Robert Fothergill born ~1743-1747

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Hi can can someone help me please?

I'm researching my 5x Great Grandfather Robert Fothergill.

He married Hannah Hathway in Pocklechurch Gloucestershire in 1779, had a handful of children and died in abt 1843 .

However I can't find anything about his parents, the only thing I can find a possible link to is someone born with the same name in Mallerstand Westmorland in Cumbria in 1743.  Could this be him?
in Genealogy Help by Mark Wright G2G2 (2.1k points)
If Mallerstand, Westmorland birth in 1743 is right, then, his father's first name would be James.

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Was he a Quaker? There is a Robert Fothergill buried Bristol 1788 aged 80, a Quaker, who could have been his father. On the Pucklechurch marriage Robert's parish is shown as Keynsham, which is the outskirts of Bristol. I would have thought Mallerstang was very unlikely. I tried to post the Quaker burial details from Find my past but was unsuccessful, it says too many characters!

"England, Bristol, Non-Conformist Church Records, 1777-1936," database with images, FamilySearch( : 11 March 2018), Robert Fothergill, 17 May 1788; citing Burial, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, Bristol City Archives, England; FHL microfilm 004320050. 

Last name Fothergill
Sex Male
Residence Keynsham, Somerset
Marriage year 1779
Marriage date 21 Mar 1779
Denomination Anglican
Place Pucklechurch, St Thomas a Becket
Town Bristol
County Gloucestershire
Spouse's first name(s) Hannah
Spouse's last name Hathway
Spouse's residence Pucklechurch
By licence or by banns Banns
Country England
Document type Bishop's transcripts

Bristol Archives

by Lynn Drasdo G2G6 Mach 1 (10.7k points)
selected by Elaine James
It's possible that he was a quaker (from what I've read, a lot of Fothergills were).  Not knowing much about the religion, would he still get married in an Anglican church?
Quaker marriages were legally recognised at this time, but I understand that if the spouse was not a Quaker, it could not be done in the meeting, and if you married in church you would be disowned. I'm no expert though, perhaps someone who knows more about this could answer! Also as an afterthought, if they were Quakers it might account for moving long distances e.g. from Mallerstang, perhaps due to persecution.

Keynsham parish records have been transcribed and are available here. As well as the baptisms of four children to Robert and Hannah, it contains a 1755 baptism for "Mr Fothergill's child". This could be Robert's baptism, or that of a sibling.

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Didn't check, I don't have time, but perhaps this book may lead to clues.

by Paul Whittington G2G3 (3.3k points)
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Probably clutching at straws here but the Mallerstand Robert seems to disappear, or at least I can't find his marriage/death in Mallerstand (I might have blinkers on in hope I've found the link). For such a small village they had 10 families of Quakers in the 17th/18th century so I'd imagine they would have been a target and would have scattered
by Mark Wright G2G2 (2.1k points)

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