Family lore has it that my Dewsnap ancestors came from Sheffield, England.However, a New York Times obituary for my Great-Grand Uncle John Dewsnap indicated he was born in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.I obtained microfiche of the Oxfordshire Parish Registers for Woodstock, including Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, from the Oxfordshire Family History Society.I found important information on my Dewsnap ancestors from these records, but there was no sign of a link to Sheffield.If anyone can help me find the alleged link between my Woodstock ancestors and Sheffield, please post a reply. If private information is involved, you can contact me at email@example.com
My Dewsnap ancestor most likely to have a Sheffield link is Joseph Dewsnap, my third great-grandfather, who was buried in Woodstock on 17 August of 1871 but is not listed in the Woodstock baptismal records.
Joseph was born about 1740 and married
Ann Du-Bois on 5 December 1773 in Woodstock.
Joseph and Ann had eleven children:James, Joseph, Ann, John, George, Charles, Maria, Pryse, Elizabeth, Mark, and Rebecca.Joseph was a glover (glove-maker) in Woodstock.
George Dewsnap, son of Joseph and Ann, and my second great-grandfather, was baptized 8 August 1873 in Woodstock.He married Mary Ann Pates (baptized 2 August 1791 in Bicestor, Oxfordshire) and they had eight children:Ann, George, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Maria, Mark, John, and James William.Three of these children, Mark (baptized 24 April 1824),John (baptized 7 April 1826), and James William (baptized 8 November 1828, came to the United States with their parents George and Mary Ann in 1832.Another child, George (baptized 29 September 1814), also came to the United States at some point.These Woodstock Dewsnaps generally settled in the New York - New Jersey area.
For more information on these Woodstock Dewsnaps and their descendants you should look at the FTM User Page Genealogy Report on the Descendants of Joseph Dewsnap.This report is found at the Benson Home Page at
Ruth Dewsnap Benson