Hi James - thanks for your reply. I am also a descendant of Robert John NOBES. This would make us about 3rd cousins I think. My great-grandmother was Jessie WAKE (nee NOBES). Your web site is full of some very useful information for me.
However, I am curious about the date of William and Elizabeth's marriage - (8-Aug-1847) -I have seen this date published before in the Wauchope Family History, but I have not been able to find a marriage registered on that date in the names of William NOBES and Elizabeth SMITH.
I am also doubtful about the date of Robert John NOBES' birth - again there is no birth registered in that name on that date that I can find in the St Catherine's indexes.
I guess the marriage and birth could have been registered at later dates. However having been taken up wrong paths before, I am now loath to accept any dates unless I have seen evidence in the form of certificates etc. Have you sighted such evidence for these events? The Wauchope Family History book contains a number of errors for my family - (I notice that these errors are repeated on your web page by-the-way - my name and my birth date are recorded incorrectly for example) - so it is possible other details have been recorded incorrectly as well.
I have ordered some certificates from the UK which I hope may assist - will let you know when they arrive.