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Re: Naughty Anna WARD (nee BEST)
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 10 May 18 01:54 BST (UK) »
Just noticing that on Anna’s 1834 marriage record, (#56) there’s no mention of any X mark signatures, but that other marriages also on same page and conducted by R R Davis DO show X marks.   To me, the absence of an X mark for Anna is likely indicating that Anna was literate.    I notice that a Mary BEST was married by that Rev, that same year, (#60) on same page, and a witness was Thos Ward.   Mary was also without an X mark. 

https://stors.tas.gov.au/RGD36-1-2p168j2k

I suspect RR Davis would likely be Rowland Robert DAVIES, who was the chaplain at Longford (Norfolk Plains) from 20 May 1820 – 1853.  He was C of E. http://anglicanhistory.org/aus/cci/index.pdf
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http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/davies-robert-rowland-1962

Following on from http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=793060.0  :)
I do not doubt that Vol 128 may well include RC burials, but I am wondering if the burials are only those from Devonshire St Cemetery OR if they include transmitted records from outlying parishes throughout all of the then NSW colony and its territories. 

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Re: Naughty Anna WARD (nee BEST)
« Reply #10 on: Thursday 10 May 18 07:21 BST (UK) »
I believe all of the children of James Best, including Anna and Mary in the marriage records, where literate.  Even though James was an agricultural worker, he was educated to a very good level (as his letters attest).  He taught his children to read and write, and his wife too I believe.  He even worked as a teacher for a few years in the Norfolk Plains area.

In regards to Rev Davies (I'm fairly sure) James writes in July 1852:-
 "When you write or send either to Jabez or Caroline tell them that after near two years combatting [sic] I have beat the Parson at last."
At chess I would think.

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