The Byfords of Great Maplestead
I wonder if you, or any of your bloggers can help? My family all came from Great Maplestead - five generations from the late 18th century to the middle of the 19th, all agricultural labourers, conventional families will loads of kids and no great surprises. The trouble is, I've traced the entry in the parish register for the marriage for the couple who started the Byfords in Great Maplestead, but I can't discover where they came from!
Joseph Byford (B abt 1764) married Sarah Sibley (b abt 1762) at Great Maplestead church on 20th July 1784 by special licence. The banns had been read the previous 3 sundays. The stayed together until their deaths about 50 years later. In 1841, they were living at New Barns, Great Maplestead. Their children included George, Joseph, James, Mary, Rachael, Robert and Thomas. Richard Deal (Beal?) was a witness to the marriage.
So who were they? How did they get there? Did they need some sort of settlement certificate in those days? If anybody has any ideas I would be very pleased to hear from them.
Posted by Richard Byford
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