Earlier Andrews 

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Lots of Andrews trees on Ancestry family trees, all descending from Thomas 1776, but unconvinced of their 1799 death for David ~1702, or their 1814 death for David ~1749: both [ one in Newburgh, the other near Salisbury] were a long way from Lillington

The marriage of David Andrews of Sherborne to Elizabeth Osmond of Holnest was on 1/5/1739 in Sherborne. Witness was Thomas Lovick, Sherborne. Jurisdiction: The Dean of Sarum in Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset and Uffculme, Devon. Record Source: Sarum Marriage License Bonds, provided by Wiltshire Family History Society.. But no baptism of a David Andrews in Holnest [ records online] 1700-1723. There are several Osmond/Osmont/Osment baptisms 1710-1720 in Holnest / Park family tree 2 gives a Giles Osment as the father of Elizabeth .

And a David Andrews, aged 97, is buried 1/3/1799, Broadwey, Dorset, giving this David Andrews living~ 1702-1799 . His wife, Elizabeth Andrews/Osmond. likely 1717 - 1751 as an Elizabeth Andrews, aged 34, is buried 1/12/1751, Holnest, Dorset . BUT, Broadwey a long way south of Sherborne and Holnest, >25 miles, - so theDavid Andrews 1799 death UNLIKELY to be his !!

This marriage is to be found on Findmypast & .OPC Dorset- http://www.opcdorset.org/SherborneFiles/Sherborne.htm.[Marriage down as 1/4/1739 Dean Of Salisbury, Wiltshire, on FamilySearch!]. There are no Andrews baptisms in Sherborne 1700-1759, these being online at OPC Dorset.

On IGI, births of William Andrews 25/3/1750, & Dolly Andrews 1747, in Lillington, to David & Betty Andrews : this fits with David Andrews & Elizabeth Osmond who married in 1739. But, no David Andrews baptism found ~1749 - IGI, Family Search, OPC etc. A Dolly Andrews marries in 1766 & a Betty Andrews marries in 1764, both in Lillington. A David Andrews is buried Winterbourne Dauncey on 28/4/1804, aged 67, thus birth ~ 1737, seemingly too early. . Another David Andrews is buried, aged 71, in Winfrith, Newburgh Dorset on 1/3/1814- indicating ~1743 birth , but Winfrith > 25 miles from Lillington - unlikely he!. Winterbourne Dauncey is likely Winterbourne Dauntsey, ~ 3 m NE of Salisbury, so also unlikely!

On IGI & FindmyPast David Andrews marries Hannah James, 17/1/1768, Lillington. Witnesses were Thomas Brett & George Sherring. First child, Thomas, born 3 months later.

A Hannah James was baptised to John James in Shaftesbury on 5/2/1752- Shaftesbury about 25 m W of Lillington, so unlikely she, but possible

Andrews baptisms 17/4/1768-1776 in Lillington can be found on Ancestry.. These 5 plus two more, those of Charles Andrews 1780 & David Andrews 26/9/1782 are to be found on Findmypast. And all 7 baptisms 1768-1782 shown on tree above are on IGI on fiche 7212222. In 2011, I visited the Dorset County Archives, Poole &:

Charles Andrews 1780 could have been  born in Limington, Dorset, as this is the least illegible! entry [1851C] for his place of birth: but do not know where Limington was!: probably a mistranscription of Lillington.. But, there were many Andrews in Leigh, Dorset. A Charles Andrews was baptised in Lillington, 4K S of Sherborne, 5k N of Leigh, 20/2/1780 (IGI) to parents David Jnr & Hannah Andrews .  This David Andrews married Hannah James 17/01/1768 in St. Martins of Tour, Lillington : source Barbara Balfe,[ & on IGI], who states that these are the parents of Charles & that there were 6 other births to David & Hannah. . . The use of the name David Jnr,[ not evident on the Lillington Parish Register shown above!] implies that David's father was also David.: so almost certainly Elizabeth Osmond was his mother and they married in 1739, having Dolly 1747 and William1750 as well., we are just missing the David ~1749 baptism!

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Holnest is 2-3 miles further south on the Sherborne Longburton road.


Leigh [birthplace given on 1861C] possesses transcribed Web records ,Yetminster back to 1683.

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Photos of St.Martins, Lillington, visited 2011, with old photos of its interior and its font

I visited Lillington in August 2011. It is now just a small hamlet with ~12 houses in it. The Church though still has a weekly service and is well kept - it was kindly opened for me by an ex churchwarden and I was shown the Baptism Register that started in 1813: no Andrews by that time


Lillington throughout the past two centuries has not had a population exceeding two hundred. It stands surveying the pleasant lands which lie between Batcombe and Yetminster, the most western part of the Blackmore Vale. A geological fault gives rise to the stream which runs through the valley, which is of the Blue Clay so suitable for dairy farming. In a thousand years of history, after deforestation at the time of William the Conqueror, these pastures have been farmed by a community with much the same livelihood then as now.

The name Lillington is said to have been derived from the Scandinavian 'Lilla's tun', and one can imagine Leof of Leof's tun (Leweston) walking down the hill to talk to Lilla. It is of interest that the ridge between Leweston and Lillington is a watershed, rain falling on Leweston going into the English Channel at Christchurch, and rainfall on Lillington going into the Bristol Channel at Burnham.

Anciently it was subject to the Bishop of Sarum, under the King in chief. Early in the 13th century William de Lillington gave a moiety of the manor (in the words of the Charter "for his soul and for the soul of Sir Godfrey de Saint Martin, his Lord") to the Augustinian Priory of Bradenstock in Wiltshire. A witness to this Charter was John, King of England. The grant of land, a third of his property, some 57 acres, was leased back almost at once to William de Lillington's descendants at a rent of £20 a year, for the consideration of one sparrow-hawk. The same rent was still being paid three hundred years later, at the time of the Reformation.

The hundred of Sherborne included the Manor of Lillington, and when Queen Elizabeth gave to Sir Walter Raleigh in 1591 the lease of Sherborne Manor and Castle which the Bishop of Salisbury had, albeit reluctantly, demised to her for 99 years, Sir Walter thereby held the Manor of Lillington until his lands were forfeited to the Crown in 1603.

Lillington (St. Martin) 1848 description

LILLINGTON (St. Martin), a parish, in the union and hundred of Sherborne, Sherborne division of Dorset, 3½ miles (S. by W.) from the town of Sherborne; containing 191 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £10. 12. 3½.; patron, R. Gordon, Esq.

Population in 2008 is 82.

Dorset history Centre in Bridport Rd.,Dorchester ,open Tu.Th.Fr 9-5 ,Wed 10-5, Sat 9-4.30 hold Lillington records 1712 onwards. Society of genealogists also has records for Dorset from 1539. Dorchester~20 miles south of Yeovil/Sherbourne.

Dorset FHS Centre, Treetops,Suite 5, Stanley House, 3, Fleets Lane, Poole BH15 3AJ has parish registers but only limited opening hours! I visited this in August 2011, but found nothing new. I examined the records for many surrounding parishes, Longburton,Castleton, Sherborne, Leigh, Thornford, yetminster, Oborne, Overcompton, North Wootton, Bradford Abbas, Beer Hackett, Clifton Maybanke, Folke, & Nether Compton & Holnest & was told that no records exist until later..but certainly they exist for Holnest online back to 1600!!. And a Charles Andrews occupied land there in 1783 and a Charles Andrews had children 1772-1777 & 1783-1790.

Dorset Archives , Dorset History Centre, Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT11RP ,open Tu., Th.& Fri. 9-5, Wed.10-5, Sat. 9-4.30 has

Lillington Bap. 1712-1810, Mar. 1712-1975, Bur. 1712-1810, Banns 1754-1812.

Society of Genealogists has baptisms 1539-1889, Marr.1539-1877 and Bur. 1539-1818 for Dorset..

There is a Dorset parish Registers site, but nothing yet for Lillington on it. All registers still seemingly on microfiche to be examined in Poole

Charles Andrews 1780

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