James Hinvest

The final set of four times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree, are James Hinvest and Caroline Parker. You can see, below, where they are situated in the tree:

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James was born on the 17th July 1796 in the village of Eling, Hampshire. He was the eldest of 10 children born to James and Anne Hinvest (nee Legge). James was baptised on the 18th September 1796, and this would have more than likely taken place at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Eling.

From the information I have managed to find throughout my research over the years, James appeared to have lived the whole of his life in Eling. This is where he met his wife, Caroline Parker.

Caroline was born on the 10th March 1798 in Eling, and was baptised later on that year on the 6th December. She was the youngest of four children born to Robert and Mary Parker (nee Bricknell).

James and Caroline married on the 30th July 1820 in Eling, and you can see their marriage record below:

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James and Caroline had seven children during their 17 year marriage. Their children were : Alford (1821-), Olive (1822-), Harriet (1825-1893), Emma, my three times great-grandmother (1826-1904), Isaac (1829-), George (1833-1897) and Charles ( (1836-1855).

Sadly, Caroline passed away in 1837, at the young age of 39 years old. Their youngest child was still under the age of two. I don’t have a cause of death as yet, but I will be requesting a copy of the death certificate to find out.

From 1808 to 1857, Chartism existed, which was a working-class movement for political reform in Britain. It was a national protest movement and had strongholds of support in northern England, the East Midlands, Staffordshire, the Black Country and the Valleys of South Wales. Support for Chartism was at its highest in 1816, 1822 and 1848. In 1839, only 18 percent of the male population had the right to vote. William Lovett’s 1838 People’s Charter demanded political reform in England. Six reforms were called for to make the political system more democratic. The movement was often divided over tactics. Most supporters of Chartism were working class and supported the movement’s goals in large public meetings. The working class supporters hoped that their political voice could address their poverty and work conditions. Despite receiving millions of signatures, the government rejected their demands and they ended up being ridiculed in the press. I wonder how this affected James and his sons?

At the time that this was happening, James Hinvest was living with his family in Totton, in the parish of Eling. You can seen them on the 1841 census return:

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James is shown as the head of the family, and six of his children are living with him. James’ occupation is noted to be an agricultural labourer.

The next record that we see James on is the 1851 census return:

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Again, you can see that James is the head of the family, but this time, you can see that James has married and his wife is called Eliza/Elizabeth. Two of James’ sons, George and Charles, are still living with them. If you compare the two census returns, it would seem very likely that James and Eliza married between 1841 and 1851, as the 1851 census states that Eliza was James’ wife. Maybe it was recorded this way for appearances, as I was unable to find a marriage record for them between those dates. I did, however, find a marriage record for them for the fourth quarter of 1855 in the New Forest district of Hampshire. Eliza’s surname before she married James was Bessant.

We can see James and Eliza again on the 1861 census return:

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James and Eliza Hinvest are now living in Calmore in the parish of Eling. They have Eliza’s two sons, George and William living with them. George is an agricultural labourer and William is a scholar (of school age). James and Eliza also have two sons of their own; Henry and James. Henry is also of school age.

The record below is the 1871 census return:

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James and family are still living in Calmore, in the parish of Eling, where he was an agricultural labourer. On the 1871 census return, it’s showing that William’s surname is Hinvest, but if you look at the 1861 census return, his surname was recorded as Bessant. I am assuming that he’s got the same surname, so that it looks like they are a complete family. William, Henry and James are all agricultural labourers.

In 1871, Sir John Lubbock, a member of Parliament, and also a social reformer, decided that the British people should have some extra time off work. After bringing in the Bank Holiday Act of 1871,citizens would now enjoy some extra time off work to spend with their families. England, Wales and Northern Ireland were allocated four bank holidays, while Scotland had five. Most of the bank holidays occurred on a Monday, with the August bank holiday being very popular. I wonder how James and his family spent their bank holidays; did they have quality family time together, or were times hard for them and they continued to work?

The final census return that James appeared on was the 1881 census. He was still living with Eliza, but by this time, he was no longer working as he was 85 years of age:

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Eliza Hinvest passed away not long after James, in the first quarter of 1883.

In the next blog, I will be writing about my three times great-grandparents, Noah Hiscock and Emma Hinvest.

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William Hiscock

William Hiscock and his wife Henrietta Whitehorn are my four times great-grandparents, and you can see them in the family tree below:

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William was the first child born to Hannah Hiscock, and he was born in 1788 in Minstead, and was bapisted on the 25th May the same year. Despite searching through Bastardy Orders to try and find out who his father was, I was unable to find anything. It’s left me wondering for a while now, what my surname would have been if Hannah had married William’s father. I know that it would have been quite certain that I would not have been a Hiscock. The same would apply to my husband. His four times great-grandfather was William’s younger brother, James. James was also base-born, and I haven’t been able to find a father for him either. If Hannah had married James’ father, then my husband wouldn’t have been a Hiscock either. I wonder what my married name would have been?

William married Henrietta Whitehorn in Minstead on the 8th June 1812. Below is a copy of their marriage record from FindMyPast:

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Marriage Record of William and Henrietta

Henrietta was born in Minstead in 1788 and was baptised later that year on the 28th December. She was the youngest of six children born to William and Elizabeth Whitehorn (nee Philips). There were quite a lot of Whitehorn families in Minstead around that time, and if you visit the graveyard of All Saints Church, you’ll see a lot of Whitehorn gravestones.

William and Henrietta had six children, and they were: Jane (1812-), Joseph (1815-1869), Hannah (1818-1902), William (1822-), Maria (1825-1869) and Noah, my three times great-grandfather (1828-1870).

We next see the Hiscock family on the 1841 census return:

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They are living at Woodside in Minstead. William and Henrietta have their sons, Joseph, William and Noah living with them. You can see that their occupations were agricultural labourers.

At the time the Hiscock family were at work on the farms, they were living under the Corn Laws, which was introduced in 1815, and William would have been 27 years old at this time. It was the end of the French Wars, and corn prices had almost halved, which caused great panic amongst farmers. The Corn Law was meant to provide relief for our domestic farmers. This meant that “the reduction of the price of corn was attributable to the importation of foreign grain”, according to http://www.historyhome.co.uk. A member of the government at that time felt that by doing this, our security would be greater. Even if the price of corn might be cheaper in the end, by cultivation at home, rather than depending on foreign countries for our grain. The law was introduced to stabilise wheat prices at 80/- per quarter. Foreign grain couldn’t be imported until domestic grain reached that price.

Not everyone was in favour of this law as all it did was to protect the expanded grain farms, but failed to solve the problem of high prices. Food prices were subjected to extreme fluctuation, and encouraged people to hoard the corn. People spent the bulk of their earnings on food rather than commodities. The Corn Laws caused a lot of problems for working class people in towns as they were unable to grow their own food. The Law only served to help out the landowners, and as the majority of the Members of Parliament were landowners, the government was unwilling to reconsider a new legislation to help the economy, the poor people or the manufacturers. When the Law was brought in, in 1815, it caused a lot of rioting.

The Corn Law was revised in 1828, when a sliding scale was introduced which allowed foreign corn to be imported duty-free when the domestic price of corn rose to 73/- quarter. This still didn’t really help the poor or the manufacturers.

Over time, anti-Corn Law Leagues appeared challenging the existing laws. By 1846, Prime Minister Robert Peel, fearing a possible uprising, argued for a repeal of the law. On the 15th May 1846, a coalition of Whigs and conservatives repealed the Corn Laws.

It seems like this was turbulent times for the country’s poor people, and I wonder how the Hiscock family faired at the time, as well as other members of their community.

We next see the Hiscock family on the 1851 census return:

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William and Henrietta are living at Flat Water in Minstead with their youngest son, Noah, and his wife, Emma. Both William and Noah are garden labourers.

It was around this time that England was suffering through a major outbreak of cholera. A previous outbreak of cholera in 1832, in London, claimed the lives of 55,000 people. The outbreak that began in England and Wales in 1848, would claim another 52,000 lives. How big of an effect did it have on my ancestor’s lives, and in turn, their community?

When the 1861 census return was carried out, William and Henrietta were living at Street in Minstead:

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You can see that they are now living on their own; their children now having moved on. It states that William is now 73 years of age and that he is still working as an agricultural labourer. They really did work on until later in life, and if you compare this to how we live nowadays, it looks like we will be doing the same.

William passed away in the final quarter of 1868 at 80 years of age. His wife, Henrietta passed away soon after.

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Robert Parker

Robert Parker and his wife, Mary Bricknell are the final set of five times great-grandparents in this part of my family tree. You can see in the diagram below, where they are situated in the family tree:

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So far, I have been unable to find a baptism record for Robert that would fit the time frame of his age when he got married. There is one baptism record for a Robert Parker in the Eling area of Hampshire for the year 1779. This would mean that he would have been 10 years old when he got married, so we can assume that this record is incorrect. I’ve had a look through the various databases available, and despite finding quite a few baptism records for a Robert Parker, at this stage, it is difficult to confirm which is the correct one.

Robert married Mary Bricknell on the 13th December 1789 in Eling. Here is a copy of their marriage transcription:

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Marriage record of Robert and Mary

As you can see from the Hampshire Marriages Transcription on FindMyPast, it states that Mary’s surname is Brignell. According to The Internet Surname Database, there are a few variants of this surname, and they are: Brignall, Brignell, Bricknall and Bricknell.

Mary’s baptism record shows her surname to be Bricknell, and that she was baptised on the 29th August 1762 in the parish of Portsea St Mary, Hampshire. It states that her father’s name was Isaac.

Robert and Mary had four children: Elizabeth (1789-1803), Thomas (1791-1845), Powlet (1793-1864) and Caroline, my four times great-grandmother (1798-1837).

When researching the baptism for great-aunt Elizabeth, I noticed that she was baptised 17 days after her parents were married. This could mean that she was born and baptised within a few days, as her baptism record didn’t state that she was base-born. It would also mean that Mary would have been very heavily pregnant when she got married.

With Eling not being a particularly large place, it makes me wonder whether Robert and Mary Parker knew my other five times great-grandparents, James and Anne Hinvest, as they would have lived in the area around the same time. Did their children play together?

Mary passed away in the third quarter of 1833, and was buried on the 26th September 1883 in Eling.

The next record that Robert appears on is the 1841 census return:

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As you can see, Robert is living at a place called Trotts in Eling and his occupation is shown as a Baker. He’s living with his son, Thomas, who was a labourer. Robert is fifth from the top on this census return, and it states that he wasn’t born in Hampshire, which is why I am having difficulty in locating a baptism record for him. If he had still been alive, when the next census return had been carried out, in 1851, it would have provided me with a more accurate location as to his date and place of birth. I’ll have a look at his marriage record at Hampshire Archives to see if that provides me with any further information as where he may have come from. There might also be a settlement record for him.

Robert passed away in the fourth quarter of 1843, and was buried in Eling on the 24th December 1843. When I am next in Eling, I will be visiting both cemeteries to see if I can locate the graves of my grandparents.

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James Hinvest

In today’s blog post, I will be telling you about James Hinvest and his wife Ann(e) (nee Legge). When I originally started writing this blog about my family history, James and Ann(e) did not appear in my tree, and this was due to difficulties with their surname. I was quite certain that they would be living in the Eling area of Hampshire, and it turned out that I was right. The reason why I was having so many difficulties was due to the number of name variations in the different records. The variations that I have found so far are: Hinvest, Hinves, Henvis, Hinvess and Henviss. After carrying out the various researches, I was confident that I had the correct family.

James Hinvest was my five times great-grandfather on my paternal line, and he was born in 1770 in Eling, Hampshire. The parish of Eling lies almost five miles to the west of the centre of Southampton. According to http://www.british-history.ac.uk the ancient parish of Eling included the modern parishes of Eling, Netley Marsh, Copythorne, Colbury and Marchwood. These five parishes were formed from Eling in 1894. The modern parish of Eling includes Rumbridge, Totton, Pooksgreen and parts of Hounsdown.

The village of Eling has a church called St Mary the Virgin and originates from the ninth century, possibly as a timber construction. It is thought that it was founded in the reign of King Ethelwulf, who was the father of King Alfred. The entry for Eling in the Domesday Book states that there was a church in existence in the area at that time, but little remains of it due to the nature of its construction.

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St Mary the Virgin Church, Eling

When the Normans arrived, the church was re-built from stone. Due to a church standing in the area for over 900 years, the graveyard is estimated to hold 30,000 burials. There are currently two graveyards, with the newer one situated further down the hill from the church.

Just down the hill from the church is Eling Tide Mill. Although a mill was mentioned in the Domesday Book in Eling, there is no evidence that this current one is connected to it.  The current tide mill had to be re-built about 240 years ago, in the 1770s, due to a storm. This would have been around the time that James was born. Eling Tide Mill is one of two such mills still operating in this country today.

James and Anne are my third set of five times great-grandparents that I am sharing with you and this is where they are situated in my family tree:

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According to the Hampshire Genealogical Society’s Baptism Index, 1752-1812, James was baptised in Eling on the 8th July 1770. It states that his father was John Hinvest, but it doesn’t state who his mother was. In the October 2016 edition of Family Tree magazine, there is an article in the Dear Tom section on page 12, column two about why parents may have been absent from their children’s baptisms. It could have been that the mothers were confined to bed for a long period of time after they gave birth to their children. According to the article, the mother was also said ‘to be unclean for 40 days’, and then had to be ‘churched’ before entering a church building. It was also thought that babies were baptised earlier due to high infant mortality rates.

James married Anne Legge on the 17th November 1794 in the parish of North Stoneham in Hampshire. This parish is a fair way from James’ home parish of Eling. Looking at the baptism record of Anne Legge, there is only one record of this name in Hampshire. According to the Hampshire Baptisms Transcription on FindMyPast, Anne Legge was baptised on the 27th October 1775 in Headley, Hampshire. Her parents were Thomas and Sarah, and in the notes, it states that they were from Frensham. Frensham is in Surrey and is 4.8 miles north-east of Headley. I will need to visit the Hampshire Archives to see if there are any settlement records for the Legge family. Below is a copy of the baptism record:

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As the only marriage record that I have found so far is of James Henvis marrying Anne Legge in the parish of North Stoneham, I would like to have a look at the marriage record to see how the bride and groom’s parish has been recorded. The date of the marriage would coincide with when they started their family. Below is a copy of the only marriage record that I could find:

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Having researched through the various databases available to me, I was able to find six children born to James and Ann(e), and they were: James, my four times great-grandfather (1796-), Elizabeth (1799-), Sarah (1806-1828), Henry (1808-), Richard (1811-) and Thomas (1813-1814). As you can see, Thomas was extremely young when he passed away.

The next record that James appeared on was the 1841 census return:

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You can see on this census return that James is 70 years old, and that he is living with his wife, Ann and that she is 60 years old. This would mean that she was born in 1781. The 1841 census return was never very accurate when it came to recording ages, so we can use this date of birth as a rough guideline. If you look below Ann’s name on the census return, you can see that they have a Hannah Hinvest living with them, and that she is 20 years of age. On researching further, it would appear that Hannah is their daughter and that she was born in Eling in 1821. She had appeared on one of the baptism records under one of the many name variants, so this lead me to carry out further researches to see if there were any other siblings between Thomas who had passed away in 1814 and Hannah who had been born in 1821. I found another two siblings born before Hannah, and one born after. James and Anne had ten children in total, and the new children that I had found were Eliza (1815-1848), George (1817-1818), Hannah (1821-), and George (1824-1824).

The next record that James appeared on was the 1851 census return, and you can see the transcription of this from FindMyPast below:

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By 1851, James was a widower and he was living at the New Forest Union Workhouse. His age on this record is showing as 84, which would give a year of birth of 1767, and this fits in within a few years of the baptism record that I found.

According to http://www.workhouse.org.uk, the New Forest Union Workhouse was built in Ashurst in 1836, and it was to accommodate around 200 inmates. The architect was a man called Sampson Kempthorne, and he was the architect of many of the early Union workhouses. After 1930, the workhouse was taken over by Southampton County Council and it became a Public Assistance Institution. After 1948, it joined the National Health Service and became Ashurst Hospital, which provides care for elderly patients.

As James was a widower, by the time of the 1851 census, we can assume that his wife, Ann(e), died between 1841 and 1851 as the last record that she appeared on was in 1841. I have only been able to find one death record for that period, and that is for a Ann Hinves in September 1846 in the district of Southampton. I am currently in the process of requesting this certificate to make sure that it is the correct person. I’ve found a death record for a James Hinves for the first quarter of 1853 in the New Forest district of Hampshire. I will be requesting this certificate as well to make sure it is the correct person. If it doesn’t match his details, then it could be for his son, James, my four times great-grandfather. I will keep you updated in a future blog.

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William Whitehorn

William Whitehorn and his wife Elizabeth Whitehorn, nee Philips are my next set of five times great grandparents. You can see below where they are situated in my family tree:

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William Whitehorn was born in Minstead in 1752, and was the second child born to parents William and Mary. He was baptised  at All Saints Church, Minstead on the 8th August 1752, according to the Hampshire Baptisms Transcription on http://www.findmypast.co.uk. I also double-checked this information on the Hampshire Baptism Index CD rom transcribed by the Hampshire Genealogical Society.

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All Saints Church

William married Elizabeth Philips (1747-1823) at the same village church on the 16th October 1774. They had six children together: William (1775-1826), Sarah (1777-1778), John (1779-1802), Mary (1781-1863), Sarah (1784-), and Henrietta, my four times great-grandmother (1788-1869). You can read more about Henrietta in a future blog.

William passed away in May 1808 in Minstead, and was buried, according to the Hampshire Burial Transcriptions on Find My Past, on the 21st May 1808. If you have a look on one of my previous blogs, Hunting For Ancestors, you can see that it shows a large number of grave stones for the Whitehorn family in Minstead. I will need to see where these people are situated  within the Whitehorn family tree. At the time of searching the graveyard, I was unable to locate a grave for William.

With regards to William’s wife, Elizabeth, I do not have a lot of information about her at this moment in time. I know that she married William in Minstead in 1774, but I do not have a baptism for her. I will need to take a look at the marriage record at the Hampshire Archives to see if she was from Minstead. If it states that she was from another parish in Hampshire, then I will be able to look for a baptism  under that particular parish.

According to Hampshire Burial Transcriptions on http://www.findmypast.co.uk Elizabeth died May 1823, and was buried in Minstead on the 4th May 1823. It states that she was aged 76 when she died, so that would give a rough year of birth of 1747.

Any further updates that I find for Elizabeth will be published in a future blog.

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Hannah Hiscock

I’m continuing with my family history, and I now move on to my first five times great grandparent, Hannah Hiscock. You can see from the image below where Hannah is situated in my family tree:

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As you can see on the family tree, there is no grandfather for me to tell you about. My family surname comes from Hannah, as my four times great-grandfather was base-born; meaning he was born out-of-wedlock. In fact, all three of Hannah’s children were base- born. I will tell you more about that shortly.

Hannah was born in 1765 in Bramshaw in the New Forest, and her parents were George and Elizabeth.

Bramshaw is a small village in the New Forest, Hampshire. Up until 1895, it was divided into two parts, with half in Wiltshire and the other half in Hampshire. Bramshaw lies 11 miles west of Southampton.

According to http://www.wikipedia.org Bramshaw appeared twice in the Domesday Book for Wiltshire and was held by Wulfnoth and Edmund. The name Bramshaw comes from an old English word for “bramble bush wood”. The current church of Bramshaw dates from the 13th century, but has many later additions:

The County of Southampton Act 1894 placed the whole of Bramshaw into Hampshire, with the county boundary running through the churchyard and through the church. It had its nave in Wiltshire and its chancel in Hampshire. There were two separate parish councils, but they unified in 1932.

Brawmshaw village school first opened in 1812 as a boy’s school, but by 1819, the girl’s and infants school was registered. It was open for 165 years, and closed in July 1977; with the school building now being used as a private dwelling.

According to the Hampshire Baptisms Transcription on http://www.findmypast.co.uk Hannah Hiscock was baptised on the 23rd April 1765 in Bramshaw, Hampshire. I still need to find out whether or not she had any other siblings . I have already checked on the main genealogy websites, but I will double-check this as records are being added all of the time, otherwise, I will have a look when I visit Hampshire Archives to see if there is anything I can find there.

Hannah gave birth to three children, all of whom were born out-of-wedlock. Her children were: William, my four times great-grandfather (1788-1868), James, my husband’s four times great grandfather (1790-1861), and Mary (1793-). All three of her children were born in Minstead, which is three miles south of Bramshaw. It’ll be interesting to see if  there was a settlement record for Hannah in Minstead as she was born in Bramshaw.

I visited Hampshire Archives to see if I could find a father for my four times great-grandfather, William. I remember arriving there early as I was excited at the prospect of finding another possible ancestor for my family tree, and also to find out what my surname would have been if Hannah had married William’s father. When I arrived at the Archives, I asked to see the Bastardy Orders for Minstead for that time period. I was advised that there would be a possibility that I wouldn’t find what I was looking for, as they didn’t have that much information, but I had my fingers crossed just in case.

When I had the book that I had ordered from the archive vault, I sat down and looked through it page by page. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a Bastardy Order for either William or James, but there was one for their sister, Mary.

There was an Order from 1793 stating that Mary’s father was Job Dovey, a labourer from Bramshaw. Hannah and Job were never married. He appeared on the order so that he could pay towards Mary’s upbringing, so that she was not a burden on the parish coffers. Job was born in Bramshaw, Wiltshire in 1758, and he married Mary Purdey (1746-1789) on the 28th May 1785. So far, I have been unable to locate any children for Job and his wife.

Hannah married Henry Norman in Minstead on the 12th March 1798 when she was 33 years of age. At the present time, I have been unable to find out if they had any children together, despite searching a number of databases. I’ve also been unable to locate a date of death for Hannah, and I will be looking further at the records available at Hampshire Archives.

 

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The Hiscock Line

The following family tree is the Hiscock line of my family, where it shows the home person as my paternal grandfather.

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This is the main body of my paternal line, and you can see where the dark arrows appear that that particular line continues back a generation or two.  I will be writing about all of the ancestors in the Hiscock line first before moving on to the other members of the tree.

The first part of my family history is to tell you about the members from the ninth generation.

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This line links directly from the Hiscock line. You can see where they sit into the family tree by looking at the main tree above. Initially, I would be writing about William Hiscock’s grandfather on his paternal line, but as you can see, his father doesn’t appear as William was baseborn. He was baptised using his mother’s surname, but I will tell you more about this in a future blog. I have limited information about my six times great grandparents in this part of the tree, but have been more successful in other areas.

Instead, I will be telling you about my first set of six times great grandparents, who are George Hiscock and his wife, Elizabeth. At the time of writing this book, I have a few sparse details, and I am currently in the process of researching them. All that I know at the moment is that they had a child called Hannah (my five times great-grandmother, who you can read  about in a future blog).

I know that at the time their daughter was born, in 1765, they were living in Bramshaw in the New Forest which is in Hampshire. This is all that I know about them at the moment. The next stage of my research for this elusive couple will be to visit Hampshire Archives and research the parish of Bramshaw and the surrounding areas. It could be that they didn’t come from Hampshire; in that case, I would need to see if I can find a settlement record in the Quarter Sessions. This could then tell me where they came from. An update regarding this couple will follow at a later date. We now move on to the next set of six times great grandparents.

William Whitehorn was born in 1720 in Minstead, Hampshire. Minstead is a small village in the New Forest, Hampshire and is three and a half miles north of Lyndhurst, and just over 11 miles west of Southampton.

According to Wikipedia, Minstead was listed in the Domesday Book. Before the Norman Conquest took place, it was assessed at three and a half hides (a hide is an English unit of land measurement), and was held by a man called Godric Malf. By 1086, Godric’s sons were holding half a hide, as the remaining hides had been taken into the New Forest. In the 1500s, Minstead was in the hands of the Compton family, and by the time William Whitehorn’s children were born, Henry Compton was the High Sheriff of Hampshire.

The church in Minstead is All Saints Church, and is said to date back to the 13th century, but there has been additions to the church throughout the centuries.

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All Saints Church, Minstead

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, novelist of Sherlock Holmes, is buried in the churchyard under a large tree.

William Whitehorn was baptised  on the 25th September 1720 in the village of Minstead. I was able to find his baptism on the Hampshire Baptism Index 1660-1751 CD rom, which was transcribed by the Hampshire Genealogical Society. A lot of parishes in the 18th century only stated the name of the father when the children were baptised, and in this case, the record shows William’s father as John Whitehorn. I will need to research further, at a later date, who William’s mother was.

William married a lady called Mary, although I am not sure of the date as I haven’t been able to locate a marriage record. I will need to visit Hampshire Archives, as so far, I have only been able to locate one marriage in Hampshire for a William Whitehorn and a Mary, and this was in Romsey in 1747. I will need to research this further as the first child that I have for William and Mary was a William Whitehorn born in 1750 in Minstead. I will check to see if any children were born in Romsey first, and if there were, then the next document to look for would be a settlement record.

According to the records that I have researched, William and Mary had four children: William (1750-), William (1752-1808) – my five times great-grandfather, Anne (1752-), and John (1757-). The first William would have passed away at a young age before the next William was born. This is another record that I will need to research further.

William, my six times great-grandfather, passed away on the 3rd September 1795 in Minstead at the age of 75. I was able to find his burial record on the Hampshire Burial Index, 1400-1841 CD rom, transcribed by the Hampshire Genealogical Society.

The only other six times great grandparent that I have been able to locate in this part of the family tree is Sarah Parker, and she gave birth to my five times great-grandfather, Robert Parker, out-of-wedlock in the Eling area of Hampshire. You can read more about Robert in a future blog. As you are probably aware, the name Sarah Parker is a reasonably common name, and I will need to research Sarah at the Hampshire Archives for further details.

There should be a total of 16 six times great grandparents in this section, but as you can see in the family tree, so far, I have a total of five. Once I have carried out further research, I will publish my findings in a future book.

The next blog will be to tell you about the five, five times great grand-parents in this section of the tree.

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