A man from a wealthy family?
Thomas HATTON was a paper maker and so
served as a paper making
apprentice or been informally trained by his father.
The earliest mention of a Thomas HATTON in Widford
is from 1755 when he
insured the mill against fire.
Oxfordshire Records Office informed one researcher that E168/D/7 (a
Final Concord, Foot of Fine) contains a reference to a
dating from 25 Nov 1693,
The parties were given as:
1. Hugh STILLGO, Zachary STILLGO and three others
2. Ezekiel WESTON and seven others, deforciants,
Two messuages, 70 acres of land, 15 of meadow, 15 of pasture and
commons in Deddington, Westcott Barton, Horley & Horton
This suggests that there may have been a John HATTON
prior to Thomas birth abt 1707. (Paragraph added 30/Sep/2007)
One branch of his descendants moved to operate the paper mill at
and then on toward the Forest of Dean.
Another had connections with Swallowfield
descendants turning up in London and Kent. Several of the family were
St James, Westminster
into some well to do families
also appears to have
owned the paper mill at Widford. All of which
points to someone who had
both money and connections
- SECKER, the owners
of Widford Manor
- KILLMASTER, a prominent
know from a marriage license that he married
Elizabeth JORDAN, daughter of John JORDAN of Upton, weaver, in Shilton, Berkshire
JORDAN's of Burford are imprfectly understood, but many of them were
pretty well connected. Through Jane JORDAN (nee TRINDER), wife of
William JORDAN they had
links with Sir Reginald BRAY, Lord of the
Manor of Great
Barrington and Little
Barrington (his wife was her niece). The BRAY
were married into the LENTHALL family who leased Upton. The JORDAN
family thus had
relatives connected with all three of the papermills nearest
1, the HATTONS of Thames Ditton
JORDAN's daughter Jane JORDAN was the second wife of
Sir William HILL
of Teddington (his first wife having been Ann EVELYN of Long Ditton,
William JORDAN's son William married one
sister of Samuel CRISP, Leut
of the Inner Temple. This Samuel may possibly be a relative (or the man
himself) of the well known mentor of Fanny Bundey who lived at
Surrey (he had at least two sisters who lived in Burford,
1675 Will of Willam JORDAN there is an interesting
reference to 'my
kinsman John Jordan of Ditton' who, from other references in the same
Will, appears to have been the husband
of a cousin.
the later 17th C the TRINDER family dealt with a Sir Dennis HAMPSON
of Taplow. During the later 17th C a Sir Dennis HAMPSON of Taplow was
numbered among the annual appointments of a High
Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, as were one George TASH of Iver, a
Hatton TASH of Iver and Sir Joseph ALSTON of Thames
(husband of Sir
HILL's Sister-in-Law Penelope EVELYN).
these powerful family relationships also suggest links to a HATTON
family as follows.
Samuel CRISP's friend HAMILTON bought Chessington
the HATTON family of
Surrey and Samuel CRISP lodged there for a protected period. The family
John TASH originated in Iver, Buckinghamshire
and married into the HATTON family of Long Ditton. The eldest
son of this marriage was Hatton TASH. Hatton TASH is a very unusual
name but is also to be found in Shipton Under Wychwood near Burford.
The HILL family
of Teddington married into the EVELYN family of Long Ditton. The EVELYN
family of Long Ditton amassed a fortune through George EVELYN's
gunpowder mills and expanded their operation to the Tillingbourne
stream in Surrey, basing themselves in Wooton, Surrey. The EVELYN
Wooton, were great friends and neighbors of the BRAYs of Shere, Surrey,
from whom the BRAYS of Barrington were descended. The
mill at Abinger was owned by George EVELYN's partner Richard HILL
(not necessarily from the Teddington HILLs but could be). The
became a center for milling of all kinds and was one of the centers for
paper making in Surrey. In 1704 one of the Tillingbourne Gunpowder
was converted to make paper, I don't yet know whose. The HAYNES family
Ditton (adjacent to Long Ditton) married into both the EVELYN
and the HATTON family and it was Thomasine, a child
HAYNES/HATTON marriage that married Sir George TASH. I have also
identified a TASH family in the Long Ditton area who married into the
HATTON family. They had a relative called Hatton TASH who lived in
Oxfordshire and they also owned property in St James, Westminster.
have recently been
track the TASH Thames
through the generations. From this I am reasonably convinced that I am
dealing with three individuals called Hatton TASH
(grandfather, father and
son). I have also now found a record of a Hatton TASH in
near Bardwell Grove, Oxfordshire. Holwell was the home of
TRINDER whose daughter Jane married William JORDAN. Furthermore one
John GODFREY married Hatton TASH's daughter Mary TASH and I now have
evidence that this John GODFREY was at at one time in
court roll from 1764 associates this John GODFREY with the Hon
Charlotte DIGBY (who eventually bought the TASH property
that had once belonged to Hatton TASH), another
record from 1670 indicates that an
earlier John GODFREY of Milton purchased the rights to the rents at
Holywell in the parish of Broadwell (i.e. Holwell in Bardwell).
In 1741 one John GODFREY of Milton married Sarah AUSTON,
the Mary TASH who married John JORDAN of Bourton on the Water (John was
a relative of the Burford JORDAN family and Mary was the sister of the
TASH brothers who successively held the Bull Inn in Burford).
TASH of Iver had dealings with one Hon Charlotte DIGBY of Thames
Charlotte turns out to be the Aunt of Maria
Margaretta CONWAY who
married Sir Thomas LONGUEVILLE son of Mary SILVESTER of Iver. The
Jordan family were also related to a SYLVESTER family about
currently know relatively little. The name William LONGUEVILLE of
Middle Temple also
occurs in association with various of their transactions. This William
was son of Sir Thomas.
All of the above suggests that Thomas HATTON could be descended from
the HATTONs of
Long Ditton / Chessington
(who themselves descend from the HATTONs of
and Shrewsbury in Shropshire).
Unfortunately, it appears that sections of the Thames Ditton
Long Ditton parish registers are missing.
evolving from various Wills has been summarised on a series of Relationship Charts.
2, the HATTONs of Aldbourne
JORDAN (nee TASH), wife of John JORDAN of Bourton on the Water,
appeares to be related to these JORDANs. She appears to have come from
family who were Inn
Keepers in Burford,
Oxfordshire and had connections
in London, possibly related to
the Sir John TASH of London who made his fortune in
the wine and inn keeping trade. Sir John's daughter Elizabeth TASH
married Richard MICHELL, son of Simon MICHELL and Charity HUTTON.
Charity was the sister
of Richard HUTTON/HATTON of Lincoln's Inn and a relative of Thomas
HATTON of Westminster and Aldbourne,
Wiltshire (d. 1766). These
HATTONs may in turn be related to the Francis HATTON of
Surrey who married into the NICHOLAS family of Aldbourne, Wilts. (Paragraph updated 30/Sep/2007)
possible HATTON connection comes with Colonel Thomas
HATTON of Saville Row, Westminster.
This individual had financial
connections with George PITT of Stratfield Saye. He is one of the few
HATTONs who seems to have had property in Wiltshire (at Aldborne).
early Wiltshire HATTON (not necessarily related to Thomas but could be)
had connections with Binfield,
Berks. In the early 18th C Simon
MICHELL & Charles WOOD undertook a large building project in
London. Thomas HATTON leased his premesis in Saville Row from
MICHELL & WOOD and Simon MICHELL was Brother in Law to one Mr
Richard HATTON. MICHELL appears to have employed one Samuel
WORRALL as the main builder. This Samuel WORRALL may have been related
to the WORRALL family in Bristol, who in turn had connections with the
RAIKES family (stationers who were supplied from the Upton Papermill).
The HATTON family of Widford married into a WORRALL family of unknown
provenance. (Paragraph updated 30/Sep/2007)
Possibility 3, the
HATTONs of Chessington
of particular interest is that of Thomas HATTON of
owner of Chessington Hall (formerly the Manor of Fream).
He died in
1746 and shortly afterwards Chessington Hall was sold to HAMILTON.
Will was short and left everything to his wife Rebecca. He sold
Chessington Manor (not the same as Chessington Hall) a few years before
he died so it could have been so that he could fund a family venture
somewhere else. It is currently unclear whether he had a son called
survey relating to Chessington Manor is catalogued amongst the papers
relating to a church building project in All Hallows, London that Simon MICHELL and
his Brother in Law Mr
Richard HATTON were involved (paragraph
added 11 Nov 2007).
4, a HATTON connected to the Earls of Warwick
appears to be evidence for a strong connection with the
HATTON family of Ditton, another possibility exists. Upton Mill
to have been owned by one Peter RICH. I am unable to trace
individual's background in any detail but his namesake owned other
property in Burford.
Amongst the relatives of the powerful
Elizabethan Sir Christopher HATTON were a number of families
the surname RICH including that of the Earls of Warwick. I have now
traced a link between the JORDAN family of Burford and this RICH
Robert RICH, 1st Earl of Warwick had a daughter called Essex.
Sir Thomas CHEEKE of Pirgo married Essex RICH daughter of
daughter of Sir Thomas & Essex appears to have married Robert RICH,
3rd Earl of
Warwick (and son of Frances HATTON)
had a daughter Essex RICH who married Daniel
FINCH, who later married Anne HATTON.
Robert also had a son Thomas CHEEKE
had a daughter Anne
CHEEKE who married Sir Thomas TIPPING of Wheatfield
grandfather Sir George TIPPING was also the grand-uncle of Mary TIPPING
who married Thomas JORDAN of Fulbrook.
5, the HATTONs of Childrey
connection between the TIPPING family and Thomas JORDAN suggests
contact between the JORDAN family and the long established HATTON
family of Childrey,
and West Challow, Berks. Thomas JORDAN had a Brother in Law by the name
of John BLANDY, almost certainly the John BLANDY of Inglewood, Kintbury
and Kingston Bagpuize, Berks, who married Elizabeth
TIPPING. That John BLANDY was one of the BLANDY family of the Letcombe
Regis/Bassett, Berks region. This area, adjacent to Childrey, Berks was
the ancestral seat of the FETTIPLACE family of Swinbrook, Oxon
into which the Shilton,
Oxon BRAYs of Shilton, Oxon (descendants of the
JORDAN family of Burford,
Oxon) had married. John PIGOTT of West Challow married Mary
JORDAN of 'Garford'. Her son John PIGOTT married in Fulbrook, Oxon.
So 'Garford' may be a transcription error for Burford. (paragraph added 11/Nov/2007 and
updated 14/Nov/2007 )
John BLANDY of Kingston Bagpuize, Berks, mentioned above appointed a
John HUTTON of Tower Dock, London as one of his trustees. He may
also be related to the SOUTHBY family of Carswell (from whom
SOUTHBY was involved with a John JORDAN of Burford, Oxon)
and the BLANDY family of Hinton Waldrish, Oxon (who were major
landowners at enclosure, alongside the LODER family). (paragraph
added 14/Nov/2007 )
6, through the COKE family
Another possible link to HATTON comes through the surname
The JORDAN family married into a wealthy family by this name of unknown
provinance. However, the most likely candidates were the descendants of
the powerful Elizabethan Robert SHUTE. John HATTON of Long Stanton,
father of Sir Christopher HATTON of Clay Hall, in Enfield, Bucks
daughter of Francis SHUTE of Holdrington. Sir Christopher's
and nephew Sir William NEWPORT took the name HATTON. After his
death, his second wife Lady Elizabeth HATTON (nee CECIL) married Sir
Edward COKE owner of the manor of Minster
. Just downstream from Swinbrook, Oxon
Sir Christopher HATTON appears to have been a
distant cousin of Robert HATTON, the founder of the Ditton
no. 7, the HUTTON family of Deddington
HUTTON family of Deddington,
Oxon, were involved with Paper Mills in North Oxfordshire.
Some of the mills they owned subsequently came into the same hands (the
EMBERLIN family) as some of the mills owned by the Burford area
HATTONs. A number of family connections have been found between the
Burford area and North Oxfordshire.
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