don't yet know where the first known Oxfordshire Brogden, George, came
from but he founded a dynasty of Brogdens whose descendents are still
in Oxfordshire today. He married Elizabeth Brown in the Oxfordshire village
of Bampton in 1709, and his children were all born in Stanton Harcourt,
6 miles away.
Stanton Harcourt as the centre for distances as the crow flies on the
map, George as generation 1 and an approximate count of Brogdens and their
children (but not their wives), we find that most migration was within
very few miles. There were some very adventurous moves, including to New
Zealand, Australia and the United States of America as well as relatively
less adventurous migrations to Lancashire and to London but the majority
of Brogdens moved no more than a very few miles in several generations.
This is typical, as Kate Tiller reports:
people operated in a circuit of five to ten miles, encompassing their
own and adjoining settlements and often the nearest market town. For
labouring people this was the area in which they normally found marriage
partners, work and housing." (English Local History; Sutton Publishing;
- The first
three generations of Oxfordshire Brogdens, 12 in all, lived in Stanton
Harcourt from about 1709 to the 1830s. No Brogdens are recorded
in Stanton Harcourt after 1835.
- 59 members
of generations 4, 5 and 6 lived 2 miles away in South Leigh for
100 years from about 1780 and it was from here that branches of the
family moved to Wallingford and Crowmarsh Gifford in Berkshire
(as it then was) (16 miles from Stanton Harcourt), *Lancashire, London,
New Zealand and Australia (and from Australia, on to the USA).
Some moved from South Leigh to Cogges (2.5 miles ) and Cumnor
(3.5 miles). No Brogdens are recorded as living in South Leigh after
1880 although one returned to be buried there in 1923.
- From Cogges,
some Brogdens moved to Oxford (6.5 miles from Stanton Harcourt):
11 members of generations 7, 8 and 9.
- The Cumnor
Brogdens thrived from the early 1800s to the present day - 6 generations
from generation 5 to the present 10th generation; 109 in total over
the 200 years.
- From Cumnor,
some Brogdens moved to Appleton (5 miles); Aston and
Cote (4 miles); Brize Norton (6.5 miles); Botley/Hinksey
(4.5 miles); Upton (13.5 miles) (near Didcot, then Berkshire)
and Didcot (12 miles).
who moved from Oxfordshire to Lancashire may have been surprised to find
themselves in a county already populated with a large number of not-directly-related
Brogdens who had been part of a pattern of migrations west and south from
Yorkshire which had been taking place for many generations.