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PIDGEONs of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

The first appearance of any Pidgeons at Winchcombe was the marriage of John Pigeon and Elizabeth Hands in 1663. We can only guess at where John came from. He was probably born around 1640, so could possibly have been the son of William and Eleanor Pigeon, baptised at Bretforton, near Badsey in 1634. Winchcombe is about 10 miles south of Bretforton. See the PIDGEONs of Badsey family tree.

Their daughter Elizabeth was baptised at nearby Didbrook (perhaps where Elizabeth, herself, came from), but no other baptisms of their children can be found, probably because the records have been lost. They must have had a son John, who married Joan and produced at least six children. Both father and son ere described as carpenters, and the Pidgeons lived at Greet, about a mile north of Winchcombe.

Sense can be made of most of the surviving records of Winchcombe, except for the burial of Richard in 1785, followed by the marriage of another Richard in 1806. Who were they? Were they father and son? The deceased was “of Greet”, so most likely of the family, but who was his father, and his wife? The younger Richard and his wife Martha had a son John, who can be traced later in the civil records – see the PIDGEONs of Stanway.

About 1799, one of these Pidgeons, Samuel was born at at Wellington, Shropshire. It is believed that he was born when his parents (possibly another Samuel and his wife) travelled up the River Severn to Shropshire, before returning to Winchcombe, where the son married Mary Phillips in 1825. Samuel and Mary produced a large family of 12 children, but moved to Birmingham around 1835 – see the PIDGEONs of Birmingham (Samuel).

Notes:
   ab. = about,  b. = born,  bp. = baptised,  bu. = buried,  d. = died,  m. = married,
John PIGEON (bp. – bu.23/6/1697, Winchcombe) Carpenter of Greet, near Winchcombe
   m.(30/5/1663, Winchcombe) Elizabeth HANDS (bp. – bu. ? 22/9/1706, Winchcombe)
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    |– Elizabeth PIDGEN (bp.25/5/1665, Didbrook cum Hailes – bu.)
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    |-? John PIDGEON (bp. – bu.25/6/1749, Winchcombe) Carpenter of Greet  (near Winchcombe)
           m.() Joan ? (bp. – bu.25/12/1708, Winchcombe)
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            |– ElizabethPIDGEON (bp.28/10/1696, Winchcombe – bu. ? 26/12/1703, Winchcombe)
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            |– Joan PIDGEON (bp.11/9/1698, Winchcombe – bu.)
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            |– John PIDGEON (bp.21/3/1700/1, Winchcombe – bu.28/5/1701, Winchcombe)
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            |– John PIDGEON (bp.24/4/1702, Winchcombe – bu.22/9/1709, Winchcombe)
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            |– William PIDGEON (bp.21/1/1703/4, Winchcombe – bu.31/5/1708, Winchcombe)
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           └  Edward PIDGEON (bp.22/12/1706, Winchcombe – bu.6/3/1785, Winchcombe)
                  m.(18/5/1727, Coberley) Ann POWELL (bp. – bu.11/8/1785, Winchcombe)
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                   |– Samuel PIGEON (bp.28/12/1727, Winchcombe – bu.20/11/1804, Winchcombe)
                   |      m.(18/6/1761, Winchcombe) Anna CLARKE (bp. – bu.21/10/1781, Winchcombe)
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                   |       |– John PIGEON (bp.27/6/1762, Winchcombe – bu.31/5/.1844, 81y, Forthampton) Ag Lab
                   |       |      m.() Margaret ? (b.ab.1773 – bu.2/12/1834, 71y, Forthampton)
                   |       |       |    1841:  at Forthampton –John
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                   |       |       |– Hannah PIGEON (bp.16/7/1797, Forthampton – d.)
                   |       |       |      m.(13/12/1824, Forthampton) William SUTTON (b. – d.)
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                   |       |       |– William PIGEON (bp.15/6/1800, Forthampton – bu.15/7/1800, Forthampton)
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                   |       |       |– Samuel PIGEON (b? & bu.11/4/1802, Forthampton)
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                   |       |      └  Mary PIGEON (bp.20/1/1805, Forthampton – bu.15/4/1810, 5y, Forthampton)
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                   |       |– Mary PIGEON (bp.2/11/1766, Winchcombe – bu.27/2/1780, Winchcombe)
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                   |       |– Samuel PIGEON (bp.8/3/1772, Winchcombe – bu.15/7/1772, Winchcombe)
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                   |      └  Samuel PIGEON (bp.26/9/1773, Winchcombe – d.8/12/1849, 76y, Winchcombe)
                   |              m.()Ann ? (b.ab.1768 – bu.24/11/1845, 77y, Winchcombe)
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                   |              ? Samuel PIDGEON (b.ab.1799, Wellington, Salop – d.1862, 63y, K Norton) Brickmaker
                   |                      m.(29/9/1825, Winchcombe) Mary PHILLIPS (b.1806, Winchcombe – d.1859, 53y,
                   |                       |                                                                                                              Kings Norton)
                   |                       |– Sarah PIDGEON (bp.29 Oct 1826, Winchcombe – d.1873, 43y, Birkenhead)
                   |                       |– Matilda PIDGEON (bp.22 Jun 1828, Winchcombe – d.1899, 70y, Liverpool)
                   |                       |– James PIDGEON (bp.20/6/1830, Winchcombe – d.1892, 61y, Kings Norton)
                   |                       |– Enos PIDGEON (bp.19/8/ 1832, Winchcombe – d.3/9/1905, 73y, Australia)
                   |                       |– Amelia PIDGEON (bp.13/7/1834, Winchcombe – d.1902, 69y, West Bromwich)
                   |                       |           about 1836, the family moved to Kings Norton, Birmingham
                   |                      └   →   see the  PIDGEONs of Birmingham (Samuel) family tree (below)
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                   |– John PIGEON (bp.9/8/1729, Winchcombe – bu.8/6/1731, Winchcombe)
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                   |– Ann PIGEON (bp.9/5/1732, Winchcombe – bu.25/4/1808, Winchcombe)
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                   |– William PIGEON (bp.31/10/1734, Winchcombe – bu.10/10/1784, Overbury, Worcs)
                   |      m.(10/11/1764, Overbury, Worcs) Hannah HALFORD (b. – bu.7/2/1822, Overbury)
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                   |      └ Sarah PIDGEON (bp.23/5/1765, Overbury – d.)
                   |              m.(7/2/1784, Overbury) Thomas PORTER (b. – d.)
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                   |– Sarah PIGEON (bp.18/12/1736, Winchcombe – d.)
                   |      m.(15/10/1773, Winchcombe) John PHILLIPS (b. – d.)
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                   |– Mary PIGEON (bp.20/3/1739/40, Winchcombe – bu.27/12/1754, Winchcombe)
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                   |– Elizabeth PIGEON (bp.22/8/1742, Winchcombe – bu.7/7/1814, 72y, Winchcombe)
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                   |– Diana PIGEON (bp.20/12/1744, Winchcombe – bu.)
                   |      m.(22/3/1768, Winchcombe) Thomas PEARSON (bp. – bu.)
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                   |       |– Elizabeth Pigeon PEARSON (bp.19/12/1779, Winchcombe – bu.)
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                   |– Edmund PIGEON (bp.29/9/1747, Winchcombe – bu.25/5/1825, 81y, Leonard Stanley)
                   |      m.(10/4/1771, Stonehouse) Anne WILLIAMS (b.ab.1745 – bu,26/4/1821, 75y, Leonard Stanley)
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                   |       |–Edmund PIDGEON (bp.2/6/1771, Leonard Stanley – bu,11/8/1773, Leonard Stanley)
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                   |       |– Dianah PIDGEON (bp.18/7/1773, Leonard Stanley – bu,18/11/1792, Leonard Stanley)
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                   |       |– Edmund PIDGEON (bp.19/5/1775, Leonard Stanley – d?1843, 69y, Whitechapel, London)
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                   |       |– Maria PIDGEON (bp.26/10/1777, Leonard Stanley – bu,)
                   |       |      m.(7/9/1806, Leonard Stanley) Thomas ROBERTS (bp – bu.)
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                   |      └? Elizabeth PIDGEON (bp. – bu,18/5/1802, Leonard Stanley)
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                   |        Who were these two Richard Pidgeons below?  One died 1785, the other married 1806.
                   |        The relationships shown by ? are assumed.  It seems likely that one was the son of the other,
                   |        but was Richard senior the son of Edwatd (as shown), or his brother?  Either is possible.
                   |        No baptism record of either Richard can be found.
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                  └? Richard PIGEON (bp. – bu.23/12/1785, Winchcombe) “of Greet” when buried
                          m.() ? ?
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                           |-? Richard PIGEON (b.ab.1778 – bu.20/9/1840, 62y, Stanway)
                                  m.(6/11/1806, Winchcombe) Martha TOWNSEND (b.ab.1782 – bu.21/12/1825, 70y, Stanway)
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                                   |–John PIGEON (bp.7/10/1807, Winchcombe – bu.18/12/1878, 71y, Stanway) farm lab.
                                   |–William PIGEON (bp.24/4/1814, Winchcombe – d.ab.1860) soldier
                                   |–Edwin PIGEON (bp.1/3/1818, Stanway – d.1894, 71y, Winchcombe) lodge keeper, porter
                                  └    →   see the  PIGEONs of Stanway
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