Send the image through to me, I will take a look for you.
Pembrokeshire Census, Memorials, Hearths
and Orielton CD's at www.cenquest.co.uk
----- Original Message -----
From: "Darryl Gwynne" <darryl.gwynne(a)sympatico.ca>
To: "Dyfed" <Dyfed(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 7:11 PM
Subject: [Dyfed] Old handwriting-James MERRILEES (Whitland
Abbey,Camrthenshire) or MERRYLAP?
I'm wondering whether SKS would be willing to help me decipher
handwriting on a Pembroke marriage certificate (year 1862). Father's name
the puzzle (of my gg grandfather James GWYNNE of Monkton, Pembs; he was
illegitimate and there was no father information on his birth certificate
baptism). The father entry on the marriage certificate appears to be
MERRYLAP, Profession "Steward." Such a surname does not appear to exist
I'm wondering whether the "p" in the surname is in fact "ss"
looks like the old handwriting style in which the leading "s" of "ss"
like a backward lower-case "f" (in this case a very compressed "backward
and thus the "p" appearance). If it is indeed "ss", the name becomes
Merrylass, which may well point to a "James MERRILEES" a Steward for The
Hon. William H. YELVERTON of Whitland Abbey, Camarthenshire (in 1851 and
One question concerns when the "f-like s" fell out of fashion (is 1862 not
quite late for its use?).
I have a scanned image if someone more familiar with old handwriting
would be willing to have a look at the name.
GWYNNE, Glen Williams, Canada
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