Edith's maiden name is listed as a Fell, Satterwaite or Maxwelton in 2nd hand sources. After exhaustive years of research, I have reached a different conclusion. I theorize that she is Edith Gilling who is the only listed marriage record of an Edith to a Marmaduke Coate of Hambridge in the Parish of Curry Rivel, Somerset, England. The supporting evidence for this theory is: 1) Hambrige was a very small burg in the same Parish where Marmaduke was born in 1634. 2) It has been my experience that the clerks in the courts knew everyone in these small towns. They would describe the person they were referring to in such a way as to distingish them from anyone else of the same name. (Ex. Little John, Big John, Georgia John, John of Edgefield, etc.) In this case, the only adult male of that name who lived in Hambridge called Marmaduke is listed as Marmaduke of Hambridge in multiple court records from Marmaduke's marriage to his death. A transcription of their marriage record follows: "Groom Marmaduke COATE status - of Hambridge, - Bride Edith GILLING status - of the parish, - married on 13 SEP 1658 at parish Mark: " (Source: www.familyhistoryonline.com, from email by firstname.lastname@example.org). 3) The record has likely thrown other researchers off because it occurred in 1658. Quaker records were not kept in this region until 1667. Marmaduke and Edith had two children they named after themselves before this date. Marmaduke's eulogy by the Quaker community listed his birthdate as 1652. This would not be correct if Edith Gilling was the Edith who is often listed as Marmaduke's mother in multiple Quaker listings including "Bessie's Sufferings". This eulogy is the only source of Marmaduke's 1652 birthdate. Since all the known children of Marmaduke, Sr. and Edith are close together, I suggest that Marmaduke Jr's birthdate was simply not known by his Quaker community. Birthdates weren't the celebration then as they are now. There was no Quaker record of his birthdate and he died at an elderly age. It is highly likely that he did not remember his age or talk about that with his children. Also, I have come across other Quaker obituaries that didn't have the birthdate correct in them either. 3) None of the other surnames surmized to be Edith's, have any coabberating evidence to support them. In other words, no record has been found that lists a person named Edith of these other surnames in the Parish of Curry Rivel or nearby regions. Ex. Though Satterwaite is often listed, this is a surname from northern England at the time, nearly 500 miles away. Therefore, with an understanding of every record in the Parish of Curry Rivel, I suggest that the only likely conclusion is that Edith was Edith Gilling and that her son Marmaduke was born after 1658. (C-253c)
Edith married Marmaduke COATE, son of Henry C. COATE "The Elder" and Unknown UNKNOWN, on Sep 13, 1658 in Mark Parish, Curry Rivel, Somerset, ENG.1 2 (Marmaduke COATE was born on Sep 8, 1634 in Hambridge, Curry Rivel, Somerset, ENG 1 and died before Apr 4, 1687 in Hambridge, Somersetshire, ENG 11.)
1 Coats, Gary W, "Descendants of Marmaduke Coate Database."
2 Coles, G.C, Email dated 2007 (GCColes@aol.com).
3 Ernest S. Park, Ancestors & Descendants of Marmaduke Coate of South Carolina and Ohio (unpub, c1950, 1960).
4 Burlington Friends Records, New Jersey.
5 Elizabeth Murphy Cann to Linda Coate Dudick Letter dated May 1, 1985 at 2852 So. Webster, Denver, CO. 80227 In L. Dudick's files..
6 Personal Ancestral File, Ver. 3.0.
7 Comly, George Norwood, Comly Family in America, Descendants of Henry and Joan Comly (Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Co., c1939).
8 Burial Friends Records of New Jersey.
9 Atherton, M.D, Email dated 2002 from email@example.com.
10 Phillips, Carl L, John Coats Family Group Sheet (well sourced).
11 Coate, Marmaduke, Will (Tauton, Co. Somersetshire, England).
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