Hackney St John, Middlesex Genealogy

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Parish History

Hackney St John, a parish, forming a union with Stoke Newington, in the Tower division of the hundred of Ossulstone, County of Middlesex, 2 miles northeast of London. In the 19th century, this parish was greatly divided into numerous chapelries and chapel districts by the 19th century. According to Lewis, here are some of them:

  • South Hackney Well Street (1810)
  • West Hackney Kingsland Road (1823 and with a cemetery)
  • Hackney St John - 1558 ( the ancient or mother parish)
  • Stamford Hill
  • Homerton Episcopal chapel
  • St Barnabas Homerton - 1846
  • Dalston
  • Clapton 
  • St Peter Hackney (see under Beauvoir Town)
  • St Thomas Clapton Common - 1827

Although the above churches are mentioned in the 19th century perspective by Samuel A. Lewis (see footnote), these were but a fraction of all the Church of England chapels (there were nearly 40 of them) located in the civil parish boundary. Here is a List of all the above as well those numerous unlisted chapels all of which have thus far been identified as being attached to St John's Hackney Parish--see this following link--"A Comprehensive List of Hackney District Churches in Pre-1900".

There were also built, chapels for worship for Independents, Wesleyan Methodists, Baptists and Unitarians.[1]

The Victoria County History of Hackney (1995) is available online. It includes chapters on manors, economic history, local government, churches, Roman Catholicism, Protestant nonconformity, other Christian churches, Judaism, Islam, education, and charities for the poor.[2]


Civil Registration

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church records

Online Hackney St John Parish Register Images and Indexes
1556-1812 Ancestry baptisms, marriages, and burials[3]
1813-1906 Ancestry[4] 1754-1921 Ancestry[5] 1813-1923 Ancestry[6]
Indexes 1545-1812 FamilySearch[7] 1540-1754 FindMyPast[8] 1593-1825 FindMyPast[9]
1540-1754 FamilySearch[10]
    1800-1837 Ancestry[11]    

To find the names of the neighbouring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Contributor: Include here information for parish registers, Bishop’s Transcripts, nonconformist and other types of church records, such as parish chest records. Add the contact information for the office holding the original records. Add links to the Family History Library Catalog showing the film numbers in their collection.

Census and Inhabitants Lists

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library. The first film number is 438812.

1666 Hearth Tax
1693-1694 Four Shilling in the Pound Aid

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Middlesex Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Poor Law Unions

Contributor: Add information about the pertinent poor law unions in the area.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites


  1. Samuel Lewis, ed. A Topographical Dictionary of England 362-366. (London: S. Lewis and Co., 1848), Online here, (accessed: 22 April 2010). Adapted.
  2. A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 10: Hackney (1995). URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=91 Date accessed: 25 March 2012.
  3. London, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1538-1812, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as St John at Hackney in Hackney Borough. Marriages from 1754 to 1812 are not included in this database. Partially indexed.
  4. London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Hackney St John in Hackney Borough. Partially indexed.
  5. London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Hackney St John in Hackney Borough. Partially indexed.
  6. London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980, courtesy: Ancestry ($). Described as Hackney St John in Hackney Borough. Partially indexed.
  7. Batches C042151-C042152, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  8. "Boyd's Marriage Index - Parish details by county," Origins.net, accessed 12 June 2011; Percival Boyd, A List of Parishes in Boyd's Marriage Index (London: Society of Genealogists Enterprises Ltd., 1994). FHL Book 942 K22L 1994
  9. "Boyd's London Burials Index - places and counts," Find My Past, accessed 8 June 2011. Indexes adult male burials only.
  10. Batch M042151, see: Hugh Wallis, "IGI Batch Numbers for London including Middlesex (A-M), England," IGI Batch Numbers, accessed 17 March 2012.
  11. Pallot's Marriage and Birth Indexes, Guide to Parishes (n.p.: n.p., n.d.). FHL British Book 942 V25pm