Friday, June 3, 2011

Coleman at Abbotts Ann, Upper Clatford and Goodworth Clatford

My strategy for the use of this research time was to either begin the Goodworth Clatford Parish Registers or continue with Abbotts Ann if not completed. However I also have had a project ongoing of typing the Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment from 1665 which is missing its index for some of the pages in particular C. Once I have completed the Hampshire Hearth Tax Assessment from 1665 I will continue on with the Coleman family or the Parish Registers which ever is still incomplete.

I think that learning more about the Coleman family which did not remain for many generations in any one place can only be accomplished by reading the various parish registers in this area. The 1665 Hearth Tax Assessment for Andover Division lists only one Coleman in Thorngate Hundred and the Town of Wellow namely Thomas Coleman. Since my first mention of my line thus far is Clement Collman  who was likely born at at least 1675 and died by 1721 at Goodworth Clatford where he and his wife Katherine (Holeridge) Coleman ran a pub of some sort as I have a copy of the License for 1721 at Goodworth Clatford. Where Clement Coleman was born or the names of his parents is totally unknown to me. Wellow in Hampshire is referred to as East Wellow and it is partially in the hundred of Amesbury, county Wiltshire as well as being in the Thorngate Hundred of Hampshire. East Wellow is close to Romsey and there is a road (known as the Romsey Road) which travels northward past Goodworth Clatford - coincidence or other I have, at this point of time, no way of telling.

An even earlier record the West Hampshire Lay Subsidy Assessments for Andover Division lists a John Colman at Kings Somborne Hundred, Compton and Brook Tithing and in Brooke (in 1571) for John Colman. Brooke interestingly enough also lies on the Romsey Road south of Kings Somborne. Again coincidence or all part of the same family. It does not appear to be that common a surname in this time frame. The spelling Collman was used by the earlier family.

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