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Cedric was born in the year 2001 his brother Brendan in 2003. This site is dedicated to them and their eventual descendants.


Blazon of Arms: Barry of six vair and gules.

Crest: On a ducal coronet or, a grey hound sejant argent.

Mottos: None inscribed.

The coat of arms depicted is one of at least three. This is believed to be that of the Devonshire branch of the family, granted while on campaign cir. 1265 in Tournais, Belgium.

Parish of Hinton St. Mary, Dorset England

The Parish of Hinton St. Mary

Chinn's of Hinton St. Mary

Dorset, England

This branch of the Chinn family were said to have been supporters of the Protestant Duke of Monmouth in his rebellion against his Catholic uncle, James II, brother and successor to Charles II. The Duke of Monmouth, the natural son of Charles II, was supported largely in the West Country, particularly by the peasantry and miners. Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis, Dorset on June 11, 1685 and was defeated by government troups on July 6th at the battle of Sedgemoor in Somerset. Monmouth was shortly afterwards captured and executed. Chief Justice Jeffreys, known as the "Bloody Judge", was sent to the West Country to deal with the prisoners. Jeffreys tried five hundred men a day and between two and three hundred prisoners were hanged while about eight hundred were transported to Barbados during the "Bloody Assize". It is rumored that it was as a result of this rebellion, this particular branch of the Chinn family were said to have lost all position and property they may have possessed.

Little is known of the present branch of the family prior to the late 1600's. By 1681 they were established in Hinton St. Mary, Dorset, UK. How much earlier the family settled in the area is unknown. This branch of the family is descended from Christopher Chinn (cir 1665-1691/92). It is believed that he had a younger brother John. 

The family name has been spelt a variety of ways, the most prevalent being Chinn and Chin. Some earlier records also reflect Chinne and Chynne.

For the most part the Chinn's were agricultural labourers and farmers, though the earlier generations of the family apparently were quite literate. Rebe Chinn (1908-2002), who contributed much to this project, recently passed away.  Rebe, her brothers Jack [Albert] and Dick, and her sisters Ruth Fowles and Ellen, resided with their parents in Hinton St. Mary, originally at Twinwood Farm ["The Common"] and latterly at  Castleman's Farm.  In December of 1922 their father, Albert Aldophous (1871-1930), moved the family to Highgrove Farm in East Stour.  Their uncle Harry took over Twinwood Farm in 1914 following the family's move to Castleman's Farm. Harry remained at Twinwood until just prior to his death at Marnhull in 1929, and by my record was the last of the Chinn's to actually reside in Hinton St. Mary.

Hinton St. Mary, the home of this branch of the Chinn's until recent history, is situated half a mile north of Sturminster Newton in the fertile Vale of Blackmoor in the County of Dorset. The site of the village has been inhabited since Romano British times. Until the dissolution of the monasteries, in the reign of Henry VIII, the manor of Hinton was a lay brother's settlement belonging to the Abbey of St. Mary at Shaftesbury (from which the name of the village is derived). The Church adjoining the manor house is dedicated to St. Peter. The Church is of 12th or 13th century origin and traces still remain of the earlier structures which had been incorporated when the Church was rebuilt in the late 15th century. The present Church, except for the 15th century tower, was rebuilt in 1846 out of local Marnhull limestone.

The original buildings of the Manor house were 13th century of which the stables (14th century) and the tithe barn (15th century) remain relatively unaltered. In the reign of Henry VIII the Manor was granted to William Stourton who later became the 7th Lord Stourton. The 8th Lord Storuton being attained and hanged at Salisbury for the murder of his father's steward, His Manors, including Hinton St. Mary, were granted to Robert Freke. The Frekes rebuilt the manor house as it now appears and rebuilt much of the village between 1649 and 1750.

In 1698, Hinton St. Mary was bequeathed by Thomas Freke to Lucy Pile, who was married to George Pitt of Stratfield Saye in Hampshire. The Pitts afterwards became the Lords Rivers of Rushmore and Stratfield Saye and the Manor house has remained in their position since that day. Thus the Pitt-Rivers family became the principal land-owners in the district.

To suggest additional links or those who may have details to contribute, corrections to offer, or are looking for facts related to Cedric's ancestors are invited to contact us; use the link below:

Allan Chinn  


Our Chinn Family

Browse family file starting with Cedric and Brendan

Browse family file starting with Christopher Chinn (1665-1691/2)

Descendants Report of Christopher Chinn

Cedric's and Brendan's Pedigree Family Tree

Research Leads / Requests

  • Looking for any information on the origins of Christopher Chinn (buried March 13 1691/2 Hinton St. Mary). It is known that he married Hannah and from 1681 to 1691 they had at least five children; John, William, Joseph, Hannah, and Samuel. It is believed that Christopher had a younger brother John. (contact Allan Chinn)  

  • It is believed that the Chinn's of Sandy Point, Newfoundland Canada may also be descended from this branch of the Chinn family and that they are descended from a Joseph Chinn of Hinton St. Mary.  Looking for information which confirms this or other ancestors of John Chinn (1841-1901) married to Charlotte Messervey and both buried in Sandy Point. (contact Allan Chinn)   

  • Looking for information pertaining to William Chinn (born Nov. 21, 1703) son of William (cir 1682) and Mary. It is believed that by 1717 William moved to Fordington St. George, Dorset (near Dorchester) with his parents and sisters Mary, Susanna and Grace. Require confirmation; that this is the same William Chinn reported in 1734 to have married and with at least 4 children either baptised or buried between 1734 and 1740. (contact Allan Chinn)   

  • Looking for information on Samuel Chinn born in the UK Nov 7 1786, location unknown. He was baptised as an adult at St. Saviours Church, Borough High Street, Southwark on Feb 28, 1810; probably so he could practice as a teacher.  On December 24, 1809 he married Rebecca Cutler in St. Mary's Whitechapel, High Street, Stepney. Witnesses to the marriage were Henry Gould and Mary Francis.
    At one point in time Samuel was a teacher in Corfe Castle Dorset during the 1820's and 1830's. Corfe Castle was the home of his wife Rebecca.
    Later, in 1845, it was noted on his daughter's marriage certificate that Samuel was a 'gas meter maker'.
    Samuel died before his wife as she was listed as 'widow' at the time of her death in May of 1848.
    (contact David Vessey)

Other Related Links

Dorset Pages and Genealogy References

GeniUK - Dorset - an introduction to Dorset genealogy

The Dorset Page - contains genealogy section with numerous references

Chinn Message Boards

Other Chinn Websites (generally not proved related to the current line)

Chinn's of Newfoundland (Canada)

The Chinn and Myers Family (USA)

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Chinn Family (USA)

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