John Nowell was the son of Roger Nowell and Grace Townley.  John's birth year is uncertain. The contract for his first marriage is dated 1486, but the contract may have been made while he was a child.
Flower's 1567 Visitation of Lancashire mistakenly ascribes all John Nowell's children to his marriage to 'Dowce' Heskett (Dowsabell Hesketh).
It is not known for certain how many children John had by his second marriage, and there may be more than are listed above.
Douglas Richardson says that John had five sons and five daughters by his second marriage but names only Elizabeth. Other sources, cited above against the children's names, indicate that there were more daughters than Richardson enumerates.
Flower lists only four sons (all, as mentioned above, attributed to his first marriage), and does not include Roger, John's oldest son by his first marriage, but describes Nicholas as '5 sonne'.
Alexander Grosart's The Spending of the Money of Robert Nowell refers to a son Christopher who is not mentioned in other sources.
Joseph Foster's Lancashire Pedigrees has two sons called Nicholas. If the first Nicholas existed, he presumably died in childhood.
↑ 1.01.11.21.220.127.116.11 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 IV, p. 331 WHITAKER 12
↑ 2.02.12.22.3 Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013, volume V, pp. 358-359
↑ 4.04.1 'Townships: Read', in A History of the County of Lancaster (Victoria County History), Volume 6, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill, London, 1911,, pp. 503-507, British History Online, accessed 16 April 2019
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.
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.
Flower, Willam. The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the year 1567, Chetham Society 1870
Whitaker, Thomas Dunham. An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, 4th ed, vol.2, George Routledge and Sons 1876
Foster, Joseph. Pedigrees of the County Families of England, vol.1 - Lancashire, 1873
Grosart, Alexander B. The Spending of the Money of Robert Nowell of Reade Hall, Lancashire: Brother of Dean Alexander Nowell. 1568-1580, printed for private circulation, 1877
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