Thursday, February 16, 2012


[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of Hannah Polina Child (Elmer), daughter of Alfred Bosworth Child, son of Mark Anthony Child, son of Increase Child, son of Mary Lyon (Child), daughter of Elizabeth Phillips (Lyon), daughter of Caleb Phillips, son of Richard Phillips, son of Nicholas Phillips, son of Abigail Sewell (Phillips), daughter of Margaret Grazebrook (Sewell), daughter of Alverey Gresebroke, son of John Gresebroke.]

The Gresebrokes of Stoke Hall, Middleton
16th Century, Middleton
From the Sewell website, with thanks.

John Gresbrooke of Stoke Hall in Middleton who succeeded to an estate and Stoke Hall in the parish of Middleton, Warwickshire; less than 6 miles from Gresbroke Hall and the Shenston estates in Staffordshire where his elder brother lived. Relative to John’s will, Dr. Jackson Howard states in his Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica (1899):

“Proved at Lichfield 1542 ... This will mentions ‘that syde of the Crofte next the ffrthynge lane’ – an old cottage now stands about a field away from the junction of Farthing Lane with the name Stoke End. This was the site of Stoke Hall. At the bottom of a field falling away at the back lies a pond, now nearly dried up, but still known by the name of ‘the great lake’”

Died: 1542 Married: Isabell who died in 1554

John Gresbrooke and Isabell had the following children:
John Gresbrooke, eldest son. Apparently, there was some discord in the family. John’s father had stipulated in his will “... my sone Alverey shall have yt and no other man.” In her will, John’s mother Isabell named her son John and her son Alverey “desyryng hym to be good to his brethern and systrs”. However, her husband did not name John; and after court proceedings, Dr. Jackson Howard states in his “Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica” (1899): “Alverey therefore turned him out with violence”.

Alverey or Alured Greysbrooke

Robert Greysbrooke who married Emmes or Emmot. Robert died in January 1588/9 and Emmes died in December 1605. They had two sons, Robert and Hugh. Robert, the eldest son, eventually succeeded to the Middleton estates as heir to his uncle Alverey and Hugh succeeded to his father’s property in Hints.

Henry Gresebrooke who married Elizabeth. Henry died in April 1557. They had two sons, Richard Greisbrooke and Nicholas Greisbrooke.

Hugh Gresbrooke

Margaret Gresbrooke who married Mr. Shurrocke

Elizabeth Gresbrooke who married Mr. Hylley

Alverey Greysbrooke, the second son who inherited the whole of Middleton estates and Stoke Hall. Alverey is mentioned in documents circa 1540 – 1575. His will is dated September 24, 1575, was proved at Lichfield March 7, 1576 and the inventory was dated January 4, 1575/6. Died: 1575 or 1576. Married Margaret Keene, daughter of Thomas Keene of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Margaret’s mother was Margaret Gibbons, eldest daughter of William Gibbons of Little Sutton and his wife Agnes Harman; who was a younger daughter of William Harman (died 1470) of Moor Hall and Joan Squire (died 1523) who was a daughter of Henry Squire. Agnes Harman was the sister of John Harman alias Vesey, Bishop of Exeter from 1519 to 1554.

Alverey Greysbrooke and Margaret Keene had the following children:

Margaret Greysbrooke who married before September 1575 to Henry Sewall, Mayor of Coventry in 1578 and 1606. Henry Shewell’s will is dated September 1, 1624, and he died April 6, 1628 æt 84, therefore he was born in 1544. Margaret’s will is dated May 7, 1628 and was proved November 23, 1629, and both lie buried in the Drapers’ Chapel in St. Michael’s, Coventry.
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