Sunday, 7 December 2008

William Condron of HMS Strafford

The oldest CONDR*N document of which I have a copy is the will of William Condron, dated 1744:

I William Condron Mariner now belonging to his Majesty's Ship Strafford being of sound and disposing Mind and Memory, do hereby make this my last Will and Testament. ...[A]s for such worldly Estate and Effects which I shall be possessed of or intitled unto at the Time of my Decease, I give and bequeath the same as followeth that is to say unto my loving Friend Ann Grafton of Portsmouth in the county of Hants. All such Wages Sum and Sums of Money Goods Chattles Estate Rights and Credits whatsoever that I shall be possessor of at the time of my Decease I give and bequeath to the said Ann Grafton her Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Ann Grafton sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. ... In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and forty four and in the eighteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second ... .

Does anyone have any older CONDR*N documents?

The oldest CONDR*N events in my database are a marriage and christening in St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, in 1578: Ann, daughter of John CONDRON, christened on 24 August; and John CONDRON marrying Katheren HEWETT on 16 November of the same year. Both of these are from the International Genealogical Index (IGI).

The next oldest events, over 100 years later in Dublin and also from the IGI, are at St Michan's, Dublin: the marriage of Robert CONDRAN and Mary CARLETON on 31 July 1695, and the christening of their son Richard on 31 August 1697.

Does anyone know of any older CONDR*N events?