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There is some uncertainty about the origins of Robert Bray of Beelsby. He is said to be the child of John Bray and Mary Darnell.


JOHN BRAY is thought to have been baptised at Keddington in Lincolnshire on 19 Jan 1705/6. He was the son of Richard and Susanna Bray . Keddington is a village on the outskirts of Louth. He was the youngest of five children.

He married and raised his family in Covenham St Bartholomew, 5 miles north of Keddington'


MARY DARNELL. There is a promising baptism for Mary , daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Darnell, on 11 Nov 1705 at Skidbrooke cum Saltfleet Haven. An earlier child of the same name had died at birth in 1700.

Skidbrooke cum Saltfleet Have is only 5 miles NE of Covenham St Bartholomew where she married John.

A younger alternative would be Mary, daughter of William and Eleanor Darnell, baptised 9 March 1711 at Saltfleet by St Clement.



The Lincolnshirewolds website gives the date of John and Mary’s wedding as 6 June 1734 at Covenham St Bartholomew. This is a village some 8m south of Grimsby, on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

St Bartholomew’s was a Benedictine priory founded four years after the Norman Conquest.


St Bartholomew, Covenham St Bartholomew - geograph.org.uk - 430153.jpg

Covenham St Bartholomew


The register shows five Bray children baptised in Covenham St Bartholomew.

Jane 10 Mar 1734/5 d of John and Mary Bray

John 5 June 1736 s of John and Elizabeth Bray

William 5 Nov 1737 s of John and Elizabeth Bray

Robert 6 Sep 1741, who presumably died in infancy, s of John and Mary Bray

Robert 30 Oct 1742 s of John and Mary Bray


On 6 June 1764 William Bray was buried in Covenham St Bartholomew.


We have not found the burials of either John or Mary . These may have occurred in a time frame not accessed in the Covenham St Bartholomew registers or they may have moved to another parish.


Genealogical information from Family Search IGI, Findmypast /Lincolnshire Parish Registers Browse



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