A Challenge – the Mary JENNINGS Quandary

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In the JENNINGS family of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, there are 2 Mary JENNINGS born & baptised 1805/1806, and to date, we have been unable to definitively state which one is which:

Mary Jennings who married Thomas Hawkins

& Mary Jennings who married John Stone.

A FreeSpace page has been set up to outline details of research & our conclusions to date: The Mary JENNINGS Quandary.

If anyone is willing to take on this challenge, we would be delighted with any assistance, suggestions or comments to help solve the puzzle.

in Genealogy Help by Vivian Egan G2G6 Mach 6 (67.7k points)

3 Answers

+2 votes
England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975No Image
Text-only collection
      Name: Mary Ann Jennings
      Gender: Female
      Baptism Date: 13 May 1804
      Baptism Place: Great Hormead,Hertford,England
      Father: Jos
      Mother: Sarah
      FHL Film Number: 0973141 IT 4

      Source Information

      Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

      Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.

      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (529k points)

      Name: Mary Ann Hawkins
      Age: 58
      Estimated Birth Year: 1803
      Relation: Head
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England
      Civil parish: Little Hallingbury
      County/Island: Essex
      Country: England
      Registration district: Bishop Stortford
      Sub-registration district: Sawbridgeworth
      ED, institution, or vessel: 5c
      Household schedule number: 66
      Piece: 807
      Folio: 89
      Page number: 15
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Mary Ann Hawkins 58
      David Hawkins 27
      Amelia Hawkins 13

      Source Citation: Class: RG 9; Piece: 807; Folio: 89; Page: 15; GSU roll: 542704

      Source Information

      Ancestry.com. 1861 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

      England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915

      Name: Mary Ann Hawkins
      Estimated Birth Year: 1805
      Registration Year: 1872
      Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
      Age at Death: 67
      Registration district: Bishop's Stortford
      Parishes for this Registration District: Bishop's Stortford
      Inferred County: Hertfordshire
      Volume: 3a
      Page: 161
      Source Information:
      FreeBMD. England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
      edit on census to add ancestry source

      copy/paste cut it off
      +2 votes

      England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

      Name: Mary Jennings
      Gender: Female
      Baptism Date: 15 Dec 1805
      Baptism Place: Sawbridgeworth,Hertford,England
      Father: Thomas Jennings
      Mother: Elizabeth
      FHL Film Number: 991324
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Thomas Jennings
      Elizabeth
      Mary Jennings
      Source Information:
      image
      Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
      Original Data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (529k points)

      1851 England Census

      Name: Mary Stone
      Age: 46
      Estimated Birth Year: 1805
      Relation: Wife
      Spouse's Name: John Stone
      Gender: Female
      Where born: Sawbridgeworth
      Civil parish: Sheering
      Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Maps: 2695
      County/Island: Essex
      Country: England
      Registration district: Epping
      Sub-registration district: Chigwell
      ED, institution, or vessel: 7b
      Household schedule number: 15
      Piece: 1770
      Folio: 544
      Page number: 5
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      John Stone 47
      Mary Stone 46
      Charles Stone 35
      Charles Stone 21
      Elizabeth Stone 19
      Susanna Stone 16
      John Stone 13

      Source Citation: Class: HO107; Piece: 1770; Folio: 544; Page: 5; GSU roll: 207416

      Source Information:

      image

      Ancestry.com. 1851 England Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

      Original Data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1851. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1851. 

      +2 votes

      you have on the free space page

      "Additional Research

      The burial register entries for both Mary's revealed they died in Workhouses, so the names of the informants on their Death registrations would not have been family members."

      an image of the asylum record is on Ancestry

      the Mary Hawkins in the asylum was committed by her son, Rev Henry Hawkins and she died October 24 1873

      by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (529k points)
      the Essex Archives link on the free space page can't be accessed by non-members
      familysearch images are not viewable now
      findmypast not accessible without paid membership
      Hi Eddie

      Many thanks for your efforts.

      The individual profiles include the census, baptism & death sources.

      I have tried to find publicly available sources where possible, but have had to resort to FMP & Essex Online sources. The images for marriages of both Mary's are still available on FamilySearch.

      I have previously located the baptism entry for the Mary at Great Hormead, but will look further.

      Could you please provide the Ancestry link for the Asylum record for Mary Hawkins ? The date doesn't match the research we have & our Mary Hawkins did not have a son Henry that we know of.

      I also have saved copies of all the relevant parish register & census images.

      Your efforts are very much appreciated. Thank you.
      re; asylum link

      I use Ancestry Libray Edition, so that link won't work for paid Ancestry

      I could download the image and upload it to the free space page ?
      downloaded image

      freespace is green lock

      can't upload image

      comes from

      Source Information

      Title

      England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

      Author

      Ancestry.com

      Publisher

      Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.Original data - Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. Londo

      Repository Information

      Name

      Ancestry.com

      Thanks for trying Eddie.

      I've just run a search on Ancestry & found an entry for this Mary in the England & Wales National Probate Calendar 1858-1995 in 1873. She died in Southgate, Middlesex & her son Henry was the only next of kin, so not either of the Mary's above.

      Sorry just saw your last reply when I posted this.

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