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Cobcroft Name Study

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About the Project

The Cobcroft Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Cobcroft name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Cobcroft name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Cobcrofts), by time period (18th Century Cobcrofts), or by topic (Cobcroft DNA, Cobcroft Occupations, Cobcroft Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Cobcroft Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator:[[Watson-15643|Kathleen Cobcroft] for assistance.

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Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


Related Surnames and Surname Variants


The Australian Cobcroft family appear to all be descended from a single couple: second fleet convict John Cobcroft and Sarah Smith. John Cobcroft was probably descended from John Cobcroft of Covent Garden, London. It is possible that he had children from a previous relationship in London before being transported.

There were additional families living in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Task List

  • Adding UK Cobcrofts and Cobcrafts listed in FindMyPast records. Include one name study category for easy identification.
  • Linking unconnected family members where possible.
  • Adding deceased Australian Cobcrofts to the tree.
  • Adding details for existing Cobcroft profiles.
  • Identifying descendants of UK Cobcrofts.

To follow up

Sir Robert Cobcroft, Priest

Sir Robert Cobcroft was a priest at the Ecclesfield Parish Church, Yorkshire, during the 16th century. Need to locate birth/death information to create a profile.

Gatty, Alfred Scott (1878). The first book of the marriage, baptismal, and burial registers, of Ecclesfield Parish Church, Yorkshire, from 1558 to 1619; also the churchwardens' accounts, from 1520 to 1546. London: Bell & Sons. https://archive.org/details/firstbookofmarri00ecclrich

  • p. 151 He was a witness to the will of Nicholas Mounteney, of Ecclesfield, which was dated the 22nd of April, 1543.

Church wardens accounts:

  • p. 56 1535-1536: listed as having 20 shillings which had been bequested to the church by Richard Colle for the erection of a cross. Md. that thies ayres ye detts oyngto the church duodecimo die maij Anno Regni regis Henri octavi vicesemi septimo. ffirst in the hands of Sr. Robert Cobcroft towards a crosse, of ye beqwest of Richard Colle. xxs.
  • p. 58 1539: received 2 donations for the church
  • p. 59 1542: purchase of vestments (written in latin) - see note from the Roche Abbey book below.

Aveling, James H. (1870). Yorkshire. The history of Roche abbey, from its foundation to its dissolution. Worksop: Robert White. https://archive.org/details/yorkshirehistory00avel

  • p. 91 1542 Sir Robert Cobcroft, ten shillings, which he paid for vestments and Roche. (Purchase of vestments during the disolution of the Roche abbey.)

Cobcroft Manor!

Wade, John (1828). An account of public charities in England and Wales, abridged from the Reports of His Majesty's commissioners on charitable foundations. London: Simpkin & Marshall. https://archive.org/details/accountofpublicc00greauoft/page/586?q=cobcroft pp. 586-590.

Prior to his death, Dr. Ogelthorpe purchased, for £120 : 6, the manor of Cobcroft, in Yorkshire, formerly part of the possessions of the monastery of Pontefract..." Bishop Owen Ogelthorpe set up a free school and hospital/almshouse in the parish of Tadcaster in 1558, and gave the schoolmaster use of the Cobcroft manor as part of his annuity.


Augustinus Cobcroft a fletcher in York in 1520. FindMyPast database: City Of York Apprentices And Freemen 1272-1930. Admission Register of Freemen of the City of York. Chapter: The Freemen of York 1520-1 p. 243. Augustinus Cobcroft, Fletcher.


Two Australian descendants of John Cobcroft have tested yDNA at FamilyTree DNA: haplogroup G-M201.

Many Australia Cobcroft descendants have taken autosomal DNA tests. It may be possible to support relationships to UK Cobcroft descendants with DNA, though the distance is likely to be greater than 4th cousins.

Sources and Resources

  • Luxford, Warren John (2016). Cobcroft : a genealogical index of the descendants of John Cobcroft & Sarah Smith. Malua Bay, New South Wales. Three volume set available for purchase from Warren Luxford.
  • The Cobcroft family in Australia 1790-1978 / compiled by Brian W. Cobcroft. - Use with caution - some earlier assumptions have been disproven, especially the line of Cobcrofts in the UK. Does not include female lines except where the Cobcroft name was continued.
  • Trove Newspapers - scanned out of copyright newspapers to 1954, but there are some more recent papers and magazines. Click on the (i) at the top left of articles to get a citation.
  • The Ryerson Index to death notices and obituaries in Australian newspapers - strongest for NSW death notices but worth trying for other states. Useful for finding death and funeral notices for recent deaths and in articles which have not yet been text corrected in Trove.
  • Hunt, William H. (ed.)(1906-09) The registers of St. Paul's church, Convent garden, London. London: Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke. Available from Archive.org. Volume I: Christenings, 1653-1752 (baptisms under Cobcroft and Cobcraft) -- Volume II: Christenings, 1753-1837 (no Cobcroft entries) -- Volume III: Marriages, 1653-1837 (only entries are for John Cobcroft as church warden) -- Volume IV: Burials, 1653-1752 (Cobcroft entries) -- Volume V: Burials, 1753-1858 (no Cobcroft entries).

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