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Oxfordshire was the Colegrove ancestral home
Posted by: James Gibbs Date: January 12, 2002 at 13:48:00
In Reply to: Re: English/Welsh Colegroves by James Gibbs of 365

I know that most online sources repeat the speculation of the early published Colegrove genealogy that the RI immigrant Francis Colegrove was from Wales. Mike Colegrove was the first to bring this erroneius assumption to my attention a few year ago, based on surname research he did in the Britsh Isles. Mike was of the opinin that Franis must have come from the Oxfordshire vicinity.

I recently followed up on this by doing a Soundex search online at for the LDS International Genealogical Index for all Colegroves listed in that index for Wales and came up with several listings for only one Colegrove -- our immigrant ancestor Francis, which is almost certainly incorrect. Certainly there should be another Colegrove in Wales if his family were from there. Instead, it seems that the book's speculation that the River Cole, given the name, might be the Colegrove ancestral homeland was simply incorrect. The IGI listings for Francis as from Wales are certainly all submissions perpetuating a speculation in the "book".

So I did my IGI Soundex search for Colegrove in England and found hundreds. I then copied only those listed before 1700 -- the earliest being in 1566. It is pretty obvious from this list that Oxfordshire was indeed the home of the Colegrove family in the 1500s, with the family spreading into the surrounding counties of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, & Gloucestershire, and then into nearby Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, & Cheshire during the 1600s. This is consistent with the research that Mike Colegrove has done.

I copy below this list of Colegroves before about 1700. Note that the last name on the list is a Francis from Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire -- any connection to our Rhode Island gateway ancestor? Perhaps a common ancestor named Francis?


Geo COLEGRAVE Marriage: 1566 Swalcliffe, Oxford, England
Alice COULGROVE Marriage: 1591 Kiddington, Oxford, England
Edmund COLEGRAVE Marriage: 1592 Swalcliffe, Oxford, England
John COULGROVE Marriage: 1595 Kiddington, Oxford, England
Annes COULGROVE Marriage: 1598 Kiddington, Oxford, England
George COLEGROV Marriage: 1604 Shipton Under Wychwood, Oxford, England
Georgius COLEGROUE Christening: 17 Mar 1610 Brailes, Warwick, England
John COLEGRAVE Christening: 11 Nov 1610 Twyford, Buckingham, England
Elizabeth COLLGRAVE Birth: Abt. 1619 Of Ockham, Surrey, England
Joane COULDEGROUE Christening: 20 Aug 1620 Stanford In The Vale, Berkshire, England
Wm. COLEGRAVE Marriage: 1621 Handborough, Oxford, England
Elizabeth COLEGROUE Christening: 20 Oct 1623 Stanford In The Vale, Berkshire, England
Thomas COLEGRAVE Marriage: 19 Jul 1624 Puddington, Bedford, England
Richard COLGRAVE Christening: 7 Aug 1625 Spalding, Lincoln, England
Peter COLGREVE Marriage: 25 Sep 1626 Saint John The Baptist, Chester, Cheshire, England
Jane COLGRAUE Marriage: 19 Jul 1627 Spalding, Lincoln, England
Margt COLGROVE Marriage: 1627 Kiddington, Oxford, England
Margt COLEGRAVE Marriage: 1628 Swalcliffe, Oxford, England
Thomas COLEGROUE Christening: 17 Aug 1628 Stanford In The Vale, Berkshire, England
Swarbrickus COLEGROUE Christening: 25 Sep 1628 Brailes, Warwick, England
Knight COLEGRAVE Christening: 20 Aug 1630 Puddington, Bedford, England
William COLEGROVE Christening: 12 Dec 1630 Saint Giles, Oxford, Oxford, England
Alice COLEGROAVE Marriage: 1631 Standlake, Oxford, England
William COLGROVE Misc: 15 Jan 1631 Saint Nicholas, Abingdon, Berkshire, England
Eliz. COLGROVE Marriage: 1632 Kiddington, Oxford, England
Elizabeth COLGROVE Christening: 7 Oct 1632 Saint Giles, Oxford, Oxford, England
Mary COLEGROVE Christening: 2 Apr 1635 Saint Giles, Oxford, Oxford, England
Ursula COLGROVE Christening: 24 Aug 1637 Saint Giles, Oxford, Oxford, England
John COLGROVE Christening: 6 Oct 1639 Saint Giles, Oxford, Oxford, England
Ainne COLEGRAVE Marriage: 12 Oct 1639 Wantage, Berkshire, England
Elizabeth COLLGRAVE Marriage: 14 May 1640 Ockham, Surrey, England
Joane COULGROUE Marriage: 13 May 1644 Stanford In The Vale, Berkshire, England
William COLGRAVE Marriage: 25 Nov 1645 Dronfield, Derby, England
William COLEGROVE Marriage: 29 Aug 1657 Radley, Berkshire, England
Richard COLLGRAVE Marriage: 2 Aug 1658 London, England
Edward COLEGRAUE Christening: 2 Oct 1659 Barton-On-The-Heath, Warwick, England
Knightley COLEGRAUE Marriage: 31 Oct 1659 Chellington, Bedford, England
Eliz. COALGRAVE Marriage: 30 Jun 1660 Carlton, Bedford, England
Elizabetha Christening: 2 Jan 1661 Barton-On-The-Heath, Warwick, England
Edward COLGRAVE Marriage: 17 Jan 1663 Grantchester, Cambridge, England
Sarah COWLGROUE Christening: 1 Apr 1663 Little Compton, Gloucester, England
Sarah COLGRAVE Marriage: 10 Jun 1664 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Eliz COLEGRAVE Marriage: 1665 Adderbury, Oxford, England
Anna COLGRAVE Christening: 22 Dec 1667 Puddington, Bedford, England
Mary COLEGRAUE Christening: 7 Nov 1669 Barton-On-The-Heath, Warwick, England
Edward COLGRAVE Christening: 29 Jan 1670 Grantchester, Cambridge, England
Thomas COLGRAVE Marriage: 6 Mar 1670 North Collingham, Nottingham, England
Jonathan COLDGROUE Christening: 8 Oct 1671 Saint Ann Blackfriars, London, London, England
Henry COLGROVE Christening: 11 Aug 1673 Saint Ann Blackfriars, London, London, England
Priscilla COLEGRAUE Christening: 15 Nov 1674 Souldern, Oxford, England
Penelope COLEGRAUE Christening: 16 Jan 1675 Souldern, Oxford, England
Ann COLGRAVE Marriage: Nov 1677 Grantchester, Cambridge, England
Frances COLGRAVE Christening: 20 May 1678 Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Hester COLDGROVE Marriage: 1679 Charlbury, Oxford, England
Maria Elizab. COLEGRAUE Christening: 5 Oct 1679 Souldern, Oxford, England
Ralph COLGREAVE Birth: Abt. 1680 Cheshire, England
Eliz. COLGROVE Christening: 12 Sep 1680 St. Bride Fleet St., London, London, England
Frances COLEGROVE Christening: 4 Dec 1680 Saint Margaret, Westminster, London, England
Susanna COLEGRAUE Christening: Aug 1681 Souldern, Oxford, England
Elizabeth COLEGRAVE Christening: 29 Dec 1681 St. Sepulchre, London, London, England
Ursula COLEGRAUE Christening: 18 Mar 1682 Souldern, Oxford, England
Thomas COLEGRAVE Marriage: 5 Oct 1682 Puddington, Bedford, England
Julyous COLGRAUE Christening: 29 Jan 1684 Saint Martin In The Fields, Westminster, London, England
Georgius COLEGRAUE Christening: 1 Mar 1684 Souldern, Oxford, England
Mary COLGROVE Marriage: 11 Aug 1685 Naunton By Stow On The Wold, Gloucester, England
Nehemiah COLEGRAVE Christening: 28 Jan 1686 Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England
Elizabetha COLEGRAUE Christening: 27 Feb 1686 Souldern, Oxford, England
Thomas COLGREAVE Marriage: 11 Nov 1686 Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Sarah COLEGRAVE Marriage: 5 Jun 1687 Saint James Dukes Place, London, London, England
Sarah COLDGROVE Christening: 7 Oct 1687 Aston Blank, Gloucester, England
John COLGREAVE Christening: 8 Nov 1687 Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Tho. COLGREAVE Christening: 8 Jan 1688 Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Johannes COLEGRAUE Christening: 24 Feb 1688 Souldern, Oxford, England
Joan COLDGROVE Marriage: 30 Sep 1688 Notgrove, Gloucester, England
Thos. COLEGRAVE Marriage: 25 Oct 1688 Shelton, Bedford, England
Mary COLGRAVE Birth: Abt. 1689 Of Sholley, Lancashire, England
Jeremiah COLEGROVE Marriage: 25 Jul 1689 Hughenden, Buckingham, England
Elizabeth COLEGRAVE Christening: 30 Aug 1689 Riseley, Bedford, England
Mary COLDGROVE Christening: 27 Oct 1689 Aston Blank, Gloucester, England
Rebecca COLGROVE Marriage: 1693 Chinnor, Oxford, England
Thom COLEGRAVE Christening: 26 Aug 1694 Puddington, Bedford, England
Thomas COLGRAVE Marriage: Abt. 1694 Of, Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Thomas COLGREAVE Marriage: 4 May 1695 Chesterfield, Derby, England
Marey COLGRAUE Christening: 15 Oct 1695 Sutton Cum Duckmanton, Derby, England
Sar COLGROVE Marriage: 1697 Enstone, Oxford, England
Ann COLGROVE Christening: 10 Jan 1697 Worksop, Nottingham, England
Richard COLDGROVE Birth: 2 Feb 1698 Cold Aston, Gloucester, England
Elizabeth COLEGRAVE Christening: 22 May 1698 Puddington, Bedford, England
Ellin COLGREAVE Christening: 19 Sep 1699 Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
Francis COLGRAVE Christening: 1 Aug 1701 Sharnbrook, Bedford, England

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