Thank you so very much for your relies to my 2 posts!! The details of these 2 marriages & the parents of both Mary Bates & Letitia has been eluding me for so long!
That is great to know about the census - I thought her occupation said "FL" & had no idea what it meant lol. That is great to have some things cleared up ie with the Dawes surname. Someone quite a few years back (can't remember their name) had paid a genealogist to research the Beamsely's & determined Letitia's surname was Dawes - from the census I think. From what I know now, I would say that was not accurate.
Yes I did order William Henry's Birth cert.& I'm pretty sure I remember seeing her name as Hennerd - I will have to track it down. I was uncertain as to whether her marriage to James was her first or 2nd - I will definitely have to purchase their marriage cert through OFHS!
Yes Frank was born in NZ, NZ BDM Ref №: 1849/2726. Name: Beamsley, first name: NR. Father: James Beamsley. Mather: Letitia. I think you could be spot on about her going "home to mum" for the birth of William! It has been difficult finding the children's birth records. I have b een searching on ancestry & on the familysearch.org website - but do not know how to search the OFHS? Then I can get a definite marriage date for Letitia also & order the 2 marriage certs for L. Hennerd & M. Bates.
..ok, I'm going to make some requests from OFHS & track down some birth certs. I have etc :-)
thanks again for your help, much appreciated!