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Quakers Homersley and Hamersley - by Len Holmes

Staffordshire England Quaker Research
Hammersley Genetic match to WOOLRICH 
Genetic match to LAKER

It is known that the Hamersley family lived for many generations in Stafford, England. 
Villages of Hamersley/Homersley
 
Leek, Basford, Cheddleton and others

It is clear that the Homersley/Hamersley families were yoeman farmers for generations. Planned marriages were common, as well as those more of choice.

The extant literature suggests that Thomas Hamersley of Basford used his home as a Meeting Place for the Friends' monthly meetings.

ANNO 1669. On the 12th of September, Thomas Hamersly [Hamersley], Robert Miller [Mellor], John Stretch, William Heath, and Joshua Dale, taken at a Meeting in the said Thomas Hamersly [Hamersley]'s House at Basford ... [BESSE]

Thomas Hamersley of Basford in Cheddleton, Staffs, yeoman
 (of Basford, Cheddleton parish, yeoman, absent from Leek church)
1642 [....] (as Hamersly, charged for gaol committal)
1661 [BESSE]
 (his house at Cheddleton used as a Quaker meeting place)
1669 R196 [TURNER] (as Hamersly, a Quaker, imprisoned for religiously assembling)
1675 [BESSE] (as Hamersly, of Bradford[sic], a Quaker had goods confiscated)
1681 [BESSE] Thomas Hamersly, of Basford (a Quaker, goods confiscated for non-payment of tithes)
1682 [BESSE]

This represents [1642-1682] 40 years of conflict with the local authorities.

Hamersley/Stafordshire Data
Thomas Hamersly l6 March 1684 Uttoxeter FM Ann Hammersley 11 September 1685 Uttoxeter FM
Presumable birthdates marriage

Thomas Hamersley
 m 4 Aug 1677 Leek FM: Ann Cosnot [?Cossinet]
Children: John Hamersley b 24 Aug 1678 Leek FM Sarah Hamersley b 13 Sep 1680 Leek FM Thomas Hamersley b 10 Aug 1683 Leek FM Ann Hamersley b 28 Nov 1687 Leek FM

Conclusions:
The first son could be the husband of Lydia Laker, daughter of Benjamin Laker
John Hamersley b 24 Aug 1678 Leek FM

The FM means Friends Meeting.

What is present in the genealogy suggests that Thomas Hamersley was the husband; however, that is a real age discrepancy (22 yrs) but not atypical for the era.

The John Hamersley data in the genealogy suggests approximate dates based on common genealogical assumptions of about b. 1683 to d. 1645, which is not out of line with the son of Thomas Hamersley and Anne Cosinet.

We know from the gleanings of American colonial Virginia, most likely Martin Brandon's Parish, perhaps in the home of John Hamersley that meetings were held. It is noted that the views changed more to Baptist, most likely with the influence of the Laker reasoning of Protestant ideals.

The marriage may have occurred at a Friends Meeting where no record now exists. This is still hyperbole. It causes additional wrinkles in descendants.

One of the purposes of genetic genealogy is to provide answers where brick walls appear and there is no literature to support claims of ascent of descent.

There are genetic matches to Laker, Mosby and Binford.

I will list them subsequently; however, the updated model of the genealogy does show these matches in detail.

Notes from genealogy
Some associated with Doctor John Hammersley include Robert Norden, Matthew Marks*, Matthew’s daughter Sarah Marks* who married Nicholas Robertson*, Benjamin Laker’s daughter Lydia Blighton Clements and Benjamin Laker’s grandson William Blighton
.

The genetic match of WOOLRICH family from Pershore, Worcs?
Sarah Cossinet m 10 Nov 1682 Stafford FM: Thomas Woolrich c1652-....
Ann Cosnot [?Cossinet] m 4 Aug 1677 Leek FM: Thomas Hamersley
Sarah and Ann could be sisters. The trees that are listed on Family Tree DNA and the match show

Derek Shaw
cfeathers04@gmail.com

5th Cousin - Remote Cousin here is how that goes
From Roots Web
 There is a Thomas Woolrich:
%5Fholcombe&id=I8
who marries a
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=john

Birth: in repute of Shalford, Straffordshire, England

Emigrated to Abington, Pennsylvania • Note: 
Bought the first land sold by William Penn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania on April 1, 1681. Had sister Susanna who married Robert Heath (cf Roberts, EARLY FRIENDS FAMILIES .., p. 390). Haines, op cit, p 101, writes that Thomas Jr, ". . yeoman, who had a deed to the 1000 acres in Bucks County, Pa. on which Robert Heath built the Heath Mill 
and which is now the town of New Hope. . . (he) remained in England at Shalford." Compiler's note: The "Jr" referred to here who remained in England was the father, Thomas Sr.
• Children
1. Elizabeth WOOLRICH b: 1683 in of Abington PA (presently Montgomery Co) 

2. Cossinet WOOLRICH b: SEP 11 1684 in Leeke, ENG 

3. Josiah WOOLRICH b: JUN 17 1686 in Leeke, ENG 

4. Rebecca WOOLRICH b: SEP 27 1687 

5. Rebecca WOOLRICH b: JUL 3 1692 

6. Mary WOOLRIDGE 

7. John WOOLRICH b: MAY 22 1695 

8. Samuel WOOLRICH 


The match is with Elizabeth Woolrich who married a Holcomb.The other known sister here with children, Mary married a Holcomb as well.There are 16 matches I am working on here to see data.

We share 9 Centimorgans of DNA and we are examining abt 393 years for the same DNA to be present.

Len Holmes

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