The name Hanchett began, in 1066, at a location just west of Haverhill in Suffolk County, England. The family, probably of Norman descent, took their name from that location which remains today as Hanchett Hall, shown above. There and in Shudy Camps, Cambridgeshire they prospered until the "Peasants Revolt" of 1381 when the leader of the family was beheaded for supporting the peasants! His cousins, John and Thomas Hanchett, started over in new locations and brought an even higher level of prosperity to the family.
   Two hundred and fifty years later another John and Thomas Hanchett embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, relocating to New England. While John's male line ended, Thomas' descendents went on to produce most of the over one thousand Hanchetts living in America today.
The English Ancestry of Thomas Hanchett
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