John South was born about 1761 in Hampshire England. Also referred to as John South of Latton in Essex. John South married Ann Archer on May 15, 1784 in Epping, Essex, England. His wife, Ann Archer, was the sole heiress of the Archer fortune. Her father being Sir John Archer, Esq. of Ongar Park Hall in Essex, England.
According to the IGI christening records John and Ann had at least seven children in the following order:
William South (born 1788)
Lancelot South (born 1789)
Barbara South (born 1791)
Benjamin South (born 1793)
Elizabeth South (born 1794)
Emma South (born 1796)
Joanna South (born 1802)
I know that this is my Lancelot's father because I have other sources as well.
Later, in 1929 Leonard Archer Burton (Lancelot South's grandson) claims in a Mpls Journal Interview that he is related Theologian Robert South. All his other info he claims is true, I just have not been able to fill in the 100 year gap from John South to this Robert South (1634-1716). It also is interesting to note that I did not know about the name change from South to Archer Burton until later. So this is just too coincidental that he (Robert South) too has the name South. I just cannot make the jump. Do you have any info that could help? Do you have any info that is contradictory to mine?
I have a PDF of the magazine interview and other source docs if you want me to email it to you just email me at email@example.com.
Also, I'm curious to know if you are related to this line. If so, how did you keep the South name? Were you related farther up the line? Do you know anything about this John South's ancestors?
I just learned some new info as well. Lancelot Archer Burton (John South's son) was very close to artist John Constable, many references to the Archer Burtons and his wife Jane Gubbins in Constable correspondence. I just found out that he once owned the finished materpiece painting (not the sketch) "The White Horse" now worth millions and on display at the Natl. Gallery of Art in NY. This family is very interesting (like a good book) and it is worth taking a trip down this line if you have an inclination.
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