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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)


Bray Tree




JOHN BRAY may be the boy baptised at Keddington in Lincolnshire on 19 Jan 1705/6.[1] 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.


[1]  Genealogical information from Family Search IGI, Findmypast/Lincolnshire Parish Registers Browse,.







Bray Tree