Just a few miles from the centre of Worcester, one encounters a countryside still providing pasture of the sheep. Wool was and is a source of wealth for the English farmer. This particular pastoral scene (photo above) is in Leigh, Worcestershire. Many Holymans lived in and around this village in the 1500s.
My search of the various archives of England made very evident to me that groups of Holyman families lived in several parts of the country in the 15th to 17th Centuries. From where did they originate and why were they scattered?
Distant cousin Jim Maule of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shared a theory with me recently as to why there are several locations where obviously dozens of Holymans lived. He believes the 14th Century Black Death and the decrease in available labour led many persons to move about the country, financially bettering themselves. Hence pockets of Holymans in several parts of England. Makes sense.
Next post, a listing of Holymans found in Worcestershire - they left many wills!