I discovered the abstract of a will for a Barnard Goldfinch.
|Parish, County||Portsea , Hampshire|
|County, or Country||Hampshire|
|Date Proven||27 June 1789|
My fourth great grandfather, William Denyer, married a Jane Goldfinch in 1791. I knew from the marriage record I had found online that Jane was from Portsea, and William was from Farlington.
Denyer, William, of Farlington, lime-burner, 21, b., & Jane Goldfinch, of Portsea, 21, sp., at P., 22 Oct., 1791. (from Hampshire allegations for marriage licences granted by the Bishop of Winchester: 1689 to 1837 - Vol 35, p. 217.) [The b. and sp. mean bachelor and spinster, and the 'at P.' most likely means 'at Portsea'.]
I figured this Barnard Goldfinch was a likely candidate for a relative. Not necessarily an ancestor, but possibly that too. So before heading to the UK Archives to obtain a copy of the will, I did a google search on "Barnard Goldfinch."
There were a total of 8 results, including an index to baptisms in Farlington Parish from 1766-1812. Apparently, a Barnard Goldfinch Denyer was born to a William (and Ann) Denyer on August 17, 1800. Ann? That's close to Jane. Clerical or transcription error perhaps?
The parish index listed a total of 8 Denyers born to a William from 1793-1807, and the other seven had a mother named Jane. My third great grandfather appears to be among them. So it seems a likely clerical error. Sure, there could be a child with a different mother -- but to name him after the other woman's father would be slightly unorthodox. And at this point, I was suspecting that's what he was. Still, I was less interested in the parentage of Barnard, than in the parentage of Jane. I was certain I wanted to obtain that will.
The UK National Archives charges a fee per record. (3.50 pounds) However, you can immediately download the record. Instant gratification.
Sort of. I'd like to go back in time and invent the typewriter a few centuries early please!
[Image of will removed due to copyright/permission issues with the UK National Archives.]
Whether or not he is descended from the Barnard Goldfinch who was born in 1643 in Winchester at the Goldfinch Cottage - is an unknown.
Correction: I have received some help in transcribing this, and there appears to have also been a son named Joseph, which could be helpful.