Rampton Research Report—Fall, 2014
Submitted by Arlene Eakle
( I learned recently that Times New Roman is not easy to read online and needs to be converted to Calibri or Cambrini which are much easier to read—especially when small. So I am doing this report in Calibri to begin with.)
When you compare the List of Records and Sources submitted 29 September 2013, with the actual persons found, there are some important gaps:
- In Dates—our John Rampton was born about 1665-67 give or take a year or two. He died in 1734. His residence was Herriard, specifically Southrope. (Please refer to the map printed, with the printed Hearth Tax Rolls including names of places associated with the research we have completed–highlighted in yellow. It is attached to this report.) There is a good chance that John originates in Greywell, a very small parish in Odiham Hundred, east of Basingstoke. Today, Greywell is part of Nately—Upton Nately and Nately Scures. And we have gap in our research for about 50 years. I am concentrating on that gap now with a list of sources either not available before now, or not yet searched before now. This includes the parish register and the monumental inscriptions for Greywell. We ordered copies from England because, for some reason, they are not in the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City. The register begins about 1603-1604.
- In Names—the naming patterns for Ramptons in or near Greywell match the names that John chose for his children—both boys and girls. They also match the Ramptons that John himself, was associated with during his lifetime. Naming patterns are important—especially the given names. Names like Thomas, and Francis, and William, and Barbara (remember that John named one of his daughters Barbery in his will).
- In Places—I have drafted a list of the parishes mentioned in wills and other documents where John appears or which are nearby the places he resided—that we have not yet researched. These places have Ramptons living there—sort of like spilling over the border from known residences.
- In Relationships—This is an important gap. I have puzzled over how we can have only 6 wills (including John Rampton’s will)? Especially when you consider the numerous index entries discovered—we have searched will indexes from the mid-1400’s through 1750+. And we have not found all of the records for the names that appear in the indexes.
We also have references to people mentioned in property records from the Master Index of the Hampshire Record Office. Now this Master Index is a work in progress—it is online, it is very detailed, and it is being added to. Carol Merrell and I have worked with this index since she and Dr. Rod went to Hampshire and searched it the first time in the Record Office. We are still working with it—Carol is ordering several documents described in this index from England that do not appear to be on film or digitized by the FHL.
Actually this is an exciting thing—we have search gaps, and there are still records to fill them.
In the past, family members tried to make the best of search gaps—fitting together whatever evidence they could find. We don’t have to do that. And the Master Index reveals every person and every place and every document in the Record Office! It makes a wonderful companion to the collection at the FHL.
Current genealogists in Hampshire have created additional indexes and the Family History Library has finally received these—
- Pre-1752 Hampshire Baptism Index. We start with the entries in the Index and then search the original parish registers, either on microfilm or microfiche. This ensures that we do not miss entries that are almost black with age or ink stains and are often not readable on microfilm.
- Pre-1660 Hampshire Marriage Index. This index includes marriage licenses and bonds as well as parish entries. So this index picks up records of persons who are moving around from place to place and are often difficult to track just reading the parish register.
- Hampshire Wills, (1483-1653). We searched this index before for Rampton entries—there is an early John, and a Thomas, who have wills. And several females who appear in other peoples’ wills. After the documents arrive from England, we hope to have some of these documents. We still have not found all those listed in the index, even though there is a microfilm number associated with each name. Since page numbers are not consistent, finding all the entries can be difficult.
Remember, that Hampshire genealogists opted to do their own indexes for Hampshire ancestors rather than put their entries into nation-wide indexes. When compared against these national indexes—there are many more entries!
Other records currently being researched—search results will be forthcoming in my next report
(and I will orient the results to the gaps described above—dates, names, places, and relationships):
- Probate Records–The Probate process includes several other documents besides the will and the inventory: Administrations for persons who did not leave a will. Bonds to ensure that executors, trustees, and family members did not waste money or goods that rightfully should descend to heirs. Renunciations for executors who refused to serve and heirs who rejected the responsibility of property. Guardianships for children left property and adults who could not handle their own affairs. Schedule of Valuations for lands. Will Wrappers include parts of wills and inventories. Memoranda Books which grant permission of the court to probate the will. Act Books with grants of probate before the Vicar General in the Bishop’s courts. Commissioners Records recording oaths.
- Manor Records for South Warnborough—including baron court rolls, valuations and rentals of lands. Our John Rampton’s son, Francis died in South Warnborough and there is evidence that John’s mother Ann Hawkins also died here. Her second husband, George Hawkins was born here and his family comes from here. The records were filmed in 1990, but these reels did not come into the FHL until recently.
- Chancery Court Records—for persons and families who did not get along and made claims against each other for payment, surrender of property, and fulfillment of obligations. These records are extremely important for persons who owned land—and John Rampton did own land; but, they are imperfectly indexed. So these will be searched last—so we have some references to get us into the right stuff.
At my next report, I may not be finished with all of these searches. I will present a tentative pedigree for John Rampton and his background. He was born about 1665-67: In 1665, there was a hearth tax taken throughout Hampshire. We have looked at this tax before with a much broader focus (and this information is already on the Rampton website). These are John’s relatives—we need to work out how they are related to him and to each other.
William Rampton, 1 hearth chargeable
Richard Rampton, Junior, 1 hearth chargeable
Thomas Rampton, 1 hearth chargeable
Richard Rampton, 1 hearth not chargeable
In Monk Sherborne:
John Rampton, 2 hearths not chargeable
Edward Rampton, 1 hearth not chargeable
Also in Monk Sherborne:
Edward Rampton, 1 hearth chargeable
William Omedee, 8 hearths, chargeable
Those men “not chargeable” are over age 45 in peace-time and older than 60 in time of war. While Junior often indicates a father-son relationship, and we know that Richard Rampton did have a son named Richard, this is only circumstantial proof of father-son relationship.
Posted on the Rampton website, http://www.henryramptonfamily.org, you will find the 6 wills (and accompanying inventories) mentioned above. Francis Moore transcribed them from the originals, and I edited them just a bit. I invite you to review them and their contents—related persons and how related. Household furnishings and much more. Barbara Rampton’s will names eleven relatives—called kinsmen and kinswomen, leaving us to figure out what the relationship is, in addition to specific relatives.
More wills are coming from England. And from the searches outlined above. We know that your surname Rampton, spelled just this way, has been in England since 1150. There are legends that Rampton could be a French surname. First, we do the searches. Then we put the pedigree together. Stay tuned! You don’t want to miss a single, exciting story or connection! Your favorite genealogist, Arlene Eakle http://arleneeakle.com