Has anyone come across a marriage between Charles CLAPP and Mary Ann COLES, probably in the mid 1820s?
Their first child was baptised at St Bridget's church in Brean on 16th May 1826.
In all the censuses from 1841 until their deaths they were living in Berrow.
In the census records Mary Ann claims to have been born in Berrow some time between 1806 and 1813, but I can find no trace of her birth. There is a Mary Ann Coles, illegitimate daughter of Mary Coles, baptised on 4th July 1806 at Kewstoke, who might be her, unless anyone knows otherwise.
In the census records Charles claims to have been born some time between 1803 and 1806. His place of birth in 1851 is illegible; 1861 says Berrow; and 1871 and 1881 say Stone Allerton. He appears to have died in the first quarter of 1885. I had thought he was the one who died in 1866, but probate records have shown that that was the one married to Ann, not Mary Ann. Curiously Mary Ann does claim to be a widow in 1871 and is employed as a housekeeper for a James Amesbury. If Charles was born in Stone Allerton, I suspect he may be the son of Richard and Fanny Clapp, born 26th May 1804 and baptised at Chapel Allerton 21st September 1806. I can't prove this, but Richard and Fanny Clapp had a son Richard, baptised Weare on 5th March 1811, and there is a Richard Clapp marrying a Harriett West also in Brean on 28th May 1833.
Sorry this a rather long, but I wouldn't want anyone to waste time going through records that I have already seen. Any help to break through these brick walls would be much appreciated.