I,m glad that you found someone in North Newbald, a village dear to my heart
as it was my mothers birthplace. The reason for the reply is the
Eleanor/Ellen you came across, I have three of these along with other
given/surnames with different spellings. This was common at one time when a
lot of people in a rural area were not literate and the parish clerk would
write down what he though it should be. Just a thought which may help you
with your research.
From: Barbara Heard [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 15 November 2008 21:41
Subject: [ENG-EAST-YORKS] Waltham, Coates, Hornsey in North
I finally took the trip 'across the pond' and I found all sorts of great
genealogical information in the parish register for North Newbald,
I've known for years that my 3rd great grandfather Jonathan Waltham was
born in England circa 1823, but I had 3 different possible locations. I
also knew his parents were Jonathan Waltham and Sarah Coates Waltham. I was
recently at the LDS genealogy library in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA for 6
days of research when I decided to finally investigate his ancestry.
Boy did I strike it rich! I found the Bishop's transcripts for North
Newbald from 1601 - 1864, and my Jonathan Waltham, most of his siblings, his
parents, and others who married Walthams and Coates are in the register.
Now that I have completed the analysis of all the data I collected from
that register, I have come across a dilemma that I'd like to get your
opinions about. Here is the story:
I found a family unit made up of John and ELEANOR Coates. They had
children in 1810, 1812, 1822, and 1827. I thought it was odd that there was
a 10 year break between 1812 and 1822 when no children were born to this
Then I found another family unit made up of John and ELLEN Coates. They
had children in 1814, 1816, and 1819.
I didn't find marriage records for either of these couples in this
parish. I realize the couple(s) may have married in a nearby town, so on my
next trip to Salt Lake City I will expand my search to nearby parishes for
In the meantime, my question is, do you think the two couples might be
one in the same and the wife's name was recorded differently for the 1814,
1816, and 1819 births?
Thank You in advance for your thoughts and opinions.
BJ Heard, Amador County, California, USA