The Current state of research on the Family of

Joseph Kirby and Ann Handy

of Moreton in Marsh


This list does not include research on ancestors or brothers and sisters of the above.




JOSEPH KIRBY and ANN HANDY are a very important part of the development of the Kirby Family in Moreton during the mid 18th Century. They are currently the best documented link. They married on the 6th February 1754 in Moreton. They had six children.


William Kirby, their first boy, was born about 1754. Nothing further is known about William.


FRANCIS KIRBY, was born about 1757 and christened on the 25th of March 1757 in Moreton in Marsh. Again little is known about Francis, although there is a marriage of a Francis Kirby at Holy Trinity Gloucester to Sarah Webb in 1797


THOMAS KIRBY, was born around 1759. This Thomas is believed to be the son who married Anne Reeves in Batsford on the 7th of August 1785.


ALICE KIRBY was born about 1760. Alice is quite well documented as she is mentioned in a Will. We know that she married William Plumb on the 13th of June 1785 in Over Norton. It is also known that William and Alice had a large family of at least eight. Even more importantly there is a related Plumb researcher and descendants of the Plumbs are living today.


MARGARET KIRBY was born about 1761 in Moreton in Marsh.


JOSEPH KIRBY was born about 1763 and christened on the 16th of  October 1763 in Moreton In Marsh. It is known that Joseph and William were brothers from Joseph’s Will (LINK). It is also known that he was married, although it is doubtful if he had any children. It is thought his wife was a Sarah, and could have been Sarah Stephens who married a Joseph Kirby on the 4th of May 1797, at Kings Stanley (Parish Register 1771-1812). Sarah Stephens was born about 1766. Sarah Kirby died on the 6th of August 1818, in Moreton in Marsh according to the National Burials Index.

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