My 7th great grandfather Thomas Courteney (Courtenay/Courtney) appears to have baptised seven children at Ladock, Cornwall, England:
- William Courteney on 1 Nov 1695 to parents Thomas and Catheren
- Ann? Courteney on 18 Jan 1697 to parents Thomas and Catheren
- Catheren Courtney on 24 Dec 1700 to parents Tho and Kath
- Thomas Courteney on 6 Mar 1702 to father Thomas
- John Courteney on 6 Jul 1706 to father Thomas
- Matthew Courteney on 12 Nov 1709 to father Thomas
- Thomasin Courteney on 17 Jun 1712 to father Thomas
My theory is that the same Thomas Courteney fathered all seven children and that their mother was named Catheren.
In the trees of others I have often seen this Catheren given the surname Benallack but I have not been able to find a marriage record, or any record, that identifies the wife of Thomas Courteney as being Catheren Benallack or another Catheren/Kath.
After many searches of Cornwall OPC (where the baptism records above can be found), Ancestry, FindMyPast and FamilySearch over the years, I am wondering whether anyone here can provide a suggestion as to where a marriage record or alternative evidence may be found to identify a wife of Thomas Courteney who appears to have baptised seven children from 1695 to 1712 at Ladock?
There are some Courtney and Benallack wills from Ladock listed at https://opc-cornwall.org/Par_new/l_m/wills_parish_files/ladock_wills.pdf:
- CRO AP/C/573 Will of Edward Courtney, esquire, of Ladock 1622
- NA PROB 11/222/266 Will of Hatton Courtney of Ladock, Cornwall 1652
- NA PROB 11/235/172 Will of Edward Courtney, Gentleman of Ladock, Cornwall 1654
- CRO R/5626 Will of Peter Courtenay of Ladock 1670
- CRO AP/C/4352 Will of John Courtney, tailor, of Ladock 1800
- CRO AP/B/96 Will of Drew Benadlack alias Benallack of Ladock 1605
- CRO AP/B/973a Will of Elizabeth Benallack, widow, of Ladock 1639
- CRO AP/B/2072 Will of John Benallack, yeoman, of Ladock 1685
- CRO AP/B/2500 Will of Mary Benallack, widow, of Ladock 1699
- CRO AP/B/4008 Will of Joan Benallick of Ladock 1756
but, of these, the only one that I have been able to examine is that of Hatton Courtney which is too early to shed any light.
Another Courtenay will that may be more useful in identifying relationships between these people is The Will of Peter Courtnay gent of St Erme 1697. When he mentions "my cozen William Courtney of St Erme" I suspect he is referring to the brother of Thomas Courteney (who baptized children with Catherine at Ladock) who was named William Courtenay and married Honor Scawen in 1692 at St Stephen's, Saltash, Cornwall.