An interesting enquiry – Tucker or Castledine

Our curator recently received a request for help with tracing a member of a family. Well, in truth, such enquiries are very common and we do our best to help. But this one ended up being rather interesting.

Here’s the email that came in.

I am researching a Castledine who may be an ancestor of mine who was born in Market Lavington.  He is now buried in Rothley, Leicestershire.  His name was Theodore Augustus Tucker Castledine and he was born 19th August 1832.  I am a bit confused as his mother apparently was Arabella Tucker but Tucker seems to be her married name so not quite sure how it came to be Theodore’s middle name.  But I have to start somewhere so would like to find his baptism if possible.

We have baptism records at the museum (a transcript by The Wiltshire Family History Society). A quick check found nobody called Castledine but a Theodore Augustus Tucker was baptised, at Market Lavington, on October 3rd 1831. His parents were William and Arabella Tucker and William was a surgeon. At the museum, we believe this is the person our correspondent was after although, clearly, a date is wrong for the records give a baptism date some 10 months before the suggested birth date.

The International Genealogical Index – despite its truly horrid new search engine – came up trumps with a marriage between William Tucker and Arabella Castledine at St Pancras in London in 1823.

Our curator then tried Google, searching for “Theodore Tucker” Castledine. This came up with a fascinating page from the London Gazette of 23rd December 1856.

Extract from the London Gazette for 23rd December 1856 regarding Theodore Tucker, born Market Lavington

So, as we see, our correspondent was seeking a Castledine baptism rather than a Tucker one. Theodore only added the Castledine to his name when he was in his 20s, by permission of Queen Victoria.

Incidentally, we know little of this family at the museum. A person surnamed Tucker contributed one pound to the fund to remove the turnpike gates in 1825. A William Tucker is listed as an elector in Market Lavington for the 1836 election. Had an 1841 census for Market Lavington have survived, we might have known a little more.

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