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Re: Mary DIGGINS of Langham Essex
Posted by: Nicole (ID *****5941) Date: April 07, 2006 at 11:09:23
In Reply to: Mary DIGGINS of Langham Essex by Jayne Barrelle of 240

Are you referring to James Barrell and Mary Diggens who were married at St Mary’s Church in Langham on 18 October 1820?

The 1851 census for Langham lists the following household:
- James Barrell, head, 53, agricultural labourer, born in Langham
- Mary Barrell, wife, 52, born in Langham
- George Barrell, son, 25, unmarried, agricultural labourer, born in Langham
- Robert Barrell, son, 16, unmarried, agricultural labourer, born in Langham
- Mary Barrell, daughter, 13, born in Langham
- Lucy Barrell, daughter, 10, born in Langham

(The reference for this census record is HO107/1782, page 764, house 58).

The baptismal records for St Mary’s, Langham contain no entry for Mary Diggens. I suspect that she was the daughter of Robert Diggens and Lucy Cook, who were married at St Mary’s, Langham on 27 April 1788.

Robert and Lucy had four children that I know of: two born in Dedham, Essex who were baptised at St Mary’s, Dedham and two born in Langham, who, like Mary, are not listed in the Anglican baptismal records for either Langham or Dedham.

These children are:
- Sarah Diggens, born circa 1788, Dedham (baptised 12 October 1788)
- Robert Diggens, born circa 1793, Dedham (baptised 27 January 1793)
- Isaac Diggens, born circa 1805, Langham
- George Diggens, born circa 1808, Langham

Mary Diggens and Lucy Diggens (born circa 1795, Dedham; married to William Bugg, 21 November 1816, St Mary’s, Langham) would fit into the gap between Robert and Isaac and are probably Robert and Lucy’s daughters. (They are the only Diggens couple I know of in the Dedham-Langham area at the time.) The absence of baptismal records for these children suggests that Robert and Lucy may have joined the Baptist Church in Langham sometime during the 1790s.

The Essex Records Office’s Colchester and North Essex Branch has records for the Baptist Church in Langham, including minutes of meetings and lists of members in various years. The burial records are at the National Archives in Kew with microfilm copies available through LDS Family Records Centres. I checked the burial records years ago for Diggens entries and found none. I did, however, come across at least one Barrell.

In the 1851 census, Robert and Lucy are listed just before the Barrells (house 57):
- Robert Diggons, head, 84, agricultural labourer, born Bergholt, Suffolk
- Lucy Diggons, wife, 83, born Polstead, Suffolk
- George Diggons, son, 43, agricultural labourer, born Langham

The 1841 census lists them as living on Greyhound Hill, Langham.

Both Robert and Lucy were buried at St Mary’s Langham: Robert on 7 January 1855; Lucy on 10 June 1855.

Robert Diggens was baptised on 18 August 1765 at St Mary’s, East Bergholt, Suffolk. He was the son of Robert Diggens and Mary Simpson who were married at St Mary’s, East Bergholt on 8 October 1752. They were both buried at St Mary’s, East Bergholt: Mary on 7 March 1780; Robert on 28 February 1813 (age 85).

Hope this helps your search.


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