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This collection cotituius thre« tracts reprintod from the 
Herald and GoiieuioLiiat puldi^Ucd in London. file fourth 
tract i.s new, and 1 trust will i>e of value. The fifth is a 
reprint from the X. K. lli>t. mihi (fen. Rejrister. 

The edition con^ists of t'.>ity-{\\ *> copies, nnd 1 iiave ;uldcii 
to twenty-five of rhein a sixth tracr. <'onsistin!Lr of some n(»tes on 
Whitmore wills, whieli are not of equal value, because some 
errors in copyinjj; may be fouiKl. Still, as thev ujay be of 
service, I thought it w i>e to [)res«TTe a certain number. 

Some of these tracts have been tssued eepanitely. 


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To the Editor of the Herald and Genealogist. 

Sir, — Having recently obtained some extracts from the early i-ecords 
which serve to fill a blank in Erdeswicke's Histoiy of Staffordshire, I 
desire to place them on your pages for preservation and comparison. 

These extracts were made for a correspondent in England, who most 
kindly communicated them to me, with permission to make use of them 
in any way. He had arranged them in a tabular pedigree, which I 
have here reduced to paragraphs, with additions. 

Erdeswickc writes (Harwood's edition, London. 1814, p. 77): — 

" Ricardus Forestarius held Vniiimore of the Iving, 20 Conq. and 
I have seen records that Whitmore continued forest lands for a great 
time; and after one Raufe, a race of gentlemen, which took their 
names of the place, were lords of it, of whose descent you may see 
more where I have spoken of Biddulph." 

This promise, however, he fails to keep, and I am not aware of any 
detailed <iccouut of the family extant in print. My information stands 
at present thus : — 

Ricardus Forestjirius held the manor of Whitmore from the King 
after the Concpiest, and Xiirel of him. Llfac,i however, was a tenant 
there, and is presumed to have had a son, iUfwin,^ whose son was 
Amulf,3 mentioned in the earliest Pipe Roll circa 32 Hen. L a.d. 
1132. It is probable that AltVin^ died before his father, as Ar.nnlf ■' 
is once teniied fil. Ulfac. 

Amulf^ had two daughters, Avisa * de Witmore, fil. Anmlf, fil. 
Alwin, uxor Will. Boterel, 20 Hen. IL Ric. I. and John (Liber Feodo- 
nim and Pipe Rolls), and Julia. ^ v. 

This Avisa r>otercl ■* held lands by gift from the King in the hun- 
dreds of Pirehill, Staff, and Bradford, Salop. Her husband, William 
fil. Radulphi or William Botrell, was constable of Xewcastle-under- 
Lyne, 4 Ric L; he held land in Witemore, co. Staff, under King 
Henry II. by military service; and iu Warwickshire (Lib. Feod. and 
Pipe Rolls). He is also styled in Lib. Fi-od. '' Will. Botrealus, baro." 

Leaving for the present the ([uesiioii of the ancestry of William 
Boterel; we will trace his descendants. 

His son Reginald,^ fil. Will. Botrell, Dus. de Whitmore juxta Xov. 

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Castrum sub Lina, 5 John (Eecles. Covent. et Liclif. ), had a wife Mar- 
garet, 1 John (Hot. Cur. Reg.) and a st~)n 

Robert s de Whytmor or Whitmor, Dns. de Whytmor, 1-1 Joli. 
26 Hen. III. who also held land with his wife in Dymesdalo and 
Colraere, 2G Hen. III. (Pipe Rolls, ^alop and Staft\) His wife Joanna, 
daughter of William Ballard, is mentioned in the Pipe Roll (Staff.) 2G 
Hen. III. Their sons were Robert' and Reqinald.7 

Robert.7 fil Rob. de Whytmore, Dns. de Whytmore, held the lands 
of his father in Dymesdale and Colmere, also in Cnoton, Wytemore. 
and Newcastle-under-Lyne, 41-44 Hon. III.; and, with his wife Ada 
de Walleshull, the manor and vill of Brocton-super-Wyteniore, 44 
Hen. III. (Pipe Rolls, Staff, and Salop). 

His brother, Reginald 7 de Botrell de Wytmorc, or do Boterel als. 
Whitmor, lield land l)y inheritance, 31 Hen. HI. i)ns. Reginald de 
Boterel also held land from tlie King hi capote in the manor of Longe- 
don, hundred de Ford, co. Salop, and from John Estnrne in Wetemore 
in the same hundred, 45 Hen. III. He was fined by John Barel rhf 
sheriff 56 Hen. III. and was eventually proclaimed a rebel, temp. Edw. 1. 
(Pipe Rolls, Staff, and Salop, and luquis. Salop.) 

At this point there i< a divergence in the line, inasmuch as "William '^' 
fil. Robert 7 de Wytimore is found in Shropshire, whilst a John de Whit- 
more succeeded tu the lordship of Whitmore, though not termed son of 
Robert. However, there seems to be no sufficient reason to doubt that 
he was the eldest son and heir, and we mention as the children of 
Robert 7 de Whytmore and xVda de Walleshull — 

1. John,^ of whom presently. 

2. William.« 

3. Radulphus,*^ "frater Johannis, Dni. de Wytemore," received the 
gift of a piece of land called Berchelesfield from his brother 22 Edw. I. 
(Harl. MS. 50G.) 

4. Anna,8 soror, witness to a deed of Job. de Wytemoi'e, temp. Edw. 
I. (Harl. IMS. 50G.) 

■ ^^ John^ de Whitmoi-e held land in Whitmore and j\Iadeley, co. Staff. 

56 Hen. III. His name occurs as Dns. de Wytemore, 4, 22, 27, and 
;.. 29 Edw. I. xVnd there is a deed of his extant dated in the year last 

mentioned, with a seal appended''. (Fines Staff, and Erdeswicke's 

* It was intended that a cut of this seal (a plain field and cdiief) should appear with 
{ji, the present article. But, unfortunately, the reference to the deed has been lost. We 
hope, however, to be able to supply the omission at no distant period. 


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Collections from deods of the Hospital of 8t. Thomas juxta Staiford in 
HarL MS. 50G.) The wife of this Jolin de Whitmore is supposed to 
have been Ursida, dan. of William Laguold, who was living 15 Edw. 
I. (Pipe Roll.) His son was 

Radidphusy, hi. Joh. de Whitmore, Dns. de Whitmore, who made 
au agreement, 7 Edw. II. with Roger de Swyimerton, respecting this 
manor, tliat the said Ralph and his issue should hold the same, but, in 
default of issue to Ra![ih, it should come entire (^intcgre) to Roger de 
SWynnerton. Ralph was to pay the yearly quit-rent of a rose. (Finos 
Staff.) It seems a fair presumption that the owners of the manor next 
in the succession were descendants of Ralph. "We assume, therefore, 
as his son 

Nicholas 10 de Whiteraore. [larty to a deed with Ralph de Veraon, 
conccniing land, 15 VAw. III. ( ILui, ^^18. 2077.) His isriie vvas 
John J 1, and perhaps another sou William ii de Whitmore de Radewode 
in Madcley, co. Staff. Dns. in capita Rich. II. (Fines Staff.) 

John ^* de Wliitmor, Whitemore, Wvtemor, or Wytmore, fil. Nic. 
15 Edw. III. Dns. de Whitmore or Wytemore, 25—4:1 Edw. III. ob. 
ante 8 Ric. II. His name appears in a list of knights and gcntiy of 
Staffordshire, temp. Ric. II. (Che>ter Rolls, Welsli Records, and Erdes- 
wicke's and Holme's Cull, in Harl. MSS.) He is named also in Erdes- 
wicke's History (p. 112) .b.Ii'e de Wittmore, 23 Edw. III. as a witness 
to a deed of Sir Robert de Swynnerton. 

This John ^^ married J' tan, sister to Sir John de Yerdon% chevalier, 
joint lord of Darlaston, and owner of lands in Backenhall and Bid- 
dulph, all in co. Staff., 47 Edw. HI. 

The main line terminated in two co-heu'esses, apparently the daugh- 
ters of John 11 and Joan, viz. : 

Joan '2 and Elizabeth 1-. . .v t; , , 

Joan,i2 daughter of John de Whitmore 8-12 Ric. II. (Fines Staff.) 
was married to Henry Clerk, Mayor of Coventry 11)58 — 72, and subse- 
quently described of Ruyton (12 Eic. II ) She and her husband held 
a moiety of the manor of Whitmore, and parted with it to James and 
Elizabeth 12 de Boghay, 8 Ric. 11. (Fines Staff.) Their son Richard 
Clerk was Mayor of Coventry 138G. (Dugd. Warw.) ,, j.,j 

Elizabeth 12 appears to have inherited the other moiety of Whitmore, 
8 Ric. II. (Fines Staff.) Erdeswicke (p. 8) says slie was the only 
daughter of John 'i de Wliitmore and Eiiiine de Verdon ; but, as he 

* A notice of Sir Jotai de Verdon, and his wife Eva, will lie found in Notes and" 
Queries, 3rd Scries, v. 285. 

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is ini<^taken in the uame Emme, so, too, lie seems to err in calling 
Elizabetli '- the sole heir. She was wife to .Fames ile Boirliay, living 
47 EJw, III.-16 Eic. II.; and slie inherited with Ermcutrude, wife 
to Ealph de Hoiiton, part of the estates of Sir John de Yerdon, ante 
12 Rie. 11. (Fines StaH'.) John de Bughay, their son and heir, was 
Lord of Whitmore. itc. 7 Hen. IV.-ll Hen. VI. He is said to have 
married jlargaret Coyney, of the family of "Weston Coyney, co. Statt".; 
and from him Erdeswicke traces the line of descent throngli James, 
Robert, and Humphrey to Rnl.ert de Roghay, whose daughter arnd 
heire<s Alicia was married to Edward Manwaring in 1510; and the 
descendants of these last still own the manor. 

TVe now perceive the correctness of Erdeswicke's statement that 
there was " a race of gentlemen taking their name from the place," 
whose main line terminated about l.'J.^O in en-heiresses. Tlic oldest 
line of cadets woidd seem to be that from William^i of Radewode in 
]Madeley, if there are any existing. There is good reason for believing 
there were other oflshoots, which we will naiuc in the order of their 
propinquity to the main line. 

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Cadxton BuANcn. 

In the Harl. Roll Xo. 21 is a Whitmore Roll beginning with John 
"WTiitmore of co. Stafford, who married L'rsula (huighter of William 
Bagnold. (Temp. Edw. 1.) This of course would be John^ de Whit- 
more, whose seal we have spoken of, provided there is proof that his 
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Assuming this, '^^e continue the pedigree thus : 

John^ had Elizabeth'-' and William,-' styled Arm. who married Alice 
daughter of Robert Ferrers Lord of Tamworth,-' and had 

Richard ^0 Whitmore, who married Susannah, daughter of Sir riiilip 
Draycot of Painesly, knt. and had 

Jane" wife of John Blunt, Mary>i wife of John Gifford, Philip'i 
Whitmore who married Thomasiue daughter of Richard Okeover, 

» It may be noted that two or three instances of anachronism occur in this roll of 
Whitmore. There was a Rob. de Ferrers, a preat landowner in Pireliill hundred, 
20' Edw. III. (Pipe Rolls, Staff.); but none of his name had possession of Taniworth 
till a century later. Again, Thomas Aston, father-in-law of Nicholas'^ AVhitmore, is 
described of Tixall, thou.'^h it is stated by Erdeswicke that the family of Aston did not 
remove to Tixall from their ancient seat at Hey wood till the reign of Henry VIII, In 
all likelihood, the roll is a compilation of a comparatively recent date. 


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Beatnxii wife of John Chetwind, and Christiana ii wife of Richard 

PhiUpi^ Wliituiore had Kichardis Whitmore, who married, 1st, a 
daughter of Sir Ralph Bagot, 2nd, a daughter of Sir Richard Dcve- 
reux, and 3rd, a daughter of Himon Harcourt, prohably of Ellenhall, 
CO, Staff, by wliich last he had 

jSlcholas'J Whitmore, who married Anne, daughter of Tliomas 
Aston of Tixall, co. Ftaff. and had (besides a daughter iMary,!^ wife of 
William Lusone) a sou 

Anthonyi-t Whitmore, who married Christian, daughter and heir of 
Nicholas Vaux, by whom he had Joani^ and William. ^^ 

John Whitmore ^^ of Caunton, temp. Hen. YL second son of 

William,i5 married .Uice, daughter and heir of Robert Blytou of 

Caunton, co. Notts, (by Catherine, daughter and heir of Robert Comp- 

■ ton of Hawton, Visitation of York, 15Go), and had two sons, Wiiliani,i7 

and his heir 

Robert '7 Whitmore of Caunton, who married Catherine Clayc (one 
of the daughters of George Clayc of Finningley, co. Notts. Yisit. 
York), and had 

William'8 Whitmore of Caunton, who married a daughter of John 
Ridley (Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Ryggsley, Yisit. York), and 
had issue John ^9 Whitmore, whoso son 

William«''> Whitmore of Caunton, married Cecilie, and had Eliza- 
beth,2i daughter and heir, who married Stephen Erowne. The Roll 
adds another son of John, ^9 viz. Richard j-'^ and other sources enable 
us to finish the account as follows: — 

William"" Whitmore of Caunton and Rotheriiam, co. York, gent, 
will dated IG Aug. proved 3 Nov. 1568. His wife Cecilie was relict 
of John Parker, and her will, dated 5 Oct. IGIO, was proved 15 Jan. 
1610-11. She was styled of Eastwood, parish of Rotherham, co. York. 
Besides Elizabeth,2i wife of Stephen Browne (who was son of Henry 
Browne of Broomhall, co. York), they had Richard^^ Whitmore, son 
and heir apparent in 1568, who inherited lands in Caunton, Kirksall, 
Newark, and Besthorp, co Notts, and died ante IC12. His wife Helen 
was huried at St. Peter's, Nottingham, 19 July, 1612, no doubt with- 
out issue. 

William^*) had a brother Richard,"^ who married Eieanore, daughter 
of Richard Fenton of Sheflield, and died s.p., a brother Roland^o living 
1568, and two sisters, Eiizabeth,2o wif« of Alexander Hotofte of Flint- 
ham, CO. Notts, and Jane,-" wife of Ricliardson, living 156.S. 

These additions are made on the authority of Joseph L. Chester, esq. 

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Tliis "William-o of Cauntou had arms granted to him 4 Feb. 150 i-o, 
by William Flo\ver, Xorroy. viz. : Quarterly 1. Vert, frctty argent ; 
2. Gules, oil a fetse or between six billets three lions passant ; 3. A 
lion passant between three fishes, (all within a tressure flory, as trieked 
in the Roll ); 4. Sable, a helmet argent, in cliief two crosses. , , ; 

This ends the Cauuton braneh. 


"We noted that Rnbert 7 de Whitmorc and Ada dc Walleshull ha<l a 
son William^ fil. Rob. D'n's de Wytimore, who held lauds in Wyti- 
more and Burchton, in the manor of Claverlcy, co. Salop, 45 Hen. III. 
for whieh manor William de Whitmoro is named one of the jury in 
the same year, and a deputy of .John I^itz-Philip de Bobington, forester, 
to perform militaiy service against Llewellyn in 1281, which John, 
afterwards joining the Welsh rebellion, suffered for it. William de 
Wytmore petitioned the King for the lands forfeited by his uncle 
Reginald (Tnquis Salop, Forest and Close Rolls). In the Close Rolls 
he is termed Will'ms til' Rub'ti, Forestar. Salop, salt, al's Will'ms de 

His wife was Agnes de HaseUvall, who held land in Wytimcre, in 
the manor of Claverley, was fined 45 Hen. III. and again 3 Ei.Iw. I. 
when she is termed " uxor Will, de Wliitmore" (Inquis. Salop.) Their 

John9 fil. Will. fil. Rob. received the gift of a piece of land called 
Coliers from John Dns. de Wytcmore 27 Edw, I. (Harl. MS. 50G.) 
He married Margaret, daughter of Ral[)h Vernon of Shipbrook, co. 
Chester, called " the long liver." -John de Whytmore was living 
1299 — 1325, and in this last year claimed with his wife the manor of 
Thurstanton, co. Chester. (Ormerod.) Tliis seems, however, to have 
been in right of his mother.* 

His son John'" de Whitmore, mayor of Chester 13G9 — 1372, oh. 
1374, married Cicely, daughter and heir of John de Haselwall ; reco- 
vered the manor of Thurstanton; and had John'' de Wliitmore de 
Thurstanton, from whom descended the family of that place, now sup- 
posed to be extinct in the male line. 

* Robert de Rodelent or de Rhuddlan held this manor, and his presumed illegiti- 
mate son Matthew held it. Peter, grandson oi Matthew, had an heiress, Agnos, wife 
of Patrick de Haselwall, whose son WiOr-Uja had a sole heiress Agnes de Haselwall, 
wife of William de AVhitniore; her cousin John de Haselwall had an only daughter 
Cicely, who married John de Whitniore, aad thus all the claims centred in their son. 

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Thus wo have shown, apparently, a new fact, that tlie Cheshire 
family was derived from the main stock at Whitniore, co. Stafford, and 
that intermediately this branch was settled at Wytemore in Clavorley, 
CO. Salop. This Wytemore, however, had its name before the "SMiit- 
mores of Stafford acquired it ; and they seem to have obtained thoir 
rights by their marriages with Ada de AValleshull and possibly -u ith 
Agnes de Haselwall. (Xotes and Queries, 3rd Series, v. 159.) Thus, 
in Inquis. Salop. 45 lien. III. we have as owners in Claverley John til. 
Phi. de Bobiton holding one hide in Wytimere, Will. fil. liob, Dns. 
de Wytimore holding land in "Wytimore and Curchton, and Agnes do 
Haselwall in Wytimere. Will. til. Eob. also holds the Church of Cla- 
verley, with its members, Burchton, and Bobiton, by gift fi-om the 

It is not improbable that the manor had already given a name to a 
family, as we find in the list aforesaid of 45 Hen. LII. that William do 
Whitmore hail as a colleague RegiuaLlas Witimcre de Farucot ; in 
1281 we have Bichard de "Wliifmer us a witness to a deed, in 1309 
Ric. de ]Mont3 de Wytemere. and in 1323 Bic. de Wittimer fil. Bic'i. 

From all this we may fairly infer that a younger branch of tho 
Whitmores of Stafford settled in a place of almost the same name, viz. 
Wittymere, but that they did not derive their name from this last manor, 
and that the coincidence is accidental. 

• - Claverley Branch. 

It becomes interesting to leani whether there were any descendants 
of the Whitmores of Claverley remaining there. Conceding that 
William 8 de Whitmore and his wife Agnes de Haselwall acquired it, 
that their son John ^ enjoyed it, and their grandson John i" removed to 
Chester, what became of the Shropshire property? It is generally 
believed that a family still extant derived its name from Witty- 
mere in Claverley. And, although the e\-idence now given leaves 
little doubt that this is a mistake, I think that it supports their claim 
to be descended from the owners. i,,. 

We have ventured to identify William de Whitmore, who was 
one of the jury of Claverley 45 Hen. HI. with William,8 son of 
Robert 7 de Whytmore, co. Stafford. In 1857 the late Mr. Joseph Morris, 
of Shrewsbury, wrote that this William, " one of the jury," had 
Philip 9 de Whytemere of Whytemere, in the parish of Bobbington, 
who died about 28 Edw. III. leaving a son, John lo de Whytemere, 
living 34 Edw. 111. (1361) who had two sons, Richard n and John.iJ 


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^Johnn de ^%tomere, yotinger son, 28 Edw. III. had lands in 
Kingsmoor in Claverley, which his grandfather Pliilip liekl. In oU-S4 
Edw. III. he had hmds in Whytomere Heath, and died 18 IJIo. JI. 
(1395). He was tlie ancestor of John Whytmere, cliaplain, who, in 
1472, possessed estates in Wliyttemero and Heathton in Claverlcy. 

Richard " de Whytemere, of Chivcrley, the eldest son, 10 Edw. III. 
(1337), died prior to i) liic. 11. (138G). He married first Marqerv, 
daughter and heir of William atte Wall, of Clarerley, by Agnes his 
wife, daughter of Wiiliam .^[alveysin, and had Eichard 12 his heir. 
By a second wife Sybil, who died 6 Hen. IV. (U05) when certain 
lands which she held for life passed to her stepson's heirs, he had a 
son William i- Whytomere, living 9 Rio. II (1396). 

Richard 12 Whytemere of Claverlcy died prior to 13 Ric. 11. (1389) 
leaving a son 

Richard i^ Whytemere of Claverlcy, who 2 Hen. IV. (1401) settled 
a certain messuage and lands called Wallehuuseland upon himself and 
Joan his wife, wliich 10 Hen. V. (1422) they settled upon their son 
Tbomas.i* He inherited G Hen. IV. (1405) other lands on the death 
of his grandfather's widow. He died 20 Hen. VI. (1442). By a 
second wife, Isabel, living 21 Hen. VI. he had Joan,i^ wife of John 
Burne, and William,' ^ a elork, who settled his copyhold messuage and 
lands in Claverlcy upon his nephew Richard i5 Whytemore. 

Thomas!-* Whytemore, eldest son of Richard,i3 27 Plen. VI. (144^) 
sold certain lands at Zeyche House in the parish of Claverlcy; and 22 
Edw. IV. (1483) he died seised of a freehold estate in Claverlcy. His 
children were — 

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Thomasi5 of Madclcy, co. Staff, who left issue. 
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Richard 15 Whytemere alias Whitmore of Clavcrley, died 10 Hen. 
VII. (1495) possessed of freeliold lands there, also of two messuages 
and lands of copyhold tenure. His wife Agnes, daughter of John 
Gravenor, proved his will 17 January, 149G. She afterwards married 
Thomas Pytt, and died 14 Hen. VIII (1523). Their sou and heir 

Richard 16 Whytnicre alias Whitmore of Aston in Claverlcy, gentle- 
man, who died 3 Edw. VI. (1540) possessed of freehold and'copyhold 
estates at Hopstone and Claverlcy, co. Salop, and was interred at Cla- 
verlcy. His wife Frances, living in 1550, afterwards married William 
Barker of Aston. Their children were 

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William/7 Richard/' Humphrey, '7 Edward, i'? and Thomas, '7 cf-nhom 
William 17 was an alderman of London, and his descendants are 
recorded, in the main accurately, in Burke's Extinct Baronetage and 
Landed Gentry, and elsewhere. 

Of course this whole affiliation depends upon the care with which 
Mr. Morris transcribed the early part of the record. As. a sllylit con- 
firaiation, I may add that in the Patents of Arms granted by Dethick 
Garter, IS'JS (Harl. MS. 1507, fol. 5) is one to " William Wliitmoro, 
late citizen and merchant of London, descended of the name and 
ancient family of Whitmore of Thurstanton, in tlie coimty of Lan- 
caster {sir) gentleman, which William deceased at London, Aug. 7, 
1503, and by his wife Anne, daughter of William Bond, esq. late 
sheriff and aldennan of London, had three sons and six daughters " 
This would indicate that there was a belief in tlie family tliat the 
Cheshire Whitmores were of the same stock. A further examination 
of the evidences at Claverley will probably make the connection plain 
beyond a doubt. 

If the foregoing pedigree be free from error, it results that the Whit- 
mores of Staffordshire were originally termed de Boterel. We have 
seen that Avisa^ de Wtniore was married to William Botrcl), who was 
son of Radulph de Botrell hj his first wife. The second wife of this 
Radulph was motlier of a bastard son, called Rad. fitzW'tmore, and 
bastardus de W'tmore, Castellan in Newcastle-mider-Lyne to lianulph, 
Eari of Chester, 4 Hen. III. and to Henry de Audk-y 24 Hen. IIL 
He brought an action against Reginald fil. Will. Botrell, 5 John, 
touching a virgate of land of his mother, which he held 15 — 17 John. 
(Pipe and Close Rolls.) 

His son, William fil. Rad. bastardi, alias W'tmore, called also Will. 
le Burgvyllan, Castellan under Henry de Audley, oO Hen III. held 
land in Newcastle and W'tmore 2(j, 21 Hen. III. and land with his 
wife Ursula under Hamo le Strange, 38 Hen. III. (Pipe Rolls Salop 
and Staff.) By a second wife, ilatilda de Caux, he had John Burg- 
vyllan, who held land in Xewcastle-under-Lyne 32 Edw. I. (Pipe Rolls)? 
and who had a wife Alicia at that time. 

Radulph de Botrell held land in W'tmore 21 Hen. XL He was, ap- 
parently, brother to Willium, fil. Radulphi, and is described as Rad. fil. 
Rad. being the son of Radulph de Boterel, who was witness to a deed 
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1154, and was Constable of Xewcastle-under-Lyne 15 Hen. II. He 
held land in Oxfordshire 11 Hen. II, and in Wodnesbra, Htaft". pro- 
bably Wednesbnry, Wadnesberie of Domesday, 12—17 Hen. II. (Pipe 
Eolls and Chron of Abingdon Abbey). His father 

Peter de Boterel held lands in Oxfordshire and Berks circa Steplien, 
12 Hen. II. (Pipe Rolls, and Chronicle as before), and had a brother 

This elder William de B-jterel held lands in Cornwall temp. Hen. I. 
was Constable of Wallinu-'ford Castle, exconmiunicated by Ingulphns 
abbot of Abingdon, for pillaging the town, and is said to have died nf 
grief ante 1 Hen. II., wlirn his brother Peter appeased the abbot 
by a deed of gift to the Abbey. "William do F>oterel left a son of the 
same name, who inherited from him 4-9 lien. II., and wlio was pro- 
bably sheiiff of Devon. (Pii)C liulh and Chron.) Eyton (Anti<initi»'^ 
of Shropshire, vii. 159,) seems to have confonnded this last William 
with another of the same name, sun of Hamon de Boterel, who had 
property in Devonshire. Wilt-hire, rdoucester, Hereford, and Salop, 
and married Alice, daughter of lu'bert litzCorbet. 

More information about these Butereis i« desired, and especially their 
connection with Geoffrey Boterel, who was grandson of Godfrey lirst 
Duke of Britany, and brother of Alain le Roux and Alain Niger, 
Counts of Britany, and commonly called Earls of Richmond.'' 

Lastly, we have to consider the question of the arms of the family. 
We have seen that about A.D. 1300, John de Whitraore of Stafford- 
shire nsed a coat of a chief only; but that all the branches of the 
family presumed to be of the same (u-igiu have used a fretty coat. 

Thus the Cheshire family used the fret and also impaled and ipiar- 
tered the chief. ^My authority for the impaling is an uiscription 
sculptured in Trinity Church, Chester, said to have been taken up 
from the same place and at the same time as the eftigy attributed to 
John Whitmore, ]\Iayor of Chester temp. Edw, 3. 

This inscription with a description of the monument we intend to 
present hereafter. There is some doubt as to the correctness of its 

» Palgrave (Hist. Normandy, vol. 3, p. 459, following IlolinsheJ, I believe) states 
that Alain Fergant or le Rou.x possessed lands of Edwin, the Saxon Earl of 
Mercia, by gift from the Conqueror. He died s.p. in 1089, and was succeeded by 
hia brother Niger, who left issue. (See Dugd. Baronage and Courthope's Hist. 

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Omierod enters the coat of the Whitniores of Thurstanton, however, 
as quarterly : 

1. Vert, fretty or; 2. xVi-geut, a chief azure; 3. Or, a lion ram- 
pant gules between three martlets of the second; 4. Per fesse vert 
and gules, an eai^^e displayed or. The Promptuarhnn Ai-viorum, of 
Smith Rougedragun, a ]\1S. circa 1G05, enters the same arms for John 
Whitmore of Thurstanton, co. Chester, except that he omits the fretty 
coat, and makes the first and fourth (piarters, Ai-gent, a chief azure 

The Cauntou In-anch and the Claverlcy branch both adopted the 
fretty coat, which Ity the way is peculiarly a (Staffordshire bearing. 

It seems impossible to think that this chief was the Haselwall cnat, 
as Ormerod intimates, since it was used by John de Whitmore. whose, 
brother made the match with that family. In fact, 8mith's tricking 
would rather show tiiat the chief was the original Whitmore coat, as 
corroborated by the seal. 

Still Oraierod and other writers have no doubt that the Cheshire 
branch also claimed the fretty coat. 

We can offer but one supposition If the iVetty coat belonged to 
Ada de Wallesludl, and the Claverley property (Wittymere, itc.) eanie 
from her, the younger lines n'li^ht have adopted her coat, and the 
Cheshire line have used it in ([uarterings. The fact, however, can best 
be ascertained by examining such examples as may remain at Thur- 
stanton and elsewhere. 

We might almost imagine that the Stafford and Cheshire families 
using the chief were the only members of the same line, and those 
using the fret were merely namesakes, but for the following fact. 
There is at Whitmore Hall a window wherein, among other coats, is 
the following (as represented in the next page): Quarterly, 1 and 4, 
a fret gold ; 2, a bend sinister azure charged with three trefoils slipped, 
gold ; 3, three stag's heads cabossed sable. The field-tinctures are not 
disceniible. At the sides are the letters !M.A. 

These arms seem to be 1 and 4, Whitmore; quarterly with 2, Coyney ; 
and 3, Boghay: for my correspondent tells me he is satisfied that the 
stag''s heads belong to Boghay,* and not the coat (Gules, a scythe 
argent), which is also attributed to the name. 

* The Harl. MS. 1983, foliosSSb and 41, ascribes Argent, three stag's heads caboshed 
sable, to Bogiiey and Burghay of Whitmore. The same coat appears in Gwillim's 
Display in the name of Bowet, and in Burke's .A.rmory in that of Boughey, of 
Colton, CO. Staff. And, so far as is known, all branches of the family have borne 
arms more or less similar. There is, too, an early charter of Christina, daughter of 


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In a window at Whitmore Hall. 
If this be so, wc can liarJly donht that the fret appears in this 
shield as especially the arms of \Yhitmorc. 

Boston, U. S. A. W. H. Whitmoue. 

John de Boghay de London, jointly with another lady, sealed with a stag trippant 
respecting the sinister ; but the seal has no legend, and may not represent a 
coat of arms (Harl. Charter 76, c. 46). On the other hand the coat Gules, a 
scythe argent, a.s quartered anonymously in the Visitations by Mainwaring of Wint- 
more, is attributed to Boghay by the College of Arms. But their authority cannot 
be accepted as conclusive on the subject, for these reasons : 1st, that the latter coat 
undoubtedly pertains to Prayers, and it is so appropriated in Glover's Ordinary ; 
2nd, that there was a match, temp. Edw. IIL between the heiress of Praers of Bad- 
diley, co. Chester, and an ancestor of Edward Manwaring of Whitmore, nearly two 
centuries before this Edward married the heiress of Boghay ; and 3rd, that the 
r^ord« of the College show, that the descendants of the last marriage are not the only 
family of Mainwaring which has quartered the scythe. The following explanation 
is hazarded. The issue of the marriage with Praers died s.p., and the line of Main- 
waring was continued through the descendants of a second marriage. In such cir- 
cumstances, it is presumed that the College of Arms would not recognise the coat of 
Praers as legitimately quartered by Mainwaring. And, finding the scythe actually 
quartered at Whitmore, subsequently to the matcii with Boghay, it might not be con- 
trary to their practice to assign it definitely as Boghay 's. This coat. Gules, a scythe 
argent, occurs in Burke's Armory under the names of Manwaringo and Praers. 




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In the Herald and Geneahrjist, vol, ir. p. 25, will be found a moii 
tion of the Whitmores of Caunton, co. Notts. A few facts have 
come to light since that article was prepared. 

The will of William Whltmore, dated in 15G8, is recorded at York 
(Book 18, p. 28), in which are mentioned *' Ixichard Whitmore my 
son and heir ajjparent ;" " Elizabeth Browne, my daughter, wife of 
Steven BroAvne ;" " my wife Cecile ;" " my danghter-in-law Frances 
Parker," to whom he was indebted " for such portion as was appointed 
and left nnto her by my late predecessor John Parker her father, now 
deceased;" '"my brother Holland Whitmore;" "my sisters Elizabeth 
Howtoft and Jayne Pvicliardson." 

The will of Eichard Whitmore, son of William, is in the Registry 
at Nottingham. It is dated 8th November, 1591, proved 2Gth 
September, 1592. He desires to be bni-icd " in my Queare in 
Caunton, commonly called Chauntric Queare." Leaves property in 
Caunton and Beesthorpe ("' except Lark Farm which was my inherit- 
ance ") to his wife Elinor, for life, with remainder to " my brother 
Stephen Brome and Elizabeth his wife, my loving sister," and their 
heirs, then to James Greenwood and Mercy his wife and their heirs, 
then to Mary Wombwell and her heirs. He provides for the payment 
of 30/. to " my uncle Rowland Whitmore and his sons Nicholas and 
Robert Whitmore," and also " 10/. to Owen Whitmore when he comes 
out of his apprenticeship." He mentions " IMargaret Norton my kins- 
woman " and Elizabeth Norton, " brother Overall's children ;'' 
"Cecilie Whitmore my mother-in-law" [J.e. step-mother] ; "Olive 
Whitmore my god-daughter, cousin James Greenwood, niece Mary 
Wombwell, brother Robert Overall, cousin Thomas Bristow." 

In the Visitation of Notts, published by the Harleian Society, two 
of these matches are shown, p. 13-4, that of Stephen Brome (or Brown) 
to Elizabeth, daughter of William and sister of Richard Whitmore ; 
on p. 103, that of Walter Holtofte to Elizabeth, sister of William. 

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Tliere is also a reference to Henry Brome, nephew of Eicliard 
"Wliitmore, in the printed vohime of Proceedings in Chancery, Qu. 
Elis. vol. i. p. 40. 

We also see that though the Caunton branch thus ends in an 
heiress, the daughter of Piichard, yet tliu male representation con- 
tinues in the line of his uncle Pioland "Whitmore, who had sons Nicholas 
and Robert, and we may presume he was also father of Owen and 
(31ive Whitmore mentioned in the will. 

The unusual name Owen AThitmore renders it probable that he 
was the person who is mentioned in the register of St. Margaret's, 
Westminster, London. Col. Chester finds there that Owen Whit- 
more had baptised Stephen, 2'Jth Sept. 1G05 ; Tristram, 28th Dec. 
1G06; Richard, 10th May, KUl. Also among the burials. Owen 
W. 22nd June, 1G20, and Richard (probably the child), 27th Aug. 

Possibly another obscure branch can be traced by similarity of 
names; whether Owen is to be rightly called the son of Rowland or 
not, it is certain that Nicholas and Rol^crt w<'re so designated. About 
ten miles north of Caunton is East ^Slarkhum, co. Notts. Among the 
wills at York is one dated 12 Sept , IGIG, proved 7 Oct. following, of 
Robert Whitmore of Rewell (a local name not now recoverable pro- 
bably). He mentions his mother, sister Preasens, and her three 
children, sister Winifred, sister Elizabeth, brother Francis, brother 
Paul, brother Henry Still. 

The registry of East Markham has the following baptisms : Dec. 4, 
1597, Pleasance Whytmore ; Feb. 11, 1598-t), Frauncis Whittmorc. 
In the neighbouring parish of Ilcadcn, Notts, is recorded the marriage, 
Aug. 2G, 1G32, of Henry Still and Pleasance Whitmore. These 
seem to refer to the same persons, but are clearly of a generation later 
than the Nicholas and Robert mentioned as cousins in Richard's will 
in 1591. I find that at St. Giles, Cripplegate, London, Nicholas 
Whitmore and Pleasance Whittingham were married Feb. 14, 1592-0, 
and again July 20, 1G24, Annes wife of Paul Whitmore was buried. 
Here, a mere coincidence of names would lead us to surmise that 
Nicholas and Pleasance were the parents of the children mentioned in 
Robert's will, placing considerable reliance on the unusual name of 
Pleasance. Further, I can urge that in the pari.^h of St. IMargaret's, 
Westminster, where an Owen W. lived, the record also shows that 
Nicholas and ]\Iary Whitinoro had Nicholas bapt. 21 Sept., 1G45 ; 
that Francis and Anne Whituiore liad a dan. Frances bapt. o xMay, 

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buried 12 Fob. lGl-'3-4; aud that Francis and Mary (a socond witV ?) 
had Mary bapt. 11 May, 1G18, Anne, bapt. 25 Nov. 1G49, Elizabeth, 
bapt. 20 Jan., 1G51-2, Francis, bapt. 1 Dec, 1G53, and probably 
buried 19th same month; and Frances, bapt. 15th ^March, 1G54-5. 
A Francis, probably the father, vras buried Xov. 19, 1GG4. A .Tuhu 
and Alice Whitmore had also George there bapt. 1 ^March, 1G44-5 ; 
Nov. 25, 1G52, Alice W. buried. 

lliese dates are all reconcilable v.ith Hubert's will and the silence 
about Paul and Francis's children or a brother Nicholas. I'aul and 
Francis, .'■o fa?' as tJiese dotes shcxc, were widowers and childless in 
1G4G, and Nicholas might be dead, as nothing is heard of him after 

This is, of course, all surmdso, and unly nH interest as showing how 
names sometimes will favour a theory. 

On the other hand, as if to confound any such theory, I find that 
in West Drayton, co. Notts, almost the next parish to East Markham, 
in 1635, J(jhn Whitmoro was churciiwarden, and Oct. 9, 1046, adminis- 
tration on his estate was granted to his widow Prcscnta. Here we 
find another Presenta or Pleasance Whitmore in the neighbourhood. 
and the evidence must favour Juhn and Presenta as much as Nicholas 
and Pleasance as the parents of Robert and the others. One escape 
only is possible : if Pleasance (Whittingham) were the mother of 
Robert, she was alive in 1G4G. Can this administration of John's 
estate be wrong in one point, and should it read granted to his mother 
Presenta instead of his wife? If so, it would be very possible that 
John was a brother of Robert, and had died before him (the two 
probate records being only two days apart), and it is also possible that 
he is the John of St. Margaret's, Westminster, before noted. 

This one change of wife to mother would permit the construction 
of a pedigree, including all these riames and dates, without a single 
discrepancy, but as I must admit without a single proof beyond 

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Theoretical Pedigree fhom preceding Xote>. 

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[This contains an account of the family of Roo.s. to which bclon'jjed 

Joan, wife of Thoni;i.-< Whitaiore of Mudeley, co. Staff., whose 

descendants are recorded in Tract No. Four of tliis series.] 

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The following notes on a family fovmerlv of some local impor- 
tance, may not seem out of place, since, though founded clucily 
on Thoroton's Ulsfurij of Kotthif/hanisldre, they arc supported 
and amplified by several original materials: — 

Robert' Lord Ro,i> of Hamlake married Isabel danalitcr of ^yillianl 
tlic Lion, Kin^- of Scotland, and had 

William- Lord Roos of lT:imlake, a titlo still extant, and 
Robort^ of A\\'rk". wbo married ?tlargarct dan. and licir of Poter 
de P"Ms of Ski>lt(ui. The son of Robert- was 

William ■» de Ros or Roos, Baron of Kendal, who is said to have 
had two sons — 

Robert^ Lord Roos of Kendal, whoso eventual heiress mar- 
ried Sir William I'arr. 

William* Roos of Int;manthorpc. 

Thus far wc follow the Visitation of Xottinghamshire, just 
printed for the Harleian Society. But Collins, in liis reeran;e, 
differs considerahly from tliis account. lie states tliat the first 
Lord Itoos of Ilamlake, Robert,' had three sons, of whom two 
were named William, the younger being AVilliam of iVgman- 

Again, Collins says that Robert^ of Werke liad a son William,'' 
wliose son Thomas^ had a granddaughter Elizabeth,'' who mar- 
ried Sir William Parr, He says of this Williain ■'' that ''the 
daughters claimed to be coheirs, a difliculty wdiich has not been 
solved,'" It is evidently in this generation that an obscurity 
exists, two facts only being pretty clear, viz. that the Parrs of 
Kendal represent the senior line of Eobert '^ Roos of Werke, and 
that the Roos family of Ingmanthorpe was recognised as an 
early offshoot, though the precise point of connection was in doubt. 

Turninir to tlic Visitation a^'ain — 

William'* Lord of Inpmanthorpe is said to be father of Sir Robert"' 
Roos Lord of Ingmautlioriio, Steeton. and many other lands in York- 
shire, who liad two sons — 

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"William,^ of Ingmantliorpe, co. York.* 
Robert*^ Roo.s, of Stocton, rnnrriod Elizabeth, dau. of Sir John 
Middleton of Stookeld, co. York (of ^liddleton Hall says the Visita- 
tion of Rutland), and had 

John' Roos, of Laxton, co. Xotts, who mar. the eldest dau. and 
coheir of Sir ]\Iilc.s Etton of Gilling, and had ' ' - ■ ■ ■ 

William^ Roos of Laxton 

At this point there is another contradiction of o.utlioritics. 
Tlioroton {Illstonj of Xottlnghamsldre, p. 376) says, in relation 
to Laxton, 

Sir John Etton left the manor (11 Hen. YI.) to his grandL-hildrcn, 
Elizabeth wife of John Xorthwood, Labell of John Rous, ^Margaret of 
Robert Moresby, and Anne of RoIm rt Koucliffe. 

The posterity of this John Rous got all or most of this manor by 
purchase or othcr-.visc ; his son's name was Robert Roos, and lie had 
to wife Elizabeth daughter of Sir William Middleton, and by her 
William Roos, who married Eleanor, daughter of Sir Christopher 
Wainsford, iL'C. 

Here the father and grandfatlior of William ^ are made to 
change places; but which account is right? 

William^ Roos of Laxton married Elinor daughter of Christopher 
Wandisford of Kirklington, and had 
Humphrey^ of Laxton. 

Richard^ of Torkesey, co. Line, of whom hereafter. 
Humphrey^ Roos married [Annef] daughter of [Richard f] Rest- 
wold of the Vache, and [secondly ^largaret Linne of Southwyke in 
Northamptonshire. He died 13 Hen. VIIL a.d. 1522].f By his 
first wife he had [besides William i^^ of whom hereafter],f 

Francis I'' Roos of Laxton, who married [Elizabeth] daughter of 
Thomas Scrimshire of Norbury, co. Staif. and had 
i- Thomas,^' of whom hereafter. 

I Mary'i married Thomas Croughton of Broughton, co. Stafford. 

i .. Alice 1' J married Brian Stapelton of Burton Joyce, Anthony 

Stapleton of Romsen, and Thomas Leeke of Hasland, co. Derby. 

• For Ross of Ingmantliorpe [lemp. Ilcn. VIII.) consult lilore's " Rutland," p. S. 

"t Supplied froni Tlioroton. 

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Joan^'* ? married Thomas "Whitmore of ]\Iadeley, co. St;i fiord. 

A daughter'^ married Fairfax of Gillin,i;-.-|- 

A daughter married Marshall or Maxtield.-j' 

A daughter married Scrimshire of Xorbury.f 

The will of tins Francis Roos has been found in the Court 
of Probate, in London, by Col. Chester. It is dated 4 Nov. 1577, 
and was proved 26 Apr. 1580. An abstract is given at the end 
of this article. 

Peter *i lioos of Laxton married first Agnes, daughter of Sir James 
Harvey, Lord 2dayor of Loudon [1582], and had a daughter Auue^- 
who married Sir Griffin ^larkhaui.t I'eter married secondly [Lridget],! 
daughter and heir of liobert lujos of Ligmanthorpe, and had — 

Gilbert,'- wlio m:irried a daughter of ... . (^irell, of Soutli Cave 

[and had two daughters, one married to Thomas of the 

county of Essex, who had part of North Leverton, the other never 
Peter. ^'^ 

Of Bridget (Roos), Peter's widow, Thoroton says slic, " after 
her husband's death, married one Richard Clark, and, as the 
inhabitants say, by her own misfortunes and the wicked un- 
thriftiness of her son the said Gilbert Roos, the last lord of 
Laxton of this noble race, was reduced to so great poverty that 
she gleaned corn among other poor people in Laxton fields." 

Peter'- Pioos, according to Thoroton, was of Knesale, married 

Frances daughter of Marshall, and had four daughters and one 

son — 

Gilbert,i2 ^vho married Elizabeth, daughter of Augustine Hinde of 
Laxton-Morehouse, and died IGGl. He had — 
Gilbert,'-^ aged 14 in 1G70. 

Peter,i3 aged 11 in 1G70. '• ' ' " .- •' 

Maria.'^ /" ' '_' ' '■'■'•' '■"■":',.':,. 

Frances. " "'.,:..■..-• . . , . ,<■ ;.i _ • >, ^ <,_ 

Here ends this branch ; but reverting to the next — 
Thomas" (sou of Francis'") Roos, married [Anne]:{: daughter of 

* See Hemld and Genealoffist, vi. 162, and iv. 399. 
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Pirton [or Pickston. who niarriud Muinwaring],* and 

had— , 

Francis. '2 

John ^2 [who nrairicd Elizabeth Roos of Weston, and hud 
"William ^3 Qf Laxton, whose wife was Anna. Grisekla, widow of 
. . . Cooper, and who had 

Johni^ Ptoos, aged S in 1GG6].* 
Francis^^ Roos [married Elizabeth danghtcr of Peter Orrell of 
South Cave, co. York. Her aunt married Gilbert^- lloos, cousin of 
Francis. They had 

Francis.'^ . 


[Of whom Jol'.n'-' Rous of Lnxtoii married Jatic daughter of . . . 
East of Carberton and lia<l 

Francis,'"^ aged 22 iu 1G70; Jojin,'^ aged 15; Thomas," aged 
13; Peter,'-' aged 8; Elizabeth,'' aged 18; Mary,'"' aged IG ; 
Sarah,'-' aged 12 ; and Jane," aged G.*] 

We will next take the oldest branch of the Laxton family as 
recorded in Thorotou : — 

William'*^* Roos, ()lder brother of Francis'" Roos of Laxton, married 
Maria Eliot, and had 

[Barnard" Roos of Egmnnton, whose son William'- Roos of 
Egmanton married Sarah, daughter and co-heir of John Samon of 
Turford. They had an only daughter, Sarah '-^ Roos, who married 
Edmund Lacock, clerk, whose daughter Deborah Lacock, says 
Thoroton (p. 319), is '' wife of my cousin John Ouseley, rector of 
Panfield in Essex."] 

Here we complete the record of the Laxton line; but a .other 
branch is recorded in the Visitation of Rutland, 1618 (ILuieian 
Society), as well as in that of Xottinghamsliire in 1569 and 1614. 
The two accounts agree so closely that they must have had a 
common origin. We follow that of the Visitation of Notting- 
hamshire — 

Richard^ Roos of Torkesey, co. Lincoln, had a son 

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William •" Roos of East Bavrc, in Laxton, co. Xotts, who mai- 
ricd . . . daughter (if . . . Darwin, and had — 
Thomas'' died s.p. 

Richard'' of Snenton, married the dangliter and heir of . . . 
"Warren of Snentun, co. Xotts, and had two sons, viz. : 

Henry '^ of Snonton, whose son Henry'" was alive in IGIS. 
George '- died s. p. 
Edward" of Laxton, of whom hereafter. 

Pioger" of Eynianton, co. Xotts, married Catherine Leuesby 
or Levesey of Laxton, and had 3Iichcll'-. ■ : • ' 

Anthony " married Elizabeth Blague. 
Catherine " married John Lucas of London. 
Edward" Roos oi Laxton, third son, married Agnes daughter of 
Anthony Colly of Glast(Mi, co. Rutland, and had 

Joane'- married Thomas Gurney of ^[aruliam, co. Xotts. 
Edward ^2 ]^oos of Ashwell, co. Rutland, IGls. married Mary 
daughter and heir of John Castlin of Ashwell, and had 
Francis,'** aged 25 in 1618. 
Edward," under-sheriff of Rutland, IGLS. 
Theodosia,' ^ married Leonard Cole of Stamford. 
Ellen,' ^ married Anthony Harston of Peterborough. 
Alice, '3 married John Heard of Ashwell. 

The evidence to be gained from wills at the York Registry is 

March 2, 1G05-6. Administration of Peter Roos of Laxton (our 
Peter") was granted to his widow Bridget Clark alius Roos, with 
tuition of his son Peter Roos. This was revoked 12th March, and 
another granted June 30th, 160G, to Peter Roos of Laxton. IGIO, 
June 9. Administration of Peter Roos of Laxton to Bridget wife of 
Hugh Clarke. 

Again, Dec. IG, IGOG, will of Thomas Roos of Laxton (evidently 
the Thomas" son of Francis and brother of preceding) mentions wife 
Anne, sons Francis and John, daughter Jane wife of William Hore, 
illegitimate children Christopher Roos alias Coupe and Dorothy 
Coupe. Supervisor Brian Broughton (probably his nephew). 1G30, 

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Oct. 31. Anne Roos, wiJow. Administration to son Francis to liis 
own use and that of Lis bruthor John Roos. 

Oct. 9, 1G17. Administration of Bakdaua Roos alias Coupe of 
Carlton to her husband Christopher Roos alias Coupe. 

1634, Oct. 9. Administration of Francis Roos of Laxtou to his 
widow Elizabeth. 

In proof of the Rutlandshire line we have the will dated 

April 12, 15.r2. Of Williah Ruse of Laxton (eviilently tlie 
son of Richard,'' grandson of "William"^ Rdos autl Elinor Waudisford). 
He mentions sons Anthony, Barnard, Thomas, Edward, and liichard, 
and daughter Kath:'rine; makes supervisor " Master Francis lioose, 
my cousin," who is of course our Francis.'" AH these children except 
Barnard appear in tliu puiligree. 

1575, May 9. Edward Roos of Laxton, evidently son of the pre- 
ceding, makes his v>ill and mentions brother Barnard, son Edward and 
his wife I\Iary, dauL;liter Jane wife of Thomas Gurnell, son-in-law 
Peter Lcvesay, wife Joan, daughters Barbara and Anne. As com- 
pared with the Visitation it would indicate that Edward had married 
a second wife not there recorded. 

There are also at York administrations as follows: 

1603, Aug. 8. Of Edward Roos of Laxton to his brother Peter. 

1617-18, Jan. 13. Of John Roos of Egmantou to Edward Roos of 
same place. 

1622, Aug. 13. Of Peter Roos of Moorhouses (in Laxton) to 
Nicholas Parkthorpe of Laxton. 

These are all, I believe, that are recorded at York prior to 16C0. 

Abstract of the Will of Francis Hoos of Laxton. 

(C. P. C. 1-i Arundel.) Francis Roosse of Swindled, co. Staf- 
ford, esq. dated 4 Xov. 1577. To be buried in the parish church of 
Stawne, near my wife. To each of my tenants that are cottagers in 
CO. Stafford 2 pence and a year's rent of their cottages ; to each of 
my tenants cottagers in Laxton a year's rent. To Rafe Hariam, 
dwelling in Mooreshouse, a year's rent. To my sons Peter Roosse 
and Thomas Roose each -10/. a month after my decease. To my son- 
in-law Thomas Broughton, to use of his eldest son Francis Brough- 
ton and his other sons in succession, 40/. " Item, I will that my 
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bond that he shall employ the same to the use of his sons in this 
order, to wit, that his eldest son William "Whitmore shall have the 
interest thereof for the 2 first years, and his son Francis Whitmorc 
the interest thereof for tlie 2 next years after that, and after the said 
4 years his youngest son Peter Whitmore to have the interest thereof 
for other two years ; and then I will that after the end of the said 
6 years Thomas Whitmore their father shall have the occupation and 
profit thereof for other 2 years, and after those 8 years I will that 
the said 40/. shall remain to his eldest son William Whitmore to his 
only use as my free gift to him for ever." To my sons Peter and 
Thomas Roosse and my sons-in-law Thomas Broughton, John Badeley 
and Thomas Whitmore each a yoke of oxen. To m}- daughter-in- 
law my son Thomas Roosses wife, and to my daughters Thomas 
Brougliton's wife, J(;liu Badeley's wife, Thomas Whitmore's wife, and 
William MaxfieM's wife, each two cows. ( ttlier bequests of honsehold 
stuffs, &c. to said sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, and my son-in- 
law William ^Maxlield. To Thomas Keymcys of Bowrcs, and William 
Kent of the Mayre, each an ox. '' Item, I will that of such goods, 
cattells, and chattells as I have unliequeathed, my executors shall pay 
unto my daughter Dorothcis children living, to each of them twenty 
nobles. To the churchwardens of the chapel of Chorlton 205. to bo 
employed in the reparation of the said chapel and maintenance of the 
service there. To John and Francis, the two eldest sons of my son-in- 
law John Badeley, each 10/. when 18 years of age. Residue to my 
son Peter Roosse and my friend ]\Iathew Cradocke of Stafford, ]\[er- 
chant of the Staple, and appoint thoni Executors. (Proved 2G April 
1580 by said son Peter Roosse, power reserved to said ilathew 

All these places, except Laxton, arc near together, in Stafl'ord- 
shirc. StaiL'7ie, where he was to be buried, is Stan Jon. (See Erdcs- 
wicke, Harwood's edit. p. 100, last line.) Swinched is clearly 
Swincshead. A note to Erdeswicke, p. 90, says " Thomas Roos 
of Luxleij in Notts, 20 Eliz. (a.d. 1578) died seized of the 
granges of EUerton, Batisacre, Fowk Clanford, and Eld-Knighton 
and other lands, and a moiety of the manor of ]\Icere, Swine- 
shead, and Charlton, and left them to Peter Roos his son." 
There can be no doubt that this is a mistake for Francis Roos of 
Laxton, all the facts agreeing with what is known of him. 
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and appear still on the county map. At ]\Iacr it seems arc 
monuments to the Macclc^helds, to which family belonged 
TVilliam ^Macclesfield, " now owner of the greater part of Macro 
and Aston," says Erdcswickc, about 1595. It is probable that 
Francis Eoos's son-in-law Muxfield belonged to this family. 

It seems evident that Francis Roos, who was of Xottingham- 
shire, was brought to StalTordshirc by liis marriage with Elizabeth 
daughter of Thomas Scrimshire of Xorbury, a place about as far 
south of Eccleshall as Chorlton is north. 

As to the marriages of Francis Roos's daughters, it seems quite 
certain that Mary married Thomas Brougliton of Brou^hton ; 

Joan married Thomas Whitiuorc of Madeley; (unnamed) 

married William ^laxfield (or Macclesfield). A fourth daughter 
married John Badeley ; and there was apparently a daughter, 
Dorothy, who had died leaving children — she mav have been 
the wife either of Fairfax or Scrimshire; and there was certainlv 
a daughter Alice who married a Staplctou, who was not nameil 
in her father's will, thougl; tlien living. To compare the wiU 
with Thoroton's account, they agree on three names, Brougliton, 
"Whitmore, and Maxfield. Thoroton adds Fairlax and Scrim.diire, 
besides Stapleton, otherwise proved to be right. The will omits 
Stapleton, but adds Badeley, which is not in Thoroton. I can 
see no reason hov.-ever to discredit Thoroton, ' either in regard to 
Fairfax or Scrimshire. 

The John Badeley was doubtless the John Badeley of Ellerton 
Grange, in co. StatTord, whose will is dated 8 April 1G05; proved 
2 July 1606. lie mentions wife Katherine, oldest son John; 
gives daughter Susan 30/.; daughter Joyce 40/. ; son Thomas 
30/.; son Francis 20 marks; son Walter 20/.; son James 40/.; 
daughter Erne 40/ ; to daughter Rose a ring, and same to 
daughter Elizabeth and her husband and daughter Ellen, 

Boston, U.S.A. William H. Wiiitmoue. 

* It is of course possible that. Tlioroton may have made a mi-take in sajinp that 
Francis Rooa's duvrjl,Ur married a Fairfa.K of Giliiiig, it being a fact that two of his 
grand-ilaii;]hUrs did marry into tiiat family. Still it is the kast satisfactory method 
of disposing of a knotty question to style it an entire error. 


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In Tract Xo. 1 of the present series, p. 8, it is shown that 
Thomas"' Whytemore of Claverly, co. Sah3p, who died in 1483, 
had two sons, Richard" his heir, and Thomas'* of Madelcy, co. 
Staff. There is no question that there were Whitmores at 
Madeley, as is shown by the wills still on record, from Elizabeth 
Whitmorc who died in 1523, to Thomas who died about 1682. 
But the early records of Madcloy are lost, and the earliest re- 
maining one bei2;ins in 1078, though the system of parish records 
began in 1538. I examined the record at Madeley in 1862, 
and the single notice there was as follows: "Sarah, the daughter 
of John Whittmore and Margaret his wife, travelling persons, 
was baptized April y'' ninth, 161H." 

Possibly duplicates of the early records may be found in the 
Bishop's registry, but the prospect is not promising. 

We are driven, therefore, to other sources to obtain materials 
for the pedigree, and therein xe can have very fair success, 
mainly through the wills of the rarioHS members of the family. 

The anuexL'd pedigree shows iLe probable outline of the family, 
in which but two suppositions have to be made. 

1st. That Elizabeth, who died a widow in 1523, was wife of 
Thomas'* VVhitmore, who settled at Madeley. She is clearly of 
that generation, and the fact is most probable. 

2d. Tliat Thomas, who died in IST-i, and from whom the 
Madeley branch is clearly traced for several generations, was 

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mother's will. If the pedigree is ever traced back with certainty 
to this point, I think it can be established, and therefore I will 
not waste time upon it. It is sufficiently probable for our 

We now proceed to the evidences taken from the Registry of 
"Wills at Lichfield and the Prerogative Court, London. Most of 
the abstracts were made by Col. J. L. Chester. A few were 
made by the late H. G. Somerby, from originals which had been 
mislaid when Col. Chester visited Lichfield, but which will be 
found again on search, as they are on the index. Either gentle- 
man is a sufficient authority. 


[Lichfield Registry. — Will of Elizabeth, supposed wife of Thomas. 
Abstract made by Col. J. L. Chester.] 

Elizabeth Whitmore of the Lane in Madeley Parish, widow, will 
dated 19 March, 1522-3. To be buried in Madeley church-yard. To 
Ralph my son, 6 marks bequeatheil him by his father, also 4 sheep and 
2 lambs; resi<lue to William and John my sons. Appoints my son 
Edmund executor, and he proved l^ July, 1524. 

On the Act Books of Lichfield is a Minute of the following will, the 
original not now on file. 

Edmund Whitmore of Madeley, co. Stafford, proved Oct. 5, 1540, 
by the relict Ellen ; power reserved to Richard, Whitmore. 

[Note. — This Richard may be his supposed nephew, son of 


[Lichfield Registry. Copied by H. G. Somerbt.] 
John Whitmore of Ashley, co. StaflTord, dated 2 June, 1571, proved 
May 7, 1572. He desires to be buried in the church-yard, near where 
the cross standeth. Legacies to a large number of persons named ; 
among them his brother William, cousin Margaret wife of Rocjer 
York, Kinswoman Margaret Shaw, aisd die children of brother William 
not specified. Appoints Thomas Ikicklaye, gent., John Pyrkyn of 
Mayre and Thomas Short of Ashley, executors. 

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this John may well be the son of Elizabeth of will No. 1. He has a 
brother William, and she had sons John and William. So again, his 
executor is Thomas Bulkley, gent., and in 1.S79 Thomas Whitmore of 
Madeley, presumed nephew of John W., had as trustees Eowland 
Bulkley, of Buntiiigdale, co. .Stafford, and Thomas Ikilkley the younger, 
of Woore for Ore) CO. Salop. These Bulkleys were undoubtedly all 
of one family. William Bulkley of Woore m. Beatrix, dau. of William 
Hill of Bunting>ta!l ; his son Thomas B. of Woore and Buntingstall 
was undoubtedly the executor of John AVhitmore, while Rowland V>. 
of Woore and Thomas, .Jr., of Buntingstall were sons of Thomas I>. 
Their brother, tlie Hev. Edward B., was father of the Rev. Peter 
Buckley, who came to New-England. Possibly there was an inter- 
marriage of the Whitmorcs and Bulkleys : at all events, these papers 
show they were friends as well as neighbors.] 


[Lichfield Registry. Copied by H. G. Somekby.] 
Thomas Whitmore of Thornall, in the Parish of Madeley, co. 
Stafford, yeoman, died 12 May, 1573. His will is dated 6 May, lo73, 
and proved 6 Oct., 157-1:. He desires to be buried in the church. 
Gives to his younger sou Humphrey a. tenement in Betley, being the in- 
heritance of his mother, for the term of twenty-one years, he paying 
the rent to his mother during said term. To son Richard a tenement 
in Asseley for twenty-one years, he paying to his eldest brother Thomas, 
6s. a year. Mentions his three daughters, son Thomas to give them £20 
upon the day of his marriage. Speaks of his father, and mentions his 
lands in Thornall. A[)points his wife Agnes and son Thomas execu- 
tors. Witnessed by William Whitmore of Thornall, and others. 

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Agnes Whitmore of Madeley, co. Stafford, widow, died 25 Dec, 

1591. Will dated 23 May, 1591 ; proved 20 Jan. 1591-2. Mentions 

sons Humphrey, Richard and Thomas, daughters Margaret Podmore, 

Anne Sherrat and Margaret Gorton. Appoints son Thomas, executor. 

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Thomas, Eichavd and Humphrey, we will first dispose of 
Richard, as he undoubtedly died unmarried. r > 

[Lichfield Register. J. L. Chestek.] 
Richard "WiiiT^rouE of Thornall. parish I\I:uleley, joyner, died 4 
Dec. 1C0;3. Will (hiU'd oO Nov. 1(J();5, proved 4 Jan. 1 C0;'.-4. To be 
buried iu Madeloy church-yard. To my brother Thomas Wliitmore, a 
silver spoon, half my timber and half niy tools, a bed and bedding, &:c. 
To Margaret Whitmore a e\ve. To Ellen Whitmore a ewe lamb. To 
WiUiain "Whitmore a ewe hog. To Robert Whitmore a lamb. To 
Anne Wlntmore a lamb. To Dorothij Whitmore a ewe. To Elizabeth 
Whitmore a cupboard. To E<jerton Whitmore a great chest, and to 
his wife a desk. To my brother John Sherret a hill of ;V2s. to pay 
himself therewith, and the residue to go to the use of his chihb-en. To 
Elizabeth Sherrat a ewe. To my sister Margaret Podmorea cow, &c., 
and to her son Humphrey a heifer. To my uncle John Browne and my 
aunt Mary all the dci)ts that are between us. To my sister Margery 
two cows. William Browne owes me 13s. 4d. which I will have bestowed 
in bringing of my iiome. Jolin Cliflte owes me four groats for four 
coffins, lOd. for two days' work, and 4d. for mending a spindle wheel. 
William Blest owes me 8il. which last debts I give unto George Gorton 
with a new shirt. JNIr. John Astow the elder owes me 7s. which I 
give to the poor. ^Vlr. Egerton owes me 4s. for making two forms, 
and 4 groats for making two boxes, which I give to my sister INIargerie. 
To my brother Humphrey half my timber and half my tools, &c. To 
Anne Hilton a cow. To Thomas Podmore a doublet, and same to 
William Podmore. To Humphrey Podmore a pair of breeches, &c. 
To William Whitmore a black hat. a black falling band ; the three 
other bands to go to Margerie's children. To Ellen Withinshew a 
pair of thin shoes. To ray three god-children, each Is. To the school- 
master, a chest. Appoint my brother Thomas Whittmore, executor. 
Inventory of personalty, total, £21: 16: 0. 

As to the oldest son Thomas, we find the following will, here 
printed. The abbreviated words arc all given at length. 

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In the name of God, Ameu. Tlie 4tli duie of xVugust. Anno Domini 
1601. I, Tiio:mas Whitmore of Burr Hill in the parishe of 3Iadeley 
and county of Staltbrde, Gentleman, of perfect niinde and memoric, I 
thancke God therefore, make my last Will and Testament in manner 
and forme followinge. First, I bequeath my soule to Allmighty God 
and ray Bodie to Cliristian burial. Allso I dooe give unto Peter 
"Whitmore my sonne and Heire all that my Capitall meswage at Barr 
Hill aforesaid, and all my lands, medowes, leasowes, pastures and com- 
mons with all and singider theire appurtenances to the same Capitall 
meswage beloiigfinge or a[)pertaineinge : And one Cotoage in OuL-ley in 
the county of Stallbrd now in the tenure of Richard ljlackhui>.t. and 
all my landes and tenements and hereditaments whatsoever in Onely 
aforesaid with theire appurtenances: And allso one ptisture called 
"Wilkinsfielde, one meadowe called Wilkinstielde medowe, and one 
crofte called the Starrelield at Litkiii>en(!e in the Lordesiiipe of Madeley, 
in the county aforoaid. And all.-o the i-eversion and reversions of all 
other my lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever called the 
MosseKeld, with tlie appurtenances iyinge in the Lordeship of Weston 
Curry in the parishe of Careswall in the county aforesaid: And of all 
my lands at Litkensende aforesaide, now in jointure oi Juane my AVife. 
To have and to hold my said capitall meswage and all other the 
premises with all and singular theire appurtenances after my decease, 
and the reversion and reversions of all other my lands and tenements 
and hereditaments called the jNIossefields with appurtenances, and of all 
other my lands at Litkiusende aforesaid with theire appurtenances 
now in jointure as before, after the death of Joane my Wife, to him 
the said Peter Whitmore and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully 
begotte. And for default of such yssueto my cossen Francis Whitmore 
and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten. And for de- 
fault of such yssue, to the right heires of me the said Thomas Whitmore 
for ever. 

Allso I give to Joane my Wife, in contentation and satisfaction of 
her parte and portion of my goods, the chamber wherein wee lye, and 
allso two bedds in the same chamber as they are now furnished, dureinge 
her natural! life, if it please her to stay at it, keepinge her sole and 
unmarried. Allso I give to my cooscn Thomas Whitmore, eldest 
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Peter may .have the use of them duringe the life of the said Peter my 
said Sonne. 

AIlso I give to ray very friende Robert Morris, clerke, now Yicar of 
Madeley, twentye shillings. 

Allso I give to .John Sydway. Gent., twentve shillings. 

Item. I give to everie Godchilde living at mv decease xii d. 

Allso I give to be equally divided amongst ten of the poorest howse- 
holders in Madeley parrishe aforesaid, at the discretion of my Executor 
and Ch-erseer, twentie shillings. Item. I give to six Ringers to ring 
faire to be chosen by me or the Vicar then beinge, to everie one of 
them twelfe pence. Allso my Harriots, mortuarie debts, legacies, and 
funerall expenses discharged, the rest of my moveable goods and chattels 
whatsoever I have or of right ought to have, I give and bequeath them 
to my coosen Eninianupll AVhitmore, and that my Executor shall have 
the custody of the goods and chattels belongeing to the said Emmanuel, 
and to employ them to the best use and prohte he can, for the keepeinge 
of him to the schoole until he come to the age of one and twentie years ; 
and for the performance hereof, my Executor to put in a sufficient bonde 
to be acceptable to the said Ei)iiiiainieU, for the same goods when he shall 
come to the age of one and twentie years as aforesaid. And yf it 
fortune that the said EninuuivA die before he accomplishe the age of 
21 yeares that then the said goods and chattels to remaine and come to 
the next younger sonne of the said Peter Whitmore, if it please God he 
have any. And for want of such yssue, ye foresaid goods to be equally 
geven and devided betwene my two coosens Marrfrett and Jaiie "Whit- 
more, and to the survivour of them, at the foresaid aije of xxi. yf they 
marry by the consent and good likeinge of theire Father, or else to re- 
main to my Executor and his right heires. 

Lastly, I dooe constitute and make y* said Peter Whitmore my said 
sonne and heire, my sole and onely Executor, and Juhn Sydway, Gent., 
overseer of this my last AYill and Testament, to see it executed and 
performed accordinge to the true maineinge in every respect, as my full 
trust in them is. 

"Witness to this my last "Will and Testament, sealed and delivered by 
the Testator him seltFe to his sonne and sole executor, Peter AVhitmore, 
upon the Testator's owne free will annd consent, being sui jiiris,et sance 
mentis bonceque valet udinis, and haveflage animum testandi, the first day 
of March, anno Domini 1G03, in the hov/se of Robert Morris, 

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clerk, Vicar of IMadflcy. In witiic~^e of Rdp.ekt Sidavaye, Thomas 
Lightefoote, Kiciuirdo Flint, liobert Morris, clerke. 

This is a true Copie of my Fatlier's Will, at such tj'me as he made 
the same, I do protest in truth and veritie upon my Faith, to my 
knowledge, p. me Petrus Whitmore." 

[Proved Oct. ol, 1G()G, by said son and Executor, Peter "Whitmore.] 

I have not yet traced Plumphrey, the youngest brother of 
Richard and Thomas, though I am sure that I have a record of 
some of his descendants, as I shall show later in these pages. 
The Thomas AVhitmore of this will married Joan Itoos, as is 
shown coile in Tract Xo. o. lie lived to be an old man, and 
seems, from the will of his son Peter, to have been for 35 years 
" a trusty servitor and faithful wellwisher to the house of Drad- 
wall." Very probably he was steward of the manor in the 
Sneyd family at Brad well. The then head of the family was 
Ralph Sneyd, whose daughter Ann m. Sir Thomas Scrimshire, 
of Aqualate. Thomas AVhitmore's mother-in-law was a 

In the next generation, we ?hall trace the descendants of 
Thomas Whitmore and Joan Roos. 

Of William Wiiit.more, oldest son of Thomas, I find only 
that he was of St. Helen's Auckland, co. York, and was pre- 
sumably of age in 1502, when his name occurs in a list of debts. 
(See Durham Wills, Siu-tees Society, vol. ii. p. 213.) He is 
also mentioned in an old roll of aj-ms (Tonge's Visitation, Sur- 
tees Society, p. xvii.) as bearing Vert, a fret or.* 

His first wife was Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Hitch, gent., 
and he m. 2d Dorothy Welbury, at St. Andrew's Auckland, 28 
Sept., 1587. He had no issue, as appears by his nephew's 
(Francis of London) declaration in 160G in his Bill in Chancery. 
In an indenture of Peter Roos, in possession of Earl Manvers, 

• On this point it may lie noted that it is stated in Xotes and Queries (3d s. v. 159) 
that in ld83 Tiiomas Whitnuirc, uf Mndclcy, failed to prove liis iicdigice before Glover. 
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gent., of AVolstanton, co. Statfurd. a place two miles froia 
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At York, Col. Clicstcr found tlie administration of tlie estate 
of AVilliam Wliitm<n-c, gentleman, of St. Helen's Auckland, co. 
Durham, granted, 4 Dec, 1508, to his widow Dorothy. 

[Will of Rev. Francis Whitmorc, March 10, 1597-8.] 
[From the original, ro2:i.stere(l in Arelildsliop Ilnttou's books at York, 

foi. 13b^ J. L. ClIKSTEK.] 

" Be it knowne to all men l)y these presents, that the tenth daie of 
March, in the yeare of our Lord God, :iccordiiig to the accompte of 
the Church of Enghuid, one thousaud five hundredth ninety seavcu, 
Francis Wiiit.mori:, clurk, parson of Bingham in the couutie of ^Tot- 
tingham and dioces of Yorke. beiuge sicke in bodie but of perfect miiide 
and memorie, made this his hist will and testament nuncupative, or by 
word of mouth oulie, s[)eaking to his brother in law Jlcnric Spurr, 
clerke, in manner and form folio winije, viz.: — 

" I would have "Wilson's part paid presentlie out of my goodes ; the 
residue of my goodes I would have them equallie divided between imj 
tioo cJiildren ; and my bodie to be laid iu the chauneell near unto my 
wief ; and I make my uncle Eosse and my brother Spur re, mine ex- 

These being witnesses, Thomas "Wright, gentleman, Alice Whihnore 
and Heley Spurr." 

(Proved by Henry Spurr, 11 May, 1598.) 

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Rev. Francis "Whitjiore, second son of Thomas, was a 
clergyman. lie was of Balliol Coll., Oxford, c 1571-5, but 
not described on the rolls. He compounded for first fruits May 
C, 1581 (23 Eliz.), for Bingham, co. Notts; May 16, 1582 
(24 Eliz.), for Kirkby upon Wiskc, co. York; Nov. G, 1584 
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1589 (31 Eliz.), for "Seggiston Ecc. South.""* He evkleutly 
held these all together, since his will terms him "of Bingham," 
and his Kirkby-Wiske living, the gift of his l^rotlicr ^Yilliam, 
was filled 1 July, 1598, by Valentine ^Vood, "per mortem 
Whitmore." (Whitakcr"s Richmondshirc, i. 294.) Col. 
Chester writes (17 April, 18G9), "the fact that Rev. Francis 
Whitmore appears to have held four livings in coiunioidani, 
proves that he was a popular, feuccessful and well-to-do man." 
He evidently was of Bingham, chiefly, but the register begins 
March 29, 1598, so that the one he kept, if he had one, is lost. 
Orston, where his brother Peter was, is in the union of Bingham. 
As to his will, Alice AVhitmore was undoubtedly tlie wife of his 
brother, Hev. Peter. His "brother Spurre"' is called in Peter's 
will (p. 13) "parson Spur, who perjured himself as did his. 
wife about my father's land in liopc of some share thei'eof." 
Hence we may infer that Spur married a sister of Francis and 
Peter AVhitmore. 

Now in East Bridgeford, co. Notts, a village some three 
miles north of Bingham, we find that the rector was Henry 
Spurre, inducted in 1584. ^Ipril 27, 1589, Francis, son of 
Henry Spur, is baptized. 1G28, Xov. 23, Henry Spur rector 
hujus ecclesicn is buricil. It is possible that Henry held office 
for forty-four years, but more likely that a son of the same 
name held part of the time. At all events it is probable that 
the Henry Spur of 1584, the next neighbor of liev. Francis 
AVhitmore, was also his brother-in-law. The East Bridgeford 
records have been searched by Col. Chester. No wills of 
Spurrs at York throw any light on the matter. 

• This may be Kirkhy Sigston, or Siggcton, North Riding of York, a place 9 miles 
north from Tliirsk, as Kirkbv Wiske is 5 miles west from Thirsk. The latter Kirkhy 
Wiske is in the union of Gilling, partly, and Gilliug was the ehief place of the Fair- 
fiixes. It is very certain that a sister of Francis Whitmore was the wife of Cuthhert 
Fairfa?c, of Acaster Malbis, and also probable that Francis's aunt (or his mother's 
sister, a Roos) had also married a Fairfax of Gillins. (See Tract No. 3.) 

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[Will of Rev. Peter Whitmore. Lichfield Registry. J. L. Chester.] 
" Miserere mei Deus secundum magnum misericordiam tuam." 

Know all men by theise presents how that this IGth daie of Janu- 
ary anno ab incarnacione Domini 1008. I, Peter Whittmore of liarr 
hill in the parish of Madeley and countye of Statlord, sick and 
diseased in Bodie, But of good and perfect myud and memorye (praise 
be given to God), Doe make my last Will and Testamente in manner 
and forme followinge: 

First I bequeath my bodye after I ame departed this life to be buried 
in Madeley Church neere unto the phice where the Corps of my late 
deseased father was buried, willinge to have neyther passinge pealo, 
nor ringinge, nor any Bell to be sterred at all for mee ; but to be bu- 
ried in the morniuge before daye. within 44 bowers after I ame de- 
parted, and that quietly and with as small Company as may: Beseeche- 
inge God to send mee a Joyful! Resurrection. 

And my Soule I give and commende unto Almightyc God my Crea- 
tor, Sanctifyer and Redeemer, trustinge to be saved by the onely mis- 
terye of my Saviour Christes lucarnacion, whome I beseech to strengthen 
and defende me in the bower of Death against the enemy and all such 
Spirites, and sende his holie Angells to comford mee, and to brare my 
Soule into the Blessed Kingdome of the blessed Sayntes in the Tri- 
muphaut Church of God's Elect children in Heaven, 

Protestinge hcere before all the worlde (yf I die att this tyme) how 
Peter Brougldon and Fraunces Wh id an ore or one of them twayne weare 
my Bane, by poysninge me by some ill meunes att London, whilse they 
keepte mee theire full Wrongfully in sutie about my Lands. Item, as 
concerninge all my lands both in possession and revercion, I give and 
bequeath to my eldest sonne Thotnas Whittmore alias Whytmore, in 
and after such manner and forme as the same now standeth, all are 
both by lawful! conveyance in the Law. by fyne &c., and by the last 
"Will of his Grandfather, my said Father Thomas Whitmore or Wliyt- 
more departed, trustinge verily in Almighjie God that not any of the 
said Lands nor any parte or parcel! of the same shall bee att any tyme 
taken forth of my possession or my chiltb-ens in any of tlie daies of all 
our lyves. 

Forasmuch as by the false villayue of tlis said Peter Broughton who 
mentayned (as a most damnable champeiter) an unjust sutte of the 
said Fraunces Whittmore, upon collor of 4 forged Deede of feofluient 

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never sealed by my sayJe fatlier, for a joynture for my eldest Brother 
William Whittmore's wiffe, I v.-as compelled by way of certayhe Articles 
before Sir John TynduU, Knight, to graunt to the said Fraunces after 
my Mother's decease, soe much Laudes as shee had specified in her 
Joynture. Which maye prove a most wrongffull and sinnfull acta 
ageynst my owne sonues and theire heyres, by deprivinge or p'r/i£//s/«7(5 
(sic) them of theire right (uidess ytt please God to helpe them) for 
the which I pray the Lord God to forgive mee. 

Item, as touchinge my goods beinge butt small by reason of my mani- 
fold troubles and sicknes. First, I give and bequeath unto my sonne 
Emmanuell Whitmore, tenn pounds to be putt fourth by my executors, 
assigaes or any of them, to his best use when he shall attayne to the 
age of xxi years, and the benetitt or profit theirolT to be delivered by 
themthencefourth yeirely untill hee accomplish the age of thirtie yecres ; 
at which tyme my will is that the said tenn pounds, beinge tlie stocke 
ytt selfe, shall ducly and truely be given and delivered unto him even 
to his owne handes to use as hee himselfe shall please and thinke good. 

Item. I doe give and bequeath to my eldest Daughter Mnrrjrent 
Whittmore Tenn poundes ; and to Jane Whitmore hir sister Twentie 
shillinges for theire childes porcions to be delivered unto them and 
given them att such tyme and t^'mes as they shall attayne the full age 
of 27 yeii'es a peece, to use as they shall think best. 

Alsoe my will and desier is that my Mother shall peaceably hould and 
enjoye all such rooraes in my mansion howse att Barhill as shee now 
doeth, and that shee aud my vvyetfe and children continue together and 
dwell together, as hitherto they have donue synce my Father's decease, 
so longe as my said mother liveth,aud my children be unprovided other- 
waise of some better preferment. 

Also furthermore my Will and charge is, as far forth as a father may 
make of his sonne such demandcs, — That my sonne Tho)nas Whitmoro 
be alwaise belovinge and carefuU over his sisters and brother Ummanuell 
Whitmore, and never suffer nor see him to stand in any want of such 
helpe as shal be meett and convenient for him ; as to keepe him a horse 
and lett him have a chamber, and especially never to creditt nor regard 
any evell talles of his wyetfe's (when it shall please God hee shal be 
married) sugession or imaginacion against any of them ; for as much as 
there is hardly to be found one good sister-in-law amongste many, noe 
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nought and develish : from which the Lord deliver (yf ytt be his will) 
my poore children att all tj-mes. '■ -'''•• - ..%>.'••.>)>-■'; 

Finally I doe coustitute and make Alice Whitmore, my wyeffe, and 
Thomas Wliitmore, my soniie and heire apparent, the lawful true and 
onely executors of this my last Will and Testament, joyntly together ; 
uato whome I do give all the residue of my goods (ray debts and lega- 
cies beinge paide) etjually to be divided between them, savinge that I 
will that Thomas "WJiitmore have delivered him severally to him selfe 
all such thiuges as were bequeathed him in his foresaid grandfather's 
will there specifyed. 

Also I doe will that theire be au Inventory tritely taken of all my 
said goods, boeth reall and personall, and that the lease of the lordes 
landes be truely valued and seit downe, and that the bond lykwise of 
200^ for which I have false parson Spur in siitte, whoe perjured him 
selfe, as most damnably did his wyetle (God is my witness) about my 
said father's lands, in ho[)e of some share thereof. — be alsoe putt downe 
aud expressed in the said inventory and sued for, being a most due debto 
unto mee. 

Never the lesse, my meaninge is, how that after the said inventory 
be made, I would have all my said goodes and chattels, or the true 
value of them, to rcmayne and abyde still in my said wyeffe's haniles, 
and shee to have tlie custodie and use of them together with the tuicion 
of my said sonue Thomas Whitmore until hee come to the age of "21 
yeares, yf she keep hir selfe widdow after my decease so longe. 

But if she shall happen to be marieu in the meane season (as shee 
may doe, many women beinge of such maddinge and light wittcd 
myndes) then I would desier the right worshipfuU Mr. Ralph Sueyd 
and his worshipfuU son ]N[r. William Sueyd, or the one of thetn, even 
for Godes sake as to right and eade my said sonne Thomas Whitmore 
with soe much worshi{)full pittie as to revenge and cleare him forth of 
his mother's hands and hir husband's whomesoever, and to take the 
tuicion of him and of his landes and goodes till he come forth of mi- 
noritie and nonage ; and also to take him into theire worshipful! service ; 
trustinge in God that hee will be no lesse willinge and redie to doe 
theire worships the best service hee shal be able at all tymes duringe 
his lyfe, than his grandfather, oW Thomas JF7uV/«ore, did in tyme passed, 
whoe was a true and trustie servitor and faithful! wel wisher unto the 
right worshipful! bowse of Bradwall, noe fewer yeires than 35 together 
before lie dyed. 

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In witness whereof I have subscribed my nnme to this present 
wryttinge with ray owue hand, the daie and yeire tirst above wrytten." 

"Witnesses, Robert Brooke, Thomas Malpas, Humphrey Bechson. 

[Proved 9 Dec, 1G14, by widow Alice, power reserved to son 
Thomas. Inventory, dated 7 Feb. 1613-14, calls him "Peter Whit- 
more of parish of jMadeley, co. Stafibrd, gent." Total, £2G: 10: 8.] 

[Note. — Rev. Peter "Wliitmore was matriculated at Balliol Coll., 
Oxford, IG Oct., 1-381. He is described as of Statibrdshire, a gentle- 
man's son, and aged 18. He compounded for first fruits 29 April, 
1589 (31 Eliz.), for Orston, CO. Notts.] 

We now proceed to tlie next generation, the grandchildren of 
"old " Thomas Whilmorc, viz., Franci.'?, son of Rev. Francis, and 
Thomas, Emmanuel <tc., children of Rev. Peter. 

Of Francis Wiiitmore we can say with certainty that he 
broQglit suit against his uncle Peter in 1606, when he must have 
been of age. In 1614, he is styled gentleman of London, in a 
fine, recorded in the deeds of Earl Manvers at Ollerton, co. 
Notts. The parties are Sir John Byron, the younger, Kn't of 
Newstead, co. Notts ; Thos. Cludde, Esq., of Arnolds, co. Notts ; 
Peter Bronghton, gent., of London; Thomas Danby, of South 
Cave, CO. York; and Francis Whitmore, geut., of London, pl'lfs., 
and Gilbert Roos, son and heir of Peter Roos, Esq., of Laxton, 
CO. Notts, deforcant. So also in another indenture of 20 April, 
1014, in the same depository. Again in another deed 3 Feb., 
1618-9, and another dated two days later. 

I can find no trace of him in Loudon, unless he was the wit- 
uess, in 1624, to the will of Mrs. Sarah Egerton, of London, a 
matter hereinafter discussed. 

He undoubtedly was the man wliose will is recorded in Act 

Book of Newark Peculiar, as copied by Col. Chester, and is as 

follows : 

Will No. 9. 

Francis Wnix.MORE, of Laxton, co. Notts, gent. Will dated 26 
Jan. ICI-i-y, proved by relict Joanna, 8 May, 1619. After debts, &c. 


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paid, to sister Anne F;irrei\ £10 ; to my nepliew Eobert Fiirrer if he 
be in England and living at mj decease, 403.; to ray nephews. John, 
William, Francis, Thomas and George Farrar each 40s.; to mv late 
servant Charles Musson of Bilstrop, co. Notts, 40s. Appoint Johane 
my now wife, sole execntor, and said Charles Musson overseer. 

Witnesses, Edw'^ Kelsterne, John Roos, Edw*^ Betney, Charles 

There can be no doubt that tin's Francis Whitmoro, of Laxton 
was the son of Rev. Francis, the person who inherited lands there 
from his grandmother Iloos. Tlie phrase " my now wile " may 
indicate that she was a second wife, thouj^h it does not prove it. 
He mentions no children, l.iiit I am still of opinion that ho was 
the fatlier of Francis Whitmore, of Cambridge, Mass., who was 
born in 1G25. 

Of the children of the Rev. Peter Whitmore in the next gene- 
ration, little is yet known. Emmanuel and Thomas have not 
been traced, though one of them evidently married and left issue ; 
and it is undoubtedly the widow of one of them whose nuncu- 
pative will is here given from the Lichfield Registry by ]\Ir. 
Chester. It is clear that either Thomas or Emmanuel had 
issue, from their sister Margaret's will (Xo. 11). 

WUl Xo. 10. 

Anne Whitmore of Gravenhanger, co. Salop (a parish close by 
Madeley), widow. Nuncupative will made in July, 1 G59. To my 
son Peter and daughter Jane each 12d., residue to my son Thomas, 
and appoint him executor, lie proved the will March Gth, lGG2-o. 

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Margaret Whitmore, daugliter of Rev. Peter, undoubtedly 
never married. Her will, copied by Mr. Chester, is preserved 
at the Prerogative Court, Loudon (Laud, 15U). I give the fol- 
lowing abstract : — 

Will No. 11. 

(Land, 150.) Margaret WniT.MORE, of Madeley, co. Stafford, 
spinster, "aged and weak," dated Aug. 10 and proved Nov. u, 1GG2. 

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To be buried in tlie parish church of IMaleley with my ancestors. To 
my uephew Peter Wliitmore of Barhill, j^ar. Mudeley, co. ScalK Gent., 
what he owes me and £GG:lo:l: for the sole use of Tliomas Whitmore 
his son, to be put to liis usG and paid hiui when 21 or married. To 
poor of Madeley £20. To my ncpliew Thomas Whitmore of Onnelej', 
Slid parish of Madeley, £200, residue to said Peter and Tliomas, my 
nephews, and appoint them executors (they proved). Overseers, 
"William Sneade. of Kcele, co. Starf., Esq., and Edward Maiuwaring of 
Whitmore, co. Statf., Esq. 

In the foUowini^ i^cneration, we have the will of Peter Whitmore 
of Barrhill iu Madeley, evidently grandson of Rqv. Peter W. 

Will No. 12. 
[Copied from Lichiield Rci^nstry by ^Mr. Someuby.] 
Wdl of Peter Whitmore of Carr-llill in Madeley, dated Feb. 28, 
16G2-3, proved 28 April, IGG'3. Desires to be buried in the church- 
yard near his mother, and where his ancestors were buried. Son 
Thomas, not 18 ; youngest daughter Anne ; eldest daughter Mary, not 
21; wife Susanna; brother Thomas. Mentions his goods at Ouueley 
in the custody of his brother Tliomas. Appoints his wife, Geor"-e 
Audley of Audley, his uncle, and William ilinton, of Ridgwardine in 
the parish of Breuton, his brother-in-law, executors, and his brother 
Thomas, overseer. 

FoUowin'^ down, we pi'esunie that this Thomas, great-grandson 
of Rev. Peter, is the one meant in the following instrument, 
copied at Lichiield by Col. Chester. ,.: , ; ' .. ,- 

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Anne Whitmore of Madeley. co. StatF. Administration 31 March, 
1G82, to her husband Thomas Whitmore. yeoman. Bond by him and 
Ralph Ilenshaw, of same place, gent. 

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— Thomas 


— William 
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— Richard 

— Rev. Francis. — 

— Thomas. 

— Peter 

— Thomas, 
living in l'.S2 

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— Humphrey. 

—Rev. Peter 


— Mary. 


— ^Thomas, 
of Onnelev. 

— Anne. 

I presume that offahoots still remain, but it would be hard 
work to complete the evidence, especially as tliere were other 
families of the name in Stailordshire. Hereafter, I may try to 
do so, but at present my intcresc lies ia traciuj:^ the issue, if any, 
of Francis Whitmore, who died at Laxton in 1649. I refer my 
readers to my pamphlet on the oriirin of the name of the town 
of Lexington, Mass., as triving the reasons for my belief that this 
Francis was the father of my ancestor, Francis Whitmore, of 
Cambridge, Mass. , ^..^ \ , 

[Probable issue of Humphrey, brother of " old " Thomas Whitmore.] 
Before giving the documents relating to the suit of Francis 
Whitmore with his uncle Peter, I wi^b to trace one line of this 
and Madeley family. 

Humphrey Whitmore was the youngest son of Thomas, who 
died in 1574, and brother of ''old" Thomas (who m. Joan Roos) 
and Richard ; this is shown by wills Nos. 4 and 5 anlc. 

Now in 1G03, Richard Whitmore divides his property between 
his brothers Thomas and Humpiirey, and makes bequests to 
Margaret, Ellen, William, Rol)crt, Anne, Dorothy, Elizabeth, and 
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were Thomas's chiklren w4io had William, Francis, Peter ; nor 
the children of these, as Peter's issue were Thomas, Emmanuel, 
Margaret and Jaue. Moreover, Thomas's son William was dead, 
and Francis had left ouly Francis and Anne. Clearly, then, out 
of the eight persons named, only Margaret and Anne could be 
the grandchildren of " old " Thomas, and the other six, Ellen, 
William, Robert, Dorothy, Elizabeth anl Egcrtou must belong 
elsewhere. '• Old " Thomas tnaij have had daughters, though his 
will mentions none ; but clearly the men, William, Robert and 
Egcrton, were not his sons. 

I therefore surmise that these sons, as well as three if not live 
of the dauglitcrs, are to be given to Humphrey. 

At all events as the Christian name Egcrtou is so unusual, I 
will give the notes I have collected about an Egerton Whitmore. 

Col. Chester found, from the Binding books of tlie Cloth- 
workers' company at London, that, 5 Aug. 1G31, William, son of 
Egerton Whitmore of Adtrupp, co. Northampton, carpenter, was 
apprenticed to William Cole. Also, he found that, Oct. 19, 
1631, Egerton Whitmore, of Hoxton fields, was buried at St. 
Leonard's, Shorcdit^h, London. Evidently the father came up 
to London to apprentice his son William, and died there two 
months later. This Adtrupp, as I learned from the Life of the 
Rev. Thomas Shcpard of Cambridge, ilass., was then so called, 
and was near Fossecut. It is now called Abthorpe, and is iu 
the south-western part of Northamptonshire. The registers 
there reach back to 1583, and the following entries occur therein : 

1628, Egerton Whitmore and iMargaret Corkbold married Jan. 24th. 

1658, Widdow Witmore dyed Sept. 19th. 

162-1, John Corkbold, minister, was buried June 18th. 

As apprentices were usually bound at the age of 14 years, 
Egerton's son William was doubtless born in 1617. We may 
therefore assume that Margaret Corkbold was a second wife, 
and very probably she was the widow of John Corkbold. 

1639-40. Feb. 18. Egerton Whitmore, of Stepney, co. 
Middlesex, carpenter, a bachelor aged about 29, and Catherine 

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Ridges of same parish, widow, ageci about 4.5, had license to 
marry at St. Faith's. Evidently a son of the first Egerton. 

It is possible that to this flimily also belongs the Francis 
"Whitmoee of St. Dunstan's in the west, London, yeoman, l»ache- 
lor, aged 35, who had license Jan. 6th, 1G39-40 (some six 
weeks before Egerton, jr.), to marry Grace Kidd, of St. Clem- 
ent's Danes, London, widow, aged about 33 years, at St. Mary 
Magdalen, Old Fish St., but who was not married there. 

Also we may add that at" St. Leonard's Shoreditch, where 
Egerton Sen. was buried, there had been buried six years betore, 
viz., Sept. 8, 1G25, H//mp/n-e>j W/iitmore, of Halliwell St. lie 
was very probably the Uuinphrcy W. made free 20 Apr. 1599, 
by John Thomas, haberdasher, who had a daughter bapt. 15 
March, 1607, at St. Lawrence Jewry, and who probably m. 
Sarah Barker 1 April, 1605, at St. Olave's, Silver St. 

There was also Robert Wiiitmore, of Stepney, planter in Vir- 
ginia, aged 30, who was married 28 April, 1634, at St. Dun- 
stan's, Stepney, to Elizabeth Ayres. dau. of Christian Ayrcs alias 
Greene of that parish. 

From all these facts, we can make up a conjectural pedigree 
as follows: — ■■ ■ i •■ < -, i'.>. 

1. Humphrey, brother of " old" Thomas, had : 

i. Humphrey, haberdasher, of London. . 

ii. Egerton, of Abthorpe. 

iii. Robert. ' 

iv. William. 

2. Egerton, of Abthorpe, had ,, , , 

i. Robert, of Stepney, b. 1 G04. ,c ; ,, ,.. i, ,, ,j 

ii. jFranc/s, of London, b. 1G05, 
iii. Egerton, of Stepney, b. 16U». 
iv. William, certainly, b. 1G17. 

Here is a Francis of London, but evidently not the Laxton 
man, nor the emigrant, nor the father of the emigrant. I have 
already, in Tract No. 2, shown that there was also a Francis 
Whitmorc of St. Margaret's, Westminster, 1643-1664, not to be 
confounded with the others, and not the emigrant. 

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Col. Chester has searched for me the records of 116 parish 
churches in London, beinir all which have records of the dates 
1620-1G30. He has found no new facts, and we must presume 
the Laxton Francis mai-ried and resided mainly out of London, 
unless, indeed, he lived in a parish whose records were destroyed 
in the Great Fire, or otherwise. 

I will now proceed to irive the papers in the suit hetwcen 
Francis Whituiore, of Laxton and London, and ins uncle, Rev. 
Peter Whitmore, of Madeley. 

4"' February, IGOo. CnANCEur Bills &, Axswkrs. 

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1605-G. To the Right Honorable the Lord Ellesnicrre, 

Lord Chauncello'' of Englund. 

In most humble wise complayning, Sheweth unto your Ilono"^ your 
poor and dayly Orato^ Frauncis Wlikinore, Gentlemau, That whereas 
TTiomas Wldtinore, Gentleman, deceased, Graundfather to your Orator, 
was in his lifetyme lawfuUie seized in his demea.siie as of fee, of and iu 
dyvers messuages land? and tenements in the County of Stafford to the 
value of fowrescore pounds by yeare or thereabouts, lie the said Thomas 
Whitmore having issue three sonnes, William his eldest sonne, Frai(/uis, 
father to your Orator his second sonne, and Petei- his third and 
youngest sonne. And the said Thomas Whitmore being of the premisses 
so seissed as aforesaid, and being iu want and having occasion to use 
money, did for the consideration of a certayne somme of lawful English 
money, mor'gage diverse [I'ceUs of his said Lauds to divers persons and 
their heires, with Clause of redemption to the said Thomas Whitmore 
his heires and assignes, by the payment of a certain somme of money 
at a day certeyne. Att which daie noe payment thereof was made or 
tendred, soe that in extremetie of Lawe tlie said Lands were to the 
Morgagees and their heires. But the said Frauncis Whitmore, your 
Orato" father, being a learned Minister and Preacher, and being of 
good estate, and havinge a desiie to relieve his fatliers wants and to 
yeald maintenaunce to his brotliers and sisters. Did foorth of iiis estate 
and liveinge and partly by the heipe of liis brother, WiUiam Whitmore, 

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at the request of tlie said Thomas W'liitmore liis father, agree with the 
Morgagees of his said Father's Laiuls. for the consideration of a great 
somtne of money paid to them, that they tlie said Morgagees should for 
the said consideration reassure tlie said Lands so formerly morgnged 
and forfeyted hy the said Thomas Wliitmore to the said William Whit- 
more and to the hcires males of his bodie: and for want of such issue 
to the said Fraunris Wliitmore, your Orato" said father, and to the 
beires or heires males of his hodie : or for some other estate of iidieri- 
tance. And the said Thomas Whitnure did agree to make, and did for 
the consideration of a groat somme of money payd to him by the said 
William Whitmore make, execute and convey, by good and lawful! con- 
veyances in the lawe. the residew of his messuages. Lands and tene- 
ments to the said W/lliam Wliitmore. and to the heires males of his 
bodie ; with the remaynder to the said Frauncis, your Orator's said 
father, and to the heires or heire male of his bodie, or for some other 
estate of iidieritance ; res(>rving an estate thereunto himself for his 
owne life. And for that the said WlUiam "Whitmore should sutler his 
said father to occupy and enjoy the said Landes soe redeemed as afore- 
said, Tenaunt at Will during life : the said Frauncis your Orator's 
said Father was contented that where the Parsonage of Kerkhie in the 
Countye of Yorke, whereof he was then Incumbent and was worth 
One hundred and twentie pounds by year, that he the said T^ illiatn 
Whitmore, his brother, shoidd be Fermor thereof, paying Twentie 
pounds by yeare, of w*^'' Tu entie pomides the said William Whitmove 
did not paie any part thereof. Uesyik'S that the said Frauncis Whit- 
more did give unto the said Thomas Whitmore, greate sommes of 
money, to stocke his grounde, and did maintaine his younger brother 
Peter Whitmore at the Uiuversitie, and when he came from the Uni- 
versity, at his house, and the said Pefer maryinge a wife without the 
consent of his brother and parents, who ought to have been privie 
thereunto, and especiallie his brotiie-r frauncis haveinge beene at so 
much chardges as he was, for his maintenance. Yet. notwithstandinge, 
he the said Frauncis Whitmore out o>t bis brotherlie love to the said 
Peter, still continued his kindnes to luira, the said Peter, and did from 
tyme to tyme relieve and maintane the siid Peter Whitmore, his wife 
and childrenn, and procured him to be a iEinister, and provided him of 
a Benefice worth Fyftie pounds by yeare: the said Peter being a pro- 
digall follow, and spent so much that his Benefice would not maintane 
his wife and children, and the ?A\i\ Frannri's Whitmore notwithstanding 
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did goe foorth to lii.s lirother WilUcun Wliitmorc, the dobtts that he did 
growe into l»y the relieviiifre of his father, and the former muiiitciiauce 
of his Brother Petci\ yet did still contiuue the maiuteiiance of his said 
brother Peter, his wife and children, either in his own liowse, or with 
sendinge provisions to the howse of the said Peter ; all w'' chardges 
grevve so great, that the saitl Frauncls Whitiiiore, father to your Ilono" 
Oruto"" had litie to his children, lieinixe very younLje, and not lonij; after 
the said Franncls ^\'llitnlore dyed ; by means whereof all the said Par- 
sonage of Kerkbie, w'ch the said William Whitmore held us Fermor 
to him, the said Frauncis, and all other the livinge of the said Frauiicis 
Whitmore, became voytl; and by reason of his former charges, litle left 
to preserve his childrenn. The said Frauiicis ^Vhitmore being the 
boulder to dispose his livinge to the maintenance of his t;ithcr brothers 
and sisters, in hope that his fathers lands might in tyme descend to 
his Sonne, his elder brother havinge a wife of such yeares that there 
was no possibilitie of issue. And not loiige after, the sai<l Williitm 
Whitmore, elder brother to the said Frainicis,i\yiii\ without issue of his 
bodie; by and after whose death, the said messuages, lands and 
premisses, did remaine, and come as ot I'ight the same ought to come, 
to your Orato"" in fee simple or fee tayle generall, or speciall as sonno 
anil next heire of Fraancis Whitmore, l)y force of the limitation and 
conveyance aforesaid. IJut so it is. If it may please your irood Lord- 
ship, that the said Peter Whitmore after the decease of Ina said two 
brothers, nothinge regardinge nor respecting the kindred nor boimtie 
of his late brother Fi-uuacis Whitmore, bestowed U[)[)on him, his father 
and brother, William Whitmore, but uppon a covetous and ungi-atefull 
miade when his brothers Frauncis Whitmore and William Whitmore 
were dead, did under the colour of friendshi[)p and love to vour Honu" 
Orator, who was sonne and heire of Fraiuiris Whitmore, brother and 
heire to William Whitmore, send a man to the Bishopprick of Durham 
where the said William Whitmore dyed, and where the conveyances 
writings, and evidences, concerning the said messuages, lands & tene- 
ments in the said County of Statibixl, of right belonging to vo"' Orato' 
and which prove yo' Orato" title in & to the premises remavned, re- 
quiring to have them delivered to the use of the said Frauncis Whit- 
more, yo' Ilono" Orato' which were delivered accordinglie. The said 
Peter Whitmore, consultinge and conspiring with Alice his wife, how 
they might attain and gett the said Lands of the said T/iomas Whitmoi e 
to them and their heires, and knowinije well that so long as the said 
writings, evidences and conveyances, which were iu the custod)' of the 


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J said William Whitmore ^ere to be :<liewe<l, it woukl appear tl'-at the 
\ said Thomas Whitinore had uoe such estate \\lierebv hee would make 
• anie estate of inheritance unto the said Pder Vv'hitmore and his heirs, 
j or anie other estate but (uu'ing his lite oniy. And thereupon the said 
! Peter and his wife did a^ree to break open the chest of the said ilau 
I which brought the said wi-itin^^s, evidences, & conveyances from Dur- 
I hara aforesaid; and did break open the same chest and possessed tliLiu- 
I selves of all the said u'ritiu'^^s, conveyances, and evidences, well knowini^ 
{ the same of ri;:^ht belong to your said Orator, and did prove your Ora- 
I tors title to the premises. Ai'ter the said Peter in the minoritie of 
[ your 0^ato^ did practise liow he miijht inveigle the oidd man, his father 
■j Thomas Whitmore. being a man oi ihmv^xi oifoure score yeares at least, 
\ and by reason of ould a^'^e easily seduceil, and the said Peter did by 
i untrue and false reports of the said Frmuicis "WHiitmore being dead, 
I from whom his fither, brothers and sisters, had received so many bene- 
j iitts and the estate of your said Orato'' father was thereby so much 
I impoverished, that it was not able neyther in his lifetyme nor at after 
■ his death, to leave wherewith to pserve his childrenn; and in the end 
1 the said Peter prevailed so much with the old man, his father, as he 
f the said Peter got a conveyance from his said father, of all his mts- 
j suages, lands, and tenements, witliin the llealm of England to him and 
' his heires, to the disinheritinge of yo'' Hono" Orator, and contrarie to 
I that bond of lov'e and dowtie tliat he di<l owe to his kinde and liberall 
I brother Fraancis Wliitmore, your Oraf'' deceased father. And after 
j the said Thomas Whitmore about six moneths lost past, dxed. And the 
I said Peter Whitmore, by collo'' of the said c<:>nveyance made by the said 
i Thomas AVhitmore. the father, entered into all the said messuages and 
i lands, and taketh the issues and proHtts thereof to his owne proper use 
j and hath in his custodie all the evidences, writings, escripts and myni- 
meuts touching and concerning the premisses. And although your 
Hono" Orato'' Fruiincis Whitmore be the next heire to the said lltomas 
"Whitmore. that is to say Sonne and h*ire of Frauncis Whitmore, 
brother & heir of WiW" Whitmore, sonne :ind heire of the said Thomas 
Whitmore, and be also next in remainder according to the forme of the 
guyft in tayle, before mentioned. And Ahhough your Orato' hath 
divers and sundrie tymes, in gentle and friecdtie manner, re(iuested the 
said Peter Whitmore to suffer him your hono" Orato" quietly to occupie 
and enjoy the said Messuages, Lands and Teoements, to him lawfullie 
descended, remayned, or coinen from I'hoinm Whitmore his graund- 
father, and William Whitmore his uncle, whose heire he is, and to per- 


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mitt your Orator to take the issues and profitts thereof, according to 
his right and title therein, and to deliver unto your Orato' all the said 
Evidences, writtings, escript=;. and myniments, which concern the same, 
which to do the said Peter Whicmore refuseth and denyeth, the con- 
trarie to all right, equitie, and good conscience. iMay it therefore 
please your good Lordshipp that forasmuch as your Honors Orator is 
altogether remedieless in the premises, by the strict course of the Com- 
mon Law of this Realme, and yet in all equitie and good conscience 
ought to be relieved therein, to graunt unto yo' Orato'' his ^Majesties 
most gracious "Writt of Subpena, to be directed to the said Peter Whit- 
more and Alice his witTe, commaunding them and eyther of them 
thereby att a certayne day and under a certeyne payne, tlierein to bee 
lymitted, personallie to appear before your good Lordshipp in the 
High Courte of Chauncerie, thou and there to answere the premises, 
and to abyde such further order therein as to your good Lordshipp 
shall seem fitt. 

And your poore Orator as his bounden dowtie bindeth 
him, will daylie pray for your Lordshipp in health and 
happiness longe to continewe. 

Ph. Gekaed. 

The Jointe and Sev'all Answercs of Peter 
,, Whitmore, Clarke, and Alice his wyffe, 

Defend'' to the Byll of Compl' of Frauncis 
~ Whit.aiore, Complaynante. 

The said Defend*^' (saveinge to them now and att all tymes hereafter 
the benefitte of exception to the uuc'taynetye and insutficiencie of the 
said Bill of compl') Sale, and either of iheym sayth, in manner and 
forme foUowintre. And firstlie the said Peter Whitmore for himself 
sayth, that the said I7iO>iias Whitmore named in the sayd Byll (father 
of this defend') was in his lyffe tyme lawfuUye seized in his demesne 
as of fee, or fee tayle, of and in dy vers messuages, Lands, tenem" and 
heredytam'", in the county of Statlbrd, at the yeerely valewe of forty 
markes or thereabouts (as this defend' taketh yt) being the Lands 
tenem" and heradyam" ment by the s** Byll as this defend' thinketh ; 
and had yssew the said Will^ Whitmore also named in the said Byll 
his eldest sonne, and the said Frauncis Whitmore (named also in che 

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said Byll), fotlier of the compP bis second sonne, and this defend' his 
theird and youngest sonue. And he houldeth the saide comp'* to bee 
heire to the said Thomas att the Comon Lawe, vid'l't, sonne and beire 
to the said Frauncis his fatlier, who was brother to the said TIV//'" 
who was eldest sonue of tlie said T/tomas, as aforesaid. And this 
defend' also sajth, that yt is true that the said JI7/^'" dyed w"' out 
yssewe*, and that the said Fraioicis. the father afterwards also dyed. 
But this defend' furtiier sayth ih'it the said TJiomas Whitmore, soe 
beinge seized as aforesaid, he, the said lliomas AVhitmorc, in or abonte 
the one and furtyth yeero of the reigne of our late Sovereigne Ladye 
Queene Elizabeth, for the natural love and affection wch bee dyd 
beare to this defend' and to lliomos Yriiitmore and Emamiell "Whit- 
more, Sonnes of this defend', being then and att this p'sent both 
Infants, and for other good considerations him moveinge, did. as well 
by fyne in dewe forme of Lawe Levyed, as by other good and su!li- 
cient assurance and conveyance in the Lawe, sufficientlie assure and 
convey all the said Lands, Tenem", and hereydtam'' to this defend' and 
his heirs for ever, to the uses hereafter expressed : that ys to sale, To 
the use of him the said Thomas Whitmore, the father, for the termc of 
bis natural lytFe w'''out impeachment of waste, and after his disceaze to 
the use of him, this defend', for the terme of his naturall lyffe without 
impeachm' of waste, and after his disceaze To the use of the said 
Thomas Whitmore the soune, and of the heires males of his body 
begotten, and for defixult of such heires, To the use of the said 
Emanuell Whitmore, and of the heires males of his bodye begotten, 
and for default of such heires To the use of the heires males of the 
bodye of this defend', and for default of such heires to the use of the 
heires males of the bodye of the said Thomas the father, and for 
defaulte of suche heires to the use of the right heires of the said 
Thomas, the father, for ever. And moreover the said Thornas, the 
father, by the said Fyne or other conveyance, did for him and his 
heires warrante the said premises to this defend' and his heires against 
all men, as by the said fyne and conveyance may more playnely ap- 
pear ; by force whereof and of the Statute made for transferring of 
uses into possession, the said Thomas Whitmore the father was of the 
said p'misses seized in his demesne as of freeholde, for the terme of his 
naturall lyffe, w"' remainder over as aforesaid accordingly. And the 
said Thomas Whitmore, the father, being soe seized, hee the sayd 
Thomas Whitmore afterw**', that ys to saye aboute the tyme mentyoned 
in the sayd Bill, dyed soe seized, by and after whose death this defend' 


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(claymeing his said remainder) eutered into the said p'mises, and was 
and yett js thereof seized in his demeasne as of freehold, for the terme 
of his natural 1 ytFe w''' remainders over as aforesaid accordinglie ; and 
taketh the p'titts thereof as lawful! 3-s for him to doe. And thinkoth 
the said compP hath noe reasoiie to impeach this defend'" estate, con- 
sidering that the said Warranttye (as this defend' ys informed) wouldo 
,_ barre the said compP (yf his p'tended tytle weere true), hee, the said 
,. corapP being heire to the said Thomas att the comoii Lawe. And all 
such deeds and evidences, w'ch hee this defend' jiath couc'neinge the 
said pr'misses, he justifyeth the detayneing thereof in p'servacon of 
the estates of him and his said sounes. And this defend' Alice Whit- 
more thinketh the tytle of her said husbands and her said sonnes to 
bee just and true as this defen" said husband hath before set forth, 
without that, that the said Messuage Landes and tenements are of 
such yeerely valewe mentyoned in the said byll, or that the said 
Thomas AVhitmore the father dyd mortgage auie pte of the praisses as 
ys supposed by the said byll, to the knowledge of these defend" or of 
either of them, or that the said Frauncis father of the said compP 
dyd agree or compound with anie such ^lortgagee as by the said Byll 
is supposed, or that the said Thomas Whitraore, the father, dyd make 
or dyd agree to make, anie suche conveyance whereby the compl' 
claymeth, as by the said Byll is supposed, or that the said Frauncis 
the said compl" father, was contented or dyd agrye that the said Will"^ 
Whitmore should have the P'sonage of Kirkeby as by the said Byll ys 
supposed, or that the said P'sonage was of anie such yeerely valewe 
as the said compl' setteth forth, or that the said Frauncis, the father, 
did give unto the said Thomas, the father, anye such sume of money as 
the pi' supposeth, or dyd mayntayne or releeve him this defend' or his 
wyffe or children or anie other as the pit supposeth, or that this defend' 
dyd marry with' the consent of the said William and his said father, as 
by the Byll is supposed, or that the said Frauncis, the father, p'cured 
him, this defend' Peier Whitmore, to bee a Minister, or p'vyded him a 
benefice of such worth as by the said bill ys supposed, or that hee this 
defend' was auie suche p'dygall fellow as the said compl' untruelie 
surmyseth, or that the said messuages Landes and tenements or anie 
p'te thereof dyd remayne, or come, or ought to remayne or come, to 
the sayd compl' as hee supposeth, or that hee this defend' sent anie 
man to the Bishoppricke of Durham or to any other place, to anie 
such end or purpose untruely supposed by the sayd byll, or that hee 
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said coini:)P as by the said Byll js supposed, or that any were see 
delyvered as by the said byll is supposed. But this defend' Feefer 
"VYhitmore sayth that his said fixther beinge by the advice of some of 
his good freinds advised to convey the said p'misses to this defend' as 
hereby is sett forthe. And this defend' bein<i lett to understand that 
some Lease had byne made of some pte thereof to the said Will"", this 
defend" brother, beinir then disceazed, and being desyrous to bee 
resolved of the certaynete thereof, dyd send to the wytie of the said 
William dwelling within the said Bishoprick, desyringe her to send 
him such writinges as shoe had conceminge the p'misses ; who att his 
requeste sent unto liira (amongste other writings of small importance ) 
one writiuge purportinge a demise of the p'misses from the said 
Thomas the fother to the said 117//'" for a terme already ended and one 
Other writinge, wrytten w'" the handwritinge of the said Wt/Iiiam, pur- 
portinge some shovve of lyniittacon of some estate of inheritance of 
the p'misses or some p'te thereof, to him the said Will"' w"* some 
further showe of lymittacon of some estate of inherytance of the 
p'misses or some p'te thereof, to the said Francis, the fother, w"^"" last 
mentyoned wrytings this defend' dyd shew to his said father of purpose 
not to have pceeded w"' his father in anie such conveyance to liini 
made as aforesaid, yf the same might have byne anie impedjTnent 
thereunto : but this defend'' said farther, upon sight and considcracon 
thereof, dyd earnestlie vow and p'teste that neither the same deede nor 
anie other deede lymitting anie estate of inherytance to the said 
Frauncis the father, was ])y him the said Thomas, the father, ever 
sealed delyvered, or otherwise executed, and therefore was very 
forwarde and willing to execute the conveyance as aforesaid to him, 
this defend' and his said sonnes, and thereupon he this defend' under- 
standing his said fathers vows and protestacons, and hearing also his 
said brother Will"' had dcnyed the havinge of anie such assurance, and 
not p'ceyvinge nor understanding that anie execution was ever made of 
the said writings or of any other conveyance, to the said Frauncis, the 
father, hee this defend' did accept of the said conveyance made to him 
and his said sonnes as aforesaid, (as he thinketh was lawfull for him to 
doe). And hee the rather thinketh his said fothers vowes and p'testa- 
tions to bee true, for that his said father by his last Wyll and testa- 
ment in writinge hath (as much as in him lay) ratyfied and confirmed 
his said conveyance to him this defend' and his said sonnes, w'-'out that 
these defend'" or either of them dyd consulte or conspire, as by the said 
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break open, or dyd break open, any clieste as by the said Byll is 
untruely supposed, or that these def " or either of theym, dyd possess 
themselves w''' any writings conveyances or evidences otlier than as 
aforesaid, and other then sucli as hee this defend' found in the said 
messuage or tenement wherein his said father dyed, or that these 
defend'' or either of theym have anie evidence att all p'vinge anie 
tytle to or for the said compi' other then as aforesaid, or that hee this 
defend' dyd practize to inveigle the said Thomas, the father, as is 
supposed by the said byll. or that hee this defend' dyd make anie 
untrue or false reporte of the said Frauncis. the father, as ys supposed 
by the byll, or that hee this defend' gott anie conveyance from his saide 
Father other then as aforesaid, or that tlie said compl' ys or ought to 
bee next in remaynder to anie of the pmisses according to anie guifte 
thereof supposed to bee made as ys supposed by the said Bvll, to the 
knowledge of these defend'' or of either of theym. And without lliat, 
that any other matter or thinge in thesaid byll of compl' concnein"- 
these defend" or either of theym materyall or effectuall in the Lawe 
to bee answeared unto, and not herein sutlicientlie and effectually 
confessed and avoyded, denyed or trav'sed, ys true, all w'''' matters and 
everye of theym these defend'' and either of theym are ready to 
averre and p've, as this Honourable Courte shall awarde, and pray to 
be dismissed w"* theire and either of theire reasonable costs, charges, 
and expences, in this behalf wrongfully sustayned. 


pfioiat Petrus AVhitmore & Alicia ux. ejus jurat, fuer. primo die May 
Anno Dfii 1606. coram nobis 

Thos. Syd^vayk 
ft; John Westux 

W" Iremoxger. 

' The Replicacon of FraunC Wiiit.morr 

' '' ' Gent" Repl' to the joint and sev'all 

•' , Answers of Peter "^^'"iiit.more, Clarke, 

and Alice his witf. Defendants. 
The said Repliant sayeth in all and every thing and things, as forraerlie 
in and by his said Bill of Complaint he hath sayed, and doth and will 
averre, maintayne, and prove, his said Bill of Complaint, and all and 
everye the matters and things therein conteyned, to be ^ood, true, 


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certen, and sufficient in tiie Lawe to Ue aunswered unto, by the said 
defen'' o"" eitl)er of them, notw"'standing any excepcou, surmise or 
alleofacon taken by the said defend'^ o'' either of them, to tlie contrarye. 
And contrariwise, that, the snid auuswercs are verye uucerten, untrue, 
and insufficient in the Lawe, to be replied unto by tliis Repliant, for divers 
imp'fections tlierein appearing-. Neverthelessc all advantage of exccpiou 
to the uncertentycs and insutiicyencyes of the said Aunsweres to him this 
Replient now and att all tymes hereafter saved, This Tiepliant, for Re- 
plicacon to the saiil joint and sevall Aunsweres, sayeth : That Thomas 
"Whitmore in the said Bill of Complaint and aunsweres named, this Re- 
pliants Grandfather, being in his lytityme lawfullie seased in his demeasne 
as of fee, of, and in divers messuages, lands, ten", and hereditam'^ in the 
Countye of Stafford, to the -value of foure score pounds by y* yeare or 
therabouts, and haveing then three sonnes that is to say, JJilliam his 
eldest Sonne, Frauncis the father of this Repliant his second son, and 
Peter the now def his third and youngest sonne, did by his deed 
indented under his seal, bearing date on or about the hfteenth day of 
August in the one and twenteth yeare of the raigne of o^ late gracious 
Sovereign Ladye Queen Elizabeth, in consideracon of the natural 
Love and affection wch he did l)eare unto the said William, and his 
said other sonnes, and for the preferm' and advancem' of the said 
William in marria'^e, '^ive graunt and courirm unto Peter Ruos of 
Laxton in the countye of Xott. Esquire, Poivland Bidkele'/ of Bunting- 
dale in the County of Salop, Thomas Boos of Laxton aforesaid Gent, 
Thomas Balkdey the younger of Ore, iu the said Countye of Salop 
Gent, and Jolin Hutitha'ch of ]Veston in the said County of Stafford. 
Clarke : All those his ^Messuages, Lands, ten'' and hereditam" by the 
name and names of All that Capitall iSIessuage or tene' w"' the 
apptenences called Bar r hill and all lands, ten", meadowes, feedings, 
pastures, woodes, Underwoodes, & hereditam" whatso^ to the said 
messuage or tenem' belonging, o'' therew"'all usuallie occupied, scituate 
lyeing & being w'^'in the p'sh or Territories of Madeley d' elles where 
in the said Countye of Stafford, And of all those Landcs, tenem", 
feedings & pastures commonly called DiBcens End And of all those 
Lands, tenem", woods, underwoodes, feedings and pastures w'^'in 
the Manor or P'sh of Oneley — in the said Countic of Stafford, 
And also of All those Landes, ten", commons, commodities, 
Toftes, Croftes, and hereditam" whatso' commonlie called Mossefellds 
near Alder leir/h Greene in the Psh of Caresicall in the said 
Countye of Stafford, And also of All tliose Lands, ten'", meadowes, 

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feedings, pastures, woods, underwoodes and hereditaments, ^vhats^ 
which were themselves formerlie graunted h'mitted or appointed 
for & in consideracou of the dower or jointure of Johane then 
wifF of the said Thomas Wliitmore, To have and to hold all and 
singular such p'te of the said messuages, lauds, tenements & hcredit's 
w"^ th'appl'ences & ev'ry p'te and p'cell thereof, whereof estate was tio 
formerlie lymitted graunted and appointed, to or for the dower or 
jointure of the said Johane, to the said Peter Jioos, Eoivland Bnlkeley, 
Thomas Eoos, Thomas Balheley the younger and John Hvnfhatch, and 
their heires To the use anil behoof of the said Thomas AVhitmore and 
Johane his said will", and to the longest liver of them, w'''out impeach- 
ment of any manner of wast during the lifFof the said Thomas AVhit- 
more onelie. And after the decease of them and either of them, then 
to the use and behoof of the said William Whilmore t^ of t'heires 
males of the bodye of one Elizabeth Hitch the onlie doughter of Thomas 
Hitch, Gent., deceased, lawfuUie begotten, or to be begotten, and for 
default of such issue tlien to the use and behoof of tlie said William 
"Whitmore and th'hcircs males of his bodye lawfullye begotten or to be 
begotten. And for default of such issue then to the use and behoof of 
Fraiuicls "Whitmore, second sonne of the said Thomas Whitmore, and 
of th'heires males of his bodye lawfullye begotten or to be begotten. 
And for default of such issue then to the use and behoof of Peter 
Whitmore, third sonne of the said Thomas Whitmore, and now the 
def*, & of the heires males of his bodye lawfullie begotten o'' to lie be- 
gotten, and for default of such yssue then to the use of the said Thomas 
Whitmore and of t'heires males of his bodye lawfullie begotten or to 
be begotten. And for default of such issue, then to the use and behoof 
of the right heires of the said Thomas Whitmore for ever. And to 
have and to hould all and singular the residewe of the said Lands, 
tenem" & heredita" w''' the app'tenances unto the said Peter Poos, 
Powland Bulkelei/, Thomas Poos, Thomas Bulkeley the younger, and 
John Hunthatch, and their heires : To the use and behoofe of the said 
Thomas Whitmore for and during the term of his naturall liif, w*''out 
impeachment of wast, and after his decease then to the use and behoof 
of the said William Whitmore and of the heires males of his bodye 
lawfullie begotten or to be begotten. And for default of such issue 
then To the use and behoof of the said Frauncis, this Repliants father, 
and of t'heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten m* to be begotten, 
and for default of such yssue then to the use and behoof of the said 
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or to be begotten, w"' such other remainders thereof over, in and by the 
said Deed indented sutllcienilie executed by liverye and seeseu,more at 
large it doth and may api)eare. And thid lieplient further sayeth tliat 
by force and vertue of the said Deed indented before recyted, t)v; of the 
execution thereof by liverye and seizin made unto the said Feotfees to 
the sevall uses before specitied, and also by force of the Statute made 
the fourth day of February in the xxvij"' yeare of the raigne of o' late 
Soveign Lord of famous memory King Henry the eight, for the trans- 
ferringe of uses into possession, the said Thomas Whitmore and Juhane 
his wife eutred into and upon all such parte of the said messuages 
Lands teue'^ and hereciitum'* whereof estate was soe formerlie made 
and graunted, to or for the dower o'' jointure of the said Johane, and 
werre thereof seased in theire demeasne as of freehouJd, for the terme 
of their natural lives and uf the natutail lilfof the survivo' of them, w"' 
such remainders tliereof over [as] aforesaid. And the said Thomas 
Whitmore by force and vertue tliereof also entered into and uppon ail 
the residew of the saiil messuages, landes, ten'^ and hereditam'', and was 
thereof likewise seized in his demeasoe as of freehold, for tiie terme of 
his naturall lilFw"* other remainders thereof over after his decease, as 
aforesaid. And afterwards the said Thomas "Whitmore and William 
his Sonne, did by their Indenture sutficient in the Lawe, bearing date 
the xvij"' day of March, in tlie xxij'" yeare of the Raigne of the late 
Queene Elizabeth, made between them on th'one p'te and 'Thomas 
Hoos, gent, and others on the other p'te, convey and assure the s*^ 
premises w"" the appurtenances to the said Thomas Roos and the otiiers, 
and their heires, p'te thereof for the jointure of Elizabeth Hitch wife of 
the said William Wliitmore ; The remainder thereof and the residew 
of the said Landes to such uses as before in the last menconed deed 
are expressed and declared. And this Repliant further saieth that the 
said Thomas Whitmore did at all times after, soe longe as the said 
Frauncis Whitmore, this Repliants father, lived, and likewise after- 
wardes soe long as the said William his sonne lived, never reckon o"" 
accompt himself to be seised of any other estate in the p'misses then 
onlie as tenn' for terme for his liti'; for that in all & ev'ry such estate or 
estates, lease or leases as the said Thomas Whitmore did afterwards make 
of the said premisses or of any p'te thereof, the said Thomas did not 
graunt any farther terme or termes therein then such as were deter- 
minable by the <death of him the said Thomas Whitmore. And this 
Repliant sayeth that the said Frauncis Whitmore, this Repliants father, 
iiaveinii issue unto his bodie lawfuUie bciiottcn Francis Whitmore this 

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Repliant, the said Frrnmcis, this Repliants father, afterv\-ards died and 
dep'ted this lilY, leveing his said father and twoe brethren, and after- 
wards the said William Wliitmore also died, not haveing any issue of 
his bodye liveing at the time of his decease iior borne after his decease. 
By reason whereof this Repliant was then next iu remainder after the 
death of the said Thomas Whitmore ; and after the said Tiiomas likewise 
died, by and after whose decease the said messuages lands and premises 
did remaine and come unto this Repliant, according to the forme of the 
gift aforesaid; without that, that it is true that the said Thomas Whitmore 
on or about the one &, fortcth yeare of the Reigne of o'^ late gratious 
Soveigne Lady Queene Elizabeth did or could by fine or by any o'' as- 
surance or conveyance in the Lawe assure or convey the s*^ Landes tene- 
m'' and hereditam" to the said def* and his heires for ever to tli'use of 
the said Thomas Whitmore for lilT, w''' remainder after the death of the 
said Thomas Whitmore to th'use of the def , for term of his lilf, w"* such 
other remainders thereof over after the death of the said def, As by 
the said iVunswers is pretended, or that it is true that the said 'Thomas 
Whitmore by force or vertue of any such conveyance as in the said 
Auuswer is menconed and of y" Statute made for ye transferringe of uses 
into possession, was seased in his demeasne as of freehould for y* terme 
of his naturall litf w"" such remainders over as are specified in the same 
conveyance, or did die seized of the premisses or of any p'te thereof 
by vertue of any such Conveyance, and of the said Statute for transfer- 
ringe of uses into possession, as in & by the said answere is also sett forth. 
And w"' out that also, that it is true that the said Thomas Whitmore did 
make any such Conveyance of the premisses as in the said aucswere is 
rehearsed, by the advice of his good friends as in and by the said aun- 
swere is also suggested, for this Repliant sayeth that the same Convey- 
ance if any such weere made, was made by the practise and p'curem' of 
the said Peter Whitmore the def after such tyme as the said Franncis 
& William were both dead, upon hope that the said Peter might have 
suppressed the said former deeds of intayle, in case that this Repliant, 
who was left young and destitute of frends, should not have had any 
knowledge thereof. And w"*out that, that the said Complanant is or 
ought to be barred by reason of the warrantye in the said aunswere 
menconed, as iu the said aunswere is p'mised. For this Repliant sayeth 
that he was w"^ in age at the decease of his said grandfather and hath 
si'thence entered into the said premises during his nonage, and at the 
tyme of his full age. And w"" out that that any other matter o' thing 
materiall or eft'ectuall in the Lawe to be replied unto, and by the Repli- 

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ant not replied unto, hereby confessed and avoided, trav'sd o' denied are 
true. All ^s"'-" matters or things this ilepliant is reddy to averre and 
prove to this Honorable Court us the said honorable Court shall judge 
or award. ■ , . 

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Chan^ Orders & Decrees. 
A. 1607. Vol. 113. 
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Frances "WTiitmore pit 

Peter Whitmore and 
Alice his wvtF defts. 

Upon raocon this present deie made unto 
The Eight Honorable the M' of tlie Kolls 
by M"" Brooke being of the Pits Counsel. 
It is Ordered by his Lordship that the 
Eeporte made by John Tiudail one of tlie M""' of this Court 
upon the Agreement w"' the consent and well liking of the 
said parties shall be ratified and confirmed by the decree 
and authoritie of this Courte to be performed by both tho 
said partyes to all intents and purposes according to the 
tennor and true meaninc; hereof. 

Chancery Bills & Answers. 
James L— W. 14— No. 50. 
1621. Nov. 19^ Pennyman. 

To the Right Ho'^'^ and Reverend father 
in God John Bishop of Lincoln, Lord 
Keep of the Greate Scale of England. 

In most humble manner compleaning Sheweth unto your Honor 
Francis Whitmore of London, Gent. That whereas Thomas Whitmore, 
late of Barrhill in the Parish of Madeley, within the County of Stafford, 
Gent, deceased, late Grandfather to your said Orato'', was in his liefe 
tyme seased in his demesne as of fee (amongst other things) of and in 
a certain pasture or pcell of Land called (he Ilohfoild and of and iu 
one messuage and divers Lands thereunto belonging, being now of the 
yerely value of ten pounds, lying and being in Madeley aforesaid. And 
80 being thereof seised, did by good and sufficient Conveyance iu the 
Law convey and assure the same llubfeilil and p'misses amongst other 

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things to the use of himself for term of his lief without impeachm' 
of wast and after his decease to the use of Johane his wife for and 
during the terme of her natural lief, with remainder thereof after the 
death of the said Thomas and Johane To the use and behoof of Will™ 
TVhitmore Sonne and heire apparent of the said Thomas Whitmore 
and of the heires males of the body of the said Will"' Whitmore lawfully 
begotten, and for want of such issue to the heires males of the body of 
the said Thomas Whitmore upon the bodye of the said Johane Whit- 
more begotten, and for default of such issue To the right heires of the 
said Thomas Whitmore for ever. By force whereof the said Thomas 
Whitmore was of the said p'misses seised in his demesne as of free- 
holde for and during the terme of his natural life, the remainder of the 
p'misses being as aforesaid. And after the said Will'" Whitmore dyed 
without any issue of his body and after the said Thomas Whitmore 
likewise dyed and the said Johane him survived and entered into the 
said premisses and was thereof seised in her demeasne as of Freehold 
for and during the term of her natural life, and the rents issues and 
profitts thereof did p'ceive and receive during her lief, and afterwardi 
that is to saye in and about the eleventh yere of the raigne of our 
Sov'aigne Lord the Kings Ma''*^ that now ys, she the said Johane lyke- 
wise dyed, after whose decease the said p'misses remayned and came 
as of right the same ought to remayne and come unto your Orato' as 
Sonne and heire male of the body of Francis Whitmore sonne and 
heire male of the body of the said Thomas Whitmore, and your said 
Orato'' according to his lawful right entered into the said p'misses and 
was thereof seized in his demeasne as of fee tayle according to the 
force of the guift aforesaide and the rents issues and profitts thereof 
did receive and take as lawful was for him to doe. But so yt ys, may 
it please your Honor, that one Sir John Offehy of Mudeley in the 
said Countie of StatFord, Knight, having by casuall meanes gotten into 
his hands and possession the Conveyances aforementioned and dyvers 
other evidences of your said Orato' belonging and manifesting your 
said Orato" right and title in and to the said p'emisses, hath by colour 
thereof entered into the said p'cell of Land called the Hobfield and 
taken th' issues and profitts thereof to his own use. And by p'tence 
of the said deeds charters wi'itings and muniments the said Sir John 
Offehij challengeth the said Hobfield and all other the premisses as his 
own Inheritance. And, althougli your said Orator hath dyvers and 
sundry tymes in gentle manner required the said Sir John Ofl'eley to 
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him to enjoy the same and also to del'ver to your said Orato"" the said 
Deeds chai-ters writiuns and muniments aforemenconed. yett tlie same 
to doe the said Sir John OtJ'ele'j hath ever hitherto denyed and refused, 
and still doth deny and refuse, to the disinheritance of your said Orato'' 
and contrarye to all right equitie and good conscience. In tender con- 
sideracon whereof and for so much as your said Orato'' knoweth not the 
certaine nomber or dates of the said deeds charters writings and muni- 
m'', nor whether the same are in bagg or box, sealed or in a chest, 
locked or otherwise, And therefore is remedilesse at and by the strickt 
course of the Coraon Lawes of this Realm either for recovery of tlie 
said evidences and writings or the possession of the premisses so un- 
justly deteyued from him. May it therefore please your Honour, tlie 
premisses considered, to graunt unto your said Orato' the kings iMajcs- 
ties most gracious Writt of .Subpcna to be directed unto the said *SVr 
John Offeley, Commanding him by vcrtue of the same at a certaine day 
and under a certaine payne therein tu be lymitted, to be and p'.^onally 
to appear before your Honour in his ^la'"' high Court of Chaunccry, 
then and their to answer the p'misse:-;, and to abide such fur'' Order 
therein as to your Honour shall seem to stand with equitie and good 

And your said Orato'' shall davly pray for your good Lordshipp in 
health and prosperity with much increase of Honour long to contyuue. 

Pn. Gehard. 

Note. — We here find Francis Whitmore in suit with Sir John 
Offley. Erdestvick, writing about 1590-1 GOO, says that Madeley 
was a goodly manor, forfeited by the attainder of Edward Statlbrd, 
Duke of Buckingham, and given ])y the king to the Lord Bray. 
"Madeley was afterwards sold to Sir Tliomas Oftley, a merchant, and 
some time Mayor of London, father of Henry Offley, now owner 
thereof" The peerages say that the Oflleys had been of Madeley as 
early as A.D. 1237. Sir John Oniey, Kn't, was sherilF of the county 
in 1617, as was John 0. in 1GG2. John Offley, Esq., married Anne, 
dau. of John Crewe, of Crewe, co. Chester, and their son John (OtHey) 
in 1708 assumed the name of Crewe. His grandson, John Crewe, 
was made Baron Crewe in 180G, but there had been an earlier title of 
Lord Crewe of Stone, extinct iu 1722, in another branch of the Crewes. 

The present Lord Crewe is the tiiird of this creation, and still 
possesses a large estate in Madeley, besides his property in Cheshire. 
His sister is the wife of Richard Monckton Milncs, Lord Houghton. 

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In tlio London "Herald and Genealogist," vi. 385-407, there 
was an extended oenealogy of the Fairfax family, and it was 
reprinted with corrections in vol. vii. 145-1 GO. I printed in 
vol. vii. lGl-3, some notes, the substance of which is as follows: 
I showed that one of the granddaughters of Francis IJoos was 
Jane,* dau. of Bryan Staplcton, of Burton-Joyce, and tluit she 
married Sir William Fairfax of Gilling; these were the parents 
of Sir Thomas, created Viscount Fairfax of Elniley in the 
peerage of Ireland. This title became extinct in 1771; it is 
not to be confounded with that of Baron Fairfax of Cameron, 
in the peerage of Scotland, which is now held by a Virginian. 

Sir William Fairfax, as above stated, married Jane Stapleton; 
his brother, Cuthbcrt F., married !Mary Whitmore of Notting- 
hamshire. It is most probable, therefore, that she was also a 
granddaughter of Francis Roos, cousin to Sir William's wife, 
and daughter of "old" Thomas Whitmore of ^fadeley. Wo 
say this because the Whitmores of Caunton. co. Notts, had all 
died out; and as Boos was distinctively a Nottinghamshire man, 
his son-in-law Whitmore might well be considered to be of that 
county. In fact, he was very probably living there when his 
daughter married, as two of his sons were clergymen in that 

• Jane Roop, after Brian's death, m. his first cousin, Antliony Staplcton of 
Rempston, and thirdly, Thomas Lake of Hashind, co. Derby, and died prohalily in 
1595. (Thoroton, p. 2sG.) Sir William Fairfax and his brother Cuthbcrt were sons 
of Sir Nicliolas F. of Walton and Gilling, co. York. Their stepmother was Alice 
(Harrington), widow of Sir Henry Sutton of Aram, co. Notts, and Sutton was 
cousin to Brian Staplcton. A third of the cousins, Katherine Bas^ett, m. Guy Fair- 
fax, who was not imprijbalily a brother of Sir Nicholas, as he had brothers Miles, 
Guy and Robert, not accounted for by genealogists. Thoroton says inrleed that one 

of Francis Roos's daughters m. Fairfax of Gilling, who might be either Miles 

or Robert. 

Again, it is curious that the grandfather of Sir Nicholas Fairfax, Sir Thomas F. of 
Walton, inherited in 1492 Gilling Castle, as heir to Sir Ivo dc Etton. The Rooses 
acquired Laxton by marriage with Isabel de Etton, niece of Sir Ivo. 

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county, though Peter is called of Staffordshire at bis matricula- 
tion at Oxford. — {P<Mt. iv. 15.) 

Believing that there is no reasonable doubt that Mary, dau. 
of Thomas Whitmorc, married Cuthbcrt Fairfax, a great interest 
attaches to a relic now in this country. Her brother was 
William Wliitmore. of St. Helen's, Auckland, co. York, who died 
5. p. about 1508. Now David Pulsifer, Esq., of the Secretary 
of State's office in Boston, Mass., has an old bible given him by 
Hon. Otis P. Lord, in lS;-)2, who picked it up in a store in 
Ipswich, Mass. On a pacrc at the end is written, "S. Newman, 
Ipswich": on another, ''Hopkinton.'' On the margin of one of 
the leaves is the following writing: 

"William Whitmore went to Gillinge anno D'. 1574 mense sept." 

It is almost certain that this refers to some visit of William 
Whitmore to his sister or her husband's family. But how came 
that bible here? The iieir of William W. was his nephew, 
Francis Whitmore, of Laxton or Lexington, co. Notts, as I show 
in subsequent pages. 

Now among the early records of Essex County, Mass., are 
recorded the marriages of George Farrough (Farrar) and Ann 
Whitmore, IG Feb., 16-43-4; and of John Brewer and Mary 
Whitmore, 23 Oct., 1647. These two girls probably came hero 
with relatives, and as I have shown {ante, p. IG) that Francis 
Whitmore of Laxton had a nephew George Farrar, I think 
it possible that this George Farrar brought the bible over to 
this country. 

Indeed I go farther, and think that George Farrar married a 
cousin, and that his wife was a daughter of Francis Whitmore ; 
but this is not yet proved, and is not to be accepted by otlicrs. 

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of Robert Lord, of Ipswich, and is one of the returns made to 
the County Clerk. It is in the court tiles at Salem, book vii. 
leaf 48, and the paper is now illegible in some parts, as the 
transcript shows. x\. portion is as follows : * 

"Francis Jordon & Jane Willson mnricd 6 (9) 1635. '. i , ;• ■. 

,^, "Sarah Jordon born 8 (0) IGoC. '' ^ ''::.:-, 

" Hanah Jordou born 14 March 1G3-. ■ ' - '.■■ 

" Mary Jordou boru 7 Apr. 1 iVd-. 
"Mary Jordou dyed Auiiust ID — . 
"Mary Jordou born IG May IGil. 

" Lydia Jordou boru 14 Feb: 1G43. . ; ■; •.-.;.. 

"Deborah Jordou born 4 December 1G4— . 

George Farough.t ■. 

" Georg Farough &. An "Whitraore maryed IG (11) 1643. 

"Mary Farough borne January G, 1G4-. 

"Martha Farou2;li borne '25 Feb: 1G4-. ' ■' 

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"Thomas Stace & Susanna ^Vooster m. 4 (8) 16j3. 
(Children recorded, <S:c.) 

"Thomas Harris &> Martha Lake maried the 15 of November 1647. 

Thomas 8 August 48. 
. , „ Martha 8 Jan'y 50. 

John 7 Jany 52. •(,:.. 

" ' Eliz'" 8 Feb. 54. 

s .'• ••• • Margrett G Aug 57. - • • ... - . , 

Mary Last Jauv 59. '■ •'• ' , , 

William 12 Dec. G-. 

"John Brewer & Mary TMiitmore maryed 23 (8) 1647. 
•^ ,. , . "Mary Brewer borne the 23 of September 1G48. 

' "John Brewer born the G of October 1G53. 

'•'b.'. • "Sara Brewer borne the 27 of March 1655." '' '* '^" * 

Of John Brewer I know little, but he may have been 
related to Thomas B., of Ipswich, 1G42. It is clear that he was 

• I am indebted to Henry F. "Waters, Esq., of Salem, for this copy, made for this 
publication. I have marlccd tiie portions copied literally, 
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not the John of CainbriJiio, 1G42-5. as Savaa'C asserts, because 
that man had by wife Ann, John, b. 16-42, who may well be the 
Sudbury settlor, having children lGGO-1689. Now this John of 
Ipswich (Essex Deeds, iv. 14, 38), in 1G75-6 is appraiser on 
estates of Richard Kituball, Sen., and Capt. John Ayres, and is 
called John Brewer, Son. In January, 1G7T, Jolin Brewer, Jr., 
took oath of allegiance in Ipswich. Evidently the Essex family 
is distinct from theMiddlesex one. 

As to the Farrars, we find among tlie first colonists, John 
Farrow of Ilingham, wlio came from Hingham in Norfolk in 
1635; Jolm of Woburn, 1G';5; John and Jacob of Lancaster, 
1653; Thomas of Lynn, 1G40 (born 1G17); and George of 
Ipswich, above noted. Of tlieso names, Jolm, Thomas and 
George agree with tiiose of tliree of the nephews of Francis 
Whitmore of Laxton. (See ante, iv. 16,) 

I have large collections about the Farrars of Halifax, co. 
York, made by the late II. G. Somerby, Esq., but nothing that 
seems to touch any of our colonists. 

Thoroton indeed says tiiat Robert Farrowe, or Pharrow, was 
of Laneiiam, co. Notts, in 1612, and also owned land in East 
Drayton. Francis Whitmore of Laxton, in 1646, mentions his 
nephew Robert Farrar, if alive and in England. Now in 
Hotten's Lists, I find that Robert Farrar, aged 24, embarked 
for Virginia in the Transport in 1635. In the same list is 
named another emigrant, one Robert Whitmore, living in 
1623 in Virginia, who seems to have been one of Mr. Edward 
Blaney's men at James City, and who came over in the Duty 
soon before, aged 22 in 1621-5. This is very probably the 
Robert mentioned, ante, iv. p. 20. There was also in the 
passengers for St. Kitts in 1634, Alice Whitmore of Huniton, 
CO. Devon, spinster, aged 25 years. 

I will now consider the record of George Farrow. 

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forms of the same name, and that tlie latter has become the 
usual mode of spoUiiiLr. Gi^orge FAiuiisw. as already shown, 
was of Ipswich, where he married Ann Whitniore in l(J43— 4, 
and had three dauihters (iintc. p. 39). Savasre's account is all 
wronir, as he niistool^ a word and pnt a son (Tcorge. Jr., in place 
of Phcbe, and so misj)laced his facts. 

George Faruow is credited on the Treasurer's l)Ook3 for 
killing wolves in 1G48 and 1650, on several occasions. We 
may, perhaps, fairly conclude that he was not an old man, and 
that he was horn alx^nt lG15-2(>, his wife being born in IG18. 
as we shall sh')w. The volume cited is in the library of the 
N. E. Hist. Genealogical Society at Boston. In Ipswich Deeds, 
vol. i. p. 549, he is mentioned as a "weaver." In 1G58, his 
wife Ann is mentioned in a deposition as being 40 years old.* 
In Essex Deeds (iii. 107). as Mr. Waters informs me, there is a 
deed dated Dec. 1st, IGiiS. of George Farrow of Ipswich and 
Ann hid wife, exchaiiLi;ing his house and seventy acres of land in 
Ipswich, with "William Symonds, of Wells, gent., for a house 
and lands in Wells: witnessed by Wm. Bennett and Thomas 

Farrow doubtless moved to Wells' (Maine) soon,, where he 
was killed by Indians, 27 Sept., 1G7G, "as he was too carelessly 
venturing to his House without any Company," as Hubbard 
narrates in his History (Drake's ed., ii. 183). 

The records of York county, at Alfred, give only the following 
item. "At a Court of Associates houlden at Wells 12th December, 

* The deposition is as follows : — . 

Clekk's Office, Essex co. Court Papers, iv. 90. 
The deposition of Ann farro ye wife of georg Faro aged 40 ycres or there abouts 
This deponent sayth she bought a pcell of grene cotton of mr. Robert Payne and 
sayd mr. Payne told this deponent that the price of y' was three shillings eight pence 
by the yard, wch price this deponent thought was to nuich for such cotton y' being as 
she judgeth a thin cotton and wanting of yard wide, this deponent further sayth she 
bought another pccll of red cotton at fourc shillings eight ponce ye yard as mr Payne 
told her was the price of yt and further this deponent saytli not. 

Sworne in Court held at Ipswich | the '29"i of Sept. 
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take care of the widJow So estate of Gcortre Fuitow decc'ised.'' 

Bourne (Hist, of Wells, p. MG) says Farrow left a widow 
and three sisters. Savage says that it was tiie presumed son, 
Geor<?e, Jr., who was killed; that he left three daiiu'liters, and 
that William Syraonds and Joseph Storcr were administrators. 
Both are doubtless wrono^ in part. There was only one George 
Farrow, and he had no son, Ijut did have three dauu[hters. 

Now it appears by a deed on record at Alfred, ^tle. (York co. 
Deeds, iv. 4, 5), that 3 Nov., 1082, John Smyth, Sen., of Cape 
Nuttaeke (now Neddock), planter, and Mary his wife, sold to 
William Sawyer of Wells, part "of that tract or parcell of 
upland and sault marsh and fresh, wiueh fell to ray wife Mary, 
by the death of her natural father, George Farrow,'' containiiifr 
eii^bty acres of upland and eii^ht acres of meadow, ttc. &c. 
Both John and Mary make a mark, and the deed is acknowledged 
before Sam^ Wheelwright, same day, and recorded March 9, 

From documents still on record in York county. Me., which I 
propose to publish elsewhere, it seems that John Smith, Sen., was 
of Casco under Cleeve's government, and that in 1653 his wife 
was Joan, sister api)arcutly of Edward Wanton ( ?Wanerton, 
see Hist. Saco, p, 43 ?) 

In 1657 he was of Cape NuJdock, or Neddock, where he had 
lands granted in 16.58. 

Iq 1674, John Smith, Sen., with consent of his wife Joan, 
deeds land to his son John, Jr., mentioning, also, land of James 
Jackson. In the same year James Jackson had land granted to 
him "lying next to his father John Smith." 

As already mentioned, in 1682 John Smith, Sen., had taken a 
second wife, Mary, daughter of George and Mary (Whitmore) 
Farrow. In 16S4, he confirms to his son John, land given bj 
him "and Joane ray former wife, his mother." 

June 23, 1685, John Smith, Sen., makes a deposition, being 
aged about 73 years. ^March 1, 1685-6, he sells land to Samuel 
Banks, and Mary acknowledged same 14 June, 1686. 

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Finally, 3 Feb., 16ST-P, John Smith of York made a settle- 
ment with "Mary Smith, wife of my late deceased father John 
Smith," giving her a piece of land in lieu of all claims for 

I am informed l»y Xathaniel G. Marsliall, Esq., town clerk of 
York, that aljout 1713, John Smith, late of York and then of 
Gloucester, Mass., as executor of his father John S., had the 
lands re-granted and the boundaries defined. 

Now it seems by Essex county records, the administration 
was granted IS May, 1713, to Susanna, widow of John Smitli, 
of Gloucester, mariner;* that they had children John, Abigail, 
Rebecca, Susanna and Joseph. 

Here I leave tliis line, having no "Whitmore blood in it. As 
yet I find no trace of any children of Mary (Farrow) Smith, 
and it is uidikely that she had any. Still, as she was born in 
1645, slie may have re-married after Smith's death. 

Mr. Marshall says that 12 Oct., 1727, John Smith's heirs sold 
his land to Samuel Bankes of York, but the deed cannot be 

Possibly the widow Mary (Farrow) came to Gloucester with 
her stepson ; and it is to be noted that I have not traced Phebe, 
her sister. 

• The Gloncester records have the children of John Smith, Jr., and Susanna, as 
follows : 

John, b. 2 Nov., 1702; d. 25 June, 1714, aged 16^ years. 
t'i Abigail, b. 25 Aug., 1704. . > , r 

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. - John Brewer of Ipswich. 

Since the prcccdiiii^ ])a.ucs u'cre printed, ilr. Waters has 
kindly funiishcd mo with more facts about John Erewer. It 
seems that his will, dated 14 June, 1G84. jircscnted 30 ^cpt. 
followiii;^:, is in WilU, iv. 100-4. Ho is termed John 
Brewer, ;Sen., of Ip.swich, and mentions wife ^\:w\ ^ father Bnii:er 
of Hamton, gi-andeliiid Edward Chapman, other gr. ch. John 
Chapman; residuary leiiatees, son John Brner and dan. iTary 
Chapman. Overseers, brother Tiiomas Lull and Simeon Stuce; 
wife Mary, executrix. 

Oct. 2, 16S4, widow Mary, who, being incapable, renounced 
executorship, made an au;recment with '-sou Johh Brewer," and 
Simon Chapman, -'said Simon beiuLC the husl)and of said Brucr's 
daughter, deceased.'' Mary (Whilmore) Brewer, widow of 
John, l3t, died 10 Dec, 1GS4. 

The inventory of J. B., ''who decesed the 22 June, 1GS4,"* 
mentions as one item, "Bermoody basket. Is." 

It is thus not only shown that John Brewer, Sen., of Ipswich, 
was not the Sudbury man, but it is made evident that he had a 
father living in Hampton, ilr. Joseph Dow of that town has 
given me some facts which enable tne to make a probable pedi- 
gree. Our Boston records (see Register, xi. 202) say that 
"William Lane was married to Mary Brewer, the daughter of 
Thomas Brewer of Roxbury, 21 : 6: 50:" i. e., xVug. 21, 1G56. 
Now, 29 Nov., 1G57, at Hampton, N. H., were married Sarah 
Brewer and Thomas Webster; and at Hampton the record says 
" ould goodman Brewer dyed 23 March I GOO" (the year being 
16b9-'JO, as other entries show). 

The son of Mary (Brewer) Lane married at Boston, 21 June, 
1680, Sarah Webster of Hampton, dau. of Sarah (Brewer) 

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Webster. If Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Webster were sisters, these 
cliildren would be first cousins; and the fact that Mrs. Webster 
lived at Hampton would account for her father's removini^ to 
that town. This view was urixed in the Register, ix. I(i0, and 
is in every respect most probable. ■ ,. - ■ > .,,! . 

We have then (I) Thom-as' Bi!EWER of Roxl)ury, said to have 
been at Ipswich in 1642 (perhaps a brother of Daniel B. of 
same), who uIlmI -'old" in 1690, at Hampton, with children 
John, Sen., of Ipswich, Sarah ^Yeb^ter and ^lury Lane. 

[2) John' Brewer, Sen., of Ipswich, m. Mary (Whitmore) 
and had : — 

i. Mary, b. 23 Sept., 1C48; m. Shnou Cbupman. 

(3) ii. John, b. G Oct., 1G;J3. 

iii. Surah, b. 27 March, ICoo; prob. d. unm. 

In the next generation : — 

(3) JoEiN' Brewer, Jr., of Ipswicli, and Susanna Warner, 
■were married at Ipswich, January, 1G74, as the court records 
show. He was chosen clerk of the writs (or town clerk) of 
Ipswich, 27 Nov., 16S3. Susanna, wife of John Brewer, died 
Nov. 20, 1688. (Town records.) 

He married, secondly, 3 June, IGS9, Martha, dau. of Abraham 
Perkins, and had : — 

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(4) iii. Jonx,'' b. 1G92; aged 5 years in 1697. 

(5) iv. Mauy," b. 1G95; '' 2 " " " 

V. Martha,* b June, 1C97 ; ag-sd 4 mouths in 1697 ; d. young. 

Oct. 4, 1697, his widow Martha was made administratrix; 
her bond, as guardian of the three children, gives their names 
and ages. She afterwards made return as administratrix, 8 
Oct., 1701, as Martha Brewer, alias Ingols (Essex Wills, vii. 
]0l). She was also appointed guardian to John Brewer, minor, 
son of John B. of Ipswich, and mentions that his sister Martha 
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Jan. 18, 1702-3, Abraham Perkins of Ipswich was made 
guardian of the children of John Brewer, viz.: John, aged about 
10 years, and Mary, aijout 8 years. Pfe was unquestionably 
their uncle, and their mother had married secondly Iiitiols. 

These two irrandchihiren of ^lary (Whitmore) Brewer both 
married; and thei-e were also iivins: their cousins, the children 
of Mary Chapman, two being mentioned in the will of John 
Brewer, Sen., viz.: Edwai'd and John Chapman. 

(4) John* Brewer. 3d. of Ipswich, was a mariner. Nov. 9? 
1717 (Essex Deeds, vol. xxxii.), ho with wife Abigail sell a half 
right in common land to Robert Calfo, clothier. Mentions his 
father John Brewer. 

Again (Essex Wills, xi. 101), 14 Dec, 1714, Ephraim Smith 
and Mary his wife, dau. of John Brewer of Ipswich, having 
received X20 fi-om his brother John Brewer, mariner, acquitted 
the estate. 

John* and Abigail Brewer had at Ipswich — 
i. Abigail,* bapt. 19 Nov., 1721. 

His wife d. 27 Sept., 1723, and I cannot trace this line 

(5) Mary* Brewer, as just shown, married Ephraim Smith. 
Administration was granted 9 Feb., 1720, on the estate of 

Ephraim Smith to his widow Mary. I have not been able to 
trace this line farther. 

It remains only to add that I have shown that certainly Mary 
Whitmore (Brewer) and possibly Ann Whitmore (Farrow) left 
issue settled in Essex county, Mass., as late as 1720. By any 
of these lines of descent the old Bible before mentioned {ante, 
p. 38) might have been handed down. All that I felt obliged to 
do, was to establish such a possibility, and this I think has been 

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On p. 15, I stated that Francis Whitaiorc of Laxton might be 
the witness to the will of Mrs. Sarah Egerton in 1()24, at 
London. I have since received from Col. Chester the facsimile 
of the signature of Francis W. appended to his will. It is as 
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no doubt that these are different persons. But the witness 
may be either the Fi-uncis mentioned on p. 20, or the one 
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TT seems tliat "William AVilcox, of C;iml)ri(l«;e, wlio died Xoy. 28, 
-*- 16.53, in his will dated two days before (Ueg. xvi. 70), mentions 
his wife then siek. (Sec appendix C.) From the liev. Lueius 1{. 
Paige I learn that William ^Vilcox m. Mary rowell, Jan. :?2,1G5(}. 

On onr Boston records (Reg. xi. 200) I find "Jacob Elliot Avas 
marryed to Mary AVilcock, widow, 9 : 11 : 54 : by Capt. Humphrey 

Savage indeed writes : "Wilcox, John, Dorchester, whose young 
widow m. 9 Jan y, 1054-5, Jacob Eliot." But in this he was clearly 
wrong. On the Dorchester records (]MS. vol. i. pp. 135, 141) it 
seems indeed, that a John AVilcox was in the s[)rlng of 1001 and of 
1602, twice appointed a fence viewer. He m. widow ]Mary Farns- 
worth, and deeds land in 1001 and 1005. But this proves too much, 
for this John did not have a widow six years before. I find no other 
John Wdcox in Dorchester, and this John was certainly the ^Nliddle- 
town man. We must look elsewhere for Eliot's wife. 

It seems therefore almost certain that Jacob Elliot, Jr.'s wife was 
^lary, widow of William Wilcox, of Cambridge ; since she was a 
widow and the only one we know of. 

Leaving out of sight some early settlers of the name in Rhode 
Island, we find that there was a Jolm Wilcox, of Hartford (Hinman, 
first ed. 98), surveyor of highways 1042 and 1644, juror 1645, 
called senior in 1648 (Trumbull's Conn. Rec. i. 172), selectman in 
1649. He must have died before Oct., 1666, when his widow 
makes her will. 

His widow ^Mary's will was dated Oct. 4, 1666 : she mentions 
dau. Ann Hall, cousin (i. e. grand-child) Sarah Long, son John 
Bid well. An abstract of this and other papers will be found in 

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2 The Wilcox Famihj. 

It ia evident as the father is called John, vSen., in 1G48, that he 
then had a son John, Jr., of adult age, and we identity this latter with 

John Wilcox, of Hartford, who m., first, Sarah, dau. of William 
Wadsworth, Sept. 17, 1G4G, and had: 

i. Sarah, b. Oct. 3, 1048. 

His wife dying, he in., second, January 1<S, 1<).3(>, Catherine 
Stoughton, moved to Allddletown, and had several children, viz. r 

ii. Johu, b. Oct. 21), 10.">0; d. before his father. 

iii. Thomas, (1. before his father. ' •■ ■ ' 

iv. Mary, b. Nov. 1.;. IC.Vi; (1. before her father. 

V. Israel, b. June r.), 1 ('>.'>(■.. 

vi. Samuel, b. Nov. 0, 1(5.38. 

This wife dying, lie m. , third, Mary.' widow of Joseph Famsworth, 
of Dorchester ; before that, widow of Long, who died in Kill. 

He m., fourth, Esther, dau. of \\ iiliam Cornwell, and had : 

vii. Ephruim, b. July 0, 1G72. 
viii. Esther, b. Dec. 'J, IGTo. 
ix. Mary, b. I\Iarch 21, 1G7G. 

He d. May 24, IG 7(3. :\rart;li 1, 1G7G-7 (Co. Court Ixec. iil. 
161), the court ordered distribution. On the inventory (409 L., ii. 
4) it is noted : ""The children of the deceased are, Sarah Long, ne'ar 
28 years old; Israel, 20 year old; Samuel, Xov, 9, '76, 18 year 
old; Ephraim, 4 year old 9 July, 1G7G ; Hester, 2 years old Dec. 
the last, 1675 ; Mary was born the 9, 167.5-6." 

These dates agree generally with the births as above recorded. 

Ann (Wilcox) Hall. It is stated in the Wetmore genealogy, 
apparently from the ^Nliddletovvn records, that "Ann, Avife of elohn 
Hall and daughter of John Wilcocke, died July 20, 1(373, aged 
about 57." She was of course the daughter of John Wilcox, Sen. 
Her husband was John Hall, Jr., son of John of Hartford and Middle- 
town, who had lived in New-England 40 years before his death in 1673. 

Savage indeed doubts if she might not be a second wife of John 
Hall, Sen. ; but this is impossible. First, as John Hall, Sen., died 
May 26, 1673, Anne would have bt^en called his widow, not his 
wife, two months later. 

Again, John Hall, Sen.'s will dated ^lay 14, 1673, as copied by 
Mr. Trumbull, mentions son Ivichard Hall and his children, son John 

• The proofs of this maniagc arc amply set forth in Appendix B. 

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Hall, cluldreu of dauLrliter Sarah "Wetmer, deoeased, sou Tliomns 
Wetmer ; gives 10 ssliil. towards a school ; and gives the reiuaiudcr 
of his estate to son Samuel Hall and his heirs. 

But he mentions no wife, and it is incredible that he should have 
had one living but unnoticed. . ., . 

We do not doubt then that the "An Haul" mentioned by the widow 
of Jolm Wilcox, Sen., as her dau^diter, was Anne, wife of John 
Hall, Jr., and sister-in-law of Sarah Hall, wife of Thomas Whit- 
more, of Hartford, ancestor of the Wetmores of this country. 

It is a coincidence certainly that wliil<t John Wilcox, Sen., of 
Middletown, had a dau. Ann who m. Jt>hn Hall, Jr., of tliat place 
(sister-in-law of Sarah, wite of Thomas Whltniorc), the Cambridge 
William A\'ilcox mentions in his will a sister, the widow Hall, wliosc 
children were William and Susan. AVe identify her with the willow 
Mary Hall, of Cambridge, who had children John, Susanna, Stc[)hen, 
A\ illlam, Mary, Hannah and Lydia. 

It is curious that John \Vilcox, Sen., had a dau. Ann Hall, and 
William AVilcox a sister ^lary Hall ; but this may point to some con- 
nection in England between Jehu and William Wilcox, and between 
the Halls of Middletown and the Halls of Cambridge. 

Francis AVhitmore, of Cambridge, is mentioned by ^\'illiam ^\'ilcox 
as one in his ''funily meeting.'' Xow bclie\ing as we do that Jacob 
Eliot, Jr., m. the widow A^'ilcox, it is to be noted that Dea. John 
AVhitmore (son of Francis) m. Rachel, dau. of Francis Eliot, own 
cousin to Jacob E., Jr., and Abigail ^^'hitmore, sister of Dea. John, 
m. Samuel AVilcox, of Middletown, son of John AV., Jr. Again, 
Mary Stough ton, niece of John AVilcox, Jr., and sister of the wife of 
Samuel Farnsworth, m. John Eliot, grandson of the Rev. John E., 
and cousin once-removed to Jacob, Jr., and to Rachel Eliot. 

Althottgh there was no known relation between Thomas Whitmore, 
of ^Middletown, and Francis AVhitmore, of Candjridge, it is some- 
what strange that Francis's oldest son, Francis, Jr., went to Aliddle- 
tovvn, as did two of his daughters, who m. respectively Daniel 
Markham and Samuel Wilcox. But if the Aliddletown Wilcoxes, 
Halls and AVhitmores were relatives of the . Csmibridge AVilcoxcs, 
Halls and Whitmores, then such a removal would be natural. These 
coincidences, added to the cross-man-iagcs and the Eliot connections, 
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4 The Wilcox Family. 

Leicestershire is bounded hy tlie counties east hy Lincoln and 
Rutland, south hy Northampton, west hy Warwick and Derby (Staf- 
ford ahnost touching it), north by Xottinghani. 

It is worthy of notice that the visitation of Leicestershire mentions 
the following families, giving pedigrees thereof, viz. : \\'ileo(-ks, 
Hastings, Fox, and Hall, rendering it desirable to cxauiiue the re- 
cords of that county tirst, in order to tind the origin of these colonists. 

"William Wilcox, of Cambridge, mentions particularly the son uf 
the Rev. Thomas Sliepard, "for whose fither's sake I cannc^t forget 
him." This clergyman was born at Towcester, near Northampton, 
in the county of tliat name, Nov. a, !(>()') ; went to Emmanuel Col- 
lege, Cambridge, in 1(120 ; was a lecturer of Earles-colne, co. E^sex ; 
then lived at JJiitterelu-ome, co. York, at Sir Richard Darleys house ; 
then went to Nortluuuberland ; sailed from Harwich in l<.;;t, was 
driven back by a storm, and lived at liastwick, co. Norfolk : reem- 
barked and arrived in New-England, Oct. o, 1(^)0. He was settled in 
Cambridge, Mass., till he died, Aug. 2."), 1(H9. Wilcox may mean 
by his words (jnly sucii acquaintance as lie had had with Shej)ard in Cam- 
bridge here, or he mav refer to some knowledge of him in Eniiland. 

Appexdix a. 

The following copies of wills and papers on record at Hartford 
have been most kindly made lor nic by J. Hammond Trumbull, Esq. 

[Original on file. Recorded Prob. Rec. iii. HI.] 

AViLL, Oct. 4, 1GG(3, of Mrmj WUcoch, widow, of Hartford. 
To cousin jSaraJi Long, two pewter platters. To daughter An Ihinl, 
40 shil. and best feather i>illow. All other estate, after debts paid, 
and " charges about my comly buriall being discharged," to loving 
son John Bidiodl, who is made sole executor. Dea. Butler and 
James Ensing iutrcated to be overseers. 

Signed (bj mark of) ^Lvuy Wilcock. 
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James Ensing. 

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" Pr :\r Sam" Willys Capt. Jn" Talcot Lt. Jn" Allyn 

Ootob' 29 : G7. U})on y" motion of Deacon Butler in belinlf of 
the Widdow Wilcox, the A5:?is" doe see cause to order that John 
Wilcox doe pay unto his mother the said Widdow Wilcox or iier As- 
sifjnes six pcnuids a year in wheat and pease at price currant to he 
paid in Hartford where she or tiiov shall appoint, which is in lieu of 
what he is enj^fagcd to pay unto her by his father's will. And v^ said 
John Wilcox is to possess and enioy the old house, the closset. and 
y" fruit of y" Orchyard which i)y y' will of her husltand she should 
possess, but throw weakness is disabled for continueina- in v'^^ house 
to possesse it alone. The mauestratcs doe also determine tliat what 
rent is to be paid for y" liouse and orc:hyard by the Jewes who have 
lived in it this year past, that it he paid to y*" said \\ iddow." 

[Quarter Court liecords, iii. GD.] 

A County Court at Hartford, :March 5, IGlw-GS. 

" Upon the motion of Deacon Kichard Butler ^Sc; James Ensinir, 
that some course miuht he taken that some mi^ht be impowcre<l to 
dissposc of the A\'idow AN'illcnx cNc her e.-tate to the hest advantau(>, 
that there miL;ht be s.)me cmnf »rral;lc satisfaction math' ti> those tiiat 
shall entertein her as lon^- as her csrate will atbard it, this Com-t re- 
ferrs the whole matter to the prudent manaLrement of tiic .-avd 15utler 
& Ensigne &. doe hereby impower them to act in it." — [Ibid, p. 7G.] 

Appexdix B. 

John Wilcox, of Ilartfjrd and ^liddletown, had for his first wife 
Sarah Wadsworth, and her sister m. Thomas Stoughton, Jr. AVileox 
m., second, Catherine Stoughton, sister of Thomas 8. and liau. of 
the Thomas Stoughton, Sen., wjio went from Dorchester to Windsor. 
Catherine had many relatives living in Dorchester, and her last child 
was born in Nov., 1G58. Probably she died soon after, and John 
Wilcox m. a third wife Mary, who died in KhI. 

We find at Dorchester a John Wilcox, who was fence viewer in 
1661, 16G2 (Dorchester liec. .MS, vol. i. pp. 131, 141) ; and on Sutf. 
Deeds vii. 2'JG, April 24, IGGI, a deed from John ^\'ilcox, of D., 
and ]Mary his wife, executrix of the will of Joseph Farnsworth, to 
William Pond. Also (Suti'. Deeds xi. 359), March 17, 1.GG4-5, 
deed of same John and Mary Wilcox, to Samuel Rigbee. 

In the Register, ix. 140, is the will of Joseph Farnsworth above 
cited, made Jan. 2, 1G59, speaking of his wife Mary, and her two 

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children by a former husband, viz., Joseph Lonq- and Thomas Lonir. 
Joseph Farnsworth seems to liave had a son Samuel Farusworth, hv 
this wife ]\Iary, though he had other children, doubtless by a former 

On file at Hartford is the -will dated April 3, IGTl, of J/«/v/, ^vife 
of John Wilcox, of ]Middleto\vn, ''declared by v.ord of mouth." 
Gives to her son, Sdmuel l^'ernsirorth, £10 stg., out of her land in 
the great lot at Dorchester, liemainder of the lot to her husband, 
John AVilcox. T(j her son, Juxi^ph Long, the bill she had of him 
for land bought of her. '' ^Vhitc was coat and red tammy coat" to 
3lari/ WiUcox. To Sarah L,()))ff, her featiier bed and bolster 
which is at Hartford in her house already, her " cloath waseoat with 
the great silver lace, and a petty coate." Freely resigns to her hus- 
band, J. ^V., his estate whieh was mortgaged to her. Desires that 
£10 given her son, Samuel Fernsworth, should be paid to her friend, 
Capt. Ilopestill Fo.-ter, of Dorchester, to be kept till he coine of a^^e. 
Witnessed by John Ilall and Anne Hall. 

John Willcox owned in court, Sept. 7, 1G71. that he gave his wife 
liberty to make her will. 

These documents of course prove tliat John Wilcox, of Middle- 
town, was the Din-chester man, and that his third wife was the widow 
Long-Farnsworth. I think it als(^ certain that his step-son, Thomas 
Long, married Sarah Wilcox, dau. (^ John AV. by his first wife. 
Such intermarriages are common and natural. Sarah Long, born in 
1048, is reckoned among John A\'ilcox"s children, just where his 
oldest dau. Sarah would be : no other step-children are so reckoned, 
and we may l)e sure Sarah A\'ilcox had married a Long. Savage 
records a Thomas Long, of Hartford. 1()(5.">, and we know not who 
he was, unless he was John AVilcox's step-son. Wq conclude there- 

'' fore that Thomas Long married his step-sister Sarah A\'ilcox. 

i Again, Samuel Farnsworth, another step-son of John AA'ilcox. m. 

1 in 1677, ]Mary, dau. of Thomas Stougiiton, Jr., a girl doubly a 
cousin to the children of AVilcox, with whom Farnsworth had 

i been brought up. This may serve to indicate that the mixed 
households, of which John Wilcox wa^s the head, lived in harmony 
and accord. 


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Appendix C. 

The will is ;is follows : 

I, Willicun Witcoches of Cambridge, although we.ikc in Body, 
yet of sound mind, make this my last -vvill. Just debts be Sattlsficd, 
and the remainder of my estate, my wife shall have the use thereof 
dureing the time of her Avidowhood, and when it shall please the 
Lord to change her Condition, by marriage, or by death, whether 
shall first happen, my will is, that my estate shalbe thus divided ; to 
my dear pastor, J/''. Jl/'cliell, I give £d, to J^'/der Frost, £i. to my 
Couzen Jo/t/t M'oodes, £10. To my Loving lirothrcn that were of 
my fauiily meeting, viz', lloq''. Ba acmft^ Jif . Ilastlng. TJio. Fox, 
William Patttn and Francis ]\7uiinore, I give 20' a pecce ; to my 
sister, the Widoio Ileal, '20\ and to her sonnc WilUani, and 
daughter Susan, I give 20^* a peece ; to my honest Bro. liichanl 
Frnncis, T give 20% and to my iiro. Jn'\ T<i)jU)r, I give 40' ; to 
Tho. Shepard (for whose fathers sake I cannot forget him) I give 
£5, and the remainder of my estate my will is, that it shall be thus 
divided ; to my wife, in case the Lord doth lengthen out her life so 
that shee doth againe chang her condition by mariage, my will is that 
shee shall have the one halfe thereof; and in case the Lord shall take 
her away cyther before shee liecover of this jtrcsent sicknes which is 
now upon her, or before her mariage, my will is, that shee shall then 
dispose and have to her Use only one fourth part of the remainder 
of my estate, after my debts Sc legacies are first payd, and the re- 
mainder of my estate I give to my sisters Children in old England, 
to be equally divided between them, who Avere tlie Children of mv 
deare sister Christia.)i JJoijden. [^Uoidcn in orig. will.] I ap})ovnt 
for my Executors, my Loving wife and Tho: Uanforth, whom I do 
desire to see this my will fulHlled. 

2Q, 9 mo. 1G53. per me William Wilcocks 

Tho. Brigham his markc, Anne Hastings, Tho. Danforth. 

Entered and recorded 22. 3 mo. 1654. Jany 3, lG.33-4, depo- 
sitions made. Inventory 22. 10 mo. 1G53 — deposition 3. 11 mo. 

By the kindness of Mr. Thomas B. Wyman, I lenrn that the fol- 
lowing memoranda is on the original will, both being in Danforth's 
hand-writing : 

Due to Bro Wilcockes in Barbados 
Mr Collins 
Sewall's bills left in the hands of Anthony Lane 
Mr Collins and his wife to write to Capt .Middletun &Q, 
Due to Br Wilcocks in X. E from Edw Allen in Boston 

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Jno Smitli 
Mr Scott 

Sugar at Capt Xortons 
Goodm Jones 
Longhome fur The Danforth 
Sent to Barbados by Jno Tlirumble 
4 firkins Butter to Anthony Lane 
4 plowcs Occ to Christophe Line 
Bro W Dr to .Mr Tanner 

Geo Cliinery 
Edw Hutchiii?on 
I give to Jno A^^1o<les, Mr Mitchell J^r Patten 
ffranc : M'hitmoio Kugr Bancroft, widow Hall 
Jno Hastings Tho Fox ^U' a ])eese in Sii::'" 
to Ri Frances, Jno Taylor Ekr Frost, Tho 
Shcpard W" c^c Susan Hall Kr a peece. 

Here Thomas Danfortli, overseer of AVilcock's will, calls him Bro. 
W. This may be only as a br.^rher in the church. He was son of 
Nicholas Danforth, of Framllngliam, co. Sulf., and married Mary 
AVithington, of Dorchester, in 1(;44. Her brother, Kichard With- 
ingtOD, m. before 1G.30 Elizabeth, dau. of Philip Eliot. Another 
coincidence of Eliots. 

It is to be added that I have failed to trace any land to AVilcox. 
Perhaps he owned none, but held personal property onlv. Otherwise 
it is difficult to see what became of the land, since either the Bovdens 
or Eliots (if the widow m. Jacob Eliot, jun.) would have disposed 
of it some time. 

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From the Registry of Wills, at Lilchueld, England. 


Henry Whitmore of S'neriff-hales, Co. Statlbrd. wiil dated 
1549. Wife, Syliil ; sons, Humphrey, Richard, William, 
Thomas, John, and George. Daughters, Cassandra, Margaret, 
and Anne. , . ^ -• . ;. 


Humphrey Whitmore of Sheriff-hales, yeoman, died Nov. 
23, 1500. His will mentions daughter Cicily Momford, son- 
in-law William Brofield. godson Humjihrey Whitmore ; Ex- 
ecutors, Geolfrev ^lillinston and William Brofteld. 


Richard Whytmore of Newport, Co. Salop. Will dated 
Jan. 12, 1570-1, proved Sept. 2, 1571. Mentions v.^ifc Eliza- 
beth, brother William, sons Tliomas and William, daughter 
Elizabeth. Mentions John AVhytmore, '-the boy that lives 
in my house." Executor, Wm. Hakyn, the younger. 

His widow's will, dated May 5, 1573, proved Sept. 29, 
same year, adds sister Frances. 


William Whitmore of , died Feb. 10, 1579-80. Will 

mentions wife Isabel, brothers Richard Whitmore of Newport, 
Humphrey Whitmore, and Thomas Whitmore, who had a 
son Henry. Daughter-in-law Jane, late wife of Richard 
Waynewright. Mentions William and Elizabeth Whitmore, 
not twenty-one. [Probably children of Richard, his brother.] 
Overseer, Richard Whitmore of Willbrighton. 

Prerogative Court, London. , . ,' 

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Richard Whitmore of Willbrighton. in the parish of Gros- 

nali, Co. Stafford, will dated Dec. 20, 1587, proved Jan. 27, 

1588. Mentions children by first wife, Frances, Humphrey 

and William ; by present wife Isabel, son Thomas, daughters 

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Ellen, Beatrice and Joan. Witnessed by Thomas Whitmore 
and Mary Whitmore. , . ,.• j ^ ,_ *,; ;V- T 

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John Whytmore of Ashley, Co. Stafford, will dated June 
12, 1571 ; proved May 7, 1572. Mentions brother William 
and his children ; cousin ?>hirgaret, wife of Roger Yorke ; 
kinswoman. Margaret Shawe. .; , ; 


Thomas Whitmore o( Thornall in the parish of Madely, 
Co. Stafford, yeoman, died May 12, 1573. His will mentions 
wife Agnes, sons Thomas, Richard and Humphrey, and three 
daughters. IMentions lands in Bctley and Ashley. Witness, 
William Whitmore of Thornall. 

His widow died Dec. 25, 1591 ; her will adds daughters 
Margaret Podmore, Anne Sherrat (?), and Margaret (?) Gorton. 


Richard Whitmore of Thornall in Madcly. d. Dec. 4, 1G03. 
His will mentions brothers Thomas and Hinnphrey, brother 
John Sheriff, sister IVIargaret Podmore, Thomas and William 
Podmore, George Gorton, uncle John Brown and aunt Mary, 
and gives legacies to Margaret, Ellen, William, Robert, Anne, 
Dorothy, Elizabeth, and Egerton Whitmore. No children 


Thomas Whitmore of Barr-hill in Madely, gentleman, will 
dated Aug. 4, 1601, proved Oct. 1006; mentions wife Joan, 
son Peter, and his children, Thomas and Emmanuel, daughter 
Ellen and her child, cousins Margaret, Jane, Francis and his 

male issue. 


Peter Whitmore of Barr Hill in Madely, gentleman, will 
dated Feb. 2S, 1662-3, proved April 28, 1664: mentions wife 
iSusanna, brother Thomas, who has the care of his goods at 
Onneley, son Thomas, daughters Mary and Anne. Executors, 
ttncle George Audley of Audley, and brother-in-law William 
Hinton of Ridgwardine. 

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William Whitrnore of Littleslialc [probably Hales in Dray- 
ton], Co. Salop, will dated June 4, 1G67, proved Oct. 4, 16G7 ; 
mentions wife Margaret, brothers John and Rowland Whit- 
more, daughter Margaret Hawkins, grandchildren William^ 
Humphrey, Margaret, and Sarah Whitniore. 

Seal, a double-tailed lion, rampant, crest, a tiger (?) passant. 
[Note. — Francis Whitrnore of Cambridge. Mass., 1649, had 
then, wife Isabel, daughter of William Parke. His son used a 
seal, (only one im.pression of which I have seen), appears to 
be a lion's head. His grandson's widow, her two sons and 
their wives used, in 1742, the seal here engraved.] 


Humphrey Whitrnore of Chebsey, Co. Stafford, clerk, will 
dated Sept. 10, 1G16, proved July 29, 1G17; mentions wife 
Cassandra, daughters Dorothy Simson, Margaret Underwood, 
Anne, Isabel and Barbara ; son Thomas and his children Adie,. 
Margaret and Frances, son-iti-law Ellicc Weston, brother-in- 
law Humphrey Powler. "'" " ' ■ ■ ' 

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William Whytmore of Rotherham, Co. York, gentleman, 
will dated Aug. IG, 15GS ; son Richard, wife Cecilie, daughter 
Elizabeth, wife of Stephen Browne ; wife's father John Par- 
ker, daughter-(?)-in-law Frances Parker; sisters Elizabeth 
Howtost and Jane Richardson. Leaves his son his lands in 
Caunton, Kirsault, Newark and Bccsthorp, Co. Notts. 
^j [Note. — These places are all within a circuit of five miles, 

. as is also Laxton.] 
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Francis Whitrnore of Laxton, Co. Nottingham, gentleman, 

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will dated Jan. 26, 161-1-5; mentions sister Anne Farrar. 
nephew Robert Farrar, '"if he be alive and in England;" 
nephews John. William. Francis. Thomas, and George Far- 
rar ; wife in England. 

[Note. — See Gen. Keirister, Oct. 1S.52. A Robert Farrar 
came to Virginia in 163;j. Georse Farrar was of Ipswich, 
Mass., 1G37 ; m. Ami Whitmorc Feb. 16. 1643-4, had three 
children, of whom George, b. 9 May. 1650, was killed at Wells, 
by the Indians, Sej)t. 27. 1676. Ilis wife Ann, d. 1650-60, 
and he m. Elizabeth , and d. in 1662.] 

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John Whitraore of Thurslaston, Co. Chester, Esq., will 
dated Sept. 18, 15S3, desires to be buried in the chancel at 
West Kirby, near the tomb of his ancestors; mentions cons- 
ins (i. e. nephews) John and \Viiliam and their father Thomas, 
cousins Henry Whitmorc, William Ilockenhull of Prcnton, 
William Bennett, Richard Anian and ^lary Whitmore, 


Regislrji of Wills at Chester. 

William Whitmore, the elder, of Leighton, Co. Chester, 
Esq., will dated ^larch 1. 1619. proved Jan. 16, 1620. desires 
to be buried at Weston, near his late wife ; wife Catherine, 
son William, reputed son, daughters Christian, Elean- 
or, and Jane and lier husband William Rennet, kinsmen John 
Hough and William Covcutree of London. 

His daughter Christian in her v.'ill, Dec. 14, 1625, mentions 
sister Jane, wife of William Whitmore, brothers William, Rich- 
ard and Thomas. 

Parish Record, Kimfsford, Co. Chester. 

July 30, 1553, bapt. Margaret, daughter of Robert W^h it- 

Oct. 29, 1590, bapt. Ellen Whitmore, alias Antrobus, 

May 1, 1593, married Charles Hale and Parnel Whitmore. 

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Lichfidd Registry. 
John Whitmore of Colingwood, in the parish of Tatenhill. 
Will dated 1547, mentions wife Isabel), sons John and Wil- 
liam, daughter Agnes. Witness, Thomas Whitmore. 


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Prerogative Court, London. 

George Whitmore of Baimes, Middlesex, Knight. Will 

dated March 14, 1G51. He mentions wife Mary, son Charles, 

(to whom he gives the manor of Ottingham, Co. York,) son 

George, cousin William Whitmore the Draper, cousins Thomas 

Whitmore and William Bond, nephew William Whitmore. 

[Concerning Ottingham, see Poulson's History of Holder- 

nesse, ii.. 426. j 


Registry of Wills at York. 

Cecilie Whitmore, widow, of Eastwood, in the parish of 
Rotherham, Co. York. Will dated Oct. 5, 1610. No Whit- 
mores mentioned. 

Stephen Brown of Brampton, Co. York, in his will dated 
March 20, 1597, speaks of Rowland Whitmore, and of his 
brother Whitmore and wife Ellen. 

[Note.— See ante. Will Xo. 13.] 

Lichfield Registry. 
William Whitmore of Rolleston, Co. Stafford. Will dated 
April 24, proved May 17, 1623, mentions wife Ellen, brother 
Richard, John Whitmore's three children, Vv'illiam Whitmore's 
son that lives with his grandfather, Judith Whitmore's daugh- 
ter that lives with brother Richard. Thomas Alcock of Tut- 
,j' bury Woodhouses, appointed overseer. ..., ,.,.,.,.,; . 

Thoinas Whitmore of Trysail. Will dated May 24, proved 

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Sept. 14, 1630. He died July 1, 1630. Mentions his mother 
and his wife Isabel. -'■''' 

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Edward Whitmore of Nether Penn. Co. Stafford, yeoman. 
Will dated Nov. 10. IGIG. ^Mentions wife, sons ThomaS; .lohn 
and Garbett, daughters Eleanor. Alice and Sarah; brother Wil- 
liam ; cousin John Hincks, Sen. of l^irton ; son-in-law Walter 

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William Whitmore of Mearewaylane, Go. Stafford. He died 
Oct. 14, 16 10. His will mentions wife Elizabeth, daughters 
Dorothy, Ellen and Elizabeth. 

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Thomas Whitmore of Stone. Will proved Aug. 23, 1667, 
mentions his mother, his wife Isabel (who re-married to Ver- 
non Turton), brother Richard, brother Thomas Lake, sister 
.Margaret Lake. . . , ' 


James Whitmore of Drayton-in-Halcs, Co. Salop. Will 
dated Feb. 12, 1675-6. Mentions wife Isabel, daughters Mary 
and AlicC; son-in-law Roger Whitworth ; appoints Edmund 
Blest of Ridgwardine, executor. ,, . :;:^ ^'^ ::•::;:/ 

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Rolls Chapel, Lojidon. 
Inquisition on the death of William Whitmore of Shrop- 
shire (36 Eliz.). mentions the manor of Martin, in the parish 
of Bedwin, and lands in Wiltshire. He had wife Susan. 

Litchfield Registry. 
Thomas Whitmore gave a bond, May 22, 1666, as admhiis- 

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Stoke by Nay land., Co. Sujfrlk. 
John Whitmore married Joan Wheeler, Oct. 8, 1618. John, 
son of John, bap. Jan. 13, 1022. 

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Prerogative Court, Londoyi. 
William Whitmore of Wittlesea. hi the Isle of Ely, Co. 
Camb. W^ill proved May 29, 1632, mentions wife Isabel, sons 
Thomas, Ralph and William, daughter Joan. 

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William Whitmore of Whittlesea. Will proved May 1, 
-1663. Mentions wife Hose, son John, brother Thomas, not 
21. Mentions, also, lands in Blackbush left to his son John. 

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Pleasant Whitmore of Whittlesea. Will proved May 12, 
1677. Mentions sons Thomas. Richard and Robert; daugh- 
ters Bridget Hardiman, Helen Leverton and Alice. 


William Whitmore of Whittlesea. Will proved Dec. 10, 
1716. Mentions wife Mary, sons William, Thomas and John, 
"daughter Rose, wife of Robert Wright. Mentions land in 
Blackbush. •- • • - ■ ■: • .vj ,•• '- 

From the Whittlesea Pariah Register. 
, May 6, 1670, William W^hitrnore married Mary Samon. 
Oct. 10, 1662, bap. Alice, daughter of John W^hitmore. 
■ Feb. 6, 1696, bap. Adam, son of William and Mary. 


Surrey Registry. 

John Whitmore of Woking. Will proved Jan. 10, 1662. 
Mentions wife Dorothy, sons John, William and Richard, and 
■daughter Kathcrine Martin, brothers-in-law John Lee and Wil- 
. liam Collyer. . _ ^ ^ j;, , r; ; ^ , • , ; 

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Thomas Whitmore of Aldbury. Will proved April 10, 
i 1623. Mentions daughter Susan (deceased), wife of William 

I Stevens of East Cianden, and Judith, wife of Richard Moody 

! of Aldbury, brother John Whitmore of Reigate and his son 

i Nicholas. Grandson William Moody, executor. 


I George Whitmore ot West Horsley. Will proved July 4, 

j 1635, Mentions wife Susanna, son Robert, daughters Mary, 

I Alice. Anne and Sarah, sisters Katherine Francis, Anne Sham- 

bell and Mary Goddard. 

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Robert Whitmore of West Horscly. Will proved Dec. 4, 
i 1634. Mentions daughters Katherine, wife of John Francis, 

Anne, wife of Thomas Shambley, and Mary, wife of Chris- 
' topher Goddard ,• son George, and his children Mary, Eliza- 
beth, Anne and Robert. 

Thomas Whitmore of Womersh. Will proved Sept. 5, 
1609. Mentions wife Julian, son John and his son John, son 
Nicholas and his wife Frances, son Thomas, son Paul and his 

son John. 


Thomas Whitmore of Womersh. Will proved Sept. 16, 

1630. Mentions mother Julian, present wife Elizabeth, brother 

John Stevens, brother Nicholas, son Thomas, daughters Joan 

arid Elizabeth, god-daughter Audrey Whitmore. 

William Whitmore of Godalming. Nuncupative will proved 
March 25, 1624, gives everything to his aunt, Mabel Anthony. 


John Whitmore of Shaulforde. Will proved Oct. 12, 1597. 
Mentions brothers John, Thomas, Paul and Nicholas, father 
Thomas Whitmore. 

Francis Watmore of Kinlet, Co. Salop. Inq: post mortem, 
Jan. 26, 7 Car. 1. He died June 29, 1627. His heirs were 



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his sisters and their husbands, viz.. Joan, married William West 
of Stony Stanton ; Alice, married Edward West of the same 
place. ^^ 


Arch-deaconry Court of Norfolk. 
William Whitmore of Shouldam. Will proved Nov. 7, 
1705. Mentions son George, daughter Elizabeth. 


Mary Whitmore of South Lapham, widow. Will dated 
Feb. 27, 1715. Mentions son John and daughter Elizabeth. 


Paul Whitmer of Wymondham. Will proved Oct. 19, 1599. 
Mentions wife Susan and a child unborn. 


Richard Whitmar of Aylsham. Will proved June 11, 1604. 
Mentions wife Alice, son Edward, daughter Agnes, and son's 
wife, Robert Coye. 

At Longham, Co. Norfolk, Henry Whitmore and wife 
Marian had — 

William. ' 

'» Mary, bap. May 15, 1600; d. April 25, 1610. 
Henry, bap. May 1, 1603. 
John, bap. Oct. 16, 1609. 
He was buried Feb. 14, 1619, and his widow d. Aug. 30, 
1620. Of these— 

William m. Mary Smyth, July 16, 1620, and bad- 
Sarah, bap. April 18, 1624. 
Anne, bap. Feb. 24, 1627. 
George, bap. Nov. 20, 1630. 
Cecily, bap. Sept. 27, 1635 ; d. July 13, 1653. 
His widow prob. d. Dec. 15, 1655. . , 

Henry m. Diana Smith, Jan. 1, 1622, and had — 

James, bap. ; d. April 12, 1629. • •> 

Israel, bap. Sept. 2, 1626. 
:_v Elizabeth, bap. May 11, 1628. , 

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Susan, bap. May 12, 1G33. . • 

Robert, bap. Aug. 20, 1637. 

His wife d. June IS. 1059. and he m. Elizabetli . He 

d. Dec. 29, 1663. 

Geeorge Wliitmore (prob. son of William) m. Mary , 

and had — .';•,!, i;! .^ j .■•■;.•■■;''.' . ... 

William, bap. March 15, 1652. 
His wife d. Feb. 14, 1674. 

Robert Whitmorc's wife d. March 1, 1600. Robert and 
Elizalieth W. liad— • - ■.• 

Susan, bap. Aug. 17, 1662. 
Robert and Mary W. had— ' ' 

Henry, bap. March 27, 1664. 
Robert and Margaret W. had — 
.^. io Di-'uia, bap. March 18, 1666; d. Sept. 16, 1666. 

Martha, bap. Sept. 7, 1667. ■ ,. •. 

Margaret, wife of Robert, d. Nov. 25, 1667. . 
[Note. — Were there two Roberts? or did he have four 
wives? or did the clerk mistake? The last couple seem to be 
the son of Henry and his wife.] 

Henry Whitmer had — •■■ ■ ''• 

James, bap. Feb. 23, 1660. '■-;':; 
John, bap. Aug. 15, 1663. ■•'■'■.. 'i 

Widow Whittmore, d. Feb. 9, 1668. . >"..i ..l V 

Widow Alice Whitmore, d. July 30, 1096. 
[NoTF. — The name is spelt on the records Whitmore, Whitt- 
more. Wliitmere and Whitmer.] '••{■ ■ • ■ ■ • 

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Prerogative Court, London. •'•':•• v 
John Whytmore, parson of Stone, in the Diocese of Roches- 
ter. Will proved May 17, 1498. Desn-es to be buried in the 
Chapel of our Lady, in the Abbey of Manning. Mentions 
cousin Thomas Whitmore. 

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Richard Whitmore of Drayton, Co. Berks. Will proved 

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Oct. 19, 15G0. Mentions sons Robert, John, Richard and 
Henry, and daughter Joan. 

Registry of Wills at Chelmsford. 
Richard Whitmore of Curringham, Co. Essex. Will dated 
May 27, 1569. Mentions wife Jane, brother Thomas, daugh- 
ter Joan. 

Prerogative Court, London. 
John Whitmore of Fassett, Co. Hunt. Will dated Feb. 14, 
15G4. Mentions sons William and Thomas, daughter Isabel. 

brother Ralph. 


Thomas Whitmore of Beely, Co. Worcester. Will dated 
April 21, 1653. Mentions wife Margaret, sons Thomas, Rob- 
ert, Edward, John, William and Benedict, daughters Anne 
Carter, Mary, Jane. Frances and Isabel. ,•■" 

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Bitterswcll, Co. Leicester. 
George Whytmore m. Elizabeth Robinson, Aug. 15, 15(39. 
George W. buried Feb. 7, 1597. 

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Dedham, Co. Essex. 
Anne, daughter of Thomas Whitmore, bap. Aug. G, 1G20. 
Thomas, son of Wm. and Phebe W., bap. Feb. 1, 1G39. 

•'•■■*• .' Great Torrington, Co. Devon. 
William, son of Robert Whitmore, bap. 1G28. 

John Whitmore of Norleigh. 1G15, and Richard W. of Ax- 
minstor, 1G40. AVills missing, though indexed at the Arch- 
deacon's Court in Exeter, Co. Devon. ■• - ' -• 

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Thomas Whittemore of Hitchin, Co. Herts, m. Anne, widow 
of Willshire, and had — 

Alice, bap. May 30, 15G7, m. Freeman ; Mary, bap. 

July 18, 1571, m. John Hodgkyns, Sept. 29, 1591; Thomas, 

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1572, d. Oct. ], 1572; Abraham, bap. Nov. 25, 1576; Esther, 
bap. March 9, 157S ; Hannah, bap. Sept. 4, 15S0, m. Andrew 
Sewerties, Oct. 13, 1601; Nathaniel, bap. June 14, 15S4, d. 
June 13, 1597. 

He was buried Nov. 26, 1617; his wife died Aug. 8, 1584. 
He had brothers Rowland and William, who had sons Thomas 
and Roger. 


Thomas Whittemore, Jr. of Hitchin m. Mary Meade, Sept. 
16, 1591, and had by her, who d. Dec. 8, 1604— 

Thomas, bap. Jan. 6, 1593; Elizabeth, bap. Nov. 3, 1594, 
ra. Richard Sheffield, April 28. 1617; Daniel, bap. Sept. 26, 
1696; Samuel, bap. Nov. 12, 159S, d. Dec. 26, 1598; Samuel, 
bap. Aug. 3, 1600 : John, bap. May 13, 1602 ; Mary, bap. Dec. 
8, 1604, m. Robert Tristam, April 27, 1631; Nathaniel, bap. 
June 5, 1608; Anne, bap. Feb. 4, 1610. 

His 2d wife was xVlice. 

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Thomas Whittemore, Jr. of Hitchin m. 1st, Sarah, who d. 
Oct. 31, 1616, and by whom he had — 

Sarah, bap. April 14, 1616. 

He m. 2d, Sarah, and had — 

Mary, bap. May 12, 1G24; Thomas, bap. Oct. 6, 1626. 

His wife d. Nov. 17. 1623, ar.d by 3d wife he had— 

Daniel, bap. July 31, 1633; John, bap. April 27, 1635, d. 
April 27, 1635; Nathaniel, bap. May ], 1636; John, bap. Feb, 
11, 1638. 

This last Thomas came over to Maiden, Mass., and is the 
progenitor of the Whittemores of this country. His will men- 
tions his two sons, named Thomas, one in England and one 
born here. After he camo here, be had children Elizabeth. 
Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Pelatuh and Abraham. Of his 
grandfather nothing is known, excepting that he "used to sell 
malt in Southwark, London,'" and gives a legacy to John Hay- 
Jbey, brewer, of London. This is the only family of the name, 
. thus spelt, yet found on the EnglislL records. 

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[To the tvventy-H\e copies contjiining Tnu-t No. Six, I have 
added the follow iiio- paiupiiK-t? }>rinted some tweiUv \ ear* 
ago. Although tilt' iiiaiu idea is wrtiiig, a.^ the [treeedin'- 
pages show that the .vpley hraiich wat: not an oft-.-hoot of the 
( "lR:«hire I'aiiiily, still ;if« this .-ketch contaiii> iiiaiiv tacts and 
dates, I liave concluded to preserve a tew copies.] 

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Botts on tlje libnor of oilljitmon. 

The learned author of '• Magna Britannia " speaks (vol. v. p. 93) of the origin 
of the name of Whitmore as follows : — 

" Co. Stafford, — Whitmore, a \illai:e or manor lying on the banks of the 
river Sow. It was some time forest lands, and was anciently the scat of a 
family who took its name from it, being called Be Whitmore. The Bouuns 
had afterv.-ards their seat here ; but, in these last centuries, the Manurings 
(Mainwarings) were owners of it by the marriage of a daughter and heir of 
the BoHuxs alias Bonghys." 

The account given in Burke's "Landed Gentry," under the head of Bm- 
DTJLPH, is, that " RiCARDua FoRESTARius, who held the manor of Whitmore 
temp. Conquest., had a son, OuMUS le Guidon, who m. a daughter of Nicholas 
DB Beauchamp, Vicccomes of Statford, by his ^vife Emmeline, dau. of Ukso 
DE Abitot. Ormus had four sons, of whom the oldest was Kohert, who had 
a son, Ralph de Darleston (who d. s.p.'), and a daughter, Alina, "who m. 
Inqenulfcs de Gresley. This Alina is said to have given part of her pos- 
sessions to her uncles, and part to her daughters, Avisia and Petronella. 
AvisiA received Darleston, Feuton, Biddulph, [and Whitmore,] and, marrying 
Henry de Verdon, after three descents these manors came to Alicia de 
Verdon, who m. Edward Mainwaring, about 1540, in whose family Whit- 
MOBE Hall still remains." 

The following evident inaccuracies may be seen in the above account : 
1st, Emmehne, dau. of Uiiso de Abitot, m. Walter de Beauchamp, steward 
to Henry I., who, after the death of his wife's brother, inherited her father's 
dignities ; viz., the constableship of the Castle of Worcester, and shrievalty (an 
office the same as that of vicecomes) of Worcester. This Walter de Beau- 
champ left, together with sons, but one daughter, Emma, who m. Kalph, 
Baron of Sudley. (See Edmondson's xVccount of the Family of Gre\-ille, 
London, 1766, pp. 27, 28.) The wife of Ormus must therefore be sought else- 
where. 2d, In Burke's •• Commoners," under the name of Mainwarino, of 
Whitmore, is undoubtedly the true account of the three generations preceding 
the intermarriage with the Mainwarings, which says that Alice, grand- 
daughter and heiress of Humphrey de Bogeey, or Bohun (her father, Robert 
DB BooHEY, having died in 1519), married Edward Mainwaring. Lastly, it 
will be seen that there are but six, or at the most seven, generations given, 
from the time of the Conquest, 1066, to Alice de Bohun, 1516, which is but 
half the number which must have lived. I am therefore compelled to regard 
the account as extremely defective, and as of questionable authority. 



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[L], son of R015ERT DE WIIITMOIIE, of Chester, 1301). m. Agxes 
DE IIasel-wall, about 1300, .Slio -was sole daui:htcT and liL-iress of Wil- 
liam DE Haselwall, of TicuKSTAXSTO-s', Co, C/ies/iire. As this manor 
became the possession of the Whitmores, a brief account of its descent 
is here given. 

At the time of the Conquest, Rohert ds Bhuddlan, a noble knicht, 
sonof IIuMrHREY, or Umi-rid (the son of Amirid, of Danish blood), by 
his wife Adeliza de Gkandmesnil, received the manor of Thui'.stan.s- 
TON, with many others. He was a feudatory of his cousin, IIucu Lupus, 
Earl of Chester, and became Lord Marcher of Wales. (See Udericus 
Vitalis's " History of England and Normandy," especially b. viii. ch. 3.) 
He was slain by the Welsh, about the 3d of July, 1088, and was 
buried at Chester, in the Abbey of St, Werhu*-rjh the Virain, whence his 
remains were removed a few years afterwards, by his brother, to the 
Abbey of St, Evroult, in Normayidij. 

He left two sons (illegitimate ■) ; viz., Matthew, who inherited Thur- 
8TANST0N, and was a benefactor to the abbey in the time of Handle 
Meschines, Earl of Chester ; and Simon", a monk in that ahbev. Mat- 
thew had a son, William, who had issue, — Kichaed, who d. s. p,, 
and Peter de Thurstansto.v. Peter de Thurstanstox had an only 
daughter, Agnes, heiress of Thirstaxsto-v and Great Calday, who 
became the second wife of Patrick de Haselwall, Sheriff of Cheshire, 
1277, and had issue, two sons, and one daughter, Agxes. 

Of these two sons, William de Haselwall had issue, — an only 
daughter, Agxes, who m. William de Whitmorp, as mentioned at 
the commencement of this section. 

The second son, de Haselwall, m. Margaret (dau. of Johx, 

son of EusTACHiA de Verxon, dau. and heiress of Ralph Verxox), and 
had John de Haselwall, who had an only daughter, Cecllla, of 
whom presently. ., 

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IL WILLIAM DE WHITMORE and Agxes de Haselwall had 

1 John. 

2 Robert Whitmore, of Newtox. 

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and who had a son, 

IV. JOHN DE WHITMOEE, Muyor of Chester 1369-1372, who m. Cect- 

LiA, dau. of John de ILvzklwall, as before noticed. He d. October, 
1734, and was buried in Trinity Church. Besides John, his oldest son, 
he had (?) one Avho m. a dau. of Henry Bulkley, of Worcester. (?) 

V. JOHN WnriMORE, of TucusT.NJN-sTOX, joining in himself the rights of 
his father and mother, became lord of the manor. He m., tirst, Alice 
-^ — ; and, second, ELizAiiEXH, dau. of Sir Piers JIalkauke. Inqui- 
sition pos« mortem, 16 Henry VI. (1438). 

VI. WILLIAIM V/HITMORE, of Thurstanston, eldest son, and heir appa- 
rent, died before his father, — falling, in 1436, before Paris. He m. 
JoAx, daughter and heiress of ILvlpu Davenport, and had a son, 

VII. WILLIAM WHITM0RT5, of Tjiurstanston, heir to his grandfather, 
and Mayor of Chester 1473. He m. Elizabeth, dau. of William 
Atherton, of Lancashire, in pursuance of a covenant dated Aug. 
1, 1423, previous to the birth of the said Elizabeth. He d. [Inq. /j. /«., 
2 Ric. IIL (1485)], leaving, 

Vin. JOHN WHITMORE, of Thurstanston, son and heir, who m. Cecilia, 
daughter of Thomas Poole, of Nether Poole, Esq., and, dying [Inq. 
p.m., 12 Hen. VIL (1497)], left issue, 

1 John. 

2 Thomas. - 

Of these, 

IX. JOHN WHITMORE, of Thdrstanston, m., first, his cousin, Mary, 
daughter of Sir Thomas Poole, of Woodhey ; second, Alice, dau. 
of Adam Birkenhead, of Huxley, Esq.; and tliirdly, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Thomas Wilbrauam. He had no issue by either wife. 
His brother, Thomas Whitmore [IX.*], m. Catharine, daughter of 
James Hurlestone, of Picton (wlio m., second, Ralph Bostock, 
and had dau., Catharine, who m. Richard Whitmore ; see the Ap- 
ley Branch). Thomas died vitdfratris ; and tiie property eventually 
came to his eldest son, John [X.], of whom presently. Thomas 
Whitmore and Catharine had (with other children, for whom see the 
Apley Branch) a second son, William Whitmore, of Leiohton, \\\\q 
married Alice, d;iu. of William Hough (by Jane, liis wife, dau. of 
Thomas, Lord Cromwell), and who was the ancestor of the 5,!!iJf)it' 
motes o( SXplrn, for whom, from, this date, see Burke's "Gentry." 
[N. B. — In that work, a different pedigree is given of the Apley 
Branch previous to William of Leighton.] 

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X. JOHN WHITMORE, of Thurstanston, as above, succeeded his imcle, 
and married, first, Catuarike, daughter of Sua William Stanley, 
of HooTON, by whom he had 

1 Elizabeth, li-ving 1568. '' ' '' 

2 Margeet. ■' 

He m., secondly, Margaret, dau. of Moore, Esq., and 


3 John, son and heir. 

4 Thomas. 

6 (a dau.), m. Richard Burches, Parson of Thurstanston. 

6 Catharinb, m. George Bostock, of Burton. 

His third wife was Jane, daughter of Willlam Primrose, 
Esq., of Chester. , : 

XI. Of these, JOHN WHITMORE, of Thurstanston, son and heir, m. 
Eleanor, dau. of Richard Done, Esq., ot Flaxyards, and had 

Xn. JOHN WHITMORE, of Thurstanston, son and heir, who married 
Lucy, daughter of Sir John Rogers, of Eltham, Co. Kent, and had 

1 Valentine. 

2 Elizabeth, bapt. July 13, 1616; m. John Jennison, of London. 

3 Margaret. m. Elmore. 

4 Anne, buried Dec. 3, 1619. 

6 John, [Harl. MS. 2119, fol. 110.] 

Xni. VALENTINE WHITMORE, of Thurstanston, son and heir, m. 
Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Glegg, of Gayton, May, 1646, and 
d. March 4, 1676. His children were 

1 John, d. young; buried Aug. 7, 1661. 

2 William, b. 1654. 

3 Valentine. 

4 Elizabeth, m. George Ffarington, of Werden, Co. Lancaster. 

XIV. WILLIAM WHITilORE, of Thurstanston, m. Dorothy, dau. of 
Henby Hockenhull, of Tranmere, Esq., (younger son of John 
Hockenhull, of Prenton). He was biuried in 1727 ; and his wife, 
March 9, 1732. Children : 

1 Joseph. " . <., , . 

2 Dorothy, bapt. 1676. . - . 

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XV. JOSEPH WETTMORE, cf Thurst.\nstok, son and heir, m. Dorothy, 
daughter and heiress of Edwaud Bythell, of LL-wxEGai>f, Co. Flint, 
and had ■ . 

1 William, d., *.;>., Jan. 4, 1731, aged 21. 

2 John, ,, „ Sept. 10, 1733, „ „ ' ■ . . •' 

3 Elizabeth, m. Aquila Wyke, and d. 5.p. '■ , 

4 DoEOTHY, „ Richard Coytmore.d. «.^. 

5 Benedicta, „ Joseph Hall, d. s.p. 

6 Catharine, ,, George Lewis. 

7 Mary, „ Ignatius Wright, d. s.p. 

8 Lucy, „ Baptist Smart, d.s.p. 

XVI. Of these, but one left issue ; namely, CATHARINE, who m. George 
Lewis, Esq. She had an only daughter, — 

XVIL Lucy, who m. Charles Eeowne, Esq., of Marchueial Hall, Co, 
Denbigh, living, a widow, and without issue, 1816. 

Thus ends, so far as I know, the elder branch ot the Whitmores ; but there 
is a younger branch, settled at Apley, of which I give the following account 
in order to correct some errors in Burke : — 

IX.* THOMAS WHTTMORE, by his vnie, Catharine Hurleston, had, 
as previously shown, a son, John, who succeeded his uncle, and 

X.* 2 WlLLIAil. 

3 Thomas, of Madeley, Co. Stafford. 

4 Elizabeth. 
6 Margaret. 

X.« WILLIAM WHITilORE, of Leighton, m. Alice, dau. and heiress 
of William Hough, of Leighton (by Jane, his wife, dau. of 
Thomas, Lord Crojiwell), and d. Aug. 27, 1G20. His children 

1 WiLLLiM, b. 1577. ,, , , , 

2 Richard. 

3 John. 

4 Thomas (illegitimate), who had issue. 

6 Jane, m. William Bennett, of Carnsdale. 

6 Christian, d. unm. ; wll dated Dec. 14, 1625. 

7 Elizabeth, „ „ 

8 Catharine, „ „ 

9 Eleanor, „ „ 

10 Catharine, „ „ 

11 Mary, „ „ 

His will mentions (second) ■wife Catharine, kinsmen John 
Hough and William Coventry, of London ; and he desires 
to be buried in the parish chiuch of Neston, near his late wife. 

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XL* WILLIAM WniTMORE, of Leightox, oldest son, m. Margaret, 
daiu of Sir Hugh Eeestojt, and had 

1st, Edward Somerset, youngest 
son of Edw;u:d, Earl of "Worcester, 

1 Bridget, . b. 1600; m., ^ who d. s.;;.; 2d, Thomas Savage, 

second son of Thomas, Viscount 
L Savage, by whom she had issue. 

2 Alice. 

3 Winifred, b. 1607. , , ;.,>;- •. , 

XL* RICHARD WniT^IORE, of Aston, in Chorley, m. Catharine, 
dau. of Ralph Bostock, his cousin {vide ante, John No. IX.), and 

1 William. 

2 Thomas, ancestor of the \Vhitmores of Ludson, Co. Salop. 

Xn.» WILLIiUI WHITMORE, of London, merchant, m, Anne, dau. of 
William Bond, alderman of that city, and d. Aug. 8, 1593. His 
wife d. Oct. 9, 1615. Chikkcn : 

1 William (Sir), b. Nov. 4, 1572. 

2 Thomas (Sir), d. 1612. , , , 

3 George (Sir). 

4 Elizabeth, m. Sir William Craven. 

6 Anne, „ F. Baber, Esq., of Chute, Co. Somerset. 

^ 1st, Sir Richard Grubham; and, 2d, 

6 Maboaret, „ ) Sir John St. John, of Lidyard Tre- 

C goze, Co. Wilts. 

r Sir Charles Montagu, brother of the 

7 Maht, „ < Earl of Manchester, and d. 3d of the 

'Nones of July, 1652, aged 77. 

8 Francis, „ Sur John Weld, of Arnolds. 

9 Jane 5 Nathaniel Still, Esq., son of the Bishop 

" t of Bath and Wells. 

Xin.» SIR WILLIAM WHITMORE, of Aplet, oldest son, m., first, Mar- 
garet, dau. of Rowland Mosely, of Hough, Co. Lancaster (who 
was the son of Sir Nicholas Mosely, Lord Mayor of London 1599) 

/ *• • and by her, who d. Jan. 31, 1608, had 

1 George, of Norton, Co. Salop, who d. s.p. 

r Sir Ed. Sawyer, of Haywood, Co. Berks, and d. 

2 Anne, m. < 1651; ancestor, through the female line, of the 

V Marquess of Normanby. 
He m., secondly, Dorothy, daughter of John Weld, Esq., 
of London, and had by her, who d. in 1626, 

3 Thomas, b. Nov. 2S, 1612, of Apley. 

4 William, d. young. 

6 Richard, b. June 21, 161i, of Lower Slaughter, Co. Salop. 
1 * S'V 6 Dorothea, m. Henry Garten, of Wola Vinton, Co. Sussex. 
He d. December, 1648. 

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Mayor of London 1631-2. He ra. SL\ry, dau. and heiress of 
Reginald Copcott, and d. Dec. 12, 1654. Children: 

1 Chaexes, -who inherited the manor of Ottingham, Co. York. 

2 Geoege, mentioned in hi3 father's will. .^ ,, 

3 William, of Balmes. 

^ Sir John Weld, of Willey, and had an only 

4 Elizabetu, m. 5 dau., ^vho m. her cousin Richard, of Lower 

' Slaughter. 
6 Anne, „ Sir John Robinson, Lord Mayor of London. 

6 Maegahet, „ Sir Charles Kemeys. 

7 Makt, bapt. July 21, 1615. ^ 

XrV.* SIR THOMAS WIIITMORE, Bart., of Apley, oldest son, m. Eliza- 
betu, dau. and heir of Sm William Acton ; and by her, who d. 
1666, he had 

1 William (Sir), b. Apr. 8, 1637, of Apley. 

2 Thomas (Sir), of Bridgnorth and Buddwas, Co. Salop. 

3 Anne, m. Sir Francis Lawlcy, of Canwell, Co. Staff. 

4 Elizabeth, „ John Bcnnct, of Abingdon, Co. Camb. 
6 DoEOTHY, „ Sir Eliab Ilarvey, of Chigwcll. 

He d. in 1653. 

XIV.* RICHARD \VHITMORE, of Lower Slaughter (see William 
Xin.*), m., first, Elizabeth, daughter of John George, of Born- 
ton, Co. Glouc, who d. s.p.; and, second, Catharine, dau. and 
co-heiress of Robert Deards ; and by her, who d. Nov. 30, 1673, 
left at his decease, Aug. 20, 1677, 

1 RicHAED, of Lower Slaughter. . 

2 George, b. 1668. 

3 Elizabeth, m. William Pauldon, of London. 

4 Catharine, „ 1665 ; „ Gecarge Walcot. 

XrV.« WTT.T.TAAT WHITMORE, of Balmes (see George Xin.*), lived, 
first, at Ramsey, and, after his father's death, at Balmes. He m. 

Penelope . ( Vide Dale's " History of Harwich.) He d. Aug. 

9, 1678, aged 64, and was buried at Ramsey. His only child 

r his cousin, Frances Whitmore, daughter of Sir 
Thomas W., of Bridgnorth. He was killed by 
the accidental discharge of his pistol, dying 
under age, and a. p. 

1 WlLLLlM, m. < 

XV. • SIR WILLIAM WHITMORE, Bart, of Apley, m. Mary, daughter 
of Ellab Harvey, Esq., and d., s.p., in 1699. 


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XV.« SIR WILLIAM WIIITMOnE, of ERiDGXOiiTH and Buddwas, m. 
FaANCEd, dau. of Sir Wm. Bhook, by whom, v.-ho d. in 1690, he had 

1 Elizabeth, d., unm., in 1677. 

C Jonathan Langlcy, Esq., of the Abbey, Co. 

2 DoKOTHY. m. [ g^^p^ ^^^ ^_ ^^33^ 

^ tirst, her cousin, Wm. W., of Balmcs ; second, 

3 Feances, „ ? Sir Eichard Middlcton, of Chirk Castle, Apr. 

C 19, 1685 ; and d. in 1G91. 

XV.* RICHARD WHITMORE, of Lower Slaughter, m. Anxe, dau. of 
Sir Joux Weld, of Willey, and, dj'ing before 1694, left 
1 AVilliam, who succeeded to Apley, 

f Walter Jones, of Chastlcton, and d. in 1738, 
I leaving a son, Henry Jones, who m. Elizabeth 
Hancock, and d. 1761. The son of this last, 
Arthur Jones, d. Nov. 21. IS 23, and left the es- 
tate of Chastlcton to John Henry Whitmore. 
. (See Dudmaston Branch.) 

2 Anne, m. s 

3 CaTHAKINE. ::-•-,••,.!; '■,.,'■,• 

XVI.» WILLIxiM WHITMORE, of Lower Slaughter and Apley, m. 
Elizabeth, dau. of Roger Pope, Esa., of Wolsiaston, Co. Halop, 
and had . _ , ^^. 

1 WiLLLAM, d., s.;;., in 1710. 

2 Thomas (Sir), his heir. 

3 George, d., s.p., in 1775. ^■■■•'•'''>- ■ 

4 Charles, of Southampton. ' 
John, of London. 

^ ' - "His wife d. about 1736. He d. May 24, 1725. " 

XVn.» Sm THOMAS WHITMORE, K.B., of Apley, m. Axne, dau. of 
Sir Jonathan Cope, Bart., of Brewern, and had by her, who d. in 

1 Mary, m. Thomas WTiitmoro, of Apley, her cousin. 

2 Anxa-Sophia, ,, Anthony Dcaue, Esq. 

8 Elizabeth, „ Rev. Charles S.Holden, and d., 5.;?., 1795. 

XVn.* CHARLES WHITMORE, of Southamptox, m. JUey, dau. of 

Kelley, Esq., and by her, who d. in 1799, left at his death, 

in 1770, 

1 Thomas, succeeded his uncle at Apley. 

2 WiLLLVM, of Dudmaston. ; r .',.,( ■. 

3 George, Fellow of St. John's, Camb. ; d. Nov. 25, 1805. 

4 Mary, d. in 1828. 
6 Catharine. 

^Launcelot ShadweD, Esq., and left, with 

6 Elizabeth, m. } other issue. Sir Launcclot Shadwell, Vice- 

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XVII.* JOHN WniTMORE, of Loxdox, m., first, Mis3 Sae.vh Stevens, 
■who d. in 17-lS, and had, by her, 

1 Anne, d. in 1773. • • ^ , .:. , 

2 Catharine, b. 1746 ; „ in 1833. 

He m., second, Miss Eliz.vbeth Henkell, who d. in 17SS, 
and left by her, at his decease in 1791, 

3 John, b. 1754. 

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XVni.* THOMAS WHITMORE, of Apley (son of Cuakles, of Soutuamp- 
ton), m., first, his cousin, Mahy AVuitmoee, and by her, ^vho d. 
in 1776, had 

1 M-^ry-Anne, m. Thomas Wylde BroAvne, of CaugUey. 

2 Anna-Sopuia, d. unm. 

3 Georgiana. 

He m., secondly, Mary, dau. of Thomas Eoley, captain 
R.N. (by his wife Mary, dau. of Admiral St. Loo), and had 

4 Thomas, b. Nov. 16, 17S2. 
6 Chaeles-Blaney-Cavendish, ,, Mar. 9, 1737. 
6 Elizabeth. 

He d. in 1795 ; his widow, in 1817. 

XVni.» WILLIAM "WHITMORE, of Dudmanston, m., first, Frances, 
dau. of John Lyster, and by her, who d, in 1792, had 

1 WrLLiAM-WoLRYCHE, b. in 1787. 

2 Frances, 

3 Mary-Dorothea, 

4 Catharine, 
6 Sophia. 


first, Capt. Williams, R.N. ; se- 
cond. Dr. Freer. 

„ Rev. F. Laing. 

„ Major Houston, and d. in IS 11. 

6 Habriet, 

7 LoinsA, 

8 Elizabeth, 

9 Anxa-Maria, 

10 Georqiana, 

C E. Isaac, Esq., of Boughton, Co. 
t Worcester. 
„ Sir Edward Ryan. 
„ Rev. J. WaU. 
„ Rev. Edmund Carr. 

C Charles Babbage, Esq., and d. in 
" ( 1827. 

, , He m., secondly. Miss Mary Louisa Thomas (who d. in 
1813), and had 

11 John-Henry (Jones), of Chastlcton. 

12 Janetta, d., unm., in 1826. 

13 Eleonora, m. John Fawks, Esq, 

14 Mary- Anne, „ A. Sparks, Esq., Sept. 15, 1831. 

He d. August, 1816. 



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XVIIL* JOHN WIIITMORE, of Loxdox, M.P. for Biudg.vohth, married 
Mi33 Caroline Williams, and, dying in 1S26 (his widow sur- 
vived until 1833), left 

1 John, of London, m. !Mi.s3 Mary Stainforth. 

2 Eo-WAiiD, „ „ ,, Miss Frances Poolcy. 

3 RoBEUT, „ ,, ,, Mias Elizabeth Kaye. 

4 Frederick, 

XVIII.* WILLIA^I WIIITMORE, Esq. (brother of the above), m. Eliza- 
beth, dau. of Joiix Booth, Esq., of Chesuu.nt, and had 

1 William, m. Miss Norman. 

2 George, of London. 

3 James. 

4 Ch/\:rle3. 

5 Eliza. 

6 Charlotte, m. Harrison, Esq. 

7 ^Ls.RIA. 

8 Catu-vrine. 

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XIX.* THOMAS WHITMORE, Esq., of Apley, m., July 19, 1801, 

Catharine, only dau. and heiress of Thomas Thomasson, Esq., 

of York, and had 

Thomas-Charlton, b. Jan. 6, 1807. 

George, b. Aug. 13, 1812; Rector of Kcmberton. 

r 1852, Adelaide- Anna, dau. 

TT n * -IT 1010 of F. Derbv, E>q., of Colc- 

Henry, „ Oct. 17,1813; m.,«( • '' 

brook Dale, Broscley, Sa- 

I lop. 

f Aug. 16, 1832, Francis, 
I Viscount Bernard, eldest 
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He d. in 1846. 

of Bandon. 

tor of StocK-Ton, Co. Salop, m., in 1329, Anne-Barbara, dau. of 
Thom.\.3 Giffard, Esq., of Cuillington, Co. Stajf. (by his ^\^fe 
Lady Charlotte Courtenay, sister of the Earl of Devon), and has 
issue. His wife d. Nov. 23, 1834. 

m., Jan. 29, 1810, the Lady Lucy-Elizabeth-Georgiana Pjkidg- 
MAN, diiu. of Orlando, Eaul of Bradford. ISlie d. Mar. 17, 1810. 

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thy, dau. of Col. Glutton, of Pensax, Co. Worcester, 
and has 

John-Arthur Joxes, b. Oct. 10, 1S23. 
WiLLLi-M Jones, „ Mar. 1, 1826. 

Mart-Elizadeth Jone3. 
Frances-Barbara Jones. 

XX* THOMAS-CILIP.LTON WHITMORE, the present o\vncr of Apley, 
m., April 11, ISl^o, the Lady Louisa- Anne Douglass, uldcst dau. 
of Charles, late iLvRUUEsa of Qukensbury, and has 
Tho>lis-Charles-Dougl.v3s, b. 1839. 
Walter Henry, „ 1842. ' 

And six daughters. 

The only other family i3 the JLuUson 33rnnci), of which I have the following 
account : — 

XI.* RICHLVRD WHITMORE, of Aston, in Chorley, had issue : 

1 "William, ancestor of the Apley Branch. 

2 Thomas. 

12 THOMAS WHITMORE, of Ludson, m. Bowdlear, and 

y had 

13 JOHN WHITMORE, of Ludson, who. m. Frances, dau. of Wil- 

liam BrLLiNGSLY, of AsTLEY, and had 

r ■, ny r-T \. , -no f Anne, dciu. of Thomas 

1 Thojias, of Ludson, b. lo98 ; m. > 

( Curoct, ot Longmorc. 

2 William, of Shipley. 

3 John, b. 1612 ; Rector of Stockton. 

' 4 Jane, m. AVm. Wareham, of Wliittcmore, Co. Salop. 

; ^ 6 Elizabeth, „ William Duckett, of Gray's Inn. 

6 Mary, „ John Gop, of Varfield, Co. Wigorn. 

•'"^ - 7 Anne, „ T. Atkinson, of Stantou-Lacy, Co. Salop. 

14 JOHN WHITMORE, Rector of Stock.ton, m. Anne, dau. of Tho- 
'' MAS Marten, of Wilcot, ami had 

1 John, b. 1641. 

2 Thosus. 

3 William. 

4 George. 

6 Elizabeth. 

6 Frances. 

7 Anne. 

8 Mary. 

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