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I am hoping someone here can help me with some place names in this extract from the Will of Thomas Keene of Wroughton, Wiltshire (dated 1686).

In the first and second line there is a reference to land at what looks like "Eaton ____ als Church Eaton" Can anyone confirm what this place is called and is there a place called Church Eaton?

In the third and fourth line there is what look like a reference to land in "Dounton". Can anyone confirm the place name and where it is?

Any help would be appreciated.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Details in the Will of Jane Reade
« on: Monday 02 April 18 21:53 BST (UK)  »

I'm hoping someone here can help me with some details in the 1686 Will of Jane Reade of Wanborough. I can read the majority of the Will however there are a few key words or phrases I am stuck on. I'll post the relevant sections here and state what I'm able to read and where I'm stuck.

In this first extract I'm stuck on the surname of Jane's daughter (Jane) on the first line. I think it is Willes but I also wonder if it could be Willis.

In the second line of this extract after Jane states that she gives her daughter 'one holland sheet' she refers to two other types of sheet, the first looks like 'dowlas sheet' and the second looks like 'broad flaxon sheet' but I'm not sure if those are right. Can anyone clarify those spellings for me or let me know what these types of sheet were?



Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Marriage in Chiseldon
« on: Friday 16 March 18 23:20 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone able to check the Parish Registers (or Bishops Transcripts) for Chiseldon for a marriage in 1729?

The marriage was between John Keen and Alathea/Alithea Skinner and was by Licence. The licence states that the marriage was to take place in Chiseldon on 28 October 1729.

However the marriage appears to have taken place in Great Faringdon, Berkshire on that date [according to Familysearch and Findmypast]. I've checked the original PRs for Great Farington and have found the marriage there [although there's no indication that this marriage was by Licence].

Could they have been married in both parished? If so, why?


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Alethea/Alethia Skinner
« on: Wednesday 14 March 18 23:17 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone able to do a look up in Great Farringdon or the parishes near there for the following:

Alethea Skinner - probably between 1690 and 1710. Her first name might be spelt Alethia or Alithia too.

All I know about Alethea is that she married "John" Keen in Great Farringdon in 1729.

Alternatively if there are any other Skinners christened or married in that parish it would be good to know too.

Thanks in advance for any ideas and help


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Witness Name
« on: Wednesday 14 March 18 00:27 GMT (UK)  »

Can anyone tell me the surname of the first witness in this extract from the Will of Jane Keene. His first name looks like it is James. The second witness is Barnard Keene who was Jane's son.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Jane Keene's daughter Elizabeth
« on: Wednesday 14 March 18 00:07 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone confirm the surnames of the daughter named in this Will of Jane Keene of Minety.

The daughter's name is Elizabeth and her surname looks like Tollin, Tellin or Tillen.



Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Joseph Moone of.....
« on: Thursday 08 March 18 23:02 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone here able to help me with the second word on the second line of the attached extract? the line reads "of ......... the sume of five pounds".

The word looks like it starts with a T and might be Treblers and Trebles but I am not certain.

Thanks for any suggestions.


Wiltshire Lookup Requests / Marriage of Thomas Wayt of Swindon
« on: Wednesday 07 March 18 13:52 GMT (UK)  »

I am hoping someone here can help me with a puzzle regarding my ancestor Thomas Wayt who lived in Eastcott, Swindon. Thomas wrote his Will in 1721 and in it he mentions his wife Mary and also refers to his wife's 'late mother' and states that she [Mary's mother] left a Will. Unfortunately I don't know what Mary's maiden name was as I haven't been able to find a marriage for Thomas and Mary, and without this name I am having problems finding the Will of Mary's mother.

Thomas was christened in January 1651 so I suspect that they were probably married between 1669 and 1680 (I know that their son Richard was christened in 1681).

Thomas had six children, Mary, Thomas, Richard, Sibbell, Anne, and Sarah. Sarah is apparently named in the Will of Mary's mother.

The only marriage I can find for a Thomas Wayt to a Mary is as follows:

Thomas Wait and Marie Pirs - 22 Oct 1694 Trowbridge (St James).

This is after the christening of Thomas's daughter Sarah who was christened in Swindon on 3 July 1694. Unfortunately the christening only records her father's name (Thomas) and this is the same for the christenings of Anne (Feb 1691), Sibbell (Oct 1689), and Richard (1681). So far I haven't found the christenings of Mary (who I suspect may be an older child), and Thomas (possibly an oldest son).

There is a Mary Wait christened in Rowde in Sept 1687 to Thomas and Anne Wait and there is a gap between the christenings of Richard (1681) and Sibbell (1689) where this could fit. There is also a christening in that parish for Thomas Wait in Sept 1689 although that makes no sense if Thomas had a daughter named Sibbell christened in Swindon in Oct 1689 [Thomas's mother was named Sibyl so it makes sense that one of his daughters had this name]. Rowde and Swindon seem to far apart for these people to be the same family. Also the Thomas and Anne in Rowde seem to have been having children christened these right up to about 1700.

If anyone is able to help me track down the marriage of Thomas and Mary it might help me establish

[1] who her mother was

[2] confirm that she was the mother of Thomas's children.



Gloucestershire / Marriage Licences
« on: Wednesday 07 March 18 13:28 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know if Marriage Licences for Gloucestershire are available anywhere online? I've tried Google Books but had no luck there.



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