John Staymaker or Slaymaker was a miller of Honington, Warwickshire. He was christened 29 July 1666 in the nearby parish of Tadmarton, Oxfordshire, the son of William and Elizabeth Slaymaker. John married Mary. They were the only Staymaker family having children in the right time period on Honington, so are likely the parents of Frances. The name was extracted as Staymaker in the Honington Bishop's Transcripts , but also appears as Slaymaker in the original parish register.

John died and was buried 21 November 1725, as "John Staymaker, miller" in the Honington Bishop's Transcript.

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Burial record for John Staymaker in th Honington Bishop's Transcript: "John Staymaker, miller Nov 21"

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Burial record for John Slaymaker in the original Honington parish register:
"John Slaymaker, miller of ye parish was buried, Novbr ye 21st 1725"

Mary died and was buried 27 March 1729 in Honington as "Mary widow of Jno. Staymaker".

Mary Staymaker burial

Burial record for Mary Staymaker in the Honington Bishop's Transcript: "Mary widow of Jno Staymaker   March 27"

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Burial record for Mary Slaymaker in the original Honington parish register:
"Mary ye widow of Jno. Slaymaker buried March ye 27th"

 John and Mary had the following children:


*1. Frances, born about 1692; married John Banks 26 December 1714 in Honington.

2. Martha, christened 26 September 1698 in Honington.

3. Rachell, christened 27 December 1699 in Honington; married Francis Shuffield 12 July 1733 in Barcheston, Warwickshire.

4. Joseph, buried 29 August 1701 in Honington.

5. Joseph, christened 16 September 1703 in Honington; married Mary; occupation - miller. 

6. John, buried 25 February 1704 in Honington.

SOURCES: Honington parish register;

Honington is described: "The tiny village is mostly set about a triangular green, southeast of the church at the junction of three roads,that leading to the north finishing at the church. The River Stour flows west of the village and the road to the south crosses it by a bridge of c. 1685, built of ashlar stone with four very small arches and with ball-ornaments on the parapets...There were in 1086 in Honington 4 mills worth54s. 4d.  In 1291 the prior had 2 mills here valued at £1, and in 1540 the mills were farmed for £3 5s. 4d. Three watermills are mentioned in 1578, and two in 1597, and these two were leased by Henry Gibbes in 1620 to Sir Thomas Temple and Thomas Gibbes for 30 years at a peppercorn rent. In 1741 and 1809 the appurtenances of the manor included 4 water cornmills, 4 fulling-mills, and 3 dove-houses." From: 'Parishes: Honington', A History of the County of Warwick: Volume 5: Kington hundred (1949), pp. 92-95. URL:


William Slaymaker was christened 13 October 1633 in Tadmarton, the son of William Slaymaker and Margaret Pittom. He married Elizabeth.

Elizabeth died and was buried 30 January 1684 in Tadmarton.

Elizabeth Slaymaker

Burial record for Elizabeth Slaymaker in Tadmarton:
"Elizabeth the wife of William Slamaker was buried according to the Act"

William died later the same year, and was buried 21 October 1684 in Tadmarton.

William Slaymaker burial

Burial record for William Slaymaker in Tadmarton:
"William Slemaker was buryed October 21"

William and Elizabeth had the following children:

*1. John, christened 29 July 1666 in Tadmarton; married Mary; buried 21 November 1725 in Honington.

John Slaymaker baptism

Baptism record for John Slaymaker in Tadmarton:
"John Slaymaker ye son of William Slaymaker was baptized July 29"

2. Thomas, christened 2 August 1668 in Tadmarton.

3. Edward, christened 24 April 1671 in Tadmarton.

4. William, christened 20 October 1673 in Tadmarton.

5. Edward, christened 30 December 1675 in Tadmarton.

6. Henry, christened 23 February 1678 in Tadmarton.

SOURCES: Tadmarton parish register; Honington parish register;


William Slaymaker was born in about 1600 of Tadmarton. He married Margaret Pittom 1 May 1630 in Over Worton, Oxfordshire.

William Slaymaker marriage

Marriage record for William Slaymaker and Margaret Pittom in Over Worton:
"William Slymaker of Tadmarton & Margaret Pittom of Over-Worton were maried May 1st 1630"

Margaret died and was buried 17 October 1665 in Tadmarton.

Margaret Slaymaker burial

Burial record for Margaret Slaymaker in Tadmarton:
"Margaret the wife of William Sleymaker was buryed the 17 day of October"

William and Margaret had the following children:

1. Edward, christened 3 April 1632 in Tadmarton.

*2. William, christened 13 October 1633 in Tadmarton.

3. Elizabeth, christened 1 October 1637 in Tadmarton.

4. Mary, christened 19 February 1639 in Tadmarton.

5. Henderry (Henry), christened 24 October 1641 in Tadmarton.

6. Marye, christened 9 July 1642 in Tadmarton.

7. John, christened 1 October 1644 in Tadmarton.

8. Hendrie, christened 21 May 1648 in Tadmarton.

9. Thomas, christened 10 August 1651 in Tadmarton.

SOURCES: Tadmarton parish register;

Other Slaymakers in early Tadmarton records are:


No christening record is found for William Sleamaker in Tadmarton, and there are no Sleamaker christenings in Tadmarton before 1632, but there are several Sleamaker families found in nearby parishes. There are several possibilities for our William Sleamaker.

Several generations of Sleamakers in Enstone left wills. Enstone is about eight miles south of Tadmarton.

The Enstone parish register lists:

“The earliest deed which is cited in evidence of the title is dated in 1588. The estate had been vested in Richard Comyn and others by the gift and feoffment of William Sleamaker, and was at that date conveyed by them to John Child and others for the uses assigned, the above-named William Sleamaker being possibly the original legal donor of the estate for the charitable use assigned.”
“1562. Sleamaker. For a long time a notion seems to have prevailed in the parish, that a person of the name Sleamaker was the donor of the Church estate; and this idea seems to have arisen from the fact, that this was the name at various times of the tenant or occupier of the lands, particularly at the time when the Banbury decree was made by the Charity Commissioners, in which the lands are described as in the tenure of one Sleymaker, and are continually afterwards so described in all our deeds of feoffment. In fact persons of that name, and presumedly therefore the same family, were the tenants of these lands from before the time of the Banbury decree in 1602 until the year 1703…The name appears very early in the Registers, for in the year 1563 William James married Annie Sleamaker…so that already before this time the family was settled and resident here, and so continued until the year 1713 and later, but are now entirely unknown here.”  (A Parochial History of Enstone in the County of Oxford)

George Sleamaker of Great Tew left a will dated 1640, mentioning wife Frances, and children Anne, Elizabeth and William. This may be the George Sleamaker who married Frances Langford in Enstone. His occupation was carpenter. Great Tew is six miles south of Tadmarton. This seems to be the most likely prospect for our William - it is the closest and in the best time period.

William Sleamaker of Hanborough left a will dated 1597, mentioning father Thomas, wife Edye, sons Edward and William, and daughters Elizabeth, Annes, Usselie, and Margaret. Hanborough is a parish about eighteen miles south of Tadmarton.

The Hanborough parish register lists William, son of John (1593), Margaret, daughter of William (1595), and William, son of Thomas (1618). Thomas Sleamaker married Dorathe Braby 1610 in Hanborough.

John Slaymaker
of North Aston left a will dated 1663, mentioning wife Elenor (daughter of Joane Steevens, will 1635), and son John. John senior was a miller in North Aston. The Sleamaker family is mentioned in British History Online - North Aston: "The other mill was held by the Sleamaker family in the 17th and early 18th centuries, and may have been more valuable for a time, John Sleamaker's estate being worth 105 at his death in 1663."  Thomas Sleamaker died and was buried here in 1604.

Kiddington is a parish about ten miles south of Tadmarton. Robert Slemaker had children Henry (1592), Elyzabethe (1594), Nicolas (1796), Franncis (1599), William (1601), and Robert (1605). Robert the father was buried in 1607, leaving an administration which mentioned his brother John Sleamaker of Hanborough, and children Elizabeth, NIcholas, Ffrancis, and Thomas. William was born at the right time, but must have died before 1607, as he is not mentioned.

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