An Illustrated Family History Archive
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Oldest Ancestors

Notes & Details

This chart details the furthest back I have got with each line that makes up my ancestry, in chronological order. Usually with the oldest ancestor there is very little known as they represent the current limit of my research, and often the information may be rather shakey. Please get in touch if you think you can help with anything.

In order to keep some control over this concept I am concentrating on the male ancestor of each line, with the wife noted also. Of course, they are both legitimate ancestors, indeed the wife may be the elder - it is purely for organisation's sake.

One of the oldest family photos in my collection (1860s?), daguerreotype, artificially brightened. Unknown person from the Higson or Pritchard lines.

1500s

BOSWELL, Francis
and Ann
1583 - London, son Haniel baptised. Romany line.

1600s

PEAKE, George
and Mary ASTLEY
1662 - marriage at Ellenhall, 1664 son Samuel born at Ellenhall.
STANTON, George
and Dorothy DAVIES
1675 - marriage at Lichfield Cathedral. Stanton line could go back to George STANTON & Elizabeth EDWARDS m. 1594, Worfield.
HOLMES, Robert
and Elizabeth (?)
1681 - daughter Priscilla born, Shifnal, Shropshire. Of Oakengates. Son Thomas marr Eleanor DAINTY at Shifnal in 1720. Pritchard line.
ECCLESTONE, Humphrey
and Catherine PEAKE
1699 - marriage, Ellenhall. Eccleston of Ellenhall, Staffordshire.
HARDING, Eliakim
and Mary BUCKENHAM
1699 - born to John Harding (mother could be Abi Winter). Lived Drinkstone, Suffolk. Married a widow, Mary Buckenham, 1724. aka Eliasin or Eliakin.
WENLOCK, Thomas
and Sarah BAGNAL
1699 - baptised in Church Eaton, Staffordshire. Married 1727.

1700s

HORSBURGH, Robert
and Agnes ANDERSON
1709 - born. First wife Elspet PHILP (marr. 1740). Married Agnes 1753. Children born in Kilrenny, Fife.
EKE, William
and Frances COOKE
1710 - married in Sheriffhales, Shropshire. Sometimes Icke.
BLYTH, Thomas
and Jean WALKER
1715 - approx year of birth. Son Henry married Margaret WALKER.
LEVELL, Stephen
and Catherine HARDING
1715 - approx year of birth. A widower when he married Catherine, 1755, Kettlebaston, Suffolk. Died 1801.
WALKER, James
and Ann CLARK
1720 - approx year of birth. Daughter Margaret married Henry BLYTH.
BELLINGHAM, James
and Mary EKE
1720 - baptism in Lilleshall, Shropshire. Married 1749 in Sheriffhale.
HARRISON, Gregory
and Hannah LAWRENCE
1722 - of Stoke upon Tern, Shropshire, marriage in Shrewsbury.
FORD, James
and Ann WINFIELD (widow)
1738 - born. The Fords of Staffordshire - Hopton, Rough Close, Fulford, Stone ...
RHODES, Robert
and Jane COAP
1744 - married in Eccleshall, Staffordshire.
ASTON, Stephen
and Rosamond HOLMES
1747 - born. Marr 1774, Shifnal, Shropshire. Pritchard line.
SUTTIE, Thomas
and Euphim STEADMAN
1752 - marriage, St Monance, Fife. Horsburgh line.
LANGLANDS, Alexander
and Katherine CUTHBERT
1755 - marriage, Rescobie, Angus. Phillip ancestor.
REEKIE, James
and May DEER
1756 - born. Daughter Agnes REEKIE had illegitimate son in Carnbee, 1806, with James Horsburgh, shipwright. Horsburgh line.
LEES, Samuel
and Sarah BARNET
1757 - marriage, Haughton, Staffordshire. Son, Charles LEES b. 1776.
AUCHTERLONIE, Robert
and Jean HUTT
1758 - first son born, Dunino, Fife. Auchterlonies of Crail.
GRAY, Patrick
1759 - son Archibald born, Errol. Ewing line. Son George GRAY married Annie ROSS.
HODGKINS, Robert
and Elizabeth HOLLINS
1761 - marriage in Hanbury, Staffordshire. Robert a 'sojourner'. Hodgkins line.
NIELD, Samuel
and Dorothy COLLIS
1762 - marriage (at Ellastone?). Dorothy probably remarried to William COPE in 1775. Hodgkins line.
BUTLER, Joseph
and Tabitha DAVIS
1763 - married in Wolford, Warwickshire. Sherriff and Hodgkins line.
FORD, Patrick
and Margaret GILLETLIE
1765 - marriage, Errol, Perthshire. A flax dresser. Son Robert FORD married Mary FARQUHARSON. Ewing line.
SHERRIFF, William
and Elizabeth BUTLER
1765 - born. Hodgkins and Boswells.
TODD, James
and Helen or Margaret STUART
1766 - first son born, possibly Dysart, Fife. Ewing line.
HODGKINS, Thomas
and Joan
1767 - birth of son, Josiah around this date. A knife grinder, father of Josiah and James of Uttoxeter. Hodgkins line.
WRIGHT, David
and Jane FORGAN
1769 - possible birth, Dysart, Fife. Married Jane in Dysart 1794, both d.1841. Parents could be Henry WRIGHT and Mary BELL. Ewing line.
GILBERT, Joseph
and Eleanor FENTON
1769 - born abt. this year. Bagnall line and Pritchards.
MILLAR, John
and Margaret BROWN
1770 - marriage, Anstruther, Fife. Auchterlonie line.
DENHOLM, James
and Agnes INGLIS
1771 - married, Dunbar, East Lothian. Also Denham. A labourer. Son John married Grace CHAPMAN. Horsburgh line.
MITCHELL, John
and Margaret SCOTT
1775 - marriage, Kingsbarn, Fife. Auchterlonie line.
WISHART, James
and Elizabeth McLAREN
1775 - married, Cults, Fife. Daughter Helen married William BLYTH 1802, Creich.
SPITTLE, John
Elizabeth HARRISON
1776 - marriage, Dudley, Worcestershire. Spittle leading to Gill line to Pritchard lines.
MEFFAN, William
and Girsil ARNOT
1776 - marriage, Kinnell, Angus. Phillip ancestor.
BELL, James
1776 - approx date daughter Mary Ann born (married William SCOTT). Mary's daughter Betsy married James HENDERSON 1828.
CHAPMAN, James
and Euphan SUTTIE
1778 - marriage, St Monance, Fife. Horsburgh line.
PHILLIP, James
and Jean DORMANT or DORMAND
1779 - marriage, Inverkeilor, Angus. A farmer.
REID, James
and Margaret TESTAR
1780 - daughter born, Rescobie, Angus. A crofter. Phillip ancestor.
THOMSON, John
and Ann WHITE
1780 - son David born, Abernethy. Son David married Ann PATTERSON 1803, Logie.
FAIRWEATHER, George
and Agnes LANGLANDS
1781 - marriage, Forfar, Angus. A farmer. Also - ‘servant to John Dair in Parish of Rescobie’. Phillip ancestor.
WILDMAN, William
and Nancy
1786 - born, Chatburn, Lancashire. A weaver. Higson line.
ROBB, Charles
and Elspeth FARQUHARSON
1787 - marriage, Kirkton of Glenisla, Angus. Confusion here as Charles is also referred to as Thomas and Elspeth is also referred to as Catherine and Margaret. Rough ancestor.
ROUGH, Andrew
and Catherine MONCUR
1789 - birth, lived and died in Glamis, Angus. A carter and labourer.
PRITCHARD, John
and Adey or Edey (Adelaide) ASTON
1791 - born Shropshire. A collier, murdered in 1851. Father probably Joseph PRITCHARD. Pritchard line.
EWING or EWAN, James
and Helen CLARK
1793 - marriage, Scone, Perth. A farmer. Ewing line.
HAMMOND, Francis
and Susannah LEVELL
1794 - married at Brettenham, Suffolk. d.1804, probably London. Ewing line.
BIRRELL, Andrew
and May MILLAR
1796 - born Kirkcaldy or Falkland, Fife. Father William BIRRELL, mother not known. Son John BIRRELL, Anstruther (d.1840). Auchterlonie line.
HENDERSON, John
and Elizabeth CAMERON
1796 - marriage, Alyth, Perthshire. Henderson line leading to the Laings and Blyths.
JOHNSON, Thomas
and Jane HODGKINSON
1797 - born, Crookesmore, Sheffield, Yorkshire. A chimney sweep. Hodgkins line.

1800s

GILL, Benjamin
and Sarah SPITTLE
1800 - born, Dudley, Worcestershire. A miner. Pritchard line.
BAGNALL, Abraham
and Elizabeth STEVENSON
1801 - born, Donnington. A miner. Pritchard line.
SCOTT, William.
and Mary Ann BELL
1802 - marriage, Dumfries. A linen weaver.
STEVENSON, Jonathan
and Deborah BURNS
1804 - first child born, Norton, Staffordshire. Deborah born c.1781. Bagnall line and Pritchards.
HIGSON, Thomas
and Alice INMAN
1805 - born, Marsden, Lancashire. Coal miner. Probably son to Thomas Higson and Ann Hartley of Colne. Higson line.
CAMERON, John
and Ann McDONALD
1810 - son born, Little Dunkeld, Perthshire. A farmer. See Cameron.
PAGE, John
and Elizabeth GILBERT
1811 - born about this year. A miner. Pritchard line.
CRONSHAW or CRANKSHAW, James
and Ellen COCK
1811 - wife, Ellen, born 1811, Colne, Lancashire. Lived Higher Booths. Father of Nancy Cronshaw / Crowther / Higson. Higson line.
ALLEN, John
1815 - daughter Hannah DUFFIELD born. Married James HODGKINS 1841, Uttoxeter. Hodgkins line.
CAMPBELL, Donald
and Barbara STEVENSON
1815 - daughter born, France. 'Sergeant in the 42nd Regiment'. Cameron line.
GALLOWAY, unknown
and Ann CLARK (not married)
1823 - illegitimate daughter Elizabeth born, Markinch, Fife. Ann (Isabella on 1851 census) CLARK born Dysart abt. 1801.
SMITH, James
and Elspeth ROBB
1824 - marriage, Coupar, Angus. Ploughman. Rough ancestor.
LAING, George
and Ann THOMSON
1825 - marriage, Ceres, Fife. Ploughman, died before 1851.