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Re - William 1808. As I mentioned our records have a William b.1807, born in Oulton, also listing his wife Mary and their children which suggests to me that it may have been a census record extract, probably from 1851. Until Mary returns from Australia to identify the source we seem to be stuck on that piece of information.
Prior to the full introduction of passports there used to be permits to travel abroad and these records are normally to be found at The National Archives (TNA). I suppose it is possible that there may be some copies at Norwich too.
Is there anything else on this Bastardy Bond about Charles? Is he described as single. Was he self employed? Was his age given? Was William born in the workhouse? By the way the Society would appreciate having a copy of the bond.
How did you discover that Charles and Susannah had travelled to and in America?