I’d like to introduce…

Edward George "Ted" Turner

Edward George Turner, known affectionately to his family and friends as Ted, was a kind hearted, gregarious, right jolly English gent, loved by all who knew him. He was born on the 27th of June 1911 at Blake Cottage, Horn Street in Winslow, Buckinghamshire, where his father was employed as head groom to Mr Gosling of Blake House.

And His Lovely Wife…

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Miss Phyllis Mary Collins, daughter of William Collins, publican of the George Inn in Winslow, which is where Ted met her one fateful day in the 1930s

Amanuensis Monday: Richard Denchfield of Whitchurch, 1749 ( an ongoing series)

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 Richard Denchfield, labourer of Whitchurch, wrote a will in 1749, probably from his death bed a day or two before he died in early October. His estate, probated on the 28th of that same month, consisted of no inventory (Note 1). He was survived by his widow, Mary Cheshire, and their only son,  11 year old Thomas. It’s not clear what happened to the widow Mary, although there is a record of a Mary Denchfield marrying Thomas Rickart in Whitchurch in 1752 (Note 2). Richard’s son Thomas grew up to marry Mary Henley on 15 July 1762 and fathered 10 children.  Who was this Richard, labourer of Whitchurch? I suspect he was the son of Richard Denchfield and his first wife Elizabeth, baptized in North Marston on 12 June 1709. That Richard was a farmer in North Marston, likely the son of ironmonger John and Parnell Denchfield. The elder Richard had inherited his father John’s house (…more)

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Will of John Denchfield, 1734 (part of the Denchfield series)

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It never ends….any given decade in the 1600s, 1700s, and 1800s finds two, if not more, men named John Denchfield strolling the streets of North Marston, marrying women named Ann, Mary, or Elizabeth, raising sons named John and Richard, involving themselves in church business, land conveyances, marrying daughters named Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary to fellow gentleman farmers,and in the process leaving a paper trail that has confounded Denchfield family historians for hundreds of years. or NOT. Maybe I’m the only one confounded. Maybe to everyone else it’s clear. But the more Denchfield facts I discover, the more confused I become.

In the 1730s, one such John Denchfield made a living making malt brandy, on propreties he owned in North Marston and Quainton, Bucks. Among family historians, he is thought to be the son of  John Denchfield, ironmonger, whose 1688 will, transcribed here, left property in Quainton to underage son Richard, (…more)

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August Goings-On

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Research

  • Analyze Denchfield wills and probate records to determine kinship among the many John and Richard Denchfields of North Marston in the 1600s and 1700s
  • Making some real headway here, and getting lots of palaeography practise to boot. Last week’s thrilling discovery of Mary Denchfield’s will, which proves the connection between her daughter Ann and my GGG grandfather William Baker, may well have been the most satisfying genealogical moment of my year, if not the decade!!
  • The very kind and generous Mike Dewey, of the Buckinghamshire Family History is going to photocopy some land deeds, and possibly some marriage settlements involving the Denchfields. Looking at even more transcribing, abstracting, and analyzing at the end of month, I hope!!!!!!
  • Planning to spend an entire week this month on in depth research of the Peach family of Peterborough, Northants. Miss Laura Jane Peach’s childhood was marred by tragedy. She was (…more)
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  • What I'm Working On Now....

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    Aside from the fact that using an ancient, hand-crank style, microfilm reader at my local FHL to scroll through pages and pages of 17th century parish registers makes me motion sick (and what kind of genealogist does that make me??), it’s heart wrenching to discover the explanation for the gaps in the North Marston church records is that HUGE chunks have been ripped out of them…grrrr

    I’m beginning to think that the mystery of the John Denchfields of North Marston, Bucks has no hope of ever being solved….. Share:

  • You might also like:Amanuensis Monday: Another Denchfield Will (part of a series)Amanuensis Monday: Richard Denchfield of Whitchurch, 1749 ( an ongoing series)Following the Land, When Parish Records Aren’t Enough

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    Ammanuensis Monday: 1766 Will of John Denchfield (part of a series)

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    John Denchfield made the following will on 4 December 1766 and, 11 years later on 4 January 1777, he added a clause regarding his wife Mary. The evidence from this document provides an important clue to solving the John Denchfield/Mary Gurney mystery I wrote about previously here. The will was proved on 6 December 1788.

    In The name of God Amen I John Denchfield Elder

    of Northmarston in the County of Bucks being in perfect

    Mind and Memory do make and Ordain this my Last Will

    and Testament. First of all I Give and reccomend my Soul

    into the hands of Almighty God hopeing to be Saved by

    his Mercy and the Merits of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ

    And my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like and

    Decent manner at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter

    named:  And as Touching that Little worldly (…more)

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    Amanuensis Monday: Awdry Denchfield of Thornborough, Bucks

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    When John Denchfield, maltster of North Marston, made his will in 1689, he instructed that his beloved wife Audrey was to receive food and lodging for three months following his death as, he rather cryptically noted,  she was otherwise well provided for.

    Audrey’s own will, written 4 August 1704, a few months before her death, offers an explanation of how she was cared for after John’s death, and hints at who Audrey Denchfield was.

    The Last Will & Testament of Awdry Denchfield made ye 4th day of Agust 1704

    In the Name of God Amen I Awdry Denchfield of Thornborough in the County of

    Bucks Willow being in sound & pfect mind & Memory though weak in Body——

    praise be given to Almightly God do make & Ordaine this my present Last Will and —

    Testament in manner & forme following (…more)

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    John Denchfield, Iremonger of North Marston

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    At a minimum, there were four Denchfield men living in North Marston in the mid 17th century – Mathew Denchfield (1601-ca1660) and his three sons: Richard, John, and Matthew. (see NOTE 1) Other than his baptism in 1637, there is no mention of Richard in the North Marston parish registers. Matthew, born in 1641, married a woman from Stone in 1673 and settled in Wing. John, the middle son, remained in North Marston, married at least twice, and was affluent enough to leave an estate with property in three villages when he died at the fairly young age of 50. Yesterday I posted a transcription of John’s will, HERE. It’s wordy and a bit confusing to follow, but by taking it piece by piece, a picture of John’s family and life in North Marston begins to form:

    In the Name of God Amen, I John Denchfield of (…more)

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    Amanuensis Monday: Another Denchfield Will (part of a series)

    Eli was an enormous help with the transcription :-)

    John Denchfield was the son of Mathew Denchfield, whose own will is transcribed HERE…. John was born 30 November 1639, and at the age of 19 was, as we know from his father’s will, engaged in an apprenticeship, which most likely involved the iron trade, as John made his living as an iremonger.*

    Although there is no record of a marriage  in any of the existing Buckinghamshire parish registers, it appears John was married at least twice: first to Parnell, with whom he had seven children, and then to Audrey who is named in his will.

    Eli was an enormous help with the transcription

    Here is the transcription of John’s (rather long-winded) will, made 18 June 1689. It was proved in November of the same year. It’s a lot to digest….I’ll be back later in the week with an abstract and some thoughts on what this document (…more)

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    Mystery Monday aka The Brick Wall Known as John Denchfield (another in a series)

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    The Denchfields were an old Buckinghamshire family who entered my paternal British line with the marriage of Ann Denchfield to William Baker on the 1st of May, 1784. The couple married in St. Mary’s Church in North Marston, where Denchfields had been baptized, married, and buried for hundreds of years; certainly before official parish record keeping began in 1600, but unfortunately nothing earlier has survived. The Denchfields’ lives are fairly well documented in North Marston, however their propensity for naming sons John and Richard, leads to an early 18th century brick wall.

    Ann Denchfield was 21 when she married William Baker. She had lived all her life in North Marston and was the sixth child produced from the union of John Denchfield and Mary Gurney.

    Here is the Denchfield portion of Ann’s Ahnentafal, which runs into its brick wall three generations back [unless otherwise noted, all events took place (…more)

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    Mathew Denchfield, yeoman of North Marston (4th part in a series)

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    The will made by an ailing and aging yeoman Mathew DENCHFIELD is transcribed here and helps to shed light on the structure of his family in the early part of 17th Century North Marston. It was written in his 56th year, when his health was declining and he was no doubt contemplating his own mortality. The fact that it was nun cupative, or giving orally, would seem to indicate that his health was so poor he was unable to write.

    Mathew was the son of Richard DENCHFIELD and Margaret INGRAM, who were married in North Marston on 7 March 1601. As his baptism took place at St. Mary’s Church on 7 March 1601, just nine months after the wedding, it’s reasonable to say that Mathew was their firstborn child. No other Denchfield baptisms in the parish register are attributed to this couple, however as there were many gaps in (…more)

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