The families come from the low agricultural lands to the north-west of the Chiltern Hills and were mainly farm labourers, straw dealers & plaiters. The influence of the Non-Conformist Churches were strong and some emigrated to Utah after missionaries from of the Church of Latter-Day Saints from the USA visited in the 1850's. Others moved into the towns of Dunstable and Luton for manufacturing work.
A well represented group of matches is from descendants of John Cook, 1837-1913, who emigrated from Leighton Buzzard to Brisbane, QLD, Australia with his wife, Sarah Tompkins and 8 children on 26 May 1883. I am aware of 7 matches so far to his descendants in Queensland.
In the Hamp family, apart from the connections to the Cooks, there is a match to Ezra Timothy Hamp, 1856-1922 who, with his wife, Sarah Curtis, and family of 10 children went to Utah in 1882 and then to Idaho. His parents also ended up in Idaho but the details have not been sorted out and also whether it has any connection with the move of the Birds many years earlier.
Revised May 2021.