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27-02-2010, 9:35 AM
Forgive my ignorance. I have copies of Wiltshire Parish Records. On a birth entry why would details of a relative be shown as well as/rather than the parents
27-02-2010, 9:41 AM
Hi Eric, which parish is it and what does the transcript say?
27-02-2010, 10:07 AM
Is it a transcript or a photographic/digital reproduction?
If you think it might help, please also include adjacent entries.
27-02-2010, 1:31 PM
Its a photographic reproduction-I think. The entry is for birth of Moses Ponton 1809 in Warminster. Alongside it does not give parent details but only says Relative :Willis Shimming
27-02-2010, 1:56 PM
Possibly the child was orphaned/abandoned, maybe Willis Shimming adopted him, maybe the parent(s) were working elsewhere??
27-02-2010, 2:55 PM
Might be a good idea to check for any Ponton to a Shimming marriage. Not making any promises but William Shimming could have been an uncle, perhaps the mothers brother.
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