Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Elizabeth Parker and Mathew Gourd

"Mathew Gourd of the Burrough of Liskeard in the County of Cornwall Gardiner & Elizabeth Parker of this Parish Spinster were married in this Church by Licence this first day of April 1779 by me William Hill Curate" Matthew and Elizabeth both signed; Witnesses were Richard Parker, Elizabeth Balle and William Roleston. From cousin Linda Nelson in England, "Next I looked to see if I could find a baptism at Christow for Elizabeth. There were very few records for Parker but this is a possibility--Baptism of Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Mary Parker, 14 May 1754, born 25 April." Until we find out something more about Elizabeth, she is our end-of-the-line person. This christening seems to be a good possibility, particularly since Richard Parker was a witness to her marriage.

Christow is located in Devonshire, east of Cornwall in the SW corner of England. Photo thanks to for this lovely photo of Christow.

After their marriage in Christow (B), Matthew and Elizabeth returned to his home of Liskeard (A), 55 miles SW of Christow, where they raised a large family. Six of their children were christened at Liskeard, and two at Linkinhorne. Their children were Mary, William, Betsey, Sampson, John Parker, Matthew, Matthew, and Jane. The older Matthew lived less than a month. John Parker is our ancestor. Linkinhorne is a distance of 8.8 miles north of Liskeard.

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See also Matthew Gourd, 17 November.

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