Wednesday, April 28, 2021

#52Ancestors "Great" - 7 of our many-Great-grandparents

Another post in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. I am way behind, but every post is another post! Today I am a few weeks late, but am sharing on the theme "GREAT" deciding to look up the earliest ancestors I could document.  Most of these ancestors are my 6th to 9th greatgrandparents.  Almost all of my family names have at least an estimated birthdate based on whatever document I was able to find - a marriage record, a birth record of their child, etc. Some dates were from transcriptions done by local societies or individuals. But for some, the original Parish Registers were online, and wonderfully readable, and the lines were followed step by step. Here are a few of the baptized ones I found, from 1566 up. I've included one of the snippets I took from my downloaded register pages.

BENT, Robert b. 29 Sep 1566 Weyhill, Hampshire, England; m. Annis GOSLING 13 Oct 1589, Weyhill, Hampshire.

BERRINGTON, Agnis [Annis], bap 10 Oct 1568 Datchet, Buckingham, Eng; father's name Thoms. BERRINGTON; m. Robert TINKER 14 Feb 1591 New Windsor, Berkshire, Eng

CLARKE, Thomas bap 7 Mar 1568 Banham, Norfolk, Eng;, father's name Rowland CLARKE; m. Mary CANNE abt 1600, Banham, Norfolk, Eng.  

TROWBRIDGE, John, bap 25 Mar 1570 Taunton Somerset Eng; father's name Thomas TROWBRIDGE; m. 31 Jul 1597 Agnes PROWSE in Tiverton, Somerset Eng.

PROWSE/PROUSE, Agnes, bap 14 Apr 1576 Tiverton Devon Eng; father's name John PROWSE; m. John TROWBRIDGE as above.

SEARLE, Robert, bap 12 May 1576 Honiton Devon Eng; bap with no further info; d. between 20 Mar 1644 and 15 Jan 1646 [Will, Probate]

TREAT, Richard, bap 28 Aug 1584 Pitminster Somerset Eng; father's name Robert TROTT; m. Alice GAYLARD [var.] 27 Apr 1615 Pitminster, Somerset Eng.  Note the TREAT family in the USA were known as TROTT [or variants] in England.

One of my favourite activities is to dig through a Parish Register, page by page by page, trying to read those very early ones from 1500s to early 1700s. Some early registers are very clearly written, neat, tidy, adequate ink on the pen; others are a scribbling splotchy mess. Occasionally the writing was clearly meant to be ornamental for the priest's satisfaction! Amazing variations.

The 1500s Banham Norfolk England Parish Register was a total delight to read. Scanning the pages, I was able to read a significant number of the words and names. Very satisfying. 

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If these are your ancestors, I am happy to share what little I have on these ancestors. And if there are errors, please do let me know, via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis