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John Burnhope

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  • Name John Burnhope 
    Christened 10 Mar 1750/1751  Hunstantworth, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I4634  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2015 

    Father Isaac Burnhope,   b. Abt 1715, of, Northumberland or Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1781, Wood Hall Mill, Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Mother Jane,   b. Abt 1731, of Hexham, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth,   bur. 5 Jun 1792, Hexham, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1774  of, Northumberland or Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann Watson 
    Married 16 Apr 1796  Saint John Lee, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. LDS IGI has an extracted marriage record for Hannah Burnop to John Walton at Warden Parish, Northumberland 12 Jul 1783. The timing fits our Hannah and Warden is only a mile north of Hexham and five miles east of Haydon Bridge. A search of other Burnhope marriages in this parish in the same time period shows only two others, both of which are relations - Hannah's brother Joseph and Elizabeth Mewis 13 Jan 1792 and Hannah's nephew (Joseph and Elizabeth's son) William Burnhope to Mary Oliver 10 Jul 1808.
      From my search of a Warden Church record transcript while visiting the Hexham library June 2009: 12 Jul 1783: John Walton and Hannah Burnhope, both of the Chapelry of Haydon. Wit: Wm. Topping and Jn. Burnhope. Md. by John Farrer, curate. [The witness John Burnhope is most likely Hannah's older brother John.]

      2. By a circuitous route, we can determine that Elizabeth is most likely the wife of John and that they are probably the parents of the following children:
      A. From the following entries in Hexham which I extracted to my visit to Hexham in Jun 2009, we can determine that John's (the weaver) wife is named Elizabeth. John is also at least the father of Ann (1784-1788) and John (1790-). Since there are no other Johns in the parish at this time, John of Yarridge is probably the same John.
      a. Hexham Baptism Transcriptions, 1643-1850:
      -24 Nov 1776, Mary Burnup, dau. of John of Yarridge.
      -14 Nov 1784, Ann Burnup, dau. of John, weaver. [See 1788 burial record below.]
      -9 May 1790, John Burnup, son of John, weaver.
      b. Hexham, Burial Transcripts 1754-1851, extracted for Burnhopes only:
      -27 Apr 1788, Ann Burnup, dau. of Jn., weaver. [See chr. record above for 1784.]
      -5 Jun 1792, Eliz. Burnup, wife of Jn., weaver.
      B. Very nearby Hexham is Whitley Chapel where Isaac Burnhope and his family lived including his son John, who was chr. in 1751 in the adjoining Hunstanworth parish across the county border in County Durham. Isaac's notes will show that his children were christened in three different places including Hexham. Due to the closeness of all of the various churches and the rural nature of the family, it was not unusual to see a family involved in several churches without moving residences. Having already identified the Hexham children above, LDS family extraction shows the following three children christened in "Whitley (near Hexham)" all born to John Burnop. Since there are large gaps in the birth years, we can safely assume other children were also born, but not christened in Whitley parish - therefore the children listed above in Hexham mesh in nicely year-wise as anticipated.
      -George, 24 Oct 1773.
      -John, 14 Aug 1774. [Most likely died young since another John shows up chr. in Hexham in 1790.]
      -Elizabeth, 1 Apr 1781.
      C. Since there are no other Johns listed in the area from 1751 to 1800, since the father of these children would have to have been born no later than about 1753, and since some of the children are born in the very small hamlet of Whitley, John the son of Isaac is the only one that fits the mold. Even though not 100% proven that John the weaver in Hexham is the same as John in Whitley, it is most likely the same person. Hexham was a regional abbey whereas Whitley was a subservient chapel in the proximity of Hexham.

      3. Three of John's children are listed in the following entries are from a transcription book of the church records for Whitley Chapel, which is part of the Hexham Parish, which I copied at the Society of Genealogists during my visit of Jun 2009. I also saw a similar transcription book at Northumberland Records Office at Woodhorn which had an additional entry below which I note with an (*). The records begin in 1764 and the following transcription is for all Burnhopes for bapt., mar., and burials until 1851. Note that with Whitley only being a subservient chapel, as was the new law at about that time, the marriages ceased from Jul 1781 until Nov 1844 at which time they were in Hexham. Note that there were no Burnhopes in the burial registers for this time period. Whitley is halfway from Newbiggin where the Isaac Burnhope lived to Hexham where some of Isaac's children were christened. "The Newcastle Diocesan Gazetteer, A Guide to the Anglican Churches in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Northumberland" states: "St. Helen's Church, Whitley Chapel, Consecrated in 1764. The church building is of uncertain date. Prior to 1764, it was a Chapel of ease served by Hexham Abbey, but in that year it became a Parish Church of the district known as Hexhamshire, lying between Hexham and Blanchland. It is thought to have been consecrated in 1764 by the Archbishop of York. The church is a simple building of stone, without aisles, with a a later vestry built on to the west end..."
      We can be reasonably certain that these entries deal with the children of Isaac even though it is not specifically proven except by circumstantial evidence such as the marriable ages of Isaac's children, the consistent spelling of Burnhope rather than Burnop/Burnip, the fact that William and John follow the Burnhope family trade of millers and that they are at Whitley Mill where we can place their father Isaac in the Hexham confirmation records for Isaac's children Joseph and Ann, the proximity of the location of Whitley Chapel to Newbiggin, and that the surrounding churches do not have probable entries which I determined from my "encircling" research. The following are the entries and my comments are in [brackets]:
      *Bapt. 22 Jan 1769, Isaac Burnhope, son of William, Whitley Mill. [Same mill as where Isaac was in 1756 and 1758.]
      Bapt. 21 Oct 1773, George Burnhope, son of John, Ordley. [The John in this entry, and the next two for Isaac and Elizabeth, is most likely the son of Isaac who apparently married before 1773 probably in different church - the church of his bride.]
      Bapt. 14 Aug 1774, Isaac Burnhope, son of John, Mollerstead. [Moller is a term for mill. In the (*) transcription, it says 7Aug 1774 and Mollestead. Note that LDS IGI extracted records show this individual as John and it shows as well the other three baptisms noted herein including Isaac in 1769.]
      Bapt. 1 Apr 1781, Elizabeth, d. of John, Whitley Mill. [Same mill as where Isaac was in 1756 and 1758.]
      Marr. 7 Jul 1765, Chris Winter, batchelor, and Cath Burnhope, both of the church. Wit: Ralph Dixon and William Burnhope. [Cath is most likely Kathrine, d. of Isaac, and William is her older brother.]
      Marr. 22 May 1768, William Burnhope and Jane Jameson, both of the church. Wit: John Burnhope and Chris Winter. [Chris Winter is most likely the husband to Kathrine Burnhope per the entry above and the brother-in-law to this William. John is most likely the younger brother to William, but he would only be 17 at the time. Isaac, the next brother under William was deceased in 1762 leaving John as the next brother in line.]
      Marr. 17 May 1778, Thomas Surtees, batchelor, and Ann Burnhope, both of the church. Wit: John Surtees and Christ. Winters. [Chris Winters is most likely the brother-in-law to Ann who married her sister Kathrine per the entry above in 1765.]
      It should also be noted that the nearby Slaley Church directly to the east, whose baptism records began 1703 (1722 for marriages and 1720 for burials), has no entries whatsoever for any Burnhopes until 1851 when I quit checking. The next parish to the west, Allendale does have several Burnhopes.

      1. Note that Isaac lived in the Newbiggin/Riddlehamhope area which was centered near Shotley, Hunstantworth, and Hexham parishes all of which he had children christened. Christening records for Hunstanworth Parish, Durham from a parish trancription book which I reviewed Jun 2009 at the Durham Records Office in Durham City provide the following three children of Isaac, which actual records I have reviewed on FHL film 1068651:
      27 Jul 1747 Kathrine Burnhope, d. of Isaac. [Note the entry immediately afterwards is the marriage of William Burnhope and Jane Short even though it is dated 3 May1747; the surname is spelled the same.]
      2 Mar 1748/1749 Isaac Burnhope, s. of Isaac of Ridlehope [sic].
      10 Mar 1750/1751 John Burnhope, s. of Isaac of Newbigginhope.

      2. By following the various christening records of his children, we can ascertain Isaac's residence and and the name of his wife Jane. Isaac lived in the Newbiggin/Riddlehamhope area which was centered near Shotley, Hunstantworth, and Hexham parishes all of which he had children christened. Newbiggin/Riddlehamhope do not show on most maps since they are not villages as much as a just a location. Using older maps, I was able to locate them. On modern maps such as Google, locate Hunstanworth in County Durham. Just slightly above Hunstanworth across the field is the River Derwent going from west to east. Slightly to the west of Hunstanworth, the river turns upward northwesternly while a serpentine forested hill turns southwesterly. At this first bow on the north side is Newbiggin Fell. Continue to follow the river as it then immediately turns back west and then you are at Riddlehamhope on the north side of the river. Slightly to the west of that is Riddlehamhope Fell. Note that this river is the boundary between counties Durham on the south and Northumberland on the north thereby making the Burnhopes residents of Northumberland. The meaning of the old English word Fell is from the Old Norse meaning an upland stretch of open country; a moor; or a barren or stony hill. We know that Isaac was a miller because he eventually ends up at Woodhall Mill very near Haydon's Bridge where he dies in 1781. The location of Newbiggin/Riddlehamhope on a river may have been due to work as a miller even though his early profession is not given in the christening records.
      The record of his child William must appear in two separate registers (a local and bishop's trancript?) because my transcription shows the entry below whereas the LDS IGI shows the same entry without the father but with a mother Jane Burnhope listed. This establishes Jane as the wife of Isaac.
      Note that in a separate transcription book for Hexham baptisms (1752-1851) which I reviewed at the Northumberland Records Office at Woodhorn Jun 2009, there were some minor differences as noted above in [brackets].
      The various parish records showing the christening of Isaac's children in chronological order show:
      Shotley, Northumberland:
      William Burnhope, son of Isaac of Newggin(sic) hope chr. 21 Jul 1745.
      Hunstanworth, Durham:
      Kath. Burnhope, d. of Isaac, chr. 27 Jul 1747.
      Isaac Burnhope, s. of Isaac of Ridlehope [sic], chr. 2 Mar 1748/1749 (bur in 1762 in Hexham).
      John Burnhope, s. of Isaac of Newbigginhope, chr. 10 Mar 1750/1751
      Hexham, Northumberland:
      Mary Burnep, dau. of Isaac Burnep chr. 14 Oct 1753. [Mary Burnip, d. of Isaac of Leafield House. I have tried to find a Leafield House using Google and what I can find thus far is in Birtley, a suburb in County Durham of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne just north of Chester-le-Street. This is off the path considering Newbiggin and Whitley Mill are in close proximity to each other south of Hexham and makes one wonder if there is a closer Leafield House.]
      Joseph Burnip, son of Isaac Burnip chr. 7 Mar 1756. [Isaac of Whitley Mill.]
      Ann Burnip, dau. of Isaac Burnip chr. 9 Apr 1758. [Isaac of Whitley Mill.]
      Hannah Burnip, dau. of Isaac Burnip chr. 23 Mar 1760. [Mary Burnip, d. of Isaac - not sure why one transcription would say Hannah and the other Mary.]

      1. FHL film 1068897, marriage records for Saint John Lee, shows Joseph Burnup, widower of the parish of Hexham, m. Ann Watson, widow of this parish, by banns, 19 Apr 1796, witnesses were Daniel Dawson and Elisabeth Hedley. This is most likely are Joseph considering that his wife Elizabeth died in Hexham in 1792.

      1. In the Hexham parish records (FHL film 991803), I found no burial record for John Burnhope from 1788 to 1835.