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Seax - Essex Archives online

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jax Report 29 Aug 2013 03:01

I am thinking about taking out a short sub for this site. Can anyone tell me whether it is easy to use or not

I have taken a look and it asks which church....well I don't know the answer to that , so will I have to look through all of them for that parish?

The areas I am interested in are Cranham,Grays, Hatfield Broad Oak & surrounding areas plus Wathamstow (not expecting much from this one)



wisechild Report 29 Aug 2013 07:57

I used it quite a bit when it was free & found some of the things I was looking for.
Haven´t tried since it went to subscription.


Kense Report 29 Aug 2013 09:03

Jax, before you take out a subscription look through the indexes for each of the churches. Usually there is one long established church and others are either nonconformist or modern churches (late 19th or 20th century).

Make sure that the records say Digital Images. The other items require a visit to the ERO searchroom.

I think that most of the Walthamstow ones are not held by SEAX although there are microfiches available at the Essex Record office.

EDIT 2014-02-06 They are now.

For Hatfield Broad Oak, St Mary Virgin is the one with most of the records.

The site is easy enough to use, the main problem is in getting to the image you want if, say, you are looking for an event on a particular date. Some mental arithmetic comes in handy in homing on to the right image.

For pre 19th century records it becomes more difficult as BMDs are sometimes separated and sometimes interleaved but if you are just browsing then that shouldn't be a problem.

You can download the items you are interested in.


jax Report 29 Aug 2013 11:45

Thanks for that

Walthamstow is where all the gt grandparents ended up by 1900 so not interested in as much.

I noticed Cranham only had one church so may find something with that side of the family


jax Report 29 Aug 2013 13:33

I decided to just try it for the day for £5 and so far have found 3x gt grandfathers baptism, really wanted his marriage but doesn't look like they married in Cranham although both sides say they were born there :-(


Amanda, Report 29 Aug 2013 18:56

Hi Jax,

I am using it quite a lot at the moment so if you don't have any luck today and you would like to give me some details I can have a look for you.

Kind regards


jax Report 29 Aug 2013 20:25

Thanks Amanda

The one I am stuck on is the marriage of Robert Kent born 1813 Cranham to a Mary Ann ? also of Cranham...they started having children in 1832 twins also baptised Cranham....I am beginning to think they did not marry now, she was possibly 5 years older than him born approx. 1808

Looks like I will have to purchase one of the younger childrens birth certs instead

There is a marriage in 1827 to a Charlotte, but that could be his fathers 2nd marriage


Amanda, Report 29 Aug 2013 22:10

Hi Jax,

I'll have a look around the other Parishes that are close by over the weekend.

Not sure how much info you have got today but:

I agree that Charlotte is his father's 2nd wife as the dates fit with Robert Snr's Burial but Charlotte then married James Gates in 1831, she has 2 Kent children with them in 1841 but she must have been much younger than him

Kind regards


Kense Report 29 Aug 2013 22:44

It is possible that they went to another parish if they wanted a quick wedding. Some London churches were noted for not being too fussy about residential qualifications.

Had a quick look on Ancestry but the nearest was Robert Kent and Mary Ann Grievison married at Clapham on 28 Dec 1833 (mistranscribed as 1834). The witnesses were both surnamed Giles.


jax Report 29 Aug 2013 23:11

Yeah It looks like Charlotte was Robert seniors 3rd wife (at least) as he was a widower when he married Ann in 1802

Charlotte had one son with Robert plus an illigit son in 1825....maybe I will need a longer sub now :-D

They may have gone to London to marry if he was only 18 when the twins were born...but both parents were dead by then so would he have needed permission?

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 30 Aug 2013 07:39

(above link, £3.36 to download)

Description:Will of Robert Kent, Carter of Cranham Essex
Date: 02 June 1829

(if any use Jax, saw above, Father)

Chris :)


jax Report 30 Aug 2013 12:09

Thanks Chris I may do that,doubt whether he had much though

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 30 Aug 2013 13:53

(from google, looks to relate)

The "Thatched House"
In 1829 it was inherited by Richard Boram from his father, Robert Kent...

Chris :)


jax Report 30 Aug 2013 14:40

That's interesting Chris...A pub.. I have been hoping to find an ancestor with one of those as that was my profession for many years.

I went to school in Hornchurch so know the area fairly well, HID works in Ockendon but he is useless when I asked him about the area, being a scouser.

Wonder who this Richard Boram is?? I have a son called Francis Boreham illigit son of Charlotte and also a son Henry who was born just before Robert died. I see it was sold onto James Gates who was either Charlottes 2nd husband or son??

Will have to download this will now, wonder if my poor 3 x gt grandfather got left anything?


Amanda, Report 30 Aug 2013 18:36

Hi Jax,

Well that was a bit of luck, 2nd Parish I looked in and I have your Marriage in Hornchurch in 1832.

I will send you a message with the image and I hope it works!

Kind regards


jax Report 30 Aug 2013 19:03

That's wonderful, thanks Amanda

I seem to remember St Andrews church being the sort of church I would have loved to have got married in if I was religious :-)

The name Lazell popped up a bit when I was looking through the Cranham registers.

Thanks again <3

Edit - They cut it a bit fine getting married in September...their twins were baptised the following month :-D


jax Report 31 Aug 2013 13:18

I have downloaded the will and it seems the sons name was Francis Boreham not Richard not that I have yet worked out what was left to who, or why this son got the house when the were 4 other sons and two daughters The wife got some pillows, blankets and table and two chairs (that was good of him) :-D and other children were mentioned that I had not come across, maybe children of first marriage??

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 31 Aug 2013 17:08

Lol Jax, usually the way with Wills, answer some questions, and create more!...

KENT, James Head Married M 42 1809 Labourer
Cranham, Essex
KENT, Mary Wife Married F 40 1811 Labourer Wife
KENT, John Son Unmarried M 13 1838 Labourer Son
Cranham, Essex
KENT, Mary Daughter F 11 1840 Labourer Daughter
Cranham, Essex
KENT, Alfred Son M 8 1843 Labourer Son
Cranham, Essex
KENT, James Son M 5 1846 Labourer Son
Cranham, Essex
BOREHAM, Francis Lodger Unmarried M 25 1826 Labourer
Cranham, Essex
GATES, James Lodger Unmarried M 19 1832 Labourer
Cranham, Essex
Piece: 1772
Folio: 812
Page: 18
Registration District: Romford
Civil Parish: Cranham
Municipal Borough:
Address: Kent's Cottage, Cranham
County: Essex

Marriage, if them)
Full First name:Anne
Supplied First Name:An
Spouse Surname:KENT
Spouse Full First name:Robert
Spouse First Name:Rob
Record source:Boyd's Marriage Index 1538-1840

First name(s): Ann
Last name: KENT
Date of burial 4 Oct 1822
Age at death: 47
Calculated year of birth: 1775
Place of burial Cranham
Dedication: All Saints
County: Essex
Cranham All Saints:
Denomination: Anglican
Coverage 1558 - 1938

(shame FMP doesn't have Baptisms!)

Chris :)


jax Report 31 Aug 2013 17:30

Chris I have already added those but thanks anyway and have now decided to take out a months sub for Seax to find these other children of Robert and maybe a bit more

I have a James, Robert and a Henry (who died aged 10) with wife Ann

Francis (Boreham) Kent and another Henry with wife Charlotte

Plus now with the will there is also a William, Ann and Mary...not sure where they came from or with to look at Hornchurch now as they don't seem to be from Cranham

That 1851 census James kent and Francis Boreham are half brothers and James Gates is also a half brother to Francis who I think he sold the Thatched house to for £75 so all rather interesting

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 31 Aug 2013 18:21

Get crackin' Jax month soon goes, lol...

(Deeds below, Seax)

Repository: Essex Record Office
Level: Category Estate and Family records
Level: Sub-Fonds DEEDS
Level: Item Deeds of Thatched House, Cranham
Reference Code: D/DCh T10
Dates of Creation: 1829-1857
Extent: 10
Title: Deeds of Thatched House, Cranham
Date From: 1829
Date To: 1857

Chris :)