Tony, there seem to be TWO Towednack baptisms for Phillis Berrimans of a suitable age - which might explain the 2 out of wedlock children, plus 8 in wedlock children with Thomas Curnow, and there being an overlap i.e. 2 different mothers.
One Phillis Berriman was bptzd 16 Jan 1779 to Mark B & Jane. Other bptzms I have found so far: Caroline 1773, Henry 1779, Elizabeth 1781, Jane 1788.
The other Phillis was bptzd 6 Jun 1784 to Nicholas B & Mary. Other children I have found so far: Listra 1768, Mary 1770, Alexander 1775, Nicholas 1778, John 1780, Susannah 1785, Samuel 1786, Susannah 1789.
I don't know if you already know which are your Berrimans. If you don't, do you see an unusual name in there? If you find the Nicholas & Mary marriage on OPC, and also search for Listras (separately!), you get an indication of which Phillis yours could be.
(Which still leaves me wanting Thomas Curnow's mother to be a Jane!! But that is a job for the cold weather.....)
Looks like we might have cracked it........My Thomas Curnow and Phillis Berri(y)man had a daughter born 25 Nov 1821 with the unusual name of Lystra. So it looks like Phillis born 1874 is the one I am after.
Thanks a bundle.
Last Edit: Sept 6, 2010 18:16:54 GMT -5 by tonymitch
Yes. I presume you have checked www.findagrave.com/ ? That is one of the key starting points, I find, then it's a case of finding a home for all the persons of the name you are looking for, until there can be only one answer. (Accepting that not all deaths are on there, by any means - but at least find a home for all the Thomas Curnows that are on there, in the right time-frame!)
You have to consider all the likely jobs people would have been undertaking in the 1840s & 50s.
Armed Services is always one of them.....
You will want to look this up for yourself; answers on a plate are no fun! AND, evidence is the only way, not sight of other people's trees!!
Try this www.fibis.org/ for India, there was an awful lot of fighting going on....
Also, service records held by National Archives at Kew.
"AND, evidence is the only way, not sight of other people's trees!!"
Very true, Sue. Just an add-in that DNA is also evidence that is helping me bridge some record gaps. Trees done by matches do sometimes lead me to think/explore in another direction. They aren't always correct but can still be helpful particularly re: recent generations.
As we know, records aren't always perfect since they are created by human beings