I wonder if my great-great-great grandmother, Patience Blandford, lived up to her first name. Through research, I have identified that she gave birth to at least 17 children. Thanks to an English researcher who contacted me and led me to the Parish records of the Parish Church of Brimpsfield, I learned about this ancestor and her children.
Prior to her marriage to Richard Eyles (Iles) and while still single, Patience brought three children to the Brimpsfield Parish Church for baptism. First was Mary Ann Blandford who was baptized 14 April 1818. Three years later Patience brought her twins, Reuben and Harriet, to the church on 4 November 1821.
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Brimpsfield, St. Michael's
On 21 October 1822 in the same parish Church, Richard and Patience exchanged vows after the publishing of the banns. John Davies, the curate, performed the ceremony. Both Richard and Patience made their marks. William Blandford and John Edginton witnessed their marriage. 
For about 23 years, Patience was either pregnant or caring for and likely nursing a little one. First she gave birth to James, my ancestor, who was baptized 14 September 1823. Next came Isaac who was baptized 12 December 1824. He was followed by Edwin who was baptized on Christmas Day 1825.
Finally, Richard and Patience had a baby girl, Charlotte. She was baptized 3 December 1826. Two more boys followed: George was baptized 29 March 1828 and Richard was baptized 20 December 1829. Hester came along next and she was baptized 16 January 1831. Jeremiah was baptized 18 March 1832.
Then came a run on girls. Jane was baptized 13 October 1833. Eliza was baptized the 2 February but she was dead before the end of the month. Richard and Patience also named their next child, Eliza. She was baptized 14 February 1836. Martha was baptized 7 March 1837. Catherine was baptized 10 February. The last known child of Patience and Richard, Elizabeth, was baptized 25 July 1841.
As far as it can be determined, Patience lived all her life in the Parish of Brimpsfield. She died 14 November 1879.  Her daughter, Charlotte Snow, was the informant on her death registration.
Four days later, she was buried in the Parish graveyard. 
Church of England. Parish Church of Brimpsfield (Gloucestershire) Parish Register, marriage entry for Patience Blandford -- Richard Eyles, microfilm 991292 item 1 p. 6 no. 16, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
 General Register office. Death registration for Patience Iles registered Cotswold, Cirencester District, Gloucester, 17 November 1879 certified copy DYA 923296
 Church of England. Parish Church of Brimpsfield (Gloucestershire), Parish Register, burial entry for Patience Iles, microfilm, 991292 item 1 p.60 #474, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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