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Henry Sewall

Male Bef 1576 - 1656  (> 79 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Henry Sewall was born before 8 Apr 1576 (son of Henry Sewall, Mayor of Coventry and Margaret Gresbrook); died in Mar 1656 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.

    Other Events:

    • Baptised: 8 Apr 1576, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England

    Notes:

    He entered the Drapers Company of Coventry in 1591. He was in Manchester from about 1615 to about 1631. By 1634 he was back in Coventry, and in that year sent his son Henry to New England to begin a plantation. He and his second wife Ellen (Mosley) Nugent followed in 1635.

    With his son Henry, he was a founder of Newbury, Massachusetts. He moved to Rowley between 1647 and 1649.

    He appears to have been a troublesome and at times violent person. Both his father's and his mother's wills express hope that he will find the humility to make recompense for his many offenses, particularly (it is clearly implied) against his mother. He contested his mother's will (in which she left him just twelve pence) in litigation that extended over years. The records of Massachusetts Bay between 1638 and 1654 include four accusations against Henry Sewall for battery, and three for interrupting public meetings. And finally, in 1635, the same year that Henry Sewall and his second wife Ellen emigrated to Boston, the authorities of Massachusetts Bay granted him and his wife permission to live apart. She is last seen in the public records on 5 Jun 1638, when Henry was presented by a grand jury for beating her.

    Given the above, it is perhaps not unconnected that his son Henry found reason to return to England in 1646, and to not return to New England permanently -- or bring his own wife and family over -- until 1661, five years after his father died.

    Family/Spouse: Anne Hunt. Anne died before 1 Jul 1615; was buried on 1 Jul 1615 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Henry Sewall was born before 25 Jun 1615; died on 16 May 1700 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; was buried in First Parish Burying Ground, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Henry Sewall, Mayor of Coventry was born about 1544 (son of William Shewell and Matilda Horne); died on 16 Apr 1628 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England; was buried in Draper's Chapel, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 6 Apr 1628

    Notes:

    "Henry Sewall was a member of the Company and Fellowship of Drapers of Coventry, an alderman, sheriff in 1582, mayor of Coventry 1587-88 and 1606-7, and a representative of Coventry to the English parliament that met 30 January 1620." [The Descendants of Henry Sewall, citation details below]

    His great-grandson Samuel Sewall, chief justice of Massachusetts, described Henry as a "prudent man" who acquired a "great estate." Coventry tax records from just before his death confirm this; he is among the five individuals who pay the most tax. And his inquisition post mortem shows that he died owning sixty-four different properties in and near Coventry, Stoke, and Radford.

    Henry married Margaret Gresbrook before 24 Sep 1575. Margaret (daughter of Alverey Gresbrook and Margaret Keene) was born before 1557; died between 10 May 1629 and 20 Nov 1629; was buried in Draper's Chapel, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Margaret Gresbrook was born before 1557 (daughter of Alverey Gresbrook and Margaret Keene); died between 10 May 1629 and 20 Nov 1629; was buried in Draper's Chapel, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 1. Henry Sewall was born before 8 Apr 1576; died in Mar 1656 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.
    2. Richard Sewall was born about 1585; died on 12 Nov 1638 in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  William Shewell

    William married Matilda Horne. Matilda (daughter of Reginald Horne and Margery Lee) was born between 1513 and 1527. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Matilda Horne was born between 1513 and 1527 (daughter of Reginald Horne and Margery Lee).
    Children:
    1. 2. Henry Sewall, Mayor of Coventry was born about 1544; died on 16 Apr 1628 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England; was buried in Draper's Chapel, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.

  3. 6.  Alverey Gresbrook was born in in of Stoke Hall, Middleton, Warwickshire, England (son of John Gresbrooke and Isabell); died between 24 Sep 1575 and 7 Mar 1576.

    Notes:

    Also called Alured; Greysbrooke.

    Alverey married Margaret Keene. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Margaret Keene (daughter of Thomas Kene and Margaret Gibbons).

    Notes:

    That she was a daughter of Thomas Kene of Sutton Coldfield is proved by a lawsuit brought by Alverey Gresbrook as executor of his father-in-law, against Robert Foxe of Middleton, sometime between 17 Nov 1560 and 16 Nov 1562.

    Children:
    1. 3. Margaret Gresbrook was born before 1557; died between 10 May 1629 and 20 Nov 1629; was buried in Draper's Chapel, St. Michael's, Coventry, Warwickshire, England.


Generation: 4

  1. 10.  Reginald Horne was born in in of Pickesley, Shropshire, England (son of John Hornes and Margery Morton).

    Reginald married Margery Lee. Margery was born in in of Whitchurch, Shropshire, England. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 11.  Margery Lee was born in in of Whitchurch, Shropshire, England.
    Children:
    1. 5. Matilda Horne was born between 1513 and 1527.

  3. 12.  John Gresbrooke was born in in of Stoke Hall, Middleton, Warwickshire, England (son of John Gresbrooke de Shenston); died after 26 May 1540.

    Notes:

    Second of his name, which is to say, his older brother was also named John Gresbrooke. The older John succeeded to their father's Shenston estates, whereas this John inherited nearby Stoke Hall in Middleton.

    The wills of this John Gresbrooke, his wife Isabel, and their son Alverey can be found at page 345 of Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica, Volume II, "New Series," ed. Joseph Jackson Howard, 1877.

    John married Isabell. Isabell died in 1554. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 13.  Isabell died in 1554.
    Children:
    1. 6. Alverey Gresbrook was born in in of Stoke Hall, Middleton, Warwickshire, England; died between 24 Sep 1575 and 7 Mar 1576.

  5. 14.  Thomas Kene was born in in of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England; died on 27 Dec 1559 in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England.

    Thomas married Margaret Gibbons. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  6. 15.  Margaret Gibbons (daughter of William Gibbons and Agnes Harman).
    Children:
    1. 7. Margaret Keene