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Richard Chetwode

Male Abt 1560 - Bef 1635  (~ 75 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Richard Chetwode was born about 1560 in of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England (son of Richard Chetwode and Agnes Wodhull); died before 21 May 1635; was buried on 21 May 1635 in Temple Church, London, England.

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Northamptonshire, 1597-98. Knighted in 1603. Member of the Inner Temple. His first wife was Jane Drury, daughter and co-heiress of William Drury (also Drewerie), sometime Deputy Lieutenant of Ireland, by Margery Wentworth, daughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Lord Wentworth, Lord Chamberlain of the Household to Edward VI. She was living in 1629.

    "Through his mother, Richard Chetwode inherited her manors and estates of Bekebrok, Dunstewe, Somerton and Banbury, co. Oxford; Chetwode and Lampert, co. Bucks; Durnford, co. Wilts; Warkworth, Middleton, Overthorp, Astrup, Croughton, Sutton and Pateshull, co. Northants; and Wodhull, Langford and Hockliffe, co. Bedford. The manors of Wodhull, Langford and Pateshull had been held in demesne by Walter the Fleming in 1086 and had descended with the barony of Wodhull in the same family for 500 years. Richard Chetwode was later knighted and during the reign of King James I, being in possession of the manor and castle of Odell (Wodhull), petitioned for a writ of summons to Parliament as Baron de Wahull, but neither he nor his descendants were successful in this claim." ["The Barons of Wodhull," citation details below]

    "In 1613 [Richard Chetwode] presented a petition to King James I, claiming the ancient barony in fee of Wahull [Wodhull], as being heir lineal and sole of his several ancestors who had been summoned to attend, and had attended, the king as barons. The claim was allowed to drag, and was put forward again by his fourth descendant, Knightley Chetwood, in 1739 ; by his sixth descendant, Jonathan Chetwood, in 1831 ; and by his eighth descendant, Constantia Elizabeth (Chetwood) Aiken (died 1892) in 1890. Decision was finally rendered against her son, John Chetwood Chetwood-Aiken, on technical grounds, the descent being recognized as valid." [Donald Lines Jacobus, citation details below]

    Family/Spouse: Dorothy Needham. Dorothy (daughter of Robert Needham and Frances Aston) was born in 1570; died after 1631. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Grace Chetwood was born about 1602 in England; died on 21 Apr 1669 in New London, New London, Connecticut.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Richard Chetwode (son of Roger Chetwode and Ellen Masterson); died between 6 Jan 1560 and 12 Jan 1560; was buried in St. Dunstan in the West, London, England.

    Notes:

    Or Chetwood, Chytwood, etc. Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Edward VI. "In 1555 [after the ancesion of Mary to the throne] he was committed to the Tower of London for 'his lewde and presumtouse woordes to My Lord Steward [Mr. Walgrave]" and for his 'evill behaviour' before the Council. About 1556 Charles Tyrell, Gent., brought suit to have Richard and Agnes' marriage annulled, after which Cardinal Pole declared their marriage invalid. In 1559 the Court of Audience rescinded the annulment." [Royal Ancestry]

    Richard married Agnes Wodhull before Jan 1556. Agnes (daughter of Anthony Wodhull and Anne Smith) was born on 18 Jan 1542; died on 20 Mar 1576 in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Agnes Wodhull was born on 18 Jan 1542 (daughter of Anthony Wodhull and Anne Smith); died on 20 Mar 1576 in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 19 Jan 1542

    Notes:

    Our entry for her husband Richard Chetwode quotes from Richardson's Royal Ancestry: "About 1556 Charles Tyrell, Gent., brought suit to have Richard and Agnes' marriage annulled, after which Cardinal Pole declared their marriage invalid. In 1559 the Court of Audience rescinded the annulment."

    Charles Hansen's "The Barons of Wodhull" (citation details below) gives considerably more detail about this drama. Richard Chetwood had been Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Edward VI, and like most of the young king's allies, fell out of favor when the Catholic queen Mary took the crown. Charles Tyrell appears to have been hoping to use this circumstance in order to marry the wealthy Agnes Woodhull himself. But the most interesting wrinkle to the story is that when Mary died and was succeeded by her Protestant sister Elizabeth, Richard Chetwode had, pending with the Pope in Rome, an appeal against his marriage's annulment. Richard and Agnes's connections in high places had evidently survived the five years of Mary's reign, because the new queen Elizabeth's first law, the April 1559 Act of Supremacy, which re-established the Church of England and prohibited legal appeals to the Pope, included a specific exception for "Richard Chetwood, Esq. and Agnes his wife, by the name of Agnes Woodhall", stating that if the Pope should rule to affirm their marriage, that would be considered valid in English law, notwithstanding all other provisions of the Act. As Hansen puts it, "Thus, as history would have it, the first baron of Wodhull was listed in Domesday Book, which validated the results of the Norman Conquest, while the heiress of the last baron was named in the act of Parliament which affirmed the success of the Protestant Reformation in England."

    Notwithstanding the Act of Supremacy's carve-out for Richard and Agnes, in fact the Pope never did rule, and the validity of their marriage was re-affirmed in 1559 and 1560 by the Court of Audience in Canterbury, an entirely English church court.

    Children:
    1. 1. Richard Chetwode was born about 1560 in of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England; died before 21 May 1635; was buried on 21 May 1635 in Temple Church, London, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Roger Chetwode was born in in of Oakley, Staffordshire, England (son of Thomas Chetwode and Ellen Beresford); died between 22 Apr 1535 and 21 Apr 1536.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Worleston, Cheshire, England
    • Alternate birth: of Reyse, Cheshire, England

    Roger married Ellen Masterson in 1522. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Ellen Masterson (daughter of Thomas Masterson).
    Children:
    1. 2. Richard Chetwode died between 6 Jan 1560 and 12 Jan 1560; was buried in St. Dunstan in the West, London, England.

  3. 6.  Anthony Wodhull was born about 1517 in of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England (son of Nicholas Wodhull and Mary Raleigh); died on 4 Feb 1542.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1518, of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England

    Anthony married Anne Smith. Anne (daughter of John Smith and Agnes Harewell) died before 16 Dec 1569. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Anne Smith (daughter of John Smith and Agnes Harewell); died before 16 Dec 1569.

    Notes:

    Her second husband was John Leveson, esquire, of Halling, Kent, and Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Her third husband was Sir Edward Griffin, attorney general to Edward VI, who died 16 Dec 1569, having survived her.

    Children:
    1. 3. Agnes Wodhull was born on 18 Jan 1542; died on 20 Mar 1576 in Hockliffe, Bedfordshire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Thomas Chetwode was born in in of Worleston, Cheshire, England (son of Roger Chetwode and Ellen de Ree).

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Reyse, Cheshire, England

    Notes:

    Living 1526-31.

    Thomas married Ellen Beresford. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Ellen Beresford (daughter of Thomas Beresford and Agnes Hassal).
    Children:
    1. 4. Roger Chetwode was born in in of Oakley, Staffordshire, England; died between 22 Apr 1535 and 21 Apr 1536.

  3. 10.  Thomas Masterson was born in in of The Wyche, Cheshire, England.

    Notes:

    Randle Holme (citation details below) calls him "Thomas Mastersonne de Wico Walbano in co. Cest", which suggests that the place attributed to him elsewhere, variously called "Wiche", "The Wyche", etc., is Wich Malbank, Cheshire, now called Nantwich. Jacobus (citation details below), possibly using the above reasoning, calls Thomas Masterson "of Nantwich, co. Cheshire."

    Children:
    1. 5. Ellen Masterson

  4. 12.  Nicholas Wodhull was born about 1482 in of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England (son of Fulk Wodhull and Anne Newenham); died on 6 May 1531.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 5 May 1531

    Notes:

    Sheriff of Northamptonshire 1514, 1523, 1527-28. His second wife was Elizabeth Parr, daughter of William Parr, chamberlain to his niece Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII.

    Nicholas married Mary Raleigh in 1508. Mary (daughter of Edward Raleigh and Anne Chamberlain) died before 1523. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  5. 13.  Mary Raleigh (daughter of Edward Raleigh and Anne Chamberlain); died before 1523.

    Notes:

    As "Mrs. Odall" she was on the list of ladies who received material to be made into coats and gowns for the coronation of Catherine of Aragon.

    Children:
    1. 6. Anthony Wodhull was born about 1517 in of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, England; died on 4 Feb 1542.

  6. 14.  John Smith was born in in of Cressing, Essex, England; died between 17 Oct 1541 and 31 Jul 1547.

    Notes:

    Second baron of the Exchequer.

    John married Agnes Harewell. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Agnes Harewell (daughter of John Harewell).
    Children:
    1. 7. Anne Smith died before 16 Dec 1569.