Most days I check Ancestry to see if anything new is available, for example DNA links, or Shared Ancestor Hints, or, as in this case, a hint that some records are available that relate to Anne Harley, my fifth great grandmother.
At that point all I knew about Anne was the name and her marriage to William Medlicott, which implied that she had been born about 1730 at Beckjay, a hamlet just south of Clungunford, Shropshire. The hint meant I could identify her parents.
I found: “Ann the Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Harly, was baptised March the 17th.
So, on this line, my sixth great grandparents were Thomas and Elizabeth Harly. To this I can add their wedding, which took place on 4 May 1723, at Bromfield, Shropshire.
It might be possible to find baptisms of Thomas and Elizabeth in the parishes shown, but that is for another day. I am thinking that the license was needed because one or both was not of full age, or that Elizabeth’s father did not approve.
Bromfield is a small village on the River Teme, between Ludlow and Craven Arms. In my cycling years I passed though this place many times, but I really have no recollection. Still, the parish church remains, as does the corn mill.
The caption on Geograph:
Still contains a water turbine but thieves have stripped out doors and floors. The rebuilt stone weir in the foreground will channel water to a new archimedean screw generator to be installed behind as one of two new hydropower schemes on this stretch of the Teme.
More about the old corn mill here.
Note: I blogged about the Ancient House of Medlicott, but there is another place named Medlicott near Aston on Clun, about 3 miles west of Craven Arms.