Good to hear from you again – it’s been a long time!
Thomas Gay CRANCH is a difficult one. And the short answer is ……I don’t know. But from his name alone we can deduce that he is either the son or grand-son of James CRANCH & Mary GAY.
From all census references we can guess that he was born 1804/1805.
In 1841 he was:
Thomas Cranch 37 Ag Lab
Thomas Cranch 46 Ag Lab
Thomas Cranch 56 Farm Labourer
Thomas Cranch 66 Farm Labourer
As you know, James CRANCH m. Mary GAY in 1777
They were both buried in East Portlemouth
1823 22-Jan CRANCH James Portlemouth 80
1823 7-Feb CRANCH Mary Portlemouth 70
Their children recorded in East Portlemouth Parish Records are:
1777 23-Nov CRANCH James James Mary (Gay)
1780 18-Jan CRANCH John James Mary
1781 22-Dec CRANCH Elizabeth James Mary
1789 10-Oct CRANCH William James Mary
If Thomas G was the son of James and Mary – that would make her about 50yrs old at his birth. Not impossible, but unlikely?
He might have been the child of James jnr ( but I have no record of a marriage for James) or he might have been the ‘base-born’ son of Elizabeth. Just the fact that Thomas G didn’t name any male child ‘James’ probably rules out that option.
If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them.
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