Place:Great Washbourne, Gloucestershire, England

NameGreat Washbourne
Alt namesWaseburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.017°N 2.017°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoTewkesbury Hundred, Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which it was located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Washburn (alternatively Washbourne, Washburne, Washborn, DeWashborne, Washband, Washbon, Washbond, etc.) is an uncommon surname of English origins. The family can be traced back to the lands in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, England called "Little Washbourne" and Great Washbourne. The name comes from the Saxon for "from the flooding brook," with "wash" meaning "swift moving current of a stream," and "burn" referring to a brook or a small stream. It may originate from the River Isbourne, which flowed near Little and Great Washbourne, or it may have also originated from Waseborn in Devonshire.

The first known Washburn was Sir Roger Washbourne who lived in the 11th century. John Washburn, a descendant sailed to the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts in the 17th century. He later married Elizabeth Mitchell who was the granddaughter of Francis Cooke, who sailed to America on the Mayflower. According to the 1990 U.S. Census, there were 17,409 Washburns in the United States making it the 1,763rd most common name in the U.S. There are also a number of Washburns in Canada, many of whom are descendants of United Empire Loyalists (Ebenezer Washburn was a loyalist).

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Great Washbourne from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"WASHBOURNE (Great), a parish in Winchcomb [registration] district, Gloucester; 4 miles E by N of Ashchurch [railway] station, and 4½ NNW of Winchcomb. Post town, Winchcomb, under Cheltenham. Acres, 470. Real property: £1,125. Population: 83. Houses: 24. The manor belongs to R. Prance, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £120. Patron, the Rev. Covey. The church is ancient."

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Great Washbourne in A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 7/Tewkesbury hundred in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county

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