Archive for February, 2010

imagesAs part of the Inskip DNA study, Major Inskeep from Washington State, USA, contacted me and revealed a fascinating and, to me, romantic story of, what I imagine, as The Wild West.

His great, great, great grandfather , who was called Doc Inskip, had a stage coach stop outside Jordan Valley, in a remote corner of Oregon’s, in the mid 19th century.  The area has rough volcanic lands of high Oregon desert and snow capped mountains, and was settled by cattle ranchers and miners in the 1860s.

In May 1866, the stone, fortified Inskip Station played host to Jean Baptiste Charbonneau (known as Pomp) the son of Sacagawea, a Native American woman who was crucial to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  So famous was she, that her image with baby Charbonneau is now on the one-dollar coin.

At the age of 61 Charbonneau was on his way to Montana when he crossed the icy Owyhee River, and died of pneumonia at Inskip Station.  He was buried by the roadside; along with others who ended their travels prematurely there.

A few years ago the grave was rediscovered after a long hunt,  and has been renovated as part of the Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail.

Major also told me that his gggrandfather travelled to California, and two buttes (small hills?) were named after him – big and little Inskip.

How this line of Inskip/Inskeeps is linked to the UK branches of the Inskip family will hopefully become clearer with the Inskip DNA Study.


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Eccentric Inskip Names

I must have found a worthy contender for the prize of ‘most eccentric’ Inskip correggio_250names – unless anyone can find any stranger.

The gentleman concerned is Charles Inskipp#, born in Battle in 1807, who married the sensibly named Sarah Ann Baker in Westfield, near Battle in 1835.

Charles was a portrait painter, and by the 1841 census had moved to Lambeth, London, to practice his trade.  This was the age when photography was starting to challenge portraiture.

In 1836 the, again sensibly named, Emily was born in Sussex.  Followed by Harold in 1837 – possibly of Hastings fame.  But, then the fun started, in

1839 Napoleon Tristram Shandy Inskipp^ was born in Battle, then

1841Correggio Quinton Inskipp* was born in Lambeth, followed by

1844 Rembrandt Claude Inskipp  and last but not least

1848 Boadicea Mary Inskipp

Sadly, Napoleon and Rembrandt died as children.  Harold and Correggio became potters: Correggio was imprisoned in 1868 for stealing fixtures, married in 1872 and named one of his sons Freeland John Inskipp.   Boadicea was a housemaid before she married blacksmith, George Charles Weston.  Emily was an artist before her wedding to pianoforte maker, Thomas Beeching.

^ Tristram Shandy ,the novel by Sterne, was built around the thinking of people such as Swift and Locke – in the novel he ponders the effect of a name.

* Antonio di Pellegrino Allegri, who is known by “Correggio”, the name of his native Italian  town, was a High Renaissance master of illusion.  Picture is his Jupiter and Io 1532

# It is possible that Charles Inskipp was the ex metropolitan policeman who was arrested in Battle in December 1830, for inciting the populace to riot in support of Universal Suffrage.  A fellow convict was John Freeland.  I have only scant evidence and guessing is a dangerous game in family history; so it is a theory needing more investigation.

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