Joseph is one of the fifty of Ari’s 5x great-grandfathers whose names we know. He was born in 1802 in Pershore, Worcestershire, the oldest son of William Waters and Sarah Andrews. His baptism took place at the church of the Holy Cross and St Edburga on 25 July. The church is a former abbey, built in the eleventh century.

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In about 1830, he married Mary, but no record has been found for this, so we don’t know her surname. In the 1841 census, Mary isn’t there, but Joseph is with his parents and his and Mary’s two sons, William and Thomas.

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1841 census for Holy Cross Parish, from Ancestry.co.uk

I found a burial for Mary Waters, aged 27, on 6 October 1835 at the same church in Pershore.

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A monument in the church

In 1851, Joseph is living as a lodger with Thomas and Mary Harris, and working as an agricultural labourer. His oldest son William had married by then and Thomas was working as a farm labourer and living on the farm in the parish of St Martin, Worcester.

In 1861, Joseph is living next door to his now-married son Thomas in Pershore High Street, and his brother George is living with him (all three men are agricultural labourers).

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Coat of arms on a gate post in Pershore

Joseph died on 4 March 1865.

Ari, this is how you are related to Joseph:

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