Blencowe Families' Association Newsletter Vol. 19 No. 4 December 2004

Surfing the Internet

Daphne Austin has turned up some more interesting stuff. Looking at a website <> she found the story of John Blencowe of Middleton Cheney, a manservant who had been convicted of theft from his employer and sentenced to transportation for 14 years to be served in Tasmania. He shipped out on the Lord Lyndoch and arrived at Hobart in 1841. On arrival his sentence was reduced to 18 months. During his probation period he worked as a baker for Mr Thomas Archer ar Woolmer's Estate. Mr Archer was known to have great compassion for convicts, not agreeing with the system of transportation, thus treating his workers well.

In 1846 John married Elizabeth Horner of Pontefract who had travelled to Tasmania with two sisters to work as domestic servants. They had arrived in Launceston on the Elizabeth and Jane in 1835.

John and Elizabeth moved to Victoria with their family circa 1835. The information has been provided by Vera Lay and lists six generations of descendants.

Daphne also sent me a long printout of hundreds of Blencowes (Blincos, etc) from the National Burial Index listed on a CD. This proved to be quite a gold mine. In addition of more than seventy ‘new’ individuals to the database it gave the burial date and location of more than a hundred individuals previously known only from the General Register of Births & Deaths (which mentions only the registration town). It was possible to identify the parentage or spouse of some individuals and revealed a number of towns and villages where Blencowes had not been known to be living. There were others (some of which I thought we has ‘dry’) where an un-expected numbers of ‘new’ records appeared:

Felmersham, St Mary
Haynes, St Mary
Stagsden, St Leonard
Kintbury, St Mary
Sonning, St Andrew
Stratfield Mortimer, St Mary
Wargrave, St Mary
Denham, St Mary
Grendon Underwood, St Leonard
Pott Shrigley, St Christopher
Taxall, St James
County Durham:
Haverton Hill, St John the Baptist
Irton, St Paul
Melcombe Regis, St Mary & St John
Basildon, Holy Cross
Blackmore, St Lawrence
Fryerning, St Mary the Virgin
Great Burstead, St Mary Magdalene
Great Wakering, St Nicholas
Mountnessing, St Giles
Rayne, All Saints
Springfield, All Saints
Chipping Barnet, St John the Baptist
Belgrave, St Peter
Stamford, All Saints
Aynho, St Michael & All Angels
Burton Latimer, St Mary the Virgin
Chacombe, St Peter & St Paul
Croughton, All Saints
Pattishall, Holy Cross
Silverstone, St Michael
Bulwell, St Mary
Teversall, St Catherine
Fritwell, St Olave
Shutford, St Martin
Bathwick, St Mary
Walcot, St Swithin
Tipton, St Martin
Barrow, All Saints
Badwell Ash, St Mary
Bury St Edmunds, St Mary
Friston, St Mary
Fryerning, St Mary the Virgin
Leiston, St Margaret
Little Whelnetham, St Mary Magdalene
Woodbridge, St Mary
Ashtead, St Giles
Byfleet, St Mary
Wimbledon St Mary
Chichester, St Peter the Great
Horsham, St Mary
Parham, St Peter
Rye, St Mary
Shipley, St Mary
Storrington, St Mary
Coventry, St John the Baptist
Exhall, St Giles
Foleshill, St Laurence
Grandborough, St Peter
Loxley, St Nicholas
Solihull, St Alphege
Stockton, St Michael
Stretton-on-Dunsmore, All Saints
Tysoe, St Mary
Wolston, St Margaret
Draycot Cerne, St James
Harthill, All Hallows Kimberworth, St Thomas
Rokeby, St Mary
Sheffield, Brightside St Thomas
Yafforth, All Saints

Most Parish Registers will name the parent or spouse of the deceased and thus yield more detail of their relationships.

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