J W Knight
2020-07-24 19:57:49 UTC
I know this may fall slightly outside of the medieval window, but I am trying to see if there is a link between my Blakiston ancestors and the Blakiston family of Gibside.
What I have so far is:
Anne BLAKISTON, bapt 2 Nov 1684, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham
Cuthbert BLAKISTON, bapt 10 Sept 1643, Whickham, Co Durham
The line from Anne down to me is solid, connecting the dots further back gets a bit tricky.
Cuthbert Blakiston and his wife Margaret had several children baptised between Washington and Houghton between 1673 and 1690 (including my Anne). The first leap is accepting that the Cuthbert mentioned as the father in the baptisms of 1673-90 is the same Cuthbert that was baptised in 1643 in Whickham. Now there weren't many Cuthbert Blakiston's around and there is no burial record for an infant Cuthbert anywhere so let's say we accept him for now.
Cuthbert baptised in 1643 has a father named as William. There are other records to William's children in Whickham at the time as follows -
William, bapt 1635
Lionel, buried 1637
James, bapt 1638
Isabel, bapt 1640
Thomas, bapt 1641
Cuthbert, bapt 1643
Now there are many trees erroneously stating that the William Blakiston who is the father of these children is William Blakiston of Shieldrow, born 1616 (son of Nicholas Blakiston, son of Sir William Blakiston), and his wife Dorothy Lawson. But this cannot be true as THAT William had children baptised in Tanfield, not Whickham, between 1646-58.
The more likely candidate (in my opinion) is the uncle of 1616 William, William Blakiston (born 1604), brother of Nicholas Blakiston. There was a brother named Lionel (born 1603), and the Whickham William buried a child named Lionel in 1637 as I mentioned above.
According to British History Online (Loading Image...), Sir William Blakiston's will of 6 Oct 1641 mentions that his son William (born 1604) was still alive in 1641, so that could be further evidence that he is the father of the children baptised in Whickham at that time. I have no information about the identity of his wife.
Does anyone have any more detailed information about the Blakiston family at this time, and information that could verify or debunk the hypothesis I have mentioned? There are many Blakiston family trees online but most are unsourced and simply messy guesswork. I accept that there has to be some balance of probability assumptions from time to time but I am not willing to link my family tree to such a wide reaching family without being absolutely sure there is a link there to begin with.
Hopefully this post will be helpful to anyone else looking into the Blakiston family also, the William Blakiston born in 1604 is a loose end that needs tying up in any case.
Thanks so much