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PART FIVE
Section A: ENGLISH/BARBADOS STUDIES
Section B: WILLS PROBATED AT THE LONDON AND YORK, PROROGATIVE COURTS

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Section A: ENGLISH/BARBADOS STUDIES

During 1997, a more comprehensive search has been made of Helmes records in England and the West Indies.  This work has been headed by Susan (Helm) Grimshaw.

It has been determined that, by Colonial times, Helme families had spread to a number of English Counties and to the West Indies in substantial numbers.  However, a preponderance of them were at Lancashire, early on.  There, those of Goosnargh and Chipping Parishes are a particular focus.  This work has pointed to other related Helmes in Worcestershire, Yorkshire, and Dorsetshire.  Those at Dorsetshire have been shown to have been heavily involved in the English colonization and development of the West Indies.  Significantly, a number of Helmes have been shown to have come to the American Colonies from there.

A particularly helpful informational source of data is the work of Vere Langford Oliver in the series of "CARIBBEANA" publications in the Barbados Historical Society Journal magazines.  Hardback books exist for this data, and are available on film at the U. S. Library of Congress.  There are a number of Helmes references and references of families into which they were intermarried.  Also, these same families are prominent in American Colonial history.  The most notable Helme records of having come here are those of John and Thomas Helme which are discussed elsewhere in this paper.  These data are being assembled and assessed as to their significance for American Helmes genealogies.

Tracing the West Indies Helme and allied families to the American Colonies is a major thrust of the present effort, as well as is attempts to connect them with the known Helmes here, such as the Helms brothers who were in North Carolina beginning in the 1750's.  Tracing the West Indies Helmes back to England is also a major thrust.  In England, the major objective is to tie the several English Helmes groups together and to attempt to identify their earlier beginnings.

In one Lancashire History, the result is anticipated by a statement that the Helmes originated at a place called Helme, now called Elmridge, in Chipping Parish, Lancashire, which is just North of Preston.  It is presumptive to expect to establish this grand linear descent path of the Lancashire Helmes to SW England , to the West Indies , and thence to the American Colonies, and, specifically, by some path, to the Helms families who were in North Carolina, beginning in 1747.  Nevertheless, that is the long range goal of this work in this English option.

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In a recent visit to England. a visit was made to the exact place which is reported to have been the earliest "seat" of the Helmes in England at a place called Helme, now Elmridge, it is literally a cross roads of ancient roads and pack animal paths. Four road posts still stand, and the ancient pack road still exists as depicted in this pictorial montage. Click here to view photo graphs in a new window. There is a present-day dairy farm there, with an old stone house, now stuccoed, and a barn with a 13XX date on it. That was about the time the area was seized by Scots in one of the border skirmishes

The Gillingham (Dorset) Helmes were descendants of the Worcestershire Helmes because they bore the Worcestershire armorial crest on their headstones in the Caribbean.

The Goosnargh Helmes have been found related to the Helmes of Chipping, Ribchester, Hollowforth and Lea (Lancashire), the Yorkshire Helmes and Berkshire Helmes.


HELME'S IN SCOTLAND

We have not worked much in Scotland, However, we have found some timely Scottish Helme data.

Just recently, the following data has been found. It shows Helme’s in several Scottish Parishes in Roxburgshire in the border area with England, and elsewhere. We have also recently seen some Helme data in Hawick Parish and in Northern Scotland in Sutherland County. There is a place and river there called Helmdale.
(We have not seen any emigration data for these people. Also a migration direction was often: first to Ireland, then to America) .

The Library of Congress was researched and 215 references were found that deal with genealogy in Scotland. To view this reference listing click here.

HELME CHRISTENINGS IN ROXBURGSHIRE

Date, Name, Father, Mother, Reg Dist
11 Nov 1632, Margrat Helme, George Helme not listed Ashkirk
11 Apr 1635, James Helme
5 Jan 1639, Margrat Helme
14 Aug 1641, Margrat Helme
18 Dec 1646, George Helm, James Helm
3 Oct 1647, Thomas Helme
18 Dec 1648, George Helme, James Helme
5 May 1650, John Helme, George Helme, Marion Scott
12 Oct 1651, Agnes Helme, James Helme, Margrat Browne

HELME MARRIAGES

6 Jun 1643, William Helme, Margrat Scott Ashkirk
2 Dec 1644, James Helme, Margart Browne

Variant spellings

MARRIAGES

31 July 1655, Marion Hellin, William Smith Kelso
1 Jul 1662, James Hellin, Janat Rothie

CHRISTENINGS

17 Jun 1660, Angus Hellim, William Hellim /Angus Cuthbetson Ashkirk
5 Oct 1662, Geroge Hellin

HOLME MARRIAGES

Shown here because some Holmes spelling was mistaken
27 Nov 1631, Jonet Holme, Johhne Salmond Edinburgh
3 Jun 1634, Jonet Holme, James Smyth Edinburgh
25 Jul 1640, Alexander Holme, Agnes Robeson Edinburgh
15 Jun 1655, Johne Holme, Elspeth Robeson
11 Nov 1655, James Holme, Elspeth Smith Kelso

HOLME Christenings (For reference only)

Date, Name, Father, Mother, Reg Dist
11 Nov 1638, Andrew Holme, Robert Holme, Jonet Cunninhame Esdinburgh
12 Dec 1641, Marione Holme, Alexander Holme, Agnes Robeson
30 Jan 1645, James Holme, Alexander Holme, Agnes Robeson
20 May 1647, Johne Holme
12 Nov 1648, Margrit Holme, James Holme, Ashkirk ( See in Helme, above)
11 Nov 1632, Margrat Helme, George Helme, Ashkirk
23 Oct 1653, Thomas Holme, John Holme, Issobell Tamson Kelso
5 Dec 1653, Jonet Holme, John Holme, Elspeth Roberson Edinburgh
9 April 1654, Issobell Holme, James Holme, Elspeth Smith Kelso
11 Dec 1654, Jennit Holme, John Holme, Issobell C. Kelso
2 Sept 1655, Johne Holme, John Holme, Elspeth Roberson Edinburgh
19 Apr 1664, James Holme, John Holme, Elspeth Roberson Edinburgh
8 Mar 1669, James Holme, James Holme, Elspeth Smith Kelso
31 July 1670, Margret Holme, James Holme

Some Descendants of Scottish HELMEs
(i
nferred from the family data, above)
All dates are christenings

1 Scottish HELME's
......... 2 George
.................... 3 Margaret- C: 1632 in Ashkirk
.................... 3 James C: 1635 in Ashkirk
................................ 4 son C: 1722 in Ashkirk
.................... 3 William 1636 - C: 1636 in Ashkirk
................................ 4 John C: 1702 in Wilton
................................ 4 Son C: 1704 in Bowden
................................ 4 Robert C: 1722 in Hawick
................................ 4 Agnes C: 1727 in Hawick
................................ 4 George C: 1727 in Hawick
.................... 3 Thomas 1647 - C: 1647 in Ashkirk
................................ 4 Mary C: 1710 in Bowden
.................................4 Agnes C: 1704 Selkirk
................................ 4 Christian C: 1717 in Bowden
.................... 3 John C: 1650 in Ashkirk
................................ 4 Bessie (Eliz.) C: 1689 in Ashkirk
......... 2 James
.................... 3 George C: 1646 in Ashkirk
.................... 3 Agnes C: 1651 in Ashkirk
......... 2 Ronald
.................... 3 James C: 1642 in Midlothian Co.
.................... 3 George C: 1645 in Midlothian Co.
.................... 3 James C: 1663 in Midlothian Co.
.....................3 Merian C: 1647 in Millothian
......... 2 Unk
.................... 3 Henrie
................................ 4 Christian C: 1727 in Hawick
..................... 3 William
.................................4 Margaret C:1632 in Selkirk

Ashkirk, Bowden, Selkirk, and Wilton are all parishes in Roxburghshire.
Midlothian is the next co., up. The parish there was Liberton.
Maps of these areas are available.
The wives mentioned were: Broune, Boutcher,Butcher, Cash, Cass, Chatto, Cuthbertsone, Dicks, Douglas, Huggon, Purdie, Rennick, Riddell, Scot, Thompson, Ustoun. Probably Cass=Cash, Boutcher-Butcher, Ustoun=Houston, and Broune =Brown. Of these, Butcher might be tied to the Thomas Helme family of Barbados. Houston is a NC name.

These data are weak at this point, but do show Helme people in Scotland in an appropriate time period.
Additionally, our recent Genetic data has pointed to the possibility that our people may have originated in Scotland. Susan Grimshaw had previously expressed an opinion that these Scottish Helme's were probably tied to the Lancashire Helme's. The naming patterns are very similar to those in our NC Helms families.

A list of LOC holdings on Scottish Genealogy is given in this list (Link to “Library of Congress Subject Scotland–Genealogy.htm” (Attached to this mail.).
Also, GENUKI has extensive website information on Scotland Genealogy."

End of addition Rev 6.


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ENGLISH STUDIES

Since 1997, a more comprehensive search has been continued of Helmes records in England and the West Indies. This work has been headed-up by Susan (nee Helm) Grimshaw.

It has been determined that, by Colonial times, Helme families had spread to a number of English Counties and to the West Indies in substantial numbers. However, a preponderance of them were at Lancashire, early on. There, those of Goosnargh and Chipping Parishes are a particular focus. This work has pointed to other related Helmes in Worcestershire, Yorkshire, and Dorsetshire. Those at Dorsetshire have been shown to have been heavily involved in the English colonization and development of the West Indies. Significantly, a number of Helmes have been shown to have come to the American Colonies from there.

A particularly helpful informational source of data is the work of Vere Langford Oliver in the "CARIBBEANA" publications in the Barbados Historical Society Journal magazines. Hardback books exist for this data, and are available on film at the U. S. Library of Congress. There are a number of Helmes references and references of families into which they were intermarried. Also, these same families are prominent in American Colonial history.

Tracing the West Indies Helme and allied families to the American Colonies is a major thrust of the present effort, as well as is attempts to connect them with the known Helmes here, such as the Helms brothers who were in North Carolina beginning in the 1750's, and other Helm/Helms having English origins. (Recognizing that some American Helm families were not of English origin.)

Tracing the West Indies Helmes back to England is also a major thrust. In England, the major objective is to tie the several English Helmes groups together and to attempt to identify their earlier beginnings.

In one Lancashire History, the result is anticipated by a statement that the Helmes originated at a place called Helme, now called Elmridge, in Chipping Parish, Lancashire, which is just North of Preston. It is presumptive to expect to establish this grand linear descent path of the Lancashire Helmes to SW England , to the West Indies , and thence to the American Colonies, etc., but that is the long range objective of these efforts.

The Gillingham (Dorset) Helmes were descendants of the Worcestershire Helmes because they bore the Worcestershire armorial crest on their headstones in the Caribbean.

The Goosnargh Helmes have been found related to the Helmes of Chipping, Ribchester, Hollowforth and Lea (Lancashire), and the Yorkshire Helmes and Berkshire Helmes

Some of the Gillingham Helmes must have gone on to the American Colonies from the Caribbean- some American Helmes have got to be their descendants. What is meant here is that, besides John and Thomas of Barbados, who we do have ships passenger lists for, as examples, other Helmes in the West Indies also probably spawned settlers here.

PRELIMINARY CONKWRIGHT MANUSCRIPT REVIEW

Since many have focused on the possibility that the Helm families of Frederick Co., VA originated in Goosnargh, Lancashire England, a review of the paper by the first such writer has been made.

A review of the Conkwright Manuscript ("Shenandoah Families" by Bessie Taul Conkwright) was furnished by Susan Grimshaw, who is our principal source person on the English studies. Susan brings a knowledge of Helm/Helme/Elme, etc. data from England and the Caribbean, and has here indicated some cross-talk of Conkwright and other information. Bessie had strongly focused on the possibility that the Helm family of Frederick Co., Virginia (Leonard and Meredith Helm etc) had stemmed from the family of Thomas Helme of Goosnargh, Lancashire. Bessie stopped short of proving that thesis, however. The problem was that the sons of Thomas had disappeared. Where did they go?

Susan wrote: I took a quick look in the Harris Library in Preston, where I read that Thomas Helme's wife (Church House, Goosnargh) was fined for being a recusant in the early 1660s. This is proof positive that the family was definitely Catholic. Shortly afterwards, Thomas died and the boys disappeared - possibly to America. I think things must have been getting a little too hot for them and they had to leave, certainly out of the county.

In addition, some data shows that the name Leonard was used a lot in that Lancashire Helme family. Leonard may be an allied name by marriage.

Susan wrote: "My initial observations on Conkwright are as follows:
By page numbers in Conkwright,

P69 1768 Thomas Helme was deeded 295 acres on Opecion by Richard Chapman, the land having been granted to Chapman 8/26/1766. (Christiana Helme married Aaron Chapman - this one could be a relative). Also my Barbados map shows a Chapman as a neighbor to a Helme on Barbados. Probably one of the Thomas Helmes.

P74 ..... Witnesses:.... Thomas Blakemore (Blakemore is a Dorsetshire surname)

P82.... Gen. George Clark (the Clarks intermarried with the Gillingham Helmes - George Clark was probably a cousin).

P 84 .... Clarke immediately sought Helm as an aid ... 1778 -"found my old friend L. Helms at Mr Floyds" (The Floyds were on Barbados).

P96.... Clarke, Helm, Col. William Pope (the Popes were on Barbados).

P99.... Case of Helm and Reed vs Crawford (The Reeds/Reads/Reids were Gillingham Helm relatives through marriage and were scattered throughout the Caribbean).

P121.... Helm, George's heirs vs John T Sparke (the Sparkes were on Barbados).

P145.... mentions Sarah Wooley Vaughan (According to Vere Olivers writings - the Vaughans, the Popes, Alleynes, Willoughbys, Clintons and Walkers were all related through marriage). Also mentions John Calmes Smith (Smiths were on Barbados).And, the Calmes tie into the Va. Helm family story by marriage. Willoughby, the Gov., was from Shropshire.

P176.... mentions Frances Sandford Fowler (Sanford is a Dorset name - it is a town just outside of Poole - the Sanfords/Sandfords and the Fowlers were also on Barbados in large numbers).

P182.... mentions Hutchinson (they were on Barbados in large numbers).

P 191 mentions the Pickets (they were also on Barbados and were related to the Thornhills).

P 205 mentions the Hathaways - (again a Barbados connection).
Thus, there is ample reason to think that Leonard could have been associated with Barbadian settlers, whether or not he was ever in the Caribbean.

Betty Vinski has written: "Names associated with Leonard Helm in Virginia are: Tidwell, Calmes, Copperidge, Madden, and Moffett. The Madden line connects to Leonard's daughter Bridget and her husband, John Madden."

"The names in the Parish Family History in Maryland are also interesting. The Dallas Public Library had a copy when she was there. This is the line connected to Leonard's son Mayberry. These families appear to have moved in and out of Pennsylvania and Virginia, some settled in Ohio; a few went through Kentucky: Parish, Lemon, Bosley, Cole, Price, etc. Some of these families intermarried with the Gorsuch and Meredith families in Pennsylvania. Apparently, the majority of them were Quakers. Betty thinks that some of Leonard's family were in Pennsylvania at one time or another.

She also thinks the various Helm branches may have been more in contact with one another than we are aware of. There is a record that a son of Christopher Helme of RI, James Helme, a justice there, was a personal friend of Benjamin Franklin. Also, Benjamin Franklin's first business partner was Hugh Meredith."

In separate reading, but along the line of the above, Susan has written:

"While reading my latest library book I noted that Richard Dutton was Governor of Barbados in 1681 - is this the family from whom Dutton Helmes got his name, I wonder?"

Since Susan's studies in the Caribbean and in England show that many of the Helmes and Elmes in the Caribbean stemmed from Gillingham, Dorsetshire, she thinks that there is a more provable connection with the Gillingham Helmes that with the Goosnargh Helmes, but there is some evidence to the contrary.

Betty Vinski has written about Leonard Helm of the Shenandoah Valley of Va.:

"Some think that Leonard HELM was born about 1660 in Goosnargh, Lancashire, England. He died about 1745 in Frederick County, VA. Leonard Helm is said to have immigrated to Virginia from England before 5 May 1720, when land was granted to him for 4,000 acres in Essex County.

In 1724, he was residing in Spotsylvania, which was cut from Essex in 1721. From 1724 until his death in 1745, he has been traced in Spotsylvania, Caroline, Prince William, Stafford and Frederick Counties of Virginia.

In his oath on 2 March 1724, he proved his right to take up land, stating that he had entered this country with his wife Elizabeth, and children: Joseph, Maybrie [Mayberry], Leonard, Ann, and Mary. On that same day, he served on a jury, indicating that he was not a newcomer in the county.

On 3 November 1724, the grand jury in the Spotsylvania court presented Captain Leonard Helms and Elizabeth, his wife, MEREDITH HELMS and Ann, his wife, and others for absenting themselves from divine services.

Susan Grimshaw has written that the MEREDITH families came from the following English counties:
Cheshire
Denbigh (Wales)
Kent
Buckinghamshire
Devon
Shropshire (Salop for short)
Co Sligo, Ireland
Co Kildare, Ireland
Co Meath Ireland
Note: In, http://www.kindredkonnections.com
(In the spaces - type in Helme L) and one can find Leonard of Goosnargh. It shows him marrying an Elizabeth Meredith, not verified. Leonard died between 25 September and 6 November 1745, when his will was written and probated. His wife was not mentioned: "In the name of God Amen. ye Twentie fifth day of September 1745. I, LEONARD HELM, in ye Parish and County of Frederick, a Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks to God.

Therefore calling to mind ye Mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament, viz: princiaplly and first of all, I Recommend my Soul to God and my body to ye Earth to be Buried at ye Discretion of my Executors; and as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, Demise and Depose of ye Same in ye following manner and form.

Item, I Give and Bequeath to my Son MABRY HELM ye first Colt of my young black Mare. Item, I Give and Bequeath to my son JOSEPH HELM Forty Shillings Current Money of Virginia.

Item, I give to CHRISTOPHER HELMS forty Shillings Current money.

(We don't have much on that Christopher. but interestingly, The Gillingham Helmes, the Goosnargh Helmes and the Long Sutton Helmes/Elmes all had Christopher's.)

[Note: There was a Christopher HELM b.c. 1684 - in Somerset County, NJ d. 12-Aug-1771 age 87 Wife, Eleanor. He is buried in the Basking Ridge PRESBYTERIAN churchyard in Somerset Co NJ. His headstone shows: died, age 87. There was an unclaimed letter at the Trenton post office involving Moses and Christopher Helm. Just who those two Christopher's were is not known. Remember that Moses Helm established a Presbyterian Church in Bedford Co., Va. In either case Christopher probably came from Britain-whether England or Ireland is in question.]

Susan found a Leonard Helme at Cartmel which is at the top of the Lake district.

CARTMEL PRIORY 1660 - 1723
=======================
Burial - 9 Aug 1695 - Isabel Helme (of Walton)
Burial 10 Jun 1687 - Jane wife of Leonard Helme
Baptism 8 Jun 1687 Thomas son of Leonard Helme (of Churchtown) (Betty
has the baptism of this child as 8 Jun 1689, if it is the same family.)

Now it looks as though Jane (wife of Leonard) died two days after her son Thomas was baptized - childbirth must have killed her. Did this same Leonard then remarry Eliz. Greenwood on 23 Nov 1687 - if he did. then, he didn't waste much time, though he obviously needed to find another wife to look after his baby.

NOW, from the above we know that Leonard's son, Thomas, was baptized up at Cartmel in the Lake District and it says that Leonard is from Churchtown. The only Churchtown on the UK atlas is the one in Lancashire and that is near Garstang (nearly at Goosnargh). Cartmel may have been Jane's home place. Thus, maybe this Leonard could be described as a Goosnargh Leonard Helme. If so,the link with Leonard of Virginia is in prospect.

BUTLER/HARRISON/NEILS/WORRELLS

The majority of the surnames associated with Helmes were also on Barbados and Nevis. Starting with the Butler family of Barbados which we know the Gillingham Helmes were related to them and also with The Butler families of Nevis of which the more prominent member was Captain Gregory Butler, a commissioner under General Venables c1645. He bore arms recorded by Caribbean ...... "Duval records" this crest belonged to the families of the Irish nobility and gives several other crests used by other Butler families. Among these the crest of Butler families of London, Durham and Scotland is that of a covered cup. The Harrison family of Barbados was connected by marriage with both the Worrell and the Butler family.

The Butlers were also on Jamaica. The above Worrell family was from Clifton, Bristol, England and was intermarried with the Neils-who had intermarried with the Leonard Helm family of Virginia.
The Worrell family tree is on Pages 618 - 635.

SKINNERS These were London merchants.
ROBINS Were Quakers on Barbados

LEE Too numerous to mention (Pages 381 - 387)

WHITEHALL
Edward Henry P637
Jeane P142
William P142

HARRISON To numerous to mention Pages 287 - 305 - these also throw up other allied names. Harrison is a prominent name in present day Eastern Va.

KENDAL
316, 358
General, 9, 239, 369
Daniel, 346
Capt Daniel 344
Elizabeth 355
Rebecca 355
Tho 266 355
Capt Tho 357
Thos 355

Now the Kendal family was connected with the HOTHERSALL family of Barbados. The Hothersall were more than likely related to the Goosnargh Helmes. At the end of their pages it said see Baines History of Lancashire. These are none other than the Hothersalls of Hothersall Hall which is situated on the banks of the Rible river just outside of Longridge, Lancashire-near Dutton where Susan's James Helm came from in 1730). The Hothersalls were an extremely wealthy gentry family who, like the Goosnargh Helmes had to leave the country because of the heavy fines imposed on the Catholics-sums like $50,000 equiv./yr)

LEE The Lee family of Barbados - too numerous to mention - pedigree on pages 381 - 387.

THOROGOOD OR THOROWGOOD
Eliz 481 and 479
Tho 481
Eliz 483
Tho 483
Thomas 479

BASKERVILE
264
Abiah 264
James 265, 266

BASKERVILLE Jacobi (latin for James) 264

SEWELL (Note; John Helme of Charles Co., MD. Had a portion of the Sewell grant.)
Mitchell 564
Judge Samuel 565
Maj Stephen 565

TURNERS There is an absolutely superb write up on the Turners Pages 559 - 569 it says where they were in New England and Barbados in great detail. This is definitely worth further study.

PORTERS To whom the Gillingham Helmes were related Pages 476 - 478. There is a standing Porter Mansion, on Barbados. We have a photo.

WASHINGTONS Too numerous too mention - were related to the Washington's of Virginia -also related to the Tyrell. The first Virginian Washington settler married a Pope.

POPE This family was also on Barbados.

The SOMERSETS were not listed.

Note: In 1608, Edward Somerset was the 3rd Earl of Worcester and lived at Badmington in Avon. No Calverts either - in one of the books it said that George Calvert, Baron Baltimore, planted a colony at Avalon, Newfoundland and his son founded Baltimore.

The Kerrs owned Floors Castle.

The Gibsons were on Barbados.

Some of the above families also had Rous connections. (See also Christopher's son Rouse of RI.)

The Parkers are very important to eventually prove a Lancashire connection.

George Helm(e) is a Goosnargh name and he would be related to the Browsholme Parkers.

WILLS OF HELMES NEAR GOOSNARGH ENGLAND
FROM LIST OF WILLS AT RICHMOND PRO (LONDON)(1605-1812)
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Elizabeth K Hellme
Isabella Hellme of Westfield in Goosenargh, A
Richard Hellme of Lindeth, parish of Warton, K
William Hellme of Caton, L
Christopher Helme of Goosenargh, A
Christopher Helme of Hyneinge, K
Elizabeth Helme of Thistleton, A
Ellen Helme of Barton, A
Ellina Helme of Wood Plumpton, A
George Helme of Barton, A
George Helme, Broughton (to be buried there)
George Helme of Goosenargh, gent, A
Henry Helme of Midleton, yeoman, A
James Helme of Chepin (Chipping), husbandman, A
Janet Helme of Over Kellet, K
Jenet Helme of Counteshey, Chepin, widow, A
Jeneta Helme of Hesketh
John Helme of Church Town, parish of Cartmell, F
John Helme of Dilworth, yeoman, A
John Helme of Over Kellett, L
John Helme, Preston, A
Joshua Helme of Hesketh, A
Leonard Helme of Catforth, A
Margaret Helme of Goosenargh, A
Peter Helme of Chipping, A
Richard Helm of Crowtrees, Chepin, yeoman, A
Robert Helme of Goosenargh, A
Sebell K Helme
Thomas Helme of Goosenargh, A
Thomas Helme of Goosenargh, A
Thomas Helme of Holehouse
Thomas Helme of Lea, A
William Helme of Goosenargh, A
William Helme of Lea, A
William Helme of The Lea, yeoman, A
William Helme of Wood Plumpton, A
Adam Hellme of Freckleton, parish of Preston, A
John Helm of Chipping, A
Richard Helm of Goosnargh, A
Thomas Helme of Lower House in Barniker (Barnacre), A
Bridget Helme of Grimsargh, A
Edward Helme of Chipping, A
Eliza Helme of Goosenargh, A
Eliza Helme of Lea, A
Elizabeth Helme of Chipping, A
Elizabeth Helme of Chipping, A
Elizabeth Helme of Crosslands, parish of Colton
George Helme of Ribleton, parish of Preston, A
Jenetta Helme of Lea, A
John Helme of Chippin, A
John Helme of Forton, A
John Helme of Forton, A
John Helme of Goosenargh, A
John Helme of Grimsargh, A
John Helme of Holwith, A
John Helme of Lea, A
John Helme of Lea, A
John Helme of Over Kellett, K
John Helme of Preston, A
John Helme of Preston, A
John Helme of Salwick, A
John Helme of Whittingham, A
Maria Helme of Leah, A
Mary Helme of Ribleton, A
Thomas Helme of Chipping, A
Thomas Helme of Holloworth, A
Thomas Helme of Over Kellett, K
William Helme of Forton, A
William Helm of Forton, A
William Helme of Goosnargh, A
William Helme of Lea, A
William Helme of Lea, parish of Preston, A
Anthony Helm of Lancaster, yeoman, A
Edward Helm of Preesall, yeoman, A
Jennet Helm of Woodplumpton, widow, A
John Helm of Kirkland, husbandman, A
Margaret Helm of Preston, A
Richard Helm of Trinkelt, husbandman, F
Robert Helm of Preston, yeoman, A
Thomas Helm of Woodplumpton, yeoman, A
William Helm of Lower Wyresdale, yeoman, A
Edmund Helme of Preston, Innkeeper, A
Eleanor Helme of Preston, widow, A
Eleanor of Preston, widow, A
Henry Helme of Barton, shoemaker, A
John Helme of Lancaster, linnen draper, A
Margaret Helme of Catforth, widow, A
Sarah Helme of Lancaster, widow, A
William Helme of Preston, servant, A
George Helmn of Whittingham, yeoman, A
Dorothy Helm, Preston, widow, A
George Helm, Garstang, yeoman, A
Richard Helm, Kirkland (Garstang), husbandman, A
Thomas Helm, Nateby, Garstang, husbandman, A
Elizabeth Helme, Preston, widow, A
Hannah Helme, Lancaster, wife of John Helme. A
John Helme, Great Mitton, husbandman, A
Nathaniel Helme, Preston, yeoman, A
Robert Helme, Dutton, A
William Helme, Barnaker with Bonds, husbandman, A
William Helme, Dutton (Ribchester), A

A = Amounderness
K = Kendal

Admon: this is the brief summary
Inv: this is the inventory
Tuon bond: this was where a child inherited while under age and the money was put in trust etc and guardian appointed.

Now, Over Kellet, Lancaster, Wyresdale and Forton are over 10 miles away from Goosnargh. All the other place are within a few miles. Susan's 4x Gt Grandfather was Robert Helme of Dutton, whose will was proved in 1797. He was born around 1730 and married Grace Walmsley. Dutton is an area of Ribchester. Note the spelling of Chipping ie Chepin.

The will of John Helme, Linen Draper, of Lancaster proved 1768 is of interest because he was probably the John Helme, Linen Draper, who belonged to a group of Lancashire slavers and partly owned a slaving ship which went out regularly to Africa, the West Indies and American Colonies.

His will is in the index for Richmond, PRO. All the other wills, above are kept at Lancashire Record Office. All they say is that John's will was among a batch that was "destroyed" over a hundred years ago. All the above wills are the copyright of Lancashire Record Office. Quite a few have been read without finding any mention of Merediths, Mayberrys or Lynaughs or any of surnames associated with Leonard Helm's line in Virginia.

There might be wills which were proved at a higher Church Court such as the Parochial Court of Canterbury. It is possible that several Helmes were mega rich and had to go to Canterbury. Those would be listed in London.

Note also that none of the above persons use those surnames as their given name.

Note:
Some consideration might be given to lists of Naturalization, but not everyone who immigrated was naturalized. Such records only rarely give the exact place of a person's birth or previous residence.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

LANCASHIRE MARRIAGES (1572-1724)
BOYDS MARRIAGE INDEX - HELM MALES ONLY

1572 Richard = Mgt Warthman Warton
1572 Wm = Cris Porter Kirkham
1582 Wm = Mgt Cotom Garstang
1586 Jn = Jean Howrobin Harwood/gt
1587 Jn = Alce Weaver Kirkham
1590 Wm = Jane Pulton Garstang
1591 Rob = An Greaves Kirkham
1592 Jn = An Briton Cartmel
1595 Tho = Mgt Jackson Warton
1605 Ant = Jan Wharnby Warton
1606 Pet = Elz Kemp Cockerham
1611 Ralf = Jenet Rogerson Preston
1612 Nic = Eln Nuby Chipping
1615 Ralf = Alc Whip Padiham
1615 Jas = Alce Helm Chipping
1616 Adam = Jane Helm Warton
1617 Jn = Mary Rogerson Preston
1619 Jn = Alce Arthwright Preston
1620 Jn = Isb Gardner Cockerham
1621 Ant = Cisly Hulton Manchester
1627 Edw = Jane Nuesame Preston
1629 Rauf = An Charnly Woodplumpton
1631 Jas = Mgt Gradel Penwortham
1631 Hen = Isb Naler Garstang
1633 Cuth = Mary Boyes Preston
1636 Cuth = Mary Boyes Warton
1641 Ric = An Anderton Goosnargh
1641 Tho = Eln Fox Cockerham
1641 Tho = Rosamund Braid Cockerham
1652 Tho = Mgt Parkinson Goosnargh
1656 Ric = ????Salisbury Chipping
1657 Tho = An Helm Goosnargh
1661 Edw = Elz Sherburn Chipping
1666 Tho = Elz Bowker Preston
1670 Jn = Agn Green Melling
1670 Jn = An Hankinson Preston
1673 Edw = Dy Bispham Garstang
1678 Ric = Eln Borrow Bolton/Sands
1682 Jn = Alce Mason Over Kellet
1682 Jn = An Parkinson Chipping
1685 Wm = Gra Dunderdale Chipping
1685 Wm = Alce Cottam Goosnargh
1687 Edw = Elz Hull Poulton/Fylde
1687 Leon = Elz Greenwood Bolton/Sands
1692 Jn = Agn Green Over Kellett
1693 Geo = Alce Atkinson Chipping
1699 Ric = Eln Greenwood Newchurch/Pendle
1699 Ric = Eln Isherwood Newchurch/Pendle
1703 Tho = Elz Charnly Broughton/Preston
1704 Jas = Mary Grason Preston
1708 Rob = Sus Roads Preston
1708 Jn = Mgt ........ Kirkham
1709 Hen = Jane Chippendale Garstang
1710 Jn = Elz Woods Hoole
1711 Abt = Agn Rawlinson Lancaster
1713 Arth = Jane Leak Tunstall
1716 Rob = Mary ....... Preston
1716 Tho = Jenet Woodplumpton
1716 Wm = Jenet Clarkson Goosnargh
1717 Tho = Isb Waterhouse Chipping
1718 Jn = Jane Apsly Cockerham
1718 Jn = Jane Apsly S Mich On Wyre
1719 Jas = Elz Newsham Goosnargh
1720 Tho = An Dean Garstang
1721 Cuth = Eln Law Goosnargh
1722 Wm = Mary Willasy S Mich on Wyre
1722 Rog = Mgt Parkinson Garstang
1722 Hen = Maudlin Winnil Lancaster
1722 Jn = Jenet Moon Goosnargh
1723 Jas = Jane Brown Goosnargh
1724 Wm = An Hathornthwait Lancaster
1724 Jn = Elz Sergeant S Mich On Wyre

All the Helm/Helme marriages have extracted from Boyd's Marriage Index. It is more comprehensive than the IGI. Some of the spellings leave very much to be desired eg Hathornthwait should read Haythornthwaite, Nuesame should read Newsham, I think. Again I believe Grason should read Grayson, Grayston or Graceton. You will note that again, no males use a surname as a Christian name. We must also remember that in those days, the groom always married in the parish of the bride. Therefore it does not show any marriages which took place out of county. A map which shows the parishes in Lancashire which are close around Goosnargh are shown in a map of the area, click here to view map. Some of the locations mentioned in the lists above are shown.

The question is: Do any of the above maiden names appear in any connection with the Helmes who emigrated to the US? eg did they own the farm next door? Or did they use the wives surnames as first names for the males?

THE CATHOLIC QUESTION

The following is from page 167 of the "Convicted Recusants, Chas II - Lancashire"

Lea (Preston)
Eliz Holme vid (Helme)
Johannes (Wharles)
Margretta Gregosn, vid
Then:

"The will of Elizabeth Helme (Holme and Holmes were common corruptions of the name) was proved in 1690. The Helmes of Lea were a junior branch of the very old family of the name seated at Church House in Goosnargh, of whom John Helme, a priest, was living there in 1478, and another of the same name was curate of Goosnargh in 1583, whilst a third priest, says Col. Fishwick in his Hist. of Goosnargh, Nicholas Helm, was vicar of Kirkham in 1594, Dom Hugh Bede Helme alias Tapin, O.S.B., a native of Lancashire, whom Abbot Snow in his Benedictine Necrology confuses with Thomas Tunstall, alias Helmes, the martyr, in 1600 was admitted into the English College at Valladolid (Spain), which he left to join the Benedictines in 1603, and died in Durham in 1629; Dom Gregory Helme, O.S.B., died in 1696; Dom. Richard Helme or Holmes O.S.B. died at Sefton in 1717; and Dom. Thomas Wilfrid Helme O.S.B. of the CHURCH HOUSE family, professed in 1699, died in 1742. There were several Franciscans of the family - Fr Thomas Willibrord Helme or Holmes was serving in the neighborhood of Goosnargh, probably at White Hill, in 1728 and died in 1772 or 1773; Fr Germans Helme or Holmes succeeded to White Hill in 1738 and from thence served Lee House till 1745, when he was thrown into Lancaster Castle, where he died a confessor of the faith in 1746; and Edward Helme or Holme, a novice at Douay in 1757 was assistant chaplain to the English nuns at Acre in Artois, subsequently came to the mission, and finally conformed, and as a reward, for his apostasy received a living in Essex, but died the day he preached his first sermon,about 1773. And lastly may be named a direct descendant of the lady of the test, the Rev. Edward Helme or Holmes, son of Thomas Helme of Lea, tanner, a Catholic non-juror in 1717, and his wife Elizabeth Barton, born in January 1725, who after studying at Fernyhalgh and the Rev. Simon George Borley's school at Salwick Hall, was admitted to Douay College, Sept 25, 1737, ordained priest Sept 21, 1748, after teaching syntax, poetry and philosophy, came to the mission in 1753 and was appointed to Manchester, which he served till his death Oct 16, 1773. His brother's daughter became the wife of John Turner, an attorney in Preston and was mother of the Rt. Rev. William Turner, first Bishop of Salford, born 1799, died 1872, whose brother, John succeeded to the small estate of the Helmes in Lea, which is now held by his son and namesake."

John Medford wrote that the Catholics had been concentrated at Speighstown, Barbados, where one Thomas Helme had property. There was some disturbance relative to the Catholics, but no details are available.

Susan has found the following baptisms for possible Thomas Helmes born in Gillingham, Dorsetshire:
1644 Thomas Helme son of Robert Helme
1675 Thomas Helme son of Thomas Helme

"8 July 1705 Mr Thomas Helme of Gillingham, co Dorset England, gent, only brother and heir at law of Robert Helme late of Nevis. Letter of attorney to Mr Philip Brome (Christiana Helme's husband) of Nevis, gent and Mr. Robert Helme of Nevis, merchant to recover all sums owing at the Leeward Islands."

"Robert Helme was a merchant in Nevis in 1676, and was aged 30 in 1680, and agent for the Royal African Company till 1685. Mr Thomas Helme of Gillingham was described in 1705 as only brother and heir-at-law of Robert Helme. Major William Helme of Antigua 1691 apparently was the brother of Thomas and Robert Helme and died about 1703 leaving a daughter, an heiress, Mary, who in 1708 married JOHN PINNEY of Nevis etc."

Pinney's Beach is in the midway of the West side of Nevis, close to the Alexander Hamilton Museum.

The faith of the Dorset Helmes is not certain.

Sarah Helmes, 1690, will, perhaps the Sarah who is also listed in Barbados,,as married to Maj. Thomas Helme. He predeceased her and their son, Col. Thomas predeceased her. His rank of Col. was in the militia and may have been posthumously awarded. That family's data is recorded in the C of E records on Barbados.

Elizabeth Helme, 1792, will

Philip Brome, 1708, will, . He was the second husband of Christiana Helme. There may be a connection of Philip, through the Broome's of Maryland and Delaware, with marriage with the North Carolina Helms.

A pedigree of the Butlers of Nevis has been found by Susan Grimshaw. One of the Daughters of the Maj. Thomas and Sarah Helme of Barbados was married to a Butler. That pedigree requires further study.

St. Kits (St. Christopher):

John Porter, 1687, will. His relation to the Helmes is uncertain. The Porter Helme connection was through Judith Porter. "Will of Judith Porter, made 22 November 1665 proved 1668 (PCC) my husband Capt. Wm Porter my estate until my son, William Pinney, is 21. Will mentions Capt. Thomas Helme. etc" Besides those entries, there were Helmes related items found on other Caribbean Islands, as follows:

Monserratt:

John Elmes, 1654, debt for Tobacco 100.

Barbados:

Sarah Baxter, 1771, will. She was a relative of the Gillingham Helmes, which is thought to have been a "root" Helmes family in the Caribbean. Whether Helmes from other English sources are involved is not known. The Helme and Elme spellings seem to have been interchangeable, in England.

This data is from "Caribbeana" Vol II. These volumes are still being studied. (There are a number of such volumes.)

The above data indicates a need for more interest in the other islands, possibly including Jamaica.

More information on this will be placed in this page, as it is developed.


 

new.gifSection B: WILLS PROBATED AT THE LONDON AND YORK, PROROGATIVE COURTS

Above a certain estate value the English wills were probated at two courts. Those South of the river Trent were probated at London, and those North of that river were probated at York. So, these wills will have been for the more prominent people. if a person had possessions in several places they were probated at London and so were the military wills.

In our English studies we obtained and transcribed the wills we found in those records for persons with HELME. ELME, or similar spellings.

Unfortunately, these original records are restricted against publication, so we are not permitted to pass them along to others.

However, since we do have a number of such wills, we can serve as a place for inquiries about those which we studied. To facilitate such work, we have extracted the pertinent information and made tables for each Prerogative court. If a reader wishes to see the actual documents, the authorities will download them for modest fees. In this study, we have only worked on the HELMES and similar wills. The more complete listings of available wills can be obtained from the English authorities.

To view a compilation of the revel ant will information for the London wills click here. To view a compilation of the relevant will information for the York wills click here.


 

TO PART SIX - PERSONS INVOLVED WITH GROUP


Rev 6, Jul 2006 Scotland
Rev 7, Oct 2006 added will table