Has anyone found the parentage of the 'earliest' Rowntree, Peter (1590)

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WikiTree profile: Peter Rowntree
in Genealogy Help by Alan Rowntree G2G Crew (750 points)
Hi Alan, Do we have a profile for him on Wikitree?
Yes, he is Rowntree-78. Alan
Good. I have added the link to Peter to your question to give folks a starting point if they are trying to help you.

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In what country, county and or city was your earliest known Roundtree born? surnamedb.com , a free site, has Roundtrees in very early times.


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This unusual surname is of early medieval English origin, and is a topographical name from residence by a conspicuous rowan or mountain ash, perhaps one growing in an area where such trees were uncommon. The derivation is from the Middle English "rown", ultimately from the Old Norse "rogn", rowan, with the Middle English "tree", a development of the Olde English pre 7th Century "treow", tree. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognizable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages.The surname is particularly well recorded in the north of England, especially in Yorkshire, early recordings include William Rowentree and Ralph Roentree, noted in the 14th Century "Depositions from York Castle". In Ireland, the surname appears in the ancient territory of Orghialla, comprising Counties Armagh and Monaghan, as early as 1376, and in the modern idiom is variously spelt: Rountree, Roundtree, Roantree, and Rowantree. On January 5th 1864, a son, Frederick, was born to Michael Roantree and Eliza Sheridan, in Lucan, Co. Dublin. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Rountre, which was dated 1301, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "the Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.1m points)
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It would be good to add some more evidence for this family there is almost nothing to go on. I did, from the clue that he was a yeoman of Easby, manage to find his burial record. I've added this to his profile.

 I also found an unsourced tree with various baptism, marriage and burial dates but nothing to say where his baptism and marriage were supposed to have happened.  http://www.guise.me.uk/rowntree/EarlyTree.jpg

 I've added a note about this to the profile (basically, I can't see that the register for Easby is early enough to record either his baptism or his marriage, there is though a baptism for a William in Stokesley , which is where Peter was buried  in 1617.) There are a lot of Rowntrees, with various spellings of the name in this register, there are also many people from Easby https://archive.org/stream/registersofparis07stok#page/288/mode/2up

To answer your question. The  unsourced online tree I found went back no further.  I doubt you are going to be able to go back a further generation from parish registers . You will need to find other sorts of evidence, wills or documents concerning land held (as a yeoman he may have inherited leasehold land from his father for example) This part of the England is out of my area of expertise but it might be worthwhile to start looking in the County Records office's catalogue.

If this is an ancestor of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Rowntree_(philanthropist) then there also  a possibility that a biographer  may have delved into his ancestry

by Helen Ford G2G6 Pilot (293k points)
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