I need some help, or at least a few fresh set of eyes and opinions, on a brickwall in my family tree that has defied all of my attempts to remove it for about the last 18 years.
When a cousin made a trip to England a number of years ago she spent a significant amount of time transcribing various records while she was there for our ancestors. The records she transcribed led to some great breakthroughs but seemed to only add more questions about who and where our Anthony Marshall came from. The one thing she didn't have time to do was visit the graveyard at Skeffling where the bulk of our oldest known ancestors appear to be buried, an onsite viewing of the headstones would have been an immense help. I requested photos at Find a Grave quite some time ago but no one has ever fulfilled the request.
I have quite a few research notes, that include various speculations about who Anthony's parents may or may not have been on his profile.
Find a Grave speculates as follows:
The Find a Grave memorial has changed several times over the years when it comes to who Anthony's parent's were, one of the previous speculations at Find a Grave is preserve in my research notes on Anthony's profile. Francis and Jana Marshall from Danby in Cleveland seem to be the current favorite. Problem is, there is an Anthony Marshall married in Danby in Cleveland, Yorkshire:
"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N29N-94X : 10 February 2018), Anthony Marshall and Rebecca Baker, 01 Jul 1746; citing Danby In Cleveland,York,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 432,131, 894,244.
at the same time my Anthony Marshall is married to Ann Matthews and living in the Skeffling area:
"England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NL7Y-W5H : 10 February 2018), Anthony Marshal and Ann Matthews, 23 Nov 1736; citing Holmpton,York,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 919,456.
I suspect there are 2 different Anthonys, perhaps even 3 if the above Anthony married to Rebecca Baker isn't in fact Francis and Jana Marshall's son. Either way, I have yet to see any clear evidence linking my Anthony Marshall to Danby in Cleveland.
A genealogy at Family Search gives Anthony's parents as William Marshall and Alice Sowden. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3L49-3ZW I have not been able to find records for a marriage, burial or baptisms for a William and Alice (Sowden) Marshall to confirm whether these might actually be Anthony's parents.
I will be eternally grateful to anyone who can give me a new perspective or direction on this puzzle.