|One of my maternal great-great-grandmothers was Amanda KING (1848-?). Amanda was born at Frome, Somerset, probably the second child of George KING (1813?-1879) and Martha GUY (1820-85). Amanda was named after her mother's sister, Amanda GUY.|
|Amanda KING married Thomas OLLIVER (1852-94) at Brighton, Sussex in 1873. They only seem to have had one child, Edward Olliver (1873-1924). Proof that my Edward Olliver was this child took 12 years to emerge. Edward's marriage certificate (obtained in 1994) said that his father's name was also Edward Olliver but as there was no sign of such a family I suspected that the name was incorrect but couldn't prove it. Amanda had apparently vanished after the 1881 census, there was no trace of her in the later censuses or the death indexes and she didn't seem to have married again after her husband died. In spring 2006 I got lucky -.-.-|
I was contacted by Mark Sellar of Edinburgh who had come across my website, he had obtained one of Edward Olliver's medals and it didn't fit with the rest of his collection. Mark had also commissioned research into Edward's army career and those documents very surprisingly enabled me to discover what had happened to his mother.
|Back to Amanda/Eliza KING's ancestors. George KING (1813?-1879) married Martha GUY (1820-85) at her home village of Horningsham, Wiltshire in 1845. They had at least nine children, the first was baptised at Horningsham, the rest were born at Frome in Somerset which is only a few miles from Horningsham. One looks to have died at about 18 months, the others survived to adulthood. George worked as a Cooper (barrel maker) and Beer House keeper at Blatchbridge in south-east Frome from at least 1861. George looks to have died in 1879 at the age of 66 and Martha presumably continued to run the beer house, she's listed as such in 1881. FreeBMD has a death entry for Martha in 1885 at the age of 64.|
|George KING said at his marriage that his father was Nathaniel KING. FreeBMD has a death index entry for a Nathaniel King in the registration district of Frome in 1840, as entries for that date don't have an age it's not certain it was him. Perhaps I'll get the certificate when/if the ages get added to the official on-line indexes in a few years time. As he appears to have died before the 1841 census that route is closed for obtaining any information about him. George consistently reported in the census returns that he was born at Frome, his age in the censuses suggest he was born in 1814, his death entry suggests a year or two earlier. The IGI coverage for Somerset is not good enough to verify this, researching at Taunton has not yet been attempted.|
However, in the last few years a website has been set up by David Smart for people with Frome ancestry. David and his team of transcribers have produced baptisms and marriages for Frome St John as well as some other parishes. Thanks to this team I have the likely baptism entries for George KING, his last four children, George's siblings, Nathaniel's baptism and those of his siblings. George and his family's 1851 census entry suggests they were living in a different part of Frome to their later entries so their earlier children, including Amanda, were probably baptised elsewhere.