My 7th great grandmother Blanch Hambly married John Geach on 25 Apr 1688 at Menheniot, Cornwall, England. John had been baptised on 15 Mar 1658 at Menheniot.
There are two candidates for Blanch's christening:
- Blanch Hambly who was baptised on 21 Jan 1657 at Menheniot, as the daughter of Jacob
- Blanch Hambly who was baptised on 27 Dec 1670 at Menheniot, as the daughter of John
and I am trying to decide which was married on 25 Apr 1688. I have not found a marriage for the alternative Blanch.
John and Blanch named their children:
- Catherine (1688)
- William (1690)
- Mary (1692)
- another Catherine (1694)
- Joseph (1696)
which seems to give no clues to Blanch's parents names because:
- I am unable to find a baptism or marriage for Jacob although he did baptise three other children at Menheniot
- Peter (1640)
- Frances (1643)
- Elizabeth (1650)
- John was christened on 30 Jul 1626 at Menheniot and he married Francis Sweete on 27 Jan 1656 at Menheniot. Francis had been christened on 2 Apr 1632 at Menheniot. John and Francis had christened five other children at Menheniot:
- Jane (1659)
- Catherine (1661)
- Lovedy (1661)
- William (1664)
- Elizabeth (1666)
To me the 1657 baptism of Blanch, daughter of Jacob, being very close to that of John in 1658 makes me think she is more likely.
However, the Blanch baptised in 1670, has a sister Catherine, which is a name that appears twice in Blanch and John's children.
Does anyone have any insights into evidence that I could use to develop more confidence about which Blanch Hambly married John Geach at Menheniot in 1688?
All records listed above can be found at http://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/.