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For questions about the county of Somerset in the south-west of England. This tag is not to be used for the towns and counties called Somerset in the United States and elsewhere.

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Wording on an English marriage register from Somerset in 1834

I am confused by the word "resident" when referring to the groom - here in context: Henry Chapman (a bachelor) resident of this parish and Grace Cummins (a spinster) of this parish To me it ...
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What is word relating to wife of father in 1759 English (Somerset) baptism record?

This is from a 1759 baptism record in England. It reads, James, son of James Shepherd & Mary his wife of ????? baptized Jan 1 1759" The term is repeated for several other records but most are ...
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Finding parents of John Brown 1774-1845 born Kingsbury Episcopi, Somerset, England?

Henry Brown was born 1746 who I have attributed to being the father of John Brown. The records show he was a sojouner and agricultural labourer, so he was down as a sojourner as he probably traveled ...
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Understanding wording of 1720 baptism at Stogumber, Somerset, England?

My 5th great grandparents William Sellick/Selleck and his wife Alice had children baptised at Stogumber, Somerset, England in 1744, 1747, 1749, 1752, 1755, 1757, 1759 and 1762. I have not found a ...
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Identifying birth family of Elizabeth Chichester who married in 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England?

Elizabeth Chichester married William Clarke on 5 Feb 1799 at Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. I have not found a baptism record for Elizabeth, and as a result I am seeking alternative types of evidence ...
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Reading 1625 burial record from East Quantoxhead, Somerset, England?

The image below is the burial record of a woman that I think I can prove to be my 10th great grandmother, Margarett Dayworthie, who married Peter Blackwell on 30 Nov 1587 at East Quantoxhead, Somerset,...
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Seeking records of 18th century Somerset surgeons named John Chichester?

This question is related to Interpreting "married by Licence as I am credibly informed" on 1732 Gloucestershire marriage record? in which I began to try to find the birth family of my 5th ...
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Interpreting "married by Licence as I am credibly informed" on 1732 Gloucestershire marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather Edward Chichester was buried at Leighland, Old Cleeve, Somerset, England on 4 May 1823, aged 89, which puts his birth year at about 1734, and I am trying to identify his birth ...
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Explaining migration around 1800 between Somerset, Devon and Dorset?

My 3rd great grandmother Priscilla Chichester was born illegitimate on 22 Sep 1796 and christened on 16 Oct 1796 at Branscombe, Devon: Priscilla Chichester, d. of Martha Noak [illeg.] (d. of Israel ...
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Could John Stacy who lived/married at London and later lived at Exmouth (Devon) have been baptized in 1759 at North Petherton (Somerset)?

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 ...
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Proving Jane Middleton of Somerset only Next of Kin in 1872 to Thomas Chichester who died 1838 in Guyana?

From the England & Wales National Probate Calendar entry below I know that my 3rd great grand uncle Thomas Chichester (who is mentioned in Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, ...
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Where to find Will of Giles Chichester from 1820s, probably in Somerset or Guyana?

My 4th great grandparents Robert Chichester (1767-1830) and Martha Noake (1762-1836) married on 13 Apr 1797 at Branscombe, Devon and had five children: Priscilla (my 3rd great grandmother) was born ...
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Techniques for searching Somerset electoral rolls?

Find My Past has recently released a collection of Somerset Electoral Registers. The date range for the collection is 1832-1914. I am just beginning my research in Somerset. I have one family of ...
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Finding late 18th Century service record of soldier William Hobbs in Somersetshire Militia?

On the marriage record (from Pallot's Marriage Index via Ancestry.com) of my 4th great grandparents Jane Courtenay and William Hobbs at Truro St Mary, Cornwall, England in 1798, William is recorded as ...
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Determining maiden name of Alice who had eight children (1744-1762) with William Sellick christened at Stogumber, Somerset, without marriage record?

My 5th great grandfather William Sellick was christened on 2 Oct 1718 at Stogumber, Somerset, England. He and his wife Alice had eight children, the first two christened at Stogumber and the ...
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What Island is likely to be mentioned on 19th Century Somerset Will?

Today I obtained the 1836 Will of my 4th great grandmother Martha Chichester (nee Noake) who lived in Old Cleeve, Somerset, England. She mentions two sons living at an Island of ?????? which I am ...
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