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Offline Sherilla63

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16th century records
« on: Tuesday 23 November 21 23:14 GMT (UK) »

I am trying to trace my 9 x Great Grandmother Clemens Amere. The only record I can find relates to her marriage to my 9 x Great Grandfather John Bridger on 30 Sep 1576 in Mereworth Kent. They had four children: Judith 1577, Joane 1580, John 1582 (my 8 x GG) & Katherine 1583.

There is a record on Ancestry that states that her father was a John Spicer from Lyminge in Kent, but the facts are a bit sparse and I can't make the connection to him from any other sources so I think that this is a red herring. From her name, I was thinking that maybe she was French, Belgian or Swiss, or even Italian, but I have hit a brick wall, so any help in going further would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Offline Rena

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Re: 16th century records
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 24 November 21 00:36 GMT (UK) »
I usually use the various familysearch distribution maps to get an idea where surnames were most likely to originate from, but not one of those distribution maps showed the surname "Amere"

I then used this below forebear distribution map and had some quite interesting results:-

It would be most unusual to find any British PARISH church records earlier than the mid 1500s.

Good luck 
Aberdeen: Findlay-Shirras,McCarthy: MidLothian: Mason,Telford,Darling,Cruikshanks,Bennett,Sime, Bell: Lanarks:Crum, Brown, MacKenzie,Cameron, Glen, Millar; Ross: Urray:Mackenzie:  Moray: Findlay; Marshall/Marischell: Perthshire: Brown Ferguson: Wales: McCarthy, Thomas: England: Almond, Askin, Dodson, Well(es). Harrison, Maw, McCarthy, Munford, Pye, Shearing, Smith, Smythe, Speight, Strike, Wallis/Wallace, Ward, Wells;Germany: Flamme,Ehlers, Bielstein, Germer, Mohlm, Reupke

Offline Vance Mead

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Re: 16th century records
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 24 November 21 05:28 GMT (UK) »
Amere is probably a form of Amery / Amerie / Amerye / Amory / Amore etc.

You will find some 16th century wills for Amery / Amerye in Kent here:

And wills at Rochester here:

This index includes John Amere of Mereworth, in 1545, and John Amere of Dartford, in 1527.
Mead - Herts, Bucks, Essex
Pontifex - Bucks
Goldhurst - London, Middx, Herts
Kellogg/Kelhog - Essex, Cambs