Re: Genealogics: Connecting the Machells to the Barons Aungier
- From: jonathan kirton <jonathankirton@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 12:14:00 -0400
Dear Will and Group,
Further to Margaret Offley, daughter of William Offley, Mayor of Stafford, I recently obtained a photocopy of "The Genealogist", Volume XIX, (1903), which many of you may not have seen, which contains an article entitled:-
"A Manuscript Relating to the Family of Offley" which provides a charming contemporary description of Margaret at the time that she married her second husband Stephen Kirton.
(page 5):- "But to return to Wm. Offley his Daughters, Margarett the eldest that was marryed to Mr. John Nechells (sic), who as you have heard had no issue by her but left her very rich, & being a beautifull woman of a goodly complexion, tall & in her best tyme, after was married to Stephen Kirton Cousen (sic) & Godsone to that worthy Kt Sr Stephen Jenings (sic) who had by his wife Margaret (that is Stephen Kirton's wife) two sons Thomas and John Kirton, This John the younger (sic. In fact John was the elder son and heir, but he died young and unmarried) was a very beautifull man, and at Bruges in Flaunders (sic) was tearmed (sic) a second Absolon, the Angell of English men, & hee dyed in his best tyme unmarried."
Margaret's eldest son, John Kirton, was born in 1534, and like his father was a Merchant Tailor,
and a Merchant of the Staple of England. He never married. He wrote his will 13 June, 1566,
(P.C.C. Crymes), his will being proved just 14 days later, on 27 June, 1566. aged about 32.
He left bequests to his well beloved mother: one ring with a death's head of 40 shillings, and a black gown; and to each of his sisters: (Jane)Wethill, Grizzel Woodruff, Ellen White, and Anne Kirton (who in 1566 was still unmarried). Also to his well beloved brother Thomas Kirton, one hundred poundes, and to his well beloved brother in law Richard White, the sum of Fowretie
(sic 40) poundes.
Jonathan Kirton, Canada
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