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Megan Report 12 Dec 2013 13:26

Hi, Have managed to trace the Brunt family right back to about 1760 (rough guess when Henry Brunt was born, based on death cert), but struggling to find information - that is readable) previous to that date!?

Any suggestions please. The family has been located in Bristol, and with the bombing during the second world war, I'm just afraid documents may be lost!!


safc Report 12 Dec 2013 13:36


County Somerset
Place Ubley
Church St Bartholomew
BaptismDate 22 Mar 1767
Forename Henery
Sex M
FatherForename Henery
MotherForename Ann
FatherSurname BRUNT
FileNumber 13295


Megan Report 12 Dec 2013 13:44

ooh, that looks promising, where did you find it!?


safc Report 12 Dec 2013 13:48


County Somerset
Place Rowberrow
Church St Michael
MarriageDate 01 Jun 1761
GroomForename Henry
GroomSurname BRUNT
GroomParish Otp
BrideForename Anne
BrideSurname STEPHENS
BrideParish Otp
WitnessOneForename John
WitnessOneSurname YOUNG
WitnessTwoForename Samuel
WitnessTwoSurname PALMER
FileNumber 12955


Margee Report 12 Dec 2013 14:54

A tree on Ancestry says that his parents were Henry Brunt (-1780) and Ann (-1793).

Siblings were James, 1765, Ann, 1769, Hannah, 1771, William, 1778 and John, 1780.


Margee Report 12 Dec 2013 14:59

Another tree says that his mother was Ann Stephens born 1734 and father Henry was born 1745. (Unusual for husband to be 11 years younger than wife.)


safc Report 12 Dec 2013 15:19

County Somerset
Place Shipham
Church St Leonard
BaptismDate 06 Jul 1760
Forename Henry
Sex -
FatherForename Henry
MotherForename Mary
FatherSurname BRUNT
MotherSurname BRUNT
FileNumber 13340


Inky1 Report 12 Dec 2013 18:43

Have you been to the Records Office??

BRISTOL RECORD OFFICE: What does it keep?
In our air-conditioned strongrooms we keep thousands of documents which help to form a picture of Bristol's past. We have:
• records of Bristol City Council from around 1189 to the present day, including minutes of committees, apprenticeship and burgess registers, maps and plans of the city (even plans of individual buildings, 1852-1947).
• records of the Diocese of Bristol from 1542 to the present day (which include wills up to the 1940s, marriage licence documents and tithe maps - large scale parish plans showing the owners and occupiers of land in the mid 19th century).
• records of the parishes in the Archdeaconry of Bristol from around 1140 to the present day (which include registers of baptisms, marriages and burials - some from as early as 1538).
• records of courts and hospitals, ships and their crews.
• records of individuals (letters and diaries), businesses (eg WD & HO Wills, JS Fry and Sons), trade unions, schools, societies, charities, landed estates (eg Smyth of Ashton Court, Harford of Blaise Castle), churches and chapels (eg Methodist, Baptist and Roman Catholic).
and much much more besides!


Inky1 Report 12 Dec 2013 19:08

Note that the Bristol Record Office mention 1538. This was the year that registers were introduced by Cromwell. Thus, for most of us (ie non-Royals, etc…), there will be hardly any written details prior to that year.

Not many register sheets dating from 1538 have survived - anywhere. But it seems that you could be lucky with Bristol.

If you are only searching online, bear in mind that LDS do not have complete films of all churches. And that their transcription process is ongoing. Presently, they have more films than what anyone can find online.


Cynthia Report 13 Dec 2013 11:38

Hello Megan,

If you haven't already found it, the following site is free and widely used by members on here.

There are also some Somerset parishes to be found on this link: