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The Register
of
Dodington Presbyterian
Chapel,
Whitchurch,
1708-1812.

Whitchurch
Dodington Presbyterian Chapel Register.

CONGREGATION AND BUILDINGS.

This congregation dates from the 7th May, 1672, on which day Philip Henry made entry in his diary:- This day I received my license unsought and unexpected. The document was dated at Whitehall, 30th April, 1672, and permits a Roome or Roomes in the house of Philip Henry, in Malpas Parish, Flintshire. to be a place for the use of such as do not conform to the Church of England, who are of the Perswasion commonly called Presbyterien, to meet and assemble in, in order to their Publick Worship and Devotion. In June, 1689, the Toleration Act became law and the Broad Oak Chapel was registered, and Philip Henry was prevailed upon to preach at public time every Lord's Day, which he continued to do while he lived. His son Matthew says that this "meeting-place was an out-building of his [P. Henry's] own, near adjoining to his house, fitted up very decently and conveniently for the purpose." It stood until taken down, about 1746, by order of his grandson, Philip Henry Warburton, M.P. In 1707, a chapel was built in Dodington. Whitchurch, where the greater part of the worshippers lived, though a lecture continued to be held regularly at Broad Oak, where Matthew Henry preached on the afternoon of the 23rd July, 1713. In 1716, the Dodington Chapel was wrecked by rioters, referred to in this entry in the register:-

1715, September 3. John, the son of John Lee, of Whixall, at Broad Oak. The chappel at Whitchurch being demolished by ye mobb on July 15th, 16th, 18th, and 19th, before.

The present disused chapel, though much injured in the Priestley riots of 1792, is in great measure the one which was built in 1717 by government in place of the one wrecked in 1716.

The congregation regularly worshipped here until about 1844 or the beginning of 1845, when it died out. The 23 brass tablets on its walls were then boarded over, and the building used for its present purpose of a boys' day school and other meetings.

On 9 December, 1891, the building was sold by public auction for 161, to Mr. John A. Roberts, who had for some time used it as his schoolhouse. Proceeds were handed over to the British and Foreign School Society, by Mr. J.H. Warburton Lee, solicitor, of Broad Oak.

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The brasses were all removed to the adjacent Church of the Saviour, which, like this old chapel, has a free trust, being held simply "for the worship of Almighty God." The inscriptions on the brasses are:

(1) Beneath lieth the remains | of | Saml, Benyon Esqr.; | of Ash | died 8th January, 1791, | aged 74, | also | Lydia Benyon | Relict of | Saml, Benyon Esqr, | who died 30th July, 1801 | aged 72. [Has Benyon crest, and coat of arms; octagonal brass, 17 inches tall, 9 1/2, inches wide; two sides. 12 1/2 inches; 2 sides, 5 inches; 4 sides, 3 1/2 inches. Name of engraver under crest and over coat of arms, "W. Bowley, Shrewsbury." Arms - Vairee argent and sable, on a chief of the first, three mullets of the second, for BENYON, on an escutcheon of pretence, Per fesse crenellee three field-gates, 2 and 1 counterchanged, for YATE. Crest - A gryffin sejant argent.]

(2) Beneath | lieth the body of | Mary Benyon | who died | February 7th, 1765: | aged 50. [Circular-headed brass, with fine skull and cross bones on top, inscription in square, 9 inches by 8 1/2, inches; total height, 12 3/4 inches.]

(3) Here lieth the body of | Elizabeth Benyon | wife of | Benjamin Benyon Esqr. | who died April the 29th 1797 | aged 25. [Circular-headed brass, with well displayed coat of arms in top, and inscription in square, 11 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches; total height, 15 inches. Arms - BENYON, as No. 2, impaling, ... on a Latin cross five escallops, for ...

(4) Here | lieth the body of | Elizabeth Benyon | wife of S.Y. Benyon Esqr | of Ash | who died Octr. the first | 1802 aged 37. [A circular-headed brass, with coat of arms on top; inscription in square, 11 3/4 inches by 9 1/2 inches; total height, 14 3/4 inches. Arms - Ermine, on a chief gules. three lions rampant ... She was a Miss Mason, dau. of Thomas Mason, Esq., of Belmont, Shrewsbury. One of Canon Newling's MSS. has this:-

Samuel Benyon. Esq., of Ash = ... dau. and heiress of Barrister-at-Law. | Yate. of Darnford | Samuel Yate Benyon = Elizabeth, eldest Thomas Benyon, Benjamin Benyon, Esq.. son and heir dau. of Thomas of Shrewsbury of Shrewsbury apparent. Barrister- Mason, Esq.. of Draper, 2nd. Draper ? - at-Law of Lincoln's Belmont. dau. Inn. and late of Shrewsbury. Jesus College. Cam- Died 1802. bridge; living in 1821.

Samuel Yate Benyon, ... ... of Trin. Coll. Camb. daughter son. died of only son and heir. small pox. born 1800. 1796.

Her arms should have been placed on a lozenge-shaped shield. The chief, too, is wrongly placed over the whole shield, instead of the dexter half only.]

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(5) Near this place lie the remains of | Samuel Yate Benyon, Esq, | of Ash in this county; 1 one of his Majesty's Counsel, | A Bencher of the Honourable Society | of Lincoln's Inn; Vice Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster, | Attorney General and Recorder of Chester, | he died 31st March, 1822 | aged 59. [A fine brass, bordered with two thin lines; circular-headed; crest and coat of arms above; inscription in oblong, 161 inches by 13 inches; total height, 2o-1- inches; for obituary see Monthly Repository, 1822, p. 377. A marble tablet to his memory was also placed in Ash Church at the time when his remains, with others. were re-interred in a vault in that churchyard. after Divine worship ceased in Presbyterian Meeting-house. Arms- Quarterly. 1 and 4, BENYON, as No. 1, 2 and 3, Per chevron gules and or, three gates 2 and t counterchanged, for . . . , impaling . . . . two bends . . . . , for [qu. KEAY.] Crest- Over a helmet of his degree. on a torse, a gryffin sejant argent.]

(6) Here | lieth the body of | Constance Benyon | second wife of | S. Y. Benyon, Esqre | of Ash, | who died Febr. the twenty fifth 1 1836 | aged 63. [A circular-headed brass. with coat of arms on top; inscription in oblong, 11 inches by 9 inches; total height, 14 inches; for obituary notice. see Christian Reformer, 1836, p. 292. Arms- As No. 8, Quarterly i and 4, BENYON. 2 and 3. . . . . , impaling, Quarterly. i and 4, . . . two bends . . . . , 2 and 3, the same arms as 2 and 3 on the dexter half of the shield. N.B.- Her arms should have been placed on a lozenge-shaped shield.]

(7) Beneath | lieth the body of | Lydia Collyer | who departed this life | 17th August. 1744 | aged 39. [A circular-headed brass, with ornamental border; inscription in square, 9 inches by 8 inches; total height, 124 inches; circular heading, occupied by a well-engraved skull, with teeth and large cross bones.]

(8) Near this place | lie the remains of | Edward Edwards, | who departed this life 22nd June, 1785 | aged 57. | Also Mary, his wife, | died 11th December, 1802 | aged 76. | [A plain brass, oblong, with slightly curved top; total height, 161 inches; width, ice,- inches.]

(9) John Edwards | died | the 25th day of Febr. 1825 | aged | 34 years. His infant son, William | died | January, 1825. | [A plain brass. oblong, with slightly curved top; much excellent flourishing about letters; total height, 161 inches; width, 11 inches; for obituary, see Monthly Repository, 1825, p. 181, "when the sermon was preached on occasion of his death, the chapel was crowded to excess, there being on that evening an increase of numbers from about eighty to nearly six hundred persons."]

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(10) John Edwards | died | the 11th day of March, 1827 aged | 57 years. | Margaret, his wife | died | the loth day of April 1832 | aged | 72 years. | [A plain brass, oblong, with slightly curved top; much good flourishing about letters; total height, 161 inches; width, 11 inches. Father and mother of John ut sup.]

(11) Beneath | lieth the body of | Rob Gentleman | who died 19th June, 1757 | aged 55. | Also his daughters | Sarah and Martha. | [A circular-headed brass, small skull with teeth, and cross bones, and first word all in the circular part; remainder of inscription in the oblong, 12 inches by to inches; total height, 161 inches. In the baptismal register is this entry by Ebenezer Keay:- October 7, 1745, Robert. son of Robert Gentleman, a Scotchman, at Whitchurch.]

(12) Near this place | lie the remains of | John Holt. | who died, 11th Janry., 1781 | aged 7o. | Also Ann, relict of | John Holt | who died 15th Febry., 1782 | aged 72. [The smallest of all these brasses; circular top, in which are the first three words; remainder of inscription in the oblong, 8 inches by 7 inches; total height, 91 inches; quite plain.]

(13) Beneath | lie the remains of | Hannah | the wife of the Revd. | Ebenezer Keay | who died 4th July, 1766 | aged 69. | [A brass similar to the above, which was copied from this one. but evidently not by the same workman.]

(14) Beneath | lie the remains of | Thomas Keay | who died 8th May, 178o aged 39 | also Lydia, | relict of Thos. Keay | who died 5th Septemr.. 1785 | aged 43. | [A circular-headed brass. with crest and coat of arms in it; inscription in the oblong, 12 inches by 9,1 inches; total height. 15 inches. Ebenezer Keay's son m. Lydia Yate, of Dearnford, their son was Thomas Yate Keay ut infra. Arms- . . . . two bends . . . . , for KEAY, impaling YATE, as No. 1. Crest- A gryffin's head erased, holding in the beak a key.]

(15) Thomas Yate Keay, Esq. | died | July 1st, 1826; | aged 57. [A stately brass, with slightly larger circular bead titan any of the others, in it crest and coat of arms; inscription well displayed in the oblong. t 11 inches by 1o inches; total height, 151 inches; double lined border all round. Probably the "Thomas Keay, Esq., Whitchurch," in Belsham's list, who entered Daventry academy in 1786; grandson to Ebenezer Keay ut sub. Arms- KEAY, as No. 1 I. Crest- As No. 11.

(16) Beneath | lieth the body of | Thomas Yate. | of Dearnford, Gent.. who died 19th Aug., 1746. | aged 50. | Also his sons. Thomas (aged 11) | & Collyer. & Susan, his daughter, | likewise Anna, Ob. 26th Augt., 1754, AEt. 24. | And Elizabeth, his wife, who died | Decr. 24th, 1756, aged 63. |

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[A most interesting brass, circular head, in which coat of arms; inscription, evidently engraved in sections as required, in the oblong, 12 1/2 inches by 10 1/2 inches; total height, 16 3/4 inches; has border exactly similar to the Lydia Collyer brass ut sup. Thomas Yate was brother to Grace Yate, who married Samuel Benion, M.D., minister at Broad Oak, 1696- 1706, and Shrewsbury, 1706-1708. Dearnford, or Danford Hall, a fine old mansion, is about one mile from Whitchurch, on road to Tilstock. Arms - Per fess crenellee [? or and gules ?] three field gates 2 and 1 counterchanged, YATE, impaling ... on a chevron ... three quatrefoils, between three demi-unicorns, sejant, 2 and 1, for ...

(17) Here lyeth the body of Samuel | Son of Thomas Yate, Gent. | who was interred April 9th, 1729 | aged 29. | Also the body of | Abigail | his daughter and relict of | Edwd. Ellis, Gent., who died 15th June, 1746. | aged 39. [The oldest brass in the series, circular-headed, in which large skull, with prominent eye sockets and teeth, and cross bones; the first portion of inscription - that to Samuel - is in different letters to any other of the brasses, in the square, 10 inches by 10 inches; total height, 13 1/2 inches. Samuel and Abigail were brother and sister to Grace, who married Samuel Benion.]

(18) Beneath | lieth the body of | Benjan. Yate | of Dearnford, Esqr. | who died Octr. 7th, 1756 | aged 29. | [A circular-headed brass, in which a coat of arms exactly similar to that on brass of Thomas Yate ut sup.; no border; inscription in the oblong, 11 1/2 inches by 10 inches; total height, 16 inches.

(19) Beneath | lie the remains of | Elizabeth Yate | who departed this life | 27th January, 1767. | Aged 35. | [A circular-headed brass, in which small skull and cross bones, and upper half of first word; inscription in the square, 9 inches by 8I. inches; total height, 13 inches.]

(20) Beneath | lieth the body of | Thomas Yate, Esqr. | who died 19 October, 1765 | aged 93. And of his wife | Lydia Yate who died 23d. Januy., 1757 | aged 84. | [A circular-headed brass, with coat of arms in it; inscription in oblong, 11 1/2 inches by 10 inches; total height, 16 inches. This is the brass of "the old master of Dearnford," who was born probably in 1672; the father of a large family. Arms - Per fess crenellee [qu. or and gules], three field-gates 2 and 1 counterchanged, for YATE, impaling ... on a bend ... three pellets [?], for ...

(21) Beneath | lie the remains of | John Yate | who died 4th Febry., 1780 - aged 70. | Also the remains of Constance | relict of John Yate | who died 1st Decr., 1787 | aged 85. | [A circular-headed brass, with coat of arms in it, as on brass of Thomas Yate, with addition of crest, a demi-goat rampant, also first word of inscription; rest in the oblong, 12

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inches by 10 inches; total height, 161 inches. This was the John Yate, extracts from whose diary were given by the present writer in Seedsower, 1894, pp. 108-9. He lived in the old house in Dodington, still standing, a little lower down than the meeting-house, on the other side of the road.]

(22) Beneath lie the remains of | Constance Mary Yate | who died 21st May, 1762, aged 18. And | Anna Yate | who died 15th June, 1762, aged 17. | Margaret Yate, died 26th | Feb. 1769, aged 52. [A circular-headed brass, in which coat of arms, excellently engraved, as on brass of Thomas Yate; inscription in the oblong, 13 inches by 10 inches; total height, 17 1/4 inches. Constance Mary and Anna were daughters of John and Constance Yate, ut sup.; Margaret was probably a daughter of Thomas and Lydia Yate ut sup. There is an error in the shields 2, 3, 4, and 5, showing ignorance of heraldry. They are all the same coat, namely, a Yate impaling his wife's arms. But, of course, only the husband of the lady could use a coat so marshalled; and his sons, and others of the surname. could not rightly use it. In No. 4 the Arms of the ladies should have been placed on a lozenge-shaped shield.]

(23) See E. Keay, ut infra.

An account of these brasses was given in the Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society, No. 6. new series, January. 1897; also in the Church Chronicle, No. 35. February, 1896, a copy of which is in the large Record Book belonging to the Church of the Saviour. Mounted rubbings of them, taken by the author, were lent to the Exhibition of Shropshire Antiquities, held in Shrewsbury, May, 1898 (see Catalogue, p. 75, No. 399). The Rev. Edmund Butcher, in his Excursion from Sidmouth to Chester, 1805, i, pp. 185-6, says, of Whitchurch, that the meeting-house " is remarkable for having over many of the pews brass plates, containing the names of persons and families who are buried there." This sentence, together with the testimony of an old worshipper in the place. led to the author finding the brasses behind the present woodwork on the walls of the old building.

COMMUNION PLATE.

A fine pewter set of early eighteenth century date, it was lost when the congregation ceased to exist, but fortunately one piece was recovered in 1893. and is now used by the Church of the Saviour. It is 15 inches in diameter, and inscribed:-

THIS ANCIENT ALMSDISH, USED IN THE PRESBYTERIAN CHAPEL, DODINGTON, LOST IN 1843, WAS RECOVERED, AND GIVEN TO THE TRUSTEES, FOR USE IN THE CHURCH OF THE SAVIOUR, WHITCHURCH, BY THE REV. GEORGE EYRE EVANS. 1893.

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MINISTERS.

PHILIP HENRY, M.A., 1672-1696, b. St. Bartholomew's Day. 24 Aug. 1631-2, at Whitehall; ed. Westminster School, by Dr. Busby, 1643-1647, Oxford, Christ Church, 1647-1653; M.A. 1653; ord. 16 Sept. 1657, at Prees, by presbytery of Bradford North; min. Worthenbury, Flints; ej. 1662; Broad Oak, 1672-1696; m. (26 Apr. 1660) Katharine. only dau. and heir of Mr. Daniel Matthews, Broad Oak; issue, John (b. 3 May. 1661), Matthew (b. 18 Oct. 1662), Sarah (b. 7 Aug. 1664, m. John Savage), Katharine (b. 7 Dec. 1665), Eleanor (b. 23 July 1667), Ann (b. 25 Nov. 1668); d. 24 June, 1696; bur. St. Alkmund's Church, Whitchurch. Entry in register:-

Burialls. 1696. June. Mr. Philip Henry, of Broad Oak. in the parish of Malpas - late minister of Worthenbury, in ye County of Flint - 27th.

SAMUEL BENIGN, M.D.. 1696-1706. (See Shrewsbury High Street.)

ROBERT PELL, 1706-1707, min. Broad Oak. d.21 May 1707, aet. 25; bur. St. Alkmund's Churchyard, Whitchurch. Entry in register:- May 23, 1707. Mr. Rob. Pell, of Whixall.

DAVID BENION. 1708-1723, ord. 13 April 1708, at Whitchurch; min. Whitchurch, 1708-1725. d. 1 May 1725, at Bath.

THOMAS COLTHURST, 1726-1733, b. [1697]; ord. 30 Oct. 1728. at Whitchurch; min. Whitchurch, 1726-1738; Knutsford. 1738-1739; m. [1729] Mary Bell (widow; d. 1765). d. 27 Jan. 1739, aet. 43; bur. Knutsford Chapel.

JOHN (?) KING. 1738-1739; " from Newport. Salop "; min. Whitchurch. 1738-1739. d. about 21 Jan. 1740.

EBENEZER KEAY, 1739-1779, b. 1715 at Newmarket, Flints; ed. Caermarthen Presbyterian Coll. where he was fellow student with Rev. Francis Boult (q.v.), Shrewsbury; min. Whitchurch, 1739-1779 m. Hannah [Yate ?]; issue, Thomas (d. 1780, aet. 39). d. 17 Dec. 1779, aet. 64; bur. in this chapel. His memorial brass reads:- Beneath | Lie the Remains of | the Revd. Ebenezeer (sic) Keay | Forty Years Minister of this Place | who died Decr. 17th, 1779 | Aged 64. | A circular-headed brass, with skull, open jaws and teeth, and cross-bones, and first word of inscription in circular part; rest of the inscription in the oblong, 12 inches by 9 3/4 inches; total height, 16 inches.

JOHN JONES. 1780-[1781 ?], ed. Caermarthen Presbyterian Coll. 1772-1776 [this is probably the student of that name and time on roll]; min. Newcastle, Staffs (?), Whitchurch, 1780-[1781 ?], Devizes, Chudleigh. Devon, here 1783 and 1786.

THOMAS REES, - 1782, probably the Thomas Rees " from Newport," ed. Caermarthen Presbyterian Coll. 1770-1774, who became min. Newtown. Montgomeryshire; Whitchurch -1782; Elland, Yorks, June 1782-1793; emigrated U.S.A.

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HENRY PROCTER [1782 ?]-1783, b. 1733; ed. Daventry, Academy, 1752- by Rev. Caleb Ashworth. D.D.; min. Whitney, Stamford, Whit-church [1782 ?]-1783; Evesham, 1783-1788; Stafford, and Stone, 1789-1808. d. 1808.

THOMAS JENKINS. 1783-1815. min. Whitchurch, 1783-1815. d. 29 July, 1815. aet. 69; bur. in the Chapel graveyard.

DAVID WILLIAM JONES, 1815-1818, b. at Presteign (?); ed. Caermarthen Pres. Coll. 1799-1803; min. Nantwich, 1804-1815, Whitchurch, 1815- 1818, Boston, Lincs., 1818-1826; emigrated U.S.A. d. 1835, at Newport. Carolina.

JOSEPH MARRIOTT, 1818-1823, Min. Whitchurch. 1818-1823; Liverpool, Sir Thomas' Buildings, 1823-; Todmorden, 1834 (?)- 14 Aug. 1836.

JOHN PHILP, 1823-1827; ed. Newington Green Academy. 1820-1823 min. Whitchurch, 1823-1827; Ipswich, Jan. to July 1827. d. 20 July 1827, at his father's house, Falmouth.

RICHARD SHAWCROSS, 1827-1844, b. 1802, at Manchester; ed. York, Manchester Coll. 1817-1823; min. Lincoln, 1823-1827; Whitchurch, 1827-1844; took Anglican orders, various curacies, and vicar of Ellerburne with Wilton. Yorks, 1866-1886. d. 10 Dec. 1886.

G.E.E.

The Register.

The first Register consists of six sheets or leaves, 6 in. broad by 7 in. tall, written on both sides. tightly sewn together, and inserted at the beginning of the second Register. These sheets originally formed a portion of another book, which is very evident, the pagination being 2. 3, 4, 132, 135. All the entries are in David Benion's neat and legible hand. The second Register consists of fifteen pages, 4 1/2 written on both sides, the remainder have the entries on stamped forms duly pasted in, from 18 November 1786 to 28 June 1794, and those from 20 December 1794 to the last on 11 September 1823, written on both sides. The one page of burial entries is at the end of book. Size, 6 1/2 in. by 7 3/4 in. tall, stiff marble paper covers. The third Register is a volume, 8 in. by 9 1/2 in. tall, black leather back, marble boards.

An Account of the Children yt were publickly Baptiz'd att the New Chappel in Whitchurch, & at Broad Oak & Danford, & at Hampton, Lecture Day. By D.B. For ye year 1708.

1708 Martha, ye daughter of James Edwards. 18 July.
" John, ye son of Robert Elson. 25 July.
" Jane, ye daughter of John Walford. 21 November.
" Hugh, ye son of Mr. Hugh Johnson. 5 December.
1709 Samuel, ye son of Mr. Isaac Pool, dead. 9 January.
" Sarah, ye daughter of Samuel Hulson. 16 January.
" Thomas, s. of Samuel Morgan. 23 January.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph Paelin. - March.
" William, s. of William Watson, and John, s. of John Parry. 24 April.
" Mary, dau. of John Butler, of Ashe. 22 May.
" Benjamin, s. of Caleb Powel. 26 June.
" John, s. of John Swanwick. 6 August.
" John, s. of Mr. Thomas Yates, of Dearnford. 1 September.

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1709 Francis, s. of Jonathan Dumbole, at Hampton on a Lecture Day. 5 October.
1710 Mary, dau. of Richard Latebrock, of Marbery. 23 April.
" John, s. of John Griffiths, of Marbery. 30 April.
" John, s. of Mr. Samuel Eddowes, of Whitchurch. 11 June.
" Lydia, dau. of Thomas Gandy, of Whitchurch. 13 August.
" Elizabeth, dau. of John Bradshaw, of Black Park, at ye house of Elinor Eddows, in Whitchurch. 18 August, being Friday.
" Isaac, s. of Mr. Isaac Poole, of Whitchurch. 27 August.
1711 James, s. of Thomas Huxley, and John, s. of John Walford. 18 January.
" John, s. of Thomas Hilditch, of Tilstock. 18 March.
" Mary, dau. of Sam Hulson, of Whitchurch. 22 April.
" Joseph, s. of Joseph Swanwick, of Tilstock. 30 June.
" Martha, dau. of John Butler, of Ashe. 9 September.
" Joseph, s. of Caleb Powel. 28 October.
" Anne, dau. of Andrew Boid, of Whitchurch. 16 December.
1712 Jane, dau. of John Parry, of Tilstock. 30 March.
" James, s. of Mr. William Watson, of Whitchurch. 14 April, being Munday.
" Sarah, dau. of Mr. Samuel Eddows, of Whitchurch. 4 May.
" William, s. of Thomas Huxley, of Alkington. 14 September.
" Timothy, s. of Samuel Morgan, of Hadley Heath. 2 October.
1713 Jane, dau. of John Parry, of Tilstock. 30 March.
" James, s. of Mr. William Watson, of Whitchurch. 14 April, being Munday.
" Sarah, dau. of Mr. Samuel Eddows, of Whitchurch. 4 May.
" William, s. of Thomas Huxley, of Alkington. 14 September.
" Timothy, s. of Samuel Morgan, of Hadley Heath. 2 October.

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1713 Margaret, dau. of John Butler, of Ash. 26 February.
" George, s. of John Walford, in ye morning, and Noah, son of John Griffiths, of Marbery, in ye afternoon. 26 April.
" Martha, dau. of Joseph Ralphs, of Ash. 6 June.
" Thomas, s. of Thomas Hilditch, of Tilstock. 14 June by Mr. Dutton in my absence.
" John, s. of Nehemiah Milward, of Whitchurch. 21 June.
" Anne, dau. of Thomas Huxley, of Alkington. 1 October.
" Anne, dau. of John Harris of [blank], at Hampton on a Lecture Day. 7 October.
1714 Benjamin & Martha, (twins), s. & dau. of Benjamin Ferriman, of Bronington. 28 February.
" John, s. of John Bradshaw, of ye Hollad (sic). 2 May.
" Ralph, s. of Mr. Ralph Eddowes, of Whitchurch. 24 October.
" Thomas, s. of John Parry, of Tilstock. 25 December.
1715 John, s. of John Lee, of Whixhall, at Broad Oak. 3 September.

At Broad Oak and Danford.

The Chappel at Whitchurch being demolish'd by ye mobb on July 15th, 16th, 18th and 19th before.

" Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Huxley, of Alkington, at Danford. 16 October.
" Richard, son of Thomas Hilditch, of Tilstock, at Danford. 30 October.
" John, s. of John Butler, of Ash, at Danford. 27 November.
1716 Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph Walford, at Broad Oak. Lecture Day, 31 March.
" William, s. of John Bradshaw (dead), at Danford. 8 July.
" Frances, dau. of Joseph Ralph, of Ash, at ye New Chappel, Whitchurch. 5 August.
1717 John, s. of William Watson. 26 April, being Friday, at my own house.
" Margaret, dau. of John Parry, of Tilstock. 25 August.
1718 Anne, dau. of Thomas Hilditch, of Tilstock. 9 March.
" Sarah, dau. of John Lee, of Whixhall. 3 April.

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An account of such children as were Baptiz'd privately by me D.B.

1708 Susanna & Mary, (twins), daus. of Mr. John Eddows, of Namptwich. {- I May, att his own house in ye absence of Mr. Laurence.
" William, son of Timothy Barker, of Wem. 30 May, att his own house.
" Robert & Henry, (twins), sons of Robert Grindley, (Robert d. in 1708), of ye Woodhouses. 30 May, at his own house.
" Mary, dau. Andrew Boid, of Whitchurch. 30 May, at his own house.
" Mary, dau. of John Griffiths, (d. in April 1709, of ye Smallpox). 30 May, at his own house in Marbery p'ish.
" Alice, dau. of Francis Reynolds. 6 November, at his own house in Ellesmere.
1709 Martha, dau. of Mr. Roger Basnet, of the Ditches near Wemme. 3 July.
" James, s. of Rev. Mr. Jeu (sic) Evans. 19 July, at his own house in Oswestry.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Mr. Ralph Lathrop. 26 August, at his own house in Wem.
" Edward, s. of Joseph Cook. 20 September, at his own house in Newtown.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Ravenlea. 28 September, at his own house at Broad Oak.
" Elizebeth, dau. of Richard Key. 2 November, at his own house at Whixall.
" Judith, dau. Allen Higginson. 18 December, at his own house in Wem.
1710 Hannah, dau. of George Cook, at his own house at ye Woodhouses.
" Mary, dau. of Wm. Richards. 3 March, at his own house in Lineal.
1711 Richard, son of Rev. Mr. Ralph Lathrop. 5 January, at his own house in Wem.
" Anne, dau. of Samuel Lewis, of Bronington. 22 March, at his own house.

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1711 John, s. of Thomas Ravenlea. 7 June, at his own house at Broad Oak.
" Thomas, s. of Timothy Jack (dy'd July 24; bury'd July 26 after). 18 July, att his own house in Welsh Hampton.
" Anne, dau. of Mr. Thomas Yates. 31 October, at his own house at Danford.
1721 [Follows on, but evidently page missing, pagination goes from 132 to 135.]
" John, s. of Mr. Ralph Eddowes. 20 June, at his own house in Whitchurch.
" Mary, dau. of Richard Radcliff. - April, at his own house at Tibroughton.
" Joseph, s. of John Bickerton. 11 September, at his own house in Wootton, near Oswestry.
" Joseph, s. of Nathaniel Lee. 19 September, at his house in Bronington.
" William, s. of Thomas Ravensea. December 18, at his own house at Broad Oak.
1722 Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Lewis. March 27, at his own house in Bronington.
" Thomas, s. of Thomas Massey. August 28, at his own house in Norbury or Marbery.
" Margaret, dau. of Francis Reynolds. 7 November, at his own house in Ellesmere.
1723 Elizabeth, dau. of John Vaughan. 28 January, at his own house in Bronington.
" Timothy, s. of Timothy Jacks. 7 March, at his own house in Welsh Hampton.
" Martha, dau. of Richard Radcliff. 10 April, at his house in Tibroughton.
" Mary & Martha, (twins) daus. of Thomas Edmunds. 2 May, at his own house in Whitchurch by Mr. Da. Maddocks.
" Anne, dau. of Francis Huxley. 6 June, at his own house in Bronington by Mr. Kenrick, in ye time of my illness.
" John, s. of John Radcliff 19 September, at his own house in Tibroughton.

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1723 Thomas, s. of Thomas Pitts (bury'd 23 November). 10 November, at his own house in Whitchurch, being Lord's Day Evening.
" John, s. of John Bickerton. 19 December, at his own house near Burledam.
1724 Mary, dau. of John Neeld. 5 February, at his own house in Lineal.
" Joseph, s. of Nathaniel Minshull. 7 April, at his own house in Whixall.
" Joshua, s. of Mr. Ralph Eddowes. 26 April, at his own house in Whitchurch, being Lord's Day evening.
" George, s. of John Bradshaw. 3 November, at his own house in Black Park.
" Samuel, s. of John Minshull. 24 November, at his own house in the Welsh End, Whixall.
" William, s. [blank] Pratchet. 10 December, at Thomas Hamnet's, of Fearny Bank.

[End of this Register.]

No. II. A Register of Children Baptiz'd by E. Keay.

1743 William, s. of Thomas Bayley, of Lower Ash. 21 September, pr[ivately].
" Richard, s. of Richard Keay, of Whitewell Chappel. 5 October, pr.
" John, s. of Joshua Ridgway, of Bronington. 12 October, pr.
" Mary, dau. of James Cross, a travelling Scotchman at Wrexham. 23 October, pr.
1744 Thomas, s. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 1 February, pr.
" John, s. of Richard Swanwick, of Heath Lane. 7 March, pr.
" Randle, s. of Randle Keay, grocer, at Whitchurch. 5 April, pr.
" John, s. of John Harris, stocking man at W'church. 6 April, pr.
" Joseph, s. of Humphrey Gregory, of Twemlows. 19 April, pr.
" Thomas, s. of Arthur Keay, of Croxton. 26 Sept.

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1744 Ebenezer, s. of Joshua Ridgway, of Bronington. 29 September, pr.
" John, s. of William Young, of Fen's Heath. 31 December, pr.
1745 Anna, dau. of John Yate, mercer, at W'church. 14 March, pr.
" John, s. of Job Swanwick, of Woodhouses, near Ash. 23 March, pr.
" Ebenezer, s. of John Harris, stocking man at W'church. 14 April, pub.
" Philip, s. of Humphrey Gregory, of Twemlows. 9 May, pr.
" Ann, dau. of John Merton, of Lower Ash. 20 May, pr.
" Eleanor, dau. of Richard Keay, of Whitewell Chappell. 15 June, pr.
" Philip, s. of Randle Keay, grocer, at W'tchurch. 12 September, pr.
" Robert, s. of Robert Gentleman, a Scotchman at Wh'church. 7 October, pr.
1746 Mary, dau. of Richard Swanwick, of Heath Lane. 8 February, pr.
" Robert, s. of John Harris, stocking man at W'ch. 13 March, pr.
" William, s. of William Jones, son-in-law to Francis Huxley, of Bronington. 5 April, pr.
" Ann, dau. of Thomas Bayley, Lower Ash. 8 April, pr.
" Frances, dau. of [-] Mackeig, a Scotchman's son at Wrexham. 20 April, pr.
" Ann, dau. of Richard Roe, chandler at Wh'ch. 22 April, pr.
" William, s. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 26 April, pr.
" Benjamin, s. of Joshua Ridgway, of Bronington. 12 July, pr.
1747 William, s. of [-] Crump, warehouse keeper at Salop. 5 February, pr.
" Mary, dau. of Richard Keay, of Whitewell Chappel. 10 February, pr.
" Thomas, s. of Job Swanwick, of Woodhouses. 16 March, pr.

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1747 Jane, dau. Humphrey Gregory, of Twemlows. 17 March, pr.
" [blank], s. of [blank] Wms, a butcher at Bronington (son-in-law to Samuel Lewis). 6 July, pr.
" Joseph, s. of John Morton, of Lower Ash. 6 July, pr.
1748 Francis, s. of William Young, of Fen's Heath. 7 January, pr.
" John, s. of Thomas Bayley, of Lower Ash. 18 February, pr.
" Lydia, dau. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 25 May, pr.
" Joshua, s. of Humphrey Gregory, of Twemlow. 19 October, pr.
" Thomas, s. of John Minshal, of Tilstock Park. 24 November, pr.
" Mary, dau. of Thomas Bickerton, near Marbury. 8 December, pr.
1749 Mary, dau. of Richard Swanwick, of Alkington. 13 March, pr.
" Thomas, s. of John Ratcliff, junr., of Little Green. 8 May, pr.
" Alice, dau. of John Harrison, a hatter from Liverpool, baptiz'd at Chester. 10 September, pr.
" Thomas, s. of Thomas Merton, tayler, near Dirtwich. 5 December, pr.
" Sarah, dau. of John Martin, of Lower Ash. 28 December, pr.
1750 John Frail, s. of Thomas Edwards, plumber at Witch. 18 April, pr.
" Ralph, s. of Humphry Gregory, of Twemlows. 21 May, pr.
" Thomas, s. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 6 Aug. pr.
" John, s. of John Hamilton, a Scotchman, and an old soldier. 29 August, pr.
" Martha, dau. of Robert Gentleman, a Scotchman, at W'ch. 29 August, pr.
" Elizabeth, dau. of John Ratcliff, jun., of Little Green. 29 November, pr.
1751 Catherine, dau. of Thomas Bickerton, near Marbury. 12 March, pr.

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1751 John, s. of John Bickley, of D'twich. 18 March, pr.
" Mary, dau. of William Young, of Fen's Heath. 1 April, pr.
" James, s. of John Minshall, of Tilstock Park. 13 April, pr.
" Samuel, s. of Richard Swanwick, of Alkington. 26 May, pub[licly].
" Mary, dau. of Thomas Edwards, plumber at Wh'ch. 5 August, pr.
" Ralph, s. of John Eddowes, grocer, at W'ch. 22 September, pub.
" Cornelius, s. of Thomas Bayley, of Lower Ash. 27 November, pr.
1752 Hannah, dau. of John Martin, of Lower Ash. 1 April, pr.
" Benjamin, s. of Rev. Mr. Manley, of Nantwich. 11 April, pr.
" Deborah, dau. of William Minshall, of Whicksall. 10 May, pub.
" Samuel, s. of Thomas Morton, tayler, near Dirtwich. 4 June, pub. at Broad Oak.
" James, s. of John Hamilton, a Scotchman and old soldier. 30 July, pub. on Lecture Day.
" John, s. of John Lowry, a Scotchman, at Chester. 24 September, pr.
" Elizabeth, dau. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 2 November, pub. Lecture Day.
1753 Thomas, s. of John Bickley, near Ditchwich. 1 March, pub. Broad Oak.
" Hannah, dau. of John Bickerton, near Marbury. 18 March, pub.
" Ann, dau. of Thomas Bayley, of Ash. 18 September, pr.
" William, s. of William Anderson, an old travelling Scotchman at Whitchurch. 16 December, pub.
1754 Francis, s. [-] Farington, of Ditches, near Wem. 23 January, pr.
" Robert, s. of Samuel Oakley, paver at W'ch. 24 February, pr.

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1754 Hugh, s. of Thomas Morton, tayler near Dr'twich. February, pr.
" Mary, dau. of Thomas Hurlestone, glover at Wh'ch. 25 April, pr.
" Thomas, s. of John Hurlestone, hatter at W'hch. 25 April, pr.
" Hannah, dau. of Thomas Swanwick, mercer at Drayton. 28 May, pr.
" Joseph, s. of Joseph Minshall, of Francton. 19 June, pr.
" Mary, dau. [-] Higginson, of Darlington. 14 July, pub. at Wem.
" Elizabeth, dau. of John Bickerton, near Marbury. 24 August, pr.
" Deborah, dau. of William Young, of Fen's Heath. 29 August, pub. at Broad Oak.
1755 Ann, dau. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 9 March, pub.
" Joseph, s. of Joseph Bickley, near Dirwich. 13 April, pub.
1756 Mary, dau. of John Hurlestone, hatter at W'hch. 6 February, pub. Fast Day.
" Martha, dau. of John Bickerton, near Marbury. 24 February, pr.
" Hannah, dau. of Samuel Oakley, a paver at W'hch. 25 April, pr.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Swanwick, mercer at Drayton. 21 June, pr.
" Mary, dau. of Thomas Bickerton, of Sowten Dairy House, near Wem. 28 October, pr.
" John, s. of Francis Williams, a day labourer near Wem. 9 November, pr.
" Samuel, s. of John Bickley, near Dirtwich. 21 November, pub.
1757 John, s. of John Kleay, of Corton. 28 February, pr.
" Nathaniel, s. of Joseph Minshall, of Francton. 16 June, pr.
" David, s. of William Young, of Fen's Heath. 31 July, pub.
" Thomas, s. of Thomas Edwards, plumber in W'ch. 20 November, pub.

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1757 Philip, s. of John Peacock, of Bolla Hill. 20 November, pub.
1758 Thomas, s. of Thomas Bickerton, of Sowten Dairy House. 3 January, pr.
" Joseph, s. of John Keay, of Corton. 22 April, pr.
" Catherine, dau. of Thomas Morton, of ye Pigeon House, near Hanmer. 19 August.
" Anne, dau. of John Bickley, near Dirtwich. 22 October.
" James, s. of Robert Bramhall, near Nantwich. 24 December.
1759 James, s. of James Caldwell, a Scotchman at Nantwich. 10 February.
" Sarah, dau. of John Ratcliff, of Little Green. 18 March, pub.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph Oakly, of Iscoid. 10 June.
" Thomas & Hannah, twin children of Joseph Cocksey, smith at Nantwich. 28 October.
1760 Thomas, son of Cousin James Braddock (b. February 20), sadler at Nantwich. 25 February.
" Mary, dau. of James Caldwell, a Scotchman at Nantwich. 3 April.
" Elizabeth, dau. of John Bickley, near Dirtwich. 8 June.
" Elizabeth & Mary, children of Samuel Benyon, Esq., of Dearnford. 14 September.
" Thomas, s. of Mr. Thomas Edwards, plumber at Whitchurch. 21 September.
1761 Daniel, s. of William Minshall, of Whicksal. 9 January.
" Thomas, s. of Mr. Roger Kirkpatrick, a Scotchman, at W'church. 16 February.
" John, s. of Cousin James Braddock, of Nantwich. 22 March.
" James, s. of Robert Bramhall, of Nantwich, a labouring man. 22 March.
1762 Sarah, dau. of William Young, of Stemmy Heath. 1 June.
" Samuel Yate, s. of Samuel Benyon, Esq., of Dean-ford. 29 June.

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1762 Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Bickerton, Richard Swanwick's son-in-law, a maltster in W'hch. 3 August.
" Philip, s. of John Bickley, of Dirtwich. 8 August.
" Margaret, dau. of William Taylor, a smith in W'hch. 27 September.
" Mary, dau. of Richard Head, a chandler in W'hch. [-]
" Elizabeth, dau. of [-] Harper, of Eightfield. 8 Nov.
1763 George, s. of Mr. Kirkpatrick, a Scotchman. 1 Feb.
" Sarah, dau. of Joseph Oakley, of Iscoid. 26 February.
" Martha, dau. of George Whitaker, a labouring man in Tilstock Lane. 13 November.
1764 Mary, dau. of Samuel Bickerton, of Alkington. 21 April.
" Hannah, daughter of [-] Dutton, a taylor. 8 July. Thomas, s. of John Brown, of Broughal. 27 July.
" Thomas, s. of Samuel Beynon, of Dearnford, Esq. 15 September.
" [blank], dau. of John Bickley, of Dirtwich. 23 Sept.
1765 Sarah, dau. of Joseph Lee, of Red Brook. 28 January.
" John, s. of Samuel Benyon, Esq. 9 September.
" John, s. of John Ratcliff, of Little Green. 24 Nov.
" John, s. of Joseph Oakley, of Iscoid. 15 December.
1766 George, s. of George Whittaker, of Prees Heath. 13 January.
" Elizabeth, dau. of Edward Williams, of Bovny. February.
" John, s. of Mr. Roger Kirkpatrick. 19 April.
" Joseph, s. of Mr. Joseph Lee, of Red Brook. 10 September.
" Joseph, s. of John Brown, of Broughall. 23 November.
1767 Lydia, dau. of my nephew, Thomas Keay. 9 July.
" Benjamin, s. of Samuel Benyon, Esq., of Dearnford. 27 September.
1768 John, s. of William Minshal, of Whicksal. 2 May.
" John, s. of George Whitaker. 18 September.
" Ralph, s. of Mr. Joseph Lee, of Red Brook. 13 October.
" Thomas Yate, s. of Nephew Thomas Keay. 14 Nov.
1770 Thomas, s. of Lydia [-], dau. of John Peacock, separated from her Husband. 25 August.

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1770 Elizabeth, dau. of [-] Preston. 9 December.
1771 Nollyanne, dau. of Mr. Roger Kirkpatrick. 28 Nov.
1772 Sally, dau. of Rev. Mr. Hodgson, of Nantwich. 6 January.
" William, s. of [-] Peacock, junr. 23 February.
1773 Jane, dau. of Rowland Bickley, of Dirtwich. 31 January.
" Constance, dau. of my Nephew, Thomas Keay. 23 February.
" Joseph, s. of [-] Bickerton, of Whitchurch. 26 ay.
1774 Philip, s. of Ralph Gregory, tanner in Dodingt 24 July.
" Richard, s. of Rev. Mr. Hodgson, of Nantwich. 30 October.
" Samuel Richard Swanwick, s. of [-] Watkinson, of Birmingham, son-in-law of ye late Richard Swanwick, of Whitch. 6 November.
1775 Peter, s. of Richard Whitfield, breeches maker, W'tchurch. 7 May.
" Betty, dau. of [-] Preston, of Stymy Heath. Baptised June 18, by Mr. Fownes.
" John, s. of Ralph Gregory, tanner. 19 November.
1776 William, s. of Rev. Mr. Hodgson. 7 August.
1777 Ann, dau. of Richard Whitfield. 30 March.

[Register goes on, no break.]

1782 John, son of John & Sarah Kenrick. Was baptized 11 August, by Rev. Francis Boult.

Mr. Jenkins.

1783 Edward Muckleston, s. of Thomas & Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, at Whitchurch. 4 January.
" Lydia, dau. of Ben. & Hannah Hibly. 23 February.
" Sarah, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick. Bap. 31 August by T. Jenkins.
" George, s. of Thomas & Elizabeth Kirkpatrick. 2 December.
1784 Samuel, s. of John & Martha Bickley. 20 July.
1785 Mary, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick. Bap. 17 March by Thos. Jenkins.
" Thomas, s. of Rowland & Sarah Bickley. 10 July by T.J.

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1785 Mary, dau. of John & Mary Swanwick. 7 August, T.J.
1786 Martha, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick (b. 18 October). Bap. 18 November, Thos. Jenkins, P.D.M.
" Sarah, dau. of John & Mary Huxley (b. 9 July), Whitchurch. 25 November.
1787 John Bickley, s. of John & Martha Bickley (b. 16 December 1786), of Heath Grove, p. of Whitchurch. 5 January, pr.
1788 Elizabeth, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick (b. 15 March). 8 April.
1789 Martha, dau. of John & Martha Bickley (b. 10 August), of Heath Grove. 24 September.
" Lydia, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick (b. 25 August). 8 October.
1790 Philip, s. of Isaac & Jane Bickley (b. 5 June; was buried 31 January 1796). 31 June [sic] by T. Jenkins.
" Samuel Savage, s. of John & Sarah Kenrick (b. 25 October). 25 November.
1791 Eliza Ann, dau. of Thomas & Elizabeth Kirkpatrick (b. 6 August). 14 February.
" John, s. of John & Margaret Edwards (b. 11 March). 19 March.
1792 Mary, dau. of John & Martha Bickley, (b. 24 December 1791), of Heath Grove. 25 January.
" Dorothy Quarrell, dau. of John & Sarah Kenrick (b. 6 April). 11 May.
" Mary, dau. of John & Margaret Edwards (b. 12 July). 5 August.
1793 John, s. of Isaac & Jane Bickley (b. 1 February). 21 February.
" John Forbes Enery, s. of Edward Freeman & Fidelia Anne Enery, of Ash (bap. 17 August, when about a fortnight old; buried 22 October 1793 by T.J.)
1794 Houlbrooke, s. of Richard & Catharine Grant (b. 4 January), of Wollerton. 20 February, ps. Hodnet.
" James, s. of John & Martha Bickley (b. 14 June), of Heath Grove. 28 June.

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[No break].

1800 Thomas, s. of Richard & Catherine Grant (b. 19 July). 31 July.
1801 John, s. of Richard & Catherine Grant, (b. 5 November), of Fieldhouse, near Drayton. 5 December.
1804 Maria, dau. of Richard & Catharine Grant (b. 22 April). 5 May.
1812 John Barclay, s. of Thomas & Mary Cutter (b. in the city of Chester 4 March). 20 May.
" Henry (b. 14 September 1808), Frederic (b. 1 October 1811), Frances Hulton (b. 17 April 1812), children of Joseph & Hannah Swanwick, Chester. 24 May.
" Francis (b. 22 April 1809), Mary (b. 16 November 1810), children of Thomas & Hannah Swanwick, Chester. 24 May.

[At the end of the book is:-]

A List of Communicants admitted by E. Keay since November, 1743.

Martha Griffiths, Richard Hinton, senr., November, 1743.
Martha Bickley, Mary Llewelin, Jane New Croke, Joseph Lea, February, 1744.
Thomas Bickerton, May, 1746.
Frances Clive, junr., Theodosia Keay, October, 1746.
Thomas Edwards, February, 1747.
John Ratcliff, junr., Sarah Ratcliff, 1748.
Sarah, wife of John Ratcliff, 1749.
Hannah & Ann Bickerton, May, 1749.
Ruth Morton, October, 1749.
Mary, wife of William Huxley; Anne, wife of Thomas Edwards, December, 1749.
Hugh Heatley, July, 1750.
Mary Fidian, February, 1751.
Mary Pratchitt, May, 1751
Philip & Isaac Ratcliff, April, 1752.
Deborah Ridgway, junr., January, 1753.
Mary & Ellen Gentleman, April, 1754.
Katherine Keay, November, 1757.
Humphrey Gregory, junr., Eliz. Gregory, Lydia & Eliz. Yate, December, 1757.

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Sarah Orton, May, 1759.
Eliz. Pratchit, June, 1759.
Anne Ratcliff, January, 1761. John & Eliz. Jones, June, 1761. John & Ann Bickley, March, 1762.

[End of list.]

[Here comes:-]

A List of Persons Buried at W'tchurch Chappel, by E. Keay.

Abigail Ellis, June 18, 1746.
Thomas Yate, junr., August 23, 1746.
Sarah Gentleman, 1747.
Mary & Samuel Minshall, March 26, 1748.
John Minshall, April 2, 1748.
Thomas Minshall, April 8, 1748.
Mary Swanwick, April, 1748.
Margery Keay & Mary Lea, May 3, 1748.
John Frail, May 21, 1748.
Elizabeth Lea, June 3, 1748.
Charles Potts, December 18, 1748.
Jane Newbrook, March 2, 1749.
Hannah Horton, December 6, 1749.
Widow Boyd (by Mr. Holland), July, 1750.
George Swanwick, July, [-]
Mary Poole, 1751.
Martha Gentleman (an infant), November 5, 1751.
Isaac Poole, January 20, 1752.
Margaret Groom, September 1, 1752.
John Farral, May 29, 1753.
Widow Meredith, August 21, 1753.
John Morton, September 6, 1753.
William Anderson (an infant), January 10, 1754.
Robert Oakley (an infant), June 18, 1754.
Anna Yate, of Dearnford, August 29, 1754.
William Anderson, January 30, 1755.
Ann Pratchit, February 6, 1755.
Mary Frail, May 18, 1756.
Benjamin Yate, Esq., October 16, 1756.
Elizabeth Yate, senr., December 31, 1756.
Lydia Yate, senr., January 7, 1757.

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Thomas Edwards (an infant), April, 1758.
Thomas Hurlestone (an infant), July 27, 1758.
Robert Gentleman, July 27, 1757.
Samuel Lee, January 13, 1759.
Mary Oakley, February 1, 1759.
Jane Bayley (dau. of Thomas Bayley), April 4, 1759.
Stephen Farral, June 28, 1759.
John Parry, February 2, 1760.
Sarah Evanson, October 17, 1760.
Jane Parry, June 29, 1760.
Constance Mary Yate, May 24, 1762.
Anna Yate, June 17, 1762.
Rebecca Minshall, wife of John Minshall, November 23, 1762.
Mary, wife of William Pratchitt, of Broughall, Nov. 30, 1762.
Minshal, 2nd son of John Minshal, of Tilstock Park, July 23, 1763.
T. Edwards, plumber, August 10
Elizabeth Benyon, February 11, 1765.
Mr. Thomas Yate, October 25, 1765.
Mr. John Alger, April 18, 1766.
Mrs. Elizabeth Yate, February 1, 1767.
Mrs. Hannah Keay, July, 1766 (by Mr. Boult).
- Bayley, wife of Thomas Bayley, February 4, 1768.
John, s. of Samuel Benyon, Esq., April 2, 1768.
Margaret Yate, March 5, 1769.
Grace Allen, December 19, 1770.
Sarah Hurlestone, March 9, 1771.
John Hassall, March 22, 1772.
Hannah Holt, September 3, 1772.
Mary Boyd, November 17, 1776.
William Alger, March it, 1777.
A list of persons buried at Whitchurch Chapel by Joseph Marriott, Minister.
Samuel Yate Benyon, Esq., April 13, 1822.

[End of all Entries in this Register.]

[At the end of the book, in the handwriting of the Rev. John Philp comes:-]

Extract from a common place book of the Rev. Thomas Jenkins, for several years minister of the present Unitarian Chapel in Dudington, Whitechurch.

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" A brief account of the congregation of Protestant dissenters meeting for the purpose of public worship at the old chapel at Dudington, Whitechurch.

" It was founded by that excellent man Mr. P. Henry. After his ejection from Worthenbury he retired to Broad Oak, near Whitechurch, where he erected a place of worship, and gathered together a pretty numerous congregation. This good man died in the year 1696, aged 65. To him succeeded Dr. Samuel Benyon, who, though a very young man, was eminently qualified to be a proper successor of Mr. P. Henry.

" In 1706 he removed to Shrewsbury to succeed the celebrated Mr. James Owen, who died in that year. Mr. Tallants being then far advanced in years, notwithstanding which he survived Dr. Benyon a few months - for the Dr. died in the prime and vigour of youth aged only 35. See his funeral sermon, with a short account of his life by Mr. M. Henry.

" As the greatest part of the congregation at the Broad Oak consisted of the Whitechurch people in the year 1706, the year in which Dr. Benyon left them;

" I find from a letter from Mr. Yate, of Danford, to Mr. M. Henry, they were building the chapel at Whitchurch; which when finished the congregation removed thither. But for some time after they continued to preach a monthly lecture at Broad Oak, till Mr. Warburton, who though the son of good Mr. M. Henry, was an enemy of all righteousness, ordered the pulpit to be pulled down.

" Dr. S. Benyon was succeeded by Mr. D. Benyon. I find it mentioned in Mr. M. Henry's life; the day that Mr. Henry heard of Mr. Tallant's death, which was in 1708, he was at Whitechurch engaged in the ordination of Mr. Benyon. The ordainers were Mr. Doughty, Mr. D. Jones, but of what place they were ministers I cannot find; Mr. Lawrence, of Nantwich, Mr. Jenkin Evans, of Oswestry, and Mr. Henry. See Mr. Henry's life. Mr. Benyon was at Whitchurch in the year 1724, but whether he died at Whitchurch or removed to another place I know not. (Mr. Benyon died at Bath 1st May 1725.) [This is a footnote, but in the same writing.]

" He was succeeded by Mr. Thomas Colthurst either in 1725 or 26, for I find him at Whitchurch in 1726. On October 30th 1728 he was ordained, the ordainers were Mr.

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Holland of Wem, Mr. Berry of Shrewsbury, Mr. Dobson, but of what place he was minister I know not; Mr. Kenrick of Wrexham, Mr. Venables, I believe of Oswestry. He removed from Whitchurch to Knutsford, but I know not in what year.

" With respect to the death of this good man, I find this account in Mr. Traill's diary, 27th January 1738-9. 'Being Saturday about 7 o'clock in the evening the faithful and eminent servant of God, the Rev. Mr. Thomas Colthurst departed this life, and made a glorious and happy exchange for a better and immortal life of happiness and glory.' Upon which he makes this pertinent and pious reflection.

" How awful and surprising is this Providence; his near and dear relations; his present and his late charge are deeply affected therewith. What good hope might they not indulge of receiving much benefit both from his ministerial labours and his amiable and excellent example ! But the Lord seeth not as man seeth; His ways are above our ways, and His thoughts above our thoughts, and whatever He doeth in heaven or in earth, is well and wisely done, and none dare say unto Him, what doest thou ?'

" In January 1739 I find from Mr. Traill's diary that Mr. King was settled at Whitchurch, who I think died rather a young man, but in what year I know not.

" I should have observed before, that in Mr. Benyon's time, viz. in the year 1716, the chapel was pulled down, this happened, according to the diary of Mrs. Savage, 15th July 1715,- by a high-church mob, as also those of Wem, Shrewsbury and Wrexham. The spirit of high-church has always been invariably the same, viz. that of intolerance and persecution.

" He was succeeded by Mr. Ebenezer Keay, who was one of the worthiest of men.

" He died in December 1779, having been minister of this congregation 40 years,- as expressed on the plate over his grave,- so that he must have been at Whitchurch sometime in the year 1739, of consequence Mr. King must have lived but a very little time among them.

" Mr. Keay was succeeded by Mr. Jones, who soon removed to Devizes, and from thence to Chudleigh in Devonshire, where he may be now in 1805 for anything I know.

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" Mr. Jones was succeeded by Mr. Thomas Rees, who after a very short residence at Whitchurch removed to Elland near Halifax in Yorkshire, but since went to America, where if living, I suppose he is still.

" Mr. Henry Procter succeeded him, who after a very short stay at Whitchurch removed to Evesham in Worcestershire, and from hence to Stafford.

" He was so unfortunate as to outlive his faculties, and is now a very pitiable object, only the ruins of a man."

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