I have spent some time today plotting the baptisms of the children of William Henry and Harriet MITCHELL, the results can be seen below. The map itself is OK, but I may go back and try and change one or two things like the fact that some of the markers are for more than one event, and I think it would be better if there was some way of showing the order of the markers (I could create date markers for each year but that would be too much like hard work). A good start, but definitely something I could improve upon.
So what does the map actually show, well between 1860 and 1882 there were baptisms in nine different parish churches, so that almost certainly means that there were nine different houses they lived in, in fact probably more because they left Bedhampton for Stoughton for a while before returning. Ten different addresses in 22 years seems quite astonishing, especially for someone like me who spent the first 22 years of his life (well more than that) in the same house!
I hadn’t appreciated that there was such a nice north-west to south-east alignment of the parishes, this doesn’t mean that there was a gradually drift south-east towards Chichester, Sussex where they ended up, because they start in the middle and move north-west before heading south-east.
Listed below is the actual data used to create the map (name, baptism date and baptism parish):
Mary Ann MITCHELL 26 Feb 1860 Exton, Hampshire Henry James MITCHELL 3 Nov 1861 Exton, Hampshire Robert Charles MITCHELL 25 Jan 1863 Exton, Hampshire James MITCHELL 18 Dec 1864 Chilcomb, Hampshire Sarah Ann WRIGHT* 10 May 1866 Easton, Hampshire William MITCHELL 22 Dec 1867 Kilmeston, Hampshire Emma Louisa MITCHELL 11 Jul 1869 Meonstoke, Hampshire Elizabeth MITCHELL 9 Apr 1871 Soberton, Hampshire George MITCHELL 25 May 1873 Clanfield, Hampshire Alfred MITCHELL 12 Sep 1875 Clanfield, Hampshire Albert MITCHELL 5 May 1878 Bedhampton, Hampshire Harriet Ellen MITCHELL 21 Dec 1879 Stoughton, Sussex Frederick MITCHELL 5 Feb 1882 Bedhampton, Hampshire *This is a bit of a strange one, but despite being baptised with her mother's maiden name I am sure she should be Sarah Ann MITCHELL.