Family:Whitney, Robert (s1550-1616)

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Robert Whitney, parentage unknown, born say 1550,[1] buried 27 Jan 1615/16, Wrenbury, Cheshire, England.[2] When he died, he left Hugh Whitney his grandson and heir.[3]

He married Mary Rutter, dau. of Thomas Rutter, of Kingsley. She was buried 29 Aug 1616, Wrenbury, Cheshire, England.[4] Her son Hugh being dead, administration was granted, Oct. 25, 1616, to her daughter and next of kin, Elizabeth, wife of Hugh Massey, of Denfield, Esq.[5]

He resided at Coole.[6]

Children of Robert and Mary (Rutter) Whitney:

i. Hugh Whitney,[7] b. say 1575.[8]
ii. Elizabeth Whitney,[9] m. Hugh Massey, of Denfield, Esq.[10] Hugh Massey, of Denfield, d. 15 Apr 1620, m. Elizabeth Whitney, d. 1646, dau of Robert Whitney of Cowlane[11]
Ch (order uncertain): 1) Jane Massey, m. 1623? Edward Gregge of Bradley; 2) Elizabeth Massey, bp. 1595, m. John Page, son of John of Erdeshaw; 3) Mary Massey, bp. 1597, m. Cholmondeley Salmon of Cowlane; 4) Barbara Massey, bp. 1598; 5) William Massey, bp. 1600, d 1668, m. 1622, Dorothy Cotton, dau. of George Cotton of Combermere, ch: George Massey, b. ca. 1633, d. 1666, m. Bridget Pershall, dau.of Thomas Pershall; 6) Anne Massey (bpt 1603), m. (1628?) John Millington of Millington; 7) Geoffrey Massey, d. young.[12]
The Masseys, who held Tatton, near Knutsford, from the reign of Henry III. to 1475, possessed lands in Audlem down to 1457, when "Sir Geffrey Massy of Tatton, Knight," settled his lands in Audlem and Denfield on his illegitimate son John Massy, with whose descendants they remained until 1666 or later. Hugh Massey, the fifth in a direct line from John, married Elizabeth, sister of Hugh Whitney of Cool-lane in Wrenbury, near Audlem, and she in all probability was one of the same family with Geffrey Whitney. This Hugh Massey died in 1646, and was buried at Audlem.[13]
iii. (perhaps) Michael Whitney,[14] b. say 1585,[15] d. 14 Nov 1616, Wrenbury, Cheshire, England.[16] He m. 20 Jun 1610, Wrenbury, Cheshire, England, Joahne -----.[17]

Notes

Both Robert Whitney and Cholmondeley Salmon are mentioned as being from "Cowlane". A search on Salmon uncovered a document (DWS/MTD/11/1) in which Cholmondeley Salmon, gent. is mentioned with lands at Coole Lane, Newhall Aston, co. Chester. Coole Lane is the name of the road that runs north to south through Coole Pilate, just east of Newhall, Aston, and Wrenbury, Cheshire.

References

1. ^  Pedigree of Whitney, of Coole, in Wrenbury, in the County of Chester, Whitney, Henry Austin, Memoranda Relating to Families of the Name of Whitney in England, (Boston: 1859), p. 5.

2. ^  "1615/6 Jan 27. Robert Whitnay, gent senex", Cheshire Parish Record Extracts.

3. ^  Pedigree of Whitney, of Coole, in Wrenbury, in the County of Chester, Whitney, Henry Austin, Memoranda Relating to Families of the Name of Whitney in England, (Boston: 1859), p. 5.

4. ^  "1616 Aug 29. Marie Whitnay uxor Robert Whitnay, gent", Cheshire Parish Record Extracts.

5. ^  Pedigree of Whitney, of Coole, in Wrenbury, in the County of Chester, Whitney, Henry Austin, Memoranda Relating to Families of the Name of Whitney in England, (Boston: 1859), p. 5.

6. ^  ibid.

7. ^  ibid.

8. ^  ibid.

9. ^  ibid.

10. ^  ibid.

11. ^  Massey (Massy) of Denfield (Denfeild), Massy of Tatton, as found on Stirnet.

12. ^  ibid.

13. ^  Geffrey Whitney, Whitney's "Choice of Emblemes."

14. ^  Supposition. There is no evidence to prove that Michael was the son of Robert, but he was the right age to have been a younger son.

15. ^  Estimated, based upon his marriage in 1616.

16. ^  "1616 Nov 14. Michell Whitnay, virili aetate", Cheshire Parish Record Extracts.

17. ^  "1610 June 20. Michell Whitnaye & Joahne [?]", Cheshire Parish Record Extracts.



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