I would suggest checking the parishes against the FamilySearch Wiki pages
and the FamilySearch Catalogue. I have
found FMP forget to exclude gaps. The Wiki also includes anything on Free Reg.
I usually start with 5 miles as I believe walking further would mean passing a pub. It is
worth checking the local market town as a place where boys and girls would meet. Also do
any of the local parishes cluster of Marleys for the time. Try and check the original
registers, FMP in particular are prone to errors. DRO may have records which indicate who
was living in Bishop's Nympton around 1675. A search on FamilySearch gives no Marleys
born in Bishop's Nympton between 1652 and 1705.
From: Adrian Bruce [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 13 June 2018 21:25
To: Devon Rootsweb
Subject: [DEV] Re: John Marley, m1700 Bishops Nympton - any parents?
Thanks for the thoughts Paul. I had had a look at the later coverage
of surrounding parishes, but not for John's era, so, following your
I had a look at baptisms in those parishes (all those within 5m of
Bishops Nympton! As a Northerner I am constantly amazed how small
Devon parishes are!) According to FMP etc, this is the situation for
Creacombe - FMP claims to have 1705 on; PRs supposedly exist
from 1696 on according to the RO;
George Nympton - FMP claims 1599 on
Knowstone - FMP claims 1538 on
Mariansleigh - FMP claims 1736 on, DRO claims PRs begin 1736
Meshaw - FMP claims 1580 on
Molland - FMP claims 1541 on
North Molton - FMP claims 1539 on
Romansleigh - FMP claims 1695 on, DRO has 1695 on
Rose Ash - FMP claims 1591 on
South Molton - FMP claims 1601 on
Twitchen - FMP claims 1715 on and DRO claims PRs begin 1715
If I concentrate on the era 1670-1680, then
- Creacombe might have 10y (1696-1705) of PR not in FMP - though
probably not much help to John Marley's story.
- Mariansleigh apparently has Norman bits so ought to have earlier
registers than 1736 but seems like they don't survive...
- Romansleigh - there is a burials register from 1539 on, so looks
like any earlier baptism registers have been lost.
- Twitchen - can't find when this church started.
So it does look like the only un-indexed baptisms are those for
Creacombe, which are really too late for John Marley. But there do
appear to be missing registers,as well as missing years in registers
such as BN.
So this was a worthwhile exercise to confirm that there was no
unindexed baptism parish register that close in that era. There are,
of course, others missing further out - Chawleigh for one.
The common naming practice was to name the first son after the
paternal grandfather, the second after the maternal.
Oh Paul - I believed you until you wrote that! (grin). I should
explain that people continually talk about "the Scottish naming
pattern" - well, given that my surname is Bruce, I have plenty of
Scots ancestry but have *never* found the naming pattern in use in my
families, except for one family in San Francisco in the early 20th
century. I suspect that might have been a homage, slightly spoiled
when they got the grandmothers the wrong way round. I have,
nonetheless, been sufficiently desperate with the Marleys to see if I
could detect patterns - with no success, though.
So thanks for the thoughts. Meantime, if any other student of Marley
should recognise anything, I'd be grateful.
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