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Anne Briggs - Baptism?

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Please question and comment so we can (hopefully) confirm the Baptism record of Ann (Briggs) Bielby (abt.1781-).



The Marriage, Children and Burial records for Ann/e seem to be clear, however her Baptism record is not. There are several Baptism records in 1781(*) +/- for Ann/e Briggs but none seem to fit. There are two key leads however. She places herself as born South Cave in 1851 Census. They were married by Banns in Rowley and their banns were also read at Hull. These place her in the Hull area so baptism in the Hull area is most likely. None of the Ann/e Briggs baptism records in 1781, or within a few years, fit this.

(*) The year of 1781 is an anchor because these are the relevant marriages around the same time, though it was common for women to make themselves younger than they actually were so she could have been born earlier.
1) George Beilby 25 of Seldmere Farmer married Anne Fletcher 20 of Normanby in Normanby 1793. Puts George born c. 1768 and Anne born c. 1773.
2) George Bielby 25 of ? ? married Ann Bielby 22 of ? in ? 1791. Puts George born c 1766 and Ann 1769. There is nothing else to go on with this record. Not clear if George is marrying a cousin or a sister in law or where they are from or where the marriage took place.
3) George Beilby ? of North Cave ? married Anne Briggs ? of Rowley in Rowley 1799. As there are no ages provided on the marriage records or banns revored’s, It's therefore hard to know DOBs. But based on the next three items, if Anne Briggs is the correct Ann, it would put her as around 18 when she married, and her year of birth about 1781.
1841 Census Ann as Wife aged 60 no birth place in given in this Census. Puts her born c 1781
1851 Census Ann as Widow aged 70 born South Cave. Puts her born c 1781.
Death notice in 1856 places Ann born c 1778.

However, if we were to accept she was baptised Mary Ann but went by the name of Ann then her record would be clear. I'm proposing this owing to her daughter Elizabeth (Duffin), naming her first born Mary Ann. My only real query about accepting this notion is why the name William was not used for one her sons - maybe not enough boys came along, or maybe he wasn't favoured as a father.

1781 Baptisms, Hull Holy Trinity[1].

January 17 MaryAnn D. of William and Elizabeth Briggs

There is another Mary Ann Briggs, baptised 1784[2] in Hull, and another married in 1818[3] in Sculcoates (have not determined if they are the same person) so perhaps our Mary Ann went by Ann to avoid confusion given they were in the same area.

The only other record I can find which COULD match, is the possibility that she is the illegitimate daughter of Robert Briggs and Mary Watson...but based on the Mary Ann theory, I now think that's unlikely. I have left the detail previously floated below for reference only.


Anne married George Beilby (bef.1765-1849). Their banns were first read in June at North Cave and then they married, also by banns, at Rowley in September.

All her marriage records (there are three below) have her, interestingly, as AnnE, not Ann - though other records have her as Ann - as does her headstone. And all Bielby different spelling too!

Both Anne and George sign with a Mark at their Second Marriage.

  • First Marriage @ North Cave Parish Church (All Saints??),

Marriage of George “Beelby” of this Parish (North Cave) and AnnE Briggs of the parish of Rowley. 16 June 1799. Place, North Cave. By Banns[4].

Banns of Marriage between George Beilby of this parish & Anne Briggs of the Parish of Rowley were publifhed on the three Sundays underwritten: That is to fay, on Sunday, the 16, on Sunday, the 23, On Sunday the 30 of June.Rd. Gee(?), Vicar.

  • Second Marriage @ Rowley Parish Church (St Peters??)

Record 1: This is a hand written 2 line reference in the actual Parish Register

Marriage of George "Bielby" of North Cave and AnnE Briggs of this parish (Rowley). 29 Oct 1799 (not 20 Oct 1799 as showing in WikiTree). Place, Rowley. By Banns[5].

George Bielby of the Parish of North Cave & Anne Briggs of the Parish of Rowley by Banns Oct 29

Record 2: This is the pro forma for a Banns marriage.

Marriage of George “Beilby” of this Parish (North Cave) and AnnE Briggs of the parish of Rowley. 29 Oct 1799. Place, North Cave. By Banns[6].

George Beilby of the Parifh of North Cave and Anne Briggs of this Parifh were Married in this Church by Banns this twenty ninths Day of October in the Year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Nine by me Joseph Thompson. This Marriage was folemized between Us George Bielby his Mark X Anne Briggs her Mark x In the presence of ? Youl and Daniel ?.

Why Rowley?

It's pretty close to South Cave / North Cave / Sculcoates. Is there more? When doing a bit more on the Mary Ann theory and her parents, this might be answered.


Anne and George had 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls;

- George Beilby (1800-abt.1800)
- George Beilby (1801-1865)*
- Hannah (Beilby) Markham (abt.1805-1871)*
- Walter Beilby (bef.1809-1833)
- John Beilby (bef.1810-1851)
- Robert Beilby (bef.1813-bef.1860)*
- Elizabeth (Beilby) Duffin (bef.1816-1842)
- Alice Beilby (bef.1820-bef.1860)
- Jane (Beilby) Anderson (bef.1822-1860)*

Anne died in 1856. Only 4* of her children survived her.

Is Ellis, referenced in the 1841 Census, another daughter or is it Alice? Or not a family member? TBA.


Anne shows herself as being from South Cave, a widow, aged 70 at 49 North Street, Nafferton.


Anne died at 76 years of Age. She outlived her husband George Beilby (bef.1765-1849) by 7 years.


Record set; Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts Of Burials First name(s); Ann Last name; Beilby Burial year; 1856 Birth year; 1780 County; Yorkshire (East Riding) Country; England Burial place; Nafferton Age at death; 76 Burial date; 11 Jan 1856 Archive; Borthwick Institute for Archives Category; Life Events (BDMs) Subcategory; Parish Burials Collections from; England, Great Britain


Could this be (Mary)Ann's parent's marriage record[7]?

First name(s) William Last name Briggs Residence Hull Holy Trinity Marriage year 1774 Marriage date 12 Nov 1774 Marriage place Hull, Holy Trinity By licence or by banns B Spouse's first name(s) Elizabeth Spouse's last name Willie Spouse's residence Hull Holy Trinity Father's first name(s) - Spouse's father's first name(s) - Witness 1 Thomas Rnad Witness 2 Mary Whitehead County Yorkshire (East Riding) Country England Archive East Riding Archives & Local Studies Service Archive reference PE158/21 Page 180 Record set Yorkshire Marriages Category Life Events (BDMs) Subcategory Parish Marriages Collections from England, Great Britain

And her mother?

England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1936 for Eliz Willy
Piece 4490: Kingston Upon Hull, Bowl Alley Lane Chapel (Presbyterian), 1705-1754
"Eliz Willy March the 1 1752."[8]

FOR REFERENCE ONLY: Illegitimate child of Robert Briggs and Mary Watson

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Baptisms 1781 Darrington with Wentbridge[9]

Oct 22nd, Anne, Illegitimate child of Robert Briggs and Mary Watson

Name: Anne Briggs Event Type: Baptism Baptism Date: 22 Oct 1781 Baptism Place: Darrington with Wentbridge, Yorkshire, England Parish as it Appears: Darrington with Wentbridge Father: Robert Briggs Mother: Mary Watson

Darrington Parish Registered

The register of the parish church of Darrington co. York. 1567-1812[10]

22 Oct 1781, Anne, Illegitimate child of Robert Briggs and Mary Watson

How does 'Darrington with Wentbridge' fit in?

Page 2 of the The register of the parish church of Darrington co. York. 1567-1812 says: This Volume[11] contains a copy of the six earliest Register Books of the Church of St. Like and All Saints, Darrington, from the commencement in the year 1567 to the year 1812. The parish of Darrington is situate near to Pontefract and comprises the township of Stapleton and parts of Wentbridge and Cridling Stubbs.

There seems to be quite a few children of unwed folk baptised there. Perhaps it was known for asking no questions.


  1. https://search.findmypast.com.au/record/browse?id=S2/GBPRS/YORKSHIRE/007909259/00914
  2. https://search.findmypast.com.au/record?id=S2%2FGBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2F007909259%2F00932&parentid=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2FBAP%2F500534124
  3. https://www.findmypast.com.au/transcript?id=R_850801031%2F2
  4. https://www.findmypast.com.au/transcript?id=GBPRS/YORKSHIRE/BAN/500009530/2
  5. https://search.findmypast.com.au/record?id=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2F007588402%2F00430&parentid=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2FMAR%2F328387%2F2
  6. https://search.findmypast.com.au/record?id=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2F13-0743_GB-YOR_PARISH-REGISTERS-E-PE-62-6-CA.-1537-1900%2F00019&parentid=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2FBAN%2F200306781%2F2
  7. https://www.findmypast.com.au/transcript?id=GBPRS%2FYORKSHIRE%2FMAR%2F500177502%2F1
  8. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/2972/images/40612_B0151801-00091?treeid=&personid=&rc=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=fnt1&_phstart=successSource&pId=237182
  9. https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=NlS2&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&indiv=1&dbid=2256&gsfn=anne&gsln=briggs&gsfn_x=1&gsln_x=NN&cp=0&msfng=Robert&msfns=briggs&msbdy=1780&msbpn__ftp=darrington,%20yorkshire,%20england,%20united%20kingdom&msbpn=88726&new=1&rank=1&uidh=9xh&redir=false&msT=1&gss=angs-d&pcat=34&fh=0&h=7684094&recoff=&ml_rpos=1&queryId=b6e110441eb92cea6103932f44c899c2
  10. https://archive.org/details/registerofparish49darr/page/122/mode/2up
  11. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/61630/images/darrington-1567-1812-0003?treeid=&personid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=MeW2&_phstart=successSource&pId=131926

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