In a Visitation (1623), a wife's description includes re'pta [renupta] & another husband... and confusion arises

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The question... would re'pta [renupta] mean remarried?

The problem... In a chart of the Billingsley's lineage in the 1623 Visitation of Shropshire, William's wife is given as "Elizabeth da. & heire of . . . . Harding al's Harlowe re'pta [renupta] Sr Martyn Bowes, Kt."

And I have two reputable sources (biographies posted by the History of Parliament Online) that give conflicting information. Bio for William & Elizabeth's son Henry says William married Elizabeth, widow of Martin Bowes & the bio for Martin says he married Elizabeth, widow of William Billingsley. The dates don't help, as the bios have Henry b c1538, William d 1570, and Martin marrying William's widow in 1554.


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in Genealogy Help by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (504k points)

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Sir Martyn died in 1566, Eliz was his 3rd wife, his 2nd died in 1553; his will mentions his "wife's daughters Martha and Cecily" both of these daughters are mentioned in the Shropshire visit. as daus. of Billingsley and Elizabeth, so it would appear the renupta Bowes was correct and the death date for Billingsley must be off. see also

The Correspondence of Reginald Pole: A biographical companion: the British Isles

By Reginald Pole 77

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