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Eleanor KITCHEN, b1771
I'm looking for information on the origins of Eleanor KITCHEN, baptised at Auckland St Andrew on 25 December 1771 and the daughter of Thomas KITCHEN (sometimes KITCHING) and Ann.

Unfortunately there is some confusion over her parentage. Thomas married Ann WRANGHAM at Kirk Merrington in 1755, but the marriage appears to have been childless until 1768 when they suddenly started producing children, ie Mary (1768), Thomas (1769), Eleanor (1771 - 1818), Catherine (1776), Dorothy (1778 - 1864), Ralph (1782), Elizabeth (1782) and Martha (1785).

Ann supposedly died at Auckland St Andrew in 1826. However, I suspect that Ann WRANGHAM died sometime before 1766 and that Thomas then married another woman named Ann who was actually the mother of the children. I am descended from Eleanor and would like to establish exactly who her mother was as this is my direct mtDNA line.

Thomas and Ann WRANGHAM were married by licence, and the marriage allegation gives their ages in 1755 as 30, so both were born c1725. This makes it even more unlikely (if not impossible) for Ann W to have been the mother of the above children as she would have been 43 when she started and 60 when she finished. Any suggestions or leads about a possible burial of Ann W between 1755 and 1767, or of a putative second marriage of Thomas KITCHEN to Ann mk 2 would be much appreciated!

Posted: 2021
Bishop Auckland, County Durham


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