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William Lanckford (bef. 1601 - 1665)

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William Lanckford
Born before in Broughton Parish, Hampshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Wymering, Hampshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rumboldswyke Parish, Chichester, Sussex, Englandmap
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Categories: Surrey and Sussex Quakers | Estimated Birth Date.

William Lanckford was a Quaker.
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The Birth Date is a rough estimate. See the text for details.


Uncertain parentage

Note: this profile was previously linked to parents Harry Lanckford and Elizabeth (Dawes) Lanckford. No source was given to support this link nor can one be found at the time of this writing. Links to parents of this profile should only be added with proper documentation and sourcing.



Date of birth is a rough estimate based on marriage date. Previously, a date of birth, 24 MAR 1597, in Broughton, Hampshire, England, was listed on this profile but without a source (other than a link to an unsourced Rootsweb & Ancestry trees).[1] To date, a birth record for William has not been identified.

In the marriage bans of his daughter Prudence, William is listed as "William Lanckford of Broughton." However, no record for William can be found in Broughton. It is possible that he was born elsewhere and only was living in Broughton at the time of marriage.[2]


There is a record of a marriage of William Lanckford "of Southwick" to Elizabeth Reading on 12 June 1622. Elizabeth is mentioned as a "spinster, of Wymering." While it cannot be proven that this record is correct for this profile, it is the closest match that has been found. Hunt mentions that Wymering Parish is about 9 miles east of Chichester.[3]

Religion and Faith

George Fox, the creator of the Quaker faith, came to Chichester in 1655. William's daughter Prudence, and son-in-law William Clayton were followers of Fox and members of the Quaker religion.[3] Considering that William was mentioned in the monthly meeting minutes for Chichester and Lewes, there is a good possibility that William was also a Quaker.

Death and Legacy

A record referencing William's death shows a burial dated on the 2nd of January 1665. This would suggest a death a few days earlier. The burial record is in the "England and Wales Non-Conformist records."[4] A burial outside of the state church is consistent with what we know about this family: specifically, that they were Quakers. The record shows a burial at Chichester, the same place where William's daughter Prudence and her husband William Clayton were living - they were married in Chichester on 7 November 1653. Additionally, the Chichester & Lewes Monthly Meeting minutes record the death of a William Lanckford on 1 January 1665/1666. The births of William's grandchildren (to parents William and Prudence Clayton) were recorded in the same MM through the 1660's.[3]


  1. There are several family trees for this profile on the internet but none have references to source documents (or any documents). The Rootsweb tree does not appear to list any sources except for a GEDCOM file:
  2. Hunt mentions that "researchers have found no extant records of that family name in Broughton, as referenced in: Hunt, p. 213.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hunt, p. 213.
  4. "England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2014), William Langford, 02 Jan 1665, Burial; citing p. 68, Chichester, Sussex, record group RG6, Public Record Office, London. Accessed 17 August 2018 SJ Baty.
  • Hunt, Roger D. The History of the Hunt Family. Oregon City, OR: Privately published, 2011. Accessed 29 April 2015 SJ Baty.

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On 17 Sep 2018 at 14:53 GMT T Stanton wrote:

Society of Friends' Registers, Notes and Certificates of Births, Marriages and Burials. Records of the General Register Office, Government Social Survey Department, and Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, RG 6. Piece 1307: Monthly Meeting of Lewes and Chichester (1651-1775) Image 68 (second page of burials) specifically states date of death 1 Jan 1665 "was buried the next day" in Pancras Parish. I cannot decipher the handwriting of the location.

On 17 Aug 2018 at 14:45 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

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