Saturday, February 16, 2019

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 10 to 16 February 2019

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 16 February 2019, there were 2,451 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910    (; 4,792,997 indexed records with 4,792,997 record images, ADDED 13 Feb 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Schuylkill County, Schuylkill Haven, Funeral Home Obituary Cards, 1914-2007       (; 1,434 indexed records with 1,434 record images, ADDED 15 Feb 2019

*  Georgia, Confederate Pension Rolls, 1879-1920   (; 113,365 indexed records with 113,365 record images, ADDED 12 Feb 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (; 209,958 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 209,958 records with 372,768 images), Updated 14 Feb 2019

*  Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942 (; 332,434 indexed records with 1,827,400 record images (was 327,354 records with 1,827,400 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920      (; 1,760,711 indexed records with 864,976 record images (was 1,758,656 records with 864,976 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999  (; 3,787,186 indexed records with 3,838,605 record images (was 3,787,186 records with 3,838,605 images), Updated 15 Feb 2019

*  Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,983,594 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,983,594 records with 1,421,761 images), Updated 12 Feb 2019

*  England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538-1910    (; Index only (1,994,348 records), no images (was 1,994,348 records with 0 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 15 Feb 2019

*  Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 13,880,562 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,880,562 records with 1,615,473 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936     (; 19,463,413 indexed records with 3,007,818 record images (was 19,443,904 records with 3,007,818 images), Updated 15 Feb 2019

*  Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2017    (; 3,337,329 indexed records with 12,555,984 record images (was 3,216,751 records with 12,555,984 images), Updated 12 Feb 2019

*  Switzerland, Vaud Terrier Records, 1234-1798    (; 236 indexed records with 138,906 record images (was 0 records with 138,906 images), Updated 14 Feb 2019

*  United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783      (; 1,113,260 indexed records with 48,993 record images (was 1,007,005 records with 48,993 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985    (; 438,824 indexed records with 99,436 record images (was 438,758 records with 99,436 images), Updated 12 Feb 2019

*  California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 5,432,501 indexed records with 2,915,415 record images (was 5,384,095 records with 2,915,415 images), Updated 12 Feb 2019

*  New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980      (; 2,536,722 indexed records with 3,080,948 record images (was 2,052,907 records with 3,080,948 images), Updated 14 Feb 2019

*  Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958 (; Index only (833,307 records), no images (was 817,662 records with 0 images), Updated 10 Feb 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 2,126,159 indexed records with 2,187,797 record images (was 1,657,705 records with 1,704,431 images), Updated 15 Feb 2019

*  Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939        (; 81,857 indexed records with 6,906 record images (was 82,649 records with 6,906 images), Updated 12 Feb 2019

*  Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013    (; 84,273 indexed records with 665,914 record images (was 84,273 records with 45,730 images), Updated 15 Feb 2019

*  Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906  (; Index only (562,194 records), no images (was 561,402 records with 0 images), Updated 11 Feb 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958        (; 1,003,720 indexed records with 1,516,203 record images (was 1,003,720 records with 1,516,203 images), Updated 14 Feb 2019

*  Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,524 indexed records with 13,800,831 record images (was 3,503,524 records with 13,803,959 images), Updated 14 Feb 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 7,851 indexed records with 12,326 record images (was 2,900 records with 4,009 images),  2 Feb 2019

*  Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (; 1,871,558 indexed records with 1,875,423 record images (was 1,856,023 records with 1,856,178 images),  21 Nov 2018

*  England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (; 12,490 indexed records with 23,041 record images (was 4,849 records with 6,544 images),  5 Feb 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 2,071,150 indexed records with 153,685 record images (was 2,071,150 records with 154,331 images),  31 Jan 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

*  New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938      (; 241,227 indexed records with 3,168 record images (was 241,135 records with 3,168 images),  7 Sep 2018

*  Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Index of Marriages, 1773-1963      (; 4,955 indexed records with 4,955 record images (was 4,795 records with 4,955 images),  28 Dec 2018

*  North Carolina, County Divorce Records, 1926-1975       (; 19,840 indexed records with 2,687 record images (was 19,831 records with 2,687 images),  28 Jun 2018

*  Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850       (; 36,148 indexed records with 36,148 record images (was 34,995 records with 36,148 images),  1 Jan 1970

*  Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001     (; 1,178,705 indexed records with 367,790 record images (was 1,178,704 records with 367,790 images),  9 Nov 2018

*  Wales, Marriage Bonds, 1650-1900        (; Index only (140,765 records), no images (was 140,757 records with 0 images),  31 Jan 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Maine Marriages, 1771-1907      (; Index only (596,679 records), no images (was 596,816 records with 0 images),  17 Feb 2016

*  Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900        (; Index only (939,516 records), no images (was 939,923 records with 0 images),  9 Mar 2012


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Did Your Parents Meet?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!), is to:

1)  One of our family stories for our descendants should be how we met our spouse.  Another one should be, if we know it, how did our parents meet each other?

2)  This week, let's tell our "parents meeting" story if we know it.  If you don't know that story, tell us another one about one of your relatives meeting their spouse or significant other.
3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this blog post to lead us to your answers.

Here's mine:
My mother, Betty Virginia Carringer was a San Diego-born young lady, age 21 in the fall of 1940, living at home with her parents at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.   She had received a B.S. in Art in June at San Diego State College, and had taken a job at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School (at 39th Street and El Cajon Blvd.) teaching Art to the students of East San Diego.  

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver was age 29 in the fall of 1940 in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He had just been denied the hand of his girl friend in marriage by her father, and was tired of shoveling snow in Massachusetts for his sister, so he decided to head for California.  He drove three days west without much sleep, and arrived in San Diego in mid-December.  Why San Diego, California?  His mother's sister, Emily (Richmond) Taylor and her family lived there.  Fred managed to mail a very short letter from Columbus, Ohio to his Aunt Emily saying he would be arriving shortly.

After he arrived, Fred stayed with the Taylor family at 4601 Terrace Drive in Kensington, and got to know his cousin, Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain (Emily's only child) and her husband Marshall Chamberlain, and their 14-year-old daughter Marcia.

Some time after Fred arrived, and it may have been several months later in the spring of 1941, he was still at the Chamberlain home, was working for Marshall,  and during dinner one night, he said "I need a girlfriend!"

Marcia piped up "I know one!"  Marcia was taking an art class at Woodrow Wilson Junior High.  The "one" turned out to be Betty.

Betty was invited to dinner at the Chamberlains by Marcia and her mother to meet Fred, and they, apparently, hit it off, as they say.  Before long, Fred had moved out of the Chamberlains into his own place near Betty's house, and the romance turned serious sometime in late 1941.

After Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Fred got a job in Materiel at Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista, which was manufacturing power packs for aircraft engines to support the war effort.  Betty was teaching at Memorial Junior High in San Diego during the 1941-1942 school year.

I don't know when Fred proposed to Betty, but it was probably in early 1942, and she certainly said "Yes!" They were married in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in San Diego on 12 July 1942.  Fred's mother and sister came to San Diego on the train for the ceremony, and stayed at the Chamberlains.  

After the wedding and a short honeymoon to Dana Point in Orange County, Fred and Betty rented a house at 577 Twin Oaks Avenue in Chula Vista, and Betty also took a job at Rohr Aircraft in the Engineering department.  Fifteen months after they married, their first "bundle of joy" came along.  

They lived in the Chula Vista house until Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1944 and shipped out on the U.S.S. Halford, a destroyer that went to the Aleutian Islands.  Betty and baby Randy moved in with Betty's parents at the Fern Street house until Fred returned in late 1945.

This story was told to me by Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain in the 1980s after my father had died, and my mother essentially corroborated it.


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Surname Saturday - LNU (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2253 who is Elizabeth LNU (1590-1667). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

34.  Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35.  Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)

70.  Thomas Dill (1755-1839)

71.  Hannah Horton (1761-1797)

140.  Thomas Dill (1708-1761)
141.  Mehitable Brown (1714-1758)

280.  Thomas Dill (1682-1718)
281.  Mary Pierce (1682-1713)

562.  Nathaniel Pierce (1655-1692)
563.  Elizabeth Pierce (1646-????)

1126.  Thomas Pierce (1617-1683)
1127.  Elizabeth Cole (1619-1688)

2252.  Thomas Pierce, born about 1584 in probably Norwich, Norfolk, England; died 07 October 1666 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married about 1610 in England.
2253.  Elizabeth LNU, born about 1590 in England; died after 22 March 1667 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Thomas Pierce and Elizabeth are:

*  John Pierce (1610-????).
Thomas Pierce (1617-1683), married 1635 Elizabeth Cole (1619-1688).
*  Elizabeth Pierce (1619-1692), married 1642 Randall Nichols (1612-1678).
*  Robert Pierce (1621-????), married 1657 Sarah Eyre (1624-????).
*  Persis Pierce (1626-1683), married (1) 1646 William Bridges (1611-1652); (2) 1652 John Harrison (1607-1684).
*  Mary Pierce (1628-1703), married 1648 Peter Tufts (1616-1700).
*  Samuel Pierce (1630-1678), married 1654 Mary LNU (1630-1705).

Information about the Pierce family line was obtained from:

*  Frederic Beech Pierce, Pierce Genealogy (Worcester, Mass. : Charles Hamilton Press, 1882).

*  One line of the Thomas Pierce family was treated in the book:

Joan S. Guilford, The Ancestry of Dr. J.P. Guilford (N.p. : Sheridan Psychological Services, Inc., 1990), Volume 1, page 607.

*  I have no leads and have done no original research on the ancestry of Elizabeth (LNU) Pierce.  


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 15 February 2019

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:

Genealogical Detective Work Solves Looted Art Mystery

RootsTech 2019 Announces Lineup of Keynote Speakers and Entertainers

The Global Family Reunion to Connect the World Again

 Freedom on the Move launches Database of Fugitives from American Slavery

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

New Findmypast Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 15 February 2019

*  Advantage Preservation Adds 800K Historical Newspaper Pages - January, 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for February 2019

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Tuesday, 19 February, 5 p.m. PST:  Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions, by Melissa Johnson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Wednesday, 20 February, 11 a.m. PST: Online Resources for French Genealogy part I: Compiled Records, Church Records and Civil Registration, by Paul woodbury

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree, by Blaine Bettinger

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Preparing for your Trip to the Family History Library, by James Beidler

*  Free Webinar! "Internet Archive: The Amazing Genealogical Resource You're Not Using" with Debra Dudek from the Fountaindale Public Library

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 29: Old Providence- A Way to Time Travel at Your Desk

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 30: Wedding Clues, Rootstech Tips

Genealogy Gems Podcast:  Episode #226

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:   #45… Pictures From Before Photography That May Add To Your Family Story

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-223: Why is Doing Irish Genealogy so Challenging, and What Can You Do about It?

*  23andMe YouTube:  23 Minutes With Anne, LIVE! Diversity in Research Edition

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 77: Connecting with the Slave Holder’s Descendant

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Wacky Wednesday - FAN Club Breakthrough

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  AmericaGen Study Group - Chapter 19 Government Land Records

*  AmericanAncestry YouTube:  Introducing American AncesTREES

*  Ancestry YouTube:  2019 Sundance Film Festival - Ancestry & SundanceTV Present: Railroad Ties (Ext. Trailer) | Ancestry

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Become a Better Genealogist by Reviewing What You Know

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  FYR w: CeCe

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, February 15,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories

 1993 Minneapolis murder case solved with the help of online genealogy

*  She was left with disturbing questions that will never be answered. The Pandora’s Box of DNA testing.

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 12 February 2019?


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New Findmypast Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 15 February 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Over 23 Million New US Marriages Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 26 million new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday:

United States Marriages

Over 23 million additional marriage records covering 46 states have been added to the collection. These new additions span nearly 450 years of American history, containing records dating all the way back to 16th century Massachusetts.
There are both images and transcripts in this collection; however, some records only provide a transcript. Various marriage record types are included: applications, licenses, certificates, intentions to marry, registers, bonds, and affidavits. Based on the type of record and where it was created, the amount of available information will vary. Most records will provide you with dates and locations for both the bride and groom as well as both sets of parents, making them an invaluable tool for growing your family tree.

Scotland, Edinburgh Field Officers From Almanacs 1758-1800

The Edinburgh Field Officers from Almanacs 1758-1800 is an excellent resource for anyone researching their ancestors' military history and want to understand more about their military life.
The collection consists of over 24,000 transcripts that will provide details of the rank and regiment your ancestor served in as well as where they were stationed.

Scotland, Irregular & Cross-Border Marriage Index

Did you have ancestors' that eloped to be married or had an irregular marriage in Scotland? Search over 13,000 records spanning 1624 to 1898 and covering places such as Gretna Green, Coldstream, and Lamberton Toll to find details of their marriage in this collection. Marriage by a declaration in front of two witnesses was legal in Scotland, however, in 1753 a law was passed in England which banned such irregular marriages and this led to many couples eloping.
An irregular marriage in Scotland did not require the ceremony to be carried out by an ordained minister or to be preceded by proclamation or Banns. Parental permission was also not required for the marriage to be recognized as being legal. Irregular marriages were disagreed with in principle by the churches, they were however tolerated as the churches feared that if the law did not recognize such relationships, the couple would end up 'living in sin.'

Arkansas First Draft Registration Card, 1940-1945 Image Browse

Do you have ancestors from the state of Arkansas who were drafted during WW2? Explore over a million draft cards to learn facts such as their birth date, address, place of employment, relative's names, physical description and more. Browsing allows you to explore images of original draft cards from beginning to end.
The first draft registration took place on the 16 October 1940, the registration cards were created for men born during a period from February 1897 to 1928. On the 1 July 1941 a second registration was taken for those men who had turned 21 since the first registration have been taken. A third registration was then taken on the 16 February 1942, this registration was for men between the ages of 20 and 45 who had not been previously registered. In 1942, the fourth, fifth and sixth registrations were taken with an additional registration taken between November and December 1943.

New records from the Dominican Republic

Over 677,000 new records from the Dominican Republic are now available to search. These new releases consist of 5 separate collection covering civil registrations, baptisms, marriages and deaths between 1666 and 1924, including:

The records have been provided as part of the International Genealogical Index and consist of transcripts of original source material.

British And Irish Newspaper update

This week we have added 128,578 new pages to The Archive. We are excited to welcome two brand new additions to our collection – the much requested Long Eton Advertiser and the Runcorn Guardian.
We also have updates to six our existing titles, including three of our Irish publications, as well as the Middlesex County Times, the Manchester Evening News and the Lennox Herald.
This week sees substantial additions to our twentieth century holdings, including an extensive run of 1930s titles, featuring the Middlesex County Times and the Long Eaton Advertiser

Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 265: #434 John Laver (1722-1799) of South Petherton, Somerset

John Laver (1722-1799) is #434 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #435 Elizabeth Wills (1730-1796)  in 1750 in Lopen, Somerset, England.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, son, #217 Joanna Lavor (1763-1836), married #216 John Vaux (1747-1806), in 1785.
*  their son, #108 James Vaux (1787-1839), married #109 Mary Palmer (1790-1845) in 1808.
*  their son, #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880), married  #55, Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1882) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), married #26 Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abby Ardell Smith (1862-1944), married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                          John Laver[1–2,4-5]
*  Alternate Name:          Johannes Laver[3]    
*  Alternate Name:          John Lavor[6]    

*  Sex:                              Male    

*  Father:                         John Lavor (1686-1755)    
* Mother:                        Joanna Axe (1682-1748)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                          before 30 October 1722, South Petherton, Somerset, England[1-3]    
*  Christened:                30 October 1722 (after age 0), South Petherton, Somerset, England[1-3]    

*  Death:                        before 13 October 1799 (before age 76), South Petherton, Somerset, England[6]    
*  Burial:                       13 October 1799 (after age 76), South Petherton, Somerset, England[6]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                   Elizabeth Wills (1730-1796)    
*  Marriage 1:               16 April 1750 (after age 27), Lopen, Somerset, England[5]    

*  Child 1:                     Thomas Laver (1750-1750)    
*  Child 2:                     Jane Laver (1751-    )    
*  Child 3:                     Betty Laver (1753-    )    
*  Child 4:                     John Laver (1755-    )    
*  Child 5:                     Jacob Laver (1757-    )    
*  Child 6:                     William Laver (1759-    )    
*  Child 7:                     Joanna Laver (1761-1762)    
*  Child 8:                     Joanna Lavor (1763-1836)    
*  Child 9:                     Samuel Laver (1764-1834)    
*  Child 10:                   Hannah Laver (1766-    )    
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Laver family history in South Petherton, Somerset is discussed in some detail in Chapter 6 of the book by Sara Vaux and Hanna Nicholas, The Vaux Family of England, Australia and the United States[1] .  Many of the church records from South Petherton are provided in the website, South Petherton Information (developed by Hanna Nicholas and Liz (Hebditch) James, accessed online at[2].

John Laver was christened, as Johannes Laver, on 30 October 1722 in South Petherton, Somerset, the son of John and Joanna (Axe) Laver[1-4].

He married Elizabeth Wills (christened at Merriott, Somerset on 16 August 1730) on 16 April 1750 in Lopen, Somerset[5].  They had children, all born in South Petherton and all but two were christened in the South Petherton Parish of St. Peter and St. Paul Church[2]:

*  Thomas Laver, born about 1750.
*  Jane Laver, christened 14 August 1751, married 5 January 1779 to Francis Sturton in South Petherton.
*  Betty Laver, christened 28 March 1753.
*  John Laver, christened 31 January 1755.
*  Jacob Laver, christened 4 February 1757.
*  William Laver, christened 17 January 1759, married 14 May 1789 to Elizabeth Stuckey.
*  Joanna Laver, christened about 1761, buried 17 May 1762.
*  Joanna Laver, christened 5 January 1763, buried 4 November 1836, married 2 August 1785 to John Vaux.
*  Samuel Laver, christened 7 July 1764, buried 25 April 1834, married 4 September 1788 to Susannah Hebditch.
*  Hannah Laver, christened 31 December 1766. 

Not much is known about this Laver family, perhaps because they were Non-Conformists[1].  The Old Meeting house (Presbyterian) records start again in 1747, and many baptisms, marriages and burials of the Laver family were recorded in the South Petherton parish church.

John's wife, Elizabeth, died and was buried 1 January 1796 in South Petherton. 

John Lavor was buried on 13 October 1799, at the age of 76, in South Petherton[6]

1. Sara Anson Vaux, The Vaux Family of England, the United States, and Australia, digital manuscript (available at, Chapter 6, Laver family information, pages 21-27.

2. Hanna Nicholas and Liz James, "South Petherton Parish Records," online database, South Petherton Information (

3. Hanna Nicholas and Liz James, "South Petherton Parish Records," online database, South Petherton Information (, "Baptisms, 1720-1724," John Laver entry.

4. "English Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," indexed database, FamilySearch  (, Johannes Laver entry.

5. "Somerset Marriages (pre-1754) Transcription," indexed database, Findmypast (, Lopen, John Laver and Elizabeth Wills entry, 1750.

6. Hanna Nicholas and Liz James, "South Petherton Parish Records," online database, South Petherton Information (, "Burials, 1795-1799," John Lavor entry.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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