The Oakdens - An Overview
Sir Ralph & Lady Rosa Oakden are the most renowned of the Oakdens of the 20th Century and were parents to my Grandma Hooke, Elaine. She married Cyril Hooke (son of George Archer Hooke) in February 1926 in India, where he was in the British Army and her father, Sir Ralph, was high up in the Indian Civil Service.
Granny's father, Ralph Oakden, was born into a family of Ralph Oakdens in 1871. His father was Roger Oakden, a Rector at Sutton Maddock. We have ancestral information for the Oakdens dating back to the 16th Century. His wife, Rosa was born an Eagle but we only have her ancestry dating back to the end of the 18th Century.
The Oakden family information takes us to the little village of Waterfall, near Waterhouses, in NE Staffordshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Edmund Okeden (the spelling of Oakden seems to have been interchangeable at this stage) was born there in 1570 as were most Oakdens in our family tree down to Sir Ralph's grandfather, another Ralph Oakden (1806 - 1885). They built Lee House in 1751, still in existence today, most recently a B&B but sadly not currently open for visitors. (2021). You can read much more about Lee House and the Oakdens on this Family Tree page.
Some Oakdens were registered as being born in the nearby villages of Waterhouses and of Cauldon.
Oakdens of Goudhurst
During the 19th century our branch of the Oakden family tree established themselves in Goudhurst, Kent.