Reunion 2002, Robert Ward, Thomas Whitney of Westminster

From WRG
Jump to: navigation, search

Miscellaneous > Whitney Family Reunion, 2002 > Reunion 2002, Robert Ward, Thomas Whitney of Westminster

Thomas Whitney

of
Westminster
(c1560 to 1637)

by

Robert L. Ward


Contents

What Is Known?

Name: Thomas WHITNEY

Birth: Before 10 May 1562

Death: Buried 15 Apr 1637, at St. Margaret's, Westminster

Marriage: By license, 10 May 1583, at St. Margaret's, Westminster, Mary BRAY (1564-1629), daughter of John and Margaret (HASLONDE) BRAY of St. Margaret's, Westminster

Children: Margaret, Thomas, Henry, Arnwaye, John, Nowell, Francis, Mary, Robert, ?James, Thomas, Robert, most baptized at St. Margaret's

Residence: "Of Lambeth Marsh", Surrey, at marriage; then Westminster, London

Occupation: Tailor and merchant

Probate: Administration granted to sons Francis and Robert, 22 May 1637

Other: Called "Gentleman" several times. Owned a house in Westminster, was well off. Apprenticed two sons to members of the Merchant Taylors' Company, although not a member himself.


What Is Not Known?

Birth: before 10 May 1562, at ???

Parents:  ???

Siblings:  ???


The Fraudulent Allegation

Alleged identity:

Thomas Whitney, 3rd son


Parents:

Robert Whitney (after 1547- ) & Elizabeth


Grandparents:

Sir Robert Whitney of Whitney (1522- ) & Sybil Baskerville
Morgan ap Gwillims (or Guilliams)



How Do We Find Missing Information?

Do genealogical research in medieval English records.


Obstacles

Destruction:

Wars
Fires
Floods
Vermin


Language:

Latin
Archaic English


Handwriting


Calendar:

Religious feast dates
Regnal years
Julian versus Gregorian calendars


Locating records


Accessing records


English Vital Records

Civil Births, Marriages, Deaths:

Start in 1837
At Public Record Office (PRO), London
Microfilm of indexes at LDS Family History Library (FHL)


Church Baptisms, Marriages, Burials:

Start in 1538
Originals in churches or county record offices
Some microfilms at LDS FHL
Some extracts indexed in LDS International Genealogical Index (IGI)


Bishop's Transcripts


Marriage licenses vs. banns:

Some published



English Probate Records

Wills, Administrations, Guardianships [Tutoring]


Civil:

Principal Probate Registry (in PRO)
Start in 1858


Ecclesiastical:

Prerogative Court of Canterbury/York
        In PRO
        Calendars published
Local jurisdictions
        County record offices
        Calendars, no indexes
        Overlapping


Inquisitiones post mortem:

In PRO
Landed gentry only
Calendars, no indexes



Other Primary English Records

Land Records:

Title to land
Landed gentry - Feet of fines
Deeds and charters - location?


Court Records:

Quarter Sessions - LDS FHL and county record offices
Manorial - privately owned
Crown - owned by the Crown, calendars, no indexes - PRO


Tax records


Guild records and apprenticeships


Emigration records/passenger lists


Military records


Cemetery Records:

Most post 1750s


Census Records:

Start in 1841 - in PRO - Microfilms LDS FHL



Secondary English Records

Pedigrees:

Armigerous families
College of Arms
Harleian Society, British Museum, published


Newspapers: too late to be useful


Histories:

Victoria County Histories
        published, but incomplete
        each county
        records inheritance of manors
        indexed


Periodicals:

Genealogist's Guides, by Marshall; by Whitmore; and by Barrow
PERSI


Printed genealogies:

Society of Genealogists Library, London
LDS Family History Library
NEHGS Library



Copyright © 2002, 2006, Robert L. Ward and The Whitney Research Group

Personal tools