Archive for the ‘Stow’ Category

I have not written on my blog in a while, in fact not since July 2012,  but I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.

The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.

Though in some weeks I might take a little bit of a different tack and concentrate on a particular surname where there are particular brick walls and also those ancestors who were born in Suffolk England.

Mary Stow

This week, I am writing about Mary Stow who was born about 1753 in Polstead Suffolk.  She married Samuel Baker at Polstead on the 9th October 1775. This is all I know about her.

Their children were:

  1. Mary Baker 1776-1776
  2. Samuel Baker 1778-1778
  3. Samuel Baker 1780-1852
  4. James Baker 1789-1863 (my 4x Great Grandfather) – his son Samuel being my 3x Great Grandfather.

I have found a possible baptism for Mary in Polstead on the 14/1/1753 to a Jacob and Bridget (nee Harding) on Family Search but not sure if this is my Mary or not.

Also, I am trying to determine if Clement Stow who was born around 1755 and married Ann Willis, is related to Mary, possibly maybe her brother (?), as two of James Baker’s (above) sones married two sisters with the surname of Stow.

 Bride Bride Parents Groom Groom Parents
Hannah Stow (born 1825 – Polstead) John Stow & Mary Boar Thomas Baker (b1824  Boxford) James Baker & Sarah Westrop
Esther Stow (born 1828 Polstead) John Stow & Mary Board Henry Baker (b 1826 Boxford) James Baker & Sarah Westrop

Clement Stow

Clement was born in Polstead in about 1755. He married Ann Willis on the 2/9/1773 at Polstead (251 Clement Stow, of Polsted, 18 years, s. m., & Ann Willis, s. w., of same, at same. 2 Sep., 1773)*

I do have both the East Sudbury Deanery 1754-1812 and West Dearnery 1754-1812 Baptism Indexes, (both available from  Suffolk Family History ) but I have not been able to find Clements’s baptism on either CD nor can I find it on Family Search.