Great Ponton, Lincolnshire Genealogy

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Guide to Great Ponton, Lincolnshire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish registers, transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Great Ponton, Lincolnshire
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Holy+Cross Great+Ponton Lincolnshire
Type England Jurisdictions
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Grantham Borough
County Lincolnshire, England Genealogy
Poor Law Union Grantham
Registration District Grantham
Records begin
Parish registers: 1622
Bishop's Transcripts: 1561
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Grantham
Diocese Lincoln
Province Canterbury
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop of Lincoln (Episcopal Consistory)
Location of Archive
Lincolnshire Archives

Parish History[edit | edit source]

Great Ponton Holy Cross is an Ancient Parish.

PONTON, GREAT (Holy Cross), a parish, in the union of Grantham, wapentake of Winnibriggs and Threo, parts of Kesteven, county of Lincoln, 4 miles (S.) from Grantham. [1]

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Great Ponton like this:

PONTON (Great), a parish in Grantham district, Lincoln; on Ermine-street, the river Witham, and the Great Northern railway, 3½ miles S of Grantham. It is supposed, by some, to be the Ad Pontem of the Romans; it has yielded many Roman coins, pavements, bricks, urns, and other relics; and it has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Grantham. Acres, 2, 930. Real property, £3, 696. Pop. in 1851, 680; in 1861, 561. Houses, 107. The manor and most of the land belong to the Earl of Dysart. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, about £800. Patron, the Bishop of Lincoln. The church was built in 1519; and is a handsome edifice, with a pinnacled tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and an endowed school with about £90 a year.

The village is 3 miles South of Grantham and the A1(formerly known as the Great North Road) passes close by the village centre and church of Holy Cross which has a tower built in 1519 by Anthony Ellys. Charles Hoole was the vicar from 1642-6. The church is in the Colsterworth Group of churches, which includes Little Ponton, Lincolnshire Genealogy.

Neighbouring villageses include Stoke Rochford,  Stroxton, Lincolnshire Genealogy and Little Ponton, Lincolnshire Genealogy. To the east is the River Witham and the East Coast Main Line.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Great Ponton parish registers of christenings, marriages and burials are available online for the following years:

FS PRs = England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (FamilySearch) - free
FS = FamilySearch - free
FREG = FreeREG - free
FMP = Lincolnshire Baptisms, Marriages, Burials (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Banns = Lincolnshire Banns (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Marr Index = Lincolnshire Marriage Index (FindMyPast) - ($)
FMP Marr = Lincolnshire Marriage Licence Bonds and Allegations (FindMyPast) - ($)
JOIN = The Joiner Marriage Index - ($)
NBI = National Burial Index (FindMyPast) - free
IGI = International Genealogical Index (FamilySearch) - free[2]
FS Catalog PRs = FamilySearch Catalog Parish registers - free
FS Catalog BTs = FamilySearch Catalog Bishop's transcripts - free
Great Ponton Online Parish Records
Indexes Images Indexes Images Indexes Images
FS PRs 1538-1990
FS 1538-1975
FREG 1538-1900s
FMP 1538-1911
FMP Banns


FMP Marr Index


FMP Marr






FS Catalog PRs

FS Catalog BTs

To find the names of the neighboring parishes, use England Jurisdictions 1851 Map. In this site, search for the name of the parish, click on the location "pin", click Options and click List contiguous parishes.

Records are also available at the Lincolnshire Archives.

Material deposited at Lincolnshire Archives,

St Rumbold Street

Enquiries: The website enables you to view a PDF file for all records held for each parish as part of continuing efforts to provide an online catalogue.

The digitisation of parish records for the county now offers images  via the Lincs to the past website (July 2011). Use advanced search terms at Search Lincs to the past to search for available images for parish registers and other records for this parish with images. Advance search terms Great Ponton Par 1 will identify available images.

Search FamilySearch Catalogue Ponton, Great

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

See Lincolnshire Census

Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Grantham Poor Law Union, Lincolnshire Genealogy

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lincolnshire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Maps are a visual look at the locations in England. Gazetteers contain brief summaries about a place.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England(1848), pp. 586-593. Date accessed: 21 August 2013.