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Richard Gregson of Bristol 1640s-1660s

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Arranged by Generation
(1) Thomas Gregson (-bef.1584)

(2) Thomas Gregson (abt.1550-1595), son of Thomas (-bef.1584)
(2) John Gregson (abt.1555-bef.1607), son of Thomas (-bef.1584)

(3) Henry Gregson (1583-bef.1653), son of Thomas (abt.1550-1595)
(3) Richard Gregson (abt.1588-1640), the testator, son of Thomas (abt.1550-1595)

(3) Thomas Gregson (bef.1602-1646), the immigrant, son of John (abt.1555-bef.1607)
(3) Richard Gregson (1596-), son of John (abt.1555-bef.1607)

(4) Richard Gregson (bef.1636-), son of Thomas (bef.1602-1646)


Will of Richard Gregson of London, draper, 1640

The will of of Richard Gregson, London draper, proved 31 August 1640, refers to "my cosen Thomas Gregson in Newe England" (otherwise Thomas, died 1646) and also to "my cosen Richard Gregson of Bristol." To the latter the 1640 testator bequeathed a judgement that had been "confessed unto Thomas Gregson, which the said Thomas assigned to me."

Prindle (1973-1974) assume the beneficary of the judgement to have been the immigrant's son Richard (baptized 1636), but more likely he was the Richard Gregson of Bristol in the 1640s (references below), another "cosen" of the testator.

The Annals of Bristol

From John Latimer, The annals of Bristol in the seventeenth century (Bristol, William George's sons, 1900), 207, 215 and 295-6; digital images, Hathi Trust.

At 207, references of 1645,

The conduct of many members of the Corporation during the Royalist occupation had not escaped attention at Westminster, and the Parliamentary leaders lost little time in determining upon extensive changes in the Common Council. On October 28th an Ordinance was passed by both Houses “for the better securing and government of Bristol”, setting forth that Aldermen Creswick (Mayor), Hooke, Long, Wallis, James, and Thomas Colston, and Councillors Fitzherbert, Henry Creswick, William Colston, Cale, Bevan, Gregson, and Elbridge had been so disaffected to Parliament ...

At 215, references of 1646,

... being now “well affected” again, he got off on paying £177 10s. Richard Gregson acknowledges having taken arms for the King, but pleads that he has now taken the Covenant, and had paid “£40 for his 25th part”, which was probably the assessment levied for raising the £6,000 given to the soldiery. He escaped on paying £106 more.

At 295-6, reference to 1660.

Whilst these matters were proceeding, the Court of King's Bench was applied to for the redress of irregularities alleged to have been committed in the Common Council. John Locke and Gabriel Sherman, who had, in 1656, tendered a resignation of their aldermanships in a formal document (see p.265), applied for and obtained a mandamus to recover their places, and similar mandates were issued on behalf of Henry Creswick, Nicholas Cale, Richard Gregson, and John Knight (senior), who had all been aldermen, but had been expelled (though, with the exception of Creswick, ejected in 1645, there is no record of their expulsion in the civic minutes). Except in the case of Locke, who was generally unpopular, the Council offered no resistance to the writs, and Locke was also reinstated a few weeks later.

Richard Gregson of Bristol, Alderman, 1662 will

Notes by Heathcote-126. Richard Gregson, Alderman of Bristol, made a will in 1662. His heir and executor was his cousin Richard Gregson of Syston, Gloucestershire. He named Mary Gregson daughter of his brother Thomas deceased. He names people (without specifying any relationship) in Walston, Ireton Wood and Ashbourne, Derbyshire (I think Walston may be Wallstone near Idridgehay), hinting at a connection to Turnditch. Cousin Edward Hurne overseer. A codicil names another cousin, Bridget Hughes widow.

Richard Gregson of Bristol, apothecary, 1685 will

Notes by Heathcote-126. I've also downloaded the will of Richard Gregson, apothecary of Bristol, 1685. Note: Thomas Gregson senior mentioned Bristol in his will in 1584.

Richard Gregson in 1685 named a sister Rachel, brother Thomas, sister Mary; made bequest to Elizabeth Curtis daughter of Elizabeth Curtis of Chewton Mendip (under 21); brother William executor. Ancestry has: Richard Grigson married Dorothy Cox, Bristol 17 Aug 1665; Richard Grigson married Susan Hill Bristol 20 Jan 1627; Richard son of Mr Richard Gregson bapt. 3 Jan 1660 Syston, Glos.


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Richard Gregson of Bristol, Alderman, seems Richard Gregson (1596-) (Gregson-1072). Heathcote-126 writes, "Richard the Alderman of Bristol appears to be [Gregson-1072], if Mary the daughter of his deceased brother Thomas is the Mary born in New Haven 1639 who returned to England.

So "cousin" Richard Gregson of Syston is likely to be Gregson-1101. Richard Gregson the apothecary of Bristol is probably his son, born 1660.

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