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Fifield's of Box

 

Fifield's of Box

 

 1616 – Abbey Church consecrated and 1620 the restoration of the Abbey is completed.

Records in this set, Bath Abbey, start in 1614.

Marriage Robert Fifield Mary Brookeman

My attempt at transcription of the Parish Record found on Ancestry as Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812

The Contract of Marriage between Robert Fifield of the parish of Box of Wilts & Mary Brookeman of the parish of Batheaston, was published in the Market place of this City on 3 several Market days in 3 xxx on Wednesday 17th on Wednesday 24th of September and on the first of October 1656. } Robert Fifield & Mary Brookeman by Mr John Parse one of the Justices of the Peace for this City Married on the second day of October 1656 in presence of John Brookeman of xxx & William Fyfield of Box in the County of Wilts & me Curate Shepard.

     An inconsistency. Checking with other nearby entries, the days are clearly not Sundays, but do look like Wednesday, which could fit with Market Day. However, the day of the week using a Julian Date Calculator appears to be Sunday, but the Julian Calendar had already been replaced by 1656.

Gregorian calendar is the normal calendar we currently use to determine the date. Julian calendar was used from 46 B.C to 1582. It was replaced by the Gregorian calendar.

It was introduced in October 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII. It’s a modification of the Julian calendar, reducing the average year from 365.25 days to 365.2425 days. It shortened the calendar year by 0.0075 days in order to stop the drift of the calendar with respect to the equinoxes. To correct this drift caused by the Julian calendar, the date was advanced ten days in October 1582. Therefore, Friday 15 October 1582 followed Thursday 4 October 1582.

So I can use the Day of the Week Calculator I normally use. Unsurprisingly, still Sundays.

What is clear is that Robert Fifield married Mary Brookeman on the second day of October 1656, in the presence of William Fyfiels of Box and John Brookeman, presumably their respective fathers. Surname spelling seems to vary with time.

 


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