There is widespread recording in genealogical records that the above Martha VOSS (b) was the wife of Robert LUCAS (a). These research records probably all have their origin in the same source – the Family Chronicle of George du Toit Voss, who did extensive research into the Vosses of Dorset but who died in 1980.
Various researchers have been puzzled as to why Martha was buried under her maiden name if she had married Robert Lucas.
Alison Smith has just emailed me:
I think Uncle George slipped up with Martha's date of death. There is a burial record for a Martha Voss 1784 in Winterborne Came, but as Martha (b) married Robert Lucas in 1761, I would think that her name would be Martha Lucas thereafter. I found Martha (b)'s burial record dated 9 June 1774 in Owermoigne. It would appear that after Martha's death, Robert married Mary Seaward (bap. 29 Feb 1739 in Osmington), daughter of Roger and Elizabeth Seaward, on 7 July 1775 in Osmington and Elizabeth Lucas (a) is therefor the issue of this marriage and not of Robert and Martha's marriage.
I am minded to accept this finding. I note that it has widespread implications for many researchers of the VOSS and LUCAS families. But it raises the question “Who was the Martha VOSS buried at Winterborne Came on 8th March 1784?”
I have the following records for Martha Vosses in the area:
- Martha VOSS (a), baptised Broadmayne 10th August 1782: no other information and no death located
- Martha VOSS (b), as discussed
- Martha VOSS (c), baptised 22nd April 1761 in Winterborne Came & buried there on 3rd of May 1761
- Martha VOSS (d), baptised 15th April 1722 in Fordington and buried there 21st May 1724
- Martha Rose VOSS, baptised 9th August 1812 in Stinsford, Dorset. Daughter of William VOSS & Christain BARNES, who mainly lived in Stinsford. [Ignore the suffix (d) in my record – an error.]
22nd April 1761 Martha V bap 3rd May 1761 as above bur