John Geste
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John Geste (bef. 1476)

John Geste aka Ghest
Born before in Handsworth, Stafford, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1496 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died [date unknown] in Worcestershire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Aug 2018
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Birth and death dates of John Geste are unknown. The regnal year 12 Henry VII is from August 1496 to August 1497. If the lineage outlined by Burke is correct it would probably place John's birth and Margaret's birth before 1496. Based on this lineage from Burke an estimated birth is about 1475 and an estimated death is about 1525. An estimated marriage date is 1496.

According to Burke: "The family of Geste or Ghest derives from John Geste or Ghest, of Handsworth, in the county of Stafford, who was admitted tenant of copyhold lands there, in the 12 Henry VII. He m. Margaret Hawkes, daughter and heiress of Thomas Hawkes, and great granddaughter of Henry Hawkes, of Hopwode, in the county of Worcester, close to Row Heath, in right of whom John Ghest claimed a messuage and lands there." John and Margaret had children: Richard, his heir, Laurence of Row Heath, and Thomas whose son Edmund having taken holy orders acquired high distinction in the church.

Edmund Geste or Guest (1518-1577 according to wikipedia) grandson of John Geste and Margaret Hawkes Geste was appointed deacon of Canterbury in 1559, consecrated Bishop of Rochester in 1560, and constituted Bishop of Salisbury in 1571 and was one of the Reformers. He was distributor of alms on behalf of Queen Elizabeth from 1560-1572. He was interred in Salisbury Cathedral in 1676 according to Burke and bequeathed his library.

According to Dugdale, the family of Geste was of Row or Rough Heath in Worcestershire. Row Heath lies in the parish of King's Norton and there are entries of the Geste name in the parish registry. But there appeared to be no traces of the family in the parish in 1840. However, there are many in the register of Handsworth in the county of Stafford close adjoining the place of abode of a branch of the same family for upwards of three hundred years. Hands House is described in the parish register as the abode of the family of Geste.


  • John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, published 1836, page 489
  • Henry Geast Dugdale, The Life and Character of Edmund Geste, S.T.P., The Principal Compiler of The Liturgy of the Church of England, published 1840, page 13-14.

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