John Hotchkiss


Personal and Family Information

John was born about 1580 in Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England, the son of Allan Hotchkiss and Mary Cotton.

He died about JAN 1666 in England.

His wife was Margaret Nevett, who he married in ABT 1603. The place has not been found. Their ten known children were John (<1607-1681), Thomas (c1611-1693), Sarah (c1618-1700), Joshua (c1620->1691), Samuel (c1622-1663), Elizabeth (c1628-<1674), Barbara (c1630-c1675), Aurelia (c1632-?), Daniel (c1636-<1666) and Susanna (c1637-?).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


John Hotchkiss


Allan Hotchkiss


Allan Hotchkiss


Richard Hotchkiss


Alice Soulton


Mary Cotton




Mary Cotton


Richard Cotton


George Cotton


Mary Mainwaring



BirthABT 1580
Place: Dodington, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England
DeathABT JAN 1666
Place: England
BurialABT 10 JAN 1665
Place: Whitchurch, Shropshire, England




Note 1

!Source: 1566, 1582, 1634 Bedford Visitation

[see images attached to William b abt 1505] years estimated. This means everyone on the pedegree was born by 1634.

!Source: Early Hotchkiss wills of his self and his children.

!Notes: Of Dodington, Whitchurch, Co. Salop. Will, of 25 Nov 1657, proved at Lichfield, 14 Mar 1665.

!P: Hotchkiss of Whitchurch, &c. Arms:- Parted per pale, Gules and Azure, a chevron engrailed Or, between 3 lions rampant Argent. Crest: A cock's head erased Or, pollettee between two wings displayed.

!Notes: Per Steven C. Perkins website at: 96. John[10] Hotchkiss[48] [A560]. Born, 1580, in Dodington, Whitchurch Par., Shropshire, Eng. Died, Jan 1665/6, in Whitchurch Par., Shropshire, Eng. Burial: 10 Jan 1665/6, in Whitchurch Par., Shropshire, Eng. Prob of Est: 14 Mar 1665/6. Occupation: draper.

!Notes: from "An Introduction to the Name and Family of Hotchkiss", Compiled by The Hotchkiss Family Association, Inc., Aug, 1985 [Incorporated 1962], found at: - Unproven linage for Samuel Hotchkiss: William Hotchkiss of Bedfordshire, England [abt 1500] married Miss Mainwarning and had at least 1 son Richard Hotchkiss married Miss Soulton and had at least 1 son Allan Hotchkiss married Mary Cotton and had 3 sons 1. John Hotchkiss 2. Richard Hotchkiss 3. George Hotchkiss The above is our current John, thought to be the father of Samuel.

!Source: Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714. Originally published by University of Oxford, Oxford, 1891.

Hochkenis, John B.A. [sup. 3 June], 1597, of Magdalen Hall. See O.H.S. xii. 207.

!Source: Record Transcription: Shropshire Burials

First name[s] Two Children

Last name Hochkis

Birth year -

Death year 1635

Death date ? ? 1635

Burial year 1635

Burial date 11 Feb 1635

Burial place Whitchurch

Denomination Anglican

Father's first name[s] John

County Shropshire

Archive refererence P303/A/1/2

Page 63

Register type Composite

Register date range 1633-1682

Record set Shropshire Burials

Category Birth, Marriage & Death [Parish Registers]

Subcategory Parish Burials

Collections from Great Britain, England

!Source: posted on Hotchkiss family phots Facebook group by Debbi Gossett

THE HOTCHKISS FAMILY A Talk by John I. Coddington

Posted 18 Nov 2019 by karenferency1


A Talk by John I. Coddington

NOTE: The late John Insley Coddington was a renowned genealogist, author and lecturer and a descendant of Sarah, sister of Samuel Hotchkiss whose great-great grandson immigrated to America in 1794 settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Coddington researched the English records at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints research center and the Shrewsbury library where he found a chart drawn by Joseph Morriss at the request of an English Hotchkiss family. Through his research he amassed much information regarding the Hotchkiss’ in England, but at that time the U.S. genealogical societies were not interested in publishing his findings. At the time of his death he still had not privately published his work. Some years ago he spoke to a Hotchkiss Family Reunion. Following is the text of his presentation.


John Hotchkiss, who I am really sure is the father of the immigrant Samuel, was probably born in Dodington in the Parish of Whitchurch, County of Shropshire, [England] around 1580. He died at Whitchurch, which is the town itself. He moved in from Dodington to the regional town. He was buried on the 10th of January 1665/66, leaving a very interesting will, dated the 25th November 1657; probated the 14th of March 1665/6. In other words, he wrote the will at least nine years before he died. This is good, because you can be sure he was in his right mind when he wrote the will. I have the photostatic copy of the will right here and I will read you the passages which are relevant:


“My son John [that was his oldest son] Hotchkiss was lately indebted to me for the sum of two hundred pounds, where y my assent was given to his bonds for payment of the said sum. One bond is to be paid to my son Thomas Hotchkiss for the sum of forty pounds, the other bond to my son Joshua Hotchkiss for the sum of forty pounds. Another bond to my daughter Susanna for twenty pounds and another to my daughter, Elizabeth Hotchkiss for one hundred pounds. It is my will that my said children, Thomas, John, Susanna and Elizabeth shall and may accordingly to their several uses, have and receive the said sums and I do hereby acquit my said son, John, of his debt to me.”


“To my daughter, Sarah Eadows, the feather bed with bolster, which are on the higher bedstead and two pillows.” [That was my ancestress, I do not descend from the son, Samuel.]


“All other household goods to my daughter Elizabeth Hotchkiss, [that was his maiden daughter who obviously stayed home and looked after the old man].


“Linens to be divided between my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Susanna. To my son-in-law, Ralph Eadows, and to his daughter, Sarah, and to his wife, Sarah, five pounds per annum; to my son-in-law John Salmon and his wife Susanna, five pounds per annum; to each of my grandchildren, five shillings. To my sister-in-law Ann Wickstead, widow, twenty pounds and to my cousin Elizabeth Whithall, the elder, twenty pounds.”


Then he goes on to say: “To my son, Samuel, if he be living, ten pounds or if he be deceased then to his children, ten pounds to be equally divided among them.” This, in Donald Jacobus’s mind and in mine, means that the son, Samuel, was not at home. The old man did not know whether Samuel was alive or dead, but he did know that Samuel was married and had children, so that he said “if my son be alive 10 pounds go to him, if dead, 10 pounds goes to his children.” Where could that Samuel be? Well, Samuel of New Haven had all of the family names among his children that all his brothers and sisters had. Therefore, there seems to be little doubt that this is the right Samuel, and we have the will of the father.


I neglected to say that the old man was a draper, a man who deals in cloth of various kinds, whether or not the cloth was made up into clothing. Usually a draper dealt in cloth that had already been woven into bolts of cloth and the people would buy this and either the women of the family or somebody else made the cloth into garments. It was a reasonably well paying job and remember that he had silver spoons, so this was a family of a considerable substance. And I think this fits in quite well with what we know of the Samuel Hotchkiss family in New Haven.


We know that Samuel was married, and in the New Haven town records it seems that they got married in a hurry, and I think they were whipped for being naughty before marriage. But this happened very frequently. The record in the New Haven town records is that when they got married they could not obtain the permission of their parents because it was necessary for them to get married right away. So the permission of the parents was dispensed with. This means that the parents were nowhere around. And this squares exactly with Samuel Hotchkiss being the son of a couple who were in England.


But who was Elizabeth Cleverly? That is the Big Question! We have never been able to find her parents. Where she came from, I don’t know. There were Cleverlys in the Boston area, but I haven’t been able to attach her to them, so I just simply don’t know.


Now the ancestry and relatives of your ancestor, Samuel Hotchkiss, are interesting people. They are to be found in two distinct visitations. Visitations are documents taken by a member of the College of Arms in England. The earliest ones were taken in the 1590’s and they continued to be taken at various times into the 1660’s. And then they stopped. They were taken county by county, and those families that claim to have the right to bear a coat of arms had to come into the county seat – Shrewsbury in the case of Shropshire – and depose that they had a Coat of Arms and show some sort of document to prove this. And show, of course, what their Arms were. Whether they were this color or that color or some other color. Well, strangely enough, none of the Hotchkisses in Shropshire, which is where they came from, ever bothered to produce their Arms. And they are not registered in the visitations of Shropshire. They are registered in the visitations of Bedfordshire and of Berkshire because branches of the family had gone from Shropshire to those two counties and had appeared at the time of the visitations in each of those two counties and had their Arms registered. So, we can say that those arms do belong to the Hotchkiss family and that the Hotchkisses do have a right to them, even though the ones in the old home county of Shropshire do not make a claim to them.


The ancestry of John, who died in 1665, part of whose will precedes, is known for about four generations. They didn’t do anything very spectacular, I’m sorry to say. There was one marriage of the grandmother to a Cotton, and the Cottons were a little bit above the Hotchkisses socially speaking. They stayed in Shropshire and eventually the head of the Cotton family was raised to the peerage, as Viscount Combermeir. So we have remote, very remote kin, who were in the House of Lords. Not very important peers. The Viscount Combermeir never amounted to a great deal, I’m sorry to say. But, of all events, this is a perfectly good and respectable ancestry for a few generations.


Now, interestingly enough, the brothers of the man who came to New Haven did rather interesting things. Thomas went to the University of Cambridge, Christ Church College, and then became a clergyman in a little Parish in Wilshire and lived there for the rest of his life. I suppose he was a Puritan – he was in correspondence with a number of Puritans. He did continue to keep on good terms with his bishop and he never lost his job, as some Puritans did. He wrote the most dreary theological tracts that you can possibly imagine, and some of these have been published and I have read them, hoping to find something in the way of a biographical or a genealogical clue. Some of the Rev. Thomas Hotchkiss’s works are in the Harvard Rare Books Library – the Houghten Library at Harvard, and some are in the Union Theological Seminary in New York, which is up near Columbia University, uptown. As I said before they are the most boring writings. I regret that Tom was such a dull man.


Now I will say something for the dull Uncle Tom. He was the Rector of the Parish of Stanton in Wilshire and he performed the wedding of one of his brothers – one of the ones who stayed in England. He went to Stanton and married a girl named Elizabeth Stedman. They then moved to London and all their children were born in London. And that brother was named Joshua. All of his descendants lived in London. There was another brother who was an apothecary, who also went to London to live. This is part in general of a pattern of middle class families, who would send sons to London because that was where they could make a better living than they could back at home. The eldest son stayed on the land; the youngest sons had to get out and scramble. In this family one was a clergyman, one came to New Haven and two went to London.


The following set of 5 pages is taken directly from the title and next six pages of Nellie Cowdell’s “The Hotchkiss Family – First Six Generations”: Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore: 1985, a publication sponsored by The Hotchkiss Family Association, Inc. and provides some insight into the origins of the Hotchkiss family in America.