Its been a bit of a challenge this month getting my blog written. I have been doing some research on the Langley line. They are currently holding my interest. Going back through my mitochondrial DNA
me —-> Dorothy Ada Dougherty—-> Ada Richmal Heap —-> Ada Jane Booth —-> Ada Jane Jones —-> Jane Langley —-> Mary (?).
Who was Mary? That was my starting question. The real connection to her daughter only occurred this past year. See my earlier blog on Jane Langley. That was the key to the Langley’s but if I want to trace the mitochondrial I need to do a little more sleuthing. So I started researching Edward Langley, Mary’s husband and Jane’s father. All the baptismal records that I have found to date for Edward and Mary’s children list the parents as “Edward Langley and his wife Mary.” No clue there. All the baptisms, including my 3x great grandmother Jane, take place in Coleshill Warwickshire England. So who was Edward.
Edward Langley was born about 1763. There is a baptism for a Edward Langley son of Thomas Langley and Mary his wife on March 16th 1764 in Over Whitacre, Warwickshire England. Over Whitacre is only about 4 miles from Coleshill so a very real possibility.
I located a marriage by banns for an Edward Langley and a Mary Jones dated 25 April 1791. Both of the parish St. Martin Birmingham. St. Martins is only about nine miles from Coleshill. and approximately 13 miles from Over Whitacre.
I need to verify that this is Jane’s father and mother.
Edward and Mary are shown as the parents of Jane born 1814 in Coleshill. That is pretty late in life, Edward is 51 and Mary would be 48. The children baptized in this parish to Edward and Mary Langley are: 1795 Edward ,5 April 1799 Myra, 1801 Elizabeth, 1804 Mary, and 1808 John. Thomas, Edward and Mary’s son, is shown as being buried in Sept of 1796. I have just found a baptism for Thomas 8 April 1792. If he is their first born son he may have been named for Edward’s father. If Thomas is their first born then the marriage in 1791 may well be Jane’s parents. John also died in childhood only living for 18 months. From 1805 thru 1828 we can see that Edward Langley is working as a Mason/ Bricklayer in Coleshill.
Edward and Mary Langley are both buried in St. Peter and St. Paul Parish church in Coleshill along with four of their children Edward, Thomas, John and Myra.
Edward Langley died 11 April 1834 and Mary Langley dies in 1843. Luckily Mary’s death is after the national registration of BMD in England so I have sent for a copy of this. Not sure if I will learn anything new but am looking forward to its arrival.