Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Uriah MARKS (1794-) and Susanna DIX -Married in 1817

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Edna OTWELL > Edwin OTWELL > Jane ASH > Anna Maria MARKS > Uriah MARKS and Susanna DIX 

The family history recorded by Stilson ASHE, Jr.(see previous post) states that Anna Maria was born and baptized in Heytesbury, Wiltshire, England and her parents were Uriah MARKS, shearman, and Susanna.

Uriah MARKS’ parents were Richard MARKS and Mercy STOKES (1755-?). The family was originally from North Bradley, Wiltshire, England and had moved to Heytesbury by Uriah's baptism on 5 February 1804. The name Uriah appears several times in the STOKES family of North Bradley.

We found a 5 October 1817 record of marriage for Uriah MARKS, bachelor to Susanna DIX, spinster in the transcript of Heytesbury Marriages, 1653-1827. The same information was found on Pallots Marriage Index, 1780-1837 and in the Wiltshire Parish Registers. No additional information has been found for Susanna.
From Pallots Marriage Index, 1780-1837
Uriah and Susanna had at least 5 children: Anna Maria (our ancestor), Elizabeth (born in 1820), Eliza (born in 1822, may be same as Elizabeth or possibly a typo), William, Jane and Henry.

The family history recorded by Stilson HART (see previous post) states that William and possibly Lizzie were the names of the siblings that came to Toronto with Anna Maria after the death of their parents. William became a Methodist Minister and we found records confirming he was a minister teaching in a school in Toronto. No information has been found for Lizzie.

We know that the move to Canada occurred before 1838 when Anna Maria married in Toronto. To date, the only death record found for a Uriah MARKS in England was an 1846 record in Alderberry, another small Wiltshire village.

Interestingly, a Uriah MARKS showed up in the 1842 Toronto census. He was listed as a laborer. We also found a Toronto marriage registry for Uriah MARKS to Mary BRIEN on 25 May 1846. The marriage was by Banns and the witnesses were William MARKS and Elijah MARKS (which looks a lot like "Eliza MARKS"). Could Uriah have brought his children to Toronto? More research is needed.