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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    Thank you for that great example!! One would think that such errors wouldn't happen nowadays but it sounds like unfortunately getting names/dates incorrect was & still is fairly common!! The only thing I base some dates on (such as my great-grandmother's) is that I have the piece of paper my...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    OK, and yet another dumb question! IF the ancestors stayed in the same parish from birth to death (which mine did) couldn't the curate or rector just go back in the parish BMD registers & check when the person was baptized? That seems to me to be a very logical thing to do but don't know what...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    Another thought that just occurred to me! Since "my" Thomas Bowen was born from 1732 to 1736 can I then assume that the year-dates given on the Marriage Allegation for Thomas & Sarah would be accurate since the Julian calendar was still in use at that date? It would only be AFTER 1752 that...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    Tell me about Tell me about the inaccuracy of census data b/c I came across a real doozy with my great-grandmother, Mary Emma Williams who married Howard Prime Bowen in England & then moved to Canada. I have photos of what we KNOW was the Bowen family plot in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    Many, many thanks for that link Radiorails!! That possibility had been at the back of my mind after spending a couple of days searching for Thomas Bowen 1732 to no avail so I'll have to sit down with some paper & a calculator & see how much the dates I've got change using that information! I...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    Yes, I know about that marriage however on the Marriage Allegation & Bond it says Thomas's age was 28 in 1764 & Sarah's was 22 which puts the birth dates at about 1736 & 1742. HIS baptismal year is within reason but that 8 year age gap on the Marriage Allegation is quite leap from 8 years to...
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    Accuracy of information on a headstone?

    This is probably a dumb question but how accurate is the information on a headstone? One ancestor I'm researching is buried in the St. E. Church, Yardley cemetery & his headstone says: "T.B. died (date)1807 aged 75 years". I did the math & T.B. according to the headstone was born in 1732. I...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    Oh yes indeed - "religious sects" is a term I know much about since one paternal ancestor in Ontario, Canada, belonged to what is nowadays considered to be a "cult". It was the "Plymouth Brethren". My great-grandmother was the daughter of a Unitarian minister & the baptisms in Canada were in the...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I also have to give a huge thank you to all the people who helped me out here because I MAY have found the "Thomas Bowen" I'm tracing. In my bins of The Bowen Hoard that was passed down through the generations, there's a letter to my grandfather who in 1939 wrote relatives who lived at...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    We have to hope though that the children were baptized within a month or two however, I've just come across some ancestors who waited a year, two even THREE years to baptize their children. My grandfather & his siblings were actually baptized DECADES after their birth when the family had...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I combed through the original Birmingham, Saint Martin's parish registers & actually found a Thomas Bowen born in 1734 to William Bowen. I'm going to take yet another look at the 1735-37 registers just in case I find a better match. Just puzzled WHY a person taking the details for a Marriage...
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    Jewellery Quarter Research Group.

    Thanks!! I didn't even notice that there! That will make things simpler!
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I've wondered why they needed a marriage licence as well. We'll never know now. Can't see that it was b/c she was pregnant however how would a still birth or miscarriage be noted?? On my mother's side of the family a number of ancestors married by licence bless their hearts because in Devon...
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    Jewellery Quarter Research Group.

    I couldn't resist - I looked! Your tree departs significantly from what my Bowen tree looks like unfortunately. Do you know if there's any way we can post our email address so it's private? Bottom line is the problem whether James was a child of Jonas & Esther Prime. My view is that James...
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    Jewellery Quarter Research Group.

    Thanks for sending it along! I won't be able to check it out today (February 13) - have to go to the city. Will check it out on the weekend.
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I just went through some for Saint Martin's as well with no luck as well so I'll start circling wider in the countryside! I have to go by the date on the marriage bond which is around about 1736 so Thomas may just be the ancestor that breaks the "10 mile radius" theory I use to search!! My...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I just found some online registers for Birmingham, Saint Martin's so I'll go through those. The Thomas Bowen b. 1734 is the Bowen who ended up as "Rev" Thomas Bowen I think. Not mine. Mine was a "glass pincher" later in life. The Dec. 28 1779 one is not "my" Bowen's unfortunately! That...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    Wanted to mention that I don't want anyone to have to wade through pages & pages of records finding this info!! I do that quite often & I know it's a pain. If there's a link or something I could use I can do all the trolling through records! On Find My Past they have the Birmingham, Saint...
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    Birmingham, Saint Martin parish records for 1736?

    I'm trying to find the baptism of Thomas Bowen born 1736 with the good chance that it was in Birmingham & again a good chance that it's Saint Martin's parish. I don't have his parents' names unfortunately but would be able to narrow things down if I see the records! Let's face it, if you've...
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    Jewellery Quarter Research Group.

    Where's your family tree located? I can check it out later today.
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