Early Punch Family

My earliest confirmed Punch ancestor is Thomas Punch, born ca 1796 in Wareham, Dorset, England[1].  

Thomas married Ann Brown on 26 July 1824 at St James' Church of England, Poole, Dorset[2].  Their Banns were read on 11, 18 and 25 July[4].

Ann was baptised on 1 April 1810 in Winterbourne-Steepleton, Dorset[4,8].  Her parents were John Brown and Mary.

When their first son, Thomas James, was baptised, Thomas stated his occupation as Mariner.

St James' C of E, Poole, Dorset

Ann's baptism entry

from St James' Poole parish records

Sometime after Thomas James was born in Poole in 1825, the family moved to the Docklands area of London, possibly, initially to the Poplar district.  

When Eliza was born in 1834 the family had moved to Limehouse.

Ref 3 has Thomas and Ann and their young family living in Tower Hamlets, London, Parish of St Dunstan, Stepney in 1841.  

With them are their children:- (Thomas) James (16 yrs), John (14 yrs), Sarah (12 yrs), William (10 yrs), Charles (8 yrs), Eliza (6 yrs), Louisa (4 yrs), Emily (2 yrs) and Maria (1 yr).

Google Maps - Stepney, Limehouse, Poplar Location

From the 1841 UK Census

In 1851, the family was living at 1 Ratcliff Square, Parish of St Anne's, Limehouse.  Thomas worked as a Shipwright.  Ann was noted as a Storekeper, General Goods[1].  The children mentioned then were:- Sarah (22 yrs), Charles (18 yrs), Eliza (16 yrs), Emily (12 yrs), Maria (10 yrs), Helena (8 yrs) and Andrew (6 yrs).   Isabella Eleanor is missing.  That's a total of 12 children that have been found.

From the 1851 UK Census

Thomas Passes On

Thomas died on 15 Oct 1852 at the family's house in York Road, Stepney.  He suffered from Rheumatic Fever for 4 days and Perotinitus for 4 hours just before his death.  His daughter-in-law, Catherine (Lock) was the informant and she lived at 7 Regent Street, Limehouse at the time.[6].

from Thomas' death certificate

Ann Continued for a short time...

In 1861, Ann and her last son, Andrew, were living at 8 Batson Street, Limehouse.  Ann is noted as the Head of the family since Thomas had died in 1852.

 1861 UK Census

Ann died on 18 April 1861 in Stepney, London.  She suffered from heart disease for 2 years[7,9].

   Ann Brown's death certificate

Wareham and Poole are near neighbours.  Perhaps Thomas went to poole to learn the trade of Shipwright.

Poole is located approx 180 km south-west of London on the English Channel.

Winterbourne-Steepleton is located approx 45 km west of Poole.
Images from Google Maps

Thomas Punch and Ann Brown's Children
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1.  Thomas (James) Punch was born ca 1825 in Poole, Dorset, England[2].  
Thomas married Catherine Lock and emigrated to Australia in 1857.

2.  John (Joseph) Punch was baptised 31 January 1827.  
John married Maria Wright and emigrated to Australia in 1852.

3.  Sarah Ann Punch was born on 4 February 1829 in Poplar, London..  
Sarah Ann married John Barnes and emigrated to Australia with her older brother in 1857.

4.  William Henry Punch was born on 20 November 1830 in Poplar, London.

5.  Charles Alexander Punch was born on 15 October 1832 in Poplar, London.  
Charles emigrated to Australia.

6.  Eliza Jane Punch was born on 29 Sep 1834 in Limehouse, London.

7.  Louisa Charlotte Punch was born on  9 August 1836 in Limehouse, London.
Louisa Charlotte married Charles Young and emigrated to Australia with her older brother and sister in 1857.

8.  Emily Martha Punch was born on 25 October 1838 in Limehouse, London.

9.  Maria Amelia Punch was born on 2 November 1840 in Limehouse, London.  
Maria Amelia married Thomas George Pegg and emigrated to Australia in 1873.

10.  Helena Punch was born ca 1842, presumably in Limehouse, London.

11.  Isabella Eleanor Punch was born on 20 November 1843 in Limehouse, London.

12.  Andrew Benjamin Punch was born on 4 March 1845 in Limehouse, London.

All Saints C of E, Poplar

St Anne's, Limehouse

  1. 1851 UK Census, HO / 107 / 1551
  2. International Genealogy Index
  3. 1841 UK Census, HO/107/701
  4. Ancestry Parish Records - www.ancestry.com
  5. 1861 UK Census
  6. Thomas Punch b ca1796 death certificate
  7. England & Wales FreeBMD Death Index - Stepney, Vol 1c, Page 326
  8. Ann Brown b1810 baptism entry
  9. Ann Brown b1810 death certificate