|There are five main areas in Leicestershire/Derbyshire with early Kirkman families. They are:|
Castle Donington Kirkmans. The earliest mention is of twins, Elizabeth and Richard, born to Henry Kirkman in 1564. I have been able to create a family tree for Castle Donington from 1721 onwards when Benjamin Kirkman was born. He married Mary Wood in Belton in 1742. I have records for some 12 Kirkman events there before 1700.
Hemington/Lockington Kirkmans . In 1562, William Kyrkman married Agnes Boyar in Lockington, and subsequently had their children William Mudwin and Margery baptised from 1563 onwards. I was able to produce a family tree from then onwards, which joined up with the Castle Donington tree, and this covers the period up to the 1850’s. I have some 54 records of Kirkman events before 1700.
The Hearth Tax rolls in 1664 showed John Kirkman having one hearth in Lockington, and Robert having one fireplace in Hemington.
Barrow with Twyford Kirkmans. The first mention here is when Mary Kirkman was born in July 1675 to John Kirkman and Alice. There are a number of ornate and well preserved Kirkman eighteenth century graves in Twyford Churchyard. There is a small family tree going up to 1719 when John was born. The names are very similar to our family (including Mary, John, Joseph, Elisabeth, William, and Samuel), so there may be a connection somewhere that I have not yet found. There are 9 Kirkman events recorded in my records before 1700.
Melbourne, Derbyshire. Here the earliest mention is of Henry and William Kirkman, whose wills were granted probate in 1542 and 1543 respectively. I have some 10 recorded Kirkman events before 1700, but believe that there are many more, as this area hasn’t been comprehensively searched.
Belton. This is the location for the start of our Family tree. My records contain no less that 58 Kirkman events before 1700, although this location has been the most comprehensively searched. The earliest is in 1550, when William was baptised. In the 1664 Hearth Tax Roll, both Henry and William have one hearth each.
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