Introduction / Families
Hourston is one of the early surnames in Pharay but before the 1841 census it appears only as a name in the 1810 rental. It occurs on a few occasions in the births recorded in the Old Parish Records (OPR) and there are instances of Hourstons being recorded in subsequent censuses elsewhere as having been born in the island. As a result, much of the information on these early Hourstons is merely glimpses, perhaps just the individual’s name, and consequently cannot be linked together or at least not with certainty.
Rental of 1810
Parents for births in OPR or deaths registered post 1855
The name David Hourston appears regularly and has caused some difficulty in identifying the relationship between these early Pharay residents.
It would appear likely that these Hourstons are related in some way.