K-Furrian marriage 1780

Our  Kingsley ancestors came from Pirton near Hitchin and it is generally agreed that we are definitely descended from John Kingsley and Mary Furrian who were married there in 1780.  During 2017 this was confirmed by DNA tests.

For research prior to their marriage see this page

Mary Furrian’s parents and siblings

Mary Furrian’s baptism was probably in Pirton on 23 May 1760, daughter of Thomas and Ruth and sister of Thomas (1755) and Fanny (1772). By then the Furrian family had lived in Pirton for a couple of generations, but no sign Thomas’ baptism in the available records.

The question is where is the baptismal record of John Kingsley? If it has survived.  They were married in Mary’s home parish of Pirton.  There is a gravestone in Pirton churchyard for John Kingsley

John and Mary’s family

John and Mary had thirteen offspring with twelve of them being mentioned in John’s 1837 will.

  • John bapt. 29 Apr 1781 “Elder son” … “Peggy Kingsley his wife”
  • George bapt. 8 November 1782 “…the children of my late son George”
  • James bapt. 13 May 1784 “my children … James”
  • Mary born 29 September 1785, bapt. 16 July 1786 “my children … Mary”
  • Thomas Furian born 27 July 1787, bapt. 10 October 1789 “my children …  Thomas”
  • William born 7 June, bapt. 10 October 1789 “the children of my late son William”
  • Sarah born 23 December 1790, bapt. 28 March 1793 “my children … Sarah”
  • Frances born 25 July 1792, bapt. 28 March 1793 “my deceased children … Frances such grand children ..”
  • Charles born 1 October 1793, bapt. 23 July 1795. “My son” and one of John’s executors.
  • Jeremiah born 12 May 1795, bapt. 23 July 1795,  buried 16 October 1796
  • Charlotte born 22 December 1797, bapt. 30 July 1802. “My daughter .. wife of John Griffin”
  • Jesse born 8 December 1799, bapt. 30 July 1802. “My son .. and Sarah, his wife”
  • Joseph born 15 April 1802, bapt. 30 July 1802. “My son”

Also in the will: “grandson John Thrussell” and “granddaughter Peggy Kingsley now living with me”

Sources: Frances only in family search and John’s will.  Others also in Pirton Local History Group website and ancestry.co.uk.