Friday, October 31, 2014

Number 5 Brick Wall

Brick Wall Number 5: Wife of William Molton

This brick wall seems a bit out of order but I created this order a couple of years ago and at that time I did not know for sure the parents of Hannah Arnold (my 3x great grandmother). I met an Arnold cousin online and he had been able to verify his family lore that Hannah Arnold was the daughter of William Arnold and Elizabeth Malton (online transcription of marriage). But we could not find the parents of Elizabeth Malton. The transcription of the original marriage register was incorrect and it wasn't until my cousin visited the Dorset Record Office that the correction was made to Molton and he discovered that Elizabeth Molton was the daughter of William and Sarah Molton but he could not find this marriage.

Elizabeth Molton was baptized 20 Apr 1766 at Winterborne Whitchurch as were her five siblings. Sarah (her mother) was buried 13 Jan 1799 at Winterborne Whitchurch and her father William was baptized 2 Aug 1743 at Winterborne Whitchurch son of John and Elizabeth Molton with John being baptized 20 Jul 1714 at Winterborne Whitchurch son of John and Elizabeth Molton. Elizabeth (wife of John baptized 1714) was buried 18 Jun 1781 at Winterborne Whitchurch and John was buried 24 Jul 1784 at Winterborne Whitchurch.  His parents were both buried at Winterborne Whitchurch - John buried 29 Apr 1747 (aged 64 years) and Elizabeth buried 14 Dec 1768. The children of both sets of John and Elizabeth were all baptized at Winterborne Whitchurch. My cousin still works in England and doesn't get down to Dorset often but hopefully on his next trip we might learn even more.

This remains a brick wall for me but I haven't really done any of the work on this line. The Dorset records are now on Ancestry so will search these out for a bit today. There isn't a marriage for William Molton to Sarah on Ancestry. I also checked Find My Past, Family Search and the Dorset OPC site. A mystery remains with regard to the surname of Sarah my 5x great grandmother. I really have not found anything about this family at Winterborne Whitchurch. Checking the census at Winterbourne Whitechurch in 1851 does not reveal any Molton families. There are Molton families at Bridport and Blandford. I have not traced all the lines down and perhaps one day will do that just out of curiosity.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Genealogy Brick Wall Number 6

Brick Wall Number 6: Wife of Nathanael Lambden

It was a tossup which of the Lambden brickwalls would be 6 or 7 but Sarah is one generation earlier to me than the parents of Nathanael so she became my Brick Wall Number 6. I have known that Sarah was the wife of Nathanael almost from the beginning of my research. Odd times I have tried to find the marriage of Nathanael and Sarah but I haven't gone so far as to pay for the marriage CD for Berkshire. It could be that there marriage is on that CD. I do not find it on the Hampshire marriage CD which I do have. I suspect that Nathanael was employed at Woodhouse in Andover and possibly as a wheelwright. Why didn't he stay in Berkshire if he was native to Berkshire? That is a mystery that did not pass down through the family.

No hints for this surname as all the children have one forename only. They did not live long enough to appear on the census. I do not find that they married by license yet. The avenues for discovering her surname are very limited. No one is researching this family except for people that I know who are my cousins and also descendant of Nathanael and Sarah through their sons. They are also brickwalled with this marriage but they, like myself, have not been to Berkshire Record Office. Occasionally that thought is discussed as they live in England but none of us carries the Lambden surname and somehow they always end up on the backburner when research travel time comes along and we just do not make it to Berkshire.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Parents of Nathanael Lambden, Brick Wall Number 7

Brick Wall Number 7: Parents of Nathanael Lambden

Nathanael Lambden doesn't appear very often in the records but he signed the marriage registration of his daughter Elizabeth and Isaac Farmer. Isaac Farmer also neatly signed this marriage registration. Elizabeth, however, did not sign but made an X. It is possible that Nathanael was a wheelwright at Woodhouse in Andover but his parentage is somewhat of a mystery. The spelling of his name Nathanael might be a clue and there is a baptism for a Nathanael Lambden 26 Jul 1724 at Bradfield, Berkshire son of John Lambden and Joan Baruttine (married 11 Oct 1721 at Bradfield). When Nathanael and his wife Sarah baptized their children they were named: Nathaniel, John, William and Elizabeth. The children of John and Joan Lambden all baptized at Bradfield: Nathanael (1724), Sarah (1727), Mary (1729), John (1733), Benjamin (1736), Joseph (1739).

I have not yet persued the original record of the Berkshire baptism but the Lambden family is most prevalent in Berkshire in the earlier records (looking at the Public Profiler the most frequent location for Lambden in 1881 was Berkshire and secondly in North Hampshire/Wiltshire). Later records find this family at St Mary Bourne, Hampshire (larger in numbers than in Andover) but no Nathanael found there. Interestingly, Elizabeth's brother Nathaniel Lambden married Catherine Cook at Hurstborne Tarrant 8 Oct 1794 and they named their sons: Nathaniel, William, Thomas and John. This family lived at Hurstborne Tarrant.

Again this brick wall could come down with a more dedicated pursuit of the Lambden family in Bradfield and discovering if Nathanael was a wheelwright as mentioned in another website.

Elizabeth (Lambden) Farmer was my 3x great grandmother and she lived to be 96 years old. My grandfather mentioned her when I was a child as she had died in 1862 (baptized 16 Mar 1766 at Andover) and by 1875 when he was born they must have still been talking about her long life. Her daughter Ann had married John Blake and Ann in her widowhood had lived right next door to my grandfather and likely was the source of many of the stories that he passed on to me about his Farmer/Lambden family. I do not clearly remember if he said that Nathanael was a wheelwright. That memory is too vague - I was just eight years old when he died.

The oldest records for the Lambden family in Berkshire date back to the 1260s. But I have not seen this family researched to any great extent. Until I can actually link back to John and Joan Lambden as the parents of Nathanael, I am brickwalled at this point. It would appear that this family has taken its name from a property known as Lambden.

This website points to a farmhouse known as Lambden at Englefield, Berkshire. Englefield is just 1.9 miles from Bradfield.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Today is brick wall number 8

Brick wall number 8: Parents of Andrew Rowcliffe

I do have the parish registers for Merton where the Rowcliffe family lived.I know that Andrew was buried 3 Feb 1687 at Merton and that his wife was Mary. Their possible son Andrew was born in 1687 or earlier and he married Joan Harvey 8 Jun 1720 at Merton.I do know my ancestry coming down from Andrew Rowcliffe and Joan Harvey.

The St Paul's brief for its rebuilding from 1678 at Merton only lists an Andrew Routly, a Prissila Routly and a Sameull Routlife at Merton in this time period. This is possibly the Andrew that I have suggested as the father of my Andrew married to Joan Harvey. There is some controversy as trees exist naming a William Rowcliffe as the father of Andrew married to Joan Harvey but no William at Merton in 1678.

The Rowcliffe family can be found in the visitation of Devon in 1620:

This perhaps explains having William named as the father of Andrew.

William Rockley of Yearnscomb in the hundred of Hartland married Jone daughter of Bagbeare of Bagbeare in the county of Devon. Their children 1. Thomas Rocliff of Yearnscomb b 1554 married to Christian daughter of John Horne of High Bickington, 2. George b 1555, living 1620, 3. John, 4. Aldered ob s p, 1. Emma.

The children of Thomas and Christian: 1. Arthur ob s p, 2. Francis ob s p, 3. George Rockliffe son and heir, aet 22, 1620, 4. William aet 18, 1. Elizabeth aet 24 and 2. Avis aet 21. This was signed by Thomas Rowclieffe.

Yarnscombe is 8 miles from Merton.

Rowcliffe is largely a North Devon/Somerset name although it is most frequently found in the London area on the 1881 census.

Finding records prior to the late 1600s and after the visitation of 1620 for this family at Merton is a high priority and I need to pursue that so this brick wall may fall down easily or with difficulty!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Brick Wall number 9

And my title will vary because my blog was locked up about five years ago when it was checked out for being spam because of a repeating title! I am spending about an hour a day on my research once again and want to build that back up to 4 or 5 hours per day but will not go back to 8 to 10 or 12 hours per day.

Brick Wall number 9

Wife of John Kent

This particular lady continues within that set of Somerset families that I have. I haven't been to Somerset yet and I suspect that is part of the reason that I have a couple of problems there. The record office at Taunton is said to be excellent and I look forward to having a look one of these days.

John Kent and his wife Elizabeth were the parents of Grace Kent who married Robert Siderfin (5 Feb 1752 at Selworthy) one of the sons of Augustine Siderfin and his wife Mary Davies (Brick Wall Number 10). I have been through the Selworthy Parish Registers having a look because Grace was baptized there (25 Apr 1731). However her elder brother John was baptized at Porlock (15 Feb 1730) so I have also been through the Porlock Parish Registers to find a marriage for John Kent (baptized 28 Jan 1708 Porlock) and Elizabeth (unknown). No luck thus far and there are a few Kent families there. There is an Elizabeth Kent wife of John buried at Porlock 4 Oct 1739.

For the record it is 2 miles from Selworthy to Porlock, it is three miles from Luccombe (another Kent place) to Porlock, it is 4 miles from Wootton Courtenay to Porlock. These are not great distances in terms of movement place to place.

In this early time frame how far would they go to marry? I am confident that John Kent is the son of John Kent and Joan Beague who married 15 Dec 1694 at Luccombe and their children were all baptized at Porlock. This family tended to be blacksmiths.