I am researching the STRANGE/STRAINGE family, which was in Mixbury from the early 1600s until 1730.
I would appreciate hearing from others researching the STRANGE name in the Oxon/Bucks/Northants border area, or from others doing research in 17th century Mixbury.
Contact Heather Olsen
I hope you are able to help me please.
I am researching into my family history and have traced my GGG Grandparents to the village of Finmere.
My GGG Grandmother was Maria PAXTON, born 1789 who married my GGG Grandfather Henry NEAL born 1791 ?.... on 6th May 1811 at Finmere Parish Church.
I have been able to find several references to the PAXTON family, in and around Finmere and also some Neals, but for Henry I have no information other than his marriage.
If you are able to supply me with any details or clues as to if, how or where he lived, or at least point me in the right direction I would be very grateful.
Thank you for time and attention.
My sister and I have been researching the Blount/Blunt family that lived in Mixbury from the first records in the parish until
the early 1700`s when the family seems to have moved over the border to Ashendon in Bucks. We have identified the father,
Richard Blount/Blunte/Blunt and a family of six sons and daughters who may have been born in Mixbury-the records start too
late for any marriage or births to be recorded. There does not appear to be a mother who is living when Richard makes his will in 1629. He has the following living children at the time that the will was written:- William, Wellesbourne , John, Ellen, Elizabeth, Joan. Wellesbourne/Welsborn/Welsborne was a linen draper and has been mentioned in the Victoria County Histories as living in Bicester, occupying a building that had previously been occupied by Lister Blount (one of the Mapledurham Blounts) but we can find no family connection in any existing records that we have reviewed. Wellesbourne was married in Clyffe Pipard in Wiltshire-we are not sure why apart from the fact that his wife was from the parish, but it is not obvious why he was there in the first place-maybe intinerant? There appears to be some connections with the local (South West) Hungerford/Hussey/Danvers/Dauntsey families-well to do families of the time, who also seemed to intermarry with other South West based Blunts/Blounts, but we cannot make the connection to this Mixbury family to confirm that they are related.
William is probably Richard`s eldest son and received the lands at his death. John married a Maude ? of Oxford and seems to have moved to Marcham, very close to where the local Sill and Wellesbourne families originated-see below. Elizabeth and Joan were both married at the time of the will so received the standard shilling and Ellen was still unmarried.
Richard first appears as a witness in a Mixbury will in 1614 for a Thomas Strange. He was described as a yeoman in his own will and he and his family appeared to own substantial quantities of land as evidenced by a Glebe Terrier. He left £100 as a dowry for his daughter Ellen, quite a substantial amount at the time, but there appears to be some money owed to him by a gentleman called Wellesbourne Sill, another local luminary, and it may be that his daughter never received it. The family fortunes appear to have declined over the next fifty years and they subsequently became agricultural-labourers.
John Wellesbourne-the local Lord of The Manor from the mid 1500`s and Wellesbourne Sill have families that intermarried over a century and both families hailed from south Oxfordshire originally. Blounts are also found in this area in the early 1500`s, but again, no concrete links can be made between them and the Mixbury Blounts. The fact that Richard had a son called Wellesbourne may point to the fact that either Wellesbourne Sill or a member of the Wellesbourne family could have been his god-father. Regardless, the families obviously had strong links as evidenced by the money owed in the will.
We were wondering if anyone has any in-depth knowledge of the village prior to the 1700`s-ie buildings, families, maps. We have not looked at manorial records as yet and family commitments mean that this option cannot be taken up for a while.
If anyone could help with identifying any relationships, documents or indeed any information whatsoever, we would be eternally grateful.
Contact Kate Partridge
An ancestor, Mathieu Fanjoux, was appointed rector in Fringford on
21 April 1697. He died "of natural causes" on 1 February 1698, less
than a year later.
I have a lot of information on Mathieu's early life. He was born in
1662 in Tours, France, and graduated from the Academy of
Saumur, a Huguenot higher education institution, in 1685. He, his
mother and four siblings all escaped to London by 1687 and
gradually assimilated into English society.
Until yesterday I had lost track of Mathieu after he was naturalized
an English citizen on 8 March 1696/97 in London, only 7 weeks
before his appointment to Fringford. What a find.
Some genealogical questions:
1. Did he die in or near Fringford? Was he buried in or near there?
2. Are there any records of his life as a pastor that help "illuminate"
his brief life?
3. Was there a write-up of any kind on his death, e.g. an official
record, an autopsy, a newspaper comment, etc.?
4. Was he married when he lived in Fringford, and did he have
children? What were the names of his wife and children, if any?
5. If there was a wife, did she remain in the area or move
Any leads on the above questions might be invaluable in giving me a
greater picture of this man's life. He is one of the most interesting
people in my family tree.
Contact Emery M. Fanjoy
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I am researching my husbandsí family and attach a photo of I believe the Rectory at Mixbury.
I would be interested to know who the Vicar or Rector was in the late 1920-30s. I am particularly interested if their name was Farr, or first name Stanley
contact Deborah Poulton
reply sent by Ricky Yates -
The Rector of Mixbury from 1921 - 1930 was The Rev'd Trevor W. D. Spedding
From 1931, Mixbury started sharing their Rector with Finmere and from 1931 - 1934 it was The Rev'd George Dangerfield who had been Rector of Finmere since 1919.
From 1935 - 1939 it was The Rev'd Christopher Francis Cross.
The picture is very definitely The Rectory (now The Old Rectory), Mixbury with All Saints Parish Church in the background.
My wife and I are living in Switzerland, I have been tracing my family name for the past 15 years (from Switzerland). My 5 x Gt. Grandfather was married on the 1.10.1748 and burried 5.2.1792 (aged 77) in Cottisford Church he married Elizabeth Dawkins of Mixbury (Bapt.5.4.1724 died 6.10.1757) she was buried 249 years ago this Friday.
Anyone who is interested I have much data from my line of franklins from this date and would be very interested to hear from anyone who also has information concerning my family name.
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I am researching my family history (along with everyone else) and I have traced a family member, John Slater Harrison to Shelswell House. He is on the 1841, 1851, 1861, & 1871 census.
I would love some information about the area and house if at all possible. I have tried contacting the Oxford council and as of yet have not received a reply. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
contact Elaine Rogers
My ancestors, the Whitmore family, lived in Stoke Lyne from early in the 1800s .
My great-great grandmother Elizabeth Whitmore was born in Stoke Lyne into the Phillips family and married Samuel Whitmore.
They had 12 children, many of whom lived and married in the area so I would be very interested to hear from anyone with a connection
to the Whitmore family.
Samuel died in an accident in 1843 and I wonder if this was the burning down of 25 thatched cottages mentioned on your history of Stoke
contact Jenny Pioli
I have been researching my Fringford family links through my mother's side of the family and am interested in any information anyone may have on the surname WHITE.
I have quite extensive details going back to about 1760, but nothing before then in the Fringford Parish Registers.
I am also trying to determine whether a William WHITE (born Padbury 1837) and his descendants are related. They were certainly resident in Fringford from about 1867.
Also interested in the surname TAPPING, based in Newton Purcell.
contact Peter Jones
I have been researching my grandmother's family history which centres on Oxfordshire.
The 1901 Census shows my Great Grandmother, Betsy Gregory, as a cook/domestic at The Vicarage, Stratton Audley, the clergyman at the time being Alfred M. Littlehales.
It would be interesting to know something about her role in that capacity and what sort of man the Rev Littlehales was. My grandmother was illigitimate and at the time was living with my Great Great Grandmother in the Alms Houses in Kiddlington.
The church connections makes one think that the employment of Betsy was a charitable act. Any thoughts on that?
contact Ray Sharratt