Aaron Pearce and Damaris King were Shadrach's parents and were therefore my great great great grandparents. They lived in the first half of the eighteen hundreds which was a fairly difficult time in rural England, however it was a period for which records began to be more systematically kept.
Aaron is also referenced in the following records
The term cordwainer means a shoemaker according to the British Reference Collection of Microsoft Bookshelf, as follows
Cordovan cordovan or (archaic) cordwain,
noun goatskin leather, originally from Cordova (Córdoba) in Spain.
cord'wainer or cord'iner noun (archaic) a worker in cordovan or cordwain; a shoemaker.
Damaris was buried 28 July 1870, aged 66, in Sydenham, Oxford, England.
Damaris's head stone in St Mary's Sydenham; it reads
Further mention occurs on six of the Christening records of her children plus the following census information
The following chart shows the baptism records from Buckinghamshire relative to this family.
|Buckinghamshire||* recorded in Sydenham|
By 1861 census, Matilda PEARCE, granddaughter, 5, born Sydenham was living with the family
By 1881 census, Aaron PEARCE had Matilda Jane PEARCE, unmarried, 25 yrs, grand daughter born at Sydenham, Oxford and Minnie STEVENS, 13 yrs, granddaughter born at Towersey, Buckingham, both Dressmakers living with him. He was a widower at this time.
Wendy Archer from England (one of Don's contacts) has provided a brief description of Sydenham where the Aaron Pearce family lived as follows
It's still a very small village on the Eastern edge of Oxfordshire, in mainly agricultural land. It's on the old coaching road from London to Oxford, about 20 miles from Oxford.
I have been lucky enough to have visited Thame several times starting with July 2000 and it is a substantial and prosperous town of 10,000 people. If you would like more information then visit the web site at Thame.