And wonders never cease… the searches, the finds… and the “Ah-hah!” moments. This genealogy thing is forever a giving thing. It is like a continual finding of Christmas presents under an evergreen tree that is never taken down and put away for the season.
In the continuation of my research into my Merrifield Family Line I stumbled upon a couple of choice finds tonight. I have copies of the BMD Indexes of Marriages Registered in October, November, December 1841 for both great-great-grandparents Esther (née Bailey) and John Merrifield. The following is my transcription. Note that gg-grandfather John’s surname is entered as “Merryfield”.
NAME DISTRICT VOL PAGE BAILEY Esther Clifton 11 393 MERRYFIELD John Clifton 11 393
The following are the pages of the Indexes.
record title: England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900
Name: John Merryfield
Event Date: 17 Oct 1841
Event Place: Westbury on Trym, Holy Trinity, Gloucestershire, England
Marital Status: Single
Father: William Merryfield
Spouse: Esther Bailey
Spouse's Marital Status: Single
Spouse's Father: George Bailey
Digital Folder Number:4185367
I have not as yet garnered a copy of the actual Marriage Registration, but all-things-being-equal this data entry will provide me with the information necessary to get a copy of the same. Possible FHL microfilms which may have the original record are 1595525, 1595528, 1596411, 1596360, and 1749372.
And a new ancestor is included in the data entry information, gg-grandmother Esther (née Bailey) Merrifield’s father, ggg-grandfather George Bailey. This is another new limb of my Robertson Family Tree.
So to continue… I will be updating the Merrifield Descendant Chart shortly.