The next part of my family tree originates from the Copperthwaite line. This is how that part of my family tree currently looks:
As you can see, there are darker arrows that appear on the right, and this indicates that the tree extends further back on that particular line. The first line to go back further is for John Pearce and his wife Mary, and they were my seven times great-grandparents:
At the moment, there is currently not a lot of information about them. All I know is that at some point, they were living in the Millbrook area of Southampton, and that they had a son called William who was my six times great-grandfather. Although William was baptised in Millbrook in 1758, there is a possibility that John and Mary came from a different area. I have found a marriage on FamilySearch for a John Pearce and a Mary Pickernell who married on the 13th October 1757 in Stockbridge, Hampshire (see below). Could this be the right couple? Did they originally come from Stockbridge and settle in Millbrook? The next step for me to confirm this would be to try to locate a settlement record for them at Southampton Archives . If I can find out where they came from, perhaps all of the other information may be a bit easier to find.
Mary passed away in July 1794 in Millbrook, and was buried on the 19th of that month:
John survived Mary by another four and a half years and passed away in January 1799 in Millbrook, and was buried on the 8th of that month:
Burial record courtesy of Findmypast
John Newman and his wife Elizabeth were my next set of seven times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree:
At some point during their lives, they also lived in the Millbrook area of Southampton, as this is where their daughter, Elizabeth, my six times great-grandmother was born. There is very little information that I can see online for this family, and I will need to have a look for them at the Southampton Archives to see if they appear in any records. A lot of the results appeared online for children born to a John and Elizabeth Newman in the Southampton area for this period of time, but nothing that I can be certain of until I can look at the original records.
There is a gap within my six times great-grandparents due to not being able to find a baptism record for my five times great-grandfather, Thomas Payne. The 1851 census states that Thomas was born in 1794 in Bramshaw, but I haven’t been able to find a baptism record online. I will, however, visit Winchester Archives to see if I can find his baptism record there.
This is the next part of my family tree:
I haven’t been able to find a baptism record for Joseph so far, but there is a possible record for Ann. The record doesn’t give a surname of Simes, but it does provide a surname of Sims, so this could be a variation. The year of birth states that she was born in 1747, and that she was from Portsmouth and her parents were Jeremiah and Mary. This is the record:
If this is the correct record, then Ann would have been 17 when she got married to Joseph in 1764, and I would also need to find a settlement record for her:
From this marriage, there were seven children, and they were: Anne (1764), Elizabeth (1766), Mary, my six times great-grandmother (1769), William (1773), Betty (1773), Sarah (1776), and Joseph (1778). This is all the information that I have found so far for this family.
Richard Carter was my next seven times great-grandfather. I haven’t managed to find a lot of information on him so far, except that his name appeared on his children’s baptism records. His children were: Anne (1737), Richard, my six times great-grandfather (1739-1788), Elizabeth (1743), John (1747), and Mary (1749). This is all I know about Richard, other than that he lived in Brockenhurst, Hampshire at some point during his life.
Joseph Blake is the final seven times great-grandfather in this part of my family tree. As with the previous seven times great-grandparents, I know little about this person other than that he lived in Lymington at some point during his life. He had at least one child, my six times great-grandfather, William (1759). I do know that he was a mariner as this was stated on William’s baptism record. Perhaps this could be the reason why I haven’t been able to find much information about him.
Hopefully by visiting the archives again, I will be able to find further records on these people, but this isn’t guaranteed. I have the results of my Ancestry DNA test, but these results may not help me in finding these people as they may go too far back.