A Genealogy of the Barnum, Barnam and Barnham Family

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A One-Name Study for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname

Notes for Elizabeth LENNARD

This is a more modern spelling of the surname, which came to be applied only after Elizabeth's death.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Sampson Lennard, Esquire, and his wife Baroness Dacre, and appears in some records as Elizabeth Leonard.
Maidstone (pronounced mad'stun) is the county town of Kent, in southeast England, about 30 miles from London. It stands on the River Medway at a point where the tributaries of the combined Rivers Beult and Teise enter the main stream. Maidstone is literally a "stone of the maidens", most likely indicating a place where they were known to gather. Its Anglo-Saxon form was Mægthan stan. Although Stone Age finds have been made locally, it is the Romans who first gave Maidstone some importance. Their road from Watling Street at Rochester to Hastings across the Weald passed through the site, and two villas have been discovered. This part of the Medway Valley was important too, by the time of the Domesday Book. In the Middle Ages there were two hospitals here built for the care of wayfarers, especially those on pilgrimage; and a “college” of secular priests.

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