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Hello Jim We will be uploading the recording of the meeting shortly along with his handout of all the resources he mentioned. Angie
Hi, is it possible to attach the zoom meeting as I am trying to explain all the details to my wife, who could not attend, and Phil’s explanations will be more accurate and precise than mine. His presentation was very informative and there was a great deal to digest in a short period. Many Thanks Jim Coyle
could i add my ancesters name to your list, Templer 1700,s Abingdon Oxon.
OFHS – please visit https://www.oxsil.org.uk/add-a-surname/ to add surnames and details – thanks very much.
Spelling of Mayhem in the title
Thanks Ben I will change!
Thank you for your helpful reply. I’ve found the wills [also on FindMyPast] and I’ve found more people with the spelling Huick, in particular, who seem to belong to the same family. Will keep looking in Northamptonshire, for a start.
Helen, that is one of the more unusual names in Oxfordshire. I know of several brothers/cousins who were baptising children in Banbury in the early 17th century. Names starting with a Y’ are a challenge. Have you tried looking for variants that might be less obvious such as those starting with ‘Ew’, ‘Eu’ ‘U’, ‘H’ and ‘J’? I have seen Jowick, Hewick, Ewick. Also at a push it might also be connected to York/Yorke. If you contact OFHS Search Services you could get a list of baptisms/marriages/burials concerning these names – see the section of our website under resources. There is a will transcription on our site for 1592 for a Robert Yowicke and 1602 for a Joice in North Oxfordshire so you might want to chase those wills. See the wills section of our resources on this website. As they don’t seem to be in Oxfordshire before the late 1500s/early 1600s the family may have migrated to the county from elsewhere in that period. This is not always a given, but often people who settled in North Oxfordshire around the Banbury area would have migrated from further north in England, so you might want to go searching outside the county in late medieval times. I can’t find an entry for this name in Reaney & Wilson (Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames).
Has anyone ever come across the surname Youicke / Yerwick / Yowick from the Banbury area? The first reference I have found to it is a girl christened in 1633. I would love to find more of these people prior to this date and if possible, where on earth does it come from?
I enjoyed reading about the Timms, in “Stone by Stone”, and following the excitement of the discoveries of the links found with that family. Thank you for sharing this, Kathleen Timms. My interest too, was heightened, as I am a descendant of a William Timms. However, we know Timms is a well known name in Oxfordshire, and if there was a connection to be found, with those in Kathleen’s tree, I didn’t find it! My Great grandfather William was born in Oxfordshire in 1823. He and his young wife, a Radbone, migrated to Australia soon after their marriage in Wheatfield in 1849. My Grandfather, was their youngest son David.
Thank you Margaret – I will pass this on to Sue Honore our Surnames Project co-ordinator. (I have Phipps in my line – it was may maiden name, I was born in Oxford. Haven’t found any of my lot in Hook Norton though!)
I see that SOMERTON has a Yes as researched. My Summerton family (the spelling used in South Africa) were originally from the union of James Summerton & Jane Phipps of Hook Norton. 3 of their sons went to Eastern Cape, South Africa in 1870s and their are many descendants.
Thank you for your details on the Sheppard family of Britwell Salome. That surname is a name which is especially strong in Oxfordshire, although there are many different spelling variations. Are you sure that Timothy’s mother was Ann Keturah Talbot born in 1777? – that would have made her fairly old to be giving birth in 1832. There is another Timothy born to a Thomas and Anne Keturah baptised in 1808, so you might have an extra generation to insert. If you want a full list of the Sheppards baptised in Britwell Salome (and elsewhere) you can ask our Search Services to supply them. See Search Services. If you have any Sheppard cousins, especially males who are willing to do a Y-DNA test, do encourage them to join our DNA project; there are many Australian descendants of Oxfordshire men there and some Shepherd/Sheppards. http://www.familytreedna.com/groups.oxfordshire. Have you read the Victoria County History on Britwell Salome? Enclosure took place in the 1840s which might be why your ancestors decided to head for Australia. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/oxon/vol8/pp43-55 You can also register your name interest on OXSIL (Oxfordshire Surname Interest List) at http://www.oxsil.org.uk. I hope some of this helps. Good Luck.
Hello I am in Australia and notice that Sheppard has two yeses in the columns. I am a descendent of Timothy Sheppard who came to Australia in Feb. 1844. Timothy was born in Britwell Salome Oxfordshire 6th Aug 1832. His father was Thomas Sheppard born 1773 and Mother Ann Keturah Talbot born 1777. According to the1841 census Timothy lived with his wife Harriet and several of their children, Thomas resided with them in Britwell Salome. Timothy married Harriet Brooks at Cuxham Oxfordshire Holy Rood Church of England 3rd Oct 1831. Timothy and his family were Pioneer settlers in the Coburg/Pentridge area of Port Phillip (Melbourne) Victoria Australia. My great, great grandmother- Timothy and Harriets’ daughter, Ann Elizabeth Sheppard was born in Britwell Salome Oxfordshire in 1834. I would like to know more of the Sheppard family and their lives in Oxfordshire before departing England for Australia. I am happy to share the Australia history of the family I have researched.
Thanks Ben – we are hoping for a good turnout tomorrow for the Fair – back in person!
Gladdened to see the presence of societies from other counties and groups.
Ian Wheeler here – rather belatedly. I’m always willing to take tours around Fair Mile and discuss what I know of the hospital and its people. Contact me through OLHA. IW July 2022
Where do I find the “Add Surnames” tab so I can add my Oxfordshire surnames? Alan Jeppesen, Member 7837. firstname.lastname@example.org Answer: Please go to the OXSIL website http://www.oxsil.org.uk and use the “Add Surnames” tab.
I am a member of two other family history sites but have found just this page alone more helpful. Thank you and I will definitely join you as a member soon.
Extremely helpful and will certainly attend.
How very simply put and uncluttered with superfluous IT terminology
Thank you for your comment, Jennifer. We try to provide periodic updates on the project but if there is information that we have missed and you think would be useful to a wide group of people, then do tell us. Sue Honoré DNA & Surname Projects
Very good very informative well done
Any relation to Alan & Joan Page of Hook Norton?
So sorry to hear Hugh passed away in 2020, Jean and Hugh were very kind and helpful to Vanessa and myself, when we visited Minchinhampton in 2013, to trace the family of Vanessa’s GGG-father Piers Frederick Legh who built the house Bowmans Green, The Park, GL6.9BS in 1913. Such an interesting history of Windmill House where Vanessa’s GG-father rented for a short period. I was delighted to read Hugh’s 5-page story , http://www.minchinhamptonlocalhistorygroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Bulletin-31-2014.pdf
Thank you for getting in touch. You are a member of the Oxfordshire DNA project (joined August 2019) but I will send you a private email on your details.
Hi, My Oxfordshire folk are: Stockford, Betteridge, Hawkins, Dixon, Hitchcox, Thornett, Hale, Soloman, Townsend, Selman, Speed, also possibly Webb, Sturdy, Padbury and Lord. The mtdna haplogroup that’s come down the female line from Jane Speed (born 1690, Asthally) is X2. This maternal haplogroup originates in the Levant and I wonder if it came to England with the Roman rule. eg their WAGs. I feel I may have joined this project already ? but now cannot sign in. I did get an email from Sue at some stage but maybe when I joined via ftdna. Cheers, Dee
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