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August 3, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: A “Brick Wall Ancestor”

Well, I know I am several days late with this post for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – I seem to have gotten behind with things on the blog lately – but it seemed such a good idea to mention a “Brick Wall Ancestor” so I am adding it now.  Better late than never they say!!

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings is the one responsible for the theme of SNGF and this is how he introduces the idea of writing about A “Brick Wall Ancestor”.

“We all have “brick wall ancestors” – those for whom we cannot find a complete name, or identify a set of parents. By posting information about a “brick wall ancestor,” someone mght find your post and be able to contribute to your knowledge about that ancestor.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I sincerely hope that you do) – is to check your files and sources, advance to your keyboard, and:

1) Identify one of your “brick wall ancestors,” and tell us about him or her. What do you know? What would you like to know?

2) Tell us about this person in a blog post of your own, a comment on this blog post, or a Facebook comment or note”.

So here I am and although I decided to write about such an ancestor, I was then faced with the task of which one?  As I thought about it, I was amazed at just how many “brick wall ancestors” I have!!  I thought it best to write about someone I haven’t written about on the blog before and I also thought it best to maybe start with one of my earliest ancestors.

John Buts is the ancestor I have chosen.  He appears in the Will of his mother-in-law Katharine Read (nee Lovjoy) in 1713 and Katharine kindly mentions that her daughter Rachell (born 1677) is the wife of John Butts.  I was so pleased to discover this so started the hunt for the marriage of Rachell Read to John Butts.

I found they married  in Lewknor, Oxfordshire  on 29 August 1708 and they are both stated as being “of Chalgrove” (Oxfordshire).  (He is John Buts rather than Butts in the register).

I looked for baptisms of any children they may have had in Lewknor, Chalgrove, Caversham (where Rachell was born and her family lived), and then widened the radius as I could not find any children for this couple at all.

Since I first discovered John Buts in his mother-in-law’s Will I have hunted everywhere for his own baptism and searched and searched throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and London to find any children of John and Rachell.  I have searched for a burial for both John and Rachell and also looked for Wills for either of them.  I can’t find anything, anywhere to do with them.

So John is a real “brick wall ancestor” as all I have on him is his marriage and a mention in a Will.  I’m sure something will turn up at some stage which might help me learn more about John Buts and it’s just so good that I am an extremely patient person!!  😉


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