Dear Oakden researchers
We believe that we have a connection to your Okeden/Oakden family - way back. Our grand grandmother Anne Hyde (Carew) had a sister Judith Hyde that married Edmund Okeden 8 Apr 1624 in St. Peters Church, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. The top Carew family researcher and biographer for the Dictionary of National Biography is Mrs. Joan Carew Richardson, an octogenarian member of the One Name Association - Carew. She has determined that Judith Hyde and Edmund Okeden of Dorset had at least one son, namely William Okeden. We also note that the extensive research of Howard Hyde and his wife Cheryl Hyde of Paso Robles, California have determined that Judith Hyde died in 1624. They do not give a death date. Also they do not record any children. Mrs. Richardson of Middlesex only works with original documents and has determined that William Okeden was born of this marriage.
We have noted that Maureen E. Ward, who we believe to be Maureen E. Ward Benton, co-author of the Hancock and Barton Families is the submitter to the LDS for the Oakden family. She has traced the Oakden family back to a William Okeden, who married Anne. The next generation adopted the name Oakden. The Okeden name in the 1500-1600's seems to be quite rare. We think that our William Okeden born of Edmund Okeden & Judith Hyde is the William Okeden who married Anne and thus began a long series of Oakden family at Waterfall, Staffs.
We would very much like to have any other information, in particular whether Judith Hyde (Okeden) died in childbirth. The marriage in April 1624 and her death determined by Howard Hyde as 1624, would seem to indicate such and that there were no other Okeden children. If this is true, then it impacts our Anne Hyde. Mrs. Richardson feels that Anne Hyde went to live with the Okeden family in Dorset. Her thoughts are that Anne went there in 1631, after the Hyde sisters' father, Sir Nicholas Hyde, Chief Justice of England died. With the new information found by the Hyde family descendants and the Mrs. Richardson find, we now are beginning to think that Anne Hyde went to the Okeden residence as early as 1624, because her sister Judith died, and Edmund Okeden was left with a baby that survived the birth. If this is the case, then it would explain a time lag for Anne Hyde not getting married until the 1630's - she was born in 1610. Thus if this is correct, she would have been about 14-15 years of age.
She, Anne Hyde Carew (Carey) is buried in Westminster Abbey. Her cousin was Sir Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, whose daughter was the 1st wife of King James II, also named Anne Hyde.
See if you can help. If you are from the long line of Oakden/Okeden family as set out by Maureen Ward, then you may be descendants from a long line of Hyde family that stretches much further back., namely Matthew De Hyde in 1167.
John Young in Toronto
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