Genealogy Notes for the Village of Childrey, Berks
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

Located to the west of Wantage, near Letcombe Regis, East Challow and West Challow.


Church of St Mary the Virgin 

The churchyard, which contains several HATTON memorials is flanked by the cottage pictured below.


The HATTON family

The HATTON family of the Childrey area dealt with the FETTIPLACE family whose family seats were in Letcombe Regis, Berks and Swinbrook, Oxon

The manor of West Challow in the parish of Letcombe Regis was purchased by one Thomas HATTON and others in 1802. HATTON died in 1804 leaving the manor to be sold for the benefit of his sons William HATTON and Richard Belcher HATTON. [Page & Ditchfield, 1924, n.p.]

One Joseph BELCHER of Sparsholt married Charlotte HATTON of Childrey on 8 May 1800 at Childrey. On 15 Feb 1801 they christened a son Richard Hatton BELCHER

No clear link has been identified with the HATTON family of Widford, Oxon. The IGI identifies a Thomas HATTON born in Childrey about 1709 to a father called John HATTON, however as there is no christening date this could be conjecture. This could be a candidate for Thomas HATTON of Widford.

The BUNCE family

The BUNCE family of Childrey had connections with Shilton, Oxon., by the marriage of Ann BUNCE, sister of William BUNCE of Childrey, to Thomas OSMAN. On 5 Jun 1665 she was mentioned in a Deed Poll as Anne OSMAND widow, sister of William BUNCE of Childrey, Berks, yeoman, and of Richard BUNCE of Shilton alias Shulton, Berks, yeoman. Witnessed by Cha. TRINDER, Tho. CROFT, Thomas BUNCE. [Oxfordshire Record Office Catalogue, Bradwell Grove Estate, Oxfordshire, Hey/VIII/i/1]
On 11 May 1717, as Anne BECKINSALE, she was leased an orchard and garden in Shilton to James BUSBY for 99 years. [Oxfordshire Record Office Catalogue, Bradwell Grove Estate, Oxfordshire, Hey/VIII/i/4]

They were also connected to the local PIGOTT family, descendents of whom sold the manor of West Challow in the parish of Letcombe Regis, Oxon., to one Thomas HATTON and others in 1802. [Page & Ditchfield, 1924, n.p.]

Related links

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