Unknown Tomlinson, wife of John Bagley?

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This is an interesting profile as it was once believed that the wife of John Bagley was the illegiimate child of Edward Dudley, Lord Dudley by his mistress Elizabeth Tomlinson.  This royal line was broken by noted genealogist Charles Hanson in an article in The American Genealogist

  • The American Genealogist vol. 71, no. 1 (January 1996): 36-48. The Ancestry of William and Ann (Bagley) Brinton: Quaker Immigrants to Pennsylvania, by Charles M. Hansen. AmericanAncestors.org LINK

where he showed the wife of John Bagley was actually a sister of his mistress Elizabeth Tomlinson.  He notes that in no record is the given name of John Bagley's wife actually given (i.e. she is Unknown Tomlinson).

The Visitations name the father of Elizabeth Tomlinson as William Tomlinson (and so by extension of Unknown (Tomlinson) Bagley).  Recently, changes to the profile made Elizabeth and her unknown sister daughters of William Tomlinson by his wife Agnes Dues.  William and Agnes are known to have married in February 1562 and had children baptized John, Agnes and Joan.  The other change was to change the given name Unknown to Agnes.

It is a possible construction of the family.  However, there is the problem with this.  William and Agnes are not known to have had a daughter Elizabeth - no baptism exists and no wills have been found for William and Agnes Tomlinson.  Outside of the name William Tomlinson, there is absolutely nothing to say that the father of Elizabeth Tomlinson is the same person as the William Tomlinson that married Agnes Dues.  Similarily, absolutely no record names the wife of John Bagley as Agnes.  We only know that she was a sister of the Elizabeth who was mistress to Lord Dudley.

The question is, is there any new evidence to connect the Tomlinson sisters to William and Agnes Tomlinson?  If not, it is my intention to revert the profile.

WikiTree profile: Agnes Bagley
asked in Genealogy Help by Joe Cochoit G2G6 Pilot (165k points)

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