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Sweet Immigration to Guernsey
Information courtesy of John Beschizza, a descendent of William Sweet & Elizabeth Ring.
Sometime between the 1851 Census of Merriott and 1856, James Sweet and his wife Mary Trask and their children moved from Merriott to Martock in Somerset. James was a shepherd. Of their children, their son William, who married Elizabeth Ring in 1876, moved with his family, including daughter Louisa Ellen May Sweet, to Guernsey around 1880. William & Elizabeth had already had two other children in Martock, who had died in infancy. The couple went on to have a further 10 children on Guernsey. John believes that William, who was a shepherd like his father, moved to Guernsey to work for a master butcher by the name of Best.
Of William & Elizabeth’s children, Hilda Maude Sweet left Guernsey and emigrated to Canada. Henry Charles Sweet born 9 February 1899 and Nellie Gertrude Sweet both stayed on Guernsey, although both had children who emigrated to Australia. Sydney Sweet died on board a ship in harbour in Australia aged 18 years.
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