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From: Martin Willcocks <>
Subject: Re: [DEV] Rev J D COLERIDGE
Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 02:10:01 -0700
A somewhat general question - how accurate is Burke's Peerage? I have
found errors in Burke's Landed Gentry, so I am wondering how Burke got
his information and how accurate it is. Was the data submitted by a
family member, or through other sources?
To quote a particular error, Burke's Landed Gentry of 1863 states that
Benjamin CONN of Waterford was the only son of John CONN and Mary
UNDERWOOD, and gives an approximate date for their marriage in about
1774, apparently based on Benjamin being the first son and born in 1775
- he was actually christened three years and two days later in 1778, so
I suspect the birth date was erroneous. In addition, John and Mary had
a family of nine children between 1763 and 1782, so the marriage date is
unlikely to be correct. Finally, Benjamin was the third son of four,
but the only one to survive childhood. This family can be found in the
IGI extracted records for Kill St. Nicholas, Waterford, Ireland.
The connection to Devon is that John CONN, chr. Stoke Damerel in Aug
1764, was supposedly related to the Irish family of that name in
Waterford, and is stated to be related to said Benjamin CONN in Burke's
Landed Gentry in the 1863, 1899 and 1901 editions.
Any information appreciated!
Taylorsville, UT, USA.