Archive for the ‘USA/Canada’ Category

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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Yet again the odd way life works out amazes me. Coming back from holiday I had two emails about Inskips waiting for me. One was from a lady in Canada who was enquiring about some information I’d sent her. The other was from ebay alerting me to the sale of a sword belonging to Sydney Hope Inskip and given to him in 1917 by his father.

A little bit of digging proved this to be Sydney Hope Inskip who had died aged 22 at the Raid on Zeebrugge on the 23rd April 1918. He was a Lieutenant in the marines and had been given the sword by this father, Herbert Inskip, harbour master at Ramsgate, the year before. Sadly Herbert had died later in 1917 as well.

How nice, I thought if the sword and its sad story could be returned to the family. Herbert and his wife Gertrude, an Australian, had only had Sydney (who was born in Sydney, Australia) and he had not married – so there were no direct descendents. But I soon found that my Canadian lady correspondent was actually a first cousin once removed !!

I have no idea if she does want the sword, but I do hope it finds a home with its poignant provenance attached.

NB – The family are descendents of Harry Inskip born around 1809 in Old Warden, Bedfordshire and his wife Jane Albin from Spalding. Harry was a seed oil merchant and one time Mayor of Hertford.

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Jim Inskipt recently got in touch with us to find out if we knew anything about the unusual spelling of the name. Everyone, we are aware of, with this spelling lives in the USA (mainly centred on Pennsylvania), and it seems to be linked with the Inskeeps. How and where it was changed to an Inskip with a ‘t’ we do not have any idea – and nor does Jim. If you have any further information, do let us know.

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Just as a matter of interest and attempt to clutter up the blog…..for those who have not seen this article…..I do apologise as it is a bit heavy going ! This is an account of how the Staffordshire Inskeeps/Inskips successfully conquered America. It is from the Moorefield Examiner, West Virginia, 1906. If you haven’t time to read it all just skip to the end and take a look !!!

by H. E. Wallace Jr.

A FOREWORD (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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