Early period Dai-Mei, circa 1812-1816
HIZEN KUNI TADAYOSHI
SHINSAEMONJO FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI
HASHIMOTO SHINSAEMONJO TADAYOSHI
HASHIMOTO SHINSAEMONJO TADAYOSHI SAKU
HIZEN KUNI SHINSAEMONJO FUJIWARA TADAYOSHI
--more listed in book—
BORN: 1801 in Saga, Hizen
DIED: 26th May 1859 (age 59)
NAME: Hashimoto Shunichiro, later Hashimoto Shinsaemon, finally Kura (no) Jo.
FATHER: Yoshikawa Yohei Michiro
Later period 8th gen., circa 1837+
Hashimoto Shunichiro (8th gen. Tadayoshi) was born in 1801 as the 2nd son of Yoshikawa Yohei Michihiro and Hashimoto Baisen Kimimisai (the daughter of the 6th gen. Tadayoshi). Because the 7th gen. had no legitimate children (probably due to his poor health) there was no legitimate direct line male heir to the Tadayoshi forges and therefore Shunichiro was adopted by the 7th gen. to later take over The School. If you look at the family tree on page 27 and go back as far as Tadayoshi 5th, you will see that there was only a limited confirmed blood line of males for quite some time. He was adopted as the only legitimate bloodline male relative available, albeit slightly indirect. According to Hizento Taikan the 8th gen. "followed his adopted father at a young age"; this implies that the 7th adopted the 8th at a young age, rather than the 8th being appointed after the death of the 7th. Shunichiro later changed his name to Hashimoto Shinsaemon, probably at the time that he took over the Tadayoshi School, but I do not know when he changed his name to Kura (no) Jo.
Unfortunately the 6th and 7th gen. Tadayoshi both died within a few months of each other whilst the 8th gen. was only 16 years old. A swordsmith called Hashimoto Kazusuke Tadayuki, who was presumably living and working in the Tadayoshi forges at this time, was appointed his guardian and teacher. This was probably the 6th gen. Tadayuki who was 7th gen. Yukihiro family, although not the same as the 7th gen. Yukihiro swordsmith. So again the Yukihiro line played an important role in the survival of The Tadayoshi School. Tadayuki ostensibly took control of the Tadayoshi School from 1816 until the 8th was old enough to run everything. I guess that the 8th gen. would have been competent by the age of 20 (circa 1821), but history tells us that Tadayuki worked closely with Tadayoshi 8th until...
...continued in "The School of Tadayoshi, Saga, Hizen, Japan,1598 - 1871"
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