Ancestors of Tim Farr and The Descendants of Stephen Farr


Thomas BLOWER was born about 1556 in England, United Kingdom. He was buried 1 on 1 Oct 1597 in Lavenham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Thomas married 2 Alice SPARPOINTE on 10 Aug 1574 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
VINCENT, Susan

THOMAS BLOWER (Thomas?) a tanner of Lavenharn, Suffolk, England, came from a family that had lived nearby for many generations. In 1464, Thomas Blower of Bildeston made his will and bequeathed to his son John Blower, his son [in-law?] John Cowper of Boxford, and to Thomas Blower who was another son. The will was proved on 23 September of that year. On 7 September 1503, Peter Blower of Melford made his will. No children were mentioned. On 8 October 1481, Mawte [i.e. presumably Maud] Blower of Lavenham made her will and bequeathed her estate to several church and charitable entities, but named no relatives. These were surely relatives of Thomas, perhaps ancestors.

Nicholas Blower of Lavenhana was probably Thomas' brother. Nicholas had the following children recorded there.

NICHOLAS, bapt. 8 Jan. 1575/6; buried 6 Oct. 1577
RACHEL, bapt. 27 April 1578; buried 6 Aug. 1580
RACHEL, bapt. 18 Oct. 1580; buried 26 Oct. 1581
WILLIAM, prob. a twin; buried 25 Oct. 1581
ANNE, bapt. 23 Sept. 1582
SAMUEL, bapt. 2 May 1585
ISAAC, bapt. 26 Nov. 1587
ELIZABETH, bapt. 1 Feb. 1589/90; buried 23 Oct. 1590

Another probable brother to Thomas was Robert Blower of Lavenham whose first wife, Joan, was buried there on 2 March 1563/4. He married secondly, on 12 June 1567/8, Joan Hareknop. Robert Blower was buried 4 June 1585. A Joan Blower, probably his widow, married on 7 April 1591, Edmund Yates. Joan Blower, who was baptized 18 June 1559, was probably the youngest sister of these three Blower men. There is no more record of her. Who were their parents? Rose Blower, wife of Thomas Blower of Lavenham, was buried there on 2 April 1568. She was probably their mother and Thomas, her husband, their father.

Thomas Blower married first, on 10 August 1574 at Long Melford, Suffolk, Alice Sparpointe. She died in 1581, and he married secondly, on 27 February 1581/2 at Bildeston, Susan Vincent, daughter of Andrew and Alice Vincent of Bildeston. Alice was born about 1560.

On 28 September 1597, sick and knowing that death was near, he made his will and died, probably the next day. He was buried at Lavenham on 1 October 1597. Except for the religious preamble, his will is given in full below. No further record of Susan can be found.

28 September 1597 - I Thomas Blowere of Lavharne in the countie of Suff tannere Beinge sycke in bodye But hail in rnynd ... Item I will that Sussana my wyfe paye unto John Blower my eldest sonne when he shalbe of the age of xxiiij yers the surne of thyrtie pounds of good & lawfull monye of England & xx~ when he shalbe of the age of ~ocv years & yf ye said John soo lange shall lyve But yf the forsayd John doo dye befor eyther of ye payments growe dewe then I wyll his porcione to be equalye devyded amongst my sonnes & daughters then shalbe lyvinge Item I will that my land lyinge in Melforde holden~ of the parsones of Melford ase these landes be equaiiye devided Betwene my ii sonnes John It Thomas Biowere eyther of them payinge out of it unto ye childe that now Sussan my wyfe is wthall yf it happene to be a sonne & iyve to ye age of xxiiij yers at ye age of xxiiij yers xv~ apece & yf it hapene to be a daughter then eyther of them to paye unto yt fyftye shyliLynge in good & lawfuil monye of England and soo then further to pay unto there other fower systers Sussana Alice Racheli & Mary Blowere fyftie shillynge apece of lyke Englyshe monye when they shalbe of the age of xxi yers & yf eyther of my sayd daughters dye before then there porcione to be devd then £ will that those of them that lyve untiii it be dewe shall equallye Injoye there partes Item I will that Susana my wyfe shall have to here & here heyres forevere all that my tenment wth ye lande & pasture thereunto belonging syttuate lying & being in Stanstede wythe all my debtes & other my movabell goods what soo ever yeldynge & payinge to that chylde that now she is wthall yf it be adaughter at the age of xxi yers the sum of vpds of lawfull English monye & allsoo to my other fower daughters Susana Alice Rachell & Mary lyke sums of v~ ape cc to bee payd unto eyther of theme at ye lv-ke age of xxj yers And to this my last will I apoynte and ordayne for my executors Susana Blower my wyfe & Nicholas Vincent Brother unto ye for named Susana and in testymonye that this is my wyll & testament I the forsayd Thomas have setto my hand thes beinge witnesses
JohnDay                by me Tomas blower
John Wright          (Proved 27 October 1597)
(Reference: Blomfield 313)

Children, all baptized at Stanstead:
THOMAS, bapt. 10 Oct. 1576; buried 20 Oct. 1576
MARGARET, bapt. 17 Nov. 1577; buried 16 Dec. 1577
JOHN, bapt. 14 June 1579; eldest son alive in 1597.

The will abstracted below is probably his.

10 May 1642 . the will of JOHN BLOWER, clerk, of Mildenhall, Suffolk ... to undutiful daughter Emily whom I beseech God to forgive & make her his servant £5 ... daughter Mary already given unto ... to son John now in St. Christopher £10 one month after his arrival in England ... to Thomas my son £25 within 3 months after the expfration of his apprenticeship ... to my son William £20 when he has served his apprenticeship ... all the rest of my goods to my wife Audry, she to be executrix ... signed John Blower. Proved 5 September 1642.
(Ref. R2/58/372)

SUSANNA, prob. b 1581; m 20 May 1602 at Lavenham, George Rugle
[Ruggles?]

----- by his second wife-----
JOSHUA, bapt. 16 Dec. 1582; d.y.
THOMAS, bapt. 15 Dec. 1585; d.y.
6 THOMAS, bapt. 23 April 1587; m 19 Nov. 1612 at Stanstead, Alice Frost, dau. of Edward & Thomasine (Belgrave) Frost, bapt. 1 Dec. 1594; he came to N.E. in 1635 in the Truelove, aged about 50
CALEB, bapt. 7 July 1588; buried 16 July
ALICE, bapt. 15 March 1589/90; alive in 1597
RACHEL, bapt. 12 Oct. 1591; buried 13 Dec. 1595
MARY, bapt. 25 Feb. 1592/3; alive in 1597
RACHEL, bapt. 13 Dec. 1595 at Lavenham; m 22 Oct. 1615 at St. Gregory's, Sudbury, Mark Salter; ch.: John bapt. 24 May 1618 - buried 2 Nov. 1618, Samuel bapt. 8 Sept. 1633, Matthew bapt.1 March 1625/6 at All Saints, Rachel buried 11 Sept. 1626
CHILD, posthumous, b 1597-8

Ref.: Parish Registers & Bishop's Transcnpts of same; Suffolk County, England Probate Records

Alice SPARPOINTE died in 1581. Alice married 1 Thomas BLOWER on 10 Aug 1574 in Long Melford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Andrew VINCENT [Parents] was born 1 about 1525 in Bildeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Andrew married Alice.

ANDREW VINCENT (Nicholas) of Bildeston, Suffolk, England was probably born 1520-1530 at Bildeston. He married Alice ____ and had eight known children. He made his will on 3 December 1580, being sick and knowing that death was near. He probably died the next day for he was buried on the 5th in the churchyard at Bildeston. An abstract of his will follows. From this will it can be seen that he owned a fair amount of property and was a substantial man of his day. Some of this property, if not all, had been inherited from his father. His home was on Newbery Street in Bildeston.

3 December 1580-The will of ANDREW VINSENT of Bildeston, Suffolk, yeoman... being sick in body.. . to Alice my wife all my messuages, houses, lands and tenements in the parishes of Naughton, Whatfield and Offton for her life, then to my four daughters, viz. Alice, Susanne, Brigett and Marie for a term of 9 years after the death of my said wife. At the end of the 9 years to my son Nicholas Vinsent for ever. To my said wife my capital messuage where I dwell in, sometime Whim Kookes, with all the houses, lands, tenements, meadows, feedings and pastures now in my occupation, and the meadow called the brook, for her natural life, and after her decease to my son Nicholas .... To Alice my daughter all my messuage or tenement called Gatinolds lying in Newbery street... To Marie my daughter my messuage or tenement called Bennys late partings lying in Newbery street.... To Brigett my daughter my messuage or tenement called Bulls tenement lying in Newbery Street.. To Alice my daughter £10 to be paid on the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel 1582. To Susanne my daughter £10 to be paid Same day 1584. To Brigett my daughter £10 to be paid same day 1586. To my daughter Marie £10 to be paid her at her age of 24.... £15 owed against the tenement called Bulls, payable at 2Os per year, my executrix shall fully discharge and pay.... All moveables unbequeathed to Alice my wife whom I make sole executrix. Witnesses: John Barker, Thomas Grymwade, Thomas Bantofte and Willm Grymwade (Proved 19 June 1581 at Bury St. Edmunds) (Browne 274)

Children, probably all born at Bildeston:

ANDREW, named in his grandfather Vincent's will of 1553; apparently d.y., as not mentioned in his father's will of 1581
NICHOLAS, perhaps b about 1556; m 1, Susan ____; had: a son b and buried 20 Sept. 1581, Joshua bapt. 18 Aug. 1583; his wife Susan was buried 26 Aug. 1583; hem 2, Agnes/Ann; ch.: Susan bapt. 2 Feb. 1584/5, Caleb bapt. 4 Sept. 1586 - buried 22 Dec. 1588, Andrew bapt. 18 Dec. 1588 .. also buried 22 Dec. 1588, Phebe bapt. 5 April 1590, Samuel bapt. 3 Dec. 1592 - buried 1 April 1593 [P.R. reads bapt. ], Nathaniel bapt. 9 Jan. 1593/4

Alice 1. Alice married Andrew VINCENT.

They had the following children.

  F i Susan VINCENT was born about 1562.

Henry RICE died 1 in Nov 1621 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Henry married 2 Elizabeth FROST on 12 Nov 1605 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Elizabeth FROST [Parents] was born in Chickney, Essex, England, United Kingdom. She was christened 1 on 24 Mar 1587 in Glemsford, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. She died 2, 3 on 20 Jun 1647 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. Elizabeth married 4 Henry RICE on 12 Nov 1605 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
WHALE, Philemon Jr

They had the following children.

  F i Elizabeth RICE was christened on 18 Nov 1612. She died on 14 Dec 1690.

William FROST [Parents] was christened 1 on 19 Sep 1589 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. He was buried 2 on 3 Feb 1624. William married 3 Abigail BOWSER on 29 Nov 1610 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Abigail BOWSER was christened 1 on 25 Apr 1592. Abigail married 2 William FROST on 29 Nov 1610 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


Laurence COLLIN. Laurence married 1 Ann FROST on 25 Oct 1613 in St Mary's, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Ann FROST [Parents] was christened 1 on 3 Dec 1592 in Stanstead, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Ann married 2 Laurence COLLIN on 25 Oct 1613 in St Mary's, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


William BRACKETT 1.

WILLIAM BRACKETT was a resident of Sudbury, Suffolk. Also living there at the same time was Edward Brackett, presumably his brother. Both these men appear on the Sudbury list of the Military Survey of 1522, William as an able archer, Edward as an able billman, both listed as butchers, each assessed 12 pence on goods valued at £2. One can reasonably assume that they grew up in the trade and learned it from their father who also must have lived in Sudbury. Two years later, they both appear again on record as taxpayers in the 1524 Subsidy return, each down for 4 pence tax on wages of 20 shillings. No earlier record of the name in Sudbury has been found, but it does occur somewhat earlier in other parts of England, or at least possible variations of the name such as Brokett. Edward Brackett died in 1540. 20 June 1540 - The wife of EDWARD BRACKETT, balie of the town of Sudbury, Suffolk, hale of mind and in good and perfect remembrance .,. my body to be buried within the churchyard of St. Gregory in Sudbury... to every of my children John. James, Edward, George and Faythe 5 marks at age 20 and if Faythe marry before age 20, then on day of marriage to Maud my wife all those my copyhold lease, interest and term of years which I have and hold of the right worshipfu.1 Lady Dame Jane Corbett of and in certain lands and pastures lying in Assington, Suffolk, called by the name of Perefield     Richard Barker of Sudbury to hold and occupy these leases during the nonage of son George Brackett, paying £4 13s 7d sterling yearly to Maud my wile and 6C of fresh wood with the felling making and carrying of the same toward the keeping and bringing up of the same George and Edward my sons.. Also, to wife Maud a certain lease in lands called Chyllton wente and Duckslade.. .The residue of all my goods and cattle, money, plate, debts and implements of household not assigned or bequeathed to Maud my wife whom I make sole executrix. John Oxburghe of Sudbury, gentleman, and the said Richard Barker to be aydors and comforters to my said wife and for their pains 6s 8d sterling. Witnesses: John Bannasted, Raulff Feosdike, John Blanche, John Beeie, Ronert Cooke. Willm Hayward. Proved 19 March 1540/4 1 (Ref.: Coole 364)

William Brackett had at least three Sons who referred to each other in their wills.

Children, born in Sudbury:
WILLIAM, prob. b about 1515; m Alice.......; ch.: Edmond, Richard, William, Maud, others who d.y.; buried 6 May 1575 at St.Peter's; she m 2, 11 Sept. 1575, Richard Morrell (or Merrill)
GEORGE, named in wills of his brothers William & Thomas; sev. ch.: Robert who had Barbara 1593 and Robert 1594/5, George bapt. 2 Dec. 1565 at St Gregory's who m Elizabeth & had Elizabeth 1603 & Anne 1608, Grace & Christian bapt. 29 March 1581 at St. Peter's, prob. also John who witnessed the will of William Brackett in 1575 & may be the John B. bapt. 22 Aug. 1557 at St. Mary in Bury St. Edrnunds THOMAS. m Emma...... ; he d 1573, naming in his will his wife & Sons Edward & William. His son Edward was slain by Anthony Burr on 15 June 1591 & was buried the next day at St. Peter's. An abstract of his will follows:

10 September 1573 - The nuncupative will of THOMAS BRACKETT of St. Gregory, Sudbury, Suffolk ... sick in body ... to Robert Brackett son of George Brackett his brother one pewter platter ... to Edward Brackett his son one brass pot, one pewter platter, one pewter porringer, one saucer of pewter ... to Willm Brackett his other son one candlestick. .all these to be delivered unto his brother George Brackett to keep for his children until they come to lawful age... the residue of his goods to my wife Emma Brackett freely, she seeing his body honestly buried &r brought to the ground, his debts paid & his little children brought up in the fear of god. Witnesses: Thomas Byknefl, Willm Srnyth, Thomas Collins, with others. Proved 13  January 1573/4     (Ref. Large 2.14)

Ref.: Suffolk Green Book X; Probate Records at Bury Saint Edmunds; Parish Registers;
Bishop's Transcripts

He had the following children.

  M i William BRACKETT was born about 1515. He was buried on 6 May 1575.

Richard MORELLS. Richard married 1 Alice on 11 Sep 1575 in St Gregory's, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Alice 1. Alice married 2 Richard MORELLS on 11 Sep 1575 in St Gregory's, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Other marriages:
BRACKETT, William


William BRACKETT [Parents] was born 1 about 1555. He died 2 about 1583. William married 3 Alice BULL on 21 Jul 1582 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

WILLIAM, prob. b 1555; m 21 July 1582 at St. Peter's, Alice Bull; he prob. d about 1583-5, for an Alice Brackett m John Goslin, 29 Aug. 1585; ch.: William bapt. 27 Jan. 1582/3 at St. Peter's. However, this may be the marriage & child of his cousin William who was son of Thomas

Alice BULL 1. Alice married 2 William BRACKETT on 21 Jul 1582 in St Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.


George GOLDYNG. George married 1 Maud BRACKETT on 2 Feb 1585 in St Gregory's, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

Maud BRACKETT [Parents] 1 was christened 2 on 20 Nov 1560 in Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Maud married 3 George GOLDYNG on 2 Feb 1585 in St Gregory's, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom.

MAUD, was prob. the dau. of William Brackett” bapt. 20 Nov. 1560 at Bury St. Edmunds. Maud was under 18 in 1575 which makes this identification likely. She m 2 Feb. 1585/6 at St. Gregory's, Sudbury, George Goldyng


Nicholas VINCENT [Parents] was born 1 about 1495 in Bildeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. Nicholas married Agnes.

NICHOLAS VINCENT (Andrew) of Bildeston, Suffolk, England was probably born about 1494-7 in or near Bildeston, where he apparently spent his life and where he owned considerable property, being a substantial yeoman farmer of his day. In the 1524 Subsidy return, he was listed at Bildeston for a tax of 9 shillings on £6 worth of goods. On 13 November 1553, he made his will. Altho he did not state in the preamble of the will that he was sick, he probably was and anticipated death. He died shortly thereafter and the will was proved 12 March following. He is undoubtedly buried in the churchyard at Bildeston, as he requested in his will. He married Agnes, who survived him. His home was on Newbery Street in Bildeston.

Agnes 1. Agnes married Nicholas VINCENT.

They had the following children.

  M i Andrew VINCENT was born about 1525.

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