Friday, July 7, 2017

Latham Family Update: Ge. 1 & 2

First Generation
1.  Thomas Latham12 died in Oct 1558 in Northamptonshire, England.23 Thomas Latham, according to J. Hulbert Glover's book "Kingsthorpiana", was Keeper of the Game Park in Moulton and Kingsthorpe. He drew complaints from poachers who complained that Conies [hares] were destroying their grain crops. In depositions taken on 26 April 1542, it was claimed that Latham forbade the use of longbows in the fields and confiscated them. Also the Game Keeper killed a mastiff belonging to Richard Humphrey.

The Lathams had been in Nortampton for more than a generation. James Latham preceded Thomas as underkeeper of Moulton Park from about 1485 until about 1518. In 1541, Richard Andrews filed a suit against Thomas' two sons and kinsman, Wylde Latham.

A Thomas Latham of Brigstock appeared as a tenant in the manor court rolls
of Berkwell, Warwickshire from 1593 - 1620. He was the Thomas Latham the Elder, who appeared on the Brigstock manor court rolls, born about 1532/3. Thomas the Elder arrived in Brigstock by 1586. Thomas left his estate to wife Isabel in his 1623 will. On 3 October 1593, Alice Steane conveyed a messuage in Berkswell called Raves Green House. Thomas conveyed a cottage and close called Lydiates Croft to his son Simon Latham alias Pye on that date. Thomas and Simon appeared in Berkswell records off and on until 27 April 1620.

The 1551 will of Richard Latham named his wife, Alice, but none of his children. Thomas might have been the son of Richard. Another Thomas Latham resided at Ashley, Northamptonshire and died there in 1581/2. It is not known how, or if, he was related to Thomas of Kingsthorpe.

In his will dated 11 September 1558 and proved Novenber 1588, Latham named his children, Rowland, Oliver, John, Elizabeth, and Thomas, as well as other relatives. Wife Elizabeth and sons, Rowland and Oliver were named executors. After Rowland and Oliver were named "the next of the Latham blood forever." This included John Latham; daughter Elizabeth Dickinson; Edward Chatton and Helen Chatton; Peter Dickinson; Mary Story; sister Joan Tynes and her children; son Thomas Latham; grandson Thomas Latham, younger son of Thomas; Matthew Story; kinsman Sir William Roote; John Layoe of Northampton; Thomas Dickinson and Bridget Bickinson.

The relationship to the Chattons, Storys, Roote and Layoe is not specified. Presumably the Dickinsons are related to daughter Elizabeth.
Thomas Latham and Elizabeth [Latham]2 were married.2 Elizabeth [Latham] was born about 1479 in Culworth, Northamptonshire, England.
Thomas Latham and Elizabeth [Latham] had the following children:
i. Rowland Latham2 was born in 1510–1515 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.2 Rowland was the eldest of the four Latham brothers.
ii. Oliver Latham2 was born in 1510–1520 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.2 He died circa 26 Nov 1572 at the age of 62 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.2 Oliver was born before  1520. His name appeared in the records of 1564-65 in a case involving the harboring of sray animals in the vicinity of Brigstock. It is believed he had died before 26 November 1572, when his brother Simon was appointed to the post of keeper of Little Park at Brigstock. Oliver had previously held that post.
iii. Thomas Latham Jr.2 was born in 1515–1520 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.2
2 iv. Elizabeth Latham, born 1515–1520, Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England; married Peter Dickinson.
3 v. John Latham Sr., born abt 1520–1522, Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England; married Joan [Latham], abt 1553, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married Elizabeth [Latham], ca 1540, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; died ca 15 Apr 1580, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.
Second Generation
2.  Elizabeth Latham2 (Thomas-1) was born in 1515–1520 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.2
Elizabeth Latham and Peter Dickinson2 were married.2 Peter Dickinson was born (date unknown).
3.  John Latham Sr.12 (Thomas-1) was born about 1520–1522 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.2,45 He died circa 15 Apr 1580 at the age of 60 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.2,4 Latham was born about 1520 [1522 in some sources] and was a resident of Kingsthorpe by 1541. His wife, Elizabeth, was cited in Brigstock on 2 May 1546 for breaking the assize of bread and ale. John served as a juror at the manor court regularly from 5 October 1557 until 14 October 1577. His named appeared on the subsidy rolls in March 1547. William Gardiner challenged Latham's right to the tenement in the manor court in 1578 and 1579. The family held onto the house and the land.

John Latham was underkeeper of the Great Park of Brigstock, Northamptonshire. It was part of Rockingham forest and a royal manor. In 1570 he was one of those commissioned to survey Pountfrete Park, containing 700 acres and 595 deer.

John Latham's first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Joan, the wife of Thomas Gurre alias Bocher. She was naed so in Gurre's 1557 will. John and Elizabeth had either four or five children: Jane, Joan, Elizabeth, Oliver and Nicholas. [John called his eldest daughter Jane in his will. Nicholas named his sister Joan Margetts in his will. It is possible that Jane and Joan were one and the same.]

Two children, John [the younger] and Morris were probably Elizabeth's, but may have been Joan's.

John left an unrecorded will naming his wife, Joan, as sole executrix to his estate. Joan received his tenement on Hall Hill. Youngest son Thomas [by Joan] received the remainder, as per the custom of the manor. Son John got a cottage on Hall Hill. Son Morris was left the lease on a house past the churchyard on the waterside [acquired from Nicholas Ashton in 1578].

John died by 15 April 1580, when Joan and Thomas were named as tenants on the Latham property. Joan remarried on 21 April 1582 to Thomas Montagu. Joan was still alive on 18 January 1597 and residing on the Brigstock tenement.
John Latham Sr. and Joan [Latham] were married about 1553 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.45 Joan [Latham] was born between 1524 and 1526 in Kingsthorpe or Culworth, Northamptonshire, England.4 She was also known as Joan Montagu.5 She was also known as Joan Latham.45
John Latham and Joan [Latham] had the following children:
4 i. John Latham Jr., born 1554, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married _______ [Latham], abt 1573, Elstow, Bedfordshire, England.
ii. Morris / Maurice Latham2,4 was born about 1556 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.45 The identity of the mother of Morris Latham is open to question. If John Latham's first wife Elizabeth died prior to 1557, then Joan would have been his mother, if not, then Joan was his mother.

Morris was still living as of 3 October 1592.
iii. Thomas Latham4 was born about 1558 in Kingsthorpe, Northamptonshire, England.45
John Latham Sr. and Elizabeth [Latham]2 were married circa 1540 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.2,5 Elizabeth [Latham]2,5 was born in 1520–1525 in Northamptonshire, England.2 She died circa 1557 at the age of 37 in Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.2 Elizabeth was referred to in the past tense in her step-father's will in 1557. If Elizabeth was indeed dead by 1557, then Joan was the mother of Morris. She may have been the mother of John and Morris.
John Latham and Elizabeth [Latham] had the following children:
5 i. Joan / Jane Latham, born ca 1541, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married Nicholas Margetts, 19 Nov 1565, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; died bef 6 Apr 1620, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England.
6 ii. Elizabeth Latham, born ca 1543, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married John Gurrey, 19 Nov 1565, Rushden, Northamptonshire, England; married _____ Wright.
7 iii. Oliver Latham, born ca 1545, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married _______ [Latham], ca 1568–1570, Lowick, Northamptonshire, England; died aft 1598, Lowick, Northamptonshire, England.
8 iv. Rev. Nicholas Latham, born 1547–1548, Brigstock, Northamptonshire, England; married Marie Foster, 1599–1600, Northamptonshire, England; died 4 Aug 1620, Northamptonshire, England.

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