Family Connections in Northamptonshire

Parish and Other Non-Quaker Records

Parish Records Searched, and Results

Parish Results
Bugbrooke FHL #6126893-4 See the Ashby, Gill, Haddon, and Hopkins families
Burton Latimer FHL #6126912 No Hopkinses found
Farthingstone FHL #6127456-7 See Haddon and Hopkins families
Hardingstone FHL #6127637-40, 6127653 See the Gill, Haddon, and Hopkins families
Hargrave FHL #6127663 See the Marriott family
Harpole FHL #6127678 See Haddon and Marriott families
Heyford FHL #496689 A few Hopkinses found
Maxey FHL #883897 No names of interest
Middleton Cheney FHL #6128082 See link below
Moreton Pinkney FHL #6128109 See link below
Northamptonshire Marriages FHL #48696789 Two Haddon names
Norton FHL #6128414 No names of interest
Peterborouth FHL #6128579 No Hopkins names 1632-1635
Ringstead FHL #6128772 No Hopkins births 1620-1642
Welford FHL #6129266 No Hopkins births 1620-1644
Woodford Hulse FHL #6129471 A Hawkins family

I began my research in Northamptonshire with the Northampton Quarterly Meeting data. Later I searched the records for the parishes above for the same surnames. Here is what I found for the following families. Note: Because these Parish Registers were so difficult to read, some of the names are marked with a ? to denote uncertainty.

Family Names

Ashby | Gill | Haddon | Hopkins | Marriott | Ward

The Ashby Families

Most of the Ashbys I found were in the Bugbrooke parish records. They were a numerous family with many references in the parish record books. Ashbys were in both the Quaker records and the parish records for Bugbrooke.

Go to Ashby family records

The Gill Families

I found no death records in any of these parish records, and only four baptisms and three marriages. See the Hardingstone parish records below for the Gills there. The Quaker records contain the marriage of John Gill to Anne Haddon, daughter of Matthew and Phillipia Haddon of Hardingstone.

These parishes were obviously not the home territory of the Gill families. According to a chart in a published history of the family that I recently received, the Gills were from Whilton, Northamptonshire.

Marriages

Groom Surname Groom Name Bride Surname Bride Name Date Parish
J?aron ? John Gill Lu?? 15-Jan-1574 Bugbrooke
Grene John Gill Bridget 06-Jun-1615 Bugbrooke
Gill Francis Langford Mary 16-Feb-1726 Hardingstone

The Haddon Families

Matthew Haddon and his wife Phillipia lived in the parish of Hardingstone. They were married in Harpole on October 30, 1651. Two of their children's Baptisms were recorded in the Hardingstone registers: John in 1653 and Edmond in 1654. There were several other Haddon familes in Hardingstone, Farthingstone, and Bugbrooke.

Matthew's father, John Haddon, married Elizabeth Hunt (Hunte as written) on November 10, 1618. Elizabeth's surname had been read as Flint by earlier researchers, but a tip from Elizabeth Lyons of Haddonfield that her name was actually Hunt led me to look at the name again. Here is an image of the name as recorded on the microfilm.

Go to Haddon family records.        View a register report for this family.

The Hopkins Families

There were fewer references to the Hopkinses in these records than I had expected, even though both Bugbrooke and Farthingstone were home to a number of Hopkinses, according to the Quaker records. There are two reasons I can think of for this:

1. The first is that many of the family became Quaker fairly early in this time period. Hopkinses were mentioned in the Sufferings as early as 1663 in Northamptonshire. This note in the Bugbrooke parish records shows the schism that took place between the Quakers and the Parish Church:

Memorand: that about this time that untoward Generations of Quakers began to bury theirs Distinctly by themselves in their Gardens and Orchards in severall places of the Town all which Burials (there being no notice given of them to the Mins: or Parish Clerke) are therefore here omitted nor have their names inserted in their Church Register though there was then a considerable mortality among them as also those, of severall other sorts of Phanaticks, who having forsaken the Church would not be buried in the Church yard, but in their Orchards or backside of the Road. With them who poisoned so many others is to be reckond also Richard Taylor a Knitter, who then poisoned himself and was first buried in the highway that leads to Bugbrooke Mill at the parting of the meere towards Kislingbury and then after severall Weekes taken up, and buried on the left hand of the Northampton Way, in a bank that parts betweene the fields of Bugbooke & Kislingbury.

--from FHL #6126894, Bugbrooke Burials, 1668

I've compared the entries for Hopkinses and Haddons in the Northampton Quarter Meeting records with those of these Parish registers, and have found no duplication. The burial of Mathew Haddon was mentioned in the Hardingstone parish records, along with the fact that he was a Quaker. Besides that, the Quakers and the Parish churches seem to have been separate.

The Quakers during this time were actively opposed to the Established Church, and not only took no part in its services, but encouraged others to leave as well.

Fox increasingly made it his habit to enter the steeplehouses and gather people out from them. He attacked these Church buildings as idols because they were wrongly called "the Church" or "the house of God" and were maintained by the coercive tithe system. Similarly, Fox criticized the clergy for their dependence upon tithe support, calling them merchandizers of the gospel, in contrast to Christ's free teaching.

-from Douglas Gwyn, Apocalypse of the Word, p. 27

Having been brought up in a church of congregational polity, I've had a hard time adjusting my thinking to the episcopal type of church organization of the Church of England. It's a completely opposite way of thinking about the church and its governance. In reading through the notes about the Daventry Tithing Book, it came home to me how unpopular a minister might be with some of his congregation (not to mention the dissenting members of the parish). The minister was also the tax collector, since his "living" was mostly the right to collect the tithes and other fees that the church levied on the members of the parish:

In the early eighteenth century the curates' stipend was dereved from four principal sources. The first was the small ththes of the parish. These comprised the compounded tithes of the farmers' yardlands in the fields of Daventry and Drayton, tithes of sheep pastured on the town common on Borough Hill, of orchards and gardens of certain tenements in Daventry and customary tithe eggs due to the parson on Good Friday. In 1720 their value, in round terms, was 34. The second source consisted of Richard Farmer's bequest of 1662 of 20, with 6 for the rent of a suitable house (a sum raised in 1724 to 8). The third consisted of 'subscriptions,' or quarterly contributions from parishioners which varied a little from year to year, but which came to about 25 in 1720. ... The fourth element was what the Tithing Book sometimes refers to as 'obventions,' a miscellany of payments usually made up of 'Easter offerings' from the parishioners, the letting of the churchyard for grazing, a payment arising out of the town Malt Mill, and 'surplice fees' & sundry payments made for keeping the registers, reading banns, issuing marriage certificates and officiating at weddings and funerals.

-from pp. 66-7 of the introductory notes to the
"Daventry Tithing Book," by R. L. Greenall, editor,
in A Northamptonshire Miscellany, Edmund King, editor.

2. The second reason is that many of the Hopkinses may have moved to the London area, as did many of the Haddons and Gills. Northamptonshire was a county with a high proportion of dissenters, and they probably felt pressure to move elsewhere. A substantial number of Quakers migrated to the Colonies, where greater tolerance and opportunities were to be expected.

Here are the records I found for the Hopkinses in the Bugbrooke, Farthingstone, and Hardingstone parishes:

Go to Hopkins parish records

See also the links below to records from Middleton Cheney and Moreton Pinkney.

In summary for the Hopkins families, I have not yet found a link between William Hopkins of Southwark and a Hopkins family in Northamptonshire. There were certainly a number of Hopkins families there, and I still have other sources to pursue. I did a more complete survey of the Hardingstone parish records, in case there was a link between the Haddons and Hopkinses there. The only one I found was the 1605 marriage between Simon Hopkins and Anne Haddon. I found no births in the Hardingstone records for this couple's children, and no burials. I'm continuing to research Hopkinses in Northamptonshire, and will post any new results in these pages.

The Marriott Families

This was another numerous family. I found many references to the Marriotts (in various spellings) in all these parishes. I wasn't able to establish whether Phillipia (Marriott) Haddon was related to any of these families, but I'll pursue this further. See also the Marriotts in the Harpole parish register, and in the Hardingstone parish register (link below).

Marriott family
records
Hargrave Parish Records Harpole Parish Records Northampton Quarterly Meeting
Quaker Records

The Ward Families

William Ward, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ward, married Elizabeth Haddon, daughter of Mathew and Phillipiah (Marriott) Haddon on 3 Nov 1692. They had three children, William, Elizabeth, and Margaret. You can find their records, and those of other Wards, in the Hardingstone parish records, below. Also see the register report for the Haddon family.

Other Sources of Information

The Victoria History

Some time ago, I had a chance to see The Victoria History of the County of Northamptonshire, from that series of histories of the counties of England. I was disappointed in it because it contained no information about my own ancestors, but it did contain some useful background information about the county, the more prominent families, and the historic homes and churches.

Parish Record Transcriptions

Following are links to transcriptions (in pdf format) from parish records, including more complete records from Hardingstone.

Middleton Cheney Moreton Pinkney
Hardingstone Baptisms Hardingstone Marriages Hardingstone Burials

Middleton Cheney and Moreton Pinkney both had a number of Hopkinses in the parish church records. These small towns are about 7.5 miles apart. They are also close to other towns which had Hopkinses in the records, as well as being near the locations of other families that had some connection with William Hopkins in Southwark.

I ordered a copy of a pedigree done by H. I. Longden for the Hopkins family of Moreton Pinkney, and am including the information contained in that, and the Moreton Pinkney parish register, in this descendant report (pdf).

Other Transcriptions

These records come from filmings of card indexes at the Northampton Record Office, and from other sources.

Record Source
General Index to Personal Names, Northamptonshire FHL #883890. This gives locations of Hopkinses found in this index.
Northamptonshire Personal Name Index FHL #1911929 and #1952182. Hopkins and other names of interest, with their locations.
Hopkins of Northampton and Cold Ashby Walter Charles Metcalf, ed.,The visitations of Northamptonshire made in 1564 and 1618-19, p. 100. Descendants of Thomas Hopkins of Staffordshire.
Hopkins of Cold Ashby H. I. Longden, The Visitation of the County of Northamptonshire in the Year 1681. London: Harleian Society, 1935, p. 91.
Continuation of the above pedigree chart.
Hopkins Locations Locations of Hopkinses in Northamptonshire by Map Coordinates.

This file was last updated on 10/30/2010.

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