Rev John HENCHMAN was born 24 November 1717 in London, England. He married Ann RUSSELL 1752 in Old Basing, Hampshire, England. He died bef. 13 May 1790 in Deddington, Oxfordshire, England. Ann RUSSELL was born abt. 1724 in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.

Children of Rev John HENCHMAN and Ann RUSSELL are:
1. Ann HENCHMAN, b. bef. 26 September 1753
2. Elizabeth HENCHMAN, b. bef. 31 August 1755

Other Marriages/Unions for Rev John HENCHMAN:

Notes for Rev John HENCHMAN:

John Henchman was clearly a lot older than Sarah. He was first instituted into the Church of St Peter and St Paul at Deddington in 1752 when Sarah was just 8 years old. I've conjectured that it is him we see as being born in London, the son of Humphrey Henchman and his wife Ann..

If that is correrct, he was baptised at The Church of St Benet Paul's Wharf which is a Welsh Anglican church in the City of London.

John attended Oxford University and is listed in the alumni oxeniensis:
Henchman, John, s. Humphrey of St. Benedict's, London, doctor. CHRIST CHURCH, matric. 30 May, 1734, aged 16, B.A. 1738; LINCOLN COLL. M.A. 1740.


I understand from reading the book 'A History of Deddington, Oxfordshire' by H M Colvin that:
John Henchman was the rector of the Church of St Peter and St Paul at Deddington, Oxfordshire, England from 1752 until his death in 1790. The book indicates that he had a very difficult job. There was a strong element of dissent in Deddington at that time with around 40-50 Presbyterians and up to 10 Quakers. Neither sect had a meeting-house and in 1771 some of them were stated to attend morning service in the parish church. The Reverend Richard Short who was the rector immediately before John Henchman wrote to the patron of the Church that he was "very sensible of the great charge I have under me & what a stubborn, factious, rude and prophane People I have to manage".

John Henchman continued to suffer difficulties and in desperation brought action in the Archdeacon's Court in 1780. A man named John Hopcraft and others were accused and found guilty of repeatedly interrupting divine service "by the great noise he and the other singers in the gallery made with bassoons and other musical instruments".

Sources for Rev John HENCHMAN:

  1. Oxfordshire Parish Register - Deddington,
  2. A History of Deddington, Oxfordshire by H M Colvin,

Notes for Ann RUSSELL:

Ann was from a failry wealthy family from Basingstoke, Hampshire. Her father was William Russell b.1694. The family owned Bedford House and parkland in Basingstoke which is opposite to where the present day Garden of Remembrance is, adjacent to St. Michael's Church.
Coincidentally, this is around 100 yards from where my mother Pearl was born and where she and my dad were married

It is said that the Russell family were related to the Duke of Bedford after which they named their house.

Also in Basingstoke, the was a lane called Bedford Lane. This was originally called Little Lane, linking Wote Street and Church Street. It was a tiny, narrow lane with houses on each side. The Russell family are know to have purchase lots of propery in that area so quite possible they purchased these houses.

As a child I used to walk along the lane as a short cut from my grandmother's house to Wote Street. The lane was demolished in the 1960's when the centre of basingstoke was redeveloped. Bedfrod House still remains.

Sources for Ann RUSSELL:

  1. The Book "Who lived at Goldings?" by Debbie Reavell,
  2. My Heritage Web Site,

Notes for Ann HENCHMAN:

Ann married a man named William Appletree in Deddington in 1775. There are several potential children from the marriage, all born in Deddington: Nathaniel 1776, Elizabeth 1778, Mary Ann 1780, William 1782.
The parents were given as William Apletree (with just one "p") and Mrs. Ann.

Sources for Ann HENCHMAN:

  1. LDS - England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,

Notes for Elizabeth HENCHMAN:

Sources for Elizabeth HENCHMAN:

  1. LDS - England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,