I’ve hit a brick wall in my 18th-cen­tury re­search. Can you help me to break it?

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QI have traced my ‘Mead’ fam­ily back to Elias Mead born in 1713 in Shack­er­stone, Le­ices­ter­shire. I think his par­ents are Wil­liam Mead(es) born on 23 July 1668 in Nar­bor­ough, Le­ices­ter­shire, and Su­sanna Floyer born in 1676 in Hints, Stafford­shire. It is easy to trace the fam­ily back from Wil­liam with the help of an in­scrip­tion in the Parish Church of All Saints’ Nar­bor­ough, Le­ices­ter­shire, and they are a well­doc­u­mented fam­ily both be­fore and af­ter Elias. The prob­lem is I can­not find any on­line doc­u­ments to join Elias, Wil­liam and Su­sanna.

Where do I go from here?

Joy Davies, by email

AFam­i­lySearch in­cludes the mar­riage of Wil­liam Mead and Su­sanna Floyer on 30 April 1699 at Hints, Stafford­shire. Tran­scripts of the reg­is­ters of Nar­bor­ough, Le­ices­ter­shire, are avail­able on­line. Th­ese in­clude the bap­tism of sev­eral chil­dren of Wil­liam and Su­sanna: Ann (16 Dec 1702), Wil­liam (1703), Char­nell (1704), Su­sanna (1706) and Christo­pher (1708/09). Th­ese tran­scripts also in­clude the buri­als of Wil­liam, in 1714; but no burial of a Su­sanna. The tran­scriber has noted that ‘The Reg­is­ter was dif­fi­cult to tran­scribe, parts of which were il­leg­i­ble.’ It may there­fore be worth recheck­ing the orig­i­nal reg­is­ters for a bap­tism en­try for Elias. Ni­chol’s The His­tory and An­tiq­ui­ties of the County of Le­ices­ter: Vol. 4, Part 2, in­cludes a pedi­gree of Mead of Nar­bor­ough, but only shows one child of Wil­liam and Su­san­nah, also Wil­liam.

Wil­liam ap­par­ently did not leave a will but there is a grant of ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1736 in the Archdea­conry Court of Le­ices­ter.

But what about his par­ents, Char­nell and El­iz­a­beth, did ei­ther leave a will pos­si­bly men­tion­ing grand­chil­dren? The same goes for Su­sanna’s par­ents, Matthew and Anne Floyer.

The parish reg­is­ters of Shack­er­stone are not avail­able on­line. I note from an­other un­sourced ref­er­ence on An­ces­try, that Elias Mead was said to have been born in Pack­ing­ton, Le­ices­ter­shire, in 1710. You can buy CDs of the reg­is­ters of both parishes from the Parish Chest ( parishch­est.

com). Fam­il­y­Search has mi­cro­films of the Bishop’s Tran­scripts of Nar­bor­ough, Shack­er­stone and Pack­ing­ton, that you can or­der and view at your Lo­cal LDS Fam­il­y­Search Cen­tre. Al­ter­na­tively, reg­is­ters of 287 Le­ices­ter parishes are tran­scribed at www.le­ices­ter shire.webs.com which will make a search for a fee.

Paul Blake

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