|About The Tibbetts family of Hayseech
There were Tibbetts families in the Halesowen, Cradley and Rowley Regis area from the time Church of England Parish registers commenced in the 16th century.
Hayseech still exists, although the house that would have been my family's dwelling was demolished early in the 20th century. Hayseech is a lane off Halesowen Road, forming the southern boundary of Haden Hill Park and Corngreaves Golf Course.
My branch of the Tibbetts family lived at Hayseech during the Victorian era until the mid 20th century; the family of Ann (nee Willetts) being the first to live there with Ann's parents, Isaac and Mary Willetts. Clara Tibbetts (nee Atherley) was still living in Hayseech in 1939.
Ann Willetts married John Tibbetts at Old Swinford on 29 May 1826. John Tibbetts aged 23 died that same year: buried at Cradley on 3 October 1826. The widowed Ann and three of her children are shown as 'Tibbetts' in the 1841 census, but there is no information as to who the father(s) of the three children might have been. Ann is said to be a widow in 1851, and the family are shown as 'Willetts'. Ann (as the widow Tibbetts of Hayseech, but the daughter of Isaac Willetts) remarried James Harris (possibly a relation of her sister's husband)in 1859 and lived until 1879.
Recent DNA evidence suggests that the father of William Tibbetts (my direct ancestor) was not a Tibbetts; however, it has been my family's name since 1831.
Although the tree has some of its roots further afield, Hayseech was the place that my father always referred to as 'the family base'.
In addition, I can trace my Tibbetts roots prior to 1830 with more certainty because of the marriage of John Atherley to Nancy Tibbetts, which is why earlier Tibbetts names appear in the tree.
Many versions of the surname are found in the records, but by the 1830s Tibbetts had become the preferred spelling, even though the 'e' is pronounced as an 'i' in my family.
Many of the links between generations on this site are based on educated guesses, and if any guests have information that contradicts any detail of the tree, I shall be happy to compare notes!
I acknowledge the parallel research being done by Ian Tebbett into a One-name Study of the family.
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