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Martha Kennell nee Bunting, c1803-1853

Can anyone help me trace Martha's ancestry, please?  She was born at Watford NTH (adjacent to Long Buckby, a known Bunting "hub") about 1803 according to the 1851 census, and marrried my great-great-grandfather James Kennell (aka Kinning, Kenning) at Piddington NTH on 24.10.1825.  She had been baptised as an adult at Piddington on 22.2.1825, parents Joseph (labourer) and Mary Bunting of Hackleton (then part of Piddington parish).  Although James' abode was given as Daventry NTH, he was a native of Long Buckby and the couple were back there by 1828, some of their children being baptised at the parish church and others at the Independent church.  James died of consumption in 1845, and the 1851 Long Buckby census states Martha to be a pauper working as a shoe-binder.  After James' death, she appears to have joined the Baptist church in Long Buckby.  She died of enteritis aged 50 on 15.12.1853.

I cannot find any matches on the trees, particularly KEN New Romney which I believe encompasses most of the Long Buckby Buntings. She is clearly not the Martha (1379) born 1797 at East Haddon NTH. Neither Joseph (1260) m Mary Kintch 1784 at Long Buckby nor Joseph (1388) m Martha Smith 1808 at Watford appear to be her father. Nor is it clear why Martha and her parents were living at Piddington / Hackleton; there do not seem to be any previous Buntings resident there and the villages aren't particularly close to Long Buckby and Watford. They are however not far from Newport Pagnell BKM, where Joseph (1388) and Martha appear to have moved, their children being baptised there in one of the Independent churches between 1808 and 1825. Could there be a connection here?

Any information about this most elusive ancestor would be welcome!

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Martha Kennell nee Bunting, c1803-1853
Authored by: Jerry Green on 01:59PM BST - Friday, 26 October 2012


I can only see one Joseph, who's wife was Mary, who might fit. Go into family trees and search for I260. I have a similat problem to you, my Great Grandfather Bunting got baptised at the same time as his son. Long Buckby Baptist church records don't help.

Jerry Green Society Webmaster.
Martha Kennell nee Bunting, c1803-1853
Authored by: Richard C Kennell on 10:15PM GMT - Sunday, 28 October 2012


Thanks for this and the earlier comment.  Martha's surmame is given as "Kennell, formerly Bunting" on the 1840 birth certificate of a daughter; I did wonder whether Bunting was her maiden surname but her baptism in 1825 says her parents are Joseph and Mary Bunting.  The Piddington marriage register doesn't help as it doesn't say whether Martha was a spinster.

I will see if there is anything more to be unearthed about Joseph (1260) and Mary; I suppose it depends on finding ot whether they had further children other than those currently recorded on KEN New Romney.  If they did move to Hackleton or Piddington, then the reason is not obvious.

The Northants Record Office does have a register containing some details of the early Baptist congregation at Long Buckby, though it is far from complete.   I didn't know of its existence until quite recently.  It does however mention Martha's baptism and death in one of the membership lists.

Martha Kennell nee Bunting, c1803-1853
Authored by: Jerry Green on 02:09PM BST - Friday, 26 October 2012

 What evidence have you got for her parents living in Piddington? Was she definitely a spinster when she got married?

Jerry Green Society Webmaster.

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