Friday, April 5, 2013

Farmer Research Day and Abbots Ann Parish Registers

The Farmer family Research Day and again this is a line that begins its long stretch backwards with Ann Farmer married to John Blake 4 Sep 1823 at Andover. Ann was born 19 Apr 1804 at Little London, Andover and baptized 11 May 1804 at the Parish Church of Andover. She died 27 Mar 1893 at Upper Clatford and was buried 31 Mar 1893 at Upper Clatford. Ann was my Grandfather Blake's grandmother. She lived next door to them and my Grandfather was almost eighteen years old when she died. He knew her very well and she supplied him with many details on his Blake family but also telling him about her mother Elizabeth Lambden who had married Isaac Farmer 16 Aug 1789 at Woodhouse, Andover. Elizabeth Lambden Farmer lived to be 96 years of age. She was baptized 16 Mar 1766 at Andover the daughter of Nathanael and Sarah Lambden. She died 28 Aug 1862 at Knights Enham and I do not yet know where she was buried. Tomorrow is Lambden Research Day so I will check Find My Past to see if that information is available.

Ann Farmer was the youngest child of six and her father Isaac Farmer was buried 18 Mar 1808 at Andover. Isaac is a bit of a mystery. He may be the Isaac Farmer who was christened 6 May 1764 at Collingbourne Kingston son of John Farmer. His signature on his marriage registration is very neatly formed and John Farmer was a farmer at Collingbourne Kingston so perhaps could afford to educate his sons. There were three children baptized by John Farmer and his unknown wife at Collingbourne Kingston - John baptized 12 Dec 1756, Joseph 9 Sep 1759 and of course Isaac in 1764. John Farmer was buried 15 Oct 1771 at Collingbourne Kingston leaving behind his sons of ages 15, 12 and 7. Who raised them? That is a mystery that might be solved with the Collingbourne Kingston parish registers. Ancestry has an interesting Farmer marriage at Collingbourne Ducis 3 Oct 1709 John Farmer married Mary Akars. The father of John Farmer was also a John Farmer.

Because I do not yet own the parish registers for Collingbourne Kingston and I can not really do much on the Farmer family from afar I will also devote this research time to working on the Abbots Ann Parish Registers. These Registers have entered into the Commonwealth time period and are poorly kept and few entries. However, what there is I will attempt to transcribe.

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