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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




RICHARD BRAY  and his wife Susanna were probably born in the 1660s, immediately after the restoration of the monarchy under Charles II. [1].


The children were baptised in St Margaret’s, Keddington, just outside Louth. This may be Richard’s home parish, but the baptism register goes back to 1563. If Richard’s baptism has not been found there, it probably means he came from a different parish.


SUSANNA. We know Susanna’s first name from the baptism register for their children, but not her surname. Since her marriage has not been found in Keddington, where the couple raised their family, she too probably came from elsewhere.


The couple settled in Keddington and raised their children there.


The following children are recorded in the baptism register for Richard Bray:

Sarah  8 Aug 1689. Mother Susanna.
Richard  21 Feb 1691. Mother Susan.
Robrt  15 Sep 1695.
Mary  10 Jan 1697. Mother Susan.
Mary  27 Sep 1702. Mother Susan.
John  19 Jan 1706.

We assume that the first Mary died.


Keddington has the ruins of a Cistercian abbey.  It is known as Louth Park Abbey.[2]

We have no record of Richard and Susanna’s burials.



[1] Genealogical information from www.lincolnshire-wolds.org/all-lincolnshire and the IGI.
[2] Engraving www.rodcollins.com.






Bray Tree