The most exciting new discovery, as of April 2008, after nearly 40 years of searching, is learning that the wife of our elusive William MEERE was Mary, nee CANTER!
"William MEERE. Yeoman, and Mary CANTER, Spinster, were married, by licence, on 25th. July 1754 at Winterbourne, GLS. Both were of the parish."
We are only just learning of CANTER families in the area and welcome input from others.
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We are descended from the only known son of abt 1716 William MEERE/Mary nee CANTER, William [jr] bap Sep 1754, Mangotsfield. While Wm [Sr] was buried there in 1793, Mary and two spinster daughters are buried in the churchyard of St. Peter's, Dyrham. It is the family of 1754 William (and his spinster sisters) who migrated to Bitton abt 1802.
From Mangotsfield Parish Records and MIs, we are beginning to learn of Mary's CANTER family.
Our earliest documentation is the 1722 Apr 3 marriage of abt 1700 Thomas CANTER and abt 1693 Hester JONES. Their births are calculated from their ages at death and per Bigland MIs, Mangotsfield (on headstones): Thomas CANTER died 19 Nov 1761 aged 61; Hester his wife died 14 Jul 1768 aged 75. No baptisms for Thomas or Hester have yet been found, but the search is still new. Thus, we do not know how or if we connect to other CANTER lines.
Children of Thomas/Hester (Mangotsfield registers)
1725 Apr 18 Isaac s/o Thomas CANTER & Hester his wife was baptised
1727 Mar 10 William s/o Thomas CANTER & Hester his wife was baptized
1729 May 12 William s/o Thomas CANTER & Hester his wife was buried
1730 Jan 3 Mary d/o Thomas CANTER by Hester his wife was baptized
We may have found more information about Mary's brother, 1725 Isaac.
1755 Jun 29 Isaac Canter = Sarah Webb, Mangotsfield [Bristol and Somerset Marriage Index]
Maybe children of Isaac CANTER [BAFHS CDs, IGI]
18 Apr 1756 Samuel CANTER bap Tormarton, Gloucestershire
03 Jan 1759 Sarah CANTER, d/o Isaac/Sarah CANTER bap Mangotsfield
12.Mar.1762 Elizabeth, d/o Isaac/Sarah CANTER bap Mangotsfield
30 Aug 1767 Thomas, s/o Isaac/Sarah CANTER bap Mangotsfield