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The Catlings of Fersfield, Bressingham and Roydon by Don Catling

I have been researching my Catling family roots for many years now. I had the chance to travel to Roydon about 27 years ago where my Great Grandfather married Sarah (Hart) to try and retrace the steps of my ancestors William James and Mary Anne (Bailey) her parents were James and Mary (Saunders).  William was born circa 1815 in West Harling.  He married Mary Anne August 18 1839 in Fersfield,  All of their children were born in Fersfield, Emma: 16 Aug 1840, Charles Stephen: Jan 1842,  William James: 18 Mar 1844 (my great grandfather),  Mary Anne: 1847 and Peter: 1851.  The earliest census I have for them is the 1841 Census, their address was in Hall Lane and their first born Emma aged 1.  The 1851 census shows them living on Folly lane in Bressingham so I believe they must have moved after Mary Annes birth in 1847 and then they must have moved back to Fersfield prior to Peters birth in 1851.  In 1861 it shows them living on Hall Lane again.  The children married and moved on to various areas of England.  Mary Anne Catling (Bailey) died in 1870 in Guiltcross according to the register of deaths.  I cannot find any cemetery that has her burial listed.  William remarried a short time later to Clarissa Saverina who was born about 1830 in Diss.  They later moved to Bradford Yorkshire. I would love to find out where Mary Anne Catling is buried.  I know that she may be buried in either Fersfield, Bressingham or even her birthplace which would be North Lopham.  Do you know of anyone who may have connections with my family or may know of anyone who may have access to any information that would be helpful to me?  I have traced most of them through ancestry, family search and my heritage.  With what I do have now, I wish I could go back and truly trace their steps and one day I will. 

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