Report of Rampton Family History Research
by Arlene Eakle
The Genealogical Institute
P.O. Box 129, Tremonton, UT 84337-0129
2 April 2012
Dear Carol and other Rampton Family Organization Officers and interested Members,
Please refer to the family website for access to maps and documents and current status of pedigree charts and family groups which show the people and surnames I mention below.
My current focus on the Rampton research since I last reported to you includes searches in several record categories—all with dates before 1750:
- I expanded searches in the Muster Rolls for Hampshire County. The Hampshire Genealogical Society has been indexing each militia district—and while I looked for Rampton in Herriard before, I have now picked up the other surnames we have a direct interest in like Godwin, Goodwin, Goodier, Jervoise, Hawkins, and others for Herriard and nearby districts that are part of Odiham Hundred.
- Searches have also been expanded in the Hearth Tax Assessment, 1665 checked before including the same names and localities. George Hawkins, who married Anne Omade Rampton and moved here to Herriard, was a taxpayer in Southrope—a very close tie to our John Rampton. I estimated that our John Rampton was born about 1665 and he was a resident of Southrope. William Rampton (a resident of North Warnborough) was taxed for 1 hearth in Greywell; Richard Rampton, Jr. taxed for 1 hearth; Thomas Rampton taxed for 1 hearth, also in Greywell; and Richard Rampton, Sr. unchargeable (beyond taxable age) 1 hearth in Greywell. Greywell is in Odiham Hundred.
- Monumental inscriptions and memorials have presented a challenge—not all cemeteries have yet been read in those parts of Hampshire where family surnames can be found. So I am seeking lists of cemeteries. Hampshire elected not to participate in the National Burial Index. They have been reading and indexing their own cemeteries. Carol searched that cemetery file in England. It is not yet fully complete. So this search is ongoing.
- Manorial Records. I made a master list of the manors found in Odiham Hundred, including Greywell. Searches in these manors are underway, for those manors whose records are on microfilm here at the Family History Library.
- Wills. I searched the official will indexes for Hampshire, including a special computer index available for pre-1650 Rampton wills available at the FHL. I have checked these indexes against Hantsweb, the official website of the Hampshire Record Office, with some very interesting results: Each index has entries not found in the others. So, my search for Rampton wills has been an adventure. Perhaps the most striking will is that of Barbara Rampton, widow, Greywell filed in 1695. Recall that John Rampton filed his own will in 1734 and named his four daughters: “Elizabeth Reading wife of John Reading, Mary Barbery and Sarah.” Originally John’s will was interpreted as Elizabeth, Mary Barbery, and Sarah. Yet, John clearly states four daughters: Elizabeth, Mary, Barbery, and Sarah. Barbara Rampton (d. 1694, will filed 1695) could be a namesake. This Barbara’s will names many persons—her list of people will give us other places to search as well as relatives not easily identified otherwise in families. She also names her brother Richard Rampton, son-in-law William Rampton [indicating a cousin connection or another marriage], and a grandchild William Rampton. The will of William Rampton, Sr. of North Warnborough is also included. He names his brother Richard Rampton, his son William Rampton, and his daughter Barbara. Barbara is clearly a family name. William serves as tythingman after John Rampton and just before George Hawkins does. I am about 1/3 through reading the wills—several others have been read and are not mentioned here.
- The Original Record. This is an online index to printed sources, 1000-1999 for the British Isles. The surname of Rampton, spelled just like this, exists in England as early as 1150. The majority of these entries index extracts of property records and legal documents kept by the government of England—not county records. And each is clearly identified as a source. The nice thing about this index is the sources indexed are often available online through Google Books or found in the collection of the Family History Library. The index is free. The charge is 8 pounds for each entry if purchased through the online company. Google Books is free as is the FHL. A total of 43 hits for Rampton; 16 for the time period 1000-1800.
When I complete the search of the wills, I will put several family groups together. And I hope to extend the pedigree beyond John Rampton of Southrope.
I am sorry that I can’t be present at your meeting. So this written report will have to do. Copies of documents and extracts will appear on the website in due time. Many thanks for this opportunity to serve as your Rampton family researcher.
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