My great great grandfather was Charles STOKES, christened in Wraxall 2nd Jan 1820, the son of Samuel & Elizabeth STOKES. In the Bristol Mercury of Thursday, October 27th 1881 - which I read online using my North Somerset Library Ticket (other libraries also have this facility to view 19th Century Newspapers) - I found out that Charles had been employed as an Agricultural Labourer for 28 years five months with Mr Robert Newton of Wraxall without a stain on his character and won a prize for this at the North Somerset Agricultural Association's Annual Show!
My query concerns Charles's grandparents. His father, Samuel, was christened in Wraxall on the 23rd June 1793, the son of Joseph & Martha STOKES. (see our Parish Transcriptions) I have not been able to find a marriage for a Joseph STOKES with a Martha. I have found - in Easton in Gordano - a marriage of a Joseph STOKES, bachelor from Wraxall, to a Rachel COX on 20th Aug 1778. There is also a baptism of a Joseph STOKES s/o Joseph & Rachel STOKES in Wraxall on 5th July 1795.
Is Rachel and Martha the same person? If Joseph married Rachel in 1778 - were there any other children before 1795?
I believe Joseph STOKES died in 1834 aged 84 but as yet I have not found a burial for either a Martha or a Rachel STOKES
Any suggestions? Thank you.