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Subject: Re: Jeremiah Norcross of London & Watertown,MA plus related families Bland, Smith, Chadwick, Paine
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 14:42:04 -0700
On 23 Jun., 04:46, "Vickie Elam White" <> wrote:
> The extracted entry in the online IGI shows Jeremiah's marriage to Audrey Smith on 24 Sep 1611 in St. Luke, Chelsea, London. He was listed as Jeremy Norcrofte. The baptisms of his son Richard in 1621 and daughter Mary in 1626 were in the extracted entries in the online IGI for Allhallows Bread St., London. I cannot find the baptisms for his son Nathaniel b. ca 1618 and daughter Sarah, although Sarah's children by Francis Massey seem to all be recorded in St. Mary Aldermary, London from 1636 to 1647.
> Supposedly, Jeremiah's wife Audrey was married first to a Bland, then to a Smith and her son used the surname of his Smith step-father. Evidently he was married to an Isabel Drake who died in Watertown in 1639, then he married a Joanna and moved to Martha's Vineyard with other Watertown families in 1642. By his first wife 3 daughters, including one named Isabel who married first Francis Austin and then Thomas Leavitt. In the course of his estate probate, various Drake relatives of testified that he was from Colchester, Essex, England and was a Bland by birth. The 1632 marriage record for his daughter Isabel and Francis Austin in St. Mary The Virgin At The Walls, Colchester, Essex calls her Isabel Smith.
> Is there any truth to Audrey's having 3 husbands, or was John Bland alias Smith an illegitimate son? Why didn't her son John move to London with her? Does anyone know the name of her first 2 husbands? Also, Jeremiah Norcross is usually listed as being born ca 1590. So, either his wife Audrey was a lot older than him, he was actually born quite a bit before 1590, or something is fishy with this ancestry. If her son John Bland alias Smith had a daughter who married in 1632, she was probably born bef 1614 (give or take a few years). So that would mean that he was born by say 1590, the same age as his step-father!
What makes this more suspicious is the "fact" that Jeremy's daughter
Mary was born circa 1626 (according to the baptism you cite above) -
assuming Audrey was her mother, it is hard to credit that she also had
a *granddaughter* married in 1632, especially as the granddaughter was
via a son.
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