I would like to identify the parents of my 4th great grandfather John Stacy.
The timeline I have for John Stacy is:
- 1777 Paying 4 pounds 4 shillings rent for Coach Houses and Stables at Farringdon Without, City of London (from Ancestry.com. London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932) - this may (or may not) be him - the image seems to say "Jno Stracy"
- 1780, 1782-86, 1788-91 Paying 12 pounds rent to John Edwards (& Isaac Roberts Co) for somewhere in St Leonard, Shoreditch (from Ancestry.com. London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932)
- 19 Jul 1792 marries Sarah Osment Smyth at St Botolph, Aldgate (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NJ7C-2J6). This is about a mile from St Leonard, Shoreditch. I have an unsourced image of the marriage record that says that he is a Bachelor of the parish (St Botolph, Aldgate) while she is a Spinster of St Leonard, Shoreditch, and that the marriage was by Licence, witnessed by Jno Smyth and G.Cudlipp. Sarah had been baptized at St Botolph, Aldgate on 28 Feb 1768 as the daughter of Jno Smyth and Sarah (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JQLW-FSW).
- 1793-1808 John and Sarah baptize 11 children in Exmouth, Devon, all bearing the middle name of Smyth, and in this order: Sarah, Henry, John, William, Elizabeth, Mary, Robert, Jane, James, Thomas and Sophia
- the 1822-23 edition of Pigot's Directory records him as Linen Draper & Grocer in Exmouth (http://genuki.cs.ncl.ac.uk/DEV/LittlehamEx/ExmouthPigotPre1830.html)
- the 1830 edition of Pigot's Directory records him Fore Street, Exmouth as a Grocer & Tea Dealer, as well as a Shopkeeper and Dealer in Sundries (Ancestry.com. UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946 [database on-line].)
- 15 Jun 1831 he dies, and his Will (written 22 Apr 1830) is proved on 1 Sep 1831 (http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?uri=D245538) confirming his children and wife. A memorial to him at Glenorchy Chapel, Exmouth says "JOHN STACY ... FINISHED [HIS] CHRISTIAN COURSE, ... JUNE 15TH 1831, AGED 71 YEARS", which suggests he was born in about 1760.
What I am missing is where John was born and/or grew up. So far the best candidate that I have for his baptism is a John Stacey baptised on 30 Mar 1759 at North Petherton, Somerset to Henry and Elizabeth (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5WC-X2D). The birth year is about right and the parents names seem to tie in with the names that John and Sarah gave their children:
- The eldest daughter was named Sarah, presumably after her maternal grandmother Sarah Osment (and her mother Sarah Osment Smyth)
- The eldest son was named Henry, which matches the candidate paternal grandfather Henry Stacey
- The second daughter was named Elizabeth, which matches the candidate paternal grandmother Elizabeth Stacey (nee Long; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N282-JLQ)
- The second son was named John, presumably after his paternal grandfather John Smyth and/or his father John Stacy
Does anyone have any ideas on how I could try to disprove/prove my theory that the parents of John Stacy were Henry Stacey and Elizabeth Long of North Petherton which is more than 140 miles from London (Aldgate and Shoreditch), but just over 40 miles from Exmouth where he seems to have spent his last 40 years?
There were three John Stacey baptisms at North Petherton within 5 years of 1760:
- 6 Aug 1758 to parents Thomas and Elizabeth (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5WC-X2C)
- 30 Mar 1759 to parents Henry and Elizabeth (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5WC-X2D)
- 25 Dec 1761 to parents John and Ann (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5WC-X2F)
but only one John Stacey married at North Petherton within 10 years of 1785:
- 14 Oct 1781 to Mary Wills (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N28K-G4W). I have not found any children from this marriage.
The record below appears not to be him - see Interpreting Musgrave's Obituaries (for London) from around 1790? - maybe it is his father or grandfather?
- 3 Apr 1790: Stacye, "John, tea-dealer, Gracechurch Str. (E.M. 319; G.M. 375.) Book: S Collection: England, Scotland, Ireland: Musgrave's Obituaries Prior to 1800, part 5 From England, Extracted Parish and Court Records (Facts & Sources)"