Thursday, February 15, 2024

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1710 Christening of Joseph Rich[man] in Hilperton, Wiltshire

 It's Treasure Chest Thursday - an opportunity to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history research and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1710 christening entry for Joseph Rich[man] in the Hilperton, Wiltshire parish records:

The christening entry is the 8th entry  in the list:

The transcription of this record is::

"[1710] Octob 31. Baptized Joseph The son of Mark Rich & Elizabeth"

The source citation for this record is:

"Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," indexed database with record  images, (, Hilperton > Parish Registers > 1694-1736, image 15 of 40, Joseph Rich christening entry, 31 October 1710, son of Mark Rich and Elizabeth; Original data: Wiltshire Church of England Parish Registers, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.

This is an entry in the Hilperton, Wiltshire parish register.  It is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the christening of  Joseph Rich, son of Mark and Elizabeth Rich of Hilperton, Wiltshire.

I am very sure that the surname in this record should be Richman - Mark and Elizabeth (Tremby) Richman had four other children baptized in Hilperton in this time period.  There are no persons named Mark Rich in the Hilperton parish records.  And only one marriage of a Mark Richman and an Elizabeth in the Hilperton parish records, or all of Wiltshire,  in this time frame.  Sometimes the parish clerk wrote the name Rich instead of Richman in the records.

Joseph Richman (1710-1761) married Elizabeth Rawlings (1714-1770) on 14 June 1731 in Whaddon, Wiltshire.  
Joseph and Elizabeth (Rawlings) Richman are my 5th great-grandparents; they had at least 8 children, including my 4th great-grandfather John Richman (1744-1808) who married Mary Parsons (1750-1802) in 1775 in Hilperton, Wiltshire.


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