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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

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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 01:52 BST (UK) »
Hi Keith,

There is a will for Margaret
Probate year 1687
Source FRYA
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999

It might give some clues to her maiden name through bequests to family members.

Are you sure Margaret was married to Robert senior? There is a their is a will for Robert Junior,
Probate year 1672
Source MUR1
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999
vol 22

As this Robert died before Margaret, it might be that she is mentioned in the will, and might give you a clue about her.

I believe the above docs would be held at the Devon Record Office in Exeter. If not they will know where they are stored.

Hope it helps

Lindsey
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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 04:00 BST (UK) »
Hi Keith,

There is a will for Margaret
Probate year 1687
Source FRYA
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999

It might give some clues to her maiden name through bequests to family members.

Are you sure Margaret was married to Robert senior? There is a their is a will for Robert Junior,
Probate year 1672
Source MUR1
Devon Wills Index 1163-1999
vol 22

As this Robert died before Margaret, it might be that she is mentioned in the will, and might give you a clue about her.

I believe the above docs would be held at the Devon Record Office in Exeter. If not they will know where they are stored.

Hope it helps

Lindsey

Margaret was married to Robert Junior. We have Robert Senior's will from his marriage to Joane Hagleigh (buried in 1654).
Just an aside, Robert senior also married a Katheren who was buried in Washfield in 1601. And, we can't find her.

Ah well, c'est la vie.
Thank you most kindly, Keith

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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 09:43 BST (UK) »
So can you get to the Records Office to access the wills for Margaret and Robert Jnr?
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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 12:20 BST (UK) »
So can you get to the Records Office to access the wills for Margaret and Robert Jnr?

No, unfortunately not as I live in Australia. I can get the Records Office to locate and copy the wills or I can get a researcher do do it for me. It's really a case of paying to get them. Although FRYA looks like just a list of wills as it's on FindMyPast. The Oswyn Murray collections looks better as it has at least partial transcriptions, at least the wills I have are such. Pity they didn't use PCC wills. Ah well.

Regards, Keith

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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 12:41 BST (UK) »
I seriously can't promise anything, but I may be going to the Records Office myself in the next month or so.

If you would like me to see what I can do in terms of looking these up I am happy to, but as I say I'm not sure when I'll be going - I have to work for a living  ;D
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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 13:14 BST (UK) »
I seriously can't promise anything, but I may be going to the Records Office myself in the next month or so.

If you would like me to see what I can do in terms of looking these up I am happy to, but as I say I'm not sure when I'll be going - I have to work for a living  ;D

Thanks for the offer, I do appreciate that.

The FHL has the Oswyn Murray wills filmed - you can get them through the catalog, however you have to go to a Family History Library. That should mean that I can get the will of Robert Melhuish, died 1672.
The will for Margaret Melhuish is a bit more problematic. According to Genuki's Devon Wills Project, the entry for her in FRYA is a list entry only. That probably means that the actual will was destroyed in 1942.
I'm going to the local FHL tomorrow, so I'll see what I find.

Thanks once again for the offer, Keith

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Re: Melhuish of Washfield and brick walls
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 01 August 18 15:05 BST (UK) »
Yes, unfortunately a lot got destroyed in WW2.

Anyway, let me know. There might be something there that is of use to you.

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