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Surname Saturday – Coe (England)

The first person in my tree with this surname is Susannah (Susan) Coe (1761-1839).

My ancestral line is:

1 Lois Whimpey

2 Ivon Walter Whimpey 1923-2009
3 Edith Jean Marr 1922-1990

6 Wilfred Palmer Marr 1892-1955
7 Edith Meriden Docwra 1904-1948

14 Harry Docwra 1866-1934
15 Emily Alice Oliver 1877-1925

30 George Oliver 1846-1930
31 Elizabeth Ann Ball 1856-1909

60 Frederick Oliver 1824-1855
61 Susannah Campkin 1827-1880

122 Stephen Campkin 1795-1869
123 Rebecca Pewter 1792-1843

246 William Pewter 1763-1834
247 Susannah (Susan) Coe 1761-1839  Before today, I had very little information about Susannah.  I had the name Susan as the mother of Rebecca Pewter, and I had found a banns entry in the Melbourn Parish Register transcripts on CD (from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society) for William Pewter and Susannah Coe.

Oct 9 Pewter Wm bac otp
Coe Susanna sp of Haslingfield

So, today I decided to do some research to find more information about her.  The first record I found was the marriage entry for William Peuter and Susannah Coe at Haslingfield, on 13 November 17911.   The next record I found was the baptism for Susan Coe on 20 September 1761 in Orwell, Cambridgeshire2

There is a death entry in 1839 for a Susannah Pewter in the Royston district (Oct-Nov-Dec quarter vol 6 page 381), and I found a corresponding burial in the Melbourn Parish Register transcripts on CD (from the Cambridgeshire Family History Society):

1839 Oct 18 Pewter Susannah otp 78

Her age at the time of her burial matches the baptism in 1761 in Orwell, and Orwell is the next parish to the south east of Haslingfield.  This indicated that these records all belonged to my Susan.

The next thing to try to find was the marriage for Susan’s parents, Samuel and Susan Coe.  A search at FamilySearch uncovered other children for Samuel and Susan, but not the marriage.  I then tried Freereg, and found the marriage of Samuel Coe and Susan Jeape in St Andrew Parish, Orwell, Cambridgeshire on 2 November 17603

I then found a baptism of a Samuel Coe on 11 October 1732 at All Saints, Croydon cum Clopton, Cambridgeshire.  His father was Ambroze Coe4.  I have not yet been able to find a marriage or baptism entry for Ambroze, so I haven’t been able to go back any further on this line at this stage.  I did find some other baptism entries in Croydon cum Clopton which indicate that Ambroze’s wife’s name was Ann (Angel Coe, christened 14 Sep 1735, Ambras Coo, christened Jan 1741/2)

Sources of information

  1. FamilySearch, “England Marriages, 1538-1873,” database, Family Search beta ( : accessed 5 Sep 2015), William Peuter and Susannah Coe, 13 Nov 1791;; citing Haslingfield,Cambridge,England, reference; FHL microfilm 990,398.
  2. FamilySearch, “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 5 Sep 2015), Susan Coe, 20 Sep 1761; citing Orwell, Cambridge, England, reference items 9-10; FHL microfilm 1,040,543.
  3. FreeUKGenealogy, “FreeReg,” database, FreeReg ( : accessed 5 Sep 2015), marriage entry for Samuel Coe and Susan Jeape; St Andrew PR register entry number 21.
  4. FreeUKGenealogy, “FreeReg,” database, FreeReg ( : accessed 5 Sep 2015), baptism entry for Samuel Coe, 11 Oct 1732.