Portrait of Matthew Smyth - click for more detailsSmythe family linkages ...Smyth family of Ashton Court - is this a branch of the
Durham and Yorkshire Lancastrian/Tudor Smyth/e family line?
The following is a Smyth (of Ashton Court, Bristol)
family pedigree. Click on the "Flower of Bristowe" (Bristol) - Non-such (Lychnis chalcedonica) - to explore some Smyth family linkages.

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Like so many family trees, there are names missing from this one. For example, Matthew Smyth and Jane Tewther had another daughter, Elizabeth Smyth/e - unless there was another Matthew Smythe of Bristol on the scene at this time or unless Ann, mentioned above, was also called Elizabeth - who married Thomas Phelips.

Information from Strong Family records has this to say: "Thomas Phelips, son of Richard Phelips, was born c. 1500-1510 d. 1590. He married Elizabeth Smythe, daughter of Matthew Smythe of Bristol. He was returned MP, 1545-1558.

On 3 January 1538, during the events commonly referred to as the Dissolution of the Monasteries, Thomas and his father Richard Phelips, were witnesses to the surrender of the impoverished Benedictine Abbey of Muchelney. The monks were pensioned off and disprersed .... Richard Phelips was placed in charge of the Abbey site. [Ref.: Suppression of the Monasteries in the West Country, by J.H.Betty, Alan Sutton Publishing, 1989, p. 78]. The Prior, at what was formerly a Clunic House, in Montacute, however, resisted the King's commissioners a little longer. In early 1539, Hugh Pollard and William Petre [father of Dorothy, wife of Sir Nicholas Wadham, and founders Wadham College, Oxford] wrote to Thomas Cromwell complaining of the stubborness of the prior of Montacute. In March of 1539, these same two commissioners were complaining once again; they wrote to Thomas Cromwell asking for instructions. The Priory was finally surrendered on 20 March 1539 to John Tregonwell, the prior having been granted a handsome pension of 80 pounds per annum. [Ref.: Ibid pp. 86-87]. Montacute House, Somerset.

In 1587, Thomas gave his Montacute property to his youngest son Edward and Edward's first wife Margaret. Thomas died leaving a will dated 25 September 1588. Effigies of Thomas and Elizabeth (Smythe) are still existant in the north transcept of St. Catherine's Montacute."

It is significant (see Smyth of Durham and Yorkshire pages) that the Smyth family of 'William Smithdike' was granted the lease of the Rosedale Abbey estates in Yorkshire at this same time and must have been in a position of favour to benefit in this way. There is also earlier detail about the Phelips family available via the Strong family site linked above. Their son, Edward Phelips was the builder of the present Montacute House and was also a subscriber to the Third Charter of the Virginia Company of London in 1612 - as was the Smyth/e family of Kent - Sir Thomas Smythe - along with other Smyh/e family members.

Useful sources - courtesy of Patricia Minot
The Ways of Yesterday. Being the Chronicles of the Way family from 1307 to 1885. [With plates, including portraits.]
Author:  PICKERING, afterwards STIRLING   Anna Maria Diana Wilhelmina
Publisher:  pp. 320. Thornton Butterworth: London, 1930. 8o.
History of the Way Family, etc.
Author:  WAY   Herbert W. L.Publisher:  pp. viii. 133. pl. 12. Printed for private circulation: London, 1914. 4o.
Beloved Imperialist   Sir Gordon Guggisberg, Governor of the Gold Coast
by H. B. Goodall;  Durham  Pentland Press;  1998

History of England from the Accession of James II

Royal Mistresses. Routledge 1990 London, 42-43

The Inside Story of the Smyths of Ashton Court
Anton Bantock, Malago Publications 1980
The Last Smyths of Ashton Court Book II
Anton Bantock, Malago Publications 1999
Highly recommended.

“1881 British Census,” LDS Web Site, Web  Fam Hist Lib Film 1342250  Folio 5180/12  Page # 17, RG11, 29 Oct 2002.

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