I have marriage record for Mary Ann Duncaton, Somerset, England in 1813. Help with her maiden name/parentage

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This was a profile I added before I really knew what I was doing on here.

Her, and husband George are possible the parents of my Ancestor Hannah Garland (I may need to disconnect them if I find conflicting evidence); however my primary concern is that Mary Ann Duncaton Garland is currently on my unsourced list.

I’ve tried all sorts of name variations to try to find a birth record but to no avail. Unless some wonderful wikitreer can find a likely birth record for her I may need to change her LNAB to Unknown and add the marriage record to get her sourced with a note to explain Unknown status.

The link to the marriage is https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NNX2-1XG

I’ve crossed all my fingers and toes that someone may find something tangible for her birth!!

WikiTree profile: Mary Garland
in Genealogy Help by Lizzie Griffiths G2G6 Pilot (120k points)

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You have a wealth of resources to prove she exists even if you never find a birth/baptism record for her.

You know her maiden name is  Duncaton/Dunkerton - source Marriage record.

The baptisms records/sources on familysearch for George and Mary's children will also confirm relationships and existance  - list of children  John b1814, Hannah b1826, Jane b1828, Mary Ann b1832 and Sarah b1835.  (excludes William b.c1818 and Daniel b.c1823 - could not locate a baptism record for these two).  The records show this family to be the only George and Mary Garland in Bedminster at that time.

You have her approx birth year of 1797 and birthplace from the 1841 census (plus or minus 2 to 3 years). source: "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M7MZ-SK7 : 13 December 2017), Mary Garland in household of Joseph Starrs, Bedminster, Gloucestershire, England; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Her death registration in 1849, - source: - FreeBMD, https://www.freebmd.org.uk, "Deaths Dec 1849 GARLAND     Mary Bedminster 1149.".  Approx birth year is further supported by her age on her burial records. source: "England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTST-GW1 : 10 March 2018), Mary Garland, 1849.

In case you do not have - George's re-marriage in 1850 source material

Marriage of George Garland on 9 Sep 1850 at St John, the baptist, Bedminster to Mary Harding - spinster.  George was 59 years old, widowed, living at North Street, fathers name is William Garland, Coal miner  Sources: FreeBMD, https://www.freebmd.org.uk, "Marriages Sep 1850, Garland George Bedminster 11 79, Harding Mary Bedminster 11 79.", "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NNXP-V1H : 10 February 2018), George Garland and Mary Harding, 09 Sep 1850; citing Bedminster, Somerset, England, reference p111 item222, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,849,435., Somerset Marriage Index, Somerset Archives, Parish Marriages, Archive ref P/St.JBed/R/3/15, viewed on findmypast.co.uk.

And his siblings - List of births and baptisms dates of George and his siblings as listed in Index's (all baptised at St John the Baptist, Bedminster, Somerset). source: refer to familysearch.

    John     b 21 Nov 1794      bapt 27 Jul 1806
    Amey     b 20 Feb 1795    bapt 4 Jun 1797
    George     b 31 Jan 1797*     bapt 27 Jul 1806 
    William     b 11 Apr 1797*    Bapt 4 Jun 1797
    Sarah     b 24 Jul 1801     bapt 5 Nov 1801
    Daniel     b 9 Jul 1804     bapt 23 Sept 1804
    Phoebe     b 2 Jul 1806     bapt 27 Jul 1806
    William     b 9 Nov 1809     bapt 4 Jun 1809
    Isaac                                  bapt 27 Jan 1813

The parents - William Garland and Sarah Matthews were married by banns on 16 May 1790 at St John the Baptist in Bedminster.  Witnesses Samuel Cloud and Benjn Price.  Source: Somerset Marriage Index, Somerset Archives, Parish Marriages, Archive ref P/St Jbed/R/3/s, viewed on findmypast.co.uk.

Also note that there is a discrepancy in the birth dates for George and William.  For George, I suspect there may be a transcription error with his birth date. George's 1st marriage in 1813 would have at around 15-16 if he was born in 1797.  Other records point to a birth year of around 1791.  Suggestion is to validate against original records to confirm birth year.

I hope this helps



by T Walker G2G6 Mach 2 (25.2k points)
selected by Deb Durham
Wow T!

This is excellent info, some I had but much is brand new, thank you!

It was George’s birth that was throwing me a little, that’s why I was so keen to find the birth for Mary Ann.

I can’t believe how much research you’ve done on this for me! Thanks for awarding it best answer Deb, I’m more than grateful for the time you’ve spent on this T and would like to award you a generous genealogist badge for your hard work :-)
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Which spelling variations have you tried? Familysearch has several Mary Dunkerton records around the 1790s in Somerset which may be worth considering.
by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (635k points)
Thanks Lynda, when I use the parameters of Mary Dunkerton, birth range 1785-1797, Somerset I’m only getting one potential birth? This I discounted as unlikely as Pilton is 25 miles from Bedminster. Obviously this is based a little on an assumption that she married in or near to her home town.
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Name Hannah Garland
Gender Female
Christening Date 26 Feb 1826
Christening Date (Original) 26 FEB 1826
Christening Place Bedminster, Somerset, England
Father's Name George Garland
Mother's Name Mary


by Gillian Causier G2G6 Pilot (265k points)
Thanks Gillian,

Yes, that’s the right Hannah, it was on this basis I added her father and then her mothers LNAB based on the marriage record I found, I’m not 100% sure now that they are the right George and Mary - whether they are or not I still need a source (other than her marriage record) that Mary Duncaton was born? I should have realised when I created her that she was Duncaton-1 lol what are the chances I would have a brand new surname to Wiki in Somerset of all places lol!
Unless her birth date was recorded in the parish register then I doubt there is a birth record as civil registration of births didn't start till 1837.

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