I love, love, love the world of the internet when this stuff happens. I got an email this morning from cousin John over in the UK about reading my post on Jump. He then asked me if I knew the story of how the family became protestant. I didn’t, so he provided it.
“Edmund Campion was a Protestant cleric in Queen Elizabeth’s reign and much favoured by her, who converted to RC and then became proscribed. He fled to Europe and then returned to England via Ireland to join up with other Jesuits and it was Widow Jump of North Meols hall farm whose trading boats brought him over( our family originates from this village and buried in the churchyard there ) The informers gave Campion away and he was arrested and given a show trial in London and executed, Widow Jump and her sons must have talked well as they survived but Lady Hesketh as landowner was thrown into Manchester gaol and died there .I understand that our family had such a fright from all this that they became Protestant .”
I also learned that male Jumps have a genetic marker which is derived from Scandinavian roots. And here I was under the impression that prior to England, the clan was from Iceland. But it makes sense to me.
I love the idea that the Jumps were able to talk their way out of a very sticky situation. This falls into other stories I have heard about the family. They had the gift of gab. To think quickly on one’s feet is a skill. To be able to talk your way out of a quartering is a skill too.