28 Jan 2020: The start of drilling down into the origins of Needhams' in Leicestershire commences with the earliest Parish records and 17th century Visitation pedigrees. I'll guarantee things alter as more info/data is unearthed
21 Jan 2020: For sometime I've been looking at the Needham's of Leicestershire. It's a big task. So I've decided to drip the data onto the site and put partly developed trees on too in the hope that others can comment and feedback to the administrator so that time can be saved. First a number parishes have recorded baptism, burial and marriages of Needham's but the data for each parish is small so I've aggregated the records. To the east of Leicester this data is in Leicester East. The most developed tree, Leicester 4 is based on the published 17th century visitation
05 Nov 2019 After a great deal of effort all the parish record data for Rotherham has been updated, the trees have been re-worked and an origins section written. I've tried very hard to come with a logical view on who was in each family but I've undoubtedly got it wrong because of the information recorded (or lack of it) and the high incidence of parents using a small number of christian names. However, It would appear that most Needham's in Rotherham descend from Hugh Needham born around 1618 - see origins & Rotherham Tree 5 - and that the two biggest cutlery firms in Sheffield run by Needham's ie Needham Brothers & Needham Veall & Tyzack are descended from a single family whose origins are in Rotherham - see origins & Rotherham Tree 9.
21 Sep 2019 A page has been added summarising those Needham's who were Cutlers. This must be seen as work in progress. The first data is from The Cutlers Company and from published Directories eg Kelly's. It would appear that there are three companies involving Needham's who were the major producers : William Needham, Needham Bros, Needham, Veall and Tyzack. Further work is in progress to expand this page.
07 Aug 2019 Proof that at least one Needham knows where High Needham is
Webmaster at High Needham
07 Aug 2019 I'm still here and working on the Rotherham Needham's. The Rotherham Baptism file has been updated and a lot more info is available, including occupations, abodes and mothers. A major revamp of the trees has thus taken place but this has been a slow process as I've run into a problem with Ancestry probably as the result of having too many trees on the system. In addition I've also been walking in Derbyshire and included a picture of Needham Cotton Mill at Spittle Bridge on the outskirts of Castleton. This is in the Origins of Needham's in Castleton page
20 May 2019: I was looking for some information and noticed that the burial data for Rotherham on FMP had changed. So I checked and found more info about many of the Needham burial records. One problem with Rotherham Needham's is that certain christian names are very popular which makes linking individuals to families is difficult. As a consequence of this new data a number of trees are in he process of being upgraded and will be online soon
19 May 2019: I've been fortunate. I found reference to a Needham family bible. After contacting the owner of the tree, Anne Wilson Dooley, she subsequently overwhelmed me with information including pictures of notes written by her great grandmother, Sarah Margaret Harding Loud and Sarah's daughter Edith Margaret Lound in 1910 when they were on a trip to England. They are thought to have been taken from the bible of a Needham family from Kingsley, Staffordshire. The entries detail births, deaths and marriages starting with the family of John and Martha Needham who were married in1689 in Kingsley. They go right through to the end of the 19th century. You can read about the origins of this family and look at the detail in the Kingsley tree. It's an interesting family and I'm grateful that Anne has kindly provided me with the notes and given me permission to use them.
12 Feb 2019; the last ( I hope) of the current batch of Staffordshire trees and Parish Records features BBM records and a couple of Trees for Quarnford. However, the trees are not titled Quarnford because the majority of data comes from either the Derbyshire Parishes of Chapel en le Frith or Hartington after which they are named
05 Feb 2019: A red letter day. All the Staffordshire trees have been updated and an Origins page has been written for the Needham's in Staffordshire. Of course there are issues. Please point them out.
05 Jan 2019: After another slog the work on the Needham's in Staffordshire moves on with the publication of BBM records for the Parishes of Alton, Kingsley, Leek, and Rocester. Trees for the majority of people born in these parishes have been completed. There is the will page to update and an origins page to write. These will be done shortly. Stay awake if you can!
26 Nov 2018; The Staffordshire Wills have been updated to include transcriptions of a number of Needham wills from parishes in the south of the county centre on Rocester and Alton. Additionally with help from Charles Kelham three early Derbyshire wills have been transcribed and the early wills page updated
11 Nov 2018: Two more visits have been made to Rylands Library and the TAN collection. A start has been made to disseminate the info collected. Several additional memorial inscriptions from Longnor are in the collection which date from around 1933. These have been added to the data already available and is included in the Gravestone page for Longnor
11 Oct 2018 I've not been idle over the past few weeks. Things have taken longer than I thought. Over the past 6 week i've finished looking at the Uttoxeter Needham's so I've published the baptism, burial and marriage data and the trees I've built
24 Aug 2018 Les Needham contacted me about an error in the Barlow tree which will soon be sorted. He also sent photographs and transcriptions of the Needham gravestones in St Lawrence Church in Barlow. Thanks to Les these are now available for us all to use by following the link.
02 Aug 2018 The graphics in the population page have been upgraded - at last someone shouted; the delay came while I learnt how to make the improvements that are now there to see. Secondly analysis of the parish and census info has revealed the once popular parishes in NE Staffs show a marked drop in the residency of Needham's during the 19th century
30 July 2018 After many holidays and disruptions I've at last got to a point where I can publish a tree covering the parishes of Alstonefield, Longnor and Sheen. It's certainly been a challenge that would not have been feasible without the help of Dawn Scotting - see earlier news items. I'm sure there may be points of debate and possibly errors because the records are not complete. I hope you enjoy looking at the tree and understanding the complexity and intrigue
24 June 2018 The Needham's of NE Staffs have proved a challenge. Dawn Scotting has helped a great deal and with out her this section would not be as comprehensive. But they are an interesting lot who live in a nice part of the countrty.Yes there are pictures and maps to prove it. i've tried to summarise where they all came from and lived. You'll have to wait for the family tree for a week as I'm away from my PC.
19 May 2018 The last of the current Staffordshire data has now been added. You can now access gravestone/memorial data for the parishes of Alstonefield, Longnor and Sheen.
15 May 2018 Well I promised more data and here it is. I've been busy transcribing Staffordshire wills. Again it's for the parishes of Alstonefield, Longnor and Sheen. I need to thank Dawn again for her help. Gravestone info. by the weekend
13 May 2018 For the past few months I've been working on the Needham's of Staffordshire. What a lot they are. All will be revealed as we go forward. First I must thank Dawn Scotting. She started me looking at Staffordshire Needham's and has had a major input into the data and its interpretation. She runs the Winster One Place Study and she beats me hands down with her thoroughness and questioning of data to get to the facts. Today the baptism, burial and marriage data is released for the Staffordshire parishes of Alstonefield, Longnor and Sheen. Gravestone information and Will data will be released next
16 April 2018 After a holiday in New Zealand and a focus on Staffordshire Needham's which will shortly be on line, work has been done on population studies. Population statistics for England are compared to those of the Needham's and highlight the Needham's have a higher male/female ratio, lower male child deaths and rural Needham's live longer than those in the city
02 Jan 2018 After a major review of available documents the 13th century, 14th century &15th century (split Derbyshire &others) records have been updated and a summary is available on where and when the Needham's moved from where they originated in Medieval England
26 Nov 2017 Burke has the Needham line recorded back to the 12th century but the earliest record found to date of a Needham is in the Hundred Rolls of 1275. A number of other records around this date have been found and they implications are summarised in a section on the early Needham's
24 Nov 2017 A summary of Needham's found in the Catalogue of Ancient Deeds is now available
22 Nov 2017 The review of records in the Archives continues. An update of new records is available. When the review is complete the data will be integrated into he current web pages
17 Nov 2017 A major review of medieval records has been started. Six Needham's have been found in the Hundred Rolls (more on this later ) and a number of these have been found in the Calendar of Close Rolls. A summary of Needham's in the Close Rolls is now available
30 Oct 2017 BBM data for a number of parishes in Shropshire has been consolidated into data for the county because there are a small number of entries in a large number of parishes
12 Oct 2017 Origins page updated following correspondence from George Moore. Alternative theories on the derivation of the place name included
05 Oct 2017 Third Upgrade: thanks to John Stead, who has provided much of the new data, the Chesterfield BBM & Family data & Trees have been updated. Despite extensive early records it has proven difficult to link families. This will be explored further when the origins of the Needham's in Chesterfield is examined
02 Oct 2017 Derbyshire records: A very limited amount of data has been entered from: Papist returns, Marriage Bonds & Trade Directory's for Derbyshire - at last you say. All the data was supplied by John Stead. The delay was caused because I was working on the Howard family tree. Very interesting as the 9th great grandfather was the 22nd Earl of Arundel!
19 Sept 2017 Second upgrade. The Ashover BBM and family data has been updated with new data; the associated Tree is currently being modified. Subsequently on the 23th Sept the Tree for Ashover was updated
9 Sept 2017 First of the upgrades. The Greenhill/Norton BBM and family data has been updated with new data plus the associated trees have been modified. This is thanks to John Stead who has provided much of the new data
5 Sept 2017 Holidays and other projects have caused a hick up in the Needham work. But we are now back working again. First in line is work I've done with Joan Walker and Aaron Stanway on the Needham's of Findern, Derbyshire. Much has come from Joan and Aaron who have done the bulk of the work. The BBM, tree, gravestones and family data have been added.
25 Jun 2017 After a lot of work the Castleton Tree suite has been updated including new data from wills. This has only complicated matters as new people have been identified that are not in the parish register ( these are wills earlier than available PR data). The Castleton origins page has also been updated
10 May 2017 After a long hall the ultimate Needham will data base for those Needham's from Derbyshire is now available
6 Apr 2017 The Oldham BBM data has been updated, but there is still a lot to do. But I'm going to take a rest from the Oldham Needham's to clear my head. There are three trees which I will put on the site once I can sync FTM with Ancestry
16 Mar 2017 the outcome of a major exercise is starting. Oldham in Lancashire has a very large population of Needham's. To date I've found nearly 1000. The problem is the vast majority have the same christian name ie John or James or Mary or Sarah etc. Drawing up trees and family relationships is a challenge; so I thought I'd put the base Oldham BBM data on line before I'm ready with the trees. Please contact me if you've worked on the Oldham Needham's I could do with some help
27 Jan 2017 Maps have been introduced showing where the Needhams' lived and when they were first recorded living there. The first maps have been published for the overall family line as well as those for the Derbyshire Needhams' and Nottinghamshire
14 Jan 2017 A start has been made drawing up timelines for each of the family lines plus a summary based on all the information currently available. Each timeline includes the major events plus the places the Needham's lived at. You can access the timelines for Castleton, the Kilmorey's, Thornsett & Cowley and a summary for all Needham's based on what is currently available. All are available through the Timeline page
28 Dec 2016 Well with my new Xmas presents I can now plot distribution maps. Interestingly the distribution of Needham's baptised between 1600 and 1630 has thrown in some interesting variants. London has by far the highest number of births followed by Derbyshire. Looking at a parish level then Hartington, the parish where the Needham's originated, has the highest baptism rate. A detailed look a the distributions of needham's has shown that Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire have high incidents of Needham's and I shall be attacking these counties next
22 Dec 2016 If you're sad enough you can follow my daily workings on the Needham ONS blog!
21 Dec 2016 The Derbyshire summaries of baptisms, marriages and burials has been updated, duplicates removed so it is now more user friendly
19 Dec 2016 There has been an issue with the media file on the Bakewell Tree. This has now been fixed and users should now be able to access all the media files
7 Dec 2016 Baptism, burial & marriage data has been added to complement the family data and family tree already available for the Norton Parish in Derbyshire
5 Dec 2016 Baptism, burial & marriage data plus the associated family page and a family tree have been added for Harthill. I have to thank John Stead for providing transcriptions of the Harthill parish register
4 Dec 2016 Family data for Brampton and North Cheshire have been added together with the associated family trees for Brampton and North Cheshire . I must thank Liz Newbery for providing the structure and much of the information in the Brampton Tree
30 Nov 2016 A start is made on providing baptism, burial and marriage data for Cheshire. Information for Poynton is the first parish available and in the next few days data for Prestbury and Pott Shrigley will be loaded together with associated trees. I must thank Sue McNulty for providing transcriptions for these parishes and critiquing the trees
29 Nov The Hearth Tax data for Derbyshire has been expanded and updated and new data has been added for West Yorkshire. There are now 51 Needhams paying the tax in Derbyshire, 15 in Nottinghamshire and only 6 in South and West Yorkshire
28 Nov The Needham baptism, burial and marriage data for Rotherham has been updated. Previously the baptism data stopped at 1721 because the parish records were impossible to read. Bishop Transcripts allow the records to go back to the mid 16th century. Additionally, moore parental data has been found for a number of burial records.
7 Aug The Needham family tree for Barlow parish is now on line. It contains most of the people baptised in Barlow. They must have been real home birds
30th July Family data for Needham's in the parishes of Norton and Barlow have been added together with a case study of the origins of the administrators paternal grandparents and the places they lived in Sheffield
12th July The origins of the Needham ancestral line in Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and that developed into the Viscount of Kilmorey and to the Earl of Kilmorey is described
1st July A major upgrade of trees has been completed. New trees have been added for Chesterfield , Dronfield , Duffield , Eckington , Great Longstone , Greenhill , Hartington , Knyalton, Norton, and Youlgreave in Derbyshire and : Ecclesfield , Greenhill, Penistone , Rotherham , and Wickersley in South Yorkshire. In addition there have been significant upgrades to the Castleton, Tideswell, Wormhill, Peak Forest, Derbyshire Base, and Sheffield NGN family trees. If you have an issue with any of these trees please contact Nigel Needham, the administrator
26th June Details on how and when the Needham's arrived in Sheffield, explaining where they came from and what they did
21st June; Baptism, Burial and Marriage parish records have been added for Braithwell, Ecclesfield, Doncaster, Penistone and parishes in South Yorkshire where there are a small number of Needham's in the records. All the records currently held for parishes in South Yorkshire have now been added to the site. If you have other records in South Yorkshire please get in touch with the administrator
9th June; A site search facility can now be used and is accessed on the home page. You can separately search the trees database using the Webtree software
8th June: Well that was a saga. I ran into a problem after trying to upgrade the site functionality. This failed so after uninstalling the 'add on' to the site that was not working properly, I found that the site was not working properly; so I have had to restore an earlier copy that I had on backup. It's taken a long time but happily all is now working well and later today I'll upgrade the site with some new software - after backing everything up. For an old man it's been a worrying no trying experience
6th June: Page Access problem - following an attempt to update the site software to include a site search engine I've created a problem accessing some pages and all the trees. Please be patient while I attempt to resolve the problem which is wholly of my own making. I'm no IT expert and some would say a questionable genealogist
3rd May A summary of all available Derbyshire Marriages in parish records is available
2nd May A summary of all available Derbyshire Burials in parish records is available
17th March 2016 Summary of Chancery proceedings 1377 to 1660 added
8th Feb. 2016 Duffield, Belper and Staveley parish data has been added
23rd Dec 2015 Information about Needham's who were registered silversmiths has been added together with parish information on Peak Forest, Taddington, Tideswell, Winster and Wirksworth, Wormhill
21st Dec 2015 Further information about parishes in Derbyshire that the Needham's were resident in has been added
19th Dec 2015 Information about 3 companies: John Needham - manufacturers of draincovers and grates - Joseph Pickering - manufacturers of pickling paste & Blanco - and Needham, Veall & Tyzack - cutlers are added to the Trades Section
9th Dec 2015 The arms and crests of the Needham/Nedham/Nedeham family are described
9th Dec 2015 Marchmount Nedham, the writer, Francis Jack Needham, the first Earl of Kilmorey, Charles Needham, the 4th viscount of Kilmorey and a royalist, Sir John Needham, judge, and George Nedham, a speaker in the Jamaican Assembly have been added to the list of famous Needham's
6th Dec 2015 A life summary of two famous Needham's has been added: James Nedham, the surveyor general of Henry VIII, and Ellis Needham, the notorious owner of Litton Mill
1st Dec 2015 Family trees added for Bakewell, Bonsall, Elton, Hucklow, Peak Forest and Wormhill
29th Nov 2015 Needham pedigrees from the Visitations to Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Shropshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Origins updated
28th Nov 2015 Family information added for Tideswell including Hope parishes
26th Nov 2015 Family information added for Winster and Wirksworth parishes
25th Nov 2015 Family information added for Elton and Taddington plus Archive records for 13th,14th and 15th century's added
23rd Nov 2015 Family Information added for Earl Sterndale, Monyash and Peak Forest parishes
22nd Nov 2015 Family Information added for Baslow,Bakewell, Cromford & Darley Dale parishes
19h Nov 2015. Residence information available about the major Needham houses
15th Nov 2015 Baptism, Marriage and Burial data added from Bakewell, Baslow and Eyam parish records
12th Nov 2015 Bonsall, Brassington, Darley Dale, Elton and Matlock parish records are now available
11th Nov Parish Records for Buxton, Earl Sterndale, Monyash & Taddington added
9th Nov 2015 Parish Records for Winster and Wirksworth are now available
7th Nov 2015 Parish Records for Hope, Peak Forest, Tideswell, and Wormhill are now available
2nd Nov 2015 Parish Records for Castleton added
1st Nov 2015 Gravestone information for Needham's buried at St Edmund's Castleton, St John the Baptist Chelmorton and All Saints Ashover are published
22nd Oct 2015 Family Trees are now available for a limited number of Parishes
20th Oct 2015 Delay in Trees becoming available because of major problem with web site. Trees should be available by the 28th Oct
19th Oct 2015. A number of Family Trees are now available, but without media, for Ashover, Chelmorton and Hartington in Derbyshire and Sheffield in Yorkshire. These Trees are all available on the Ancestry web site; this site uses Webtrees software to generate the Trees and allows you to examine the data associated with each individual in the Tree. The administrator would like feedback on the Webtrees software. Hopefully media files will be available shortly. Additional Family Trees for these four parishes should also be available by the 27th Oct.
09th Oct 2015: The web site is launched with Parish record data for Ashover, Chelmorton and Hartington in Derbyshire and Sheffield in Yorkshire. Their associated Family Trees should be available by 19th Oct.