Twyford is about 5 miles from Melbourne in Derbyshire, and shares its Parish register with Barrow upon Trent. It has a fascinating story. The introductory note on page 57 of the Twyford Parish (1657 to 1812) Register at the Derby Record Office says:
"Amongst notable families mentioned are the Kirkmans of Twyford of whom it is related that one family had three boys with only one hat, in consequence of which only one could go out of doors at a time. One went to London about 1780 and became Lord Major, and was knighted." The story is nearly true! It starts with John Kirkman b abt 1645 and his wife Alice, identified from beautiful slate gravestones in St Andrews Church, Twyford. They have been linked to the Kings Newton Kirkmans through difficult & rigorous analysis of sixteenth century Melbourne Rolls.
Son John Kirkman b 1681 in Twyford was a Fisherman, but his family moved to Coventry some 40 miles north. He had 4 sons Joseph b 1708, John b 1710, William b 1711 & Samuel b 1716, who all became extremely wealthy. John entered the silk trade, and started a business in Friday Street, London. His daughter Ann married James Philips, who received a dowry of £2,000 from her father (£276,000 in 2007 value). A Bond dated 1757