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Stuart Phethean, Hampshire, UK

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New Phethean DNA Project

A new Y-DNA surname project has been set up in conjunction with Family Tree DNA. If your surname is, or is similar to those listed below then you are welcome to participate. Registering to become a member of the project will enable you get a discount compared to the prices charged to the general public. You must be male in order to participate in this project since Y-DNA is only passed from male to male.

Click on the tab  DNA Surname Project in the top menu for full details of the project and how to apply.

Surnames of interest

Fethion, Fethyan, Fethyon, Fhithyan, Fithan, Fithean, Fitheion, Fitheon, Fithian, Fithion, Fithyan, Fithyon, Fitton, Fytheone, Fythian, Pheathean, Pheathian, Phethean, Phethein, Phetheon, Phethian, Phethion, Phithean, Phitheon, Phithian, Phithion, Phithyan, Phythean, Phytheon, Phythian, Phythion, Phythyan.


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Variants of the Phethean surname

I have come across the names in bold within a few miles of each other in Cheshire:

fathon, feithyon, fethion, fethyan, fethyon, fhithyan, fithan, fithean, fithein, fitheion, fithen, fitheon, fithian, fithians, fithien, fithin, fithins, fithiohn, fithion, fithon, fithyan, fithyon, fythen, fytheone, fythian, phathain, phathian, pheathean, pheathian, pheaton, pheteon, phethean, phethein, phethen, phetheon, phethian, phethion, phithan, phithean, phitheon, phithian, phithion, phithyan, phitian, phitin, phition, phittheon, phitthian, phitthion, phothean, phythean, phythen, phytheon, phythian, phythians, phythion, phythions, phythyan, phythyen, phytion, phyton, pithyon, pytheone

Derived from:   FamilySearch Standard Finder


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Brief chronology of the Phethean mill at Moses Gate, Farnworth

I have done a quick trawl of various old Ordnance Survey maps and have
come up with this early chronology of the mills at Moses Gate:

1850 – no mills at all except for one in the triangle between Bolton
Road, Egerton St and Gladstone Road

1884 ” A fire of alarming proportions broke out at two o’clock on Saturday morning at the mill of Messrs. Phethean & Sons, Farnworth near Bolton. The fire broke out in the storeroom, which had £10,000 worth of stock in it. This room was gutted, also the spinning room, but the rest of the premises were saved. Fifty spinners are thrown out of work, and damage 0f £20,000 was caused”
Liverpool Mercury, Monday, October 6, 1884; Issue 11462

1891 Egerton Mill standing – located between Egerton St and Thynne St;
un-named mill between Thynne St and Cambell St (Phethean’s Mill?)

1893 as above

1909 Egerton mill seems to have been rebuilt slightly to the west; is now between Phethean St and Thynne St. Phethean St and Thorne St seem to have been built over the site of the older mill (or part of it).

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Trial of John Phetheon – transported 14 years, 1840

I’m trying to accumulate documentary evidence John Phetheon’s life. I have documents showing when and where is was transported (Tasmania) and that he received a free pardon after 7 years. John may have returned to England briefly but then went back to Hobart along with wife Susan and possible two children in 1849. I have other circumstantial evidence confirming that his wife was called Susan, and also a record of a marriage between a John Phetheon and one Susan Burt in Lambeth, 1839.

The trial is described below :

From:  Henry Buckler; Central Criminal Court.  Minutes Of Evidence,  Vol X11; Session VII to Session XII; George Herbert, Cheapside, London, 1840

2038. JOHN PHETHEON was indicted for stealing, on the 26th of February, at St. George, Hanover-square, 4 salt-cellars, value 41; 6 ladles, value 1/. 5s.; 18 forks, value 91.; and 6 spoons, value 11.; the goods of Thomas Robert Baron Hay, his master, in his dwelling-house :— 2nd Count, stating it to be the property of the Earl of Kinnoull, in Scotland.
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