From Siddington to the Lambourn Downs

George SPURRETT (1581-1658) had several daughters and one son Samuel who had descendants who remained in the Siddington / Cirencester area for a few generations.  One of those descendants, Samuell SPURRETT, married Katherine HARRATT of Baydon in 1710, in the heart of the Lambourn Downs, and they set-up home there.  This led to several generations of SPURRETTs in the surrounding villages such as Aldbourne, Ramsbury, East Garston, and then further west into Wantage and Marcham. Some of the families took the name SPIRRITT, which then further evolved into SPIRIT.  (Care is required to distinguish which SPIRITs are related to the SPURRETTs).  These families were largely smallholders with farms and land, largely rearing sheep for the near-by market towns of Farringdon and Wantage.   However, not all of this branch were taken with the rural existence and at least two (Samson b.1711 and Shadrick b.1791) migrated to London.

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