Research Successes - Wrights
For many years I have been stymied in searching for the parents of Charles Wright, my grandmother's grandfather. I knew where he was born in Carleton Rode, Norfolk, England about 1815, so not THAT long ago, but earlier than the British civil registration. From freebmd.org.uk, it appeared that his wife Mary Ann's maiden name was Grant. Then in September, I found parish records for Carleton Rode online at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tinstaafl/Church_Pages/carleton_rode.htm Wow!
Among the earliest christenings were these:
Event Ref No Event Date Individual Given Individual Surname Father's Given Father's Surname Father's Occupation Mother's Given
66 25/05/1817 Sarah WRIGHT Benjamin WRIGHT Husbandman Lydia
67 25/05/1817 Charles WRIGHT Benjamin WRIGHT Husbandman Lydia
There was no other Charles Wright in that time period, so this has to be my Charles. From the Carleton Rode Parish transcription, the Wrights were apparently not very observant Anglicans. (One girl was christened at age 18.) In fact Grandma said that some of them were Baptists, although I didn't find them in the Baptist records. Maybe they were just Baptist sympathizers. So Charles being born in 1815 and christened (with an older sister) two years later was very consistent.
Now that I had Charles' parents' names, I could find Lydia's maiden name in the England, Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts, 1600-1812 for Norfolk Carleton-Rode 1725-1812
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials
William christened age 2 years, Phoebe aged 9 months
William and Phobe son and daughter of Benjamin and Lydia Wright (late Hawes) were publicly baptized July 12, William aged 2 and Phobe aged 9 months
I could now look for Lydia's christening. I found it in Carleton Rode on 24 Mar 1776 and it listed her parents as William Hawes and Elizabeth Humphrey. And I found other family members as well.
But it didn't end there, this new information allowed me to find this:
I am looking for information about the family of Benjamin Wright who married Ann SCOTT at Carleton Rode 27 Nov. 1758. They had the following children born 1759-1771:-
Elizabeth (John Woodrow)
Charlotte (Elisha Briggs)
Mary (William RINGER)
William (Sarah Clarke)
Richard (Ann Briggs)
Benjamin (Lydia HAWES).