|St Mary's church, Bures St Mary|
As was common at this time, the marriage record makes no mention of her parents' names. After their marriage, James and Sarah lived in Wormingford, not far from Bures, but across the River Stour in Essex.
It seems likely that Sarah was born in Bures St Mary, since that was where she married. There were at least four Sarah Baldwins born within 20 miles of the Suffolk-Essex border between 1800 and 1811, but only one was born in 1806, and she was born in Bures.
She was the daughter of Samuel Baldwin and his wife Mary. They were the only couple named Baldwin producing children in Bures St Mary in the early 1800s. In fact, they produced at least ten children there between 1805 and 1826. The minister recording their baptisms helpfully noted Mary's maiden name, Warren.
Samuel was most likely the son of James Baldwin and his wife, Philadelphia Brewster. He (ie Samuel) was baptised in 1784 in Little Cornard, a village just a couple of miles north west of Bures St Mary. Again, there are other Samuel Baldwins born in the same area around the same time, but this one fits the facts best.
James Baldwin died in Little Cornard in 1831, and his burial record indicates that he was born in 1751, so he lived to a good age. I haven't been able to find out where he was born or who his parents were.
|All Saints Church, Little Cornard|
Here the history becomes mystery. The only marriage I can find for anyone named Ambrose and Thomasen (or one of the many variations on the spelling of that name) around this time took place in Westminster, London, in 1739. Ambrose Berry married a widow named Tomson Lucas in what was described as a clandestine marriage. Such marriages were carried out without the usual banns being read in the couple's home church, and were often performed by clergy located in prisons or other institutions.
It looked as though there could be an interesting story emerging here. The timing of the marriage fitted with the information I had. Perhaps Ambrose had used a false name for some reason. But a bit more digging showed that Ambrose Berry died in Shadwell, Tower Hamlets in November 1741 and Tomson Berry, of the same address, remarried in April 1742, so they are obviously not the couple I was looking for.