STARR/McNESS??, Ardeley/Rushden, mid 18th century
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 hotmail.com) 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)
However, we cannot trace her. her surname is difficult to read, and could
possibly be something like Meanesed,
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
Could this be a connection?"
You raise a number of points.
- It is hard to guess what Meanese
may actually be without seeing the register entry and comparing the
handwriting with other entries in the same book by the same cleric.
Sometimes the signatures on the bottom can help - and witnesses are often
related so are worth following up. However I would have thought MacNess was a good shot.
- A check of some Rushden
records (you had some doubt that this was the right place) I came up with
the following surnames in the period of interest to you - none of which
seem likely matches. MAILES, MANNING, MARVEL,
- Cousin marriages were quite common so the Sarah who married John
may have been related to the Mary who
- Clearly there were some people called Starr living in Ardeley. However be careful not to jump to
conclusions - for instance the register (c/o familysearch) shows a Henry Starr baptised on 4th April 1725 to George and Anne
Starr. George and Ann Starr had another Henry
baptised on 18th December 1736, and 30 years later a Henry
Starr was baptised, parents Henry
and Rose Starr. My guess is that the
burial register shows that the first Henry died
in childhood, while the Henry baptised
on 1736 was the one that married Rose.
This means that neither can be your Henry.