Mary was the daughter of John Bourchier, Knt., of Hanging Grimston, Yorkshire and Lambeth Marsh, Surrey, by Elizabeth, daughter of George Verney, Esq. She married Jabez Whitaker on 16 July 1619 at Lamb's Chapel, Monkwell Street, London.
They had one son, William. Jabez immigrated to Virginia by 1620 and settled in Elizabeth City County. Mary was living 5 April 1626 when she was granted the administration of her father's estate within a few weeks of his death. Her father had died intestate. The speed with which she secured the administration suggests that she may have been in London rather than Virginia at the time. The administration was clearly contested: in August 1627 letters of administration were issued to a servant of her father's, who was suing a lawyer over the handling of some Yorkshire lands of her father; in 1635 one of her brothers took over the administration.
Name: Bourchier in most references. Spelt Bouchier in Boyd’s Marriage Index, but this may be a misreading of the handwriting in her parish register marriage entry.
Estimated Birth Year: "About 1596", based on parents' marriage "by 1593", husband's birth 5 December 1595, and marriage in 1619.
Death: Douglas Richardson does not give a death date for Mary. She was obviously alive in 1626 when she was granted the administration of her father's estate. She was likely to have been alive in 1635 when her brother Verney took over the administration. Her husband moved to Barbados (see his profile), and it is possible she died there. Trees on the internet postulate a death date of 1666, place Jamestown, Virginia, but do not give any source for this.
↑ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011), volume I, pages 276-291 BOURCHIER.
↑ Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume I, pages 479-492 BOURCHIER.
↑ Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry,I:290-291 BOURCHIER 15.
↑ 4.04.1 Parish register of Lamb's Chapel, London.
↑ 5.05.1 Boyd's marriage index, 1538-1850, in the collection of the Society of Genealogists, London, transcript viewable at FindMyPast.
↑ Susan Myra Kingsbury (ed.), Records of the Virginia Company, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1906-35, vol. I p.370, cited in Frederick Lewis Weis, The Magna Carta Sureties, 1215, 5th edition, Genealogical Publishing Company 1999, page 90.
↑ Richardson, Royal Ancestry, V:360 WHITAKER 18.i.
Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City: the author, 2011. See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
In January 2019, Michael Cayley joined the Magna Carta Project as Gateway Guardian for this profile. (See details about the role of Gateway Guardians and Trail Tenders here.) He posted her trail to Henry de Bohun as ready for review in April 2019, and it was approved 5 July 2019. See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.
I have not yet found a source, other than unsourced Ancestry and Familysearch family trees, for the death date of 1666, nor the death place of Jamestown. Does anyone know of a source? She was clearly alive in 1626 when she was granted the administration of her father’s estate, and she was likely to have been alive in 1635 when a brother took over the administration. Unless anyone can give a good source, I think I should amend the death date to after 1626 and delete the death place.
Having become Gateway Guardian for Mary on behalf of the Magna Carta Project, I will be seeing what more can be done on her profile, and starting work on her Magna Carta trail. Wikitree being the wonderful collaborative enterprise it is, feel free to make suggestions or contribute! Please message me if you prefer.