Tag: East Haddon

Francis Holdich Sale of Property 1742

A Release dated 29 July 1742 From Philip Ward Esquire to Francis Holdich of East Haddon and Elisha his son and heir, Gentlemen the sum of £1250 for lands in Polebrook and Wadenhoe * Thomas Cooke’s Cottage was the subject…

Francis Holdich (1679-1752) His Will

The Will of Francis Holdich of East Haddon, Gentleman: Brother – Jeffrey of Stibbington Wife – Anne (dates unknown although we do know they married in 1718) Daughter – Ann Lindsay, widow (born 1718) Son – Elisha (born 1720) Son…

Farming the Strips

For some years now I have tended to concentrate my family history research onto the early known years of the Northamptonshire Holdiches. Because of that, I have become familiar with historian’s descriptions of the medieval landscape. I came to realise…

The Tipladys and an Innkeeper

If you should one day find yourself in Olney, Buckinghamshire, do make time to stop in the market square and visit the Bull Inn. What you will see, the inn itself and almost all the outbuildings, is hardly changed from…

Stibbington to Chelsea

Until the late 17th century, with a few notable exceptions, the Wadenhoe Holdiches rarely moved far from their parish. But beginning with the children of Edward 1641-1705, there was a continuing dispersion as more opportunities for employment were taken up.…

Wadenhoe is Sold

Down through the centuries, many Sons of Holdiches have been christened Francis. Some remained single, living out quiet lives in the same parish and leaving few traces for us to record. Others, by accident of birth, or fortunate marriage, made…

Buried in Wool

In 1764 the Parish Register of East Haddon confirmed the burial of Francis Holdich in Sheep’s Wool. Under an Act of 1666, strengthened by further enactment of 1678, corpses were not to be buried in any shirt, shift, sheet or…