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Hello everyone, I was looking at the microfilm of the Westerham Parish
register today but could not find three baptisms in it that are listed by
26 January 1845 Henry son of James & Mary STEAR
22 March 1846 George son of John & Phillis STEAR
15 August 1847 Martha daughter of James & Mary STEER
As Crockham Hill Holy Trinity Church was built 1842 but remained part of
Westerham St Mary Parish until 1863, I would suppose that they held
ceremonies at the church from 1842 to 1863 that were put in a day book
perhaps or Chapel register, and that were later entered in the Westerham
Can anyone confirm this? And is this where those three baptisms were held?
I also transcribed Marriages at Westerham St Mary from 1787 to 1878 if
anyone wants details. The microfilm was poor quality with some entries not
readable so I might have missed a few. A trip to Maidstone to view the
original register is needed for all early entries.
This William STEER/STEERE/STURE was buried in Loddiswell 17 January
1768. On 6 April 1715 he married Elizabeth KING in Loddiswell. I am
descended from the third child, Jane STEER, who married Thomas KING 16
December 1743 in Loddiswell.
Hoping someone might know who his parents might have been.
For anybody interested I have a little more information on Frances.
She and her husband William Shaw had a daughter Catherine Jane baptised
22nd February 1813 at Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire and another
daughter, Adelaide Louisa born 17th January 1816 at Tours, France and
baptised 20th June 1816 at Winchelsea, Sussex. (The baptism record says
that she was also baptised in Tours by the Rev. G.A. Lamb.). The French
birth record notes that Frances and William's normal abode is Sutton
The Sutton Bonington records do not show any other baptisms for children
of Frances and Catherine and no related burials are recorded there.
Likewise, the Tours, Indre et Loire, France records do not show any
other other baptisms and no related burials, except for William's
sister-in-law in 1836. I've also searched the records of parishes
immediately around Tours
If anyone has any later information about Frances and the children I'd
be most grateful,