred (bap 1818 - died in childhood).
We have not as yet found Henry and Leah in the 1841 census. Leah Creswicke died in 1845 in Kensal New Town.
The 1851 census has Henry Cresswicke (Widower) age 70 as a Laundress (!) born in Gloster (?) with his children Robert (age 32 born in Oxford),Francis (age 29) born in Essex, Edna (age 36 born in Hants), and Ann (age 34 born in Oxford).There is a curious notation in the census: A Very Insolent Old Man and could only with great difficulty be persuaded to state what he has. Himself Sons & Daurs carry on the Laundry Business. Mom questions whether or not he gave correct information, and whether Edna of Hants and Francis of Essex were in fact Creswicks. Nor do we necessarily believe the Gloucester birthplace.
The mysterious Henry Creswicke died 12 Feb 1852 in Kensal Town, St. Luke Chelsea. Henry Creswicke, 74 years, decayed gentleman, old age and exhaustion,Robert Creswicke present at death.
I wonder if the Berkshire Creswicks (who I am not very familiar with) are connected in some way?
Does anyone have a Henry Cres(s)wick(e) born 1778-1781, in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire or anywhere else?
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions. We are definitely learning all sorts of interesting things - so far mostly about other lines of Creswicks!