What names do you think these are?

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  1. annabel

    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    I think I've found a load with the witnesses on this 1839 marriage in Avebury
    But what do you think their first names are?


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  2. mugwortismy cat

    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Jurd Davis
    Lawrence Chivers
     
  3. GrannyBarb

    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    I agree, although, I've never heard the name "Jurd" before.
     
  4. annabel

    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Thanks, neither have I. I can't make it into anything else though
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    As 'Jurd' could not read or write, it may well be that the person completing the document misheard the name 'Jared'.

    Just a thought...
     
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  6. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    My Aunt married a lovely man from the Dutch Air Force stationed in Java. His name was Tjerdt pronounced Jurd. :)
    Just looked up Jerd and it appears to be a Nordic name.
     
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    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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  8. annabel

    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Thanks, lots of good points. So far I'm unable to find any Jared or Jurd, or Lawrence for that matter, of the right sort of age and place
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    I am now wondering if the name ends in a 'd'. Looking at the 'd' at the end of 'established' the end curls over, but not at the end of the name.....

    Could you provide a snip of more words so that we can compare, please?
     
  10. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    Here is the complete marriage entry and I am not sure the first letter is a J,
    looking at the J in Joseph
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    Jellylegs Well-Known Member

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    But if you look at the certificate above, the J of James Bradfield (as the name of the groom) and the J of the name James (written where it says The mark of James Bradfield) are completely different.

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  12. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    I agree with Jurd Davis and Lawrence Chivers. Is it possible that the bottom half was filled out by a different person to the top half, therefore the slight difference in some letters?
     
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  13. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    At first glance yesterday it looked like an 'I' to me rather than a 'J' but the two letters can be interchangeable.

    Lawrence Chivers is/was the parish clerk at Avebury. Bit of a shaky old hand?
     
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  14. burt

    burt Where there's a will there's a way!

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    At Avebury there is a Baptism of a Stephen Davis 1816 Feb 11, the son
    of William & Rebecca of Beckhampton, lab.
    William and Rebecca also have a son James 1814, Jacob 1820, Sarah
    1823 and a George in 1818.
    Could the latter's name have been mistaken as Jurd due to his
    Moonraker accent?
     
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    annabel Puts the Heart into Hertfordshire

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    Drat!
    Possible!:)
     

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