Known as Ensham until the 19th C, Eynsham is a substantial village to the west of Oxford and 6km east of Witney, Oxon. It lies just north of the Thames. Nearby villages are Cassington to the East, Stanton Harcourt to the south and the Leighs (North and South) to the West.
On 1 May 1676 William WISE of Ensham, Oxon, yeoman mortgaged land called the Rymes to John JORDAN of Witney, Oxon, gent for 500 years for £40 and with a 1d rent. This land was noted as being used and occupied as part of the mill. (Oxford Records Office, Blake/I/iv/1).
The mill was converted to paper production in 1682 and the history of Eynsham Papermill involves surnames such as HAGAR, MEALES, KEY and FAICHEN.
From the reign of James 1 (1566-1625) there is a chancery proceeding, undated in the index, in which the plaintiff, Joan late wife and executrix of Timothy HATTON, brings a case against Benedict HATTON and Thomas and Roger HATTON, concerning messuages in Oxford and lands in Eynsham [Chancery Proceedings, 1922, 1:n.p., Ref. H26.24]. The same Joan may be mentioned in another action from the same reign in which the plaintiff Nicholas Benson brings a case against Joan HATTON concerning the personal estate of Timothy HATTON. The name of Benedict HATTON is associated with the villages of Charlbury, Noke and Fritwell in the seventeenth century, whilst that of Timothy, Thomas and Roger HATTON are found amongst the children of Roger HATTON of St Antholin (c1592-1637/8).
A handful of HATTON register entries from Eynsham, St Leonard may relate to children or relatives of Thomas HATTON of Widford, Oxon.
The christening and burial dates for Elizabeth HATTON look as if they
may have been transposed at some point (though they were that way round
in the register transcription I was using).
The burial for Hannah HATTON in 1741 is that of Mrs Hannah HATTON, the
wife of Thomas. The grave is part of a group of tombs for members of the
LORD family, thus providing strong evidence that this was the grave
of Hannah LORD who married
Thomas HATTON in nearby Stanton Harcourt, Oxon. Monumental Inscription, for grave number C113, in the list published by
"In memory of / Hannah the wife of / Thos HATTON who / Departed this life Novr / the 14th 1741 / Aged 29 / Also five of their children / who died in their infancy //"
As Hannah's monument is near to others from the LORD family, this appears to be the grave of Hannah HATTON, nee LORD. Thus, either the transcription of the date of burial in the register or that of the monument must be incorrect.
The LACY family built Eynsham Hall and may have been involved in the JORDANs coal mining enterprises. The father of Willourby LACY was stage manager at Covent Garden and later a co-patentee with David GARRICK of the Drury Lane theatre (in which Col Thomas HATTON of Saville Row, St James, Westminster owned shares).
In 1791 the Universal British Directory entry for Eynsham listed 'Lord James, (F.) Farmer'.
There is a small group of LORD burials in the churchyard, comprising a single chest tomb and a number of graves with headstones.
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