Last name: Hudspeth

Recorded in various spellings including Hoodspeth, Hudspeth and Hudspith, this is an English surname from the North Country. It probably originates from the county of Northumberland, where it is extremley well recorded from at least the 16th Century. It is believed to have been locational from some place near the town of Corbridge, but if this was the case, the hamlet has disappeared, being one of the estimated three thousand "lost" medieval villages, of which the only public reminder in the late 20th century, is the surname itself. The origination is from the Olde English and Anglo Saxon personal name "Hudd" meaning hard, and "pithe" a varient of the word pytt to give a meaning of the coal pit of Hudd. The name development includes Edward Hudspeth of Hexham in 1605, when he was recorded in the Wills Register of Richmond, whilst in 1612, Elizabeth Hudspith married John Benton at St. Gregory's church, in the ancient city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Dorratye Hoodspethe. This was dated 1598, when she was baptised at Corbridge, Northumberland, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Good Queen Bess, 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Hudspeth Village: Hudspeth is former medieval village, now a farm, located by Elsdon, Northumberland County, England. Hudspeth was given by Richard de Umfraville to Hugh de Morwick when he married Richard's daughter, Sibilla, in 1221 (Bastions and Belligerents - Medieval Strongholds in Northumberland, page 321). Corbridge Village: Robert de (of) Hudspeth was living in Corbridge, Northumberland County, England as early as 27 October 1356 when he was a witness to a deed (Ecclesiastical Parish Records/Durham St. Margaret Parish #538). Three Hudspeth Brothers Theory: 1) John Hedgpath was in Henrico County, Virginia as early as 15 March 1675 when Captain (later Colonel) William Byrd I received land for the transportation John of 121 others to the Virginia Colony (Virginia Land Patents and Grants, Patent Book 6, page 604). 2) Ralph Hudspeth was in Henrico County, Virginia as early as October 1688 when his marriage to Margaret Eyre was solemnized at St. John's Church (Parish Records St. John's). His will was proved in Henrico County court on 6 April 1719 (Henrico County Wills and Administrations 1662-1800, page 469). 3) William Hedgepeth was a sailor on Her Majesty's Ship Scarborough and left his will on 13 July 1704, while in the vicinity of Bombay, India (PROB 11/484, Dept Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 20 October 1705). William is the only Hedgepeth of record outside the United States.

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