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I'm currently hypothesising that my 11th great grandmother is one Jane Wooer who married John Castle on 3 October 1584 in Nonington. Ancestry has suggested that her father may be a Richard Ower of Eastry and her mother Elizabeth Boys, sister of a knight Sir John Boys and daughter of William Boys Esq. from Fredville (and Fredville Manor near Nonington). A grave inscription in Canterbury confirms Richard had a daughter Jane as well as another daughter Christian for whom I found a separate record with the surname Wooar.
I have a couple of questions:

Is it reasonable to consider the surname Ower as a version of Wooer or even Wooar?

While I have no idea of the occupation of Jane's husband (John Castle) or his societal standing, I have no reason to believe he was of Jane's (hypothesised) class (or perhaps I should say, to date, my ancestors have been farmers, etc, never of the upper echelons of society). Would it be unusual for a gentleman's daughter to marry say a farmer or is it plausible if a certain set of circumstances exist?

I probably have lots of other questions that haven't quite formulated yet so any observations or theories will be gratefully received. TIA

Kent / Re: Why get married in Canterbury when you live in Northbourne?
« on: Sunday 24 May 20 11:25 BST (UK)  »
Thanks everyone and thanks bearkat for the link to the information on marriage licences. Very helpful. I was aware of banns but not clear about licences so this helps fill in some gaps. And rosie99 their names were Isaac Belsey and Susannah Payne.  ;D

Kent / Re: Why get married in Canterbury when you live in Northbourne?
« on: Sunday 24 May 20 10:54 BST (UK)  »
bearkat that information is not in the documentation I have on their marriage. They are listed in the Tyler Index to Parish Registers which is where I saw they were both from Northbourne. Not sure if that helps or not!

Kent / Why get married in Canterbury when you live in Northbourne?
« on: Sunday 24 May 20 02:52 BST (UK)  »
I was wondering why my 6xgreat grandparents got married at St Marys Northgate, Canterbury when they lived in Northbourne (presumably St Augustines was there then and other churches on the way to Canterbury?) Their marriage took place in 1749. Any thoughts appreciated :) TIA

Kent / Re: Lavinia Terry nee Moverly (Moverley)
« on: Tuesday 19 May 20 22:42 BST (UK)  »
Thanks Scottieb but the Lavinia I'm researching is Lavinia Margaret born in Gillingham. She married at 19 and while she could have squeezed in a quick marriage  ;) I'm guessing it's not her :)

Kent / Re: How to use CityArk?
« on: Monday 18 May 20 01:37 BST (UK)  »
Thanks PB.
The links worked - thanks for the comparison.
I've gone back in and looked again at a few files I would like to access and couldn't find any that included the digitised link. I also did a couple of random picks and both of those did have the digitised link!  :( ::)
Thank you for the advice - I now know what is possible and what I should be looking for. Now to systematically trawl my way through the files I think will be helpful to me and see if they have been digitised.
Appreciate the help  :)

Kent / How to use CityArk?
« on: Sunday 17 May 20 23:43 BST (UK)  »
I'm going to confess that I simply don't know how to use CityArk. I can get down to a certain level and then don't know if I should be expecting a file to open to reveal all its wonderful contents or whether I am meant to request that file or download it from the option in the left hand menu.

For example, yesterday I went to Chatham, St Mary Parish Records - Charity and School series P85/25 1823-1939 - Minutes of the Trustees file P85/25/2 1852-1886. This last file comes up in red and has a 'document' icon which led me to believe I could click on it and access the Minutes. Nothing happened. I tried 'download' in the left hand menu bar and got an error message. I then tried various other documents from a couple of other collections using the download option and got pages headed up by a description but no content.
I also found that the system was sluggish and wondered if I wasn't waiting long enough or if there was a broader issue.

I note that not all catalogues are available online so perhaps I just picked those that aren't? I'm also in Australia and wondered if that was the issue? And of course I'm fully open to the fact that its the operator not the collections ;)

Any advice would be gratefully received as a lot of my research is centred on the Medway area. TIA :)

Lancashire / Re: Little Crosby church records
« on: Friday 01 May 20 09:40 BST (UK)  »
ShaunJ thanks so much! It's jam packed full of ancestors so much appreciated.

Lancashire / Re: Little Crosby church records
« on: Friday 01 May 20 08:49 BST (UK)  »
I think the church is St Marys.

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