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Dennis Bocking

circa late 1660s - 1723

Father Richard Bocking
Mother Maria
Wife Alice Timperley
Children Elizabeth, Thomas, Robert, Mary, Anne, Elizabeth


Dennis was probably born around the late 1660s in Abney, the son of Richard and Mary. He had a sister Joan and brother John (1).

In 1691 his father, with Dennis and John named alongside him, was in arrears for the rent on the family farm (2). His father died in 1696 (4), and Dennis apparently took over responsibility for the rent, which he was succesfully maintaining payments on in 1702 (5).

He married Alice Timperley at St Peter's in Hope on 21st November 1703 (6). Their first child, Elizabeth, was born in 1705 (7). His mother died in the summer of 1707 (8), followed by his daughter Elizabeth just before Christmas (9). Their eldest son Thomas was born in the following year (10), and another son Robert in 1711 (11) (but he only lived a few days (12)). Three daughters then followed - Maria in 1712 (13), Anne in 1716 (14), and finally another Elizabeth in 1719 (16).

He was paying rent on the same farm in Abney Grange (but possibly with a little more land) in 1717 (15), and died there in 1723 (17). An inventory of his goods was taken immediately after his death (18), and while many of the items are unknown, he seems to have had a lot of cloth - perhaps he was also a tailor, or Alice a dressmaker?.


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. No baptism record has been found for Dennis, but his father's and brother's names (Richard and John respectively) are shown in a document of 1691 (2). The only earlier Bocking baptisms in the Hope registers which specify a residence of Abney, are for Jane (1666) and John (1670) the children of Richard and Mary (3), so the John in the document of 1691 must be boy baptised in 1670. Dennis must therefore be another son of Richard. His birth is estimated as being in the late 1660s by virtue of the fact that he must have been an adult in 1691, and its likely that he was older than his brother because he was named first in the 1691 document, and he seems to have taken over the family farm after Richard's death. Thus a birthdate between Ann and John seems a good estimate
  2. 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.
  3. See his father's page.
  4. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [April 1696] Rich: Bocking de Abney Grange   18
  5. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1903. "Accounts of John Bagshaw of Abney Grange", p218, contains a transcript from the accounts, which reads:
          JUNE, 1702 - GRANGE RENTS
     
     
     
    John Bagshaw ould farm        
    12
     
     
    Elias acker Edmund Hall        
    4
     
     
    Elias Marshall farme        
    3
     
     
    Harkhome farme is        
    3
     
     
    Widdow Bagshaw farme        
    5
     
     
    Barsila Barbar farme is        
    8
     
     
    Widdow Hall farme is        
    7
     
     
    Robart Drable farme is        
    4
     
     
    Denis Bockin farme is        
    3
     
     
     
  6. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the marriage entry:
    [November 1703] Dennis Bocking de Abney Grange et Alicia Timperley de Grat Hucklow   21
  7. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [] Elizabetha fil Dennis et Aliciae Bocking de Abney Grange   1
  8. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [July 1707] Maria Bocking de Abney vidua   4
  9. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [December 1707] Elizabetha fil: Dionysis Bocking de Abney   23
  10. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [February 1708] Thomas fil: Dionysii et Alicia Bocking de Abney grange   1
  11. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [April 1711] Robertus fil: Dyonisyi et Aliciae Bocking de Abney: Grange   3
  12. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [April 1711] Robertus fil: Dyonisyi Bocking de Abney grange   8
  13. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [May 1712] Maria fil: Den: at Alicia Bocking de Abney grange   11
  14. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [May 1716] Anna fil: Den: et Alicia Bocking de Abney grange   13
  15. Proceedings of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1903. "Accounts of John Bagshaw of Abney Grange", p220, contains a transcript from the accounts, which reads:
                GRANGE RENTS 1717
     
    s
    d
    John Bagshaw
    12
    0
    0
    Edmund Hall part
    2
    0
    0
    William How part
    2
    0
    0
    Nether acker
    0
    13
    4
    White Leese
    1
    13
    4
    Marshall farme
    3
    0
    0
    Harkholme
    3
    5
    0
    Bars Barber
    6
    7
    4
    Widdow Bagshaw
    5
    10
    0
    Robert Drable
    4
    7
    4
    Thomas Hall
    7
    3
    4
    Denis Bockin
    3
    14
    0
    And wee have alowed from Mr
            Ayears
    0
    10
    0
  16. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the baptism entry:
    [April 1719] Elizabetha fil Diony: et Alicia Bocking de Abney grange   26
  17. Parish Register of St Peter's, Hope includes the burial entry:
    [May 1723] Dennis Bocking de Abney Grange   10
  18. Inventory of Dennis Bocking (ref: B/C/11/Dennis Bocking, Hope, 1723 @ LRO) reads :
    May the 11 1723
    An inventory of the Goods Dennis Bockin deced
    Imprimis his purse and Apparell
    01
    10
    00
    A heffer
    02
    00
    00
    Mare and Sadles and grears
    02
    00
    00
    Parlour two Beds & bedding
    01
    00
    00
    12 pecks of Meale
    00
    07
    00
    2 Old Cheeses
    00
    03
    00
    1 Bro[.]es with 20 pound [Cob]
    01
    00
    00
    3 Bo[.]ess
    00
    01
    00
    One Low iii port and quartan
    00
    01
    06
    30 pound of Blose
    00
    05
    00
    A Remble & of [...ettey]
    00
    05
    00
    2 Od Remband of Tamy
    00
    05
    00
    A Remband of Drukratt
    00
    10
    00
    A Rambland of Whitethut Cloth
    00
    10
    00
    Two Romblands of Serg
    00
    00
    00
    house
    Land Iron and Tongs
    00
    05
    00
    2 Iron potts brasse kettles
    00
    07
    00
    13 pewter Dishes & plates
    01
    06
    08
    One Cliftone Dresser
    00
    05
    00
    One table and foure Chears
    00
    05
    00
    On Little Brandlet of Brandy
    00
    10
    00
    Barne
    One Carte and harren & old Gears
    and all other odd hustlements
    00
    10
    00
    Good Debts
    05
    00
    00
    Desperate Debts
    05
    00
    00
    __________
    24
    11
    02
    __________
    Appraisers Robt his+mark Barker
            Tho his+mark Hall

     
    Administration for the estate granted to his widow Alice on 16 May 1723



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