Smith/e - Smyth - Smythe - some associated research from America
The following information comes from the Huddleston research pages of Roy H. Huddleston of Kentucky, America. His primary interest is Capt. John Huddleston, Master of the London vessel "Bona Nova" (c. 1620) and his part in the settlement of Virginia. Roy has kindly allowed the use of the transcript below which also helps to place contemporary Smyth/e family in a wider context.
This early Huddleston history is also significant in linking Roy's Huddleston family line with the Tempest family - which is also linked to the Smyth/e line of Durham and Acton Burnell, (qv) Shropshire. It also links to the Winter family - of Bristol and elsewhere - which is in turn associated with the Smyth family of Bristol - and to John Smyth of Nibley and Berkeley in Gloucestershire via Sir Thomas Huddleston - and shows the 'inevitable' link to the ubiquitous Neville family - and Stanley lineage. Roy also makes this valuable link available from his pages (1580 Visitation of Cheshire containing a vast array of pertinent lineages to the major families of the era) which may also be accessed from his site in context with the Smythe family of Elford. At the base of the linked page - which opens from here in a new window - is a set of arrow links to take the reader to the "Visitation" Index.
"We find Richard Huddleston and his wife Margery with daughter Lucy Huddleston who marries John Brooke as well as information on Anne Wilbraham which is also mentioned as Wilbram. Huddleston Forum information that helps to bring in Captain John Huddleston:- Lucie Huddleston (who married John Brooke) was the daughter of Richard Huddleston (b. 1490) and his wife Margery Smythe. Also, it was Lucie's sister, Anne Huddleston, who married Sir John Bowes of Elford. Sir John Bowes' second wife was Susannah Cave and their daughter was Elizabeth Bowes who married Sir Nicholas Heveningham.
Lucie inherited the Haselour estate, which had no doubt devolved on her father, Richard Huddleston, from his wife Margery Smythe, whose grandmother was Margery Stanley." (Anne Staunton's mother)
Roy Huddlestone continues, "Anne Huddleston was co-heiress with her elder sister, Lucie, and inherited the Elford estate which then devolved to the Bowes and Heveningham families. Both Elford and Haselour had previously been Stanley properties of which family Lucie Huddleston was descended.
William Huddleston, third son of Sir John Huddleston of Millom and Mary Fenwick, married Lady Isabel Neville youngest daughter of Marquess Montague (killed at the battle of Barnet 1471) He lived most of his life, when not fighting in the Wars of the Roses, in Cumberland. He and Isabel had two sons: John born c.1488 d.1530 who eventually inherited Sawston, Cambs. (John Huddlestone married Elizabeth Sutton.) and Richard born. c.1490. William died c.1508, and his widow married 2ndly, Ralph Dacre of Carlisle, and 3rdly. Sir William Smythe/Smith - of Elford by 1511 - and other manors in Staffordshire. Isabel d.1516 and is buried (qv above) at Elford, Staffs. with her last husband. Richard (born c. 1490) married Margery Smythe, his stepsister, who inherited Elford, where apparently they had two daughters, Lucy (born 1540 IGI) who married John Brookes) and possibly Elizabeth who married Bowes. Also a son, Richard who was born at Elford c. 1514 (IGI). It is possible that Lucy was the daughter of this Richard, as there is too long a time gap between the dates. However, Richard (of Elford) married Isabel Williams daughter of John Lord Williams of Thame."
From the Archives Catalogue of the Birmingham City Archives in England, Roy Huddleston points out the following references. Family names and inter-relatedness should be noted.
Reference: MS 3878/60: Indenture between Richard Huddleston, esq., Margery his wife, daughter of William Smyth knt., deceased, and Walter Smyth esq., and Dame Mary, his wife, formerly wife of the said William Smith, and Humphrey Smith, son of the said William and Mary, being an agreement concerning the settlement of the manor of Elford, with lands in Elford, Okeley, Hasloore, Tamworth, co. Staffs, in dispute between the said parties. Creation dates: 8 March 1529/30
Reference: MS 3878/61: Bond from Walter Smyth of Elford co. Staff., esq., and Humphrey Ferrers of Tamworth co. War., esq., to Richard Huddleston esq., to secure performance of covenants. Creation dates: 8 March 1529/30
Reference: MS 3878/63: Indenture between Richard Huddlestone esq., Margerie, his wife, and Walter Smyth, esq., and Dame Mary, his wife, being a covenant between the said parties concerning the exchange of the Manors of Elford and Oakley, co. Staff., with the manor of Sybertoft Sibbertoft co. Northampton, and the manor of Quarnden, co. Leic. Creation dates: 27 October 1530
Reference: MS 3878/67: Quitclaim from John Gemme of Whytynton Whittington, co. Staff., yeoman to Richard Huddylston, esq., Lord of Elforde Elford co. Staff. of a river meadow with appurtenances near the River Tame - and Reference: MS 3878/69: Testimony of John Deyster of Elforde, Elford co. Staff., husbandman, in a dispute between Richard Huddylston of Elforde, co. Staff., esq., and William Babynton of Tymmore Tamhorn, co. Staff., esq., concerning land in Elford, called Lolyms. Creation dates: 20 January 1538/9
Reference: MS 3878/73: Testimony of Thomas Wode, of Warrforde Warford, co. Cheshire, William Colyn of Fysherwyke Fisherwick, Co. Staff., and Roger Colyn of Drayton Bassett, Co. Staff., yeoman, in a dispute between Richard Huddylston, lord of Elforde, Elford, Co. Staff. and William Babynton of Tymmore, concerning a piece of land in Elford, called a holme. Creation dates: 14 March 1539/40.
Writing in October 2003, Roy adds - "Using Citizen Smythe as a reference point who shows up in the House of Lords, the London Company otherwise known as "Records of the Virginia Company" and information from your pages, I have found Richard Huddleston, Esq. and Lady Izabell Weyneman.
We start with page 33 of Volume III of the 4 book series Records of the Virginia Company. Volume III is also part of the works of President Thomas Jefferson which he saved.
IX. Sir Thomas Smythe. A letter to Sr Raphe Winwood April, 1611 Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury Manuscripts, Winwood Papers, volume 9 (Courtesy of Duke of Buccleuch) Document of Buccleugh at Boughton House.
Right HonBLE I have receyed yoR Lynes, but aquainted the Lords, (And the rest of the Counscell for Virginia) wTh them we made members (Whereof yU are made a member) who all do roturne their kind thanks, for yoR loue and affection to this worthie plantation, and for yoR readye willingnes to contrybute to the same, the cH I haue receyed to the some of 75ll and delyered a Bill of Adventurers for the same. And we do entreate yoR Lo: solicitacon, and best furtherance, to styrre vpp ye rest of those worthie c[omman]ders that as we haue the hopes of good successe to be raysed amongst them; so we may enioye the fruites of ther g[ood] wishes in due tyme, to the vphoulding of the most HonBLE worke, wCH no hath nede of the assistaunce of such or[t]h[i]e spirittes, who desire the enlargmT of Christian religion, to yE glorye of God, and renowne and honR of oR King and Englishe NatU Ad the wishing yU an increase in all honoR and happynes I rst YoR LoRS euer readye to do yU seruce Tho: Smythe London, Aprilis 1611. Transcript by Maj. C. A. Markham, of Northampton November 30, 1613
XVIII. Virginia Company Vs. William Levenson. the answer of William Levenson to the Bill of Complaint Chancery Proceedings, James 1, bundle U, Nos 2/55 Document in Public Record Office London List of Records No. 29 (The document starts on page 52 but doesn't apply to Sir Thomas Smythe until page 53) On page 53 taken from context: Sir Thomas Smithe tresurer of the said Companye ... on page 59 March 6 1615/16-June 9, 1623 May 28 1619 ... Giuen vnto Sr Thoms Smith for a gratificacon ... on page 68 ... In so doing both ourselves shall have a great cause to thank you and the Plantation to acknowledge your love and kindness towards the same. Thomas Smythe. There is more about Sir Thomas Smythe but I am covering the highlights but as treasurer he was partly responsible for a lottery. One sees that this money is for the business of the Virginia Company and getting people from England to Virginia.
On page 70 John Hudson sometimes Provost MarshLL General for diverse crimes this Colony & Comen weale was at 2 Marshall & misdemeanors comitted agT the just & sacred Articles laws & Goument of Courts comdem'd to die and according to Lers from Sr Tho: Smith TreasR foR yE CompA to Sr Thom: Dale GovR reprieved in hopes of Amendmt And now has been guilty of more Errors therefore to prevent ye danger in HarbRS so ungratefull a Viper in the young & tender bosom of this so religious & lawful an action He is Exiled & banished & if he returns to be put to death without further Judgmt 7 June 1617 (PCC Richard Huddleston Esq. of Thame Park, Oxon, the administration given to Henry Norris Kt. Lord, of Rycote Park, Oxon (near Thame) in 1590 and again 1598.)
From British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/people.asp?startletter=smythe I was able to find a similiar reference to Sir Thomas Smythe that covered known Huddleston ancestors. House of Commons Journal Volume 1 10 March 1576 (This would be nine years before Captain John Huddleston was born)
Lady Weyneman, &c. Mr. Doctor Barcley and Mr. Powle do bring from the Lords the Bill touching the Confirmation of an Abitrament to be made between Richard Huddlestone Esquire, and Dame Izabell Weyneman his wife, on the One Part; and Francis Weyneman Gentlemen of the other Part; are sent up to the Lords by Mr. Secretary Smythe and others. FILE - Private Act, 18 Elizabeth I, c. 13 - ref. HL/PO/PB/1/1575/18Eliz1n30 - date: 1575 |_ [from Scope and Content] An Act for the Confirmation of an Arbitrament to be made by certain Persons, touching a Controversy between Richard Huddleston, Esquire, and Dame Isabell Weyman his Wife on the one Part, and Francis Weyman, Gentleman, on the other Part. © 2002 The contents of this catalogue Birmingham City Archives.
Mr. Secretary Smythe was the common denominator I was looking for. So far I have been unable to trace any children of this marriage, and Isabel Williams married 2ndly Sir Richard Wensman (?)of Witney. Be that as it may, I found in the PCC Richard Huddleston Esq. of Thame Park, Oxon, the administration given to Henry Norris Kt. Lord, of Rycote Park, Oxon (near Thame) in 1590 and again 1598. I also found mention of Richard Huddleston "Her Maj, Treasurer of War" in 1586. He could and indeed probably is, the same as Richard Huddleston of Thame. Thame is the town named from the river Thames. Thame is 47 miles from London and Middlesex is 30 miles from London and they are both on the River Thames.
House of Commons Journal Volume 1 10 March 1576 Sabbati, decimo Martii, 1575 ... the Bill for Confirmation of an Arbitrament to be made by certain Persons, between Richard Huddleston Esquire, and Dame Izabell Weyneman his Wife, on, the One Part, and Francis Weyneman Gentleman, on the other Part; are sent up to the Lords by Mr. Secretary Smythe and others.
December 2003 - Smyth/e or Smith - additional notes to this line which may also connect to Elford in Staffordshire