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Ralph Speare 1808-1882

Ralph is the 3rd child of Richard Speare & Mary Ward.  He was baptised 3rd July 1808 in Inwardleigh, Devon.  Ralph was married to Elizabeth Davey in 1846 in Devon.  They had 3 daughters

Annie Speare 1848

Mary Elizabeth Speare 1849

Sarah Jane Speare 1852

I have been unable to locate Ralph at the time of the 1841 Census.  I did find him 10 years later in 1851 living in Upton Pyne with his wife Elizabeth & 2 daughters.  Ralph was shown as an Attendant to Lunatics.   The Head of household was Elizabeth Roberts who is probably related to Joseph Roberts who married Ralph's sister Mary.

Upton Pyne Census 1851


The next time I am able to find Ralph on a census is in 1871.  Ralph & Elizabeth are now living at 10 Northgate Street in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.  The 3 daughters are still living with them they also have 3 servants.

1871 Census Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

10 years later Ralph & Elizabeth are living at 2 Colville Gardens, Kensington, London.  Annie & Mary are also living with them.  Mary is Principal of a School which is based at the same address.  The other daughter Sarah was a School Governess living in Holdenhurst, Hampshire.

1881 Census image Kensington, London

Ralph Speare passed away on 11th December 1882 at 2 Colville Gardens, Kensington, London.  Elizabeth, Ralph's wife died in 1897 in Richmond District, London

Ralph Speare death certificate



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