Facts and Events
Elizabeth Parker's origins are unknown, although her burial suggests she was born around 1770. Her first sighting is in 1801, when she was married at Gunby St Nicholas in Lincolnshire to William Mason. Both were described as being of that parish. Immediately after their marriage they moved to Barnack in Northamptonshire, where they had eight children baptised.
From the baptism of their youngest son, Charles, we know that William was a farmer. The 1841 census finds William and Elizabeth still living in Barnack but no longer working. Elizabeth died in 1842, aged 71, and was buried at Barnack on 7th April 1842. William outlived her by eight years, dying in 1850.
Elizabeth's grave in Barnack churchyard.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Burials register, in Church of England. Parish Church of Barnack (Northamptonshire). Parish registers, 1695-1974. (Northampton: Northamptonshire County Record Office), Primary quality.
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- ↑ Their son Robert appears to have been baptised twice - at Gunby on 11th March 1810 and again at Barnack on 12th August 1810, with a note on the second baptism saying he had been born on 23rd March 1810. Clearly for this theory to hold the birthdate recorded at Barnack cannot be correct, but it only has to be a little out for the theory to stand, but twelve days out when reporting something five months later is not beyond the realms of possibility. Assuming this theory is correct, it appears that Elizabeth returned to Gunby to have Robert, perhaps to stay with family, had him baptised there straight after his birth, but had him baptised again a few months later after they returned to Barnack. Indeed, the coincidence of Robert's dual baptism is one of the main arguments for the Gunby marriage being the right couple. Other evidence for the Gunby marriage being the same couple as the William and Mason who settled in Barnack is that there is no William Mason & Elizabeth marriage at Barnack, we know from the 1841 census that neither of them was from Northamptonshire and that there are no baptisms at Gunby to children of William and Elizabeth after 1801 (with the exception of Robert in 1810) - but their first child at Barnack was born just one month after their marriage.