I am continuing on with the Upper Clatford burial register (Parish Register 1) and I hope to complete it later today which will bring me up to 1724 for baptisms, marriages and burials. There was a large gap in the burial register between 1613 and 1631 with no entries on these years and all of the years between. In total there are 267 burials up to the end of 1643. At the end of 1643 there was 458 baptisms so the situation at Penton Mewsey does appear to be one of healthy growth in this time period. There were also 100 marriages in this time period. Interestingly the marriages do not really affect the growth so much because people move about a great deal marrying even to the little village of Penton Mewsey. Were there so many run away marriages in those days or was it that people were working on the local farms and decided to get married and the priest put down their place of settlement rather than their place of living at that time. Was there a big difference in that at time time? Was settlement an issue? Will gradually work through these queries. It doesn't appear to affect my families at all as they tend to stay for a long time in one particular place but there are a couple that move about like the Coleman family from Goodworth Clatford to Upper Clatford to Abbotts Ann. There always seem to be an Inn involved though with this family - perhaps they are selling off their lease at one place and moving on to the next to see if it is a better venture. Slowly the pieces come together for my family lines as more and more of their past is revealed to me in small ways. However, for some family lines there is so little known especially my Buller line in Bermondsey. I need to read the registers there for St Olave, St Mary Magdalen, St Mary (Newington) and a couple of others. Perhaps then I will be able to sort out my Buller family. Gradually the families that married into the Buller line are coming into focus - Beard and Hemsley.
I wrote to three of the Blake researchers that I am corresponding with yesterday but haven't heard anything back yet. I told them my rethink on the Robert Blake at Penton Mewsey and that I rather think he is the Robert Blake at Andover. One reason for this thought is the Admon for John Blake at Penton Mewsey written 27 August 1757.
"On which day Administration of all and singular the goods and Chattles Rights and Credits of John Blake late of the Parish of Penton Mewsey in the County of Southampton and Diocese of Winchester Deceased Intestate, was granted and Committed unto John Blake of the Parish of Andover in the County and Diocese aforesaid the Eldest and Lawful Son of the said Deceased and the said John Blake was duly sworn. Before me George Darling, Surrogate. Hampshire Record Office 1757 A616
Penton Mewsey Baptisms
Blake John son Blake John Em 1693 April 20 1693 April 20
Blake John son Blake Robert 1714 February 22 1714 February 14
Blake John son Blake Peter 1717 September 24 1717 September 3
Blake John son Blake John 1718 April 9 1717 March 2
Only two Johns are born sons of John - one in 1693 and one in 1718
Blake John son Blake John 1596 August 24 of Pewsie
Blake John son Blake Ritchard 1601 October 25
Blake John son Blake Henry 1622 May 4
Blake John son Blake Mr. William 1624 November 1
Blake John son Blake Edward 1630 September 19 of Foxcot
Blake John son Blake Mr. William 1644 August 22 Senior Essenton
Blake John son Blake Mr. William 1649 May 10 of Penton
Blake John son Blake John Elizabeth 1684 February 6
Blake John son Blake John Elizabeth 1689 December 16
Blake John son Blake John Mary 1727 November 19
There are four at Andover but none of them are likely the John father and son pair in the admon.
There are none in this time frame at Upper Clatford.
A little more work on John/John Blake and I may be able to fit him into a particular Blake line. The Blake family does continue at Penton Mewsey and to this day there are a few Blake families at Penton Mewsey.