Hello, has anyone else researched Wills/Polglaze? I have a marriage between William Wills and Grace Polglaze in Paul, 25th April 1755, but the transcriptions do not have any witnesses or fathers etc. and the only Grace Polglaze's I can find are 2 born within a year of each other in St Cleer - spelt PolglaSe, so I have no real idea of which of these, if any, are right! I'm also worried that there have been a few mistakes in transcriptions, as on the IGI records, the marriage is down as Grace's birth! If anyone has any idea on which William Wills this is as well that would be great! Any info would be appreciated Jenny
Post by Cornish Terrier on Apr 30, 2011 22:41:43 GMT -5
Jenny - let's take it all one step at a time.
Where possible ignore the IGI especially when you have information like that included!
Phillimore gives the marriage as 25th April 1755 with no other notes so we can start with the likelihood that William and Grace were both resident at Paul at the time.
According to the Cornwall Family History Society transcribed index of baptisms there were 8 children baptised at Paul beginning with George bp. 28th August 1755 and ending with James bp. 19th April 1772.
I think you can say that the date of Marriage is probably correct as found in Phillimore.
From the OPC records:-
Grace Wills of Newlyn age 80, married, died of old age and was buried at Paul 6th June 1806
So you should be looking for a birth/baptism around 1726.
The record indicates that William was still alive but I don't think that is really correct.
William Wills of Newlyn age 86, married, died of old age and was buried at Paul 16th March 1802
That indicates that William should have been born/baptised sometime around 1815.
That is a start and I will take a look to see if I might be able to expand on it this afternoon.
BTW - The new forms provided for recording Marriage details commenced in 1754 and there was no provision for the recording of the father's name. In some cases it was recorded but in most you will find that it was not.
About the only thing of any real use might be the names of witnesses but even that cannot be guaranteed.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Apr 30, 2011 23:14:40 GMT -5
On first looks it would seem that Lamorna may have identified the parents of William Wills.
William son of Thomas Wills bp. 3rd March 1716
Really a perfect fit when you look at the burial details.
BUT there is one really large dilemma that concerns me - especially as this all looks so easy.
Thomas Wills married Margaret and they would appear to be the parents of this William.
So .... what is the problem you might ask?
The children of William and Grace Wills:-
George 1755-1755 Jane 1756-1756 George 1758-1766 James 1762-1766 John 1764- Grace 1766- George 1769- James 1772-
If Thomas was the father of William (and Margaret was his mother) then I need to know the answer to these questions:-
1. Why did William want to make sure he had a son named George (he did use the name three times!) 2. Why did William also use the name James twice? 3. With two daughters why did William name the first one Jane and then name Grace after his wife but not name one of them Margaret? 4. George had six male children but not one of them was named Thomas - Why?
Jenny Hi, Sorry I am not very familiar with place names in Cornwall but have you searched free reg for Polglaze? I found the marriage for Grace Polglaze to William Wills, Church St Pol de Leor who were married on the 25 Apr 1755 but no Father's names mentioned just a file number..11427
There is a marriage for a William Polglaze to Grace Harvey 27 Dec 1735 church St. Breaca
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Hello, back after a year :s Anyways, With the George and James thing I'm not too worried, as it was common practice to name the next male or female child after one who had just died, but it IS odd that he didn't name one after his father with the normal naming pattern, but then family fall outs do happen! I never got a chance to look into this so will start doing so again now