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John Gurdon

Male Abt 1435 - 1556  (~ 101 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  John Gurdon was born Abt 1435, of Dedham, Essex, England; died Between 1536 and 1556.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1536

    Notes:

    Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain gives him several generations of Gurdon ancestry reaching back to a Sir Adam de Gurdon in the time of Henry III, but as with much of Burke, we know of no basis for this.

    John married Anne Coleman Bef 1505. Anne (daughter of John Coleman) was born Bef 1490; died Bef 1538. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Robert Gurdon  Descendancy chart to this point was born , of Assington, Suffolk, England; died 1578.


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Robert Gurdon Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born , of Assington, Suffolk, England; died 1578.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1577

    Robert married Rose Sexton. Rose (daughter of Robert Sexton and Agnes Jermyn) died Aft 1579. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 3. John Gurdon  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1544, of Assington, Suffolk, England; died 21 Sep 1623.


Generation: 3

  1. 3.  John Gurdon Descendancy chart to this point (2.Robert2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1544, of Assington, Suffolk, England; died 21 Sep 1623.

    Notes:

    MP for Sudbury, Suffolk in 1571. Sheriff of Suffolk 1584-85.

    From the History of Parliament:

    The Gurdons were small clothiers and landowners of Dedham, Essex, who by the close of the fifteenth century had risen in status. Gurdon's father made a fortunate marriage, and purchased Assington Hall from Sir Richard Corbet†. Thus, by the beginning of Elizabeth's reign Robert Gurdon had the standing of a country gentleman and was a justice of the peace with a son at an inn of court. It was this son who was returned for the local borough of Sudbury in 1571, but no contribution by him to the business of that Parliament is known.

    After he had succeeded his father, Gurdon was from time to time asked to undertake special duties, as, for instance, to arbitrate in the case of a disputed marriage contract, or to find means of satisfying the creditors of Dr. Sherman, a physician imprisoned for debt, whose professional services could not easily be spared. Gurdon died 21 Sept. 1623. His will, made in December 1621, and proved 10 Oct. 1623, cut out the heir Brampton, who nevertheless inherited the entailed lands. The executor and residuary legatee was a grandson John, Brampton's son by his first wife, but the Norfolk property was to go to the testator's brother Robert. Sir Henry Mildmay was supervisor.

    John married Amy Brampton. (daughter of William Brampton) [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 4. Brampton Gurdon  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1566, of Assington, Suffolk, England; died Bef 2 Apr 1650; was buried 2 Apr 1560, Assington, Suffolk, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 4.  Brampton Gurdon Descendancy chart to this point (3.John3, 2.Robert2, 1.John1) was born 1566, of Assington, Suffolk, England; died Bef 2 Apr 1650; was buried 2 Apr 1560, Assington, Suffolk, England.

    Notes:

    Burgess to Parliament for Sudbury, Suffolk, 1620. Sheriff of Suffolk, 1628-29.

    From the History of Parliament:

    Gurdon's grandfather bought the Suffolk manor of Assington, four miles from Sudbury, in 1556, and his father represented the borough in 1571. Gurdon himself was committed to the Fleet by lord chancellor Ellesmere (Thomas Egerton) in 1606 for an unknown offence. He was elected for Sudbury in January 1621, although the return was backdated to the previous November. Gurdon may have been responsible for the election of his colleague, Edward Osborne, whose sister-in-law married (at an unknown date) Gurdon's younger son Robert. Gurdon appears only once in the surviving records of the third Jacobean Parliament, when he was appointed to the committee for the bill for catechizing children (16 May 1621).

    In January 1626 Gurdon successfully proposed (Sir) Robert Naunton as one of the knights of the shire for Suffolk, recruiting his friend and neighbour the future governor of Massachusetts John Winthrop to canvass prominent members of the Suffolk gentry, such as Sir Robert Crane. Like Winthrop, Gurdon was a puritan, and when the anti-Calvinist Matthew Wren took control of Norwich diocese in 1636, it was reported that 'Mr. Gurdon is questioned for not bowing and kneeling at burial prayers'. On 11 Apr. 1637 Gurdon wrote gloomily to Winthrop in New England: 'I would I could write you anything like to give comfort to any honest English mind for church or commonwealth'.

    Gurdon's eldest son John represented Ipswich in both the Short and Long Parliaments. Gurdon himself served on the county committee during the Civil War, although it is difficult to distinguish him from his younger son Brampton, who, like him, was an active supporter of Parliament. Gurdon drew up his will on 17 Oct. 1647, leaving an imposing collection of silver and furnishings to his second wife, together with 500 marks, his best coach, five horses, and a musket. Her son Brampton, who had been returned for Sudbury as a recruiter, inherited property in Norfolk, and the local clergy and servants received monetary bequests. The poor of Assington were to receive £20 and those of Sudbury £5. Gurdon was buried at Assington on 2 Apr. 1650. His eldest son moved up to represent the county in the first Protectorate Parliament, and sat for Sudbury in the Convention.

    Brampton married Muriel Sedley 8 Jul 1606, St. Peter's, Morley, Norfolk, England. Muriel (daughter of Martin Sedley and Abigail Knyvet) was born Bef 20 Apr 1583, Morley, Norfolk, England; died 22 Aug 1661, Letton, Norfolk, England; was buried , Letton, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 5. Muriel Gurdon  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1613; died 1688.


Generation: 5

  1. 5.  Muriel Gurdon Descendancy chart to this point (4.Brampton4, 3.John3, 2.Robert2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1613; died 1688.

    Notes:

    One of John Turner Sargent Jr.'s eleven proven "gateway ancestors."

    She went to New England with he husband in 1635, but by 1643 it was evident that colonial life was taking a serious toll on her health. On 10 May 1643 Richard Saltonstall was granted permission to leave the Massachusetts General Court due to her illness. They returned to England late in 1645; he then went immediately back to New England.

    "There is no evidence that Muriel Saltonstall was ever in New England again. Henry Newcome saw the Saltonstalls at Hulme in Lancashire on 19 June 1667, and reported that she was very weak. She died in 1688. Newcome preached her funeral sermon at Didsbury. Muriel Saltonstall's dislike of New England apparently extended to a desire that her portrait should not be sent to Massachusetts after her death." [Abandoning America, citation details below.]

    Muriel married Maj. Richard Saltonstall 4 Jul 1633, All Hallows, Honey Lane, London, England. Maj. (son of Richard Saltonstall and Grace Kaye) was born Bef 1 Oct 1610, Almondbury, Yorkshire, England; died 29 Apr 1694, Hulme, Lancaster, England. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 6. Nathaniel Saltonstall  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; died 21 May 1707.


Generation: 6

  1. 6.  Nathaniel Saltonstall Descendancy chart to this point (5.Muriel5, 4.Brampton4, 3.John3, 2.Robert2, 1.John1) was born Abt 1639, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts; died 21 May 1707.

    Nathaniel married Elizabeth Ward 28 Dec 1663. Elizabeth (daughter of Rev. John Ward and Alice) was born 9 Apr 1647; died 29 Apr 1741. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 7. Elizabeth Saltonstall  Descendancy chart to this point was born 17 Sep 1668; died 8 Jul 1726, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.


Generation: 7

  1. 7.  Elizabeth Saltonstall Descendancy chart to this point (6.Nathaniel6, 5.Muriel5, 4.Brampton4, 3.John3, 2.Robert2, 1.John1) was born 17 Sep 1668; died 8 Jul 1726, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

    Elizabeth married Rev. Rowland Cotton 1690. Rev. (son of Rev. John Cotton and Joanna Rossiter) was born 27 Dec 1667; died 22 Mar 1722. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 8. Joanna Cotton  Descendancy chart to this point died 1772.


Generation: 8

  1. 8.  Joanna Cotton Descendancy chart to this point (7.Elizabeth7, 6.Nathaniel6, 5.Muriel5, 4.Brampton4, 3.John3, 2.Robert2, 1.John1) died 1772.

    Joanna married Rev. John Brown 1719, Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts. Rev. (son of Ichabod Brown and Martha Woodbury) was born 1 Nov 1696, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 2 Dec 1742, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 9. Abigail Brown  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1732, Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts; died 28 Nov 1800, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts; was buried , Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.