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JAMES CROMPTON AND
KATHARYNE HARROCKS-CROMPTON FAMILY
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The Crompton Surname is English, of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was first found in Crompton, England, where the family held the seat from the middle ages, and first appeared as a family name when the De La Leigh family (Norman settlers from the Norman conquest) changed their name to indicate the Anglo-Saxon township they had obtained and settled in during the 13th century. (Wikepedia Encyclopedia).
James Crompton was born circa 1575 Of Bolton, Lancashire, England, bound to the West by the Irish Sea. It was the year Spain opened the port of Antwerp to English traders, in return for Queen Elizabeth agreeing to stop aiding the Dutch rebel against Spanish rule.
Nextdoor Liverpool, Mersyside, England had become a major port by then, where thousands of English would depart for America. While we are sure the Cromptons made a name for themselves in the area, it would be nearly four centuries before the Beatles would emerge from Liverpool to become the world's best known residents from the area.
Lancashire is now much smaller than its historical extent due to a local government reform. In 1889 an administrative county of Lancashire was created, covering the historical county except for county boroughs such as Blackburn, Burnley, Barrow-in-Furness, Preston, Liverpool, and Manchester.
Katharyne Harrocks was born circa 1572, birthplace unknown.
It is unclear what James did for a trade. He and Katharyne married August 17, 1595 in Deane By Bolton, Lancashire, England and had at least one child, a son.
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George Crompton b. 10/10/1602 St. Peter, Bolton, Lancashire, England.
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