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Re: Thomas Coles
Posted by John Avery on 18/1/2017, 9:44 am, in reply to "Thomas Coles
Research in this early era is largely guesswork. Yes reasonable to guess a man born in 1693 married in 1719 once you have ruled out  any other Coles living in the parish or was a sojouner  a cousin of the same name and age range  an older Thomas Coles [a widower] - say the father of 'your' man re marrying. The index available on Genuki http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/DEV/Churchstanton/MarChu_C
shows that there many Coles names in the parish so a fair chance that they were inter-related. However this excellent index shows the transcription by Roy Parkhouse for the church of St Peter and St Paul but there is always a possiblty of the family being non conformists and baptisms recorded in NC registers so there could be even more Coles families. It is just possible if you were able to check the original burial records in Somerset Record Office rather than an index the entries for the burials in 1749 and/or 1785 might
show 'husband of' or similar. Otherwise there is no real chance of differentiating between the two.