The Traffords of Oughtrington were not closely related to the Traffords of Trafford Park. They trace their ancestry to Richard Leigh of the West Hall of High Legh who was alive in 1484.  He married Alice the daughter of John Leycester of Tabley. Their second son, John Leigh, who is known to have been living in 1484 but died before 1569, married Margaret the sole daughter and heiress of William Wylme of Oughtrington.  Margaret was buried at Lymm on 10 April 1569.

We pick up the tree several generations later to show the family in the 18th and early 19th centuries. John Leigh married Susanna Trafford and their second son, Trafford Leigh, subsequently took the name and arms of Trafford in line with requirement of his uncle's will and thus became Trafford Trafford of Oughtrington.

The village of Oughtrington lies NE of Lymm at Grid Reference SJ 695 880



Monument on the north wall at Lymm Parish Church


The inscription on the monument includes the following genealogical details:

To the Memory of John Leigh Esq. of Oughtrington Hall in this Parish
An active and enlightened Magistrate a warm and steady Friend an affectionate and provident Parent
This Monument was erected in filial love and gratitude
He died April 11 1806 aged 76 years.

Susannah, wife of John Leigh Esq.
Died January 11 1804, aged 67 years.

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