My Hayden Ancestors
Henry and Rebecca lived at Letcombe Regis where Henry was a groom and had three children, Henry, George and Mary Jane, before Rebecca died in 1883.
On 10th November 1883 Henry married his second cousin Mary Ann Varney at Letcombe Regis; by 1901 they were living in Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire. There were five more children - Mary Ellen, Emily Kate, Alfred Charles, Elsie Elizabeth and Florence. Mary Ann died in 1935 and Henry died, aged 85, in 1936.
Shepherd Shadrach Hayden was a traditional singer and was discovered by Cecil Sharp in 1909. He was also visited by the collector Alfred Williams. His songs appear in a number of compilations and have been recorded.
Perhaps the best known is his version of John Barleycorn as recorded by Traffic.