The Dance families of Gloucestershire

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The Dance Family of Clearwell


Royal Marine Register







Stokenham Directory 1850

John Dance 1827

William Dance 1837-71

Hannah Dance (Berrow) 1838

A Marine's Attestation




19 year old Joseph Dance (1800-1847) joined the Royal Marines  in October 1820 and was based at Stonehouse Barracks, Plymouth. His entry on the Royal Marines Register shows that he was recruited by Major Bunce at Gloucester, was 19 years old, 5 feet seven and a quarter in height, had brown hair, light hazel eyes, and a fresh complexion. He was born at Stanton, Worcestershire. 

He met and married Ann Pepperell (1800) who we believe was from Torcross near Stokenham in Devon. They were married at Stonehouse on the 18th of June 1823.

His discharge from the Marines after 18 years service was on the 24th of October 1838 and was now suffering from "a good deal knock-kneed", head ache and vertigo. 


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1820s Royal Marine




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Stonehouse Royal Marines Depot, Plymouth




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Date of Attestation                                  9th of October 1820                                                                               Joseph Dance



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Age 19      Height  5ft 7 1/4                                                              Where    Born                     -   Stanton        Worcester



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Brown hair   eyes - light hazel       complexion - fresh                     Recruited by Major Bunce  at Gloucester                     Occupation- Labourer



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       A good deal knock kneed                                                              Discharged 24th October 1838                           Head Ache and Vertigo




Register photo supplied by June Dance whose husband Ronald is a descendant of William.