So Ari now has a new baby sister, Eva Rose Gwendoline, and of course all of these people are her ancestors too. I think she is going to have her own blog, once I’ve found an alliterative name for it 🙂

One of Ari and Eva’s 7x great-grandfathers was a yeoman, Francis Poole, born in Oddingley, Worcestershire in about 1745, the father of Betty. I haven’t found his baptism yet, but he had a brother John (baptised in 1741) and a sister Mary (baptised in 1745), both in Oddingley.

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The font at St James, Oddingley

Francis married twice. The first marriage was to Frances Hardwick, who died in May 1769. Unfortunately the marriage record only gives the day and month, not the year.

The second time was on 18 September 1770, to Elizabeth Colley, at St James in Oddingley.

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Flowers in the porch, St James, Oddingley

Francis died in Oddingley in 1802, and left a will (proved 14 August 1802) which I obtained from the Worcestershire Archives. This helped me piece together lots of family information.

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He mentions the cottage, land and orchard that he is leaving to his son John. He mentions his daughters, Ann (the widow of Thomas Garfield), and Sarah (the wife of Thomas Trimnell). He also mentions his wife Elizabeth.

He mentions Betty in three places:

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One of the executors of the will was the vicar, George Parker, first victim of the Oddingley Murders.

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Ari, this is how you are related to Francis Poole:

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