More to the Story?
Now that I’ve done the data entry and analysis of the marriage record for William Warren and Sarah Bickle, and (hopefully) satisfied my duty in Myrt’s challenge, I thought I’d see what other goodies I could find in this little set of records.
When looking at the other records in this book, I realized that the record immediately following our record was for William Bickle – the same name as one of the witnesses to the Warren/Bickle marriage. I wondered if this could be the same person, and how he might be related to our bride. I also noticed Mr. Bickle’s bride’s surname was Martyn – just like the officiant in the Warren/Bickle marriage. Oh look – witness Daniel Prior was also a witness at the Bickle/Martyn marriage!
That got me thinking … how many other people in this book can be linked to this couple? Well, I wandered through the images and found the following:
- Catharine Bickle was a witness to the marriage of William Gillbard and Grace Symons in 1825.
- Daniel Prior and Catharine Bickle were married in 1826. Who were the witnesses? William Bickle and Thomas Searl (another name that keeps popping up in this record book).
- In 1828, there is a marriage between Joseph Bickle and Frances Northy.
- In 1832, a marriage between Samuel Bickle and Margaret Holman is found.
- Mary Bickle is a witness to the marriage between Peter Brown and Sarah Benoy in 1834.
- John Bickle married Elizabeth Lawden (?) in 1835, with Daniel Prior as a witness.
- And finally, Samuel Bickle marries Elizabeth Bloye in 1836.
Thomas Searle is everywhere in this book, but only from 1823 (image 15) forward. There are roughly 126 marriages recorded in this particular book, and Thomas Searle witnessed 25 of them. That’s almost 20% of all the marriages in the parish! I wondered if he was connected to the church somehow and simply showed up for the weddings in case there weren’t any witnesses.
The next question I wanted answered was … what kind of church was this? So I did a Google search for “Werrington Parish Church, Devon” and found this little nugget. It’s a printed copy of a sermon given at the consecration of the church in 1743. Well that still didn’t tell me which church it was. On the third page, however, it says that the church was built at the expense of Sir William Morice Bart. Turns out (according to Wikipedia) this referred to Sir William Morice, 3rd Baronet, and member of Parliament for Launceston from 1734 to 1750. Of course, I suppose it could have meant one of the first two Sir William Morices, but either way, because Catholics weren’t allowed to sit in Parliament until after 1829, it pretty much made me lean in the direction of the Church of England for this purpose.
I really wanted to know more about this family, particularly since they seem to be relatively prolific in the Werrington area. Unfortunately, because these folks are no relation to me and I haven’t worked backwards to get to them, I know nothing about our bride and groom, so that made it a little difficult.
However, I looked back in the records for Werrington parish and discovered a book of Marriage Banns (1824-1860). Lo and behold! I found the listing for our William Warren and Sarah Bickle!
I had to look up the term “sojourner.” It means “a person who resides temporarily in a place.” So … I guess that means William Warren was only “of this parish” long enough to marry Sarah Bickle. It made me curious as to her age, so I checked the baptism registers, but there was no listing for her as far back as 1813. I even checked the neighboring parish of St. Giles on the Heath and … nothing. So either Sarah was born before 1813, or she was born somewhere other than Devonshire.
I checked Ancestry and FamilySearch for more records on Sarah Bickle and William Warren, but there were so many entries and I had so little information, I gave up. So I decided to look over at findmypast.com and see if anything turned up. (I thought I had been paying for access over there, but apparently I only set up my account). In any case, I found a listing for our Sarah Bickle – married in Devon AND Cornwall? Well, yeah, it stands to reason; Devon apparently became Cornwall county at some later date. But look – there’s also a baptism record for her in 1811 (in Cornwall county), which makes sense why I couldn’t find her in the baptism records after 1813. So we can work with the hypothesis that she was about 22 years old when she married. The only thing we don’t know at this point is whether she was born outside of Werrington, or if there’s a Devon/Cornwall mix-up.
I checked the registers for any Warren baptisms, and couldn’t find any all the way up to 1854. I found a lot of Bickles, but no Warrens. The only conclusion I can reach is that William and Sarah left Werrington parish shortly after they were married.
I also checked the burial registers for Warrens and Bickles, for a couple of reasons: (1) maybe they lost a child/children as infants; (2) maybe even if they moved away, Sarah might have been brought back for burial and it would list where she was from. I did find the burial record for our friend Daniel Prior. He was buried on 8 Sept 1853 at age 64. Our friend Thomas Searle was buried on 6 Jan 1860 at age 67.
So at this point, all we really know for sure is that William Warren and Sarah Bickle were married on October 30, 1833 in Werrington parish, Devonshire, Cornwall, England, and that Sarah might have been born around 1811.
In any event, I Googled the village of Yeolmbridge, Cornwall and I think I found a good candidate for the Bickle house:
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