St Mary Somerset with St Mary Mounthaw, London Genealogy
"St Mary Somerset with St Mary Mounthaw, the church of, is situated on the north side of Upper Thames Street, opposite Broken Wharf, and derives its addition, ...from its contiguity to a small hithe or haven, called Sumner's het, or hithe, since corrupted to Somerset. It appears from ancient records that a church stood on this site before the year 1335, but sharing the fate of most of the other buildings, in the fire of London, the present church was erected in its stead by Sir Christopher Wren,, and finished in 1695. After the fire of London, the parish of St Mary Mounthaw was united to this parish by act of parliament.
"St Mary Mounthaw, the church of was situated on the anciently on the west side of Fish Street Hill, near Queenhithe, and received its name from its dedication to the Virgin Mary, and the family of Montalto, or Monthaut, in the county of Norfolk, who were its original founders and patrons. It was destroyed by the fire of London, and not rebuilt, but the parish was united to that of St Mary Somerset, by act of Parliament."
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Historically, St. Mary Somerset and St. Mary Mounthaw were two separate London parishes. Each maintained independent parish registers.
Images of surviving parish registers are browseable in the following online collection, and some of the names have been indexed:
- London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($).
- Christenings 1568-1837 (Batch P001481)
- Christenings 1849-1861 (Batch P001482)
- Christenings 1558-1837 (Batch P001491)
- Christenings 1837-1871 (Batch C001492)
Marriages from 1780 to 1837 for both parishes are indexed in:
- Marriages 1754-1835, 1837-1849 (Batch M001481)
- Marriages 1558-1878 (Batch M001491)
Browseable images of St Mary Mountshaw [Mounthaw] Parish marriages from 1754 to 1849 and St Mary Somerset Parish from 1754 to 1877 are available online (some names are indexed) in:
St. Mary Mounthaw burials from 1754 to 1849 and St. Mary Somerset burials from 1754-1849 are indexed in:
Adult male burials at St. Mary Mounthaw from 1568-1849 and St. Mary Somerset from 1557 to 1852 are included in:
To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.
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- Inhabitants of London in 1638 - St. Mary Mounthaw (courtesy: British History Online)
- Inhabitants of London in 1638 - St. Mary Somerset (courtesy: British History Online)
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Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish.
St Mary Somerset and St Mary Mounthaw parishes fell under the jurisdiction of the Court of the Archdeaconry of London.
Go to London Probate Records to find the name of the court having secondary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Poor Law Unions
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Maps and Gazetteers
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- London Family History Centre Catalogue (St. Mary Mounthaw Parish records)
- London Family History Centre Catalogue (St. Mary Somerset Parish records)
- James Elmes, M.R. I. A., Architect, A Topographical Dictionary of London and its Envirions (London: Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot, 1831). Adapted.
- Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
- John Hanson, "City of London Burials," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011.
- "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," accessed 8 June 2011.