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:


So far, I have been unable to find a baptism record for Robert that would fit the time frame of his age when he got married. There is one baptism record for a Robert Parker in the Eling area of Hampshire for the year 1779. This would mean that he would have been 10 years old when he got married, so we can assume that this record is incorrect. I’ve had a look through the various databases available, and despite finding quite a few baptism records for a Robert Parker, at this stage, it is difficult to confirm which is the correct one.

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.

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 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 1883 in Eling.

The next record that Robert appears on is the 1841 census return:


As you can see, Robert is living at a place called Trotts in Eling and his occupation is shown as a Baker. He’s living with his son, Thomas, who was a labourer. Robert is fifth from the top on this census return, and it states that he wasn’t born in Hampshire, which is why I am having difficulty in locating a baptism record for him. 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. I’ll have a look at his marriage record at Hampshire Archives to see if that provides me with any further information as where he may have come from. There might also be a settlement record for him.

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