James Briant and Elizabeth Rouse

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Parents : William Briant and  Ann Green            George and Elizabeth Rouse (80%)

James Briant (b 1745 Ashwell, m Elizabeth Rouse 1771 Ashwell, d 1819 Ashwell)
Elizabeth Rouse (b 1750 Ashwell)               See below
    Thomas Briant (b 1772 Ashwell, m Keziah Clark 1801 Guilden Morden Cambs, d 1822 Ashwell)
    William Briant (b 1773 Ashwell)
    Paul Briant (b 1775 Ashwell, m Mary Bailey 1795, d 1851 Ashwell)
         James Briant (b 1799 Ashwell, m Phyllis Picking 1823 Ashwell, d Tewin)
            George Briant (b1824 Ashwell, m Emma Pateman 1851 Ashwell, d 1900 Ballarat)
                 Louisa Jane Briant (b 1861 Ballarat, m Edwin Farr 1884 Presb Manse Ballarat, d 1945 Northcote)
                     Winifred Emma Farr (b 1890 Northcote, m Norman Thompson 1918 , d 1994 Preston)
    James Briant (b 1777 Ashwell, d 1777 Ashwell)
    Mary Briant (b 1778 Ashwell, d 1778 Ashwell)
    Rose Briant (b 1779 Ashwell, d 1780 Ashwell)
    James Briant (b 1780 Ashwell, m Mary Redman 1804 Ashwell, d 1846 Ashwell)
    Ann Briant (b 1787 Ashwell, d 1787 Ashwell)


We have a picture taken in the Ashwell church of a notice paying tribute to the bellmakers of it's six bells. Included are
1. 1792 J Briant  (Hertford)    6.5 cwt
3. 1817  J Briant                     9.5 cwt
4. 1787  J Briant                     11  cwt
6. 1789  John Briant                19  cwt
      These would probably all be John, and we have no-one in the tree who fits the bill at this stage

James lived at Radwell, 4 miles from Ashwell, worked at Flinton Mills Ashwell . His will can be found at

Research Notes

LDS has the children and the marriage, and James' christening. Can't find a christening for Elizabeth Rouse, but it does look a good chance that she was George and Elizabeth Rouse's daughter.
They had a family at just the right time in Ashwell. Put it an 80% chance. As James did not mention Elizabeth in his will, it is probable she predeceased him,  perhaps 1817 when he last revised his will.Acknowledgements

Thanks to Gwen and Harry Smalley, Glenis Crocker, Kel Ellis, Elinor Moore, Valerie Woodgate and Patricia Hone for their contributions to this part of our tree
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