Mary PARSONS(2162) married Benjamin ASHMAN (2161) on 26 Sep 1791 at St Giles, Leigh Upon Mendip, Somerset1. Both were of that parish. There was a Mary PARSONS, daughter of Richard and Betty PARSON, who was baptised at St Andrew's, Mells, Somerset, on 12 Apr 17732. But both the given name Mary and the surname PARSONS are common in the Somerset registers, so it is difficult to be sure that this is the right Mary. Other possibles between 1768, when Benjamin ASHMAN was baptised, and 1773, after which Mary would probably have been too young to marry in 1791, and assuming that she was likely to have been born after Benjamin and likely to have been born in Somerset, are:3
Bridgwater, Taunton and Wellington are all well to the south west of Leigh Upon Mendip, by 40 km or more. Castle Cary and Wincanton are 16 km to the south, and Matlock 37 km south west. Mells, on the other hand, is only 5 km from Leigh, walking distance. So on the theory that the girls were less likely to move far from home than the boys, Mary PARSONS, daughter of Richard and Betty, and baptised at Mells in 1773 is my best guess for Benjamin ASHMAN's wife.
There is a record of the marriage at Mells of Richard PARSONS and Betty BOYCE which took place on 28 Jul 17634. Both were of Mells parish. Children to them who were baptised at Mells5 were:
From this, it would appear that Mary may have been the youngest of five siblings.
So far as I have found, there were three children of Benjamin and Mary ASHMAN6 :
My best guess for the death of Mary's husband Benjamin is Apr 1800, with a burial at St Giles, Leigh Upon Mendip.
Possible burials for Mary ASHMAN herself are:
The 1842 death was also registered7 , but this Mary was the wife of a Joseph ASHMAN, not Benjamin. I have no idea which, if any, of the others was her.
1) Transcribed marriage registers, St Giles,
Leigh Upon Mendip, 1568-1913, also 1607-1641 (Dwelly Transcripts), through
FreeREG, accessed 14 May 2014.
2) Transcribed baptism registers, St Andrew, Mells, 1564-1913, through FreeREG, accessed 14 May 2014.
3) A general search of Somerset baptisms, through FreeREG, 14 May 2014.
4) Transcribed marriage registers, St Andrew's, Mells, 1565-1913, through FreeREG, accessed 14 May 2014.
5) See note 2 above.
6) Transcribed baptism registers, St Giles, Leigh Upon Mendip, 1568-1913, through FreeREG, accessed 14 May 2014.
7) Death certificate. GRO deaths index, Frome, Dec quarter 1842, vol.10, p.293. The registration district of Frome included both Mells and Leigh Upon Mendip.
© John Stowell 2014 This file last edited on 14 May 2014.