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Louisa Little (known as Mary) married my great-grandfather Charles Cook. Her mother Frances Cross (c.1820-1848) is known to be married to James Little b. in Cheltenham 1812, a plasterer. However, I cannot trace Frances' birth or her marriage to James (thought to be 1842-3). The family believe that the Crosses had a musical background. Also there is a family tale that Frances was the offspring of a French noble family (De Croy or Du Cros) who escaped France from either the French Revolution or the Napoleonic Wars. Certainly, my ancestors all spoke a smattering of very good French despite their occasional impoverishment. Where did this come from? Louisa's husband, Charles, was one of the younger Cook siblings of that very large family of market gardeners who owned and operated in Alstone and Little Swindon for nearly two hunded years. I should be grateful for any help in finding more about Frances and would welcome information, stories, photos of the Cook Family.

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