Origins of the UK Hanns (contd)
 

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I my research into the connections of the Hannes and Arundells I have discovered a network of influential families who have proved beneficial over the years to the more affluent of the Hanne/Hann branches.  Families that we will come some across shortly.

We know that through their associations with the Arundells, the Cornish Hannes slowly moved from the very west of Cornwall to Truro and Mawgan-in-Pydar and thence on to Cardinham on Bodmin Moor. The marriage of John Hanne to Mary Arundell in Poole, to the east of Dorset. in 1658 extending their connections to cover Cornwall, Devon and Dorset and even though they stayed in Cardinham, through Ann's mother into west Somerset - Ann's mother being Elizabeth Luttrell of the family which to this day own Dunster Castle. 

John and Ann's sons were then able to marry into the merchant Kempe and Wolcott families of Falmouth in Cornwall and to extend their range into Devon with the marriage to a heiress of the Tattershall family of Berry Pomeroy near Torbay in south Devon to their estates at Exbourne and Sampford Courtenay in the centre of the county.  They had also acquired estates in the Tamar Valley on the Cornwall/Devon border in the same area as a mysterious Hanns family appeared in 1753, giving rise to a series of Lillington, Hezekiahs and Havilahs - not names known to me in the Hann or Hanne family

Further marriages by their descendants led to connections with Exeter and, more beneficial to their wealth, a further marriage with the Arundels enabled them to move into west Dorset and eventually inherit the Arundell estates there. Marriages with the Winters family of Ash Priors, Bishop's Lydeard just north of Taunton in Somerset and Tintinhull also in Somerset.  Eventually the Hann(e) 'domain' would stretch to the Arundells 'new' base at Wardour Castle in the parish of Tisbury in south west Wiltshire

At the centre of Dorset and Somerset stands a group of contiguous parishes, all with Hann connections (many dating back to the time the Cornish Hannes were still in the far west of their county)  - Castleton, Nether Compton, Over Compton, Sherborne and Trent in Dorset and Mudford and Yeovil in Somerset.

In the late 1500s a number of Hanns appeared in Montacute and Odcombe, which adjoin Tintinhull, and started the largest Hann branch and at Over Compton, neither of which as yet I have connected to the 'network' or ascertained their origins, but these pre-date the Hanne/Winter marriages mentioned above by 200 years

In 1605, shortly after the Cornish Hannes started their movement east, an unidentified Richard Hanne married Alice Addams in Trent.  Very little is known of him, but his great grandson, Elias, eventually married a Elizabeth Chute in Pinhoe near Exeter in 1734

In 1689 an unidentified Hann, Robert, and his wife Judith (surname unknown) were having children in Sherborne and Castleton.  This Robert was a man of some standing being a starch maker and may be from the families at Trent or Over Compton, or may have come from elsewhere.  His eldest son Robert possibly married twice, the first marriage to Eleanor has not been traced but the second was to a Mary.  This was probably the marriage of Robert Hand (starch maker) and Mary Hobbs in Salisbury Cathedral in 1723.  It is possible that Mary was a member of one of the network of west Somerset families mentioned earlier.  This may seem fanciful until you appreciate the extent of familial connections.  This particular family continued to maintain a high status and following its move to London many of its members were involved in the arts, as professors of music and in the theatre.

I have already mentioned the Arundell, Tattershall and Winters families into which the Hanne family had married.  The Arundells thrived at a higher social level that the Hannes but it would be mentioning here some of the different families in the network and their connections.

The Winters were also originally a Cornish family, from Trebarwith and Redruth, and had links with both Trent and Dunster.  John Winter (1622-1688) marrying Frances Gerrard of Trent, sister-in-law of fellow Trent resident Colonel Francis Wyndham, governor of Dunster Castle during the Civil War. They had then moved to Dyrham, east of Bristol, before settling in Ash Priors and the adjoining parish of Bishop's Lydeard. They also held land at Tintinhull and a number of manors throughout Somerset that they had acquired over the years and were related to the Rogers family of Cannington. George Winter (1594-1639) having married his cousin the widowed Mary Harrington (ne Rogers).  She bought her Porlock estates back into the family, being daughter of George Rogers and Jane Winter.  As well as marrying with the Hanne family, one married a Dorothy Yea, sister of Sir William (1st Baronet Yea). 

The Yeas were based at Brompton Ralph and Wiveliscombe north west of Taunton having moved from Devon and included a Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff of Somerset and the holders of a Barony amongst their members.  They were intermarried with the Hobbs and Chute families, but also married into the Trevelyans who held land in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and the Michels another influential West Country family.  They also inherited estates in Somerset, Devon and Sturminster Marshall, Dorset from their marriage to an heir of the Lacey fortunes

The Hobbs family were based at Stogursey but also inherited land in Bristol.  As well as Mary Hobbs marrying David Yea an Elizabeth Hobbs, possibly Mary's sister, married Robert Chute and another Mary Hobbs (possibly related) married Robert Hann/Hand of Sherborne in Salisbury

The Chutes were a wealthy family with connections to Taunton who later moved to Bridgwater, Somerset where they had a number of properties and were mayors on more than one occasion.  In 1608 alone they conveyed a lot of 23 messuages and gardens.  They were Seneschals (stewards of lands) for the Diocese of Bath and Wells and as such moved to Combe St Nicholas in Somerset before moving on again to Exeter where Elizabeth Chute married Elias Hann of the Trent branch.  Her brothers were a cleric and an apothecary and they were also related to the Codringtons who were also of Bridgwater and the Taunton area.  The Chutes also had connections with a number of other affluent Somerset families including the Frys and also married into the Staffords - though whether this was the same titled Stafford family into which the Chideock family married and upon remarriage following widowhood enabled the Arundells to inherit their Chideock lands in the Dorset village of the same name.  The wife of Francis Hanne (the City of London jeweller from the Cornish Hannes), Bridget Tyldesley, was also had Stafford ancestors.

The Michels were Baronets initially based at Bodmin and St Columb Major (Arundell country and perhaps originally from Mitchell - an Arundell manor) then Truro in Cornwall in Elizabethan times - very near the areas occupied by the Hannes.  They also were at Dalwood, home of my branch of the Hann family and Stockland and Colyton (also villages of my branch) before moving to central Dorset where they set up home at Dewlish and Kingston Russell Houses and had connections with Puddletown (home of the Hardy Hanns).  As well as marrying with the Yeas as mentioned above, the also married with the Binghams of Bingham's Melcombe (Melcombe Horsey) in Dorset.  The Yea bride being 2nd cousin twice removed to Annabella Bingham, son of a Member of Parliament, who married Robert Hann the Corfe Castle Justice of the Peace and schoolmaster.  Robert is believed to descend from the Marnhull branch of the family which first appears in 1656 following the marriage of an unidentified Roger Hann with an Alice Nelme(s).  His brother Richard having achieved a BA at Oxford became a cleric.   For a while they used used both Hann and Nelmes names and must have had money.  There were other Hann/Michel marriages.  Richard Hanne married Joan Michell in Maker, Cornwall in 1607, where a William Hanne married Agnes Mitchell in 1638.  In Dorset, Elias Hann (grandfather of the previously mentioned Elias who married into the Chutes and Codringtons) married the widowed Susanna Michell in Trent in 1665 and Roger Hann married Sarah Michel in Wareham in 1751.  His origins are now believed to be with the Dalwood branch of the family and he was almost certainly the Roger, who with Sarah, were the parents of William Hann of Puddletown whose descendants include Thomas Hardy the author

Going back to the Hann alias Nelmes family, there was also a Hann alias Nelme family in High Ham in central Somerset at the same time.  In 1765 Thomas Hann of this branch was a yeoman at Nether Stowey in the heartland of the Hobbs, Yea and Winter families.  Could this point to another link between the Hanns of Marnhull and west Somerset?  The Nelme(s) family itself seem to originate within a fifteen mile radius of Gloucester.  The Codringtons coming from a similar area, though generally nearer Bristol and Dyrham, home of the Winters.  They too had moved to Taunton and Bridgwater, holding lands in Bridgwater, Haygrove (home of the Chutes) and Wembdon (where Yeas and Winters were also present)

Chart showing familial connections of various families

There are further mysteries that may link families and places:

Was Richard Hann the cleric the witness to a lease of land in Thurlaxton (between Taunton and Bridgwater) by Henry Portman of Orchard Portman (south of Taunton)?

Was the Rev Isaac Hann, Baptist minister of Dalwood, also the Isaac Hann of Bridgwater who subscribed to a number of books?  His family had connections with Bridport, the Nickelsons of Poole, the Metfords who seem to be present from Falmouth to Poole and the Warrys (a corruption of Warre?) of southern Somerset.  And was he or Isaac Hann who married Elizabeth Lish in Montacute in 1735 the one mentioned in the 1740 will of Elianor Davis of Frome who also had connections with west Wiltshire and Bridgwater and mentions 'people of the same persuasion' (dissenters?), members of the Bull and Ho(u)lton families, brother and sister Henwood (believed to be Edward Henwood, linen draper, of Frome and Elizabeth nee Ho(u)lton), and Mr Gifford - James Arundell Hanne married Elizabeth Henwood in 1802, his uncle was Charles Gifford Hanne.  Or was there yet another Isaac, as yet undiscovered?  

Who were the Ann and Elizabeth Han married into the Harding and Saunders families in Lydeard St Lawrence near Taunton and are the various Saunders families who married various Hann(e)s related?

Who were the Hanns of Pawlett?

Why did Roger Hann of Sidbury in Devon of the Dalwood branch die in Trull, just south of Taunton?

Were the John Hann believed to be of the Marnhull branch and Sarah his wife having children in Templecombe the Thomas Hann and Sarah Woolcot who married in Taunton and was she related to the Wolcotts of Falmouth?

Why did Montacute Hanns have connections with land near Frome in Somerset and Hartland in north Devon?

Why did a milling Dalwood Hann leave Stoke Abbott in Dorset to become a brewer in Plymouth, return to an 'inherited'(?) mill in Colyton, Devon before becoming a brewer again in Honiton?

Where do all of the many early Hanns randomly scattered around Somerset fit in?

There are many connections between some of the different branches of the Hann(e) family with many high-ranking families, some of them tangible others implied and also many missing pieces and tenuous frustrating links...........  Maybe one day!.....

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