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Devon / Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« on: Wednesday 01 August 18 00:49 BST (UK)  »
Greetings and thanks for reading,
A brief history. I may have asked this previously, but can't find it in a search....
A Robert Melhuish was born in Washfield in 1618. He was buried in Washfield in May 1673.
He was a son of Robert Melhuish (no birth located - 1654) and Joan Hagleigh (1566-1645).

There is, in Washfield, the burial of a Margaret Melhuish, wife of Robert Melhuish buried 1687.
I think we can assume that Margaret was the wife of the Robert who died in 1654.

I'm trying to find the name, birth/baptism and marriage of the Margaret, buried 1687.

I have looked for her in several places, FindMyPast, DFHS, Ancestry, Familysearch, Devon OPC.
I've also looked at parishes in Somerset along and close to the Devon border.

If anyone has any information that may help, it would be greatly appreciated.

Keith Jeffery

Australia / Ann Walker born about 1830 died 1859
« on: Wednesday 27 June 18 07:13 BST (UK)  »
We're trying to track down the ancestry of one Ann Walker in Tasmania born about 1830, died 1859. We have no idea at this point where she came from. As far as we can tell, she was not a convict.

In about 1850 odd, she started cohabiting with one Joseph Lawless, a convict (there is no marriage and, in her inquest, she is still Ann Walker). They had 3 children Mary Ann, Thomas and Annie, all born Lawless. She died in 1859 from complications in the childbirth of Mary Ann. From Thomas, most of the Lawlesses in Tasmania are descended, while from Annie most of the Seabournes (lots of spelling variants) in Tassie and NZ are descended.

Also as far as we can tell, she was not a child of James Walker and Esther Tucker who came to Tassie in 1826 on the John Barry as a member of the Veterans Company with two children, James and John. There is a child Ann from this pairing, however she married Joseph Beamer, had 3 children and later cohabited with George Harwood (both Joseph and George were convicts) and had about 12 children according to LINC and the Colebrook church records.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers, Keith

Australia / Veteran Corps
« on: Wednesday 13 June 18 01:05 BST (UK)  »
I'm looking for the members of the Veteran Corps who were recruited from Chelsea Pensioners in the UK in about 1825. More particularly, for one James Walker who was recruited as a private and, with the 3rd Company, arrived in Tasmania on the John Barry in 1826. I have articles from Tasmanian newspapers via Trove that have the ship's arrival in Hobart, but not much other information.
Thanks in advance, Keith Jeffery

Devon / Little Silver near Cadeleigh
« on: Sunday 17 December 17 00:16 GMT (UK)  »
Just north of Cadeleigh in Devon is the small hamlet of Little Silver. In that hamlet was a Congregational Chapel which was built about 1840 by the local landholder Hugh Roberts. It is now a private house.

It has a small graveyard attached which still exists.

I'm trying to find the baptisms/marriages/burials for that chapel. I have sent emails to the South West Heritage Trust and to the National Archives.

Thanks to all, Keith Jeffery

New Zealand Completed Requests / Ken JEFFERY
« on: Saturday 28 October 17 07:16 BST (UK)  »

I'm looking for the death of one Ken (Kenneth) Jeffery, only son of Gladys Mary Uru Jeffery (nee Brown) and Robert Melhuish Jeffery. He was supposed to have had a pulmonary embolism while engaged in the Round the Mountain (Mt Taranaki/Egmont) cycle race in 1965. He was born in Christchurch on 24 Sep 1939 according to an article in the Chch Press. There is no burial in Christchurch Council cemeteries or in Taranaki that I can find around the year concerned, nor is there a bdm entry for a death in 1965.

There is the cremation of a Kenneth Robert Jeffery at the WoodLawn Crematorium in 1983.

PapersPast doesn't go past about 1920, so that's not a lot of use.

Confusingly, according to family members he never married. However the biography of Phil O'Shea (a famous NZ bike coach) has a line "Pam Jeffery wife of champion 1960s racer Ken Jeffery recalls....."

I am now completely confused, so if anyone can point me in the general direction of something, I would be extremely grateful.

Best, Keith Jeffery

Somerset / Parish of Ikon
« on: Sunday 27 August 17 05:07 BST (UK)  »

I have a sort of relation who, in the PRs for Ilton, says that he was the Vicar of Ikon. Later on, it also says that he was buried at Ikon.

So my question... Where, what or who is Ikon?

Thanks most kindly, Keith Jeffery, Brisbane

Essex / Little Hallinbgury Parish Registers.
« on: Sunday 16 July 17 00:58 BST (UK)  »
I'm still hunting.....

SEAX has the Little Hallingbury PRs from about 1711 for births and baptisms and 1690 for burials. Does anyone know where the earlier registers are and if they're accessible? They are to be commended for the job that they're doing with these. It's just a pity that brute force searches are required. However these searches do often turn up little gems....

According to a note in the available PRs, the early registers are on parchment, while the registers after 1711 were on paper. The congregation approved replacement of the paper with parchment and for the transcribing of the PRs to that parchment.

Also, under Hertfordshire in FindMyPast, for a lot of Essex registers there are transcriptions for the years of 1629 and 1630. I found them by accident, so I haven't the foggiest idea how to get them back and which parish they're under.

Kind regards, Keith

Essex / Patmores around Birchanger and Bishops Stortford
« on: Thursday 06 July 17 12:47 BST (UK)  »
I hope that this hasn't been covered previously.... I guess the moderators will soon let me know.

I'm researching ancestry of Joshua and Ann Patmore who went to Van Diemens Land, along with their 5 children on the Indian Queen in 1856.
Back in their ancestry there is a James Patmore, born in Bishops Stortford in 1709. According to several Ancestry Trees, he is supposed to have married Elizabeth Chipperfield in Harlow in 1746 and who was supposedly born in Birchanger around 1725. All the children of James were baptized in Birchanger, however I'm more interested in Elizabeth.
A hunt through the Birchanger baptisms on SEAX brings up nothing except for three Chipperfields ( not Elizabeth) who were baptized about 1720 odd. Harlow is even odder.
According to the ERO, the Harlow parish chest was stolen in 1814 along with the PRs. The PRs back from there had to be reconstructed and now only exist back to 1755 even then only partially.
A brute force search around Birchanger in both Essex and Herts has, as far as I can see, turned up nothing.

Suggestions as to where to go from here would be greatly appreciated. I can't get to the ERO as I live in Brisbane, somewhere on the east coast of Australia.

Thanking you kindly, Keith

Dorset / Jeffery of Sherborne and Weymouth
« on: Saturday 22 April 17 01:50 BST (UK)  »
I'm researching the family of Jeffery (as above) and have run into a brick wall. If anyone has some hints regarding where tro go from here, it would be greatly appreciated.

Firstly some information. You'll need to bear with me a bit, as there is some background information.

We have a William Jeffery, (baptised Sherborne 27 Dec 1745) who married Elizabeth Ann Hart (baptised 25 Feb 1747) who married in Sherborne 12 Dec 1776. William's baptism has Thomas and Hannah as parents.

There are two Thomas/Hannah marriages that may be relevant as follows, both at Castleton:
Thomas Jeffery of Castleton married Hannah Wayfield of Sherborne 22 Dec 1737
Thomas Jeffery of Chetnole married Hannah Wattiss of Thornford 10 Dec 1737.
The second is problematic as the Chetnole (from the transcription) has a last letter d in the original and the Wattiss surname, on reexamination, looks more like Walker. There is a Hannah Walker baptised in Thornford around the right dates.

Anyway, the first marriage (the one I'm really interested in) has a license from the Sarum Marriage License bonds in which Thomas is described as a widower, and Hannah is described as a widow.

This would mean that there should be a marriage somewhere with unknown male Wayfield married Hannah unknown female. I can't find such a marriage in Ancestry, Findmypast or Familysearch. I've gone through both the Sherborne and Castleton PRs (I have copies of the originals) with no luck. The name Wayfield appears lots in the early PRs, then mostly disappears around the early 1700s.

Any pointers as to where I may be able to go from here would be gratefully received and, if anyone is researching this lot, I have lots of information regarding other parts of the family.

I've attached the relevant part of the Castleton PR.

Best regards, Keith Jeffery

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