Location: Derbyshire, England
Jewitt, L. (1886). Funeral certificates of some Derbyshire families with illustrative notes. The Reliquary and Illustrated Archaeologist, 26, p. 150 - 152. J.R. Smith, Ed. London: Bemrose Sons. Google Books.
The following highly interesting "Funeral Certificates" — the importance of which as genealogical authorities cannot well be overrated— have been carefully transcribed from the copies preserved in the State Papers (Domestic) 1647, Bundle 324, No. 1, by Dr. G. W. Marshall, F.S.A., whose contributions have often graced and given value to the pages of " The Reliquary," and by him, but without any illustrative or explanatory notes, printed in "The Genealogist," The originals of many of them, Dr. Marshall tells us, will be found among " Original Funeral Certificates of the North" in the College of Arms.
I add to each of the Certificates some notes upon the individual whose death and burial are therein recorded, and of the family to which he belonged; and I have also in each case added the arms borne by those families. These notes will, I trust, add to the interest and value of the records, and render them more useful to the genealogist and historian.
The two Certificates which follow are those of father and son, Robert and Thomas Eyre, of Highlow, in the parish of Hope, in the county of Derby; the first dying, according to one authority in 1622, and in another 1627; and the latter in 1633.
A brief pedigree of this branch will be found in Reliquary, vol. XL, p. 238, and XII., pi. IV.
Robert Eyre, the father of Thomas, was son of George Eyre, of Highlow (by his wife Elizabeth Balguy), son of Christopher Eyre, of the same place (by his second wife, Alice Sanderson), son of Thomas Eyre, of Padley, fourth in descent from Nicholas Eyre, of Hope, whose grandfather, Robert Eyre, of Padley, married the daughter and heiress of the family of Padley of that place. The wife of Robert Eyre, of Highlow, the father of Thomas, was Bridget Ferrars, and by her he had, besides other issue, his only son and heir Thomas, to whom the second Funeral Certificate refers.
This Thomas Eyre married Anne, daughter of William Jessop, of Broom Hall, Esq. (who was aged thirteen at his father's death), by his second wife Anne, daughter of Lyon Goodrick, and by her he had issue two daughters, viz.,
- Margaret, who was married to Humphrey Savage, Gent., of North Leas, in the parish of Hathersage;
- and Anne just named as wife of Thomas Eyre.
The Certificates run thus:—
Robert Eyre of Highlow (d. 1622)
- "Robert Eyre of Highlowe in the county of Derby, Gent., Departed this mortall life at Highlowe aforesaid, in the parrish of Hope, the xvth day of November 1622 (sic), and was interred the same day within the Chauncell of the parrish church of Hathersedge in the county aforesaid. He maried Bridget, daughter to Sir Humphrey Ferris of Tamworth in the county of Stafford, Barronett, by whom he had yssue —
- Thomas, eldest sonne, who maried Anne, daughter to William Jesopp of Broome Hall in the county of Yoike Esquier.
- This certificate was taken at Highlowe aforesaide, the xxith day of November Anno D'ni 1688, by John Newton, Gent., Deputy to the Office of Armes, and testified by Mr Robert Eyre Granchilde and heire to the defunct.
- "Robert Eyre."
Thomas Eyre of Highlow (d. 1638)
- "Thomas Eyre of Highelow in the county of Derby and parrish of Hope, Gent., Departed this mortall life att Highelow aforesaid the xxixlh day of November Anno D'ni 1638, and was interred the first day December next following within the Chauncell of the parrish church of Hathersedge in the county aforesaid. He married Anne, daughter to William Jessopp of Bromehall in the county of Yorke, Esquier, by whom he had yssue two sonnes and one daughter, viz.:—
- Robert, eldest sonne, who maried Anne daughter to Barnard Wells of Holme in the county of Derby, Gent.;
- Humphry, 2d sonne; and Anne.
- This Certificate was taken at Highelow aforesaid the xvith daye of November 1638, by John Newton, Gent., Deputy to the Office of Armes, and testified by Mr Robert Eyre eldest sonne and heire to the defunct.
- "Robert Eyre."
Thomas Eyre of Hassop (d. 1637)
The next Certificate which I quote is that of Thomas Eyre, of Hassop, who died in 1637. He was son and heir of Rowland Eyre, of Hassop (by his wife Gertrude, daughter and co-heiress of Humphrey Stafford, of Eyam, all in the county of Derby), who was son of Stephen Eyre of the same place (by his wife Anna Blackwall), great grandson of the Robert Eyre who, as above stated, married the heiress of Padley.
This Thomas Eyre took to wife Prudence, daughter and heiress of Nicholas Blackwall, and by her had issue,
- Rowland, son and heir, who married Anne, daughter of Sir Francis Smith, of Ashby Folville;
- William who died without issue ;
- Dorothy, who became wife of Edward Fowler;
- Mary, who married John Biddulph;
- Prudence, who espoused Thomas Trentham, of Rocester;
- Gertrude, who married Sir Thomas Fleetwood;
- and Frances.
The Certificate is as follows :—
- "Thomas Eyre of Hassop in the parrish of Bakewell and county of Derby, Esqr, Departed this mortall life at Hassop aforesaid the xxiijth day of June 1637, and was the next day following interred within the Quier of the Chappell of Longston in the parish of Bakewell aforesaid.
- He maried Prudence Da. and heire to Nicholas Blackwall of .... by whom he had yssue living at the tyme of his death two sonnes and 4 daughters, viz',
- Rowland eldest sonne and heire who maried Anne da. to Sir Francis Smith of Ashbyfoliule in the county of Leicester, Knight,
- Dorothy maried to Edward Fowler of S' Thomas Grange in the county of Stafford, Esqr,
- Mary maried to John Biddle of Biddle in the county of Stafford, Esq1,
- Prudence maried to Sr Thomas Trentham of Rosceter in the county of Stafford, Knight,
- Gertrude maried to Thomas Fleetwood of Wotton Lodge in the county of Stafford, Esqr.
- This Certificate was taken at Holbeck Woodhouse in the county of Nottingham the xixth day of January 1638 by John Newton, Gent., Deputy to the Office of Armes and testified by Mr Rowland Eyre eldest sonne and heire to the defunct.
- "Rowland Eyre."
Arms of Eyre
The arras of Eyre are: — Argent, on a chevron, sable, three quatrefoils, or. Crest; a dexter human leg: embowed, armed and in armour, couped at the thigh, quarterly argent and sable, spur, or.
The Ashop branch bore the same arms within a bordure, azure. This was also borne quartered with Padley, argent, three horse barnacles, sable. They were also borne with other quarterings, notably with those of Padley as before; Blackwall, argent, a greyhound courant, sable, collared or, on a chief indented of the second, three bezants; and Stafford, or, a chevron, gules, between three martlets, sable. These are all engraved at the head of this artcile, and here.
- ↑ Pedigrees added by comp. Bree (2019).
- ↑ Anne Goodrick is a descendant of a Magna Carta Surety Baron, (verified by Magna Carta Project, WikiTree.com).