Needham's of Worksop
The earliest reference I can find of Needham's in Worksop relates to the family of Edward Nedham who was a gentleman of Worksop. He appears first in the will of Henry Nedham the son of Otwell Needham and his wife Elizabeth Cadman. When Otwell married Elizabeth, he inherited Cowley in Derbyshire. Henry was probably born here but lived at Kirklington in Nottinghamshire. In his will dated 25 Aug. 1576 he refers to Edward; there is some indication that Edward was his son. Edward married Isabella who died in 1603 in Worksop. Later in that year he married Rosamunde Frevtchville. He had three children Elizabeth, Dorothy and Richard. Richard died in 1610 and the two sisters married, Elizabeth to George Mason and Dorothy to John Nowell; see Worksop 5 tree. Edward must have been a citizen of standing as he was a church warden in Worksop in 1591/2 and died in Feb 1628; he was buried in Worksop. But he was not baptised in Worksop and neither was he married to Isabel in Worksop. The question is where and when was Edward born
At the end of the 16th century two other Needham's started families. Robert Nedham and his wife Helen had 11 children, nine of whom were baptised in Worksop between 1585 and 1603. There are two more children, Marie and Robert who were probably born elsewhere and moved to Worksop with their parents. Two of the males, John and Robert had families in Worksop (for details look at the Worksop 4 tree). Other males may have had children but not in Worksop. This will be followed up. Helen died in 1611 and Robert in 1627.
The second family that had children in the 16 th century was that of George Nedham and his wife Elizabeth Watson. Like Robert, there is no record of George being born in Worksop and it is probable that George and Robert were brothers. Whether they are related to Edward is a moot point. Edward was a gentleman, Robert died without a will (at least I haven't fund one yet) which probably means he was at the opposite end of the social scale to Edward and in George's will he is described as a labourer. George had seven children, two of whom were boys, George and Thomas, who went on to have children in Worksop; see the Worksop 3 tree.
Three Needam's paid hearth tax in 1670 in Worksop: George and Thomas the sons of George and John the son of Robert
The Needham 'dynasty' in Worksop did not last long. By 1841 census returns show that there were no Needham's living in Worksop. But by 1851 this had grown to 2 residents neither of whom were born in Worksop. By the turn of the century there were 10 Needham's resident in Worksop but only 4 were born there. But that's another story that will require some explanation. If anyone can help please get in touch with the administrator