This is the third Hilder Report commisioned by Charles R. “Buddy” Mashburn of Williamson, S.C.
Ian J. Hilder BA (Hons) Genealogist, Probate & Property Researcher Grantham Bank, Barcombe, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 5DJ England Tel. 01273-400604 23a
Re: Mashburn Family of England
Thank you for your letter and further payment of 15th January, I now have the results of futher research, as follows:
St. Giles-in-the-Fields A search of the catalogues at the London Metropolitam Archives (I.M.A., formerly the G.I.R.O.) showed that there is little material deposited for the period in which we are interested. The Parish Registers are still held by the church, who are keen to draw an income from searches in them, and this may be the case with other parish records. A colleague of mine tells of an visit he made to the church some years ago, when he found the records very disorganized, and was supervised by a verger who didn’t know where anything was! The Hearth Tax for 1665/6 contained nothing of relevance.
Background Information Various reference works on London churches and parishes were consulted for background material on St. Dunstan’s-in-the-East (within the City of London) and St. Giles-in-the-Fields. Unfortuneately neither of the church buildings that would have been known to your ancestors have survived to the present day, although there are still churches on those sites.
I have enclosed copies of some good background material on St. Giles’ church and parish, but there was very little in the Library of the Society of Genealogists on St. Dunstans. The church was repaired after the Great Fire of 1666, with the tower being rebuilt by Wren. It was rebuilt by Laing in 1817, but again burnt in 1941. It is likely that there is further information held at Guildhall Library in the City of London, so please let me know if you would like me to pursue this further.
I hope that the enclosed proves to be of interest, and look forward to hearing what aspect of research you would like for me to explore next.
Yours sincerely, Ian Hilder BA
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Hilder attached photocopies of pages from standard references on the history of St. Giles-in-the-fields and a parish map of 1750. Since this is not primary and reproduces much material that is easily available from sources within this country, it will not transcribed as part of this report.]