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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Joseph Brewell, sweep and Chelsea Pensioner?

Joseph Brewell was Ari’s 5x great-grandfather, born in 1799. In the 1841 census he was listed in North End, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, working as a sweep, and not born in the county. In 1851 he is listed as a sweep and Chelsea Pensioner, born in Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire. This is where he seems to have enlisted, and there are some records showing him in the 7th Regiment of Foot, 1st and 2nd Battalions from June to Dec 1815, stationed at Dover.

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Source: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Muster Books and Pay Lists; Class: WO 12; Piece: 2545.

He seems to have served in the African Corps until 1826 when he was discharged with a diseased left ankle.

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Source: WO 97 – Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service Records 1760-1913 (Findmypast).

However, the 1861 census gives his place of birth as Cornwall, and the 1871 census says it was Truro, where we can find a baptism on 31 May 1799. So this is a bit of a mystery – are there two different people here?  Joseph died in 1877 and is buried in Wirksworth.

Ari, this shows how you are related to Joseph:

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