Archive for April, 2008

The Knoll, Maulden

The Inskips have been in Maulden, Bedfordshire since at least the 1760’s when John Inskip married Elizabeth Parker on Christmas Day 1766. John was a tenant farmer for John Russell, Duke of Bedford . The Duke had acquired land around Maulden in 1738 and was experimenting with new more productive agricultural techniques. The soil in the area was particularly good for market gardening, and the Inskips were a family of Market Gardeners. John paid the Duke 10/- (shillings or 50p in todays money) in 1775 to farm 4 acres.

It is highly like that John came from the Southill area, but tracing his exact branch of the Inskip clan in Bedfordshire has proved – well shall we say difficult. Anyway, it is much easier to move forward and the Inskip family has stayed in Maulden, intermarrying with many of the other local families – particularly Summerfields, Daniels and Stanbridges.

This picture was taken from a house on a market gardening small holding that dates back to the 18th century. It is now owned by an Inskip and used to be owned by the Stanbridges. It looks along The Knoll towards George Street and up to the village church (St Mary the Virgin, rebuilt in 1837 apart from the tower). This is the village centre where many of the Inskips lived and died, married and were buried.

You can see that there are a lot of brick houses, some rendered white, and some still have their thatch roofs. Of course the rather blue car, is not original.!!!!!!


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WhirlpoolI’d like to make a plea for a lady who has been looking for her lost uncle for 30 years. Frank Inskip was born in 1917 in Halifax the son of Randolph Inskip from Wombwell near Barnsley, and Harriet Hall from Halifax. (Randolph’s father was a William Inskipp from South Shields, who went to Barnsley with his brother to mine coal.)

Randolph and Harriet split up soon after Frank’s birth and their boys, Walter and Frank, were fostered. Walter went to a family who lived in Tottington. Harriet later lived with a man called Shaw. There has been no siting of Frank by the family since that date; he does not appear to be registered in the UK, he did not serve in the 2nd world war, there is no insurance records or medical records for him. But he cannot have just disapeared into thin air and his niece Elizabeth would dearly love to get in touch.

One theory Elizabeth is working on at the moment is that he went to America with his maternal grandparents. But who knows? if you have any ideas, do get in touch.

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About 18 months ago I had an email from a gentleman who wanted to know if I knew the family history of someĀ  Inskip women he had found in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire. There was no history of Inskips in the area, but he had several census, marriage and burial records for a Mary Inskip senior and junior and a Sarah Inskip. All he knew was that a Mary Lee had married a William Inskip from Northill in 1833.

Well I knew little of this family, and it was not possible at that time to establish which William Inskip from Northill Mary Lee had married – as is always the case there was several contenders, one of whom had also married a Mary.

So for a while the family remained a mystery, until by chance one of my One Name Study colleagues researching the Blows family from Meldreth came up with a marriage of a Sarah Inskip (William and Mary’s daughter to a William Blows.) She had the marriage certificate, which confirmed the father’s name and occupation and residence. (more…)

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Sailing Ship

Terry Inskip, recently sent me a list of Inskip departures from these shores between 1890 and 1929. It is interesting to observe that at the height of the British Empire, the largest formal Empire the world has ever known (yes larger than the Romans!), that to travel abroad the passengers simply had recorded initial, surname, age, sex, year or departure, destination country and port of departure and arrival. Contrast this to the growing list of ‘biological’ data we are supposed to give to travel from the new Heathrow Terminal 5 to Manchester – let alone to destinations such as the USA.

Armed with this meagre data I tried to discover from census and other data I have who these Inskip travellers were. Some are emmigrants, some travellers, and some have ‘business’ abroad.

The earliest is Samuel Inskip, a blacksmith from Bedford who emigrated with his family to America. Then there is Walter Inskip and wife Florence Thurley from Bedford who went to live in Tanzania in the 1920’s.

Charles H and Mary Inskip from Shefford retired on a round the world voyage in 1928. Meanwhile Charles’ brother William, who was a bank director, appears to have a range of exotic locations including Chile, Argentina and Japan.

Major Percy Inskipp and brother Frank Warren Inskipp from Sussex are regular travellers to Africa, whilst Alfred T Inskip the rancher from Devon, regularly criss-crosses the Atlantic to Canada with his siblings.

But I’d love to know more about Alice Stott from Oldham, who married a John Inskip in 1893 and went to Boston in 1901 alone with her 4 very young children, Hannah, Arthur, James and John.

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New Inskip Blog

I have set this weblog up to record all the interesting facets of the Inskip name and family as they are uncovered. The main body of research can be found at http://www.one-name.org/profiles/inskip.html.

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