Oakshott Family Cork

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    My name is Peter Parry and I am researching the Oakshott branch of my family tree. I am trying to find BMD records for John Oakshott Architect of Cork born I believe in 1800. Also his father whom I believe to be Thomas Oakshott a Master Builder/Architect. I have not been able to find any of these records, only Trade Directory entrees and one or two newspaper references. If anyone can help with where to look next I would be very grateful.


    I can’t claim a connection with any Oakshott’s in Cork but I do have a man with that surname marrying into an English branch of my family.  He was born in Hampshire in the 1820’s and a very quick open query of FreeBMD shows lots of Oakshott vital events being recorded in the Catherington, Droxford and Portsea Island RD’s in the early decades of English civil registration.  John Gresham’s surname maps only show a very few entries for Oakshott, all in Cork City.  So, I would guess that your John Oakshott is English and you should try hunting in the Hampshire parish registers for him.  I would also try to find occupation records especially apprenticeship records in Hampshire / England for master builders – sorry not sure where you can find these easily.  Personally, I would get in touch with Hampshire Archives in Winchester and see if they can help you with possible locations of these records.  It may also be worth getting in touch with the Hampshire Genealogical Society as maybe one of their membership has researched this name in this location?

    It appears to be a relatively unusual surname and if you do find a connection to a James Oakshott ba. 1826/7, Durley, Hampshire marrying an Ann Hardy, I’ve researched his line forward, including New Zealand descendants and a very naughty son called Henry who is my star criminal in my family tree!


    The Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720-1940 is online and has a brief mention for him see

    http://www.dia.ie/architects/view/4091/OAKSHOTT-THOMAS so it may be worth contacting the Irish Architectural Archive to see if they have anything else on him.


    Thank you RuthM and JillWill for your comments on my Oakshott post. I will certainly take up your suggestions.

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