Hi all. My Pinn line is finally moving somewhere! I laid my search to rest for a while because I was having all sorts of personal probs, so if anyone has been awaiting a reply from me, please get back in touch and I promise I'll respond this time. (note a new email address)
Anyhow. I have now found that my 2xg grandfather was William PINN, born North Tawton, Devon. I know that his wife was called SOWDEN, but the bmd index has 2 female Sowden's on the same marriage page as Wm Pinn, so it would be either Alice or Maria. As he had a daughter called Alice, it could be easy to assume Alice was his wife, but he also had a sister aged 3months on 1881 census who obviously died before 1891.
Most puzzling, though, is his father. 1881 I have Wm living with his mother, Mary A, in South Molton (where the crux of my PINN linkage lies). She is married, the head of the household. I assumed he was perhaps working away from home or something.
I have searched 1891 and found the family in Barnstaple with dad present. He is Samuel, aged 48 (born 1843 ish). I resumed my 1881 search, and cannot find Samuel anywhere. I wondered if he had perhaps changed his name, but searching 1851 brought up a family in North Tawton (where Samuel was born) with a Samuel who has to be the same one (born 1843/4, born in Nth Tawt, dad is a carpenter-Sam's trade in 1891) The parents of this family are Joseph, aged 44 born Crediton and Elizabeth, aged 44, born Exbourne.
Any ideas where Samuel might have been between 1851 and 1891? I thought about maybe prison or something, but they were still subject to census. Would a carpenter be likely to have been working oversees or anything?
There aren't particularly large gaps between any of the children, the ones I know about were born 1872/74/79/81/84/87.