Hi, Pre-1837 records are not difficult , there are a good
many online and there are sites like Freereg, and Familysearch , as well as
national sites like National Archives Access to Archives as well as
genuki/devon/parishes a good many of which have OPC or Online Parish Clerks
who can help , and perhaps most useful for you at the moment is the Marriage
Index from 1754 for the whole of Devon available on the DFHS ( Devon Family
History Society) website ...
Gimblett(a)one-name.org.uk is the email address for the Online
Parish Clerk OPC Barbara Roach and she may have further information .
According to Familysearch , John and Fanny Melhuish have
Mary bapt Uffculme in 1830 and Robert in 1834 I see their marriage in 1827
in Uffculme .
There are two possible John Melhuish bapts in Uffculme and
perhaps the earlier 1807 bapt is the more likely , making John around 20
when married in 1827 . His parents were William and Anne Melhuish . 15 is
unlikely to be a legal age for marriage in any century and I cannot imagine
a priest agreeing to such a marriage nor a Bishop granting a licence for
such a marriage ......
I would suggest that you take all the bapt and marriage
entries for Uffculme on Familysearch and set them down in date order
.......I find the new FS very eyewateringly confusing , and enlist the help
of the OPC Barbara Roach
However William and Ann Melhuish are in the 1841 census for
Uffculme , he is 65, an ag lab, she is 55, and they have Robert, 15 , lab
Wool Fact , and Elizabeth also 15 , also a lab Wool Fact . So this
cannot be the right Robert , RTM would have been 6 in 1841 and would
probably have been shown as 6 rather than have the age rounded up or down.
And Ancestry.co.uk has Robert Turner Melhuish as the son
of Charles and Mary?Grace Melhuish, with Charles being b in Membury ?
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----- Original Message -----
From: "James Keen" <jameskeen17(a)yahoo.com>
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2012 5:22 PM
Subject: [DEV] MELHUISH family - Uffculme - 18th Century
After several months away, I've now got back to doing some further
genealogy research. Some of you may remember my previous postings
regarding having traced back my MELHUISH line to a Robert Turner Melhuish,
born 1834 in Uffculme to parents John Melhuish and Fanny Sansom who
married 15/11/1827. I'm currently rather confused and muddled with
pre-1837 records and searches using the IGI, so now turn again to this
list hoping for some help and advice. Just to say please note that for the
sake of avoiding repetitions in this post, all events I mention took place
in Uffculme unless otherwise stated.
I now believe that Robert T's father John was christened 9/6/1812 - I know
this means he would have been only 15 and-a-bit at time of marriage
according to these records, but I assume that he was christened a few
months (possibly even several) after being born and therefore would have
actually been over-16. I couldn't find any other likely records so have
just gone with this theory.
John's parents were Henry and Elizabeth (surname:?). I wasn't able to find
a marriage in Uffculme, however did find a marriage of a Henry Melhuish to
Elizabeth Fry on 4/3/1811 in nearby Culmstock which I assume at the moment
to be the one, since I didn't find any other possibilities.
Henry was born 21/11/1783 and christened 2/1/1785. His parents were Robert
Melhuish and Elizabeth (surname:?) who had 6 other children between 1779
and 1798. I haven't been able to find the marriage between Robert and
Elizabeth - at the moment I can only think that this is because they
married in a neighbouring parish to Uffculme which is not covered by the
IGI - perhaps someone can help with finding this.
Searching the Uffculme records further, I found some earlier entries,
which I expect to tie into the family tree somehow but currently have been
unable to do so. William Melhuish married (don't know when) Jane
(surname:?) and they had 7 children between 1751 and 1768, including a
Robert christened 14/6/1754. My gut feeling is that this Robert is
probably the one that married Elizabeth, however I haven't been able to
find any evidence to prove that yet.
If anyone is able to help me out with furthering my research with regards
to these above points then that will as always be much appreciated, I look
forward to hearing from you.
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