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Often on “Who do you think you are?” they follow the female line and find some interesting things.  I decided to do a search on the neglected females on various branches.  I made a list of them all – 24 women who’d married into different families on all sides.  The surnames were (in no particular order): Langdon, Facey, Penrose, Exel, Chariot, Poor, Barnett, Webb, Lee, Wright, Reynolds, Gooch, Cooper, Malam, Worads, Pratt, Heap, Potter, Clifford, Rogers, Wall, Harris, Sprigg and Milbourn.

Since I no longer subscribe to, I did the initial searches at  I also did Google searches to see if any of them appeared on others’ family trees.

Eleanor Penrose was a success.  I found her christening in 1714 in Cornwall.  I also found a researcher’s family tree which gave her death and listed more of her children which I didn’t have.  The tree also listed her grandfather, Henry, so I’ve gone a generation back although there were no dates.

When I first discovered Sarah Lee, there was some question as to whether her surname could have been Allee or Alee.  I found nothing under the name Sarah Lee, but did find a Sarah Alee, daughter of Richard, christened in 1758 in Whitchurch, Hampshire, which fits.

I found the christening of Sarah Heap in 1789 in Derbyshire.  Her parents were Edward and Elizabeth.  Another generation back.  Fantastic.

I found the possible christening of Hannah Wright in Suffolk in 1825 but am not certain so have made a note of it but not added it to my tree.

I found the likely christening (and parents) of Sarah Wall in 1759 in Shropshire.  I need to confirm that.

While looking for Elizabeth Malam, I found her marriage date to Matthew Darlington in 1829 in Cheshire, which I didn’t have before.  I didn’t find Elizabeth’s christening, but I did find Matthew’s and his parents.  Brilliant.  Will have to follow this up too.

I tried in vain to find the surname “Worads” which I had got from a Genes Reunited family tree.  It had always seemed wrong, so I searched for the marriage of her husband, William Pratt and found Mary Worrad.  They married in 1796 in Leicestershire. Much better.  A myheritage tree had the correct surname with slightly different dates.  It also listed her parents as William and Ann.  I always note where I get the information and whether it’s been confirmed yet, so something to follow up, perhaps.

I found the christening of Mary Milbourn in 1773 in Suffolk.  Her parents were John and Rebecca.  Yay!

Finally, I searched for Anne Sprigg, who married Vivian Stevens.  I found a christening for her in 1685 in St Ives, Cornwall, with her father listed as Thomas.  I then did a Google search and found a large family tree of Spriggs, including Anne and Thomas, then going back several generations to David Sprigg, born before 1505!  I was astounded.  Some of the details on the tree I found on familysearch, but obviously I’d want to verify it.  The information came from another Sprigg researcher who got it from a book.  No idea what the book is.  However, the family tree had put birth places of some of them as Bodwin instead of Bodmin, so would need to check details (if I ever have the time).  This last search was the most incredible.  Before, I was happy to get back to the 1600s, but then to discover back to the 1500s and possibly 1400s is just amazing!

When looking for possible parents of these women, I looked at what their children were called and if the parents’ names appeared among the children it was likely they were named after grandparents.  When the names didn’t appear at all, it seemed unlikely they were the ones I was looking for.

I had no luck with the rest of the women.  For some there were too many results and I had nothing more to go on to narrow the search down.

What a day (and it certainly took most of the day)!  I hadn’t intended doing any genealogical research this morning but had just watched an episode of WDYTYA and wondered about those neglected women.  It was worth doing.  I came away with a lot.