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1787 brick wall

Postby davcoff » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:35 pm

I can find the marriage of my 4 x ggfather William Coffield in 1787 but little detail is shown (see attached). Is it likely that more detail might be available in parish or other records which will help me to trace parents ,dob etc?
Any help gratefully received :?:
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1787 brick wall

Postby brunes08 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:23 pm

What you have is the Parish Register entry. It says the marriage was by Banns. It is possible that copies of the Banns still exist but there may not be a lot more information on those. You could check with the relevant County Record Office. The other two entries on the page say the marriages were by Licence and not Banns. Licence was often for a case where individuals may not have wished to wait for the reading of the Banns or for other personal reasons. In your instance, there is no indication of parental agreement to the marriage so the chances are that they are both of age to marry legally.
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby AdrianB38 » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:53 am

Agreed - that's all there is and the banns book - if any - will give no more than what you have here. At least, that's the case in 99.9% of entries.

Regrettably you have to start some research to assemble a bit from here and a bit from there....

Check on their burial details - after 1813 ish (I can never remember when!) the age should appear and may appear before. That may give an estimate for when they were born. Failing that, a very, very vague estimate comes from guessing that the mother had her last child in her early 40s.

Look for baptisms of people around the estimated year of birth plus or minus 10 in this parish plus adjacent ones.

If you find some, you must NOT guess that one is yours. Instead you must map those forward looking for what happens to them. It may be that some die in childhood and their burial mentions the father's name, so that they can be excluded. Check for any wills - I traced one 4G GF because there were just 2 candidates left. There was a will that described someone who wasn't my ancestor. That meant that the guy who wrote the will wasn't my ancestor's father, leaving just one choice.

With luck, after you have done all the above, you have just one person left. If not, you may have to leave it for a while.

Good luck!

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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby davcoff » Fri Feb 10, 2017 7:08 am

Thank you both very much for your helpful responses. I will continue my search in the way suggested.
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby ciderdrinker » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:45 am

In case it helps it looks like Whitechapel was her parish

Rosanna Levi bapt 4.7.1770 d of Joseph and Martha Levi Colchester St. at Whitechapel

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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby davcoff » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:09 pm

Thanks Ciderdrinker
I had picked up rosanna's christening - its just so annoying that I cannot find anything for William
Thanks for your help
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby ksouthall » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:00 pm

Have you tried variant spellings of Coffield? Even things like Caulfield or Colfield?
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby davcoff » Sat Feb 11, 2017 2:15 pm

Yes - tried all that i can think of . I have probably missed the important one - one day!!
Interestingly he is named as Coffield , his children show as Coffill before reverting to Coffield again!
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby sdup26 » Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:41 pm

William Coffields (and surname variants) are quite thin on the ground, so this may be worth checking out.
William Cofield born May 17th 1755, baptised June same year, St Mary, Marylebone. Father Matthew, mother Mary.
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Re: 1787 brick wall

Postby davcoff » Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:01 pm

Yes, this one is my choice but so far I have been unable to confirm itbut I will keep trying
Thanks :)
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