Needham's of Duffield
.The story of the Needham's in Duffield starts with Thomas Needham who was born around 1600 and was the eldest son and heir of Henry Needham of Bonsall - see Needham's of Bonsall. When Henry died in 1614 he left an estate with oxgang of land. Thomas was a yeoman, a copyholder (1620) and by 1633 was a freeholder and co-Lord of the manor of Bonsall. He married Mary and they had four boys. The youngest to these was James who was born before 1635 and moved from the Cross Bonsall to Duffield in 1650 to join his brother John. Although John returned to Bonsall in 1664 after his mother's death and died there James settled in Duffield; thus, started the Needham dynasty in Duffield.
James married Jane Malkin and they settled in Holbrook Moor having 5 children. One of their sons John died young, the second eldest James appears to have died without issue, they had two daughters Elizabeth and Anne which meant that John's eldest son and heir was Samuel. James died in 1702 aged 52 at Holbrook Moor. Samuel lived all his in Duffield. He married a local girl Martha Maddock and they had two girls and two boys. The younger boy, Samuel, died aged 30 without issue while James, the elder boy, was named after his grandfather, and was Samuel's son and heir when he died in 1728.
James continued the Needham dynasty in Duffield. He and his wife Elizabeth had three boys although only the eldest, John, married and had children. When James died in 1783, his heir, John had by then had 11 children, although only three were males. Of these three, I can find only William, the eldest boy who born in 1763, getting married and having children. But he made up for his brothers ‘ineffectiveness' by having 12 children of whom 7 were boys. At least two of the brothers married and had children continuing the line into the 19th century
The Needham 'dynasty' in Duffield did not last long. By 1841 census returns show that there were 48 Needham's living in Duffield. But by 1851 this had reduced to 17 residents and by the turn of the century there were no Needham's resident in Duffield. But that's another story that will require some explanation. If anyone can help please get in touch with the administrator
Details of the families can be found on the Duffield family page. The Duffield Family tree can be viewed separately but it has also been included in the Needham Derbyshire Base tree. If you help with the ancestry of these Needham's please contact the administrator.