John of Apesford

THE ORIGINS OF THE APESFORD BRANCH

The family of John born in 1691, the third son of George and Elizabeth Oakden was not easy to work out.  The problem was the number of Johns who had been born in the Grindon, Leek and Cheadle areas, the various marriages and children of those marriages. Which John married which wife and had which children. With three possible Johns and three marriages did we have three Johns marrying once or one John with three wives, or something in between?

 The births of John Titterton in Leek Grindon in period 1675-1705

JOHN1 circa 1675 John son of George of Leek. (George died 1686 with 5 children under 21. John’s date of birth assessed from documents at Lichfield)

JOHN2 1680 Jonathan (illeg?) son of William Ttn and Elizabeth Leake in Leek

JOHN3 1691 John son of George and Elizabeth at Grindon

Marriages of John Titterton in Staffs in period 1695 – 1740

M1 1713 to Elizabeth Blore at Waterfall

M2 1724 to Elizabeth Challoner at Cheadle

M3 1737 to Mary Lovat at Leek

Children of John Titterton born in Staffs in period 1700-1745.

Where it is clear that they are siblings I have used the same initial letter.

A 1710 Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth at Uttoxeter.

B 1714 John, son of John at Grindon

C 1716 Ann, dau. of John of Leek at Grindon

 

D1 1720 Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth at Alton

D2 1722 Isabel, dau. of John and Elizabeth at Alton

 

E1 1726 George, son of John and Elizabeth at Grindon

E2 1730 Thomas, son of John and Elizabeth at Grindon

 

F1  1737 Martha son of John and Mary at Leek

F2  1739 Joseph son of John and Mary at Grindon

F3  1741 William son of John and Mary at Grindon

F4  1743  Isabel daughter of John and Mary at Grindon

F5  1744 Sarah daughter of John and Mary at Grindon

F6?   1747 George son of John and Mary at Leek

 

I believe that B, C, D1 and D2 are siblings. In Staffordshire Quarter Sessions for 1724 Yeaveley successfully appealed against a decision that  a John Titterton and his wife Elizabeth and children John, Ann, Elizabeth and Isabel should be moved to Yeaveley from Grindon.

With the dates of birth of B and C, especially with the father being described as ‘of Leek’ these I think must be the children of Marriage M1 and John is probably JOHN1 and not JOHN2. As a younger son I do not think JOHN3 would marry at the age of 22. His older brothers were 28 and 32. This really leaves JOHN3 as the most likely groom of marriage M3 and the father of E1 and E2.

 

Chronologically it is straight forward for John 3 to be widowed and the marry Mary Lovat and have another family.

This is the hypothesis I have used since the 1980s.

In November 2017 I received an email detailing some DNA tests which proved it.