Friday, May 6, 2022

52 Ancestors - Week 430: #82 John Marshman (1747-????) of Melksham, Lacock, Hilperton, Devizes, and Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England

John Marshman (1747-????) is #82 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 4th great-grandfather, who  marrie#83 Anne Angel (1749-1795) in 1767 in Lacock, Wiltshire, England.

I am descended through:

* their daughter, #41 Ann Marshman (1784-1856) who married #40 John Richman (1789-1867) in 1811.
*  their son, #20 James Richman (1821-1912) who married #21 Hannah Rich (1824-1911) in 1845.
*  their son, #10 Thomas Richman/Richmond (1848-1917) who married #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) in 1868.
* their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)  who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         John Marshman[1,3]
*  Alternate Name:         John Maishman[2]

*  Sex:                            Male

*  Father:                       John Marshman 1713-1761
*  Mother:                     Jane Crook 1720-1785

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                          before 30 March 1747, Melksham, Wiltshire, England[1]
*  Baptism:                    30 March 1747 (after age 0), Melksham, Wiltshire, England[1]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                  Anne Angel 1749-1795
*  Marriage 1:               2 March 1767 (after age 19), Lacock, Wiltshire, England[2]

*  Child 1:                     Thomas Marshman 1767-    
*  Child 2:                     Elizabeth Marshman 1777-    
*  Child 3:                     Martha Marshman 1780-1858
*  Child 4:                     James Marshman 1782-1854
*  Child 5:                     John Marshman 1783-    
*  Child 6:                     Ann Marshman 1784-1856

*  Spouse 2:                  Frances Fishlock 1750-    
*  Marriage 2:              15 September 1795 (after age 48), Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England[3]

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

John Marshman was born sometime before his baptism on 30 March 1747, the son of John and Jane (Crook) Marshman of Melksham, Wiltshire[1].  He was the fifth of nine children of the couple.

John's father, John Marshman (1713-1767) of Melksham died before 3 October 1761 intestate, and was an innkeeper.  Jane Marshman, wife of innkeeper John, was appointed administratrix of the estate.  No children were named in the probate record.  Jane (Crook) Marshman died in 1785 in Hilperton without a probate record.

After his father died, John lived in Lacock, Hilperton, Devizes and Trowbridge.  His occupation at the time of his marriage was weaver, and no further record provides an occupation.  

John Maishman, weaver of Lacock, married, first, at age 19, on 2 February 1767 in Lacock, Wiltshire to Anne Angel, spinster of Lacock[2]. She was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Hiscock) Angel of Lacock. Both parties signed by mark. They had at least six children:

*  Thomas Marshman (1767-????), born and baptized in Lacock, married 1796 Jane Hambs (1770-1854) in Devizes.
*  Elizabeth Marshman (1777-????), born and baptized in Hilperton.
*  Martha Marshman (1780-1858), born and baptized in Hilperton, married 1802 William Wiltshire (1761-1834) in Calne.
*  James Marshman (1782-1854), born in Hilperton, married 1814 Phoebe Slatford (1782-1849) in Trowbridge.
*  John Marshman (1783-????), born and baptized in Trowbridge.
*  Ann Marshman (1784-1856), born in Devizes, married 1811 John Richman (1789-1867) in Hilperton.

There may be several other children born in Lacock or Hilperton but there are no baptism records.

Anne (Angel) Marshman died before 3 March 1795 in Hilperton, Wiltshire.  

John Marshman married, secondly, at age 48 to Frances Fishlock (1750-????) on 15 September 1795 in Trowbridge[3].  Both parties signed by mark.  No children were born or baptized in Wiltshire baptism records.

There are no relevant available death, burial or probate records for John Marshman in Trowbridge, Hilperton, Devizes or Melksham, Wiltshire.

NOTE:  The placing of Ann Marshman (1784-1856) as a daughter of John and Anne (Angel) Marshman  is supported by two DNA matches with common ancestors of John and Anne (Angel) Marshman through son James Marshman (13 cM) and Martha Marshman (10 cM), plus one DNA match with common ancestors of John and Jane (Crook) Marshman.  This is the author's current thinking and is subject to change if new information is obtained.


1. "Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," indexed database with record images, (, Melksham > Parish Registers > 1733-1753, image 27 of 84, John Marshman baptism entry, 30 March 1747.

2. "Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916," indexed database with record images, (, Lacock > 1754-1771, page 64 (image 74 of 98), John Maishman and Anne Angel marriage entry, 2 March 1767.

3. "Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916," indexed database with record images, (, Trowbridge, St. James with St. Stephen > 1789-1801, page 104 (image 115 of 366), John Marshman and Francis Fishlock marriage entry, 15 September 1795.

NOTE:  This genealogical sketch is out of Ahnentafel order because I found new information linking #41 Ann Marshman to her parents, John and Anne (Angel) Marshman.  


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 2022 for a ninth year to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks. The (incomplete) list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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