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Another possible lead, Elizabeth Bridges c1781-1840.


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I may, just may have found a new lead regarding my ancestor Elizabeth Bridges born c1781 in Suffolk (I presume), died in 1840 aged 59 in Hacheston, Suffolk. Elizabeth married William Mayhew born c1786. William was born in Sweffling, Suffolk. Elizabeth and William had their first child in 1810 in Akenham, Suffolk, which is several miles from Sweffling, and just above Ipswich. Luckily, the Hacheston PR's for their later children say her maiden name was Bridges. However I have never been able to find a William Mayhew marriage to Elizabeth Bridges. The Hacheston PR's give maiden names for the mothers from 1813 onwards for many years.

William Mayhew's mother was Hannah Mayhew formerly Scarlett. Her older brother Daniel Scarlett married Eliz Girling in Blaxhall, Suffolk in 1774. They had a daughter Hannah Scarlett in 1780 who wed Edward Bridges in 1802 in Little Glemham. Edward was of Stratford St Andrew, which is near to Little Glemham. Witnesses John and Sophia Girling. Edward died in 1814 aged 35, so born c1779. A Edward Bridges was born in nearby Framlingham in 1780 but he did not seem to have a sister Elizabeth.

However Edward (if the one born in Framlingham is the one who wed in 1802 in Glemham is the same guy) may have been a cousin of Elizabeth, or it was just coincidence. There was a number of Bridges families in that area of Suffolk.

A straw to grab at, to say the least.

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