Jack Priestley’s Family History
This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines, and some go back 30 generations. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from my own as (1)
JOHN BRAY and MARY DARNELL (8)
JOHN BRAY may be the boy baptised at Keddington in Lincolnshire on 19 Jan 1705/6. There is a baptism there for John son of Richard and Susanna Bray. Keddington is a village on the outskirts of Louth. He was the youngest of five children.
MARY DARNELL. There is a promising baptism for Mary, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Darnell, on 11 Nov 1705 at Skidbrooke cum Saltfleet Haven. This is only 5 miles from Covenham St Bartholomew where she married John. An earlier child of the same name had died at birth in 1700.
A younger alternative was Mary, daughter of William and Eleanor Darnell, baptised 9 March 1711 at Saltfleet by St Clement.
John Bray married Mary Darnel on 5 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.
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.
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