Friday, 25 January 2013

Widford: Parish Registers

Essex Review
Extract from No. 121. Volume XXXI (January 1922)

The Parish Registers of Widford

G W Saunders says that the number of marriages during the seventeenth century in the small parish of Widford is “startling”.  The Rector between 1637 and 1678 was George Guy, a “gentleman [who] had a pliable conscience and would probably not trouble to ask awkward questions, so that under his gentle rule Widford became a veritable Gretna Green for couples wishing to be speedily joined in the bonds of holy matrimony”.  He adds: “The position of the church, quite close to the Great Road, and not far from Chelmsford, would be an additional advantage”.

“The following instances are typical:
1657.  William Earing p. Writtle and Elizabeth p. Ingatestone
1664.  William Bickner p. Hatfield Peverel and Jane Devenish p. Brentwood
1667.  John Bigg p. East Hanningfield and Joyce Reynolds p. Blackmore
1671.  Henry Eering p. Pritewell and Pricilla Cutchy p. Springfield
1674.  Samuel Tyler p. Rumford and Elizabeth Packman p. Woodham Ferris
1675.  Thomas Malden p. Rochford. Clerk and Collector and Mary Spurgeon of Much Baddow
1677.  William Burton p. Theydon Bois and Elizabeth Burr p. Hornchurch
1681.  John Davenish p. Kelvedon and Elizabeth Lingard p. Writtle
1688.  William Gladwin p. Purleigh and Sarah Bridges p. Burnham
1689.  Christopher Fowler p. Hackney gent. And Mrs Frances Mildmay from Little Baddow
1696.  Andrew Hubbard of Great Burstead and Elizabeth Lemon p. West Hanningfield
1703.  George Hewitt p. Rayleigh and Sarah Bridges p. Burnham
1716.  Robert Foster of Chignal St James and Elizabeth Norris of Brick Chignal
1723.  Thomas Myhill p. Finchingfield and Frances Marter p. Downham
1724.  Thomas Adams p. Chipping Ongar and Elizabeth Corney p. Bobbingworth
1732.  Edward Wallis p. Barmish Roding and Ann Emberson p. Chignal Smealey”.

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