Looking for parents of Mary Griffiths (B. roughly around 1816 in Wiltshire), Marries Jacob Morse.

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Having some issues with this ancestor - Mary (Griffiths) Morse, likely born around 1816 or so in possibly Cricklade, Wiltshire, England.

The only reference I have so far is her marriage record. I have yet to be able to figure out where she was born or her parents for certain.

•"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (
 : 10 December 2014), Jacob Morse and Mary Griffiths, 02 Apr 1839; citing Berkshire, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,239,436.

Any help is appreciated!
WikiTree profile: Mary Morse
in Genealogy Help by Kristen Louca G2G6 Mach 2 (28.7k points)

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Jacob Morse of full age, bachelor, a dealer of Lydiard Millicent, married Mary Griffiths of full age, spinster of Lydiard Millicent on 08 Apr 1839 at Lydiard Millicent, Wiltshire. Father's names were Job Morse, Farmer, and John Griffiths, Farmer.

Source: Lydiard Millicent Parish Register. Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
by Steve Hunt G2G6 Mach 1 (17.7k points)
selected by Lynda Crackett
Thank you! That is wonderful! (Though of course her father has to have a super common name - seems to be my luck!)
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If she married in 1839 then you can order her marriage certificate from the GRO to get more information about her including father’s name and occupation. Of course there is the risk that there may be a blank in that field if she was illegitimate.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (628k points)
I've never done that before - how does one go about doing it and how much does it cost?

You order it online from: GRO. Marriage certificates are sent by post and cost £9.25. Birth and death certificates are currently offered as pdf in a pilot at the cost of £6.

To place your order you need to create an account. That doesn't cost anything. You then need to specify the names, the district, year, quarter, volume and page number which you can find here for Mary.

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Jacob Morse

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index

Name Jacob Morse
Event Type Marriage
Registration Quarter Apr-May-Jun
Registration Year 1839
Registration District Cricklade
County Wiltshire
Event Place Cricklade, Wiltshire, England
Volume 8
Page 477
Line Number 31
Jacob Morse probably married one of the following people
Name Mary Griffiths
  • No image available

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

Citing this Record

"England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DHF-HLC : 13 December 2014), Jacob Morse, 1839; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1839, quarter 2, vol. 8, p. 477, Cricklade, Wiltshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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This 1841 Census for the family has them living in Lidiard Millicent, Wiltshire: The Census image, however, also denotes whether a person was born in that County, in this case Wiltshire. In the case of Mary Morse, the image notes that she was not born in Wiltshire.

Name: Mary Morse

Age: 25

Estimated birth year: abt 1816

Gender: Female

Civil Parish: Liddiard Millicent

Hundred: Highworth, Cricklade and Staple

County/Island: Wiltshire

Country: England

Street address:


View image

Registration district: Cricklade

Sub-registration district: Wootton Bassett

Neighbors: View others on page

Piece: 1178

Book: 18

Folio: 8

Page Number: 10

Household Members:

Name Age

Jacob Morse 25

Mary Morse 25

Ellen Morse 1

N K 1 Mo

Turning to daughter Ellen, born in 1839, The GRO birth registration lists her mother's name to be GRIFFINS

Name: Mother's Maiden Surname:  Order: image
GRO Reference: 1839  S Quarter in CRICKLADE AND WOOTTON BASSETT UNION  Volume 08  Page 277
by R W G2G6 Pilot (259k points)

GRIFFITHS is correct though, based on her siblings:

GRO Reference: 1839  S Quarter in CRICKLADE AND WOOTTON BASSETT UNION  Volume 08  Page 277

MORSE, -        GRIFFITHS     
GRO Reference: 1845  S Quarter in THE CRICKLADE AND WOOTTON BASSETT UNION  Volume 08  Page 293
GRO Reference: 1844  S Quarter in CRICKLADE AND WOOTTON BASSETT UNION  Volume 08  Page 289

GRO Reference: 1848  M Quarter in CRICKLADE AND WOOTTON BASSETT UNION  Volume 08  Page 319

GRO Reference: 1849  D Quarter in CRICKLADE  Volume 08  Page 291

Also adult ages in the 1841 census were meant to be rounded down to the nearest five (not all enumerators did this). So an age of 25 actually means 25-29.


Interesting - thank you! I do notice they got married in Berkshire, so perhaps she was born there instead? Most of my other England family have been in Yorkshire or Cornwall, so I admit to not having done as much research yet on Wiltshire or what may be surrounding it.

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