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Updates – Lawford, Manningtree – and some wills

Men’s fashion plate, French, 1729

Hello all,

Another update to day.

Nearly 400 marriages from Lawford‘s earliest register, from 1560-1753.

A few burials for Manningtree Wesleyan Methodist chapel – that’s seventeen from 1823-1837.

And three wills added, for John Constable of Little Bromley (1701), John Constable of Wix (1720), and Hugh Josselyn of Mount Bures (1809). The John Constable who died in 1701 was an ancestor of the well-known artist of the same name. Josselyn’s will mentions two daughters he had by his wife, and, because he was a Georgian gent, no less than nine “natural” children he had by his housekeeper.

Wills – how they’re indexed and where to find them

Snippet from the 1585 will of Margaret Starlinge of Dedham

Snippet from the 1585 will of Margaret Starlinge of Dedham. Image reproduced by courtesy of the Essex Record Office.

What? All that in one blog post? Erm… no… however, there’s been a couple of jumps forward with regards to the availability of wills and will indices recently, especially for Essex but for Suffolk in a way too, so that’s my topic for today. And because I’m a librarian who spends a lot of time trying to extract information from databases and catalogues, I want to share some of my search skills with you.

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