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  • Writer's pictureJessica Feinstein

Mary Anne Ballard of Chicklade

Mary Anne was one of Ari’s 5x great-grandmothers, the mother of Henry Penny. She was born in 1804 in Chicklade, Wiltshire, the daughter of Benjamin Ballard and Elizabeth, and baptised on 12 August.

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The Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812 registers tell a very sad story for 1805, when Mary Anne was still a baby:

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On 25 Jan 1826, Mary Anne married an agricultural labourer called John Penny at the church in Fonthill Bishop.


Mary Anne and John had six children: Henry, Elizabeth (Betsy), Jane, Charlotte, Ellen and William. We can see them in the 1841 census:

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Mary Anne died two years later, at the age of 38, and John remarried in 1848. The cause of death was “constipation of the bowels” and the death was registered by her daughter Jane.

These llamas live in a field in Fonthill Bishop and wanted to be part of the story.


Ari, this is how you are related to Mary Anne:

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