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Anne-Marie Ford    -    31 August 2018

Kerenhappuch Loveridge was the daughter of Henry Loveridge and Anne Halford, baptised in Buckinghamshire, and had formed a union with William Smith, with whom she had several children. She can be traced, as a widow, ‘aged 70 years,’ in the 1871 census, in a caravan at Eastcotts, Bedfordshire, where she is described as a cousin of the couple she is lodging with, John and Ann Smith, and their children, Sophia, 21, Synderilla/Cinderella, 18, James, 17.  

It might be supposed that she is related to John Smith through her marriage into the Smiths, or that the term ‘cousin’ is being used very loosely, but, in fact, her presence here, and her relationship with the family, may be connected to Ann Smith.

It seems a hopeless task to try to trace an Ann Smith, but the cousin link and census record where John’s wife claims birth at Wootton, Bedfordshire in about 1825, surely identifies her exactly.  

An Ann Loveridge was baptised on 11th August 1822 at Wootton, the daughter of Solomon and Mary Loveridge (formerly Pearce), and this child would indeed be a cousin of Kerenhappuch’s, for Solomon, Ann’s father, was a son of William and Margaret Loveridge, who also had a son named Henry. This sibling of Solomon’s was the Henry who partnered Anne Halford – whose first known child was Kerenhappuch Loveridge.

Kerenhappuch is therefore a cousin, as she maintains in the 1871 census, but a cousin of Ann’s, formerly a Loveridge. Such references in census records can confuse, and may well prove inaccurate, but they also offer evidence of some fascinating family connections. For more information regarding the Loveridges please see the Family Tree book available online from the Romany and Traveller Family History Society website, or Genfair.

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