About the Websites
  Why & How they were Created


This page gives an overview of why, and how, this group of HINXMAN Family History websites has been developed.  A copy of this page is repeated on each of the sites.

Purpose
It is pictures and stories, not names and dates, that catch people’s imagination.  Pictures and stories can make our past come alive to us, reveal its relevance to understanding our present, and hold up examples to help us shape our future.  That is the reason for these websites.  They are collections of pictures and stories, primarily designed to tell us – the descendants of a Henxman – about ourselves, and about what lies within us.  Other visitors are naturally very welcome too.

Aim & Objectives
The aim of these websites is simply to spread knowledge and understanding of that shared legend which links us: our HINXMAN Family History.  The key objectives for the websites are to provide content that is:
  • Free and accessible
  • Truthful and reliable
  • Appealing and interesting
  • Understandable and empathetic
Webmaster

These websites have commenced as a personal project, created and funded by myself – the webmaster, Richard HINXMAN (1951-, Titchfield branch). 

They result from my continuing interest in our family history, extending over 40+ years.  This interest was first fired by family stories, and a sense of continuity with our past, handed down by my father Derek Ernest HINXMAN (1924-1981), pictured here, as an important part of our individual and family identity.

My involvement gradually progressed from collection and then research; through collation and then writing; to the present focus of publishing.  Starting as a genealogist (one who studies family trees), I have slowly but surely developed into a family historian: one who tries to tell the family story.  I hope you enjoy these tales as much as I have.

Illustration:  Derek Ernest HINXMAN.  August 1947.
Derek's strong interest in HINXMAN family history was a key influence leading to the creation of these websites.  For picture details, see footnote.

Website
The medium of websites has been deliberately chosen, for several powerful reasons.

Most importantly, they are freely and increasingly accessible to most people around the world.  These stories are part of the heritage of us all; they are not just for historians.  For the first time ever, most HINXMAN descendants – and anyone else interested – can now access such information directly, from wherever they live.  That is too good an opportunity to miss.

Next, interested readers can easily copy parts of them.  This I welcome (provided the Terms of Use are observed), as multiple copies in multiple locations help to preserve and further disseminate the pictures and stories of our heritage.

Thirdly, unlike paper-based books, websites are easily expanded and updated, as more data becomes available.  The structure of these websites reflects that of our developing family, so they can grow and adapt to match it.

The formation of a HINXMAN Family History Trust is now being considered, to assist long-term continuity of the project beyond any individual lifetime.

Updating
As yet, the websites still have a lot of growing to do.  Much information still awaits transforming into webpage stories.  Further research continues to reveal additional information to add to existing pages, as well as yet more tales to tell.  And our family keeps growing and developing.  So these websites are intended to remain a work in progress.  I hope you find they repay revisiting, as they develop further.

Each page bears its own version number at bottom right, which includes the year this version was first uploaded to its website.  This is to help ensure that backup copies are kept up to date, and to help readers identify when a page has been modified.

Software
The websites were developed on Google Sites, initially as a single self-contained website.  Additional satellite websites have now been created, linked to the main site, to cope with the expanding content. 

Design
The initial website layout was kindly set up by Mike SIMMONS (Simple Sites for Therapists), to a design brief from Richard HINXMAN.  The detailed house style (layouts, font types and sizes, use of colours, etc.) has been further refined, as the websites and their content have developed.

Colour Coding
The HINXMAN family and their relatives today number thousands of people.  To make the data more manageable, the family is divided here into branches, each named for their place of origin. 

To aid navigation through the websites, each family branch is colour coded, and those colours are used in the title and sub-title of every branch-related page.  Click on Branches to open a new window on the HINXMAN Hub website, for a complete list of all identified family branches, their colour codes, and links to overview webpages for each branch.

The default colours for the titles and sub-titles of all other webpages are a combination of red, gold and black.  These colours have been chosen to echo the colours of the ancient Henxmen’s livery in the Royal Household, which were also reflected in the Henxmen-related coats of arms.


Quotations from documentary sources are shown throughout in blue.

Illustration:  Shield from the Coat of Arms of Edward Henxman.  1935.
The colours of his coat of arms have been utilised as the theme colours for this website.  For picture details, see footnote.

Generation Code
The website occasionally makes use of letter codes, as a method of identifying specific generations.  The system used here allocates the letter 'T' to the generation born circa 1950-1979  (e.g. 1944-1974 for the Titchfield branch), while earlier and later generations bear corresponding letters from the alphabetical sequence.  The code thus potentially covers 26 generations, from the 14th to the 21st centuries.

Names
Care has been taken to differentiate clearly between various types of names, which sometimes share similar spellings, by using differing styles of presentation:
  • Names which are known to be surnames are given entirely in upper case (all capitals), thus: HINXMAN.  This genealogical convention makes it easier to find names among text.
  • The occupational title of henxman/henxmen, and personal names, are given in title case (initial capitals only), thus: Henxman and Martha.
  • All nicknames are given in title case and inverted commas, initially after the 'official' name, thus:  Alexander 'Sandy'.
  • It is sometimes unclear whether the last names of the henxmen refer to their job title, or to a surname.  These are therefore given in title case, thus: Edward Henxman.
  • Common nouns are given in lower case, thus:  henchman.
  • Proper names of key HINXMAN family homes are shown in italics.
Here are examples of these rules in action:
  • 'Edward Le Henchman may have been the founder of the family from which Richard and Rowland 'Rowley' HINXMAN are descended.'
  • 'The occupational title of Henxman, also spelt as Henchman, was undoubtedly the origin of the surname HENCHMAN, and the differently nuanced modern word of henchman.'
  • 'The family home of the Titchfield branch for many years was Chilling Farm, Titchfield.'
Gender Balance
It seems appropriate here to offer an apology regarding the bias in these websites towards stories about men.  This reflects the fact that most historical records provide vastly more detail about men than women, making it much easier to collect sufficient information to create stories about them.  Of course this is especially true of the henxmen, who without exception were all male.  The intention is to try and actively correct this balance as the websites develop, but unfortunately the historical data will always result in a skewed balance.

Identification of Individuals
Within each webpage, each person’s name is initially given in full, complete with nickname(s) in quotation marks, and year of birth if known (plus death where applicable).  The aim is to provide sufficient identification to assist further research by the reader if required.  Thereafter, the person is usually referred to by their nickname or first name within the same webpage.  Each person’s family branch is also indicated – usually in the webpage heading, but if not then, when that person is introduced in the text.


Confidentiality
Apart from the webmaster, few living people are identified on these websites.  Their confidentiality is respected, and any exceptions are made only with that person’s prior permission.  Deceased people with living children are only identified with the permission of those children.  Deceased people with no living children are freely identified.

Webpage Titles & Sequence
Each webpage covers a specific topic, indicated by its title.  All pages and sections of each website can be found using the menu on the left of each page.  

In most cases, the title of each webpage commences with the date(s) covered by that topic.  The dates may cover the story of a person’s complete life, or a more specific topic.  Each webpage also bears a sub-title, to further explain the title or indicate the key people involved.  Where the key person is not a HINXMAN by birth, a brief note of their closest connection to the HINXMAN family is included.

The major sections of each website are presented in a simple, logical sequence.  Within each section, pages are presented in chronological order of the start date of their topics.  Topics sharing the same start date are sorted alphabetically.

Text
The content of each webpage relates to a particular life or topic.  The text typically takes one of the following forms:
  • A detailed timeline of incidents
  • A short overview of a lengthy subject
  • A story embodying all known relevant facts
The content is based upon oral or documentary evidence, and any conjecture is clearly identified.  At present, bibliographies are not generally provided, but individual bibliographies for each webpage are being considered for the future.

The initial text for the websites has been largely written by Richard HINXMAN.  Other contributors are very welcome – do get in touch via Contact, if you would like to provide further content.  Full rights of editorial control are reserved by the webmaster.  The text for each webpage is backed up in both digital and paper-based versions.

Editorial Approach
Editing of the website is aimed at providing material that is:
  • Interesting - using stories, pictures, colour & white space to hold attention
  • Digestible - so each webpage is kept to a reasonable length
  • Comprehensive - all known, relevant information is included
  • Updated - New information is added as it becomes available
  • Reliable - Facts are clearly stated; guesswork is identified
Pictures
The intent is to initially provide each webpage with at least one relevant picture, and preferably more.  Offers of relevant original pictures for digital copying and use on these websites will be gratefully received.

Nearly all pictures used here are derived from detailed, high quality copies (scans or photographs) of the original media or objects.  Owners of these media or objects are generally kept anonymous, to assist the security of their collections.  All pictures used here are backed up digitally. 

For use on this website, all pictures have been scaled down using GIMP 2 free software, to a maximum resolution of 72 dpi and a maximum width of 500 pixels.  This is primarily to facilitate ease of use on a variety of screen sizes, but it also prevents pirating of the original high quality images.

Illustration: Cockerel, by Debbie NEWSON née HINXMAN (1960-). 2013.
Debbie creates portraits & landscapes in an unusually wide range of styles.  Her work typically provides strong, dramatic visual impactFor picture details, see footnote.

Access
This group of websites can all be accessed via the following URL:  www.hinxman.org.  This will take your browser to the gateway for the sites: the HINXMAN Hub

All of the satellite websites can be easily reached from there
.  The Homepage of every HINXMAN Family History website contains links to all others, each one colour-coded to aid navigation.  Additional satellite websites are planned for the future, but meanwhile this list provides links to all websites published so far:

HINXMAN Hub (this is the one opened here)
This central website provides an overview of the original Henxmen, as well as of the entire HINXMAN family, its origins, naming traditions and branches.

This satellite website is devoted to publishing transcripts of every source mentioning the original Henxmen, with added Translations, Glossaries and Notes.

The first satellite website dedicated to a specific branch of the family, it offers many fascinating stories and pictures about the history of the Titchfield branch.


Next . . .
  • Click on Terms of Use to check the restrictions that apply to copying from these websites.
  • Click on Contact to get in touch, if you’re interested in contributing content to these websites, or in volunteering your skills.
Webpage version 2017.1.  First version 2015.
Webpage c
opyright © Richard HINXMAN, 2015.
Illustrations

1.  Derek Ernest HINXMAN
This photo was taken when Derek
Ernest HINXMAN (1924-1981; Titchfield branch) was just 23 years old, and newly returned from India after the end of WWII.

Monochrome photograph.  Unidentified studio.  August 1947.  Derek Ernest HINXMAN.  Collection of Richard HINXMAN. 
Copyright © Richard HINXMAN 2015.

2.  Shield from the Coat of Arms of Edward Henxman, alias Le Henchman - Gentleman.
Granted by Letters Patent at Windsor, on 24 Apr 1549, on behalf of King Edward VI, under the hand of Sir Chistopher BARKER, Knight, Garter Principal King of Arms.

The livery (uniform) colours of Edward VI's Henxmen were scarlet, gold and sable (black).  These colours were reflected in the coat of arms granted to Edward Henxman.

Watercolour on card.  Brian D. HINXMAN (1921-; Titchfield branch).  1935.  Shield of Edward Henxman.  Private collection. 
Copyright © Richard HINXMAN 2015.

3.  Cockerel
The HINXMAN family has its fair share of artistic talent, demonstrated over the years by a range of skilled amateur artists, and discerning art collectors, within the family.

Acrylic painting on canvas.  'Debbie' K. NEWSON (nee HINXMAN).  2013.  Cockerel.  Commissioned work.  Totnes, Devon, England.  Private collection. 
Copyright © Richard HINXMAN 2015.