Paternal Line – The Kingshott Family

My line of ascent & their Journeys

Stops at female line – connects to Whitehead Family

Edith Mary Kingshott (1887 – 1955) m. Ernest William Whitehead (1886 – 1935)

Tasmania, Australia, Hawkes Bay/Hutt region, New Zealand, Nowra & Sydney New South Wales Australia

John William Kingshott (1857 – 1923)  m. Hannah (Annie) Oakley (1855 – 1923)

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

Francis Kingshott (1831 – 1900) m. Mary Ann Morgan (1834 – 1911)

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

John Kingshott/Kinchett  (1792 – 1896) m. Mary (unknown)

Hampshire, England –  New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

A  bit of trivia…. The Kingshott name has now gone out of my line.  My grandfather was Ernest Kingshott Whitehead.  The last Kingshott in our branch of the story.  Australia is splattered in great numbers with Kingshott’s as is the case in England.  Certainly in Australia I am pretty sure most of us are related through John the machine breaker Kingshott.

My Dad would like you to believe the Kingshott name came from some brazen fellow taking pot shots at the king.  Jan Kingshott on his website has far more of an in-depth discussion on this one so I’m not going to attempt to rehash his excellent work.  (see my bibliography for links to his page).

From:  https://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Kingshott

This English post medieval locational surname is a variant spelling of the Olde Gloucester village name “Kingscote” recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book as “Chingescote” and later in 1191 as “Kingescota”. The meaning is less obvious than it may sound. The basic translation is “The Kings Cottage”, this may refer to a royal hunting lodge, but more likely is a cottage owned by a person called “King” – the popular medieval nickname surname and earlier personal name. The variant developments from Kingscott (1620) to Kingshott (1790), seem to include the link name Kinscot recorded in 1739, whilst an associated recording is Jonathon Kingshot a witness as St. Dunstan’s Church, Stepney, London on May 27th 1798. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Kingshott, which was dated December 19th 1794, married Elizabeth Kingett at St. Martins-in- the-Field, Westminster, during the reign of King George III, “Farmer George”, 1760 – 1820. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

My understanding of the Kingshott’s is that certainly from our line they’ve pretty much been farming and agricultural people from way back when.  This also appears to be the case with our Greatham connection our machine breaking John who is probably the only vandal I have ever applauded was certainly from the agricultural sector.

So if you can get a decent apple off your fruit tree?  I’m here to tell you it’s in your blood.

3 thoughts on “Paternal Line – The Kingshott Family

  1. Many thanks for allowing me to access your information – We are visiting the UK later this year and will be meeting with Jan Kingshott at his place in Exeter to chat about the Kingshott Family. Should be enlightening given his very thorough work on his family tree and of course will share what we learn.

    • Gillian that will be wonderful! I’ve corresponded with Jan and he’s incredibly generous with all of us genies. You’re very welcome to the information on the site. Look forward to hearing from you after your trip.

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