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    I thought the Will on the National Archives for Nicholas was for 1739 and ordered it, but it turned out to be the 1704 one. This is fine as I am pretty sure he was the father of the later Nicholas. At this stage it has given me the names of his children and three grandchildren, and that he was a Carpenter. All very useful information.
    I sent an email to Bristol Archives asking what I needed to do to order the Thomas Taylor Will of 1754 but will now also order the 1739 Nicholas Will. I received a reply from Bristol Archives that they would get back to me within two weeks! I'm not sure if there is a quicker way of ordering. I haven't ordered anything from them before. Hopefully these Wills will confirm the parents of Thomas Taylor (1713) and indeed if the 1754 Will is his.
    I haven't yet got round to transcribing the Will I have received but when I do I am happy to share it with anyone who might have an interest.
    Thanks for your help Janet
    Mary

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    Fingers crossed for you Mary.

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    I am now impatiently waiting to hear back from Bristol Archives!

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    Hi Everyone - just to keep you up to date. I eventually received the two Wills from Bristol. The 1739 Will was a poor copy and difficult to read but I was able to ascertain names and relationships which was great. From there I discovered a whole world of my 'Quaker Family' in Bristol which has been a very interesting exercise. I have discovered that the brother of my 7 x great Grandfather Samuel Hollister, was Dennis Hollister, a leading light in Quakers in Bristol. He had also been an MP in Cromwell's 'Barebones' Parliament. His granddaughter, Hannah Callowhill was William Penn's second wife. She was obviously a very intelligent woman and effectively administered the Province of Pennsylvania for six years after her husband suffered a serious of strokes. One hundred and twenty five Quakers were imprisoned in Bristol, including Dennis I haven't researched that part properly yet. So many thanks to everyone for their help in my search.
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    Great result for you, Mary, and thank you for letting us know the outcome. Now you have a whole new "world" to discover as you say.

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    Funnily, I have found just the opposite and it gave me some confusion until I saw the pattern. Certainly, within my family tree, I see the use of the same name frequently where an earlier child has died and a subsequent child has received the same name.

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