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Chapter 2.

Muckleston Pedigree

 

The Pedigree.

 

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Using deeds etc., early genealogists have drawn up trees depicting the Muckleston family. Without exception these trees are headed by Hoeskyn de Muckleston of Oswestry, who was known to be alive in 1345, and his wife Gertrude Kynaston a member of another notable family of that time. At the moment Hoeskyns ancestry is not known, but a reasonable assumption can be made that he was related to the Lords of Muckleston, living in Muckleston Staffordshire at that time. He succeeded Roger of Mokleston but whether Roger was his father or some other close relation is unclear.

                       

Hoeskyn and his descendants lived at Pen-y-Lan until the end of the 17th Century. As was the wont at that time, the rich married with other rich families thus extending their lands. In 1580 one of Hoeskyn’s descendants who had inherited Pen–y–Lan married an heiress with lands near to Shrewsbury, also in Shropshire, called Merrington and a few generations later the lands at Pen – y – Lan were sold in favour of the new estates.

 

“Pen-y-Lan is a very beautiful house about one mile from Oswestry. The pleasure gardens and shrubberies are laid out with much taste and skill”. So wrote William Cathrall in his History of Oswestry in 1855. There is still a large house at Pen-y-Lan but the current building is only 165 years old and would obviously be the building to which Mr Cathrall refers.

 

Historically the eldest son inherited his fathers’ lands and titles, and where there were only a few sons they would all remain relatively well off. Unfortunately where there were a large number of sons, the younger ones often had to make their own way in life with only minimal, if any, support from their families. It was common for the youngest son to be expected to enter the church.

 

Although the main family are well documented and many pedigrees have been drawn up for the Muckleston family, the poorer branches often end with a name followed by “had issue” this meant that there were descendants but, they were either hard to locate or, were not deemed worthy enough to feature on the pedigree.

 

The main branch of the family may have moved to Shrewsbury, but a few Muckleston’s still remained in the Oswestry area. From the information we have found on them, and this can be a little sketchy, it is obvious that these were the descendants of younger sons who missed out on the families wealth.

 

In the late 16th century Roger Muckleston was working as a Scrivenor, who was a clerk who drew up bonds, very much a middle class position that required a high degree of education. His grandson Morris Muckleston of Oswestry  (1598 – 1676), the fifth born son in his family, was carrying out the occupation of a Sherman, that is, a man who trims off the surplus nap on cloth. Morris’s son David became a butcher and his grandson John a corvisor, this was someone who worked with leather. From Roger through to John the family lived in Oswestry town itself.

 

John Muckleston born in 1650 in Oswestry, died in a place called Trefonen in 1685. As far as we know he had just one son Samuel born in 1672. Trefonen is a small village, a couple of miles south-west of Oswestry with Offa’s Dyke passing through the village. (Offa’s Dyke was the boundary between England and Wales for many years). The village was sited on a coal seam and there was a colliery that closed in 1890.

 

Samuel took up the occupation of coalminer, an occupation that was to remain in the family, through to his great grandson Edward Muckleston born in 1802.

 

Edward was the fourth child and second son, all his siblings died in infancy. His father died in 1831 and his mother in 1834. He was therefore alone in the world until he married his wife Anne Edwards in 1837 and started his own family.

 

 

Map showing Oswestry, Trefonen and surrounding area. Offa’s Dyke depicts the English / Welsh border.

 

 

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