STARR/McNESS??, Ardeley/Rushden, mid 18th century

April 2001




PLEASE NOTE: When this question was asked the amount of information available online was very restricted and the only census available (on a CD) was the 1881 census. The answer given below should be carefully checked using the additional information now readily available online.

On 16th April 2001 Ronald Starr (ronald_starr @t of London. said "I am researching into the family of Henry Starr.  It appears he married a Mary Meanese in December 1755 in Enfield.  The marriage certificate says she comes from (we think) Rushden.  However, we cannot trace her.  her surname is difficult to read, and could possibly be something like Meanesed, Mcnese, Macnese. Have you any information on families with this sort of surname in Hertfordshire?  We are trying to trace her for a dob etc.  The problem being that Henry only seems to appear in Enfield at the time of the marriage, but we feel he may come from Ardeley or surrounding area. Henry and Mary had a nephew called John who married a Sarah McNess.  Could this be a connection?"

You raise a number of points.