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Brampton Gurdon

Male 1566 - Bef 1650  (< 84 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Brampton Gurdon was born in 1566 in of Assington, Suffolk, England (son of John Gurdon and Amy Brampton); died before 2 Apr 1650; was buried on 2 Apr 1650 in 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 on 8 Jul 1606 in St. Peter's, Morley, Norfolk, England. Muriel (daughter of Martin Sedley and Abigail Knyvet) was born before 20 Apr 1583 in Morley, Norfolk, England; died on 22 Aug 1661 in Letton, Norfolk, England; was buried in Letton, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Muriel Gurdon was born about 1613; died before 25 Apr 1688; was buried on 25 Apr 1688 in St. James' Church, Didsbury, Lancashire, England.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  John Gurdon was born about 1544 in of Assington, Suffolk, England (son of Robert Gurdon and Rose Sexton); died on 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. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Amy Brampton (daughter of William Brampton and Elizabeth Browne).
    Children:
    1. 1. Brampton Gurdon was born in 1566 in of Assington, Suffolk, England; died before 2 Apr 1650; was buried on 2 Apr 1650 in Assington, Suffolk, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Robert Gurdon was born in in of Assington, Suffolk, England (son of John Gurdon and Anne Coleman); died in 1578.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1577

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


  2. 5.  Rose Sexton (daughter of Robert Sexton and Agnes Jermyn); died after 1579.
    Children:
    1. 2. John Gurdon was born about 1544 in of Assington, Suffolk, England; died on 21 Sep 1623.

  3. 6.  William Brampton was born in in of Letton, Norfolk, England (son of William Brampton and Elizabeth Leventhorpe).

    William married Elizabeth Browne. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Elizabeth Browne (daughter of Robert Browne).
    Children:
    1. 3. Amy Brampton


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  John Gurdon was born about 1485 in of Dedham, Essex, England (son of John Gurdon and Joan); died before 27 Apr 1556.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1536 and 1556
    • 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 before 19 Dec 1505. Anne (daughter of John Coleman) was born before 1490; died before 1538. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 9.  Anne Coleman was born before 1490 (daughter of John Coleman); died before 1538.
    Children:
    1. 4. Robert Gurdon was born in in of Assington, Suffolk, England; died in 1578.

  3. 10.  Robert Sexton was born in in of Lavenham, Cosford, Suffolk, England; died about 1517.

    Robert married Agnes Jermyn before 1503. Agnes was born in in of Rusbrooke, Suffolk, England; died about 1520. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 11.  Agnes Jermyn was born in in of Rusbrooke, Suffolk, England; died about 1520.
    Children:
    1. 5. Rose Sexton died after 1579.

  5. 12.  William Brampton was born in in of Letton, Norfolk, England (son of Thomas Brampton and (Unknown) Barton).

    William married Elizabeth Leventhorpe. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 13.  Elizabeth Leventhorpe (daughter of John Leventhorpe).
    Children:
    1. 6. William Brampton was born in in of Letton, Norfolk, England.

  7. 14.  Robert Browne was born in in of Somerset, England.
    Children:
    1. 7. Elizabeth Browne