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John Wickson of Sutton, 1772

Journal by Dave Calladine

I am a direct decendant of John Wickson of Sutton in Oxfordshire.
sutton is a small hamlet attached to the village of Stanton Harcourt

STANTON HARCOURT, lies between the rivers Thames and Windrush c. 2 ½ miles (4 km.) south of Eynsham and 6 miles (9 ½ km.) west of Oxford; it includes the villages of Sutton and West End. The name, meaning Stone tun, probably refers to the prehistoric stone circle known as the Devil's Quoits, formerly south-west of Stanton Harcourt village; the suffix, from the family which held the main manor, had been added by the mid 13th century.

Much of the parish, including Stanton Harcourt, West End, and parts of Sutton, lies on the river gravels of the Summertown-Radley and Thames flood-plain terraces. The nature of the soil was reflected in 18th-century field names such as In the gravel and Gravel allotment; in the 19th century the soil was said sometimes to form a hard conglomerate, which damaged ploughs and could be reduced only by blasting.

The Devil's Quoits, a henge monument c. 1,200 yd. south-west of Stanton Harcourt, (fn. 21) was used throughout the late Neolithic and Beaker periods, and comprised an embanked stone circle c. 280 ft. across, composed of 30 or more stones; it was mostly destroyed in the Middle Ages to make way for cultivation, some of the stones being broken and possibly re-used in Stanton Harcourt church. One of the three remaining stones was used as a bridge in the late 17th century and again in the late 19th or early 20th, but was replaced following protests from the Harcourts and local people. Only one of the stones was in situ in 1940 when the airfield was built over the site, later used for gravel workings, and the stones were buried; in 1988 there were plans to restore the monument incorporating the buried stones. A tradition that the Devil hurled the stones from Wytham hill during a game of quoits was current by the late 17th century.

John, (aft 50) was born the second of three children to John Wickson (100), and Elizabeth Lay(101). His father was born on August 25, 1734, and Married his second wife Elizabeth on May 29, 1766, at Enysham, Oxfordshire.

John married Sarah Burdon in 1797 at Stanton Hardcourt church but she died in child birth with the infant.

Johns secon wife was Charlotte Hudson (51, 1781 - 1831), and they married October 15, 1804.

Thier first child was called Hannah, and she was born on April 4, 1805 - but died on feb 2 1810.

Mark was born on February 15, 1807, and went on to Marry Mary Dawson

Martha was born on January 28, 1809, and went on to marry David Long

Jonathanwas born April 14, 1811, and went on to marry Mary Ann Ham

George was born November 14, 1814

Robert was born February 10, 1816 and went on to marry Caroline Dickens

Elizabeth was born on April 11, 1819,

and my direct ancestor Hannah (26)was born March 3, 1822, went on to
marry Henry Launchbury.

I have no details of when he died, but is was before 1831, as Hannah his wife was a widow at her burial.

Surnames: Burdon Dawson Dickens Ham Hudson Launchbury Lay Long Wickson
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Dave Calladine , from Yeovil, Somerset, UK, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Jan 2006. is researching the following names: CALLADINE, LAUNCHBURY, FULLER and 22 other(s).

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