My Ancestors by Linda Maureen Searle Updated December 11, 2005
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This family tree was started about 4 years ago in 2001. With only my grandparents date of births and no other records available at the time have managed to go back to the mid 1770s with most branches. Starting with the 1901 census my great grandparents were located and marriage and birth certificate provided the next step backwards in finding their parents. With the release of census back to 1851 and in some places 1841 have been able to trace further ancestors. At times it has been difficult as two great grandparents were born out of wedlock and births had been registered in their mothers' maiden names. A deadlock was reached with Robert Court, a harness maker, my gt gt grandfather who died aged 27. No birth certicate has been located for him, although he is registered as being baptised with parents named as Isaac and Mary Ann.
At first he couldnt be found on the 1871 census as his mother had married again and he had taken his stepfathers name. After searching through every Robert who was born in 1852 in Sudbury, a Robert C Cahill, a harness maker was found. I ordered the marriage certificate of the parents listed and found that Mary Ann Cahill was a widow with the married name of Court and maiden name of Amey. Her second husband was listed as a soldier in the 47th Light Regiment as was her father. From this I was able to go back further generations. It was found that she had been born in Ireland to a soldier father and subsequently married in Ireland to Robert's father Isaac. A trip to the National Archives found Isaac's regiment and his date of death on the battlefield in the Crimea. It also gave details of his origins, Glastonbury, Somerset. With the help of Genes Reunited, a David Court was found to have an Isaac in his family tree and he supplied details of the Court family back to 1660.
After Isaac died, Mary Ann married Robert Cahill. Her two children by Isaac went to live with their grandparents in Sudbury. The Ameys had originated from Sudbury before joining the army. Mary Ann and Robert had three more children, in Ireland, Canada and then back in Sudbury. On her return to Sudbury she ran tea rooms from her home at 61 Cross Street while her mother in law Ann Amey ran the local pub "The Spread Eagle" at 88 Cross Street. These building are still standing and are featured in the book Heritage????