Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Pashon, Passion, Patience
Category: 1 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is in its early stages.
Contact: Mr John Patient
I started the study of my surname over 20 years ago, when my daughter asked why she only had two cousins, whereas her friends had dozens. I have a sister and no brothers, so her cousins were from my sister. My father was an only son, so no more cousins there. My paternal grandfather was one of three brothers and three sisters, but at that time I knew nothing about them. I placed an add in Family Tree magzine and had a reply from a cousin who I knew nothing about. My newly found cousin had only just started to trace her mother's surname of Patient, as she had come to a halt with her father's surname. We met and she organised me, on a suggestion of a joint approach to the research. She was working in London and so managed to find many references, whilst she organised me to go to our local County archives in Essex, as I was working shifts at the time this was a good move. The only clue we had was the family came from the Dunmow area of north west Essex. In those days there were no computer record, so I went through several parish registers until I found references in Great Easton and Thaxted. My cousin and I met up to put our findings together, and the rest is history.
I now have all the Patient references from the BDM from the vital records as well as baptisms, marriages and burial records from many Essex parishes. Over the years it is all well to have listes, but how are they of any interest unless I put a composite of BMD records together and this is what I have done. Each Birth on the register, has its District and reference. To this I have added any baptism (if known), the parents of the person (if known) together with the name of the parish, the marriage of the person (if known) with a reference to the Marriages from the vital records and an actual date of the marriage (if known), the death from the vital records together with the burial record (if known), and finally any children, especially if they have the surname Patient and can be found in the Birth vital records. All this is on a WORD spreadsheet.
The research now has references to Canada, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and nor a few from India. There are a few newspaper references, especially on the criminal elements of the family. I have most of the England Census records, again transcribed on a WORD spreadsheet. All this I hope to make available in the future.
As I went further back into the research the name changed in some cases to Patience, and the very earliest references went back to the Latin Passhion or Pashion variants. There are inevitably mis spellings, but being pronounced come to the same surname.
The Census records record both Patient and Patience spellings, which often seem to contradict the birth records.
There seems to be a huge group of Patience members in Scotland that I have not researched at all. They seem to have been concentrated around the town of Avoch on the Black Isle.
My own branch of the family seem to have come from the north west of Essex about the time of the English Civil War. There are earlier references to Wiltshire and Berkshire from the time of Henry VIII onwards. The Wiltshire and Berkshire family groups seem to have been heavily involved in one way or another in the wool trade.
The name sounds French, but I cannot prove this.
The first reference was to a Saint Patiens in Gregory of Tours book, 'The History of the Franks'. St. Patiens was a bishop of Lyon and is remembered as relieving a famine in the area in the 500's.
There is mention of a Nathaniel Patient, aged just 16, sailing to America in July 1635. I have no idea where Nathaniel came from in England but he was one of the first colonists to Virginia. At the same time an Arthur Patient sails for Virginia. Arthur was still in Amerioca in 1637 and later in 1657, but I have no details about any descendants he may have left there.
During the English Civil War there is reference to a Thomas Patient/Patience who is named as a Divine. He went to America between 1630 and 1635 to evangelise the Native American Indians. He is known to be a proponent of adult rather than infant baptism and is known as an early Baptist. He even went to Ireland with Cromwell and left when Charles II was restored. He died of the plague in London in 1666. Once again I have no idea where he came from or if he left any descendants.
The surname is greater in the 1881 Census, although many by this time had moved to London. There are still many in Essex, I myself being born there, but the family seem to have spread out to many areas of the Home Counties after the 1881 Census, mainly to find work.
In the Early 1830/40's many of the family emigrated to Canada and the USA. A couple of the family were transported to Australia, where a some have retained the name Patient but a whole branch can be found today under the surname Patience.
As stated in the study I have all BMD references in the vital records, the Census returns for 1841 to 1911.
I have many baptism, marriage and burial records from many Essex parishes, the bulk of which were from Great Easton and Thaxted, which seem to be the centre of the family.
I have also many references from the IGI index under the name of Patient, Patience and Pashion.
I myself have taken a DNA test for the Ancestry website and it has been useful to have found relatives. None of these from Patients, as yet, but others from families who married into the family.
I have not gone any Social media site and have not produced any blogs. My main interest has been in letters and now in the internet conversations with people related to the family, and families who married into our family. I have been prompted by my New Zealand cousin, Michelle Patient, to join Ancestry. On a recent visit Michelle encouraged me to set up a One-Name with the Guild, after studying my research and expressing concerns that the data would be lost if anything were to happen to me.
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