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John Son of Thomas & Mary Hart born 1 Dec baptized 22. John Hart ... He passed away in 1787.
CHANGE OF RESIDENCE FROM CASTLE CHURCH TO SEIGHFORD, STAFFORDSHIRE (Information provided by Robert Wadsworth in booklet prepared for his family, "Harts of Staffordshire," and included in a CD of Hart family data compiled by Barbara (Babs) Ward,2006): By the time John was 21 in 1756, he had taken over his late father's farm in Castle Church. In 1757 he sold his farm at Castle Church and decided to rent a place at Coton called "Holford [or Oldford] Farm," which was approximately 8 miles away from the village of Seighford. The farm was owned by the Eld family, who were local landowners. The year's rent was 275 pounds a year, to be paid in half year payments of 135 pounds. Once he settled, he made plans for his marriage and applied for a marriage license. He described himself as a Yeoman (a respectable level of a farmer). EXERPTS FROM BOOK, "ABRAHAM AND LUCY HART: THEIR LIVES," BY JOYCE E. NEILL (PRIVATELY PRINTED IN NEW ZEALAND, 1981): "This [information on Hart ancestry for this book] has been researched back into the eighteenth centry, to 31 August 1757, when John Hart, whose name signfies that he was the eldest son, and who was a tenant farmer of 'Holdford' or 'Oldford,' as later it was called, and of 'Coton', was married to Hannah Martin, a member of a local farming family, by licensce but without banns. Both signed the register in St. Chad's Church, Seighford.....During the next twenty-five years, Hannah bore John at least fourteen children, nearly two hundred years ago. We have only baptism entries for two of the children and know nothing of their future -- if they had any. One son lived only a few days, and two daughtrers aged eight years and two years died in the same week. Most of the babies were given family names, and when one did not survive, the name was passed on the the next one of the same sex......Thus we have John, son of John and Hannah Hart, who married Elizabeth Martin......Then John's sister Mary married John Martin. John and Mary Hart's younger brothers and sisters were Hannah, Martin, Thomas, our Thomas who inherited his father's farms of Coton and Oldford's, and who married Elizabeth. Then Edward who died [and] Edward who lived, and married Mary Bould; Richard, a baker of Stafford maried Mary Philsbury and their five children all died young, four of them in their twenties from consumption; then came Elizabeth and a Charles who married Jane, Abraham, Matilda, Henry and Elizabeth Matilda. ......These lists of the children of each pair of parents are possible because the names of Coton and Oldford's are used in the baptism and burial registers...." "The parish of Seighford comprised six small hamlets extending over a kilometre in many directions from the village centre, and containing nearly 900 inhabitants living on about 1551 hectares of fertile and highly cultivated land, a large proportion of which was worked by this famiiy of Harts and all was owned by Francis Eld, Esquire, lord of Seighford Hall, the only large building in the countryside. His tenant farmers worked this land for their livelihood and his profit. [John Hart and several of his sons] were all major tenants of the Eld Estate; respected, responsible, and compared with farm labourers, they were substantial men. they could be relied upon to do the best for the land and it appears that pieces of neglected or recently acquired land, needing special treatment, were given into their care to be worked with their own.....[The children] were brought up in the beautiful English countryside, rolling green land, criss-crossed by hedges and roads, dotted with cattle set among farms and villages with such picturesque names as Butterbank, Woodhouse, Pinehill, Stafford Green, Firebridge, and Woodhill. As well there those intimately connected with the families of our ancestors: Oldford's, Coton, Cotes Fields and Seighford - all plces which can still be identified. Oldford's farmhouse, the small, brick, thatched cottage.....is till there, incorporated as about one third of the present building on the outskirts of Seighford village." BURIAL RECORD: Parish records for Seighford, Stafford, England include the following entry for 1785: "bur 6 Sep 1787 John Hart." FHL Film #1,040,874. Christening (baptismal) data was extracted from records of Castle Church Parish, Staffordshire. FHL Film #96882. No more info is currently available for John Hart. Can you add to his biography?
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