The Pinxton line has been researched by Maureen Stanley.The Etchells line was researched by Maureen Stanley and Peter Kelsall. This line is the origin of the Moultrie/Bellinger line.

John Kelsall of Pinxton

Pinxton is a village on the eastern boundary of Derbyshire in the Bolsover district, England.

Pinxton, St. Helen

John Kelsall was Rector at Pinxton, St Helen, from 17 January 1670 until his death in 1686.John married twice. His first wife Mary, was buried 2 February 1674 in Pinxton. Five children have been found, the first two were born before he came to Pinxton, Mary c1665, Joshua (buried in Pinxton 1684), John baptised in Pinxton 17 January 1669 (died), Martha & Hannah (twins?) baptised 12 February 1674. His marriage to Mary or where and when the first two children were born have not been found. Maureen Stanley is descended from John and Mary’s daughter, Mary Kelsall who married John Walton on 7 May 1687 in Pinxton.

John married Jane Hall of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire in Nottingham on 30 September 1676. Their children with baptism dates were:

  • Margaret 3 August 1677 – married Eleazer Smith on 6 March 1713 in Pinxton
  • Roger 13 August 1678
  • Ann 13 April 1680 – married William Challand on 29 June 1706 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
  • John 10 July 1682 – married Henrietta Barbara Horne in Derby 25 January 1709 and had children Anne and Mary born in London
  • Jane 1 May 1684 (died 1684)
  • Richard 14 August 1685 – married Mary Ward at Bulwell church Nottingham in 1714

John’s wife Jane married the rector who replaced him, Richard Raynor on 3 March 1688 in Ault, Hucknall Nottinghamshire. They had one son, Nicholas born 27 March 1689.

From information in the clergy database, John may be the same John Kelsall who was a preacher at Ashbourne (Derbyshire) in 1662, Hathersage (1662) and Vicar of Mayfield (Staffordshire).

Roger Kelsall of Raydon, Suffolk

The key to developing this line to its origins in Cheshire and its descendants in the Americas and later back in England came from the will of Roger Kelsall of Raydon, Suffolk, dated for Probate 5 Aug 1692 and transcribed from a copy on Ancestry. (Raydon appears as Roydon in some historical documents but Raydon is the modern spelling referring to a village about 10 miles southwest from Ipswich and 12 miles northeast of Colchester.)

The will refers to several members of Roger’s family:

  • I give unto my nephew, Roger Kelsall, the oldest son of my brother, John Kelsall,
  • my nephew, John Kelsall, younger brother of the said Roger
  • And if the said John, shall die before he attains aforesaid and … then my will is that Richard, the youngest brother shall have and enjoy the said house and tenements
  • Refers to four sisters and their children: Ellen Barlow dec’d (the mother of James, Ann & John), Sibill Swindells, Ann Sydebothom (wife of Alderman Thomas Sydebothom and the mother of Thomas) and Mary Bancroft dec’d
  • my niece Mary Walton of Pinxton in Derbyshire
  • the daughters of my brother John Kelsall, deceased, Margaret and Ann Kelsall
  • I give unto my nephew Roger Kelsall before named if he be designed and brought up to some university in order to the ministry all those books which I lent his father at Pinxton
  • my nephew and heir James and Ann Barlow
  • my dear and loving and wife Ann Kelsall
  • refers to his wife’s mother as Madam Jenkinson.

The will proves that Roger was the brother of John, the Rector of Pinxton. Various other places are mentioned including Ettchels. Mottram Andrew, Chelford and Macclesfield in Cheshire; Bures St Mary, Assington, Cornard and Roydon in Suffolk; Wormingford in Essex (close to the Suffolk locations). It seems clear that Roger and John originated in Cheshire, probably at Ettchels in Cheshire, as discussed further below.  The Suffolk locations are shown in the following map; Bures and Raydon are about 10 miles apart.


From Cambridge alumni online, we see that Roger Kelsall was “adm pens” at Jesus College in 1659 (signifying that he was an undergraduate student without financial support from his college). He became Vicar at Wormingford 1662-1684 and “perhaps lecturer at Ashbourne Derbyshire”. This is obviously the same Roger who was Rector of Raydon. From his time at Jesus College we can speculate that Roger was born between 1637 and 1641.

From the entry for Roger in the online database for clergy of the Church of England, Roger Kelsall was Chaplain at Smallburgh (Norfolk) 1662 and Vicar of Wormingford (Essex) 1664-1684. The Clergy Index first identifies Roger as chaplain at Smallburgh, but the detail page shows Smallbridge, Suffolk. Since Smallbridge is adjacent geographically to Wormingford this seems to be the right connection. The record shows that Roger was Chaplain to Thomas Waldegrave, Esq. and tutor to his children. The record for Wormingford shows that Roger was ordained 22 March 1661, and he was Vicar of Wormingford 20 January 1663 to 21 July 1684. From other sources, Roger Kelsall was buried 23 June 1692.

The will of Ann Kelsall of Boxted Essex, clearly the wife of Roger Kelsall of Raydon, is also preserved in The National Archives and available on Ancestry. It was prepared in 1694 with probate in 1708/1709. It mentions locations in Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk and makes a bequest to James Barlow of Cheshire and his sister Ann. Names in the will suggest that Ann’s maiden name was Jenkinson and that she was from the Tunstall area near Norwich. Neither Roger’s will or Anne’s make any mention of children and no birth records have been found.

Roger’s wife was Anne Jenkinson of Tunstall Norfolk as revealed by her will and by a tablet in the Church of St Peter and St Paul at Tunstall: “this rebuilt by Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkinson, the relict of Miles Jenkinson of Tunstall Esq. and Mrs. Anne Kelsall daughter of the said Miles & Elizabeth 1705”

photo from flickr.


From the National Burial Index, Roger Kelsall was buried 23 June 1692 at Raydon, and Anne Kelsall was buried 3 Feb 1709 at Bures St Mary (ages not given). In a document found online “Extracts from the Parish register of Bures, relating to the Waldegrave Family” there is a note that in 1723 a Mr. Tom Martin visited the church and recorded: “on the floor two stones with brasses gone, …Here lieth interred the body of Ann Kelsall only daughter of Miles Jenkinson of Tunstall in Norfolk Esq. granddaughter of William Waldgrave of Smallbridge Esq. who departed this life Jan the 30th 1709”.

In another document found online On the ‘Walsham Hundreds Tunstal: “from the Spaney’s it came by the marriage of Jane the daughter of John Spaney to Thomas Jenkinson son of John of Norwich. Richard Jenkinson was lord in 21st of Elizabeth he married Margery daughter of Thomas Ward of Broke & had Thomas born 1577 & was living in 22nd of James 1st. In the same year he conveyed the appropriated rectory to Sir John Hobart but the lordship was his son Myles who died in prison at Norwich. His widow held it until 1702 her son Thomas died single but her daughter married”. This is a clear reference to Ann Kelsall.

The connection between Roger Kelsall and his wife Ann is clearly the Waldegrave family who owned the Smallbridge estate in Suffolk and the Wormingford estate across the river in Essex. Roger was “Chaplain to Thomas Waldegrave, Esq. and tutor to his children”, and Ann was “granddaughter of William Waldegrave of Smallbridge Esq.” The Waldegraves were a prominent Suffolk family; from the History of Parliament website, Sir William Waldegrave (1540 to 1613), his son Sir William Waldegrave (1573 to 1613), and his son Sir Thomas Waldegrave (1608 – 1677) were all Members of Parliament.  Thomas from this line also had a son Thomas who from the parish registers was the last Waldegrave buried at Bures in 1692. The younger Thomas sold the Wormingford and Small bridge estates (from Proceedings of the Suffolk institute of Archaeology and Natural History/ “Meeting at Bures” (Google Books online).

If Roger Kelsall was tutor to Waldegrave children in 1664 these were presumably the children of the younger Thomas Waldegrave. We have found no records of the children of this Thomas. Was Ann one of these children in which case she was a granddaughter of William (1573 – 1613)? Or perhaps she was a cousin? In any case, we have not found birth or marriage records that show how Miles and Elizabeth Jenkinson fit with the Waldegraves. There is a record of a Miles Jenkinson buried 1 April 1696 at Thornham, Norfolk.

Kelsall Family of Etchells

From his will we know that Roger Kelsall of Raydon was from Etchells Cheshire and that John Kelsall Rector of Pinxton was his brother.  Etchells is an area north of Manchester Airport, now built over with housing but the name survives as Etchells Rd in Cheadle Hulme.

The will of Isaac Kelsall 1682 mentions a location at Cross Acres in Etchells. This is shown on old maps as Cross Acre Green and survives as Crossacres Road in Gatley.

These locations are close to Bradshaw Hall but from the genealogies presented below there is no apparent connection to the well-documented genealogy for Kelsall of Bradshaw.

The Kelsall family of Etchells is reconstructed from birth, marriage and death records and several wills, mostly found on FMP. As explained below the records are incomplete and some of the relationships are speculative. The deduced family tree is shown in the following chart.

We believe that John Kelsall Rector of Pinxton was the John Kelsall baptised 23 July 1637, his father identified as John of Etchells. The evidence for this is circumstantial but reasonably strong. We know that John Kelsall was Rector at St Helen, Pinxton starting in January 1670 and his first child, Mary was born c1665. John may be the same John Kelsall who was a preacher at Ashbourne (Derbyshire) in 1662. If we assume that he was in his early twenties in the period 1662 to 1665 it suggests he was born in the late 1630s. The baptism on 23 July 1637 is the only one we have found that fits the date range.

The will of John Kelsall of Etchells proven in 1677 has attached a letter from Roger Kelsall that appears to be allaying concerns about the validity of the will of his father. From this we believe that this letter was written by Roger Kelsall of Raydon and that he and John Kelsall of Pinxton were sons of John Kelsall who died in 1677. (This letter cannot have been written by the Roger described in the next paragraph because he died in 1669.)

The will of Roger Kelsall of Etchells 1669 (indexed on FMP as Robert Kelsall 1669), written the second day of May 1663, provides bequests to Reginald Kelsall his nephew, and brothers and sisters of said Reginald – John, Isaac, Mary Bailey wife of Edward Bailey of Etchells, and Margery Kelsall “my now wife”. Mary Bailey, Reginald, Isaac, James and John are known from baptisms to be children of Reginald. This may be the Reginald who married Marie Barrett 13 July 1619. Roger married Margery Pawlden 28 July 1636.

From this we know that Roger and Reginald Kelsall were brothers. We also know that the father of John Kelsall of Pinxton was also John. Based on marriage dates (John 1626, Roger 1636, Reginald possibly 1619) John, Roger and Reginald were contemporaries and our speculation is that they were brothers. From a Memorial Inscription found on FMP, John Kelsall was buried at St. Mary Stockport 1677 age 75. Ann Kelsall wife of John Kelsall of Etchells was buried at the same grave location, 8 February 1655. Ann is believed to be Ann Ashton who married John Kelsall, 13 June 1626. From his will Roger died in 1669. Reginald may be the Reginald Kelsall who was buried 8 June 1634.

Continuing the above logic, the father of John, Roger and Reginald, another John was old enough to have a child in 1602. He may be the John who married Jane Hurst 18 October 1599, but a suitable baptism has not been found. From the duplication of names (especially John) in the same generation seen in the registers it is apparent that there was more than one household of Kelsalls at Etchells. Prior to about 1604, the Kelsalls of Etchells are found in registers for Cheadle; after that they are found in St. Mary Stockport. The earliest record we have found is for Ellyn Kelsall, father John, baptised 8 March 1569 at Cheadle.

As identified from Roger’s will, Roger and John had four sisters:

  • Ellen married Robert Barlow of Didsbury who was named as an executor of his father-in-law’s will. It mentions his grandson Richard Barlow. Mother of James, Ann and John. Ellen Barlow died in Didsbury leaving a will 25 October 1684.
  • Sibil first married Randle Thornley and had a child also Randle Thornley baptised 15 December 1659 at St Mary’s Stockport. The son Randle was buried 1704 at St Mary’s (wife Mary). Sibil married Raphe Swindells 6 October 1665 and had children Sarah baptised 12 July 1674 and Jonathon buried 1671. Sibil Swindells was buried 9 April 1707 at Stockport.
  • Ann married Alderman Thomas Sydbotham (marriage bond 13 July 1677 both of Stockport) and had a son also Thomas Sydbotham. Ann Sydebothom was buried 3 March 1711 at St Mary’s Stockport.
  • Mary was still single in 1677 according to her father’s will. Roger only calls her ‘my sister Mary’ but names her daughter as Mary Bancroft. We have found no marriage between Mary Kelsall and a Bancroft nor a baptism for a Mary Bancroft after 1677.

Several wills with connections to Etchells are listed in the Index to the Wills and Inventories now preserved in the Court of Probate at Chester searchable on line through Google Books with the wills available on Findmypast. These provide family relationships as follows:

John Kelsall of Etchells 1664 Inventory only
Roger Kelsall of Etchells 1669 Wife Margery, nephews Reginald, John, Isaac, Mary Bailey
John Kelsall of Etchells 1677 Includes letter from son Roger
Isaac Kelsall of Etchells 1682 Wife Ellen, brothers Reginald and James, sister Mary Bailey
Reginald Kelsall of Etchells 1688 Brother James, sisters Sarah, Mary, Anne
Anne Kelsall of Etchells 1689 Widow, nephews Smith, Martha Holland, kinsman Floarson?


The connection with the Moultrie/Bellinger line, specifically Roger Kelsall who lived in the Bahamas in the 1700s, was originally identified based on the Kelsall estate in the Bahamas named as Pinxton and the repetition in both families of the names John and Roger (the name John is frustratingly repeated in many Kelsall trees, but Roger is less common.) Additional research has proven this connection.

From Cambridge alumni on line: Roger Kelsall was “adm sizar” at Jesus College 26 May 1698 (sizar signifying that he received financial support from his college). This entry suggests with a “?” that this Roger was son of the Roger admitted in 1659 but we know from the will of Roger Kelsall of Raydon that he was in fact his nephew. that the entry states that the younger Roger “joined the Quakers’ assembly in Cambridge. Expelled from the College 4 March 1698/1699”.

More information on Roger’s expulsion is found in the History of Jesus College (by Arthur Gray available online through Google Books). On 14 February 1698/1699 Roger admitted he was guilty of great offences, begged pardon of God and sincerely promised “to comport myself as becomes a Scholar and a Christian”. But the next entry dated March 4 tells us that Roger had secretly withdrawn from College and “having thrown his lot in with the Quakers, and having publicly professed their insane doctrines, is, by unanimous consent of the President and Fellows, pronounced expelled”.

Various historical documents show that Roger Kelsall, the son of John Kelsall went out to Virginia:

From Alumni Cantabrigienses (A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge from the Earliest Times to 1890 by John Venn; Review by: The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. 33, No. 2 (April 1925), pp. 216-220), there is another reference that Roger Kelsall was expelled from Cambridge in 1698/1699 and then “Roger Kelsall came out to Virginia and became minister of Lynhaven Parish. His will dated Sept 14 1708 and proved in Princess Anne County Feb 15 1708/1709 speaks of an estate in Essex, England left him by the late Reverend Roger Kelsall formerly minister of Roydon”.

There is another reference to this will in Some Emigrants to Virginia: Memoranda in Regard to Several Hundred Emigrants (available on line through Google Books);” Kelsall, Rev. Roger (d 1708), Norfolk County; refers in his will to an estate left him by his father, Rev. Roger Kelsall minister of Roydon, known by the name of Byer’s St. Mary’s adjoining Colchester.” Again, we know that the elder Roger was the uncle of Roger who left the will.

From Col. James Wilson (1644-1712) of Norfolk County, VA and brother Col. William Wilson (1646-1713) of Elizabeth City County, VA (found in Rootsweb): Lemuel Wilson was clerk of Lower Norfolk county in 1711. He married Katherine, widow of Rev. Roger Kelsall, minister of Elizabeth River Parish, who in his will (1708) names his son John Kelsall and an estate left him by Roger Kelsall, “minister of Royden, dec’d, known by the name of Byers St. Mary’s adjoining to Colchester.”

From the summary of a lawsuit found in The National Archives online, Kelsall vs. Salkeld, filed in 1731, we know that the Roger who died in Virginia in 1708 had a son: Plaintiffs: John Kelsall, mariner now of Colchester, Essex and late of York Town, Virginia, America (only son and heir of Roger Kelsall, clerk deceased late of Elizabeth City, Virginia, the eldest son and heir of John Kelsall, late of Buxton, Derbyshire; and great nephew and heir of Roger Kelsall, clerk late of Roydon, Suffolk, elder brother of said John Kelsall). This reference to Buxton possibly was intended to refer to Pinxton.

Looking now to the Moultrie/Bellinger tree of South Carolina and the Bahamas, the earliest record is that John Kelsall married Mary Bellinger 28 May 1738 in South Carolina.   John’s sons Roger and William compromised themselves during the Revolutionary War and migrated to the Bahamas after the American victory. There is evidence that this John is descended from the Etchells and Pinxton Kelsalls in that they named their estate in the Bahamas Pinxton, as well as the repetition of the names John and Roger – but how is the John who married Mary Bellinger related to the John “late of York Town, Virginia’ who apparently returned to England? This latter John was the son of Roger Kelsall who died in 1708 and so was born between 1698 when Roger was expelled from Cambridge and 1708. There is a span of 30 to 40 years which seems at most barely enough for the first John to grow up and a son to grow to an age to be married. It seems more likely that John Kelsall who was in Colchester in 1731 returned to America to marry in 1738.