Thank you very much for the details of Herbert William URCH’s family including the sad loss of his sister Gladys. At the risk of being intrusive, was Herbert William your father? Such links to the present bring family trees to life for me.
Thank you also for details of the marriage between widow Jane URCH (nėe ?) and widower Francis KEEN in 1782. I have identified some of my KEEN ancestors born during the 1700’s, mainly in and around Meare, though I have found no Francis KEEN. I wonder whether he might be related to my KEENs and whether you have any further details about him and his relations?
Similarly, do you know how John URCH 1722/23 (parents John URCH = Ann CHURCHES) connects with the ancestors of Herbert William URCH?
I hope this isn't too much to ask.
Kind regards, Robert
The burial is actually March 4th 1821! There was a Mary FRY christened in Wrington in 1750 - but FRY is a more common name in this area.
Thank you for your reply.
A friend has looked at the image and it is Cadbury Hill.
On Ancestry it is transcribed as John FLEN and looking at the image again, the year is 1820 and not 1826. It is Page Number 16, Item 126. Image gives his age at death as 77 years
I have found his 2nd wife`s baptism Jane WHITE 3rd Oct 1756 Congresbury
His first wife was Mary FRY, but not found her baptism yet.
I have found 3 mistranscribed entries in Yatton
Dianna Flow 1736
William Flow 1738
Mary Flen 1740
All 3 with parents named William and Mary.
I shall keep digging, thank you
I've tried to find the image of this burial on Ancestry but with no success - the images of burials at Congresbury appear to be the same as the ones transcribed on our site. Has anyone else found it? Can you say where it is? I'm also foxed by the abode of "Callinghill" - the only place I can think of is Cadbury Hill - if we could see the image we might be able work that one out.
It doesn't follow that because he was married and died in Congresbury that he was born there - where did his wife come from?
I know only of one link between the Urch and Keen families and that is of a Jane Urch widow of a John Urch who was baptised in Banwell on the 20 February 1722 / 3 to parents John & Ann Urch nee Churches. He married an unknown Jane circa 1758 - Marriage not found yet. John Urch was buried in Banwell on the 16 June 1770 and his widow Jane Urch married Widower Francis Keen in Banwell on the 27 May 1782.
Herbert William Urch was baptised in Blackford near Wedmore on the 13 September 1909 to parents William James Urch and Ethel Mary Urch nee Blackmore. William James & Ethel Mary Urch had 7 Children but one didn't survive and she was Gladys Urch born in 1921.
William James Urch was a Jeweller / Watchmaker and was born in the 2nd Qtr of 1879 to parents William & Caroline Urch nee Sellick. This William Urch was baptised in Blackford nr Wedmore on the 29 November 1835 to parents James & Sarah Urch nee Durbin.
I can go further back if you require but the earlier dates are missing because their ancestors were Anabaptists and no births nor baptisms are available due to their faiths. I can only fathom out their birth years from the dates of their burials and only if their ages were supplied.
If you require further information please let me know and I will try to help out.
We tried again but the condition of the image on the fiche makes them very difficult to read - the early records also use indistinct Roman Numerals for the dates and we think that you might be better to consult the original records in Somerset Heritage Centre. Sorry that we couldn't help. more.
Thank you very much Pat Hase for your feedback. I look forward to hearing more especially if Alun URCH has any details of H W URCH ancestors or of any links between the URCH and KEEN families. So far, the URCH entries in my ged file are an orphan group. Yes, my KEEN ancestors were from Meare with great-grandparents being Richard James KEEN b.1847 Meare and Catherine Ann CORP b.1853 West Pennard. Kind Regards, Robert
Thank you very much Pat! I have not yet joined a site that will enable me to look at the 1939 Register but will do so.