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High Bickington Parish Burial Records
The following pages list the Parish Burial Records for High Bickington between 1813 and 1879.
Hopefully these records will be of interest to anyone researching their family history as well as for the lay observer. The records are set out in a yearly basis so if you are looking for a particular family name it is recommended you use the search facility on the opening screen which should give a list of all records containing a particular surname on the site.
On first inspection one might wonder what use such records can be to anyone not researching their family history, but on further inspection one will start to find questions poping into your head. for example one should wonder why there were so many child deaths in 1874. Seven of the thirteen death records for this year are for young children, six occurring between 1st February and 30th march with a further record in August. Was there perhaps an outbreak of disease and if so what was it, flu or meningitis perhaps? Perhaps with some further investigation we will be able to give you the answers to this and other such questions that arise from these records. 1874 was a bad year for the Squire family in particular who suffered two child deaths, Charlotte aged 3 and Edmund 6 days later aged 11 months.
The following year, 1875, saw child deaths reduced to three out of twelve deaths. the Alford family suffered greatest in this year with 25% of the years deaths falling in their household. Ann Alford was first to die in March aged 53 followed by Mary in October aged 8 and 6 days later Henry died aged 63. Assuming Ann was Henry's wife and mother to Mary, perhaps the latter were unable to cope following the death of the woman of the house?
Select a link below to view the Parish burial record for that year