Because of her unusual first name, Mansfield Bemrose is sometimes recorded as male. Her birth record is quite clear though. She was the daughter of Joseph Bemrose, born on the 4th and baptised on the 6th of July, 1700. She was born in Wragby in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, near Market Rasen. The Lincolnshire Limewoods, where she must have walked as a child, are still open to the public.
Mansfield married rather late in life for her times, at the age of 31, and moved to Fillingham in West Lindsey. Possibly her husband Robert Carter was born there: we have no details of him except his marriage. In any event, they settled in that village and had eight children. Our ancestor Robert was their second son and third child, born a year after the death of his sister Mary.
The records do not give any details of occupations, but this was a rural area and we can assume the family were involved in agriculture. Perhaps they were carters, as the surname suggests. Maybe Mansfield met her husband when he was delivering goods from West to East Lindsey …
Mansfield lived to be 75 years old. We don’t know if her husband Robert survived her or if she was a widow at the time of her death. She was buried on her wedding anniversary at the church where she was married 44 years before.
Mother of Robert Carter II and daughter of Joseph Bemrose
Born 4 July 1700 and baptised on 6 July 1700 at Wragby, Lincolnshire
Married Robert Carter on 9 April 1732
Buried 9 April 1776