Jordan, Elizabeth

Birth Name Jordan, Elizabeth
Gender female


Birth Birth of Jordan, Elizabeth,  about 1721-00-00  at  Burford, Oxfordshire
Death Death of Jordan, Elizabeth,  1799-00-00  at  Burford, Oxfordshire
Burial Burial of Jordan, Elizabeth  at  Swinbrook, Oxfordshire
Will Will of Jordan, Elizabeth,  1796-06-11  


Father Jordan, John [I0170]   (Birth)
Mother Eve, Mary [I0186]   (Birth)


Married Husband Hatton, Thomas [I0168]
  Children Hatton, John [I0166]


Elizabeth Jordan of Burford was the main beneficiary of her Father John Jordan's Will. She outlived her husband Thomas Hatton and also left a Will, of which her son John Hatton was the main beneficiary. The will mentions little about her business affairs or property but it does mention a range of family members. The following is a summary:

To her Son John Hatton - various anonymous property in Burford, a share in sheets & table linen, all the residue

To her Daughter Mary Worrell (wife of Stephen Worrell of Hertford, Grocer) - £400 within two years with 4% interest (or should her Daughter Mary Die within two years, to her Granddaughter Mary Worrell at age 21) , a share in sheets & table linen, first pick of the wearing apparel

To her Granddaughter Mary Worrell - £100 at age 21, a share in sheets & table linen, share of residual wearing apparel

To her Nephew Jordan Kempster of Kennington Lane, Lambeth - £10 within 12 months

To her Nephew Thomas Kempster of Burford - £10 within 12 months

To her Niece Mary the wife of William Monk of Burford - £10 within 12 months

To her Grandson Thomas Hatton - £20

To her Granddaughter Elizabeth Hatton - A share in sheets & table linen, share of residual wearing apparel

To her Granddaughter Sarah Hatton - Share of residual wearing apparel

Executor named as her son John Hatton

Signed – 11 Jun 1796, proved – 26 Jul 1799

(based on Public Records Office: prob 11/1327 Pgs 115-117)

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I have come across some unconfirmed evidence (anonymous entry on of a Jordan Kempster b1764 who resided in Lambeth. He was apparently the son of John Kempster b.1725 in Fairford (on the river Coln between Quenington & Lechlade). John married a Mary Jordan at Burford in 1758. This Jordan Kempster therefore appears to be the Nephew Jordan Kempster of Kennington Lane, Lambeth. John Kempster is mentioned as being a soliciter. I have found an article, quoted from the Times of Tuesday August 19th, 1851, page 12, that mentions one 'J. Kempster Esq., solicitor, 1 Portsmouth Place, Kennington lane, Lambeth' (see G. J. Gollin 1997). This is a bit late to be Elizabeth's Nephew but strengthens the suggestions of a link with John.

It appears that a William Monk and Mary Kempster married in Burford in 1785 and that Mary's Father John Kempster married Mary Jordan in 1758. William Monk left a Will in which he mentioned several children including a John Kempster Monk and a Mary Jordan Monk. The following is a summary of William's Will:

William Monk , Wheelwright of Burford, Oxfordshire

Son James Monk to receive £10 for mourning

His wife Mary Monk is to get

All the household goods and furniture

Half the timber and stock of his Wheelwright trade (the other half belonging to James)

All the iron and stock of his Blacksmiths trade

Property in the High Street in Burford, Oxfordshire (in William’s occupation and bought from Burns & Beasley)

Three cottages in Guildenford Lane (occupied respectively by Thomas Taylor, Ryland, and nobody)

A piece of Garden ground in Guildenford Lane purchased (from Oriel College, Oxford and occupied by William)

Four cottages in Guildenford Lane (bought from Burns & Smith, two empty, the other occupied by William Pastor and the Widow Goodrichard respectively)

After his Wife Mary’s death this property is to be placed in the trust of John Willis of Westhall Hill in the

Parish of Fulbrook in the County of Oxford Nurseryman. To be sold and divided amongst a list of William’s Children, or should they be dead, then their children (John Kempster Monk, Mary Jordon Hewer the Wife of Jasper Hewer, William Monk, Elizabeth Baker the wife

of John Baker, and George Monk)

Sole executrix is his wife Mary Monk

Signed – 14 June 1823

Proved – 17 Aug 1825

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Kempster means 'wool comber' and, as Burford a 14th-17th C centre for the wool trade, hint at the reason for the family being there. The Burford Kempster' family rose to fame and fortune on the back of the achievements of a 17th-century Christopher Kempster. St John the Baptists Church in Burford contains a memorial to Burford's famous son Christopher. He made his fortune selling the stone from the Taynton quarries to rebuild London after the 1666 great fire. He was also Christopher Wren's master mason on the rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral in London. His town house in Abingdon is now the Town Hall. His quarries also supplied the stone for Oxford Colleges, Blenheim Palace, and Windsor Castle.

There was extensive quarrying around Upton and the family name most associated with this activity is Kempster. However, the most famous Kempster quarries were at Taynton, on the opposite side of the river Windrush. One is left to conjecture whether there was a bridge by the Hatton's Upton papermill which allowed the Kempster's managers (and workers?) easier access between the two quarries. In the 17th-century the stone was taken south to Lechlade, from whence it was shipped out by barge. It would be lovely to get hold of a tithe map to see what the land actually looked like in the 18th C.



G. J. Gollin, M.a., C.ENG., The Manor of Little Ashtead 1671-1851, Leatherhead & District Local History Society, Occasional Paper No.2, 14th April, 1997, Reproduced online in , DACKOMBE The Dame, the Prison and the Pewterer, September 21, 2005, (accessed 14 Jan 2006)

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