Joseph Davis Marriage to Elizabeth ????, of Much Marcle (Parish Records)

by Jefff @, West London, Middlesex, Saturday, February 29, 2020, 01:47 (206 days ago) @ Swadbrummie

Hi Keith, and a warm welcome to the site and forum.

First step is to search this forum for old posts about your Davi(e)s family in Much Marcle, but no luck so far.

Next, if you search the Parish Records for all Marriages for Joseph Davies/Davis, you'll see this is quite a rare name locally with only 64, and that's with the Soundex box ticked to include spelling variants. Of these only one is at Much Marcle St Bartholomews church, and looks a good fit. Of course they may have married in a different parish, but far less likely in those days compared to now.


Record_ID: 139753
Entry_Number: 48
Year: 1761
Month: Nov
Day: 26
Grooms_Surname: DAVIES
Grooms_Forenames: Joseph
Grooms_Age:
Groom_Condition:
Grooms_Occupation:
Grooms_Residence:
Grooms_Fathers_Surname:
Grooms_Fathers_Forenames:
Grooms_Fathers_Occupation:
Brides_Surname: MAYOE
Brides_Forenames: Elizabeth
Brides_Age:
Brides_Condition:
Brides_Occupation:
Brides_Residence:
Brides_Fathers_Surname:
Brides_Fathers_Forenames:
Brides_Fathers_Occupation:
Licence_or_Banns: Banns
Date_of_Banns: 1761 Oct 25 Nov 1 Nov 8
Signature_or_Mark: Both mark
Witness_1: Sam[ue]ll Price
Witness_2: Rich[ar]d Peters
Other_Witnesses:
Officiating_Minister: Tho[mas] Harc[our]t Gwillym
Event: Marriage
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: AG56/8
Page_Number:
Parish_Chapel: Much Marcle
Soundex_Groom: D120
Soundex_Bride: M000


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If you now search the PRs for baptisms at Much Marcle, leaving the child's name as blank but just entering father's name as Joseph Davies, you'll see they appear to have had a largish family, including Peter you already found. A little more detail is available within each individual PR if you search them out, but in short we find;

Year Surname First Name Fathers Forename Mothers Forename Event Parish/Chapel More detail
1762 DAVIS Elizabeth Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1764 DAVIS Joseph Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1766 DAVIS George Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1770 DAVIS William Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1773 DAVIS Mary Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1775 DAVIS John Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle
1777 DAVIS Peter Joseph Elizabeth Baptism Much Marcle

Now we have the problem of trying to find baptism for Elizabeth Mayo, especially as it's a tricky name to spell so again tick the Soundex box (this isn't foolproof but is a good start). Searching the PRs gives 26 records in Marcle church alone, dating from 1562 to 1763, but very few in our expected date period. These records include Mayo, Mayoe and Mayowe spelling variations. I suggest you find these yourself and try to decide who, if anyone, fits best.

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Now searching for possible birth date for Joseph, again if we assume he stayed in Marcle all his life, a risky assumption but not unlikely, then purely on the basis of the available PR evidence this looks like his burial. However sadly no age is given so it's not as helpful as I'd hoped;

Record_ID: 243057
Entry_Number:
Year: 1793
Month: May
Day: 20
Surname: DAVIS
Forenames: Joseph
Residence: Yatton
Age_at_death:
Officiating_Minister:
Event: Burial
Cause_of_death:
Memoranda:
Notes:
Register_Reference: AG56/5
Page_No:
Parish_Chapel: Much Marcle
Soundex: D120


It's possible this is his Baptism record, it fits his marriage record wrt age. Here we see he's "base-born" aka illegitimate. It's possible he was named after his father but we don't know for sure yet;

Record_ID: 355889
Entry_Number:
Year: 1738
Month: Jan
Day: 18
Parents_Surname: DAVIS
Child_Forenames: Joseph
Fathers_Forenames: not stated
Mothers_Forenames: Mary
Mothers_Surname:
Residence:
Occupation:
Officiating_Minister:
Event: Baptism
Memoranda: Base son
Notes: Old style date 1737/8
Register_Reference: AG56/4
Page_Number:
Parish_Chapel: Much Marcle
Soundex: D120

Again the PRs show a fair number of Mary Davis' in Marcle at this time, so again not easy to trace her further.


Hope this helps as a starter, and thanks for visiting !


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