I have recently visited the Oxfordshire Record office in England looking for information on Adam Blakeman.Below is an account of what I found. Item 1 includes 3 lines of latin text written by Adam Blakeman together with his signature. I shall soon be visiting the Derbyshire Record office and could divert to the Leicetershire Record Office.My daughter also lives near Gnosall, Staffordshire where Adam Blakeman was born, is there any specific information you would like me to search for ?
Regards Dr Alan Wilcockson
Oxford Diocese Collection
1) Ordination Record of Adamus Blakeman 1617 (Ref: Oxf.dioc e.9 fol. 170v) not (161v) as in archivists index.Difficult to read but possibly headed quarter Jany 1617. Adamus Blakeman’s entry in the lower half of 170v. The book contains two or three lines of latin text written by the person being ordained followed by their signature.Adamus Blakeman’s text and signature can clearly be seen. 2) Ordination as Deacon at March Baldon. Parish Church (Ref: Oxf dioc papers c.264 (register) 1617, Pages 75 and 76.The relevant entry starts at the bottom of Page 75 under the bold heading “ Noia” (New) followed by 5 lines of text, which is very difficult to read but includes the name March Baldon, reference to the number 21(xxi) and the year 1617.There then follows a long list of the Deacons and other more senior people being ordained at March Balden Parish Church that day.Adamus Blakeman’s one line entry is No.18 in the list of Deacons. The entry reads “Adamus Blakeman(?)dis xxi Oxon Literafas(?sp)”. It would seem that March Baldon Parish Church was used for ordinations in general and did not mean that Adamus Blakeman actually spent any time there as the Deacon of March Baldon.This is supported by the fact that in 1616, 75 Deacons in total were ordained there on three separate occasions and 52 in 1617 also in three separate occasions.
Oxfordshire Parish Records
1) The Oxfordshire Family History Society has indexed and put on line all the marriages that have taken place in Oxfordshire and 70% of the Baptisms. I have searched this index and can confirm that there are records of a marriage for Adam Blakeman and no records for the baptism of any of his children. 2) I have also searched the actual Parish Baptism records for March Baldon from 1559-1640 and for nearby Toot Baldon from 1572-1635 and can confirm that no baptisms are recorded for any children by the name of Blakeman.
Register of the University of Oxford, Vol II, 1571-1622, Parts I-IV, Oxford Historical Society 1889
These printed books in four parts are on the shelves near the Archivists desk at the Oxford Record Office.They have been transcribed from the original records at Oxford University. 1) Part II Book: Matriculations (i.e. Entrance to Univ. and statement by applicant about themselves), Page 361. - 23 May 1617, Ch Ch., Blakeman Adam; Staffs, pleb. f., 19 This statement means that Adam Blakeman matriculated on the 23 May 1617 at Christ Church College Oxford, that he was born in Staffordshire and that he was a son of a Commoner (pleb. f.,) – i.e someone who’s father did not have a title or right to a heraldic crest, it does not necessarily mean that his father was poor. He was 19 years old. The number of Matriculations at Christ Church College in 1615 were 16, in 1616 there were 34, 1617 there were 25 and in 1618 there were 25 etc.
2) Part III Book: Degrees - Ch. Ch. Blacman (Blakeman, Blackman) Adam; admin. BA. 12 Feb 1617/8, det. 1617/8 (ii 361) This entry confirms that Adam was accepted onto the degree course at Christ Church College on 12 Feb in probably what we would now recognise as 1618.The book says that det. means he completed his degree although the date year 1617/8 looks very odd for this meaning. I have followed this up with the archivist at Oxford University and he comments as follows:
Dear Mr Wilcockson
I have looked in the original records of matriculation and graduation as you request and can confirm the details given in the Register of the University of Oxford.The year in the record of the graduation is given as 1617 but this is 1618 by our reckoning; until 1752, in England, the number of the year changed on 25 March not 1 January so, for example, the day after 24 March 1617 was 25 March 1618.The entry in the printed Register is given as 1617/18 to reflect both the dating in the original source and how we interpret that date now.
It was quite common for dispensations from some aspect of the requirements for a degree to be grantedand these could allow an individual to graduate without, in the case of the BA,having been in residence for the usual three or four years.I would expect this to have happened in Blakeman's case but can find no record of any dispensation granted to him in the Register of Congregation, where they are usually entered, or in the Register of Convocation.I do not know of any other source here where dispensations might have been recorded.Ordination was sometimes a reason for dispensing time and this may have been a reason or factor in this instance but there does not appear to be a record here that would confirm this.
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