Pelham Family

Name origin: From the lordship of Pelham in Hertfordshire, Eng., either from pede, a tower, castle; or from pool, a small lake, and ham, a village.

Walter de Pelham

b.of Herefordshire, England; parents ukn
d.1292
CHILDREN included:

  1. William de Pelham d.no issue
  2. Walter de Pelham

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Walter de Pelham

b.by 1292; s/o Walter de Pelham

CHILDREN included:

  1. son Pelham

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_______ de Pelham

b.living in 1342; s/o Walter de Pelham

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Pelham

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John de Pelham

b.s/o unknown son of Walter de Pelham

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Pelham

CONFLICTING NOTES: Extracts from: The Heraldic Journal, Armorial Bearings, Geneologies of American Families, and New England Historice Gen. Register, July 1879: John was a person of great fame in the reign of Edward III and was present at the Battle of Poiters in 1356. He afterwards received the honor of Knighthood, and by his marriage with Joan, dau. of Vincent Herbert, alias Fink, left his son his own name. [PROBLEM: Have found references that the John who married Joan Fink [Finch] was John b.1350 and this John who was his father.]

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John Pelham

b.abt.1350 Laughton, Sussex, England; s/o John de Pelham
d.1429 Laughton, Sussex, England
m.(1)Margaret (Gray) de Shardelowe
d.Oct.29, 1390
m.(2)aft.July 11, 1399 Joan (Bramshott) Zouche
unm.(3)Joan Finch; no married found.

CHILDREN included:

  1. Agnes m.John Colbrond of Boreham
  2. Joan m.John Seynclere
  3. John Pelham b.1397 d.1471/2

NOTES: It appears that John b.1397 was illegitimate, as his birth date falls between the date of the death of wife(1) and the marriage to wife(2).

John de Pelham was a Knight of Bath, and constable of Pevensey Castle in Sussex, England. He is believed to have been the son of John and Joan Finch. From: Some Early Pelhams by Pelham & McLean, 1931.

CONFLICTING NOTES: Extracts from: The Heraldic Journal, Armorial Bearings, Genealogies of American Families, and New England Historice Gen. Register, July 1879: John de Pelham, who was no less famous than his father, being for a long time in the service of Henry Bolingbroke, afterwards Henry IV. In 1399 and afterwards, he was in Parliament for the County of Essex and was created Knight of the Bath. In 1400 he was appointed Constable of the Castle of Beversey; and in 1401 he was Sheriff of Sussex. He died in 1429, full of honor, having been in the highest favor and the honorable employment under two of the greatest monarchs of the realm, who were famed for their courage...He married Joan, daughter of Sir John Exures and left an only son John and daughters Agnes and Joan.
PROBLEMS: Maiden name of wife Joan.

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John Pelham

b.abt.1397 Laughton, Sussex, England; s/o John Pelham and Joan (Bramshott) Zouche
d.1471/2 Laughton, Sussex, England
m.(1)abt.1419 ukn
b.abt.1400 Laughton, d.abt.1445
m.(2)abt.1448 at Laughton; Joan de Courcey
m.(3)abt.1475 Emeline Caryll of Sussex, England

CHILDREN of John and wife(1) included:

  1. John Pelham b.abt.1420 Laughton, Sussex, Eng. M.1445 Alice Lewknor

CHILDREN of John and Joan included:

  1. William Pelham b.abt. 1450 Laughton d.Feb.24, 1503 Laughton m.1475 Emeline Caryll
  2. Thomas Pelham
  3. Catherine Pelham m.John Bramsott
  4. Cecily Pelham m.William Lunsford
  5. Joan Pelham m.John Covert

CONFLICTING NOTES: Extracts from: The Heraldic Journal, Armorial Bearings, Genealogies of American Families, and New England Historic Gen. Register, July 1879: ...His son Sir John de Pelham, was also in the French Wars of Henry V and in 1415 was, by his father appointed Constable of Peversey Castle. He was Chamberlain of the Household of Queen Catherine, widow of Henry V. He married Joan de Courcey, by whom he had three sons, John, William, and Thomas and three daus., Catherine, Cecily, and Joan. He died in 1448 and was succeeded by his eldest son, but as both John and his next brother William died without male issue, Thomas, the third son became eventual heir, obtaining the manors of Laughton, Crewhurse, etc. in addition to Buxstead, where he lived.
PROBLEMS: No mention of 1st ukn wife...Mother of John is different. Death date.

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Thomas Pelham

b.abt.1456-1465 Laughton, Sussex, England; s/o John and Joan (de Courcey) Pelham
d.1515/6 Laughton, Sussex, England
m.abt.1490 Margaret _____
b.abt.1475 Laughton

CHILDREN included:

  1. John Pelham b.abt.1490 Laughton d.abt.1514/5 Laughton; no issue
  2. William Pelham b.abt.1495 Laughton
  3. Thomas Pelham b.abt.1498 Laughton d.unm.
  4. Anthony Pelham b.abt.1500 d.1567 m.Margaret Hall
  5. Catherine Pelham m.______ Morley
  6. Jane Pelham d.unmarried

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Anthony Pelham

b.abt.1492-1500 Laughton, Sussex, England; s/o Thomas and Margaret Pelham
d.Nov. 22, 1566 Bucksteep, Warbelton, Sussex, England
m.abt.1545; Margaret Hall; w/o Thomas Pierce
b.abt.1515 prob.Sussex, England
d.Dec. 9, 1560 Warbleton, Sussex, England

CHILDEN included:

  1. Herbert Pelham b.1546 d.Apr. 12, 1620 Fordington, Dorset Co., England
  2. Anne Pelham b.abt.1548 Bucksteep, Sussex, England m.William Worley of Glynde Place, Sussex, England

NOTE: Extracts from: The Heraldic Journal, Armorial Bearings, Genealogies of American Families, and New England Historice Gen. Register, July 1879: Margaret [Hall-Pierce] had a son Thomas Pierce with whom was exchanged the mansion of Bukstepe, for other property which with inheritance of his mother, and resided (it still exists as a farm house "Bukstepe") on his seat at Bukstepe, in the parish Marbleton. His wife, Margaret, was buried at Marbleton, on the 9th of December, 1560; they had two children, Herbert Pelham, and Ann, who became the wife of William Morley...whose line terminated in heiresses of the second generation. Anthony Pelham made his will on the 5th of April 1563, describing himself as a Beustepe, in the parish of Marbleton. It was proved 26th of Feb. 1566/7 in the Perrogative Court of Canterbury by Herbert Pelham, son of the testator, the executor named. The following is an abstact of it:
To the poor of Marbleton and Dallinton, 30 pounds sterling, my overseers, namely, my son-in-law, William Morley, my cousin John la Lansford, and Barnard Randall to have the use of my personality during the minority of Herbert my son, for the purchase of lands for him when 21 years of age. My manors, lands, and tentements in the counties of Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset, Lincoln, Northumberland and York, or elsewhere, to my said overseers until my said son, Herbert, be of age. to Thomas Pierce, my late wife's oldest son, certain lands, etc. in Westfield, and Ore Co. Sussex in lieu of my house and lands where I now dwell, called Bukstepe his inheritance. If my son, Herbert, die without issue, then Bukestepe to go to said thomas Pierce, and all my other lands to my nephew, John Pelham, (John Pelham died without issue) and the heirs of his body, male, with remainder to heirs, male, of the body of his father, Sir Nicolas Pelham Kt., remained of my right heirs, my son Herbert to my sole executor.
CONFICTS: Marbleton or Warbleton???

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Herbert Pelham

b.1546 Bucksteep, Sussex, England; s/o Anthony and Margaret (Hall) Pelham
d.Apr. 12, 1620 Fordington, Dorset, England
m.(1)abt.1565 Westham, Sussex, England Catherine Thatcher
b.abt.1550 Priesthawes, Sussex, England [another source says b.Westham, Sussex]d/o John and Margaret (Oxenbridge) Thatcher
d.bef.1593/94 Drotwich, Worcestershire, England [second source says she d.Bucksteep, Surrey]
m.(2)Feb. 12, 1593/4 at Wherwell, Hampshire, England; Elizabeth West
b.Sept. 11, 1573 Wherwell, Hampshire, England; d/o Thomas West, Lord De La Warre (Delaware), Governor of the Virginia Company 1610-1619, and a privy councillor and Anne (Knollys/Knowles).
d.Jan. 15, 1632/3 Valence, Dorset, England

CHILDREN of Herbert and Catherine:

  1. Eleanor Pelham b.Oct. 7, 1560 prob.Droitwich, Worcestershire, England d.1669 Droitwich, Worcestershire, England abt.1593 m.abt.1583-93 at Droitwich, Edward Winslow
  2. Margaret Pelham b.abt.1570 of Warbleton, Sussex, England m.Sir Thomas Palmer
  3. Herbert Pelham b.abt.1580 Warbleton m.abt.1599 Penelope West [sister of Elizabeth, 2nd wife of Herbert his father] Herbert was later an "assistant" in the Mass. Gen. Court and an "adventurer" before emigration began.
  4. John Pelham b.1584 Warbleton, Sussex, England m.lisc.Jan.28, 1608 Catherine Yardey

CHILDREN of Herbert and Elizabeth:

  1. dau. b.Sept. 25, 1594 stillborn
  2. dau. b.Mar. 25, 1595/6 stillborn
  3. dau. b.Mar. 26, 1596/7 stillborn
  4. Thomas Pelham b.Jan. 23, 1597 Chichester, Sussex, England m.Sept. 4, 1621 Salisbury, Dorset, England' Blanche Eyre
  5. Anthony Pelham b.March 5, 1599/60 Michelham, Sussex, England d.1659 Fordington, Dorset, England; a clergyman
  6. Anne Pelham b.March 22, 1601/2 Hellingly d.Dec. 19, 1630 m.May 2, 1621 Rev. Edward Clark, Vicar of St. Magdalen, Taunton, County Somerset
  7. Elizabeth Pelham b.Apr. 27, 1604 Hellingly d.Nov. 1, 1628 Salisbury m.Sept. 3, 1621 John Humphrey
  8. Unnamed infant Pelham b.Apr. 10, 1606 Dukinfield, Sussex d.Apr. 1606
  9. Katherine Pelham b.Aug. 22, 1607 bur.March 17, 1608/9 Warbelton
  10. Jonathan Pelham b.Feb. 1609/10 d.1634 unm.at Fordington, Dorset

NOTES: Extracts from: The Heraldic Journal, Armorial Bearings, Genealogies of American Families, and New England Historice Gen. Register, July 1879:Herbert Pelham had barely attained his majority when he proved his father's will and hence was born in 1546. He was twice married and by both wives had thirteen children.
His first wife was Katherine, dau. of John Thatcher, Esq. of Priesthawes in the Parish of Westham, Co. of Sussex, and his wife Margaret, daughter of Goddard Oxenbridge, Kt. By her he had one dau. and two sons. Margaret, who married Sir. Thomas Palmer of Wingham Co. Kent, Knight, and was mother, among other children of Herbert Palmer, the celebrated Master of Queen's College, Cambridge.
John Pelham, who on the 28th of Jan. 1608 had a license from the Bishop of London the marry Catherine, dau. of John Yardley, Esq. of Henley, Co. of Warwick, spinster, aged 18. He was described as of Middle Temple, Gentleman, a bachelor, aged 24, son of Herbert Pelham of Marbeton, Sussex.
PROBLEMS: Date of the death of second wife...June 1630 or Jan. 15, 1632/3?

  • William Pelham, second son, makes a non-cupative will 1647, leaving his possessions to his brother Herbert, a bachelor. He died in England in 1652. Undoubtedly the William Pelham named by Savage as being in New England from 1630 to 1647 and in England in 1652. WHO IS THIS WILLIAM???

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