Chapter 10 - Fulford's Emigrants


Just three hundred years ago two members of a family from Fulford emigrated to America. That family was the Inskeeps.

Their surname Inksipp/Inskeep originates from the village of Inskip in Lancashire, England, and the earliest recordings of the surname are a Margery de Inskip who was recorded in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire of 1246, and a John Inskip who was recorded in the same Assize Rolls in 1401.

The story of the Fulford Inskeeps starts with John Inskeep who was born in Fulford in about 1647/8.

The Homestead

The Homestead" - The Inskeep Family home. Picture courtesy of Henry Cree Newbold.

John was the eldest of 8 children, the others being Ann, Isabel, Jonathan, Catherine, Margaret and James. Although no record of who John’s parents were have been found, it does seem likely that the Thomas Inskipp and his wife Ellen shown in the records below were John Inskeep’s parents.

  • It is recorded that on 22nd October 1659, and again in 1667, 1673 and 1686, a Thomas Inskipp performed jury duty for Fulford Manor.

  • In 1666 a Thomas Inskipp of Fulford paid tax on one hearth.

  • On 1st October 1668 a Thomas Inskipp, yeoman, is mentioned in a property transaction which described the property as being “of Fulford and Saverley”.

  • In another property transaction a Thomas Inskipp is mentioned with his wife Ellen, and on 30th March 1699 the same Thomas Inskipp leased land in Fulford after the death of his wife Ellen. The land is described as being in “Fulford and Saverley”.

  • On 29th September 1669 Thomas Inskipp, yeoman of Fulford, William Ford of Eccleshall, and Robert Launder of Fulford sold land for “five shillings of lawful money”. The document states that the land in question is where “…Robert Launder and Thomas Inskipp do now inhabit and dwell and all the dwellings and appurtances situated in Saverley in the County of Staffordshire…”

    John is thought to have married Sarah Ward, born in 1651, in Fulford in about 1676, though no record of the marriage has yet been found. However we do know that he and his wife had seven children, Ann, John, James, Catherine, Margaret, Jonathan and Isabell. It was Ann and John who emigrated to the U.S.A., and it is their stories which follow.


    Ann Inskeep was born in Fulford in about 1673. As far as we can ascertain Ann emigrated to America with her younger brother John Inskeep and his wife Mary sometime in 1702.

    She then met a man named John Hussey whose previous wife Grace had recently died, and she settled in Newark in Pennsylvania with him. At the Newark Monthly meeting on 6th March 1703 Ann and John announced their intentions to marry, which they did later that year.

    They had 10 children, first Anna, then triplets Rebecca, John, and Nathan, and then Christopher, Mary, Stephen, Anna, Theodate and Content.

    On 28th August 1729 John Hussey made his Will:-

    …….a crop of my woodland and clear fields from Christopher Hussey dec’d land or line to Sam Silvers land containing within those bounds eighty acres as aforesaid and that my son Nathan nor his heirs shall not lay any claim to part or parcel of my estate real or personal but what is here expressed.

    I do give and bequeath unto my son Nathan five shillings and do hereby exclude and debar him and his heirs from all and every part of the residue of my estate forever.

    Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anna Hussey the sume of two pounds like money above to be paid when she shall arrive at age of twenty one years.

    Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Content Hussey the sum of five pounds like money above to be paid when she arrives at the age of twenty one years.

    Item All the residue of my estate both real and personal of what kind quantity or quality whatsoever after paying my debts, legacies and funeral charges I give and bequeath unto my son John Hussey and to his heirs forever.

    Item I confirm and appoint and make and ordain my beloved wife Anne Hussey and my son John Hussey Executris and Executor of this my last Will and Testament, to defray my funeral charges and just debts and dispose of the rest of my worldly estate as in herein decreed and I make and appoint my beloved Friend John Richardson of Christiana in the County of New Castle aforesaid merchant and my beloved brother Garret Garretson my trustees to see this my last Will and Testament performed according to the true intent and meaning hereof and I do hereby utterly annul and revoke and make void all and every other former Will and Testament, Legacies and Bequeaths and Executes by me made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to my last Will and Testament.

    In Witness thereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of the sixth month called August in the year of our Lord Anno Domini 1729. John Hussey

    Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of Eliakim Garretson, Margaret Wiley, Benjamin Swett New Castle April 12, 1733 attested Eliakim Garretson, Margaret Wiley, Benjamin Swett

    In 1968 one of Anne’s descendants was born who became the 37th President of the United States of America, as can be seen below:-

  • ANN INSKEEP born in Fulford, Staffordshire, England, circa 1673, died Christiana, U.S.A. in 1733
  • John Hussey born in Hampton, New Hampshire, 18.1.1676, died in New Castle, Delaware circa 1733
  • Married in Newark, Pennsylvania, on 2.3.1703
  • Lived in Pennsylvania

  • JOHN HUSSEY born in Newark, Pennsylvania c.1703/4, died in Newberry, York, Pennsylvania 1770
  • Margaret Riccord born in York, Pennsylvania, circa 1712, died after 1728
  • Married in Hampton, York, Pennsylvania, 1733
  • Lived in Pennsylvania

  • RICCORD HUSSEY born in Pennsylvania circa 1734 died in Warrington, Pennsylvania 5.4.1784
  • Mirriam Harry born in Chester, Pennsylvania, circa 1738 died in York, Pennsylvania, 19.3.1809
  • Married in Warrington, York, Pennsylvania, 9.6.1756
  • Lived in Pennsylvania

  • ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ HUSSEY born in Warmington, Pennsylvania, 3.11.1759 d. Maryland 25.3.1847
  • Daniel Price born in Gunpowder, Baltimore County, Maryland, 22.10.1761 d.Baltimore, Maryland 2.8.1846
  • Married in Warrington, York County, Maryland, 17.12.1783
  • Lived in Maryland

  • EDITH PRICE born in Gunpowder, Baltimore County, Maryland, 9.5.1801 d.Short Creek, Ohio, 11.2.1873
  • Amos Griffith, born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 1798, died Columbiana County, Ohio, 10.9.1871
  • Married at Gunpowder Mh., Harford, Maryland, 7.12.1820
  • Lived in Pennsylvania

  • ELIZABETH PRICE GRIFFITH born in West Pike Run, Pennsylvania 28.4.1827, d.Whittier, CA, 3.5.1923
  • Joshua Vickers Milhous Belmont County, Ohio, 31.12.1820, Jennings County, Indiana, 15.4.1893
  • Married in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 23.12.1847
  • Lived in Belmont, Ohio

  • FRANKLIN MILHOUS Colerain, Belmont, Ohio, 4.11.1848 Los Angeles, California, 2.2.1919
  • Almira Park Burdg Columbiana County, Ohio, 16.9.1849, died in Los Angeles, California 23.7.1943
  • Married in Jennings County, Indiana, 16.4.1879
  • Lived in Indiana

  • HANNAH MILHOUS b. in Near, Butlerville, Indiana, 7.3.1885, died Los Angeles, California, 30.9.1967
  • Francis Anthony Nixon born in Elk Township, Vinton, Ohio, 3.12.1878 died Orange, California, 4.9.1956
  • Married in Whittier, Los Angeles, California, 25.6.1908
  • Lived in California

  • RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON Orange County, California, 9.1.1913, died New York City 22.4.1994
  • 37th President of the United States of America


    John Inskeep was the younger brother of the Ann Inskeep. He was born in Fulford in 1677, four years after Ann, and he became a weaver by trade.

    In about 1700/1701 he married a lady by the name of Mary. They were probably married in Fulford, in which case they would have been married by John Cotterell who was the Curate at Fulford Chapel at that time.

    John and Mary had 5 children, John, who was born in Saverley Green in 1701, and then James born 1702, Joseph born 1705, Mary born 1707, and Abraham born 1712, who were all born in New Jersey in America. As far as can be ascertained therefore it seems that John and Mary emigrated to New Jersey with John’s sister Ann in the early part of 1702.

    It is not known why John and Mary emigrated to America. It may have been because the mechanisation of the weaving trade and it’s concentration in Lancashire following the Industrial Revolution had brought on bad times, or it may have been that they just decided to accompany his sister Ann to start a new life. It certainly couldn’t have been religious persecution that drove John to leave England as he remained faithful to the Church of England throughout his life, though at least one of his children, Ann, was taken into the Quaker faith when she married.

    In 1705 and 1706 John was a Constable for Evesham district of Burlington County, New Jersey, and on 7th September 1708 he bought 200 acres of land called Waterford Township which lay on both sides of the North Branch of Cooper's Creek in Gloucester County, New Jersey (a short distance from Marlton) off a John Somers. It was here that he built their home which became known as ‘The Homestead’.

    John Inskeep was a weaver by trade, but he later abandoned this business and gave it over to his son James. He was involved in many aspects of public service to the colony from 1713 until his death in 1729, holding the posts of Justice of the Peace; a Foreman of the Grand Jury; an Overseer of the Poor; a Surveyor of the Highways; and one of two Freeholders for Waterford Township and was known by many as Judge John Inskeep. In 1718 John purchased 200 acres of land near the present town of Cherry Hill in New Jersey and built a colonial-type red brick house of two stories (the house is still standing). He became active in local affairs and became a magistrate, being known then as Judge John Inskeep.

    John died on 15th December 1729 aged 53 and he was buried near his house at Cherry Hill where his memorial stone can still be seen. His wife Mary died on 10th September 1757 aged 83. The Inskeep family burial plot is situated in a meadow on the family farm on a high piece of ground bordering a brook which forms one of the upper reaches of the North Branch of Cooper's Creek.

    John Inskeep's Will was dated 11th November 1729 and was proved on 10th January 1730. In it he named his wife Mary and his children John, James, Joseph, Mary, and Abraham (under age). He mentions real and personal estate, including "3 negro slaves". The inventory of his estate was valued at 556 pounds 16 shillings 3 and one-half pence. The incription on his grave reads "John Inskeep died December 15 1729, aged 52 years. He was born in Sadeley Green Staffordshire England."

    In 1755 John’s younger sister Isabel, who had married a Mr.Jones in Fulford in 1696, wrote the following letter from London to John’s two eldest sons:

    London March 12th 1755

    To my nephews, James and John Inskeep,

    I have had a great desire to write to you a long time, but never had an opportunity till lately, not knowing where to direct to you, or who of the family was living, for being at variance with my brother James Inkskeep. I never had an opportunity of seeing the letters which was sent to him by your aunt and your father, who I understand has been dead ever since the year 1729. I am the daughter of John Inskeep of Fooford in Staffordshire and the sister of your deceased father and have living, one brother and two sisters; brother James Inskeep who corresponded with your father and you, and has let me have several letters which he received from you in order that I might write to you – his wife is dead and he was only one son whose name is a James – my sisters are Catherine and Margaretr which are married and have children – Catherine lives in Staffordshire, and Margaret in London. I have a brother deceased in Staffordshire whose name was Jonathan Inskeep, who has left a wife and four children, the oldest of which his name is John Inskeep.

    I would be very glad to hear from you, to hear if my sister Ann, your aunt, is living and where she lives.

    This is the whole act of our family living in England who are in good health at present, some of my children are grown to maturity and have a great inclination to see their relations in that part of the world if they could have the pleasure of hearing from them, therefore it would be a great satisfaction to receive an answer from some of you, you signified in your letter to my brother James Inskeep you desire of corresponding with the family, which I hope you will take hold of all opportunity to do – me and my husband and children and all our relations joins in love to you from your affectionate and loving Aunt. Isabel Jones

    P.S. My eldest son is a pretty good scholar and has a great mind to come abroad if he could meet with any encouragement. Prey let me know w’t commodity is best to bring from London. Please to direct this to Mr. Jones at No.6 in Bloomberry Market London.

    To John or James Inskeep living in Burlington County in the township of Evesham in New Jersey, or else in Gloucester County West Jersey near Philadelphia.

    [Note – the original letter is in the possession of Mrs. A.W.Stubblefield of Cumberland, Md.]

    There are two branches of John’s descendants whose story is known.

    The first is John Inskeep (branch ‘A’) who was born in 1701 and the second is Joseph Inskeep (branch ‘B’), his younger brother, who was born in 1705.

    BRANCH ‘A’:



  • Born in Saverley Green circa 1701, died 30.19.1756 Sarah Ward, born in Philadelphia 1703, date of death not known
  • Married in 1st Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 13.1.1724
  • Lived in Fulford & Saverley Green, Staffs, U.K., and Burlington, New Jersey, U.S.A.

    John Inskeep married Sarah Ward at the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. His Aunt, Ann Inskeep, who probably emigrated to America with his father, married into the Quaker faith. His son James Inskeep was Quaker and he was witness to the Will of an Emmanuel Stratton who was also a Quaker.

    After their marriage John and Sarah Inskeep had 10 children, Anne, John, William, Mary, Isaac, James, Joseph, Sarah, Benjamin and David.

    John settled on land in Evesham Township in Burlington County given him by his father. John was a thrifty businessman as appears by the real estate, and he died the owner of a large tract of pine land and cedar swamp on both sides of Little Egg Harbor River at a place called Greshen Neck which was a few miles from Jackson Glass Works.

    He built a dam across the stream and swamp lands and then erected a saw mill which became well known as Inskeep's. The road across the dam became part of the road from Burlington County to Philadelphia and so John’s house became a natural stopping place for travelers. John appointed his son James as manager.

    Sadly John was a victim of the cholera epidemic of 1756 which ravaged that area of New Jersey, and within fifteen days his son William and his daughters Mary and Sarah had also succumbed to the disease.

    He was buried in the family graveyard. His headstone reads "John Inskeep died October 30, 1756 age 55 years." In his Will John notes that his "home farm is between Micajah Wills and Freedom Lippincott". It also lists "land on Goshen Neck, Gloucester Co." and "other real and personal property."

    His inventory was valued at 798 pounds 14 shillings 5 pence when the Will was proved on March 4, 1757.



  • Born in Little Egg Harbour Twp, Burlington, New Jersey, 1734, died in 1802
  • Hope Collins, born Culpeper, Virginia, about 1736, died about 1806
  • Married in Culpeper, Culpepper County, Virginia, in about 1767
  • Lived in Culpepper Country, Virginia, U.S.A.

    Between 1761 and 1781 James and Hope had 13 children, William, Rachel, Hester, Susanna, Hepzibah, James, Hope, Joshua, Joel, Daniel, Sarah, Job and John.

    James Inskeep inherited 350 acres of land from his father when he died in 1756, and he gradually increased his holding until in 1773 he owned 3,134 acres in both Goshen and Ireland Necks. Then in early 1773 both his house and the mill were destroyed by a forest fire which swept down that part of the state. Disillusioned by this catastrophe, and drawn by the glowing reports of those New Jersey Friends (Quakers) who had gone to Virginia because of the military unrest, he decided to follow them.

    On 6th April 1773 he sold his Goshen Neck holdings for 1600 pounds and started for Virginia with his wife and children. On the 21st April 1774, whilst still in New Jersey, James bought 321 acres of land, 247 acres of which were on the south side of Mt. Pony; 19 acres on the north end of Mr. Pony; and 55 acres near the top of the mountain. This land cost him 496 pounds.

    On 16th January 1775, after he had arrived in Culpeper County, James bought another 214 acres on Mt. Pony for 370 pounds, and on 22nd April 1777 he bought a further 133 acres on south side of Mt. Pony.

    In January 1781 James was drafted into the army but because of his beliefs he paid an Enock Rosson to serve in his place. This was not an uncommon practice at the time.

    When James died, all of his sons emigrated to Ohio, with the exception of Joel who had inherited the family home in Virginia.



  • Born in Mt. Pony, Culpepper County, Viginia, 1771 died 19.12.1837
  • Mary Ann Bentley b. Mt.Pony, Culpepper County, Virginia, about 1805, died after 1860
  • Married in Burlington, New Jersey, 11.9.1822
  • Lived in Culpepper County, U.S.A.

    Between 1823 and 1831 Joel and Mary Ann had 5 children, John, James, Ann Marie, Delilah Jane and Jefferson Bentley. Although all of his brothers emigrated to Ohio after their father died Joel stayed in Virginia.

    In deeds dated 15th September to 19th December 1903 James inherited 1 acre of land, while 64 acres went to Joshua, and 117, 120, and 79 acre parcels went to other family members. Then in 1806, Joel acquired the dower lands of Hope, his mother. These consisted of 71 acres of fee simple land and 159 acres of leasehold land and so Joel acquired the family home on Mt. Pony.

    In April that same year Joel Inkeep's name appeared on the 'List of Thomas Yancey's militia to the Second Battalion in the 5th Regiment State of Virginia, Culpeper Co., Thomas Yancey Capt.’.

    As time went by Joel began to miss his brothers in Ohio and began to suffer from nervousness. The doctors advised him to live in the open and so he decided to travel to Ohio on horseback to visit his relatives.

    When he returned to Culpeper he was completely recovered. Joel remained a bachelor until 1822 when he was almost 51 years old when he married Mary Ann Bentley, a girl of just 17 years of age.

    Joel Inskeep died in Culpeper County, Virginia.



  • Born in Culpepper County, Virginia, 8.12.1824, died 5.10.1896
  • Frances Broadus Hudson, born Culpeper County 22.8.1824, date of death not known
  • Married in Culpepper County, Virginia, 10.9.1846
  • Lived in Culpepper County, U.S.A.

    James William Inskeep was born on the Mt. Pony family farm near Culpeper. Between 1848 and 1869 James and Frances had 11 children, Sallie May, William Augustus, James Edward, Charles Wallace, Fannie Elton, Mary Florence, Bettie Abbott, Linbourne Day, Turner Ashby, Myrtle Ross and Lizzie Lewis.

    By 1850 James William was working as a bricklayer. His brother Jefferson Bentley Inskeep, also a bricklayer, was living with them.

    It was probably at about this time that James and Jefferson started burning the brick on the site where they were to build the new house and when it was completed the date of 1852 could be seen on two of the bricks under the eaves of the house, one on each side.

    Eleven years later it was recorded that

    “About the last of July 1863, Longstreet's corps was encamped in the rear of Mt. Pony hills, about the village of Culpeper....on 2 August, Gen. Meade, Federal commander directed Gen. Buford to make a reconnaissance of Culpeper and find the Confederate Army.

    The Confederates had considerable commissary and ordnance supplies at Culpeper train depot, and they were hurriedly loading them for removal when the Federals arrived. From the Greenwood hill, the tussle (that ensued) was plainly visible.

    The lines of battle, the advancing squadrons, the charging columns, the blazing batteries, made the scene as inspiring as any that we ever witnessed.

    This will be remembered as the occasion when Mr. Curtis, living near Georgetown, sought safety from the shells of the Federal guns by taking refuge in the basement of Mr. James Inskeep’s house.

    He had scarcely reached his supposed place of safety before a shell entered the house, penetrated the basement, exploded and killed him."

    It was also recorded that the original home built by James and Hope on Mt. Pony was destroyed by fire in 1863.

    James William Inskeep died in Culpeper County, Virginia.



  • Born in Culpeper, Culpepper County, Virginia, 28.12.1851 died 9.7.1925
  • Elizabeth Courtney Harris, b. Wayne County, Illinois, 28.10.1861, d. Mt.Carmel 3.1.1937
  • Married in Wayne County, Illinois, 18.12.1879
  • Lived in Culpeper, Culpepper County and Mount Carmel, U.S.A.

    James Inskeep

    James Inskeep circa 1890. Picture courtesy of Henry Cree Newbold

    James Edward Inskeep graduated from the Cincinnati Eclectic Medical Institute on 15 May 1877 and two years later he married Lizzie. They had 4 children, Katherine Mabel, Carrie Leona, Claribel J. and Callie Mozelle.

    By 1881 Dr. James Edward Inskeep was listed in the Business Directory of Wayne County as "James Inskeep, Physician and Surgeon, Burnt Prarie, Fairfield Post Office".

    He practiced in Wayne County until 1899 when he moved to Mr. Carmel in Illinois where he lived for more than a quarter of a century. James Edward’s large and lucrative doctor’s practice, was located at 304 Market Street in Mt. Carmel.

    His wife Lizzie had a milliner shop at the same location and his daughter worked there with her mother. The family lived at 201 W. 3rd Street;

    James Edward was a Democrat and was Chairman of the Democratic Party Central Committee in Wayne County in 1882. He held the position again from 1894 to 1908.

    He was Coroner of Wayne County for 6 years and became Sheriff for one year. He is on record as attending all but one of the Democratic National Conventions in sixteen years, and was frequently a delegate to State and Local conventions. He gave freely to the aid of worthy civic movements and in the aid of the poor.

    James Edward Inskeep died of diabetes mellitus on his old plantation in Mt. Carmel in 1925 and his wife Elizabeth died there of Parkinson's disease 12 years later.



  • Born in Wayne County, Illinios, 12.7.1892 died in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, 13.3.1965
  • Henry Victor Pipp b. Terre Haute, Indiana, 7.7.1892 died Mt.Carmel, Illinois, 2.8.1963
  • Married in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, in 1916
  • Lived in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, U.S.A.

    Before he married Callie, Henry Pipp was a pretty good baseball player, good enough to be "hired" by the semi-pro baseball team in Mt. Carmel Illinois known as the Indians.

    The players were paid, but most of them were also employed in town by the ‘Big Four Railroad Company’, Henry being a civil engineer there.

    Callie and Henry had 5 children, Katherine Wilbur, Chester Arthur, James Clair, Helen Margaret and Eddie Joe. In the mid to late 1930s, the Pipp family moved to California, but it seems that they returned to Mt. Carmel in 1937 or 1938 after Callie inherited the premises at 304 Market Street.

    These premises than became known as ‘Henry Pipp's Tavern’ and reportedly had “a steady flow of thirsty patrons at all times.". Henry however was always listed as being a highway contractor.

    The family lived at 226 Chestnut. When Henry and Callie died they were buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Mt. Carmel in Illinois



  • Born in Mt. Carmel, Illionois, 6.11.1920, died in Normal, Illinois, 7.6.1988
  • John Maurice Newbold, born Rushville, Indiana, 7.7.1920, date of death not known
  • Married in St. Mary’s Church, Mt. Carmel, Illionois, 8.1.1949
  • Lived in Chicago and Joliet, Illinois, U.S.A.

    Between 1951 and 1960 Mary and John had 8 children, Henry Cree, Katherine May, Thomas Joseph, Jane Frances, Elizabeth Ann, John Jerome, Stephen Anthony and Andrew Robert.

    Cree Newbold with his wife Susan
    Cree Newbold with his wife Susan - courtesy of Cree Newbold


  • Born in Chicago, Illinois, 1951 Susan Kay Galvin, born Chicago Heights, Illinois, 1953 Married at Normal, Illinois, 1973
  • Lives near Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.

    Henry Cree Newbold is a descendant of both John Inskeep of Fulford and Thomas Newbold, a London merchant, who emigrated to the Virginia and Maryland colonies sometime before 1674.

    Mr Newbold visited Stafford and Fulford in September 2001 to find out more about his Inskeep ancestors, and said that he found Fulford “a very nice and idyllic place”.

    BRANCH ‘B’:



  • Born in Saverley Green, Staffordshire, in 1705 died in the U.S.A. 1.4.1731
  • Mary Matlack, born 1701, (date and place of death not known)
  • Married in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, 19.12.1728
  • Place of residence in the U.S.A. not known



  • Born Burlington, New Jersey, 23.10.1745 died 15.9.1823
  • Susan Hedges Vause, born 1738/9 died Hardy County, Virginia, 17.6.1805
  • Married in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1764
  • Lived in Burlington. New Jersey, U.S.A.



  • Born Burlington, New Jersey, 7.11.1776 d.29.1.1824
  • Sallie Machir born 19.12.1774 (date and place of death not known)
  • Married on 10.11.1774 (place not known)
  • Place of residence in the U.S.A. not known



  • Born 10.7.1797 (place not known) died Wardensville, West Virginia, ?.5.1868
  • Jemima Harness Van Meter b.Hardy County, Virginia, 31.1.1814 d.Wardensville, W.VA. 18.8.1742
  • Married on 4.12.1839 (place not known)
  • Lived in Virginia, U.S.A.



  • Born Oldfields, W.Virginia 16.9.1839 died Wardensville, W.Viginia 14.3.1901
  • Married on 26.9.1865 (place not known)
  • Lived in Virginia, U.S.A.



  • Born Moorefield, W.Virginia, 19.4.1877 died St.Maries, Idaho (date not known)
  • Gladys Grace Hower born Stonington, Illinois 9.3.1893 died St.Maries, Idaho 24.10.1917
  • Married in Spokane, Washington, 12.6.1913
  • Place of residence in the U.S.A. not known



  • Born in St.Maries, Idaho, 1921
  • Mr. Larsen (first name and date and place of birth not known)
  • Married in Seattle, Washington, 1942
  • Lives in Jackson Heights, New York, U.S.A.


    Four Staffordshire families are related by marriage to Rev. Adam Ferneyhough and inter-twined by marriage amongst themselves, the Brassingtons, the Eatons, the Perkins and the Whitehursts.

    Their complex family story starts with Richard Whitehurst. We don’t know for certain but it is thought that he may have married a lady named Margaret Nicholas Stafford in about 1646. What we do know is that Richard and his wife had at least seven children including Henry, Egerton and John.


    Henry Whitehurst was born in Dilhorne in Staffordshire in 1646 and he was christened at All Saints Church there on 14th June that year. Henry married a lady named Grace (surname not known) at All Saints Church in Dilhorne in about 1669/70.

    Henry was churchwarden there. Hnery and Grace’s first child was a daughter, also named Grace, who was born in 1671, and then they had three sons, Henry who was born in 1673, Richard who was born in 1675, and John who was born in 1677.

    On 8th July 1694 Grace Whitehurst married Thomas Brassington at Caverswall, and their daughter Grace married Adam Ferneyhough at St. Oswald Church in Ashbourne on 4th July 1722. Adam had been born in Dilhorne in 1698 and christened at All Saints Church there on 13th October 1698.

    Grace and Adam Ferneyhough had three children, the first two, Adam and Grace, being christened in Caverswall in 1723 and 1725, the year that Adam Ferneyhough became Curate of St.Nicholas Church in Fulford. Their third child John was born in Fulford in 1728, and it is thought that Adam’s wife Grace may have died during or just after the birth of John because on 13th December 1732 Adam married Jane Whitehurst at Rocester.

    Jane bore Adam a further eleven children in the next twenty-five years, the last one being christened at Fulford in 1757. Rev. Adam Ferneyhough died in 1775 aged 77 and he was buried in Caverswall on 9th November 1775. Their tenth child, Mary, married a man named Daniel Davenport.

    Daniel Davenport became Curate at St.Nicholas in Fulford between 1880 and 1908 and although no evidence has yet been found it is thought that this may have been their son.

    Adam’s first wife, Grace Brassington nee Whitehurst, had three brothers, Henry, Richard and John Whitehurst. Henry was a husbandman and lived at Dilhorne.


    In 1878 Henry Whitehurst’s four-times great grandson Arthur Whitehurst married at lady named Ann Ainsworth whose grandmother Hannah Ainsworth was Hannah Eaton before marrying Arthur in 1815. Four years earlier Hannah’s sister Alice Eaton married a man named John Perkin.

    John’s ancestors came from Checkley, though his grandparents Richard Perkin and Ann Holford were married at St.Michael’s Church in Stone in 1776 and his parents Richard Perkin and Ann Fallows were married in St.Nicholas Church in Fulford in 1810.

    After their marriage they lived at Lower Tean, though John Perkin was born at Rushlade Cottage in Moss Lane, Fulford, where they lived for two years before moving back to Lower Tean.

    John Perkin and Alice Eaton had seven children, all except one being born in Lower Tean. Their youngest son Robert was a stonemason and he married Sarah Ann Talbot at St.Michael’s Church in Stone on 4th October 1875 and they lived at Rock Cottage in Dilhorne.

    Their great grandson, Kenneth Perkin was born at Meir on 3rd February 1937. In March 1958 he emigrated to Canada with Air Canada and on 30th June 1978 he married Lucina Ana Van Kregten in Beirut, Lebanon.

    They now live at White Rock near Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. Ken has provided a lot of this information.

    After Arthur Whitehurst and Ann Ainsworth were married in 1878 they had eleven children including a son named Percy who married Elsie May Plant in 1900.

    Elsie is descended from Henry Whitehurst’s brother John Whitehurst. Percy Whitehurst and Elsie May had a granddaughter named Michelle Whitehurst.

    Michelle married a man named EARL DAVIS whose uncle Gordon Davis married Doris Irene Whitehurst, a descendant of Richard Whitehurst. Michelle and Earl also provided a lot of this information.


    John Whitehurst was born in Dilhorne in 1638. He married a lady whose name may have been Sarah Waldron, though this is still to be proved, and he and his wife had eight children including Emmanuel and Alice.

    Emmanuel Whitehurst married a lady named Helana Brunt in Stoke-on-Trent on 31st October 1714 and they had lots of grandchildren including two grandsons, Thomas and Richard Whitehurst.

    Richard Whitehurst married Lucy Perkin who was the grand-daughter of Emmanuel’s sister Alice. Richard and Lucy lived in Cheadle and Richard became a wealthy mine owner. Meanwhile, on 15th August 1791 Thomas married a lady named Lydia James at Cheadle.

    Their descendants moved round the area, living first at Dilhorne and then at Caverswall, until eventually their four-times great grand-daughter Doris Irene Whitehurst married a man named Gordon Davis.

    Gordon had a brother Malcolm Davis who married a lady named Ruth (her surname is not known) and they had a son named EARL DAVIS, the same Earl that married Michelle Whitehurst. Earl and Michelle now live in Cheddleton, Staffordshire.


    Henry and John Whitehurst’s brother Egerton Whitehurst was born in Dilhorne on 26th April 1654. He married a lady named Mary (surname unlnown) and they had ten children including a son named John Whitehurst and he had a son who was also named John Whitehurst a daughter named Ann Whitehurst. Young John Whitehurst was born in 1686, and he married a lady named Mary Harrison.

    They then also had a son named John Whitehurst and he married a lady named Elizabeth Gretton who was the daughter of Rev. George Gretton (possibly on 9th January 1744 at Machworth in Derbyshire).

    This last John Whitehurst was a maker of clocks and scientific instruments and a pioneering geologist who did much to work out how the earth had been formed. He was also a founder-member of the famour ‘Lunar Society’, a large Dissenting scientific group, known originally as the ‘Lunar Circle’.

    Other members included such famous names as Mathew Boulton, Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Day, Richard Lovell Edgeworth, James Keir, William Murdock, Joseph Priestly, James Watt and Josiah Wedgewood, and they usually met at Matthew Boulton’s Soho House in Birmingham on the Monday night nearest to the full moon each month.

    Ann Whitehurst married a man whose first name is not known but whose surname was Hodges who was a smith from London. Ann bore him a son, William Hodges.

    William was a painter on Captain James Cook’s second Pacific and circum-polar voyage, leaving England in the ‘Resolution’ in 1772 and becoming the first ship ever to cross the Antarctic Circle on 17th January 1773, after which they charted part of Antarctica.

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