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FALKINGHAM FAMILY HISTORY

I began subscribing to the Digest magazine in the hope that I would discover something about the FALKINGHAM family, who had connections with Pontefract and District.

My mother-in-law’s Falkingham family were at Hunsingore in the 1600’s. William Falkingham was born about 1645 and died in 1685. His children were John (1669), William (1670), Thomas (1674), Richard – my mother-in-law’s descendant (1682) and Sarah (1683). I am not sure who William’s wife was but according to information on the Internet it could be Katherine, though I have no proof.

There was a John Falkingham at Hunsingore who had children John (1649), Richard (1654) and Anne (1657). As far as I know, William (1645) could also have been the son of John but again I have no proof available. This John was called John of Pomfret, born about 1615-1620? No wonder my husband loves Pontefract cakes!

According to the IGI there were a number of John Falkingham’s at Pontefract so I cannot identify the correct one. Some of these John’s are descendants of Thomas Falkingham and Lady Janet Hussey (nee Pygot) Thomas was JP for Liberty of Pontefract in 1583. Their estate was Northall near Leeds and they were married at Kippax.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Hetty Coleman
December 2005


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