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John Dunham baptised 8th February 1589

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Mary Report 21 Nov 2012 18:42

I am looking for the above person baptised in Pirton, Hertfordshire. His father Richard Dunham, a Poulterer by trade I think later settled in Langford, Bedfordshire, where he was buried in 1624. There were at least two other sons William and Richard and one daughter Elizabeth.
I have found two burials for a John Dunham in Pirton one on the 22nd January 1612 and the other on the 15th December 1675.
I am hoping that neither are the John who was baptised 1589.
Any help would be useful.

Mike *

Mike * Report 21 Nov 2012 18:50

Different trees have his father as Richard and Thomas, so treat with care


Deacon John DUNHAM
Birth 25 Jul 1587 in Pirton, Hertfordshire, England

17 Aug 1612 Marriage to Susanna

22 Oct1622 Marriage to Abigail BALLOU

1632 Arrival Plymouth, Massachusetts

Death 2 Mar 1669 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


Margee Report 21 Nov 2012 18:58

BVRI has these 2 in Pirton:

DUNHAM, John Christening
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 8 Feb 1589 Recorded in: Pirton, Hertfordshire, England
Father: Richard Dunham
Source: FHL Film 1040655 Dates: 1578 - 1607

DUNHAM, Richard Christening
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 17 Jan 1596 Recorded in: Pirton, Hertfordshire, England
Father: Richard Dunham
Source: FHL Film 1040655 Dates: 1578 - 1607

Mike *

Mike * Report 21 Nov 2012 18:58

Comment added on record ...

Confusion of lineage solstice1963 added this on 8 Oct 2012
Because of so many people with similar names in Massachusetts at the time it is difficult to know if the ancestral line listed here is actually this Deacon John Dunham's actual lineage


Margee Report 21 Nov 2012 19:09

Surely the one born in 1589 was the deacon who ended up in Plymouth, Massachusetts?

Mike *

Mike * Report 21 Nov 2012 19:14

Trouble is BOTH John Dunhams have Abigail Ballou as wife and same dates for death


Mary Report 22 Nov 2012 18:34

Thank-you everybody for the speed of your replies.

I went to the Beds. Record Office on Thursday hoping to see the Langford Manor Court Rolls and to try and pinpoint when Richard Dunham moved into Langford from Pirton. Unfortunately the rolls are kept with the Westminster Abbey muniments as the manor belongs to Westminster. There were no copies at Bedford. I have contacted the library at Westminster but as yet there are no replies.
My information about Richard Dunham came from the transcriptions made by the Pirton Local History Group they have a wonderful website, I have asked if they have anymore information on Dunham but I have not received an answer.

I have managed to find some interesting information from the National Archive site and I am quite happy for anyone to contact me on and I will copy what I have found.
Mary :-)