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Reverend Obadiah Bourne 1st

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Ashover, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Death: April 11, 1710 (64-72)
Immediate Family:

Son of Immanual Bourne and Jemima Beckingham
Husband of Elizabeth Palmer
Father of Elisha Bourne; Lawrence Bourne; Reverend Samuel Bourne; Rev. Obadiah Bourne, Jr. and Henry Bourne
Brother of Anne Bourne; Jemima Bourne; Isaac Bourne; Elizabeth Bourne; Lydia Bourne and 3 others

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About Reverend Obadiah Bourne 1st

I add this record of Obadiah but don't really know what it means but it may be of use to someone.

Hucknall, Hanging (sic) Vicarage Notts COMM/2/367 7 May 1657 (endorsed 20 May 1657)

Former reference: COMM II/367


Obadiah Bourne

Death of William Smithson

Nicholas, Lord Deincourt, Part of armorial seal

(Lambeth Palace Library)

Had an M.A.

12 Feb 1662 - Ordained priest, St Andrew Holborn

29 July 1662 subscription to the act of uniformity by person already in office, Rector, Asheover

13 Feb 1663 Appointed Rector of Ashover, his patron as rector was one Thomas Bourne, citizen of London.

26 June 1665 Obadiah Bourne was also a preacher. Rectory valued at £80.

24 Nov 1710 Resigned as Rector of Ashover

There is a record of Obadiah having sold land at Ashover in 1672.


Joshua Wigley at Cliffe House to his uncle Obadiah Bourne at Ashover - I have considered the division but cannot agree that the terms are reasonable - the land at Tansley is only £18 per annum while half that at Ashover is £22 10s so there is £4 10s difference in the rent - besides there are 2 good houses on the Ashover land and only 1 here with £5 per annum to be paid out of the land - I am informed that in assessments the Tansley land pays double the Ashover - the rent cannot be raised as tenants cannot be got at the present rent - how can you think me unreasonable when I offer to take what part you please? - if there is any advantage in having the Tansley land, I am willing for one of my sisters to have it, allowing me half of that at Ashover - send word and I will meet you at Roadnook. 2 Nov. REF: D1101 M/F 9


J Wigley at Lincoln to his uncle (Obadiah Bourne at Ashover) - I have received yours wherein you say that you hoped to see me to receive the money for the hay sold at Cliffe House - my man sold as much as I receive £1 6s for and the rest is still in the barn - you need not be in so much haste - I intend to be in Derbyshire before long - I cannot at present satisfy you as to the goods you write about - if they have use for them, Ben Chapman has the key - there are some books and writings at Eastwood which I desire to be kept safe

10 Dec. REF: D1101 M/F 10


Henry Stafford at (Barkby) Thorpe (Lincs) to Obadiah Bourne, rector of Ashover - I received your letters from Gedling and Nottingham - I would have written sooner but expected to hear from a young man who I think is very sober and would have fitted Uncle Palmer very well - I thought to have been in your country and to have bought some sheep but your countrymen raise so many rotten sheep that I am now resolved to go for the £20 for the dole - pray let it to whoever you think will be a good tenant - if the weather is good I may see you at Chesterfield Fair and will then seal any covenant you may make with Henry Henstock or anyone else - Aunt Hotherby is still at our house - the Lord has been pleased to take our son from us. 26 Jan

REF: D1101 M/F 11


Jane Harrison at Richmond to her brother Obadiah Bourne at Ashover - I have received your letter wherein you say that my son owes you £24 upon bond with several years interest - you know I have no money and I have written to my son - he is willing that you be paid if he can get the money - my brother Downes is high sheriff this year and so needs what money he has - I hope you may secure yourself and run it up with his land which you have - he, being a younger man, cannot easily procure money - as for the Great Incroft, when he was over you were not willing for him to have it without covenants - both he and I are willing for him to have it but the money provided for him before is gone. 29 Jan

REF: D1101 M/F 12


John Billingsley to his uncle Obadiah Bourn, minister of the Gospel at Sshover - within a day after I saw you, I wrote to Cousin Bourn according to your instructions and received the enclosed answer on Saturday - I desire to know what course you would have me take - I cannot wait on you as I have an extreme cold with great pain in my head. 22 Feb REF: D1101 M/F 13


John Billingsley at Mansfield to his uncle (Obadiah Bourne) - I have discussed your letter with a friend or two and they are against my taking part of the close as the division is likely to be contested by my cousins when they come of age - they think it best to pay the legacy and have the whole made over to me - I like this better as I hope to sell it again to cousin Samuell - if I am to seal you a lease of the mine, I must be answered that my cousin will not meddle with it and I have told him you are willing to recede from your right - I mean to come to Ashover on Tuesday seven-night - Samuel Wheatcofte has not paid his Christmas rent - a baker's house burned down this morning. 9 Mar REF: D1101 M/F 14


J(ames) J(olliffe) at Nuthall (Notts) to his brother (in-law) Obadiah Bourne at Ashover - I have been detailed by parish business and have not been able to vigorously prosecute the design of selling the books - Father Palmer wishes we had never meddled with them and longs to be able to go to the Priory to see them - Mr Sidden failed to meet me as promised yesterday - Mr Meen from Southwell came by chance, viewed them and liked them, only he would have all the history books changed for the history books of the 5th part, which was Dugdale, Hooker, Eccl Pol and Bacon - I told him it would make a great confusion and he agreed to meet some of the other ministers on 7 June - I suppose you may have a part - I think it will be best to divide the philosophy and school books as they are - I have sent you a catalogue of them - the grand jury of Middlesex has found the indictment against Thomas, Earl of Danby and Mons de Pu. 28 May REF: D1101 M/F 15


Laurence Palmer to Obadiah Bourne - though my legs be naught, my hands are pretty well - Mr Matthews has been here and is paid off - we have disbursed almost £20

Also James Jolliffe to Obadiah Bourne - this All Saints Eve my sister Palmer is brought out of Mr Mathew's hands - Palmer and I are to reimburse ourselves out of her rents - she has all her judgements in and a general release. Father Palmer has the gout approaching. Lord Shaftsbury is to be tried for his life - your books are sent.

REF: D1101 M/F 16


James Jolliffe to (Obadiah Bourne) - I have done what I think safe and convenient about what you desired and have given it to my sister. REF: D1101 M/F 17


John Twentiman to (Obadiah) Bourne - I return with many thanks the excellent piece you lent me - I pray God it may have a kind effect upon the hearts and spirits of our dissenting brethren to make them sensible to the common danger - I did not think matters had been brought to such a great height as we are told by this worthy author. 9 Aug REF: D1101 M/F 18


Laurence Palmer to Obadiah Bourne (his son-in-law) - it is too soon to take away cousin Mary from us - Mrs Cokayn informs me there is a master provided for Laurence, one Wells at the King's Head in Fleet St and I have sent up £30 and £1 to pay for his binding - I am to pay £10 more at the years end - my daughter Palmer and her younger daughter Betty were brought to me, having no other place to go - they eat with me and lodge with Martha Leeson - Mr Matthews has allowed her to receive £5 of the last Lady Day rent - Bridget is returned from London to Kent and has a fever - we have not heard from Owen since he left. 18 Aug REF: D1101 M/F 19


Henry Stafford at Barkby Thorpe (Lincs) to Obadiah Bourne at Ashover - when I wrote last I did not have the manners to thank you for our goose and all your other kindnesses - my wife is willing to undertake the journey to Lenton Fair so that she may see her sister. 2 Nov

REF: D1101 M/F 20


Arthur Dakeyne to (Obadiah Bourne) - I believe that to an impartial man, your arguments to have an abatement will be cancelled in this - why did you give Sir James (Phylipps) such a sum if you did not value it so much? - it is very evident that Mr Gregory did not turn his bargain for the dearness - I am so desirous of dealing with you on equitable terms, for such lands as I will sell, that I have forborn to deal with any chapman. 14 Feb

REF: D1101 M/F 21

Related information: see also D1101 M/E 4

(Papers of the Bourne Family of Ashover.

Held at the National Archive )

I did find a letter to “The Gentleman’s Magazine” of 1791 it reads “On a very heavy and ill-executed mural monument on the north side of the alter in the chancel of Ashover:-

"M.S. Hic jacente propinquo OBADIAH BOURNE, A.M, Patronus et Rector fidelis. Et Elizabetha conjux illi non immerito charissima Piam animam efflavit hæc Aprilsi II°. Anno Salutis humanæ 1710°. Ætatis sure 64°. Ille ipsam sub-secutus est Januarii 19°, Anno proxime sequenti, Ætatis sure 81°. Monumentum hoc justæ gratitudinis ergo posuerunt filii."

I’ve spent ages trying to translate this into English and this is the best I could do:-

Those near approach Obadiah Bourne, A.M. Faithful Patron and Rector. And Elizabeth his wife who is not without merit and charisma being full of years died April in the year 1710 aged 64. The one who was subject to him died January 19 aged about 81. This just memorial is therefore on account of this.

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Reverend Obadiah Bourne 1st's Timeline

Ashover, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Age 32
Ashover, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
October 7, 1677
Age 35
Age 36
Ashover, Derbyshire, England
Age 41
Ashover, Derbyshire, England
April 11, 1710
Age 68