by the transcriber
further evidence of his identity, I associate Thomas the bailiff with
the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Toms) who died around his thirtieth
birthday. This Thomas's baptism was recorded in the Parish Register
of Mollington on 15 April 1733, and in that of nearby Cropredy, a
burial entry for a Thomas Elkington appears dated 18 February 1763,
with the note, "from Farnborough".
siblings, Thomas was not mentioned in his father's will, which seems
to confirm the fact that he pre-deceased him. We will probably never
know whether he fell
off his horse, choked
on a fish bone, or simply died of an ague, caught in the winter snows.
information on the above chart is mostly from extensive files detailing
genealogy of the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire branches. This work
was compiled by Mr A.E.H. (Arthur Edward Hardwicke) Elkington, who
d. 1974, and his cousin Christine. Typescript copies in England, deposited
in 1969, include those at the Centre
for Oxfordshire Studies at Oxford Central Library; Warwickshire
County Record Office; and the library of the Society
of Genealogists in London.
Support for the supposition that the above Thomas was indeed the owner
of the pocket book would appear to be lent by the fact that his sister
Elizabeth married into the Griffin family. The book might have passed
into her hands after her brother Thomas's death in 1763, or come to
her household via her widowed mother, who could well have lived with
her following the death of Thomas senior just two years later. Elizabeth
was the wife of Thomas Griffin, yeoman farmer of Avon Dassett and
Farnborough, neighbouring (Warwickshire) parishes of Mollington and
Cropredy.The book remained in the hands of Griffin farming families
over two hundred years, first at Dassett
and then, still in Warwickshire, at Stockton, nearly ten miles north.
Finally, it was given to me by my aunt Elizabeth Lucy Shaw (née