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I have found one or two men in 17th century parish registers with the
forename Gifford (or Geoffard or Jefford) who seem to be recorded in
Latin in a marriage register as Japhet and/or referred to in other
documents in English as Japhet.
Has anyone else come across this?
On March 12 1808, JOHN RUSSELL, aged 21, was convicted at Hampshire
Assizes of having, on 28th October 1807, stolen a brown gelding
belonging to Colonel Robert Winter. (Hampshire Telegraph, Mon 14 March
Russell seems to have belonged to The Marines, and Colonel Winter was
his commanding officer. A later document in Tasmania says that Russell
came from Staffordshire, though I have found no other evidence to that
Do you know of any source, perhaps connected with the Marines, which
might tell me more about John Russell and his background?
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A Muster Book states someone's place of birth as being:-
"Wickden Parish nr Duddingfield, Kent"
As far as I can see there is no such combination of names in Kent. Bearing in mind some of the horrendous clerical errors Military Musters can have ("ton" and "ford" seems to be a common swap and vowels are often interchangeable) I wonder if it means
"Wichling Parish, nr Doddington, Kent"
Can anyone that knows Kent think of a better suggestion?
A testator - an elderly widow - wrote a will in 1671, never apparently proved (found in family papers in a local archive) - so no evidence from probate records. She refers to a named brother-in-law : he is in fact one of her executors as well as a legatee. His sons are named as her 'cousins' (a loose term at this time). She also leaves a legacy to his named brother.
Her son had married his daughter, for sure.
So might 'brother-in-law' refer to what we now call 'co-parent-in-law'?
I can find no other family links between the female testator and the named b-i-l, despite knowing a fair bit about their spouses and siblings - and even the spouses of the siblings, and the spouses of various sisters-in-law!
And I cannot find any evidence of step-parent/sibling relationships either.
However there were close links via class and religion: both families were minor local gentry and belonged to the Angier puritan congregation in the Dukinfield area (Cheshire margins, to the south east of Manchester).
Any information on/around this topic would be much appreciated.
As the Society is evidently no longer selling binders for the
Genealogists' Magazine, I wonder whether any other members would be
interested in combining to buy some. If there is sufficient demand to
produce an order for fifty binders, I can ask the maker for a quotation.
I currently want four (three volumes completed and one just started),
so if, for example, ten of us were to order five each, it would be
If you would like to look into it, please contact me directly
(mentioning the number that you require for the current size of
journal), as I see no benefit in clogging this mailing list with
messages that will not be of general interest.