Carrie_Brown , from Australian living in New Zealand, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2014.
There is a family tree on Ancestry that says his parents were Thomas Bottle b 1771 Somerset, and Ann Lewis b 1781 Somerset. They married in 1799 in Wincanton. This should give you something to go on but obviously needs checking.
Thank you for that.
In fact it was that listing which made me ask for confirmation of those parents.
I have not been able to link them with my Thomas Bottle.
I've tried Rootsweb, Family Research (Mormons),Ancestry, etc.
The fact that we are looking at an earlier date (prior to 1850's) makes it harder to
Hi I am Richard Castle a volunteer for www.gravestonephotos.com. it is possible to trace the Somerset branch of the Bottles through wwww.familysearch.com/search (Mormans Site) back to at least 1672. If you do a wide search like just the Surname then Residence - Somerset- date range 1500 -1600 then update 1600-1800 you should see these results. You would get a Country wide result by just entering Bottle England -Worldwide just Bottle
Note the spelling varies at the earlier date -in Wincanton "Bostle" It is not a local Somerset name there is a cluster in Bath and your family in Wincanton. For example I have photographed the monuments in about 30 grveyards in North Somerset and not one Bottle.
There is a larger cluster in Kent around the Maidstone area eg St Johns Parish Harriettsham. So it could be a name from the South East. In the North of England you get places like Harbottle.
My interest is co-incidental. I come from a town in Kent called Sevenoaks. There is a road that links the railway station with main road through the town called officially St Botolphs Road. All the locals say "St Bottles" So your entry caught my eye.
The origin of the name is disputed, but Botolph as a Latin rendering of an early English forename is possible. (Botha?).
What an amazing response from Family Tree Circles members. Thank you all!
Thank you especially Richard.
I certainly will try out your suggestion about a wide search of Family Search.com.
I tried unsuccessfully, to use my limited knowledge of its system in the past but now we'll try again.
Hello again Richard.
I have tried many different ways of using the Family search site but find it extremely difficult to uncover pre 1837 births registered in Somerset, let alone in Wincanton.
As you say there are plenty listed in Kent etc.
Free BDM's don't help either, so do you have any suggestions please?
Hi Carrie I can do more searches if you like -there are a whole bunch of specialist sites out there. I am retired so have time. Just noted your surname this appears in my family tree on my Canadian/American side.
I will get back to you later.
Richard again if you let me have your email address I can send you results/records. I have now found over 600 records for Somerset a large number in Wincanton mainly C19th though.
I note that Thomas Bottle's child Mercia was Baptised in the Mill Sreet Independent Methodist Church. This might explain why earlier records do not show up. They would not be recorded in the Parish Registers as a matter of course. You would need to find the records for that particular Church but it has long closed. There was a Wesleyian Chapel almost next door also closed. If there are records they might be on line but otherwise most likely in the Somerset Record Office.
Out of interest a Thomas Bottle married a Sarah Browne in Kent in the C18th. I also noted a few of the Somerset Bottles were born in London.
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