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Ursula (Chichester) Trevelyan (1558 - aft. 1609)

Ursula Trevelyan formerly Chichester aka Chechester
Born in Shirwell, Devonshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married [date unknown] in Nettlecomb, Somerset, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after age 50 in Nettlecomb, Somerset, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Dec 2009
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She was born 24 Apr 1558 in Shirwell, Devonshire, England [1] Father named as John Chechester in the Findmypast transcription.

Many sources agree that she was born in Shirwell, Devonshire, April 24, 1558. One source says she was christened April 26, 1558 in Stirwell.

Her surname is most commonly seen as Chichester but has also been seen as Cichester and Chechester. [2]

Her given name appears as Urith, but Sir Alex Chichester in his 1871 genealogy refers to the the 16th child of John and Gertrude Courtenay Chichester[3] and wife of John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe as "Ursula." [4]

She married John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe in Somerset. [3]

Her marriage was arranged by an indenture dated 6 May (Elizabeth 10) 1568 between the two parents. [5]

The indenture conveys the following information: Names of fathers

  • John Trevylian of Nettlecombe, Esq, County Somerset. He had a brother named Edward. [5]
  • Sir John Chechestre of Rawleigh, Devon, Knight.[5]

Siblings of John Trevylian, the Groom

  • Josias Trevelyan[5]
  • William Trevelyan[5]

Assuming a birth year of 1558, she would have been aged 10 at the time, and the marriage itself would have followed at a later date.

A likely actual marriage might be that shown on 20 Apr 1576 in Shirwell, Devon to John Trevillion[6] Urith would have been aged 18 at the time.

An alternate marriage date of 15 May 1591 in Nettlecombe, England is sometimes seen. [2]

This is suspect, as Urith would have been aged 43 at the time.

One source gives her death date as 1591 in Nettlecomb, Somersetshire, England [2] However, the children linked to her on WikiTree were born during the period 1583 and 1608. If these birth years are correct, her death would have occurred after 1608.

Children Listed by WikiTree

  1. Susanna (Trevelyan) Carpenter, born 1583, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  2. John Trevelyan, born 1591, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  3. Susanna Trivilian, born 1592, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  4. George Trevilian, born 1594, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  5. Amos Trevilian, born 1596, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  6. [[Trevilian-4|Christopher Trevilian, born 1598, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  7. Eleonor Trevilian, born 1600, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  8. Marie Trevilian, born 1606, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  9. Elizabeth Trevilian, born 1608, Nettlecombe, Somerset
  10. Eulalia Trevilian, born Nettlecombe, Somerset, July 16, 1608


  1. Transcription, England, Births & Baptisms 1538-1975 Find My Past (Paid membership required)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Renew West Ancestry by Dawn Findley.ged Imported 2 Jul 2007. Gedcom uploaded by jhd Replace this citation when better sourcing obtained.
  3. 3.0 3.1 John Chichester (d. 1569), Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Accessed Sept 24, 2015
  4. Sir Alex. Palmer Bruce Chichester. History of The Family of Chichester, from AD 1056 to 1870. By the author: London, 1871. page 34 Accessed 8 June 2020 jhd
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 J. Payne Collier. Trevelyan Papers Prior to AD 1558. Accessed May 2, 2016.
  6. Transcription. England Marriages 1538-1973 Find My Past (Paid Membership Required)
  • Brydges, Egerton, Collins's Peerage of England (London: T. Bensley, 1812.), 8:180
  • Vivian, John Lambrick, The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Herald's Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620 (Exeter: H.S. Eland, 1895.), p. 174
  • Charles Mosley, editor, Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Name: Name: Genealogical Books; Location: Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A; Date: 2003), volume 1, page 1158.

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Chichester-412 and Chichester-1 appear to represent the same person because: Clear duplicate
posted by Larry Ridgley
I have found in "The History of the family Chichester" From 1036 to 1870 Written by Sir Alex Palmer Bruce Chichester in 1871 that "Ulrith" is actually named "Ursula" Chichester. It is on page 114 on the web site or page 34 on the actual copy of the page. That makes a lot more sense since Ulrith is a masculine name. Please advise.
posted by Victor Vincent
Added the reference with discussion under names. Urith (not Ulrith) is also seen with some frequency, so there's certainly a basis for adding Ursula as a possibility, but not enough to eliminate Urith as being in error. Great find on this work, however, which will help source her ancestors.
posted by Jack Day
For your info., the following message appears from Wikitree when you try to save ... Warning: Check the data.

A mother's death date (Chichester-1 died 1591) should not be before one of her children's birth dates (Trivilian-9 born 1592) .

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