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Ann Best, Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Ari’s 7 great-grandmother, Ann Best, was born in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, in about 1759. (I have found a possible baptism in 1757, with parents Benjamin and Anne, but not yet sure if this is her.)


Books in the Chained Library, Wimborne Minster

On 4 May 1779, Ann married labourer Henry Allen of Corfe Mullen at St Cuthberga’s in Wimborne Minster, after banns were read on three Saturdays in April.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812,

There followed the births of thirteen children, all baptised in Corfe Mullen:

1780: Henry; 1781: Jean; 1782: James; 1784: Mary; 1786: Michael; 1787: Thomas; 1790: John; 1792: Anne; 1794: Jane; 1796: Thomas; 1799: William; 1801: Robert; and 1804: Catherine.

Jean died at just a month old, and the first Thomas died at the age of four.

Ann lived long enough to appear in the 1841 census, where she was recorded living in Corfe Mullen, aged 80:

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At four o’clock in the afternoon of 25 Aug 1841, she died of old age, and she was buried at St Hubert’s in Corfe Mullen on the 29th.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813–2010


Ari, this is how you are related to Ann:

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