Letter from William Walrond to Sir John Portman at Orchard concerning the release
of Thomas Owen of Milverton from his bond; his child by Anne Floudde at Loxbeare,
Devon having been buried at Rackenford 12th Oct 1609.
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Rackenford PR 1,2
Burial entry in the Rackenford Parish Register for Marie the daughter of Anne Floode.
What’s the bigger picture
From the parish record we learn that the child referred to was named Mary, we do
not know how old she was but she was not an infant. Mary was probably born after
1601 when the Poor Law was introduced which would have given the church greater power
to issue Thomas with a bond for the upkeep of the child. The letter states that Thomas
comes from Milverton it is difficult to know if he was born there.
Can we find a candidate for Thomas? This is fraught with danger but if I choose the
wrong man what can he do?
From the Milverton records we find Thomas Owen & Ellinor Daye were married on the
18th February 1594. If this is the same Thomas it would be a reason why he did not
marry Ann Flood. There is no record of Thomas’s baptism at Milverton but, certainly,
Ellinor and probably Thomas are buried at Milverton.
These events occurred 400 years ago there could be more information, as yet undiscovered,
to help complete the story.