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Blickling Hall

Listed under Paranormal in Norwich, United Kingdom.

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Anne Boleyn’s ghost haunts Blickling Hall near Aylsham annually, around the anniversary of her May beheading. This haunting is full of all the romance of the best ghost stories and although I haven’t seen Anne myself it is not through want of trying (I have done a lot of research about her.).

Confusion over her date of birth means she may or may not have been born at Blickling, but if you believe she is haunting this place then it would make sense if it were where she was born. This confusion may explain why most people claim to have seen her outside the house, as far as I know she has never been seen inside. She arrives in a carriage pulled by headless horses and horsemen with her own head sitting on her lap. Anne is a popular ghost, believed to haunt several places. It makes sense, she was a strong, beautiful woman beheaded because she gave birth to a still born son. She has a lot of be vengeful about if that it one of the triggers for ghosts to continue to walk the earth. Anne’s father, Thomas is also part of the story. While some say he is the driver of her demonic carriage, the oldest myths say he has his own cross to bear as a cursed man who is chased by demons over 40 bridges each night. Thomas inherited Blickling from his family in 1505 which means that if Anne were born in 1501 she may have been born in the house of her father’s forebears (Blickling), but if she were born in 1507 which is the alternative claim she was more likely to have been born elsewhere (Hever Castle is the main contender.).

Blickling in the daytime and on evenings during the rest of the year is a beautiful, red Jacobean building with long graceful lawns and galleries. It also has a prize collection of tapestries and paintings and a famously intricate ceiling to entertain you while you wait for Anne to arrive.

Written by  Sophie Edgerton.

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How do we account for Robert Hubard/Huberd/Hobart of Virginia being the Robert born 1606 at Hackney, London,in England, who attended Cambridge, son of S. Henry, brother of Edward; this same Robert who is said to have died without children in 1627? The pedigree taken in Middlesex, England (Middlesex Pedigrees as collected by Richard Mundy in Harleian Ms.No. 1551, edited by Sir George John Armitage, BART, F.S.A., pub. London 1914) of Henry's family in Highgate, Middlesex also state that Henry's son Robert "ob. s.p." (obitt sine prole)? Robert of Virginia may have been of this family, but he was not the son of Sir Henry, apparently. Robert of Virginia, by all accounts seems to have been a man of some substance (land purchases) and education (Clerk of Court), but how was he descended from Sir Henry??? Middlesex was the home of Sir Henry's family (Highgate) before Blickling. Might Robert have been a relation? A grandson perhaps? Or a nephew? I would love to know Robert of Virginia's proper lineage. I for one, as a descendant, am mystified after all the assertions I've read on the internet. Might Sir Henry have had another son Robert born later? If so, how was he father to Matthew b. c1627. There was also a Henry in Virginia purchasing land in Westmoreland about the same time that Robert was. Who was he?

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One small correction to my previous message. Robert

Huberd of Virginia was Clerk of Council, not Clerk of

Court. The Council members were advisors to the Royal

Governor of Virginia and usually appointed by the crown.

They were the highest legislature in the land and similar to the House of Lords in England. The House of Burgesses was like our Congressional House is today and elected by the people. At least, that's my understanding at this point. I could be wrong.

Did Robert Hubbard and Margaret Kevell have a daughter named Elizabeth?

Elizabeth Hubbard who married Thomas Bottom in Virginia in 1660 is said to be the daughter of Robert Hubbard and Margaret Kevell. Various family trees on the internet list her as their daughter but I cannot find any independent verification. Does anyone know if this is true or if not who might be her parents?

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Robart or Robert Hubbard-Hobart was born 24 June 1606 at Hackney on the outskirts of London, at the time an exclusive village for the wealthy and powerful. Sir Henry was a patron of the local St Augustine’s church. British History Online has the listing, “Robert Hubbard, the son of Sr Harrye Hubbard, Knt. was christened the 28 daye of September 1606.”

After Robart landed in Virginia about c.1644 in the midst of the English Civil War, he claimed Virginia land through transporting English Colonists to the New World. His father had helped to draw up the charters of the Virginia Company of London and also invested in the company before his death in 1625. Sir Henry wrote the names of his surviving children in a Bible shortly before his death so that history would remember them.

Robart was able to use his influential contacts to leave for the New World to claim land and start a new life. The Virginia Company was responsible for founding the Jamestown Settlement and expanding the English Colonies in North America. One of the major tools used to recruit future Colonists was the Headright System, whereby a settler was granted fifty acres of land for every person he brought to the colony.

On 18 April 1644, the Second Anglo-Powhatan War erupted and in about a day 350 out of 1,240 colonists were killed, and some outlying settlements were wiped out. The Jamestown colony needed fresh reinforcements of soldiers and settlers as a result and Robert Hubbard was one of many Englishmen to answer the call.

He married Margaret Kevell on 7th July 1625 at Holy Trinity Church in Cambridge, England. Margaret was born in England to Reverend Matthew Kevell. Records show that Robert Hubbard and Margaret Kevell had three sons; Matthew, Robert and John travelled to Virginia with their father after the death of their mother in England. During most of the 1640s England was ravaged by civil war as Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army clashed with Royalist forces for the control of not just England but the entire British Isles.

This information was taken from a web site established earlier this year by Simon Tomlin writer of the book "Sons of Soldiers" in it Robert Hubbard is mentioned. Chris Hubbard, Russellville Arkansas. 479-970-7001. Hopes this helps.

National Trust research program

On 15 March 2010, an article by Andy Bloxhan was published in the Telegraph am titled "How Posh Do You Think Yor Are Research Launched". The article referred to a research program backed by the National Trust. The program will document the family trees of those peolple who were residents of some 350 stately homes. In the article it sounded as if these family trees would be available at the homes for visitors to use. Since I am one of those attempting to validate a connection between Robert Hubbard and Sir Henry Hobart, I wonder if the project has been completed at Blicking Manor? If not, can you comment on when it may be comppleted and if it will be of value in providing me the answer I seek? Thank you very much for any assistance you can give.

Frank Hubbard

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Hi Frank - that sounds like an interesting study. Haven't heard about it myself but again, I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else knows anything.

Thanks

• ID: I6012

• Name: Robert HUBBARD

• Sex: M

• Birth: 28 June 1606 Hackney, London, England

• Death: 09 February 1663, Jamestown, Virginia Colony

Robert Hobart-Hubbard born 28 June 1606 in Hackney, London, England. Notes for Robert Hobart-Hubbard: From the Records of the Virginia Company of London Vol. IV, Documents II, Part of a set of: The Genesis of the United States, is the biographical sketch of Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard which includes these words, “Robert Hubbard, christened at Hackney Church, September 28, 1606, who was the Robert Hubbard living in Virginia about 1650.” More About Robert Hobart/Hubbard: Christening: 28 June 1606, Hackney, London, England. Died 09 February 1663, Jamestown, Virginia Colony.

Robert Hobart-Hubbard who left England to emigrate to the Virginia Colony c.1644. Hobart is pronounced “Hubbard” or “Hubbart” hence the inscription "Hubbard".

Baptism of Robert Hubbard, 28 September 1606

Sorry Vaughn, I don't think I made myself clear. I'm not questioning anything about you personally, I'm questioning the conviction people have that Henry was Robert's father when I've yet to see evidence to support that, just speculation. I don't think we have much detail on Robert either. I'd be thrilled to trace my geneology back to the 1200's, but as it is, I haven't seen any credible documentation past my Wilkes Co. Hubbard ancestors. I'm looking for credible documentation, not a complicated rumor.

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• ID: I6012

• Name: Robert HUBBARD

• Sex: M

• Birth: 28 June 1606 Hackney, London, England

• Death: 09 February 1663, Jamestown, Virginia Colony

Robert Hobart-Hubbard born 28 June 1606 in Hackney, London, England. Notes for Robert Hobart-Hubbard: From the Records of the Virginia Company of London Vol. IV, Documents II, Part of a set of: The Genesis of the United States, is the biographical sketch of Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard which includes these words, “Robert Hubbard, christened at Hackney Church, September 28, 1606, who was the Robert Hubbard living in Virginia about 1650.” More About Robert Hobart/Hubbard: Christening: 28 June 1606, Hackney, London, England. Died 09 February 1663, Jamestown, Virginia Colony.

Robert Hobart-Hubbard who left England to emigrate to the Virginia Colony c.1644. Hobart is pronounced “Hubbard” or “Hubbart” hence the inscription "Hubbard".

Baptism of Robert Hubbard, 28 September 1606

Nathianel (sic) Hobart

I have come across this website by accident.

My 9th Great Grandfather is actual Nathianel Hobart (Sir Henry Hobart's 5th son). I am looking for information about Nathianel as there is not a lot of information about the younger children of Sir Henry.

Blickling Hall descendent

Hello,

I came across your pictures of Blickling Hall and wanted to ask permission to use some of them on my genealogy report.

Robert Hobart/Hubbard was the only son of 10 sons (of Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard) that left England for the New World in Jamestown, Virginia (Jamestown Colony) about 1644. This also made him the first "Hubbard" to arrive in the New World. I am a direct descendent of Robert Hubbard (Hobart)and therefore of Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard. The reason for the name spelling is simple. At that time the name Hobart was actually pronounced "Hubbard". When Robert came to the New World and told the Virginia Colony his name, they spelled it "Hubbard" the American spelling instead of "Hobart" the English spelling of the name "Hubbard". This fact is well documented.

Sir Henry Hobart, variously scribed as Sir Henry Hubberd and Sir Henry Hubbard in legal documents in the 17th Century, had 16 children, one of whom, Robert emigrated to the Virginia Colony about1644 to begin the first branches of the Hubbards-Hobarts in America.

Thanks and your photos are fantastic.

Sincerely Vaughn Hubbard

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Hi Vaughn, Thanks for noticing, we got our images from Flickr's Creative Commons pool, so I'd suggest you choose from the selection there - making sure you credit where appropriate.

Vaughn,

How is it a well documented fact about Robert Hubbard and his father Henry, because I'd like to know. I see people tracing my ancestors back to Robert and back to Henry and beyond, but from all my research on the internet I haven't found any evidence I can source. I don't mean to challenge your claim, I'm just tired of being kept in the dark. Thanks.

Justin

To Justin,

First off Justin, I don't have a clue to who you are??? About my "Claim" to being a direct descendant of Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard, I would make that claim unless I was sure that my (genealogy) facts were accurate. Otherwise, why bother with researching one's genealogy? Are you somehow "directly" related to Sir Henry Hobart/Hubbard or are you a very distant cousin?

Vaughn Hubbard (not Hobart but Hubbard) descended from Robert Hubbard of the Virginia Colony of 1644.

How do I, an American, get to Blickling Hall from Oxford?

I will be in Oxford the last two weeks of January to conduct research. I would like to visit Blickling Hall, which I have been led to believe is the ancestral home of our family. Thank you.

Duane Bolin

Professor, History

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky, 4297

Blickling Hall

This isn’t the real Boleyn home, but a copy of the original built in the very beginning of the 17th Century. In the second World War it was commandeered to be used by the army and was an officers mess and kitchen, this is where a lot of the stories come from about the house, soldiers are naturally drawn to stories of the supernatural.

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