English parish records specifically for St Margaret's of Antioch Sussex

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All right Marianne blundl

I need some help with the following I need to find a birth record for Mary Ann. This is the estimated birthplace for her due to census records

Birth

1811

Ambersham, Hampshire, England brick wall help please serious brick wall help required baptismal record please father supposedly William blundell
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In 1841, after the death of her first husband Stephen, Mary Ann Blunden seems to have been living with Stephen's parents in Steep, near Petersfield in Hampshire ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M79H-QMN )  prior to her marriage to Stephen's brother Joseph. Given that, during both marriages to the Powell brothers, she had her children christened at Easebourne and was therefore, I guess, living in nearby Ambersham, it seems really interesting that both marriages took place in Portsea ( https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q571-XWFC and https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N2RM-1TR ), the latter of which gives her father's name as William. I've been unable however to find records connecting a William Blunden with Portsea.  South Ambersham was part of the parish of Steep, although they're about 11 miles apart and thus was an exclave of Hampshire within Sussex.  Much closer to Ambersham, however, was Selham, with its own church about a mile away and I think the most likely candidate for Mary Ann's parents are William Blunden and Elizabeth Penfold who married there in 1808 ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q7-LSW3 ).  They were both of Selham parish, with Charles and Mary Blunden as witnesses.  From there, I would also suggest the christening of Mary Blunden, daughter of Mary at Selham on 19 Dec 1810 as the record you're looking for ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J73V-W5T ).  

Interestingly a Charles and Mary Blunden also had a daughter called Mary born 7 Oct 1810 and christened at Midhurst ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N5X7-Z82 ), likely to be the witnesses of the marriage, with Charles being a brother or close cousin of William.

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