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William Canning (1592 - aft. 1642)

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William "of Foxcote" [uncertain] Canning
Born in Foxcote, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Bretforton, Worcestershiremap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died after [location unknown]
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William was born about 1592 to Richard and Mary Canning.

The manor of Bretforton was granted by Queen Elizabeth I to Robert Dudly, Earl of Leicester, on 29 June 1566. The manor then passed to his brother, Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick, in 1588. In 1679, Capel Hanbury and his wife Honora Hanbury, and Anthony Crompe, sold a fourth part of the manor to William Bagnall. The portion of the manor was the Grange estate, purchased later by the Wylkes family from John Dudley, and sold on to William Canning in 1612. William Canning "is said to have rebuilt [the Grange] in 1635." "[I]n 1642, [William Canning] is said to have sold 'the Farm of the Manor of Bretforton' to Sir John Rous of Rouslench, from whose son, Sir Thomas Rous, it was purchased in 1649 by Sir William Sambach, who died in 1653." [Victoria County History of Worcestershire, Vol. 2 (1906), p. 363]

"1610, 15 Nov. Mr. William [Canninge], son and heir-apparent of Richard Canninge of Foxcott, Warwickshire, esq. specially, bound with Messrs. William Sambach and Michael Rutter; fine, 3L.6s.8d." MIDDLE TEMPLE RECORDS, ed. by Charles Hopwood (1904), Vol. 2, p. 529


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On 17 Apr 2015 at 17:19 GMT James Canning wrote:

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On 13 Apr 2015 at 21:23 GMT James Canning wrote:

Additional members of the immediate family can be found in the will of Endymion Canning (d. 1683).

On 13 Oct 2014 at 17:36 GMT James Canning wrote:

William Canning married 1stly, Anne Haywood (Harward), and 2ndly Mary Porter (sister of Endymion Porter).

On 19 Sep 2014 at 23:46 GMT James Canning wrote:

Endymion Canning, of Brook, co. Rutland, by will dated 4 May 1681 left money for the poor in a number of parishes, including Bretforton, and Uppingham, co. Rutland.

(Parliamentary Papers, House of Commons, Vol. 11) Mary (Porter) Canning was the sister of Endymion Porter.

On 18 Sep 2014 at 19:40 GMT James Canning wrote:

Tim, any more info on Thomas Abbot who married Elizabeth Haywood? Thanks.

On 18 Sep 2014 at 19:34 GMT James Canning wrote:

Both spellings are encountered in the records. Victoria County History went with Harward. Burke used Haywood.

Similarly, Anne Canning (Roxcote, c 1705-1754) married one Greenwood, sometimes seen in the records as Greenward.

On 17 Sep 2014 at 19:53 GMT Tim Perry wrote:

Conversely, James, some sources state Anne's surname as Haywood, daughter of Thomas Haywood of Bretforton, Worchester. Thomas was the son of Thomas Abbot and Elizabeth Haywood, he chose to take his mother's surname, not so uncommon for folk seeking to be upwardly mobile in society if their mother came from a wealthy or important family.

On 16 Sep 2014 at 23:26 GMT James Canning wrote:

Jane Stafford married Richard Canning, brother of William Canning (b. 1591).

On 16 Sep 2014 at 23:23 GMT James Canning wrote:

By his second wife, Mary (daughter of Edmond Porter, William Canning had three daughters: Mary (b. 1622); Jane (b. 1626); and Anne (b. 1633). William and his wife Mary also had a son, Endymion (named for Mary's brother, Endymion Porter), who died in 1680. Endymion Canning apparently was Master of Horse for the 3rd Viscount Campden.

On 13 Sep 2014 at 19:31 GMT James Canning wrote:

Anne Harward was the only daughter of Thomas Harward by his wife Alice. She married William Canning in 1610 and they lived at the Grange, Bretforton. Thomas Harward's parents, John Harward and his wife Agnes, had leased the manor of Bretforton from the Abbey of Evesham before the dissolution of the monasteries. Thomas and Alice Harward lived in the manor house at Bretforton.

Anne (Harward) Canning died in 1618. William Canning subsequently married Mary, sister of Endymion Porter. Their son Endymion Canning, bequeathed a sum of money to the poor of Bretforton. Joan Harward was a sister of John Harward (and uncle of Thomas Harward). (Victoria County History of Worcestershire, page 366 - - 1906)

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