Robert Parker

Robert Parker and his wife, Mary Bricknell are the final set of five times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree. You can see in the diagram below, where they are situated in the family tree:

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So far, I have been unable to find a baptism record for Robert as he wasn’t born in the county of Hampshire. This is confirmed on the 1841 census return, which you will see a bit later. I don’t have a place of birth for him yet, but I may be able to find out where he came from by looking at the original image of his marriage record at the archives. If he wasn’t yet a resident of the parish when he married Mary, then it may state on the record where he came from. Another route to take would be to look at a settlement record for Eling to find out where his previous parish was. Either of these records may, hopefully, provide me with new avenues to search.

Mary’s baptism record shows her surname to be Bricknell, and that she was baptised on the 29th August 1762 in the parish of Portsea St Mary, Hampshire. It states that her father’s name was Isaac:

Robert married Mary Bricknell on the 13th December 1789 in Eling. Here is a copy of their marriage transcription:


Marriage record of Robert and Mary

As you can see from the Hampshire Marriages Transcription on FindMyPast, it states that Mary’s surname is Brignell. According to The Internet Surname Database ( there are a few variants of this surname, and they are: Brignall, Brignell, Bricknall and Bricknell.

Robert and Mary had four children: Elizabeth (1789-1803), Thomas (1791-1845), Powlet (1793-1864) and Caroline, my four times great-grandmother (1798-1837).

When researching the baptism for great-aunt Elizabeth, I noticed that she was baptised 17 days after her parents were married. This could mean that she was born and baptised within a few days, as her baptism record didn’t state that she was base-born. It would also mean that Mary would have been very heavily pregnant when she got married.

With Eling not being a particularly large place, it makes me wonder whether Robert and Mary Parker knew my other five times great-grandparents, James and Anne Hinvest, as they would have lived in the area around the same time. Did their children play together?

Mary passed away in the third quarter of 1833, and was buried on the 26th September 1833 in Eling:

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The next record that Robert appeared on was the 1841 census return:


As you can see, Robert was living at a place called Trotts in Eling and his occupation was a Baker. He was living with his son, Thomas, who was a labourer. Robert is fifth from the top on this census return, and if you look at the column to the right of “Baker”, it says “no”. This column asks if the person recorded on the census return was born in the county they were currently living in. This means that he was born outside of Hampshire. If he had still been alive, when the next census return had been carried out, in 1851, it would have provided me with a more accurate location as to his date and place of birth.

Robert passed away in the fourth quarter of 1843, and was buried in Eling on the 24th December 1843:

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This record provides the details required to request a copy of the death certificate. I will be requesting a copy so that I can find a more accurate date and place of death. If he was still living in Eling, then he would have been buried in one of the cemeteries at St Mary the Virgin Church.

When I am next in Eling, I will be visiting both cemeteries to see if I can locate the graves of my grandparents.


About debbielou72

I am a genealogist who has been researching for quite a few years on mine and my husband's family tree. I also carry out research professionally for other people. I am a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies studying the surname Hiscock and its variations. I am also a member of CILIP. I am currently studying for the Pharos Tutors Family History Skills & Strategies (Intermediate) certificate
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