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1 The Tarr sisters on Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:25 am

Rather a sad story.

Parents John and Mary Ann Tarr married in 1867 Dulverton Somerset.

They had 3 daughters
Ellen born 1867
Rhoda born 1868
Emily born 1870.

In 1872 their mother Mary Ann dies.

From what I can find so far in 1881 the family is separated.   Father John is boarding with George Tarr and his family in South Molton Devon. On the census apart from saying lodging gives no mention if they are related. But both born in Knowstone, Devon. John has not remarried.

Ellen is living with another John Tarr and his wife Hariett in Knowstone. only says she is a relative

Rhoda is living in Dulverton with William and Charity Tarr, Uncle and Aunt.

Emily living in Dulverton with Robert and Sarah Adams, Uncle and Aunt.

We can all guess at various reasons why it happened, but one wanders how often the 2 girls who lived in Dulveton saw their elder sister and father.

Also how the families that they were living with are connected.


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2 Re: The Tarr sisters on Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:13 pm

I didn't know the geography, so had to look it up.

Dulverton and Knowstone are not a million miles apart, so they might have seen each other more often than we might think.

Also, have to remember that the census is only a snapshot of one particular night, so it could be that the three girls were apart that night, but together the rest of the time.


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3 Re: The Tarr sisters on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:47 pm


Yes that's a good thing to bear in mind STG we only have one night every ten years to paint a picture from.  

They could have been separate for a day, a week or longer we can't tell.

4 Re: The Tarr sisters on Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:29 am

Have done some more research on this family and have got into a deeper muddle.

Ellen born 1867, cannot find her after 1881.
Rhoda born 1868. 1891 working as a servant in Bristol
Emily born 1870. 1891 still with the Adams family.

Now John Tarr born 1843 Knowstone, Devon.

As you know I found a John Tarr (single) lodging in South Molton in 1881, but according to 2 family trees (may be more) on ancestry John remarried to a Elizabeth Howe, but in 1871 which I am sure is wrong as Mary Ann died in 1872.
Name: John Tarr
Birth Date:
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Howe
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 05 Oct 1871
Event Place: Dulverton, Somerset, England
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name: Henry Howe
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Marital Status:
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status:
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I07576-0
System Origin: England-EASy
GS Film number: 1526604
Reference ID: Item 48 p 132 n 264

Name: Mary Ann Tarr
Estimated birth year: abt 1844
Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1872
Age at Death: 28
Registration district: Dulverton
Inferred County: Somerset
Volume: 5c
Page: 259

Have checked with FreeBMD no earlier death before 1872.

Just need to see things straight and that I am on the correct line.


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5 Re: The Tarr sisters on Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:31 am

Should of mentioned, John was classed a a widower not single.


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6 Re: The Tarr sisters on Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:14 am


Do we know his fathers name from the 1871 marriage?

The 1867 marriage to Mary Ann gives his father as James Tarr.

It must be a different John Tarr if Mary Ann died after 1871.

Have to go out now but just quickly this could be the 1871 married couple below with a daughter.  Will look more later if needs be Smile 


John Tarr 35 born Knowstone
Elizabeth Tarr 44
Rosetta Tarr 7

7 Re: The Tarr sisters on Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:20 pm


I think you have the right John in 1881 siamese - lodger widower age 35.

The John who married Elizabeth is with her in 1881 as above.

8 Re: The Tarr sisters on Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:20 pm

Thanks Tourmie,

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