The Dare Family
In 18th century Gretton, several generations of the Dare family have been identified through the parish registers. Starting with a reference supplied by Gretton Local History Society, Richard Dare “a black man” married Ann Medwell in 1749. This union resulted in 12 children between 1751 and 1769, with some of the surviving children also marrying locally. For example, Robert married Elizabeth White on 13 July 1784. Together they appear to have had eight children, seven of whom were baptised and appear in Gretton Parish records between 1784 and 1797. One of their daughters, Anne, had a child, Martha, with an Edward White. Martha was illegitimate and appears as such on the baptismal register.


Looking back at the census it is curious to find no more mention of the Dare family in Gretton. It could be that the family moved away from the area to another county or alternatively, the spelling of the surname changed over time, particularly as it was common for officials to spell names in a variety of ways.

 

The spelling of the surname changed over time, particularly as it was common for officials to spell names in a variety of ways.

 

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