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This is a line that has been challenging to explore. I have one connection, via a MEERE marriage, by license. 1788 Jun 24 Joseph HIGNELL of Elberton parish, Glos, farmer 40 years & upwards, a bachelor & Elizabeth MEERE of Dirham, Glos spinster, 30 years & upwards.
Nothing further is known of Joseph's family.
Eight christenings have been found for Joseph HIGNELL, mother Elizabeth at Independent Chapel, Thornbury, Glos. Baptism register 1789-1812, however they have not been followed/verified:
1789 Aug 25 William [bn.1789 Jul 18] s/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL
1790 Dec 20 Benjamin [bn.1790 Nov 24] s/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL
1792 Jul 10 George [bn.1792 Jun 11] s/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL
1795 Feb 15 Mary [bn.1795 Jan 18] d/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL
1796 Oct 04 John [bn.1796 Sep 06] s/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL
1798 Apr 17 Esther [bn.1798 Mar 26] d/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL of Elberton, Glos
1800 Jun 30 Joseph [bn.1799 Dec 26] s/o Joseph/Elizabeth HIGNELL of Elberton, Glos.
A death index entry has been found, but not yet ordered:
Some HIGNELLs have been spotted in Bitton, but I have no idea if they are connected or not. An E. K. HIGNELL was an informant at the 1901 Keynsham Workhouse death of Giles MEERE. She was noted as 'Matron,' so I don't know if she was a relation or if a coincidence.