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Re: Hindley Family, Leigh, England
Posted by: Arnold and John Hindley Date: August 03, 2001 at 07:15:01
In Reply to: Re: Hindley Family, Leigh, England by Philip Neal of 207

Hi, Philip,
The Hindley families have descended from the mainstream Hindley family who lived for the most part in Hindley Hall near the village of Hindley in South Lancashire. The English feudal system ensured that the elder son became the heir and any other sons and daughters and their offspring in time became merged in the ranks of the peasantry. For the first 400 or 500 years these peasant families spread mainly over a distance of some 20 or 30 miles from, what was then, Hindley village to such villages as Winwick, Culcheth, Abram, Over Hutton, Lostock, Aspull, Haigh, Pennington, West Leigh, Bedford, Astley, Tyldesley & Atherton. These last six were in the parish of Leigh. Apart from the mainstream family there were hundreds of Hindley families most of them with the same first names. It is almost impossible to link these families with the main family because apart from the heir the names of other children were not recorded or have become lost with the passage of time. The first ever mention of the Hindleys occurs in the 12th century where there is a record of Adam, Roger & Richard who had given land to religious charities, quoted in Testa de Neville fol.406. It is not known who these were or if they were part of the very early mainstream family. The first names of all these early Hindleys were amongst those used in William the Conqueror's army. (Perhaps it can be assumed that these Hindleys have been descended from one of his French soldiers who was rewarded by being made Lord of the Manor of the village of Hindley.)
The names of the main Hindley family members appear to have been-
Hughe mentioned as far back as 1258-1259
Adam alive 1302
Roberte alive 1322
Roberte alive 1365
Hughe alive 1398
Roberte alive 1447
Hughe alive 1472
Roberte alive 1489
Hugh died 1531
Gilbert died about 1550
Robert died 1621
Roger died 1651
Hugh died 1661
Hugh died 1683.
Robert had 4 sons- Roger (d 1651) Hugh (d 1661). His 4th son was John of Pennington & West Leigh who died 1672 and in turn had a son Peter of Pennington bap 1627 & d 1664. In the Protestation Rolls for Pennington 24/2/1641 there is only one Hindley (John) & he could be the first Hindley in Pennington.
There were over 50 baptisms of Hindleys from 1560 to 1600 in Leigh parish church registers but no reference to the villages in which people lived.
As an aside, the name Hindley comes from Old English Hind-leah meaning hind clearing so called from the animal.
Shall be glad to give further information that we have but it might take some time due to pressure of work.
Regards from two Hindleys to another,
Arnold and John Hindley (North of England) 3rd August 2001


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