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Richard Bocking

died 1696

Father  
Mother  
Wife Maria
Children Anne, Dennis, John


Richard's origins are as yet unknown. There was a Thomas Bocking active in Abney in 1654, 1664 and 1683 (though he didn't pay hearth tax in 1670) - indeed he was the earliest known Bocking in Abney. While he was quite possibly Richard's father, no evidence of such has yet come to light.

The earliest mention of Richard found is from 1664, when he was a juror in the Abney manor court (1) - whether he was already married to Mary at that time is not known. He and Mary had at least three children - Anne in 1666 (2), John in 1670 (3), and Dennis, whose birthdate is uncertain (4).

He was a juror at the manor court once again in 1669 (5), and paid tax on a single hearth there in 1670 (6). In 1683 he was back in the manor court, but this time he was in trouble for encroaching on the common land (7), and also for taking away the 'fearne' which Robert Bagshaw had mowed (8). He was in trouble again in 1691, for rent arrears on his farm (4).

He died in 1696, and was buried at St Peter's in Hope on 18th April (9). His wife survived him by eleven years (10).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1905. "The manor of Abney: its Boundaries and Court Rolls", p137, contains a transcript from the court rolls, which lists the jurors at a court of 16th October 1664 as :
    Thomas Bocking, William Furnes, William Worrall, William Greaves, Willliam Bradwall, Thomas Hall, Robert Dolphin, John Hoe, Richard Mortaine, Elizeus Marshall, Robert Barber, Richard Bocking & Thomas Drabel.
  2. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [September 1666] Joan Bocking fil Richard et Maria Bocking de Grange bap fuit   ii°
  3. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [March 1670] John Bocking fil Richard et Maria Bocking de Grange bap   vi°
  4. Sheffield Archive, Bagshaw Collection, Bag C/2779 reads:
    Be it known unto all men by these prsents the we Richard
    Bocking of Abney Grange in ye County of Derby husband
    man: Dennis Bocking and John Bocking sons of the said
    Richard Bocking doe owe and are endebted unto Rowland
    Eyre of Hassope in ye said County Esqr in ye sume of
    ten pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be
    paid to the said Rowland Eyre his Executs Administrats
    or assignes to wch payment well and faithfully to be
    made we [.....] ourselves and every of us and every of our heyres Executors and Administrators joyntly and
    severally firmly by these prsents sealed wth our seale
    seales and dated the seventh day of march in the
    year of our Lord god one thousand six hundred and
    ninety.
    The Condition of this obligation is such that whereas the above
    Bounden Richard Bocking houldeth and desireth to hould a
    Tenement under ye said Rowland Eyre, and whereas he is
    now in arrear of rent to ye said Rowland Eyre the sume of
    three pounds and fourteen shillings if they the said Richard
    Bocking, Dennis Bocking and John Bocking or any of them
    or any of their heyres Executs or Administrats doe and
    shall pay or cause to be payed to ye said Rowland Eyre or
    to his assignes the said three poundes and fourteen shillings
    and alsoe all growing rents for ye said tenement in man=
    ner and form as is hereafter expressed that is to say -
    fourteen shillings part of ye said arrear on or before the
    tenth day of May next ensuring the date of these prsents
    three shillings and foureight pence more in pat thereof on or
    before ye four and twentyth of June next and then also
    one halfe years rent for ye tenement wch: will be due at our
    Ladys day next: three shillings and foureight pence more in
    part of ye said arrear on or before ye twelvth day of novem
    ber next and then another halfe years rent for ye sd tenement
    wch will be due at michaelmas next and soe continue yearly to
    pay Lady day rent at midsummar and three shillings and
    foureight pence towards ye arrear and michaelmas rent at martin=
    mas and three shillings and foureight pence towards the arrear till the said arrear shall
    be paid then this obligation to be void but if default be or shall
    be made in any of the payments in maner as is above
    axpressed and Intended then to remain and be in full
    force and virtue

    The Catalogue entry reads:
    Bond
    7 Mar 1691
    Richard Bocking of Abney Grange, husbandman, Dennis Bocking and John Bocking, Richard's sons, owe to Rowland Eyre of Hassop £10 as penal sum for payment of arrears of rent at specified dates.
    Endorsement: 'This bond Bockings would not seale but they are to hould no longer than they perform the condition of it'.

    This endorsement does not appear on the copy I have, but it may be on the back of the original.
  5. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1905. "The manor of Abney: its Boundaries and Court Rolls", p138, contains a transcript from the court rolls, which lists the jurors at a court of 20th October 1669 as :
    William Redfern, William Bradwell, John Bagshaw, Thomas Bagshaw, Thomas Daykeyn, Thomas Hall Junr, Francis Marshall, Francis Eyre, John Howe, Richard Morton, Richard Bocking, William Furnes & Robert Redfarn.
  6. "Derbyshire Hearth Tax Assessments 1662-1670", published by the Derbyshire Record Society, lists Rich. Bockinge of Abney being assessed for 1 hearth in 1670
  7. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1905. "The manor of Abney: its Boundaries and Court Rolls", p140, contains a transcript from the court rolls of 23rd April 1683 amongst which is the following entry :
    John Bagshaw, Richard Bocking, Thomas Daykeyn, Francis Eyre and Richard Weywood are in the mercy of the Lord for the same offence [encroachment on the Commons of this Manor] each vjd.
  8. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1905. "The manor of Abney: its Boundaries and Court Rolls", p140, contains a transcript from the court rolls of 23rd April 1683 amongst which is the following entry :
    They present that John Bagshaw and Richard Bocking have lead and carryed away the fearne which Robert Bagshaw had moxed and raked together therefore they and each of them in the mercy of the Lord xiid.
  9. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [April 1696] Rich: Bocking de Abney Grange   18
  10. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [July 1707] Maria Bocking de Abney vidua   4



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