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Kent / Chilham Marriage 1597/98
« on: Saturday 12 January 19 18:16 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone able to check the parish registers or BTs of Chilham for a marriage in February 1597/98.

Isaac Wood and Abigail Fisher were married by Licence on 20 February 1597/98 however the Licence doesn't say where they were married [I've only seen a transcript and not the original though]. Both Isaac and Abigail are described as being "of Chilham" so it seems to be highly possible that they were married there.

If anyone can confirm or refute this it would be brilliant.

Thanks in advance.


PS the marriage is also on the East Kent Marriage Index but no place is given on this.

Kent Lookup Requests / Molash check
« on: Tuesday 08 January 19 19:39 GMT (UK)  »
Is anyone able to check the date of a christening in Molash for me?

I'm after confirmation of the christening date of Sarah Warren who was christened in Molash in November 1671. I believe she was christened in either the 1st of November or 6th of November.

Thanks for any help


Kent Lookup Requests / Drawbridge christening in Little Chart
« on: Friday 21 December 18 20:22 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone able to double check the spelling of a name in a christening in Little Chart for me?

I'm looking to check the spelling of the first name of "Phyllyp" or "Phillis" Drawbrige daughter of Thomas Drawbridge which took place in February 1551.

I've see her name transcribed on various transcriptions as "Phyllyp", "Fillis", and "Phyllys".

She married Christopher Fode in Bishopsbourne in September 1578 and in this case her name is spelt "Phyllis".

Christopher died in 1593 and his widow married James Holloway in 1593/94 in Canterbury. In this case her name is spelt "Phyllp".

She appears to have died in 1600 and was buried in Bilsington as "Phillis Holloway wife of James"

I am trying to work out if she was christened as "Phylllys" or "Fillis" or if "Phyllyp" was a variant of "Philippa"

Many Thanks

Kent Lookup Requests / Edmund Fa[i]brace/Fa[i]rbrass
« on: Tuesday 11 December 18 18:03 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone able to double check for a christening of an Edmund Fairbrace [also Farbrace, Fairbrass, or Farbrass] in the Chartham area between about 1690 and 1707. He married Ann Pope in Canterbury in 1727 by Licence and in the licence Edmund is described as being "of Chartham" but unfortunately no age is given.

The closest I've found are two christenings for Edward Farbrace in 1700 and 1703.

Edward Farbrace son of Thomas and Elizabeth - christened 2 March 1700 Chartham

Edward Farbrace son of William and Mary - christened 11 July 1703 Chartham

Could either of these be the same person as Edmund?

Interestingly Edmund and Ann's first two children were named Mary (1728) and William (1730) so the second Edward might be a possible candidate.

Confusingly there is also a marriage for an Edward Fairbrace and Ann Bauis in Chartham in 1726.

Thanks for any suggestions or help


Dorset Lookup Requests / Winterborne Houghton PR Check
« on: Friday 07 December 18 19:40 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone here able to double check the marriage of Robert Joyce that took place in Winterborne Houghton in November 1585 for me.

Robert married a woman named Elizabeth on 2 November 1585. Findmypast has her surname down as "Joyce" but I think this is an error and it would be interesting to know what the original record says.

Thanks for any help or ideas.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Benjamin Bennett of Shaftesbury
« on: Thursday 06 December 18 22:24 GMT (UK)  »
I would be grateful if anyone here could help me with this section from the middle of the Will of Benjamin Bennett. The Will is clear over all and I've managed to read the majority of it, however some of this section seems squashed together and I am not sure if I have made an accurate reading of it. On the attached image I can read the following:

"To my Brother Wm Bennett I leave my best [grey?] coat, my silk shagrin wastecoat & Breeches [ye?] same Dozen of my best shirts half a Dozen of my...." the next bit looks lost in the fold but might be "best" something.

The line below reads "& four handkerchiefs my best Wig, my Silver Spurs, my Whip..." and it looks like there is something written between this line and the one above, which looks like "one pair silk ."

After the line "my Silver Spurs, my Whip" there is a line of text which has been crossed out. I'm trying to make out what it says and think it might be this:

"& a full set of Silver Buckles viz shoes"

Can anyone confirm this?

If anyone can suggest how this extract should read it would be great.

Thanks for any help and suggestions.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Extract from the Will of Edward Blackwell
« on: Wednesday 05 December 18 00:39 GMT (UK)  »

I'm hoping someone can help me with this extract from the second page of Edward Blackwell's 7 page Will. I can read the majority of the Will except a few words and this is the piece which is has got me stuck the most.

I am ok with the top line from where it says "to my brother Thomas Blackwell his heirs & assigns forever..." and the last line where it says "Wyllyam Blackwell ______ my father and Margarett his wife or by any of them" however I'm stuck with the bit in the middle.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.


Berkshire Lookup Requests / Newbury Parish Register check
« on: Sunday 02 December 18 18:40 GMT (UK)  »

Is anyone able to double check the parish registers (or other registers) of Newbury for a marriage and christening between 1660 and 1685?

I am looking for the christenings of the following people:

John Gray - born December 1669

Hannah Gray - c1670

Mary Gray - c1671

Mary Gray - c1677

Hannah Gray - c1681

According to the notes I have the parents are Robert and Hannah Gray however I can't find any christenings for these children on FreeReg or Familysearch to confirm this.

The first John appears to have been buried on 19 December 1669 and the first Mary seems to have been buried on 12 March 1670/71 - these may be wrong though.

Hannah (christened in 1681) married John Head in 1707 and died in Newbury in 1746/47.

The closest candidate I have found to this Hannah is a Hannah Gray christened in 1687 to Joseph and Sarah Gray. They also had a daughter named Mary christened in November 1670 and a daughter named Hannah born in December 1671.

It would be good to be able to confirm if the parents of the Grays I'm looking for are Robert and Hannah or Joseph and Sarah.

Thanks in advance


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Thomas Warren extract 1612
« on: Thursday 29 November 18 22:28 GMT (UK)  »
I am hoping someone here can help me with this extract from the 1612 Will of Thomas Warren of Boughton Aluph. The majority of the Wills fairly readable however in this section in looks like someone has written over the text (I think it's where the ink has bled through) and this has made it more tricky.

I can read from the top where it says "Will and my meaning is that John Warren sonne of Abraham Warren my brother shall.....the said John Warren....." after this the next two lines seem obscured although the next word is clearly "and".

Is anyone able to work out the words in these two obscured lines and let me know what the whole extract says?

Thanks in advance

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