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From: "Carol and Michael Battishill" <>
Subject: Lost Marriage
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 16:08:37 +1100
Hi to the Essex Listers,
I am looking for help from SKS.
My grandparents George BATTISHILL and Rhoda BATTISHILL (nee WESTCOTT) had
their Banns called at my grandmother's church, Saint John The Baptist,
Broadclist in Devon on the last two Sundays in June and the first Sunday in
July 1891 (I have copies of the banns), however the marriage was not
performed in Broadclist.
On the Banns George was stated to be living in Bristol. A lister living in
Bristol has searched the 1891 census for me and has not found him recorded.
I have reason to believe that he went to Essex for work as a Mason's
followed him and they were married in Essex. I believe they may have
married in the
old Saint Mary The Virgin church at LAYER BRETON in the latter half of 1891
or the first half of 1892.
I have searched the Parish Registers for Layer Breton and although the
births and deaths are there to recent times, the marriages are only
up to the middle 1800's. Would newspapers of that time reported weddings
in the area?
Our local Council library has recently bought (from
England) the new book by Andrew Barham "Lost Parish Churches Of Essex" which
gives a very good description of the church at Layer Breton and its' history
until it was demolished in 1915 and a replica built nearby. (I certainly
recommend this book to anyone looking for old churches in Essex). The
publisher is Ian Henry Publications, Ltd. 20 Park Drive, Romford, Essex, RM1
My question is - how can I find out what has happened to the marriage
records? Would they been destroyed, or transferred over to the new church?
Hoping someone can help me.
Michael Battishill on windy Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Researching BATTISHILL WESTCOTT KEEN MANSELL