This is a DISCUSSION PAPER in light of helpful comments received in this thread and some further investigation.
Henry's birth and parentage are still not clear to me. I thought at one time that he could have been one of the following Great Yarmouth births:
- Henry born 11 Jan 1806 (Bap.13 Jan) son of Stephen Bexfield and Emily Minister
- Henry born 28 apr 1807 (Bap. 29 Apr) son of Thomas Bexfied and Eleanor Quinton
- Henry born 13 Jun 1811 (bap. 14 Jun) son of Thomas & Eleanor as above.
BUT Henry b1806 died 1809 and was buried at St Nicholas on 18 Mar 1809
AND Henry b1807 died 1808 and was buried at St Nicholas on 19 Apr 1808
which leaves either Henry b1811 or another not yet identified.
It may be relevant that whilst Priscilla Partridge's firstborn, Priscilla Charlotte, was almost certainly named after her mother and maternal grandmother: the next birth (the first after Henry and Priscilla married) was named Louisa Eleanor - perhaps suggesting that her paternal grandmother was Eleanor Quinton: and their only son (that I have identified so far) was named Thomas John - perhaps suggesting that his paternal grandfather was Thomas Bexfield.
This may give some circumstantial credibility to Henry b1811 as her spouse but if he was the one who wed Priscilla Partridge in 1828 then he was a bit young, particularly if he had sired Priscilla's first born before the marriage. Not impossibly young but would have needed parental consent.
Also, whilst the Henry who wed Priscilla in 1828 was a seaman/mariner at time of subsequent children's christenings; Henry b1811 did not die before Priscilla's 2nd marriage: leaving the possibility that Priscilla's first marriage had simply failed and she remarried unlawfully, probably in something of a hurry as she was a bit pregnant. This may explain why at her second marriage she claimed to be a spinster rather than a widow.
Interestingly, the above Henry b1811 is in several Ancestry Trees and not always married to Priscilla Partridge.
Whichever Henry Bexfield/Baxfield married Priscilla in 1828 I have now identified five Baxfield children of Priscilla and there may be more.
- Priscilla Charlotte Partridge Baxfield (bap 31 Mar 1828 as Priscilla Charlotte Baxfield PARTRIDGE)
- Louisa Eleanor (bap 12 jul 1830)
- Mary Ann (bap 3 Jul 1833)
- Eliza Hannah (bap 25 Oct 1836)
- Thomas John (bap 22 Nov 1837)
And finally, my previous conjecture that Henry the husband of Priscilla died before the start of General registration is unsubstantiated and withdrawn as potentially misleading.
All comments and guidance welcome.