Horham, Suffolk Genealogy
Parish HistoryHORHAM, a scattered village, 5 miles S.E. of Eye, and 7 1/2 miles N.N.E. of Debenham, has in its parish 442 souls, and 1433a. 2R. 11P. of land. Sir E. Kerrison, Bart., is lord of the manors called Horham, Thorpe Hall-with- Wooten, and Horham Jernegans ; but a great part of the soil belongs to Thos. Green, Esq. ; Alex. Denovan, Esq.; and the Crowe, Depper, Naylor, and several other families. Sir Herbert Jernegan, who died in 1239, had his seat here; but his son removed to Stonham, and the grandson of the latter to Somerleyton. The Church (St. Mary) is a neat ancient structure, with a large embattled tower, containing eight bells. The south porch has a handsome Norman arch, and the east window is richly decorated with stained glass, of which there are also some fragments in the other windows. The font is a much admired relic of antiquity ; as also is the Parish Chest, which a entirely covered with iron plates tin and hoops.... ....The Baptists have a small chapel here.... William White, 1844, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Suffolk; page 458
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If you live in Suffolk then you will have access to a variety of resources; however, for those who live further afield, one can access microfilm and online records at Family History Centers. Refer to Horham and Suffolk in the Family History Library Catalog for available records.
The Parish Registers begin in 1594. They can be view at the Suffolk Record Office. A copy of the registers from 1594 to 1900 can be purchased from the Suffolk Record Office. For pre 1813 Bishop Transcript entries you will need to look in Hoxne Deanry, Archdeaconry of Suffolk. Parish Chest records are considerable for Horham. See Suffolk Church Record for further details.
There are census records available for Horham from 1841 to 1911. Census records are available on a variety of subscription and other websites. If you need to consult the 1841 to 1891 census on microfilm, refer to Horham Census in the library catalogue.
There is statistical data available for the census years 1801 to 1931 that records the number of houses, families, people, and other statistical data for every parish in the county.
Refer to the Suffolk Census wiki article for details.
Prior to 1858 the primary court that had jurisdiction over Horham was the Archdeaconry of Suffolk; however, a person’s will or administration may have been probated in nearby courts or even in London. After 1858 it was in Ipswich District. Refer to the Suffolk Probate Records article for further details.
Maps and Gazetteers
- Suffolk Gazetteers and Directories from 1839 to 1909 - Suffolk Gazetteers and directories provide a brief history and description of each parish and lists principal residents. They mention the farmers and tradesman in each parish and the nearest market towns among other things of interest.
- National Gazetteers provide a brief description of each place
- England Jurisdictions 1851 maps - see parish in context with surrounding parishes also determine various ecclesiastical and civil jurisdictions for this parish
- Horham on Google maps - see lay of the land as it is today
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- Lewis,Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 547-550.