Research help Please

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I have exhausted all my resources trying to find information on Mary Hansell (Ansell)'s married name of "Widdifield". Also the correct birth date.  Could I get some help with this one please.  



Thank you
WikiTree profile: Mary Widdifield
in Genealogy Help by Sally Williams G2G6 Mach 9 (94.8k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
Sally, where have you looked, or what have you searched in so we don't duplicate efforts.

Hi Sally,

Don't know if this is a help, but I found 1745 a marriage between Mary Widdifield and William Hansell at Stokesley Parish, North Yorkshire.  I looked up distance from Lythe to Stokesley and it's about 25 miles, so maybe no help.  The date fits though.  Maybe this is the reason it was hard to find?  Revesed names?

Could be one of those weird quirks, or could be a dead end.  Page 240

Good luck!

(changed to a comment, so folks won't think it's answered)

Google search , archives, family search, ancestry (not a member) geni, all those like that.  Then I even look up England marriage records and I couldn't find anything.  Maybe for that one, I missed something.  I'm not a member fif any Genealogy site you have to pay for, so resources are limited.
Cynthia, I saw that on the site you posted.   She is a Hansel (according to the PM that originally set the profile up).  If we can't find anything, I will remove her married name and began from there.  


Thank you
I looked at Ancestry. It didn't even have a tree.
Thank you Anne and everyone else.  I'm going to start from the beginning.
The register book has a John Widdowfield baptising kids from 1745 onwards.  Mother's name not given.   Mary might be his wife, or might not.

Apparently there was an immigrant called John Widdifield, wife Mary.  This may be where the trouble starts.  So many immigrants have relatives plucked out of the air.

I wondered if this profile was supposed to be his wife.  On the other hand, it does say she died in Whitby.  The burial register might say whose wife or widow she was, or it might have the burial of a likely husband.  No idea if it's available online though.

I guess Widdifield is a variant of Woodifield. Probably also related to Woodville/ Wydeville, the name of Edward IV's queen.  Tess of the D'Urbervilles territory.
Hi RJ,I did see your information, but nothing with Mary and the variants of names.  

 Thank you for your research.

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Sally, think your problem starts with Mary Widdifields profile born 1693. Her father Richard allegedly was  born 1696!!!

Their is a Mary Hansell 1721, Lythe, daughter of Richard.

Trust this helps.

by R W G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
Thank you Ron, I am going to start from the beginning and work my way up the tree.  Thank you for all of your help.

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