TAVERNER, Broxbourne, 18th century
Clearly the IGI at familysearch shows that there was a Joseph Taverner marrying and Elizabeth Lewin at Broxbourne in 1752 - and, if you have looked at the microfilm of the register, you will know whether there some other crucial information about the marriage which is not recorded in the index. You don't give any evidence as to why you think Joseph was orphaned in about 1727, where he was born, or why his father was another Joseph. It is also unclear where John was born/baptised in 1768 (it is not recorded in the Broxbourne parish register according to familysearch), and why you think his parents were the Joseph and Elizabeth who married in Broxbourne.
If you can find adequate sources to link your ancestry with the Taverner of Broxbourne, it would appear that they only had a limited connection with the town. A Richard Tavernor (wife's name unknown) had four children baptised in the Broxbourne parish church in the 1720s. They were Richard on 14 March, 1722, (who apparently died in infancy), Anna on 15 March 1723, Richard on 8 March, 1725, and John on 24 October, 1727. The only other 18th century reference in the baptisms and marriage registers is the marriage you mention between Joseph Taverner and Elizabeth Lewin on 1 February, 1752. It would be appropriate to look at the burial register microfilm - and the possibility that Joseph may have been the son of Richard (who may have only moved into Broxbourne in about 1722).
Thea Jenkins (jenkina @t nexicom.net)replies: Thank you so much for all your suggestions. I do think that I have a believable record for the family back to gggf Edmund Taverner born in 1808 - based on wills, military records, census and even Burkes peerage due to one connection to minor aristocracy! Prior to 1800 is where it gets murky. The only basis for the existence of Joseph (?-?), Joseph (?-1800)and John Taverner(1768-1811)I have admit was made on notes from research done by a relative in the 1950's. The date 1727 was beside the first Joseph in these notes, but I am now thinking that it could be an error - or his son's birth date? I have just found that wills exist which may be for both Josephs - probated in 1766 (more likely death date) and 1800 -and have ordered copies so will hopefully know more when they arrive. I have seen the microfilm of the register of Joseph Taverner and Elizabeth Lewin's marriage in 1752 and confirmed that he was from London, parish of St. Stephens, Coleman St. (I think, the writing was very difficult to make out). So it was Elizabeth, not her groom, who was from Broxborne - daughter of the church warden apparently. BUT.. there was an earlier Taverner/Lewin marriage in Broxborne on Oct 4, 1723. Thomas and Sarah this time! Thomas was a carpenter and there is record of a Thomas Taverner working on renovations to the Duke of Portland's estate in the 1730's. The name Lewin was used as a forename in the family all the way down to my father's elder brother, incidentally. And you have found a Richard Taverner with 4 children baptized in the 1720's! The plot thickens....
Clearly there is a lot more work to do - and you may find the new topic Sources and Reliability of interest.
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