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Lincolnshire, England
I am new to the forum, having joined in the hope that some kind souls will be able to help me break down what seems to have become an impenetrable wall in my research.

I have been trying to find the birth or baptismal records of four Dakins(Dakyns) brothers born to the same parents, William and Sarah, in Romsey, co. Southampton between 1765 and 1781. The brothers are Thomas(c 1765), William Whitfield(1767), John(1772) and Charles(1781) of whom, various published references all agree on their parentage and place of birth(The Gentleman's Magazine, Alumni Oxonienses, newspaper Obituaries etc).

I have carried out extensive searches through the recognised genealogy search platforms, but cannot find a birth or baptismal record for any one of them. This is particularly frustrating as William Whitfield Dakins, for example, was a prominent member of the clergy(Principal Chaplain to the Forces, Minor Canon & Precentor of the Abbey, founder of the Royal Military Chapel). I have obviously extended the searches beyond Hampshire but with no luck. Whilst I know quite a lot about their lives, occupation and social standing, their birth/baptismal records continue to evade me!

Any assistance, guidance or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!