Dorset OPC Updates

Last Updated 12 December 2017

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OPC NEWS
Sue Merkle - Regretfully I have to advise that Sue passed away recently. Sue had fought a long battle with cancer and had been quite unwell for some time. Sue had been a long term supporter of the Dorset OPC Project (long before my involvement) and has provided invaluable help to researchers of Osmington and Poxwell. Sue will be greatly missed, and our condolences go to her family and friends. [18 April 2017].

Monumental Inscriptions Database - With three new files added for Fontmell Magna and Wimborne St Giles, the database now contains over 35000 entries. This is due to the hard work of many OPC volunteers, and of course the MI Database Co-ordinator, Mervyn Wright. If you are unfamiliar with the MI database, the files available online contain an index, and abbreviated details, the database maintained by Mervyn contains additional information, such as the inscriptions. Please contact Mervyn if you would like to discover more details about an entry that you find online here. Contact details are available on the Contacts Page.

Dorest PCC Admons - Kim Parker has now completed the mammoth task of not only indexing but also transcribing the PCC Admons for Dorset Residents (1559-1725). These are Admons granted by the PCC (which should mean that the individual had property in more than one parish, but it doesn't always work out like that). Not only are none of these PCC Admons already on the OPC site, but they are not available anywhere else online.. The Act Books are kept at the National Archives where they can be ordered to read in situ. They have not yet been indexed. Many thanks to Kim for this important and very helpful traanscription. The data has been split into five separate files, ordered by surname initial, A-C, D-I, J-P, R-T and U-Z.

OPCs - Bel Hounstout has volunteered to be OPC for Moor Crichel and its neighbour Witchampton. Bel is based in Dorset and already acts as admin for several Purbeck history based Facebook Groups. Welcome to Bel. Brian Longman has volunteered to be OPC for Hampreston, please welcome Brian. Victoria Gresham has volunteered to be OPC for Wimborne St Giles, a parish that has not previously had a dedicated OPC, a warm welcome to Victoria. Rachel Kent has decided to stand down as OPC for Dewlish, many thanks to Rachel for all of her help and contributions over the past years. Alex Nicole has resigned as OPC for Buckhorn Weston, many thanks to Alex for all of her help in the past. Theresa Rose has also volunteered to be the OPC for Burstock and Seaborough as well as Lyme Regis. Lyme has not been well covered in the past, so it is very encouraging that the town now has a dedicated OPC. Welcome Theresa. Ivan Gould has volunteered to be OPC for Coombe Keynes in addition to Wool and Winfrith Newburgh. Lyn Brown has decided to step down as OPC for Hinton Martell and Witchampton due to ill health. We wish Lyn well and thank her for her help in the last 18 months. If you are interested in volunteering to be an OPC please refer to the OPC Info page which is linked from the main index

Lookups - Unfortunately due to ill health Keith Searson will no longer be able to offer a look-up service at the Dorset History Centre for queries about parishes that do not have an OPC. I know many people have benefitted from Keith's valuable assistance in the past and we will miss this service. We wish Keith well in the future. Keith has advised that he will continue to act as OPC for Fleet and Langton Herring. Please note, Keith's email address (for Fleet and Langton Herring) has been changed.


December 2017 (238 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS

CENSUS
12th - Woolland 1911 Census [Godfrey Symes] (140 records added)

OTHER RECORDS
7th - Wills of 8 Poole residents (named Linthorne) [Thomas Cole] (98 records added)

PARISH PAGE

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
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Total number of individual records on site at end of November 2017 = 1,776,305

November 2017 (3266 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
25th - Wool Burials 1813-1894 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (798 records added)
11th - Wool Marriages 1813-1847 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (254 records added)
11th - Wool Marriages 1837-1921 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (608 records added)
9th - Loders Burials 1881-1900 [PR] [Jan Hibberd] (305 records added)
5th - Loders Baptisms 1700-1715 [PR] [Jan Hibberd] (224 records added)

CENSUS
25th - Stoke Wake 1911 Census [Godfrey Symes] (78 records added)
5th - Poxwell 1841 Census [Kim Parker] (94 records added)
4th - Osmington 1841 Census [Kim Parker] (467 records added)

OTHER RECORDS
28th - Fontmell Magna Protestation Returns 1641-2 [Chris Bellers] (Transcription corrected and names alphabetised, 25 records removed)
27th - Fontmell Magna Hearth Tax 1664 [Chris Bellers] (52 records added)
27th - Fontmell Magna Muster Rolls 1539, 1542 & 1569 [Chris Bellers] (136 records added)
27th - Fontmell Magna Lay Subsidy Rolls [Chris Bellers] (151 new records added)
27th - Fontmell Magna Church Goods 1552 [Chris Bellers] (7 records added)

PARISH PAGE

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
21st - Update to History of Christchurch West Fordington (Account of the life of Rev Eric James BODINGTON (1863-1929) MA - served as curate of Christ Church from 1886-1889 added)
19th - Significant update to Charles CHRISTOPHER (1700-1791) of Fordington (Many more descendants added including several families that emigrated to Australia.)
18th - Update to Fordington Strays File (1577-1926) (3 entries added, now totals 594 entries)
18th - Update to Dorchester Strays File (1597-1914) (4 entries added now totals 821 entries)
9th - Update to Fordington St George Burials 1866-1887 (109 Burials for 1886 to 1887 inc added - new total 1301 records)


Total number of individual records on site at end of October 2017 = 1,773,039

October 2017 (4606 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
19th - Chettle Marriages 1539-1850 [PR] [Kim Parker] (289 records added)
19th - Poxwell Baptisms 1674/5-1880 [PR] [Kim Parker] (377 records added)
19th - Poxwell Marriages 1675-1900 [PR] [Kim Parker] (143 records added)
19th - Poxwell Burials 1675-1965 [PR] [Kim Parker] (289 records added)
16th - Affpuddle Baptisms 1728-1812 [PR/BT] [Kim Parker] (901 records added)
16th - Affpuddle Marriages 1731-1837 [PR/BT] [Kim Parker] (279 records added)
16th - Affpuddle Burials 1722-1812 [PR/BT] [Kim Parker] (703 records added)
14th - Gussage St Michael Burials 1813-1880 [BT] [Kim Parker] (159 records added)
13th - Godmanstone Baptisms 1654-1812 [PR] [Kim Parker] (590 records added)
13th - Godmanstone Burials 1654-1812 [PR] [Kim Parker] (410 records added)
11th - Warmwell Baptisms 1641-1754 [PR] [Kim Parker] (245 records added)
11th - Warmwell Burials 1641-1752 [PR] [Kim Parker] (214 records added)

CENSUS

OTHER RECORDS

PARISH PAGE
4th - Dorchester and Fordington - Mike Russell has new email address, see Contacts for details

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
2nd - Update to Biography of James CHRISTOPHER (1764-1847) Agricultural Labourer of Dorset part of the House of CHRISTOPHER (added more information about his son Andrew Christopher who raised a family in Canada)


Total number of individual records on site at end of September 2017 = 1,768,433

September 2017 (3135 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
23rd - Coombe Keynes Baptisms 1813-1901 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (342 records added)
2nd - Osmington Baptisms 1691-1813 [PR] [Kim Parker] (806 records added)
2nd - Osmington Marriages 1693-1837 [PR] [Kim Parker] (590 records added)
2nd - Osmington Burials 1672-1813 [PR] [Kim Parker] (605 records added)

CENSUS
21st - Hazelbury Bryan 1911 census [Godfrey Symes] (552 records)

OTHER RECORDS
18th - Will of Richard Shitler of Hazelbury Bryan (1797) [Jan Hibberd] (6 records)
18th - Will of Joseph Shitler of Hazelbury Bryan (1853) [Jan Hibberd] (11 records)
18th - Will of William Munckton of Hazelbury Bryan (1785) [Jan Hibberd] (9 records)
18th - Will of Mark Ansty of Hazelbury Bryan (1824) [Jan Hibberd] (6 records)
18th - Will of Joseph Bridle of Hazelbury Bryan (1773) [Jan Hibberd] (7 records)
18th - Will of Thomas Goddard of Hazelbury Bryan (1816) [Jan Hibberd] (10 records)
18th - Will of Thomas Rolls of Hazelbury Bryan (1799) [Jan Hibberd] (15 records)
18th - Will of Giles Mitchell of Hazelbury Bryan (1744) [Jan Hibberd] (5 records)
18th - Will of Ann Lidford of Hazelbury Bryan (1771) [Jan Hibberd] (10 records)
18th - Will of Elizabeth Bradbury of Hazelbury Bryan (1840) [Jan Hibberd] (8 records)
18th - Will of Richard Chapman of Hazelbury Bryan (1782) [Jan Hibberd] (22 records)
18th - Will of William Rothery of Hazelbury Bryan (1797) [Jan Hibberd] (4 records)
18th - Will of Benjamin Samways of Hazelbury Bryan (1839) [Jan Hibberd] (26 records)
18th - Will of William Loder of Hazelbury Bryan (1743) [Jan Hibberd] (21 records)
18th - Will of Mary Cross of Hazelbury Bryan (1809) [Jan Hibberd] (22 records)
18th - Will of William Barns of Hazelbury Bryan (1799) [Jan Hibberd] (9 records)
18th - Will of Robert White of Hazelbury Bryan (1797) [Jan Hibberd] (32 records)
18th - Will of George Torevell of Hazelbury Bryan (1845) [Jan Hibberd] (13 records)

PARISH PAGE
18th - Burton Bradstock, new email address for Judy Hodges (see also Contacts Page)
18th - Puncknowle and Bexington, new email address for Judy Hodges (see also Contacts Page)
18th - Swyre, new email address for Judy Hodges (see also Contacts Page)
10th - Milton Abbas, added link to external Milton Abbas Local History Group web site
4th - Winterborne Kingston, added new picture of St Nicholas' Church [thanks to Jill Morley]

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
27th - Update to Company of Freemen - Apprentices Indentures (1710-1811) (3 indentures added - total now 461 Records for Dorchester 56 for Fordington)
21st - Update to Biography of George CHRISTOPHER (1771-1843) Agricultural Labourer of Dorset part of the House of CHRISTOPHER (added more information about baptism of Jane Dorey (1775-1835) and the original church at West Lulworth)


Total number of individual records on site at end of August 2017 = 1,765,298

August 2017 (2160 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS

CENSUS
31st - Sturminster Newton 1911 census District 1 [Felicity Harrison] (785 records)
31st - Sturminster Newton 1911 census District 2 [Felicity Harrison] (675 records)
31st - Sturminster Newton 1911 census District 3 [Felicity Harrison] (419 records)

OTHER RECORDS
18th - Dewlish - Photographs of Memorial Stones and the Church [Jan Hibberd] (32 records)
16th - Settlement Certificate for William Mitchell of Hazelbury Bryan to Bradford Abbas (1710) [Linda Schmitt] (5 records)
13th - Will of William Dike of Hazelbury Bryan (1812) [Jan Hibberd] (8 records)
13th - Will of Edward Hardy of Hazelbury Bryan (1767) [Jan Hibberd] (9 records)
13th - Will of Thomas Hill of Hazelbury Bryan (1701) [Jan Hibberd] (9 records)
13th - Will of Thomas Carter of Hazelbury Bryan (1568) [Jan Hibberd] (10 records)
13th - Will of William Mitchell of Hazelbury Bryan (1756) [Jan Hibberd] (12 records)

PARISH PAGE
3rd - Okeford Fitzpaine, updated links to external Village web site, including links to Church Graveyard details [thanks to Robin Clay]

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
28th - Update to Dorchester People in Historical Documents (1700-1942) (6 additional entries made - total now 241 entries)
20th - Update to Fordington St George Burials 1866-1886 (77 Burials for 1886 added - new total 1330 records)
2nd - Fordington St George  Marriage Banns 1766-1786 (95 Records)
2nd - Update to the Biography of John POUNCY (1818-1894) & Walter POUNCY (1844-1918) Pioneers in Photography (a new carte de viste card added)
1st - Fordington St George's Church Tombstones Moved in 1907 + images (13 Records)


Total number of individual records on site at end of July 2017 = 1,763,138

May/June/July 2017 (2660 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
28th July - Glanvilles Wootton Baptisms 1867-1868 [PR] [Jon Baker] (10 records added, 1868 previously missed)
1st June - Wool Baptisms 1813-1860 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (800 records added)
1st June - Wool Baptisms 1860-1905 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (696 records added)
1st June - Winfrith Newburgh Baptisms 1751-1800 [PR] [Ivan Gould] (1 record added, Sarah daughter of John & Eleanor Talbot baptised same day as her sister Elizabeth)

CENSUS
4th June - Chetnole 1881 census [Terry Smith] (244 records)
3rd June - Castleton 1881 census [Terry Smith] (79 records)
3rd June - Chettle 1881 census [Terry Smith] (134 records)
3rd June - Godmanstone 1881 census [Terry Smith] (165 records)

OTHER RECORDS
17th June - Will of William Burge of Hazelbury Bryan (1686) [Jan Hibberd] (7 records)
17th June - Will of John Crocker of Hazelbury Bryan (1750) [Jan Hibberd] (8 records)
17th June - Will of Richard Cross of Hazelbury Bryan (1796) [Jan Hibberd] (18 records)
17th June - Will of Mary Isles of Brockhampton, Buckland Newton (1825) [Jan Hibberd] (4 records)

PARISH PAGE
26th July - Tarrant Keyneston, new email address for Julie Browning (see also Contacts Page)
26th July - Tarrant Rawston, new email address for Julie Browning (see also Contacts Page)
26th July - Tarrant Rushton, new email address for Julie Browning (see also Contacts Page)

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
4th June - Update to All Saints Marriages 1800-1890 (13 new marriages added for years 1888 to 1890 now totals 469 records)
3rd June - West Fordington Christ Church Marriages 1847-1887 (95 new records added for years 1883-1890 now totals 317 marriages)
2nd June - Update to Fordington St George Marriages 1860-1890 (77 Marriages added 1886-1890)
2nd June - Update to St Peters Dorchester Marriages 1801-1890 (30 new marriages added for the period 1886-1890 & her father added after Brides name for 1883-1885)
1st June - Update to Holy Trinity Marriages 1800-1885 (17 marriages added for years 1886 & 1887 inc)
30th May - Militia List 1763 for Dorchester (23 Records) and St Georges Fordington (6 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
26th May - Link to external site covering the life of William CHURCHILL [1627-1702] of Colliton House Dorchester & Fordington
26th May - Link to external site covering the life of John CHURCHILL [1622-1682] of Colliton House Dorchester & Fordington
25th May - Link to external site covering the life of John CHURCHILL [1657-1709] of Colliton House Dorchester & Fordington
11th May - Military Chelsea Pensioners born in Dorchester 1715-1925 - (235 records investigated where birth recorded as Dorchester, many in fact come from surrounding parishes see notes against names)


Total number of individual records on site at end of April 2017 = 1,760,478

April 2017 (232 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
22nd - Chilfrome Baptisms 1733-1754 [PR/BT] [Jon Baker]. During this period the BTs appear to have the wrong year recorded and there were several missing entries (14 new records added).
22nd - Chilfrome Burials 1732-1754 [PR/BT] [Jon Baker]. During this period the BTs appear to have the wrong year recorded and there were several missing entries (9 new records added).
 
CENSUS

OTHER RECORDS
10th - St Johns Moordown Bournemouth Graveyard Index Project, including Memorial Inscriptions [External]

PARISH PAGE
18th - Following the sad news that Sue Merkle has passed away the parishes of Osmington and Poxwell no longer have assigned OPCs. If anyone is interested in taking over the role of OPC for either Parish please contact the Co-ordinator.
2nd - Fleet, new email address for Keith Searson (see also Contacts Page)
2nd - Langton Herring, new email address for Keith Searson (see also Contacts Page)

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
23rd - Update to Fordington Strays File (1577-1926) (5 entries added, now totals 591 entries)
23rd - Update to Dorchester Strays File (1597-1914) (97 entries added now totals 812 entries)
23rd - Militia List 1766 for Dorchester (35 Records) and St Georges Fordington (13 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
14th - Militia List 1777 for Dorchester (41 Records) and St Georges Fordington (9 Records - but these records also include names for many other surrounding parishes in the Dorchester sub division)
12th - Update to Serjeants at Mace (List of 20 holders of the office) [George Chaffey added as a Sergeant of Mace in 1777]
2nd - Update to Fordington St George Marriages 1837-1859 (new information added about Robert BLANDAMER (1815-1869) marriage to Eve Dewland on 23 Jun 1848 and their family)
1st - Dorchester Bastardy Orders (3 records added - now 4 in total, these are all that have been located so far)


Total number of individual records on site at end of March 2017 = 1,760,246

March 2017 (1195 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS

CENSUS

OTHER RECORDS
26th - Fontmell Magna - added 1848, 1851, 1855, 1859, 1865, 1867, 1871, 1875, 1885, 1889, 1895,
1903, 1911, 1920, 1923, 1935 and 1939 Post Office, Hunt's, Harrod's, Mercer and Crockford's and Kelly's Directories [Chris Bellers]
[926 new records]
26th - Fontmell Magna Extract from Hutchins History of Dorset [Chris Bellers]
26th - Fontmell Magna St Andrews Church - Notes by Sir Stephen Glynne 1830 [Chris Bellers]
17th - Woodlands Church of Ascension Monumental Inscription index [Jan Hibberd] (187 records added)
17th
- Kinson Parish Page - 3 photographs of Kinson Church added [Carrie Meertens]

PARISH PAGE

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
18th
- John Hutchins, The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset - Part 27 Charitable Institutions (The Hospital, Gifts and Charities set up for the Poor)
12th
- Update to Aldermen & Capital Burgesses of Dorchester (added the names of 15 Capital Burgesses in 1610)
11th
- Update to Dorchester Trade Tokens (Revised account of the life of Simon Eyre (b.1641/1649 - 1672)
10th
- John Hutchins, The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset - Part 26 Antiquities of Dorchester
8th
- Update to - Execution of Silvester WILKINS from Bridport at Dorchester Gaol in 1833 (additional information added about the mercy weights used in his execution)
8th
- Update to - Life, Trial, & Execution of Elizabeth Martha BROWN (Nee CLARKE) (1811-1856) (additional information added about the discovery of a Roman Mosaic in Dorchester Prison yard when digging her grave)
7th
- John Hutchins, The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset - Part 25 Holy Trinity Church of Dorchester


Total number of individual records on site at end of February 2017 = 1,759,051

February 2017 (4388 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
28th - Lyme Regis Marriages 1850 [PR] [Theresa Rose] (34 new records)
27th - Hampreston Marriages 1880-1921 [PR] [Brian Longman] (670 new records)
25th - Hampreston Baptisms 1881-1906 [PR] [Brian Longman] (691 new records)
25th - Hampreston Burials 1881-1918 [PR] [Brian Longman] (764 new records)
10th - Witchampton Marriages 1838-1879 [PR] [Ros Taylor] (6 records added, register record numbers added)
9th - Witchampton Marriages 1813-1819 and 1831-1838 [PR] [Ros Taylor] (39 records added)

CENSUS
17th - Hampreston 1911 Census Enumeration District 03 Part 1 [Brian Longman] (773 new records added)
17th - Hampreston 1911 Census Enumeration District 03 Part 2 [Brian Longman] (697 new records added)
17th - Hampreston 1911 Census Enumeration District 02 Part 1 [Brian Longman] (342 new records added)
16th - Hampreston 1911 Census Enumeration District 02 Part 2 [Brian Longman] (300 new records added)

OTHER RECORDS

PARISH PAGE
9th - Bel Hounstout is the new OPC for the parishes of Witchampton and Moor Crichel. Please also refer to the Contacts Page database for Bel's email address

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
8th - John Hutchins,The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset - Part 24 St Peters Church of Dorchester
3rd -
Update to the Biography of Sir Francis ASHLEY JP [1569 –1635] Recorder of Dorchester (addition of a transcription of the will of his widow Anne Lady Ashley and changes to layout)
2nd -
Update to Index of Dorchester Wills (1413-1700) (72 new wills indexed, many now linked to burials and listing beneficiaries - now totals 428 Wills)


Total number of individual records on site at end of January 2017 = 1,754,663

January 2017 (806 records added this month)

GENERAL

PARISH REGISTERS & BISHOP'S TRANSCRIPTS
29th - Tyneham Marriages 1840-1921 [PR] [Martin White] (256 records added)
10th - Sutton Waldron Burials 1678-1753 [PR] [Brian Longman] (250 records added)
9th - Sutton Waldron Marriages 1686-1736 [PR] [Brian Longman] (86 records added)

CENSUS
10th - Tyneham 1891 Census updated [Martin White] (34 new records added)
1st - Tyneham 1939 Register [Martin White] (206 new records)

OTHER RECORDS

PARISH PAGE
10th - Brian Longman is the new OPC for Hampreston. Please also refer to the Contacts Page
database for Brian's email address

DORCHESTER & FORDINGTON UPDATES [External - Mike Russell]
29th -
Update to Biography of Richard BUSHROD [1575 –1628] Merchant Adventurer of Dorchester (Various updates inc marriage of John Bushrod [1612-1683/4] the Elder and addition of some descendants)
28th - Biography of Dr John GORDON (1728-1774) Slave Owner born in Scotland, lived in Jamaica, died at Dorchester

Total number of individual records on site at end of December 2016 = 1,753,857


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