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Family Name History

DenhamThe Denham Coat of Arms

The history of this ancient Suffolk (1) family traces its ancestry as a family of Norman (2). origin before the year 1100 and appears first in the ancient records in Suffolk . Our history is one of Denham nobles & titles, family castles, estates and manors, battles, wars and feuds, and then pioneers and settlers in the new world.

Our oldest recorded ancestor is James Denham, born 1699 in England, died 1760 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex, N.J.  James Denham came to this country around 1716 and is listed as a Jacobite Rebel (3) in the research of passenger lists. He told his children of his Father's death at sea, and how his journey was saddened at witnessing the burial at sea. He arrived in this country with his mother and family. He was a free-holder in Perth Amboy N.Y in 1752 and he was not in 1750. He left a will indicating he was a fine business man.The Media Research lists Denhams both in Scotland and in England as far back as the 12th century.

The Coat of Arms/Crest, is from Scott's, father's side of the family.
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The following is a description of our family coat of arms from The Art of Heraldry, Encyclopedia, by Arthur Fox-Davies, page 326.

"Sire George Mackenzie engraves "the coat of Denham of ould," viz. a stag's head "caboshed," below a shield couché charged with three lozenges, or fusils, enjoined in bend." (Obviously, this differs from the above graphic, so the research continues)

Hicks The Hicks Coat of Arms

The very first record of the family name HICKS was found in Yorkshire , which is located in England. The HICKS family traces their ancestral roots back to Anglo Saxon origin before the year 1100. From here they branched and migrated, gaining prosperity as a notable family of England and later other countries.

We trace the roots of the family from its origin forward from the 11th or 12th century, the family's nobles and titles, the family castles, estates and manors, the battles, wars and feuds they overcame, the branches as they formed throughout Europe, pioneers and settler's and the notables of the family who lived during this century.

Making their way to Kentucky, they have remained there, now for over 300 years, and to this day.

Crest is from Scott's, mother's side of the family.
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Patricia's father Stephan, was born in Poland--in a Ukrainian village. As a teenager, he was taken as prisoner by the Germans in WW II and forced into labor on a German farm. After the war, due to Stalin's threat to send to labor camps in Siberia, all who 'helped' the Germans by these means, Stephen fled to Canada.

Patricia's mother Mary, was born into a Ukrainian family in Manitoba, Canada. Mary's father was a Ukrainian from Austria-Poland, and her mother a Ukrainian born in Warsaw, Poland.

Due to the Language barrier, the distance and the disruption caused by WW I & WW II, We have yet to uncover much ancestry prior to 1900. One positive result of our research has been to reunite the relatives through this website!


(1) Suffolk, a county on the east coast of England, bounded on the north by Norfolk, on the west by Cambridgeshire, on the south by Essex, and on the east by the North Sea. © 1996 Collier's Encyclopedia

(2) Norman, Genealogy During the Middle Ages. The Dark Ages in Western Europe lasted some 600 years, from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the west during the fifth century a.d. to the 11th century when more settled conditions prevailed. During this time it is vain to look for any very solid genealogies; when a pedigree is found it will be that of a king or a great noble. It will probably be based on oral tradition and may not have been written down until the ninth century. Yet when all allowances have been made for the durability of oral traditions among unlettered peoples, it remains true that any pedigrees found in Europe before 1100 are fragmentary, filled with discrepancies, and confined in barest outline to the greatest families. Nowhere is the genealogical position from a.d. 400 to 1100 more clearly seen than in the British Isles.

English Genealogy. Students of Anglo-Saxon history have found that in no case, apart from the royal lines, can a pedigree be taken back to more than three or four generations before the Norman Conquest in 1066. Arden (the family of William Shakespeare's mother), Berkeley, and Swinton are the only families in Great Britain whose genealogies can be traced all the way from Saxon stock in the pre-Norman Conquest period.

The Norman Conquest led to an attempt to compile a land register of England as a basis of regular taxation. This was the Domesday Book of 1086. The Domesday Book lists the names of many Norman French settlers, but very few pedigrees can be traced through it because it was separated from the next record by some 60 years, or two generations. The main sources for English medieval genealogy are found in the records of taxation or litigation where genealogical information is only accidental. For that very reason, however, the data are more reliable, and some 200 English families can trace descent to the 12th century. --© 1996 Collier's Encyclopedia

(3) Jacobite Rebels There were three distinctive groups of peoples of Scottish ancestry that emigrated to America: the Lowland Scots, the Highland Scots and the Scotch-Irish.

Religious persecution in Scotland prompted many to leave their homeland in the early 17th Century. Early settlements were established by these colonists in East Jersey in 1683 (now eastern and northern Jersey) and in South Carolina in 1698. Both these early colonies failed.

Scotland's history has been a tempestuous one, fraught with tension between England and Scotland. Between 1715 and 1745, more than 1,400 defeated Jacobite rebels were banished from their homeland and sent to America for their "crimes".

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