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Sussex Lookup Requests / Mary Ashdowne
« on: Yesterday at 02:18 »

I'm hoping someone here can help me resolve a puzzle and identify the christening of my ancestor Mary Ashdowne.

Mary Ashdowne married Willam Ovenden in Rotherfield on 24 Apr 1683. As far as I know they only had two children:

William Ovenden - chr 14 Feb 1683 Rotherfield [my ancestor]
Elizabeth Ovenden - chr 27 May 1688 Rotherfield

William Ovenden [senior] died in  1690 leaving a Will. He appointed his brother John Ovenden and his brother in law William Ashdown as Executors. He appointed his uncle Joseph Moon and father in law William Ashdowne as overseers.

This suggests that his wife Mary was the daughter of a William Ashdowne, and that she had a brother named William - both of whom were still alive when the Will was written.

Given that Mary and William were married in 1683 it seems likely that Mary was born in the 1660s. However I have so far not found a Mary Ashdowne who is the daughter of a William Ashdown and who has a brother named William.

The only Marys I have found so far as follows:

Mary Ashdowne - chr 10 May 1663 Rotherfield - d of John Ashdwne
Mary Ashdowne - chr 17 Sep 1665 Rotherfield - d of John and Mary Ashdowne [possibly the same parents as in the previous case]

As regards William, there is a William and Mary Ashdowne having children in Rotherfield in the 1660s and 1670s who have a son named Willliam.

William Ashdowne - chr 1 Jul 1666 Rotherfield - son of William and Mary Ashdowne

The problem is that this appears to be the only William Ashdowne who had a son named William in the right time period, however I can't see any christening for a daughter named Mary associated with this family. Given that William Ashdown [senior] was married to a woman named Mary I suspect he would have named a daughter Mary. Interestingly there is a gap of about 7 years between the christening of William and the next child I have found [Elizabeth Ashdowne chr 21 Sep 1673 Rotherfield] so Mary could have been born between 1666 and 1670.

Any ideas welcomed.

Many Thanks


Kent Lookup Requests / Mary Eaton [or Katon] and Margaret Plummer
« on: Wednesday 14 February 18 21:01 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone able to check for the following christenings:

Mary Eaton [or possibly Katon] in Godmersham or the nearby area between 1600 and 1630.

Margaret Plummer - in Ashford or the nearby area c1662

Mary Eaton married Daniel Chapman in Godmersham in 1643 and some transcripts have her name as Eaton and some as Katon. The original on the PR looks more like Eaton (or Eton) as the "E" resembles the "E" used in "Elizabeth" on the page.

Margaret Plummer married Richard Chapman in Lenham in 1685 (by licence). Both Richard and Margaret are described as being "of Ashford" and her age is given as 22 which would make her born in about 1662. However I haven't found any sign of a Margaret Plummer in Ashford or anywhere in 1662. The only Margaret I've so far found was christened in Canterbury in about 1659.

Thanks for any suggestions


Kent / Ashford Parish Register Look Up
« on: Sunday 11 February 18 21:00 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone here able to look up some burials in Ashford between 1670 and 1700 for me?

I am looking for the following burials:

Margaret Chapman - between 1680 and 1690.
Richard Chapman - between 1690 and 1730

Also Ann Chapman between 1680 and 1688



Kent Lookup Requests / Burial of Thomas Rogers of Molash [1754]
« on: Friday 09 February 18 11:41 GMT (UK)  »

Is someone able to double check the PR or BT for Molash to confirm the date of burial of Thomas Rogers for me.

Thomas wrote his Will on the 11 April 1754 and it was proved on 9 Nov 1754. Therefore he must have died between these dates.

My problem is that Familysearch and FindmyPast both have three dates of burial for a "Thomas Rogers"

21 April 1754
29 April 1754
5 Oct 1754

Can anyone double check these and let me know if they do all refer to a Thomas Rogers or if there is an error on Familysearch/Findmpast?

My initial feeling is that the last date is the correct one as it is closesy to the Probate date.

Thanks for any ideas.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Who was Elizabeth's husband?
« on: Friday 09 February 18 00:07 GMT (UK)  »

The following is an extract from the 1754 Will of Thomas Rogers of Molash in which he names three of his five daughters and their respective husbands.

I am having difficulty working out the surname of Elizabeth's husband, William. It looks like either William Raisell, or Raiswell however I can't find a marriage for them.

Thanks for any ideas or suggestions


Kent Lookup Requests / Christening of Thomas Rogers
« on: Friday 02 February 18 00:16 GMT (UK)  »

My ancestor Thomas Rogers married Elizabeth Farly in Ashford in 1713, she was born in Ashford in 1688 and I believe Thomas was born around the same time.

A number of trees online show that Thomas was born in Eastwell to Thomas and Prudence Rogers and christened on 5 December 1680. However there is also a burial on Familysearch and Findmypast for "Thomas Rogers son of Thomas Rogers" in Eastwell dated 20 July 1683.

This leads me to suspect that the online trees are wrong and that the Thomas Rogers christened in Eastwell isn't mine.

The only other candidate I've found is a Thomas Rogers christened in Kennington in March 1692/3 son of Thomas Rogers.

Could this Thomas [the father] be the same one who was married to Prudence and who had a son named Thomas born in Eastwell? Or is this a different family?

Is there any sign of a marriage for the Thomas in Kennington pre 1693 or any other Rogers children born in Kennington to Thomas between 1690 and 1700?

Many thanks for any ideas or help


Kent Lookup Requests / Lands in Wye 1670-1690
« on: Friday 02 February 18 00:04 GMT (UK)  »

I'm hoping someone here can clarify some dates of christenings and possibly burials or marriages for me.

Thomas Lands of Wye married Mary Chapman in Canterbury in February 1702/03. It looks like he was born in Wye in 1678 to John and Sarah Lands, however I have seen two different dates on different sources.

On Familysearch the christening is recorded as follows:

Thomas Lands son of John and Sarah Lands - christened 3 April 1678 Wye

However on the website it gives the the date as 10 April 1678

Thomas also appears to have had a brother named John whose christening is recorded on Familysearch as 20 August 1676 but on as 29 August 1676.

Can anyone confirm the correct christening dates for me and let me know if there is any sign of a marriage for John and Sarah?



Sussex Lookup Requests / Susan Colman/Coleman
« on: Thursday 01 February 18 12:22 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to trace the christening of the above mentioned woman (probably in the Hartfield area of Sussex) in the early 1600s.

Susan married Robert Turner in Hartfield in 1639. He was born in 1615 and I estimate she was probably born between 1610 and 1620.

I have found several other Colmans in Hartfield and Withyham but so far not Susan.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / "Mary wife of James F..."
« on: Wednesday 31 January 18 12:10 GMT (UK)  »
The attached is an extract from the 1683 Will of Thomas Moone of Frant, Sussex.

Can anyone confirm what the surname of James is in the second line please?

The extract reads:

"I give bequeath unto Mary the daughter of my sister Mary now the wife of James ...."

It looks like the name starts with either "Ff" or "Fr" and ends with a "y" which leads me to think it might be Fry.

Thanks for any ideas or help


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