I’m looking for descendants and ancestors of a group of Parmenters who were in Wethersfield and Blackmore End near Sible Hedingham, in north Essex and not too far from Tilbury Juxta Clare.
The “oldest” ancestor I have discovered in that line is John Pudney born some time before 1751. He married Mary (I don’t know where) and they had four children of which I am aware. They are:- Frances Pudney baptised February 19, 1767 at St Mary Magdalen: Thomas Pudney baptised July 17 1768 at St Mary Magdalen – he died November 3 1843 and is buried in St Mary Magdalen, Wethersfield: John Pudney baptised August 16 1769 at St Mary Magdalen: and Sarah Pudney baptised January 11 1773 at St Mary Magdalen.
Frances Pudney married Thomas Parmenter who was born some time before 1770, and they had four children of which I am aware. They are:- Elizabeth Parmenter baptised January 24 1790 at St Mary Magdalen Sarah Parmenter baptised February 20 1791 at St Mary Magdalen William Parmenter baptised May 29 1792 at St Mary Magdalen Mary Pudney Parmenter baptised June 1 1793 at St Mary Magdalen
St Mary Magdalene Church is at Blackmore End, Wethersfield, Essex.
Sarah Parmenter (and, therefore, Thomas and Frances Parmenter; and John and Mary Pudney) is my direct ancestor. Sarah married Henry a.k.a. Harry Unwin at Little Baddow Church ( about 10 kms east of Chelmsford) Essex on February 12 1814 and they had thirteen children, my ancestor being William Unwin born in 1838. For some reason when Sarah married Henry/Harry she gave her maiden name as Pudney and not Parmenter. I don’t know whether she thought that she too had been given this as a middle name like her sister Mary Pudney Parmenter, or whether she misunderstood the question about her maiden name. Maybe she did not know her maiden name and it being a couple of days walk back to Blackmore End couldn’t just run up the road to find out. Obviously there were no ‘phones and as she couldn’t read and write and so couldn’t write home to find out! The other theory could be that she didn’t like her father and didn’t want to use his name – I am aware of this happening in some other families over the past 100 years for that reason, so it is a possibility I suppose.
Would like to trace back into Parmenter (+Pudney and Unwin) ancestry and also contact researcher desendants.