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Shropshire / Re: A Contradiction Beatrice Cotton (1767) Monument St Mary's Market Drayton
« on: Wednesday 07 September 16 17:03 BST (UK)  »
Hello Peter

I have persuaded a friend from Market Drayton to have a look at the monument inside St Mary’s Church and this is the text on it:-

“Sacred to the memory of Beatrice the daughter of William COTTON and Beatrice BIRCH.  The wife 1st of William JUSTICE Esq of Albrighton Hall, Staffordshire then of Jasper PECK Esq of Cornish in the County of Debigh.
The mother of many children in who’s virtues and affection she found a consolation for the various disappointments she sustained in her fortune.
She was also the great granddaughter and niece to William COTTON Esq of Bellaport where she was born in 1688.
She died in this town in 1767.”

The reference to Albrighton Hall, Staffordshire creates even more questions.  I can’t find any reference that fits that but there is an Albrighton Hall just north of Shrewsbury plus another Albrighton Hall in the east of Shropshire near Shifnal and not far from Staffordshire so you will need to work on that a bit.

For your information Bellaport is located about 4.5 miles NNE of Market Drayton.

The second and third paragraphs above create their own questions. What were the ‘various disappointments she sustained in her fortune’ and how could she be the ‘great granddaughter and niece’ of William COTTON?  Something else for you to struggle with!

Shropshire, UK

Shropshire / Re: Mary price of Preston Gubbals
« on: Saturday 21 April 12 14:10 BST (UK)  »
Hello Janice

The parish register gives the additional information that the parents were from Bomere Heath, which at that time was in the Preston Gubbals parish, and that the father was a labourer.

Mary had a sister named Sarah who was christened on the same day so they may have been twins but I don't think there is anything in the original register to suggest this.

They also had a younger sister named Elizabeth who was baptised on 15 Feb 1829.

I can't see a burial at Preston Gubbals for either of the parents James or Sarah and they are not in the Leaton Burial Register which started in 1860 so you will need to do a wider search for their burials.

They don't appear in the Preston Gubbals Marriage Register and I can't see them in the Shropshire Marriage Index but this is far from complete.

It would appear that you are going to have to wade round adjacent parishes to find the marriage.


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