Yesterday's blog entry looked, at first sight, as though it was going to "write itself" (as the saying goes). But then I realised it was a bit more complicated than that. Feel free to offer suggestions to help me sort this lot out . . . . .
Thomas Langford x 3
Jane, Richard, Robert, Elizabeth & one unbaptised child - all Langfords
Setting the scene: it's Stretham in the years between 1645 and 1679. All my information comes from the registers of the parish of St James in the aforementioned village.
Thomas Langford #1 (b. 1622) married Elizabeth Bent on 10 January 1645. So far, so good. He seems to be about 23, reasonable age. One child, Thomas #2, was born in 1646. Although I can't prove it, Elizabeth must have died because there's a marriage between Thomas and Jane Sunman on 23 July 1659. Thomas #1, methinks.
Thomas & Jane, according to the register, go on to have Jane (1669-1669), Richard (1671-1671), Robert (1672-) and Elizabeth (1674-1674) prior to Jane's death in 1675. Incidentally, she was buried a day after her unbaptised child.
And then there is the marriage of Thomas and Ellen Densone on 6 March 1679 and the subsequent birth of the third Thomas; with history repeating itself, only this time, Thomas's wife was buried the day before her child.
Problem is, who's the daddy? I think Thomas #1 was too old really; this is the 17th century and I have no reason to suppose that he was anything other than an ag lab so he'd be unlikely to live to a grand age. So, I think it was Thomas #2 at the altar this time.
One of those times when I'd like to borrow the Tardis! Now all I have to do is sort it out on the database . . . . may take a couple of minutes.