Rampton Family Organization, Research Report
Presented by Arlene Eakle
30 March 2014
The Genealogical Institute, P.O. Box 129
Tremonton, UT 84337-0129
(Arlene I didn’t catch the beginning of your report on tape. The recording started with . . . .
Carol ordered the parish registers and the cemetery recording from Greywell. I’d like to remind you where Greywell is. Greywell is just a little tiny parish, very, very small, on a large canal. The canal goes right through the town. The amount of territory is very, very small. The parish register begins in 1604 and it has been put onto microfiche by the Record Office in Hampshire. We have ordered a copy of that parish register. It is not available in Salt Lake City. There were some entries that were extracted by the researchers for the LDS Church and sent to the Rampton family organization. The temple work was done on those Ramptons that were extracted and sent in. This was done a long, long time ago and it was in the work that LaRaye gave to me to review.
I went through that parish register now twice. I’m going to go through it many, many more times. The reason being that it is the original register. It’s on leather, heavy leather. It’s not on light weight fool’s cap or parchment, it is on leather. There are some parts that are very difficult to read because of that, but there are parts that were not well copied or they had faded so badly that they wouldn’t copy. There are several years where that actually applies. It goes up to 1812 and so there are quite a few images that are there on the microfiche.
On the very first page there was an entry for Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Rampton and she was christened in 1604. The temple work has been done for the Thomas’ that are there a little bit afterward, but we don’t have full families.
I have created a little short pedigree that goes down to a John that was born in the 1650’s as nearly as I can tell, but there may be other family members there. What we are trying to do is to link our John to a set of parents. Now the reason that I feel that this information is really significant is because, if you will remember, the lady that we actually think could be John’s mother, remarried to a man named George Hawkins. There are several Hawkins that are present in the Greywell register. There are also entries for Goodier and Goodier is another . . . Maria was a partner of John Rampton in land transactions and we have those documents already. It doesn’t tell us how she is related to him, but I think she is. The Goodier’s are also present in Greywell.
What I want to do is go very carefully through that parish and get those names out of that original register. There will be some pages that I can’t read at all. Then I will go through the cemetery readings and see exactly what we have. Then I will put together that information with the information that we currently have, because we have gone through all of the wills for Hampshire, every single will from various and sundry jurisdictions. Carol, during my hiatus, has seen that the wills and inventories were transcribed (by Francis Moore of Tremonton) and typed, ready to present at this meeting. I’m going to compare those against the originals because there were some words which they could not read.
By the next meeting, I will be able to give you a report on exactly who I think are John’s parents along with the proof. Greywell was kind of a wild card, because we didn’t have all of the information out of there. There is enough information in Greywell, and the nice part about it is all the temple work can be done for these people, by putting the family together. Only the baptisms have been done. The other ordinances have not been complete, because there were no relationships to put it together.
It is such a small parish that probably the majority of the people are related to each other. There is almost no way that they could live there over time and not be related either by blood or by marriage.
Question: In 1604 who was the father of Elizabeth?
Question: Does it give a mother?
Arlene: “No, not in those early records. The English never did record the mother until much later, and if they did reference her, it will usually say ‘Thomas Rampton and his wife,’ but there is not a name.
There are deaths for two Thomas Ramptons, one in 1618 and one in 1626. Those are deaths, so you know that puts them well into the 1500’s.
Question: What do we use for records before then, if that is when they started records?
Arlene: We go into other documents like the manor court records. We have already been dabbling in them, but not in the period before 1600.
Question: So now that would be the next step.
Arlene: We do have some exciting documents that Carol is going to put onto the website. The land documents are very significant things.