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Amy Ymal

Female - Bef 1611


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  • Name Amy Ymal 
    Gender Female 
    Died Bef 29 May 1611  St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried 29 May 1611  St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I21138  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2019 

    Family Thomas Empson,   b. Bef 28 Nov 1540, St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 24 Nov 1595, St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 54 years) 
    Married 5 Nov 1564  St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Empson
    +2. Ellen Empson,   b. Bef 21 Feb 1570, St. Margaret Westminster, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 26 Jun 1616, St. Botolph's, Aldgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 46 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F13048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "What did bride Amy say to the parish clerk that he heard her name as Ymal? The answer remains a mystery. The name Ymal is contained in no standard surname dictionaries. The only entry of the name in the printed St. Margaret's, Westminster parish registers is the 1564 marriage of Amy to Thomas Empson. Neither is it -- or possible variants Imal, Emal, or Amal -- contained in the will indexes for 1500 to 1600 in the Perogative Court of Canterbury, the Peculiar Court of Westminster, the Commissary Court of London, the Archdeaconry Court of London, or the Archdeaconry Court of Buckingham. A few miscellaneous entries for this surname appear in the International Genealogical Index [IGI], but none for the period of Amy's life." [Myrtle Stevens Hyde, "Empson Ancestors," citation details below.]

      On the same page as the footnote transcribed above, Myrtle Stevens Hyde mentions that the Thomas Empson who married this Amy is "possibly the one named in the 1590 will of John Amptill of St. Giles in the Fields, adjacent to London in Middlesex, yeoman." Amptill's will mentioned two locks with keys in Thomas Empson's house. It seems to us at least plausible that "Ymal" was a mangled transcription of "Amptill", particularly if the latter name is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1876] Myrtle Stevens Hyde, "Empson Ancestors, In England, of Child and Goddard Families in New England." The American Genealogist 84:185, July 2010.

    2. [S1609] Myrtle Stevens Hyde and Paul L. Child, "Child-Foote-Goddard Connections." The American Genealogist 63:17, January 1988., year only.