Humphrys genealogy

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Stanger of Northamptonshire and Rutland

Pronounced "Stanger" as in "anger".

William Stanger, the Baptist, and Humphrey Stanger of Barrowden

Our family descends from Humphrey Stanger of Barrowden (died 1710).
We show here the theory that William Stanger, the Baptist, is his father.
This comes from here in the Stanger tree by Howard Smith.
A proof of this link is claimed but no details are given.

Note that Humphrey and his family are not mentioned in his claimed father's will.
But that could be explained by the fact that Humphrey had died in 1710, before the will of 1716.
This needs more work.

Humphrey Stanger,
of Harringworth, Northamptonshire.
See entry in tree by Howard Smith.
He mar Mary Marlege [of Breadsall, Derbyshire].
They had issue:

Thomas Stanger,
of Harringworth, Northamptonshire.
He had issue:

  1. William Stanger,
    William Thomas Stanger,
    born 11 Aug 1632 in Harringworth, Northamptonshire.
    He mar Isabel Penoff [Isobel Sarah Penoff, spelt "Isabel" and "Isabell" in husband's will].
    He farmed at Harringworth, on the Northamptonshire side of the River Welland, on the county border with Rutland.
    He was a Baptist Minister. He was persecuted for his beliefs. See biography.
    The main period of persecution of Baptists and other Nonconformists was from the Clarendon Code 1661 until the Toleration Act 1688.
    He was imprisoned for some time in Northampton Jail. He sometimes escaped the law by crossing the county border into Rutland.
    Persecution of Baptists eased somewhat after 1688.

    Described as of North Luffenham, Rutland, in will and burial 1716.
    See his will dated 17 Feb 1716.
    Issue with dating: The burial register seems to say he was buried 21 Feb 1716 [new style year]. So presumably his will is 17 Feb 1716 [new style year]. But then would not the transcript say "1715"?
    Assuming the will is that date, then he died within days, 17-21 Feb 1716, in North Luffenham, Rutland, age 83 yrs.
    In his will he asks to be buried "amongst and with my ancestors and relations in Harringworth grave yard".
    He was buried 21 Feb 1716 [new style year] in Harringworth.
    Isabel is listed as of North Luffenham at burial.
    She was buried 27 Jan 1721 [new style year] in Harringworth.
    They (apparently) had issue:

    1. Humphrey Stanger,
      or Humphry,
      would be born c.1654,
      probably born in Harringworth, Northamptonshire.
      Lived in Barrowden, Rutland.
      He died 1710.


Burial of William Stanger, 21 Feb 1716 in Harringworth.
It notes he is an "Anabaptist".
The wider 2 pages seem to show this is 1716 new style year.
This is 21 with superscript "o" which is the old way of doing "21st". This has been mis-read as 20 Feb.
From here.

Burial of Isabel Penoff, 27 Jan 1721 in Harringworth.
It notes she is an "Anabaptist".
From here.
The Bishop's Transcripts make clear it is 1721 new style year. See entry from here.

William Stanger mentioned in the persecution of the Baptists of Northamptonshire in the reign of Charles II and James II (1660 to 1688).
From p.128 of The history of the English Baptists, by Thomas Crosby, vol.3, 1740.

The persecution of the Baptists of Northamptonshire in the reign of Charles II and James II (1660 to 1688).
From p.514 of A history of the English Baptists, by Joseph Ivimey, vol.2, 1814.
See preview of this section on pp.510-511.

Border of Rutland (blue-green) and Northamptonshire (pink).
Shows Harringworth, Northamptonshire, and across the county border, North Luffenham, Rutland.
From here.

Harringworth, Northamptonshire.
Showing the River Welland to the N side.
From old map. Surveyed: 1884 to 1885. Published: 1885.
See modern satellite view.



Sources yet to be consulted


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