Ancestors of Tim Farr and Descendants of Stephen Farr Sr. of Concord, Massachusetts and Lidlington, Bedfordshire, England


Samuel LEETE. Samuel married 1 Anne RAINSFORD on 9 Oct 1638 in Staverton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.

Anne RAINSFORD [Parents] 1 was born about 1611 in Staverton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom. Anne married 2 Samuel LEETE on 9 Oct 1638 in Staverton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.


John PHIPPS. John married 1 Marie RAINSFORD on 3 Mar 1613/1614 in Staverton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.

Marie RAINSFORD [Parents] was christened 1 on 2 Apr 1593 in Epping, Essex, England, United Kingdom. Marie married 2 John PHIPPS on 3 Mar 1613/1614 in Staverton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom.


Robert AWBERIE. Robert married Jane RAINSFORD on 1 Jun 1620 in St Giles, Oxford, England, United Kingdom.

Jane RAINSFORD [Parents] 1. Jane married Robert AWBERIE on 1 Jun 1620 in St Giles, Oxford, England, United Kingdom.


Henry MARSHE. Henry married 1 Phillipa RAINSFORD on 3 May 1585 in St Gregory-by-St Paul, London, England, United Kingdom.

Phillipa RAINSFORD [Parents] was christened 1 on 11 Jun 1561 in North Weald Bassett, Essex, England, United Kingdom. Phillipa married 2 Henry MARSHE on 3 May 1585 in St Gregory-by-St Paul, London, England, United Kingdom.


John RAINSFORD [Parents] 1 was born 2 about 1474. He died 3 in 1551. John married 4 Alice DANVERS before 1504.

3. JOHN RAYNSFORD (William, Henry) of Great Tew, was born about
1474 (aged thirteen and more in 1487 at his father's inquisition post mortem), and died in 1551 (Bodleian Library, MS. Wills Oxon. 180, f. 65v.). He married before 1504 ALICE DANVERS, daughter of Sir William Danvers of Cothorp, Oxfordshire, by his wife Anne Pury, and granddaughter of Sir John Danvers and Joan Bruley (see MacNamara, The Dan vers Memorials). Alice was not named in the will her father made 18 April 1504 (PCC 5 Holgrave) having probably already received her portion at marriage. However, the will of Dame Anne Danvers, 13 February 1530/1 (Lambeth Wills, Somerset House, 4 Thower), leaves to "my son John Raynsford, Lord of Micheltieu, my two gilt salts.., to my Godson [grandson] John Raynsford I bequeath my new house lately built at Thatcham, with all the ground within the pale, also £6/13/4 in money to my Goddaughter Anne Langton, a flat piece of silver . . . the
rest of my goods I give to Alice Rayneford my daughter . . . my executrix.

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The Letters & Papers of Henry VIII show from the "King s Book of Payments" in November 1518: to "Alice, wife of John Raynsford, I year s fee, £15"; 29 September 1531, £10 to Alice Raynsford; and 29 September 1534, to Alice Raynesford (2 [1864]: 1480; S [1880]: 21, no. 445; 7 [1883]: 466, no. 1204). Further particulars on Alice s ancestry may be found in Samuel Barfield, Thatcham, Berks, and its Manors (Oxford, 1901), edited by James Parker.
John Raynsford of Michell Tew, Esquire, made his will 22 April 1551, probated 29 August 1551 (MS. Wills Oxon. lSOf 65V-66r at Bodleian Library, Oxford). He requested burial "in my pue withen the parsh churche of Mychell Tew," and appointed as executor his son and heir Sir William Raynsford, knight. He left a gold ring and cash bequest to son George Raynsford, and also a gold ring to Hercules Raynsford, son and heir of Sir William. Daughters Margaret Hollwey and Marie Grevell were left cash bequests, as were "Thomas Hollwaye my dowghter Margarett s sonne," "Marie Sawle," and "George Langston my dowghters sonne." Small sums were left to Wyllyam Webbe, Alice Moore and Raffe butnell, all servants. The will was witnessed by Charles Raynsforde, gent., Henry Beere, and Wyllyam Osbury, Vicar and curate. Since John s wife and son John are not mentioned in the will, they apparently died before him.

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Alice DANVERS [Parents] 1, 2. Alice married 3 John RAINSFORD before 1504.

They had the following children.

  M i
William RAINSFORD.

WILLIAM, of Great Tew, eldest son and heir; he leased lands adjoining Peterchurch near Combe, Warwick, 4 Aug. 31 Henry VIII [15401, confirmed by patent, and 30 Nov. 1546 (Calendar of Patent Rolls: 3 & 4 Philip & Mary, 3:309; Letters & Papers of Henry Viii, 21: 776); was listed on a Pardon Roll of 18 May 1553 as "of Mychell Tewe, co. Oxford, knight, alias of Cryfeld Graunge, cc. Warwick, alias of Peter Hall, cc. Warwick" (Calendar of Patent Rolls: Philip & Mary, 1353-1554, 1:443); m. Jane Osbaldeston, dau. of John Osbaldeston of Chadlington, knight. Sir William Raynsford d. in 1557. His will dated 6 April that year (PCC 11 Wrastley) named son Hercules, wife Dame Jane Raynsford, daughter Beuffe, daughter Dorate Danvers, to Temperance Danvers at the time of her marriage, to Wilim Langton, to Thomas Raynfford my brother s son, to Edward & John Grenville my sister's sons, to ffelix Holwy my sister s son, to Eliz. Raynfford, to my two sisters, Margartt holway, my sister Greville of [illegible]. Executors to be Robert Kelnay, esq., Thomas Bridges, esq., Humffrey affyld, esq., and Charles Ranfford, gent. On 29 Nov. 1558 license was given "Hercules Raynsford, esquire, as son & heir of William Raynsford, knight; with issues since William s death" (Calendar of Patent Rolls: 4 & 5 Philip & Mary, 4:5). On 23 Oct. 1564 Hercules, as heir and executor of William, was granted release for wardship his father had held on heirs of John Foxe (Calendar of Patent Rolls: Elizabeth!, 3:75).

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Children (surname Rayn.sford): I. Hercules, m. Dorothy Anclrewes of Harsfield, cc. Glouc. 2. Juliana, m. John Bcaufew of Edmondscott, cc. Warwick. 3. Dorothy, m. (1) John Danvers of Culworth, Northants., whose will was proved 7 Aug. 1556 (Kitchen II, 1556, Somerset House); m. (2) by 10 Feb. 1577 Thomas Benger of Melton, Oxen.

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  M ii
John RAINSFORD.

John, second son, named in 1530 will of his maternal grandmother; named 9 Feb. 1548, with Edward Docwra his cousin, as one of the tenants at Crokehani in Thacham (Calendar of Patent Rolls: Edward VI, 2:89). Children (surname Raynsford) (per Oxfordshire Visitation): 1. Giles. 2. Thomas. 3. Edward. 4. Jane, m. Walter Cowper of cc. Berks. 5. Anna, m. [blank] Stewkley of co. Beds. 6. Alice, m. Christopher Bradburge of Thatcham, cc. Berks.
  M iii George RAINSFORD was buried on 27 Mar 1559.
  F iv
Margaret RAINSFORD.

MARGARET, m. THOMAS HOLLOWAY of cc. Oxon. Child (surname Holloway): 1. Thomas, named in the 1551 and 1557 wills as above.
  F v
Anne RAINSFORD.

ANNE, m. THOMAS LANGSTON of Charkham, cc. Berks. Child (surname Langston): 1. George, named in the 1551 will as above.
  F vi
Mary RAINSFORD.

MARY, m. as his first wife FRANCIS GREVILLE of Charlton Kings, cc. Gloucs. Children (surname Greville), named in the 1557 will above: 1. Edward. 2. John.

Walter TAVERNER 1. Walter married Alice.

Alice 1. Alice married Walter TAVERNER.

They had the following children.

  F i Katherine TAVERNER was buried on 24 Sep 1558.

Andrew LARDER. Andrew married 1 Martha RAINSFORD before 1559 in North Weald Bassett, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

Martha RAINSFORD [Parents] 1. Martha married 2 Andrew LARDER before 1559 in North Weald Bassett, Essex, England, United Kingdom.


Edward BUGGE. Edward married 1 Jane RAINSFORD on 26 Apr 1568 in Epping, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

Jane RAINSFORD [Parents] 1. Jane married 2 Edward BUGGE on 26 Apr 1568 in Epping, Essex, England, United Kingdom.


Henry AILET. Henry married 1 Ursula RAINSFORD on 6 Oct 1578 in White Roothing, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

Ursula RAINSFORD [Parents] 1. Ursula married 2 Henry AILET on 6 Oct 1578 in White Roothing, Essex, England, United Kingdom.


William RAINSFORD [Parents] 1 died 2 on 5 Aug 1487. William married Alyce ANNE.

2. WILLIAM RAYNSFORD (Henry), esquire, of Oxford and Berkshire, per writ of diem clausit extremum issued 13 October, 3 Henry VII [1487] (Calendar of Fine Rolls: Henry VII, 69, no. 151). died 5 August 1487 according to his inquisition post mortem of 29 October, 3 Henry VII [1487], which determined he held the Manor of Great Tew, Oxford, of the Prior of Bradenstoke, service unknown, and that his son and heir was John Raynford, aged 13 and more (Calendar of Inquisitions: Henry VII, 2:135, no. 313).
The Visitation of Oxford (p. 50), which incorporates information copied from memorials and windows in the church and manor house at Great Tew by Richard Lee in 1574, has in the past been used as the source for information on this generation. But a more accurate transcription of the same material is found in the Oxfordshire Record Society's Parochial Collections (Third Part, 1929, pp. 307-09). A memorial window in Great Tew church reads: "William Raynsford Esq. sometyme Lord of Great Tewe and Alyce his wyfe daughter to John Anne Esq. whych William died in the 1111 of August an. Dom. MCCCCLXXXVII an. sec. Hen. VII and Alice dyed an. dom. [blank]." As these data are printed in the Visitation the impression is left that Alice died the same date as her husband,

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and her name is recorded as "Ayce," which has in turn been transcribed in later pedigrees as "Agnes" and "Annis/Anne."
Lee also records a monument in North Aston Church (Parochial Collections, Part 1, 1921, p. 9) for "Johannes Anne et Alicia uxor ejus qui obiit MCCCXvj," although the pedigrees give John Anne s death as 1441. They also show him to have married twice: to Alice, daughter of [blank] Aston of Somerton, Oxfordshire, by whom he had a son William who died in 1451; and to Alice, daughter of "Sir [blank] Gifford of Twyforde, Buckinghamshire." Lee records arms decorating both the North Aston Church and "the anchent house of Anne in Northaston" as Anne impaling Gifford, but none of the pedigrees name John Anne s daughter(s).
William Raynsford had a contemporary of the same name, of Bradefelde, co. Essex in 1429, who was married to Eleanor Boroughchier and father of Laurence de Raynforde (see Calendar of Close Rolls:
Henry VI, 1:467, 2:262).

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Alyce ANNE [Parents] 1. Alyce married William RAINSFORD.

They had the following children.

  M i John RAINSFORD was born about 1474. He died in 1551.
  M ii
William RAINSFORD died 1 before 1543 in Clifford Chambers, Warwichshire, England, United Kingdom.

WILLIAM, second son, of Clifford Chambers, Warwickshire; d. before 1543 when wife made her will; m. JOHANNA BROOK, and on 24 July 1537 with her, son Charles, daughters Joyce and Elianora, cousin William Rainsford, and John and Walter Aldersfull of Knightwick, co. Worcs., received a release from the Abbey of St. Peter (Bristol & Gloucestersh ire Archaeological Society 14 [1889-90]:63).
  M iii
Henry RAINSFORD 1.
  F iv
Elizabeth RAINSFORD 1.

ELIZABETH, m. (1) RICHARD BELCHER; m. (2) GEORGE AGARD, who was d. in 1523.

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