James Britten

#22149, b. 1781, d. between 1851 and 1861

Individual's Timeline

Birth1781James Britten
Marriage28 February 1808James Britten
Deathbetween 1851 and 1861James Britten
Death Assumed1861James Britten

Primary events

  • Birth: James Britten was born in 1781 in Flamstead, Hertfordshire, England.
  • Marriage: He married Elizabeth Parkins, daughter of William Parkins and Elizabeth Inward, on Sunday, 28 February 1808 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England, when they were 27 years ~&~ 21 years, 6 months and 24 days old. certificate available for purchase from HALS - James Brittain and Elizabeth Parkins in Hemel Hempstead 28 Feb 1808.
  • Death: James died between 1851 and 1861 in Unknown, as Elizabeth was a widow in 1861. No likely deaths in Hemel Hempstead free bdm in the 10 year period.
  • Death Assumed: An assumed death before date for James, to facilitate the virtual witness function on my web site in 1861. Any supporting evidence is in the Citation.

Secondary circumstances

  • (Witness) History: James Britten witnessed FLAMSTEAD - A BRIEF HISTORY
    Flamstead is a very ancient community with a documented history going back nearly a thousand years.
    There was no doubt a settlement here in Roman times and before, but the first record of the village does not appear until the year 1006 when it is mentioned in a Charter granted by King Ethelred to the Abbot of St Albans. The Domesday Book record appearing eighty years later shows it as being held by Ralph de Todeni having been granted to his father, Roger, for services rendered to William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. The de Todeni family were Lords of the Manor for a total of 244 years.

    In 1298, the last of the line, Robert, was granted permission to hold a market in Flamstead every Thursday and a fair for five days annually at the Feast of St Leonard which shows that at that time it was considered to be a place of some importance. The Church of St Leonard is the focal point of the village and considered by many to be a very a beautiful old building. Precise dating is impossible because it developed in stages, but in general terms it can be said that there was a place of worship on the site in Saxon times, that the earliest part of the present structure, the tower, dates from 1140 and that there can be found in the Church a list of parish priests dating back to 1223.

    There is a lot to see and admire both inside and outside St Leonard’s and visitors are particularly recommended to note the Medieval wall paintings and the Saunders Memorial of 1670. There are many other buildings of importance within the parish, chief of which must be the mansion at Beechwood. Today it is a preparatory school, but the first recorded building on the site was the little nunnery of St Giles-in-the-Wood, founded about 1120 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537. Also of considerable interest are the Almshouses opposite the Three Blackbirds, which are dated 1669 and the Three Blackbirds pub itself, the western wing of which is sixteenth century.

    The best guide to the history of the village is 'A New History of Flamstead' by Eric Edwards, recently reprinted (Oct 2001).

    Flamstead is located next to Redbourne which was where Mary and James were married.

    Church Records of Flamstead

    The Parish Registers for the periods:-

    * Baptisms - 1548-1892
    * Marriages - 1548-1929
    * Burials - 1548-1902
    * Bishop's Transcripts - 1604-1874

    are deposited at Hertfordshire Record Office, County Hall, Hertford, SG13 8DE. [D/P38]

    Entries from the Marriage Registers for the period 1548-1837 are included in The Allen Index at Hertfordshire Record Office.

    The period 1838-1874 is covered by the IGI.

    Transcripts of the parish registers for the period 1548-1869 are deposited at the Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, LONDON, EC1M 7BA.
  • Occupation: James was an agricultural labourer.

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Birth date and place confirmed from census. Look for Parish records of birth and marriage to find parents. Birth records for Flamstead c 1781 are not in igi - The Parish Registers from 1548 are deposited at Hertfordshire Record Office, County Hall, Hertford, SG13 8DE. [D/P38]. Entries from the Marriage Registers for the period 1548-1837 are included in The Allen Index at Hertfordshire Record Office. Not yet in Free bmd.
  • Research note 02: a death of a James Britten was registered in Royston Hertfordshire Sep qtr 1857 3a/149.

Children of James Britten and Elizabeth Parkins


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C059701 - 1760 - 1812 and C059701 - 1813 - 1877.