Ralph FAWDRY 2
- Christened: 30 Nov 1617, St Kenelm, Enstone, Oxfordshire 3
- Marriage (1): Mary FREEMAN on 26 Apr 1638 in St Mary, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire 1
- Died: Est 1685, Of, Salford, Oxfordshire 4
The Fawdry family is known to have lived in the village of Salford in Oxfordshire from the mid-17th Century to the present day. Ralph was probably the son of William and Mary Fawdry of Enstone, and subsequently moved to Salford. There is evidence for him living in Salford for the 1641 Protestation returns, and as a yeoman with two hearths for the 1665 tax returns. In 1685 he transferred property to his sons Michael and George Fawdry.
Ralph was a successful yeoman farmer, but does not appear to have left a will. He is known from other wills to have had at least five children with his wife Mary Freeman (qv). Their son William (qv) was also a farmer in Salford. Their only daughter Elizabeth was her mother's executrix, and had some children (not identified) with her husband Mr Fowler. Their son Ralph was not mentioned in his mother's will, so presumably died before her. Their son George was a cordwainer and churchwarden in Salford, and his mother's other executor: he had at least two children with his wife Elizabeth. Their other son Michael was a yeoman of Salford in 1685, but later moved to Bampton, where he had one daughter with his wife Anne Burbidge.
Oxfordshire Hearth Tax Returns for 1665. Oxfordshire Record Society Vol 21.
Ralph married Mary FREEMAN on 26 Apr 1638 in St Mary, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.1 (Mary FREEMAN died in 1695 in Salford, Oxfordshire 5.)
Church Register, Transcript of Chipping Norton, SoG ref OX/R 53.
Local history, Murrell S. (1985) Two Salford Families. In: More history of a Cotswold Village p34-36. Salford History Group.
Church Register, Transcript of Enstone, SoG ref OX/R 245
Local history, People of Salford (2006). The Eureka Partnership. SoG ref OX/L 79A.
Probate, Will of Mary Fawdry proved 22-4-1695, Consistory Court of Oxford, Oxfordshire County RO ref 23/4/23