The head of the tree is William Hidden or Hedding of the parish of St Philip in Barbados. He was probably born about 1630, and the first reference to him in Barbados is the baptism of his son in 1651.
A number of Royalist soldiers are said to have arrived in Barbados in 1649 after the defeat of the Royalist army in England, and it is possible that William was one of them.
The head of the tree is John Hidden (J147) of Gotherington in the parish of Bishops Cleeve. He first appears in the parish register in 1739 when his daughter Mary was buried there. An estimate of his date of birth is about 1710. It is not clear who he is and where he came from, but the burial there in 1752 of Henry Hidden (H048), who has been identified as belonging to the Inkpen branch of Hiddens, strongly suggests that John is from the same branch. The exact nature of the relationship between John and Henry is not known. The current theory is that they are uncle and nephew, with John identified as the child baptised in Hungerford in 1695, the son of another John, (J145). The identity of J145 has also not been established with certainty but it is probable that J145 was born in Inkpen and that he is a brother of Henry. The Hidden line does not continue in Bishops Cleeeve, and James (J016), who seems to be the only surviving child of J147, appears in 1773 in the parish of Corse, a few miles away. He settled there and his descendants are recorded there for the next 100 years.
We would like to thank Mrs Pat Barrett, a direct descendant of John Hidden, for assistance with the research of this branch
The head of the tree is John Clydesdale born about 1455. His descendant John (b.c. 1480) adopted the name Hidden alias Clydesdale, and this name remained with the family, often being reduced to just Hidden. The family dispersed after the loss of the manor of Hidden in about 1600. One branch remained in Hungerford and this has been put into a separate tree called Hungeford2.
The head of the tree is John Hidden born in Hungerford in 1606. Representatives of this branch remained in Hungerford until the end of the nineteenth century.
The tree includes a lineage from the parish of Kimpton in Hampshire and a second lineage from North Tidworth, a parish which is close to Kimpton, but just across the county border in Wiltshire. These lines are probably connected, but this has not yet been positively established. The head of the tree has been assigned to Robert Heading of Kimpton born about 1654. The spelling of the surname is variable in this branch and occurs variously as Heading, Headding, Heding , Hedden and Hedding. In the course of the eighteenth century there was migration to other parishes in Hampshire. One family settled at Broughton and adopted the distinctive spelling Headding.
Kimpton and North Tidworth are close enough to the location of Hidden near Hungerford to suggest that their family name is derived from the place name Hidden.
The head of the tree is John Hidden alias Glidsdale (J151) of Kintbury who was born about 1548 and died in 1623. He left a will in which his son Richard is a beneficiary, and this son, born in 1588, settled in the neighbouring parish of Inkpen. His descendants, for many years, appear in the Inkpen records; the last such reference being to William Hidden alias Clisdell in 1804. The use of the Clydesdale alias by this branch identifies them as being related to John Hidden alias Clydesdale of Hungerford (J100) (c.1480-1545), although there is insufficient evidence to determine the exact relationship. There are a few references to Hidden/Clydesdale in Kintbury before the birth of Richard, and these have been included, although they cannot be linked to the main pedigree with any certainty.
When Hiddens moved to an area where the surname was unfamiliar it often became changed into a different form, which was then adopted by their descendants. We can see this happening as Hiddens from the Inkpen branch moved away from their home parish and adopted the surname Heading.
The head of this tree is Charles Hedden of Shaw-cum-Donnington in Berkshire. He was born about 1675, but his baptism has not been found. The family retained the spelling Hedden , but as Hiddens were known to be living in the parish, and had been associated with it for many years it is quite likely that this spelling is a variant of Hidden.
The head of the tree is Robert Hidden of Wigan. He married in Wigan in 1800, so his date of birth can be estimated at about 1775. His name is recorded as Iddon at his marriage, but in later references it is usually Hidden. He was a carpenter and shipwright by trade, and probably worked on building canal boats, as the canals were going through a period of rapid development at this time.
We do not know the date of birth of his bride Ann Whittaker, but she was probably quite young, and already a widow. He settled in Liverpool and several generations of his descendants are recorded there under the name Hidden.
The head of the tree is William Hudden of Potterne in Wiltshire, who is estimated to have been born about 1560 and who died in 1610. Descendants of this family lived in the vicinity of Potterne for many years. He is not the earliest Hudden to be recorded as there is a mention of a John Huddyng in a court roll of 1517 at Little Cheverill close to Potterne. It is particularly difficult to establish the correct relationships in this branch as there are contemporaries with the same name.
The surname Hudden may have been derived from the place name Hidden near Hungerford, as the distance from there to Potterne is not great. In medieval times the place name Hidden was often written in Latin as Hudden.
The head of the tree is Andrew Hidden who is first recorded in Rowley, Massachusetts in 1660 and who was born about 1622. He was accepted into a colony of settlers from England, and it is presumed that England was his home country, but his baptism has not been found in England or elsewhere.
The head of the tree is Thomas Hidden of Kintbury who was probably born about 1700.
The first record of him is his marriage in Newbury in 1726, when he is described as of Kintbury.
His wife was from the adjacent parish of Inkpen, and that is where they lived after the marriage. They had children baptised there, but his burial has not been found. His wife was probably a close relation, and this might explain why he went to the expense of obtaining a Bishop's licence for his marriage, why he called himself Thomas Clisdell rather than Thomas Hidden, and why he chose to marry in a different parish, in case the marriage was challenged. on the grounds of consanguinity.
His son James moved to the parish of Speen, and established a connection with this parish which lasted for over 100 years.
The head of the tree is John Hidden of Uplambourn born in Hungerford in 1579. He married Elizabeth Waldron of Uplambourn in 1608, and after the marriage they lived there for the rest of their lives. He was known sometimes as John Cledgdale alias Hidden or Hidden alias Cledgdale. Subsequent generations adopted the name Heading. His eldest son John married Mary Alder or Alderworth of Wantage and some of their descendants lived there for several generations while others migrated to parishes in the Vale of the White Horse. Another son Thomas moved to Oxford in about 1684 and established a family there.
The head of the tree is Thomas Hidden or Hedding (his name is spelled in various ways) who was probably born about 1600 and who died in Wellingore, Lincolnshire in 1631 leaving a will. There are references to Hidden in this parish up to about 1700. There is also a Hidden family in Coleby, Lincolnshire circa 1655. Identification subsequently becomes difficult as the name Hidden quickly gets transformed into the more familiar Eden.
The Hiddens of Wigan are descended from Ellen (E053) who was born about 1820. It is not certain what her proper surname was. It may have been Iddon or Hiddon or Hidden, but her son John (J045) and subsequent generations all keep to the Hidden form.