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Early Hedgpeths in England and America
Posted by: David Hedgpeth Date: January 31, 1999 at 15:46:37
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Notes for John Hedgpeth:(1660-?)England and Virginia (Not connected to Daniel Hedgpeth at this time.)
1660-BIRTH-ca., of England
1675- Henrico, VA, Capt. Bird transported 122 persons including John Hedgpath. Source:"Early Virginia Families along the James River, their Deep Roots & Tangled Branches, Henrico Co., VA", by Louise Pledge Health Foley, Vol. I, p. 24, Richmond, VA, 1974.
1677-19 Nov., Charles City Co., VA, Order Book, Court at Westover, John Dalton impported 20 persons including Jno. Hedgepeth(this John or his son??), Source: Cross Kin(C-K), V-1, N-2, P-9.
1696- John Hedgepeth, Sr., Nasemond Co., VA, patents issued during the Regal Government, Book 10, p-172, page 1 of book 25. Oct 29, William MacClance land formally granted to John Hedgepeth, Sr. Oct 29,450 acres, upper part of Nansemond Co., VA; on westward side of Faustus Cabin Branch out of the back swamp of Summerton Creek; adjacent to Jenkins land. Source: Anna Ford's(AF) " Through the Years with the Hudspeths", V-1, P-14. Hedgpeth News(HN), V-1, N-2, P-10.
1705- 18 Jan, Nansemond Co, VA, 443 acres surveyed by John Milner: Note: John and John, Jr. are seperate entries for the same number of acres.

Early Hedgpeth/Hudspeth/Hedgepeth/etc. History and Sources:

Anna Ford's(AF) " Through the Years with the Hudspeths", V-1, P-14. Hedgpeth News(HN), V-2. " Hex tildespethe is probably the original name of the Hudspeths (Hedgpeths). In 1160, Hex tilde, wife of Richard Cumyn, witnessed her husband's grant of the church of Lyntun ruderic to Kelso Abbey. She was the daughter and heriess of Gothic or Uchtred, son and heir of Donalbane, King of Scotts.
In the 1400s Hudspeths of great antiquity were found in Northumber, England. They bore the same names as the Hudspeths in America: George, Robert, Henry, Thomas, John, Ralph, and Cuthbert.
So it seems that the Hudspeths originated in Scottland, from their to England and from England to America. They settled first in Virginia, in 1745 the migration started to North Carolina to Edgecomb, Grandville, and Surry Counties. By 1795 they were on the move again, going to Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. They were always searching for more and richer land. After some years they went to Texas, Missouri, Illionis, California. Now they seem to be located in every state."

C-K: Vol. 2, # 1, P-1: "Know Your...Name" by John C. Downing." Hedgepeth, Hudspeth-" These names present a problem as there are no early examples of the present spellings to be found in anyof the avaliable records. This does not imply that the name is of recent origin, but suggests that its previous owners were fortunate enough to escape tax and other government records.
A most likely Scottish origin is from a place originally called Hextildespethe which meant "Hextilds's portion". The name is of Old Norse origin and embodies the element of "battle maid." She was the wife of Richard Cumyn and acted as a witness to one of his charters granting the church of Lyntumruderic to Kelso Abby around 1160. Huge de (of) Hextildespethe rendered homage to the English crown in 1296. This place is now known as Hexpeth.
Two possible English origins are also place names. It could be Hud's "path,paeth," or Hod's "path, pae or path, paeth by the hedge." The 1799 North Carolina and Virginia census and tax records contain the following spellings: Hedgepath, Hedgepeth, Hedgepith, Hedgpeth, Hedgpith, Hedgpett, Hedghpeth, Hedgspeth."

HN: Vol. I, #3, P-17: Ann Theg Brown stated, " ...we located the firstgroup of Hudspeths in and around Corbridge, Northumberland Co., England, on the Scottish border. The hamlet of Hudspeth lies north of Corbridge. Since this has been accepted as the original location for the Hudspeths since their first records are there in the 1350s, written in Latin."

HN: Vol. I, #8, PP-86-87, and AF Vol. 1, P-2a:"...The name of Robert Hudspeth occurs among witnesses to Corbridge deeds as early as 1356. He left many descendents. It is impossible to disentangle all the branches of the family, but the main lines are apparent, namely the HUDGSPETHS of PRIOR MAINS, of whom an account is given below under the head of the rectory lands and the HUDSPETS of the HOLE."(page 106) Other names mentioned in the area were: Andrew Hudspeth
received land 21 July 1454; George Hudspeth's will dated 1557; Roger Hudspeth and William Hudspeth were made church wardens at St. Andrews church for 25 Jan 1577-1578; Sampson Hudspeth will dated January 1601.

C-K: VII, No. 1, P-2&3: Late 1600's information about Cuthbert Redhead, Isabel, Samuel, and William.

HN: Vol. 1, No. 10, P-108: Possible ties with Cobridge, England and VA.

"Cavaliers and Pioneers"( Referance to Patent Books").
Beady Hedgpeth's comments-HN, V-I, N-2, P-32." John Hedgpeth, Sr. was the first of the names found in America. It is likely that the name was originally spelled Hudspeth, which prounces Hedgpeth."

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