upload image

West and Sheppard Towcester Northamptonshire

Privacy Level: Open (White)
Date: [unknown] [unknown]
Location: [unknown]
Profile manager: Helen Ford private message [send private message]
This page has been accessed 81 times.

Research into the profiles of Sarfaty-Pina /Ellenor Sheppard born Amersterdam and Sir Thomas West

With Acknowledgements to Mary Taylor, researcher One Place Study Families of Towcester

According to these profiles Sir Thomas West was a son of Thomas West of Pattishall and his wife Elizabeth Spencer. She is said to be from the Spencer family of Northamptonshire

The Spencers of Patishall and Towcester were the Stewards (Espenser in Anglo-French) of the secret Jewish academy or Yeshiva in the area of Pattishall. Her father Thomas Spencer was descended from Thomas Spencer of Pattishall and Towcester b.1335 who had a son Henry of Badby from whom the Spencers of Althorpe descend through Henry's son John of Hodnell and the Bedfordshire Spencers through John of Hodnell's brother Thomas. The Spencers of E-BY56509 y-dna may be descendants of the Jewish Gaon of Northampton.

Sir Thomas West of Pattishall

was trained as a crypto-Jewish Chazzan and Rabbi by his father. He married a crypto-Jewess Elinor Shepparde who was born in Amsterdam in 1608 of the Sarfaty-Pina family and was married to Thomas in Towcester in 1622..

His son also called Thomas

was born in 1624 in the area of Towcester in Northamptonshire but moved to London. He married Rebekah Levy whose father Benjamin (who was born in Krakow Poland) was a Chazzan and Shochet (Jewish Butcher) in Amsterdam and Brazil but came to England (where his daughter Rebekah lived) around 1663.

My Findings

No Thomas West was found in the Pattishall register for 1605. The descendency of the Northamptonshire Spencers from the DeSpencers has long been debunked. See references on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_family. Extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence

A more prosaic version

  • Ellenor Sheppard was the daughter of William Sheppard and was baptised in

Towcester, Northamptonshire 18 May 1603 ancestry (poor transcription of name as Clarer )

(note, possibly interesting parentage, see https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Shepard-30 although there are a lot of Sheppards in Towcester; that's why I looked at this, my own family came from Towcester and lived in a cottage owned by members of the Sheppard family)
  • A Thomas West, son of Thomas was baptised 17 Feb 1600/1 in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire


  • Ellenor Sheppard married Thomas West at Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire 8 May, 1622
1622 Thomas West and Ellenor Sheppard were married the 8th of May
Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Bugbrooke Parish Register Reference Numbers: 329P/255


This marriage was also recorded in the Towcester Register Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Towcester Parish Register; Reference Numbers: 329P/255


The couple had children all baptised in Towcester including
  • Thomas West baptised March 11 1624/5
1624, Thomas ye sone of Thomas West & Helen his wife 8 March
Northamptonshire Record Office; Northampton, England; Register Type: Towcester Parish Register Reference Numbers: 329P/255 https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/27474216?h=84b41c&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url

The couple had the following other children, all baptised at Towcester (same register reference)

Eleanor West was buried in March (no day in register) 1659/60 https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/27474734?h=4c15bb&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post
Thomas West was buried 22 December 1662


Thomas West1624/5 Alternative Facts

Thomas West baptised 1624/5 married Margaret Winckles after 14 March 1657/8
Banns Book (same reference)
Thomas West sonne of Thomas West of Towcester & Margaret Winkles of Little Preston was lawfully published on 28 Feb, 7, 14 M https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/27474867?h=4f50c0&utm_campaign=bandido
The couple had two children
note Thomas named his second daughter after his mother
Wife, Margaret died and was buried 10 May 1663https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/27474990?h=292b6c&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url
Thomas appears to have married again before 1666. With his wife Constance/Charity he may have had the following children all baptised Towcester

(also on same page of register: Amy daughter of Thomas West and Mary Road borne November the 28th and baptised December 26th)

Constance was buried at Towcester 18 Jan 1682/3 https://www.ancestry.co.uk/sharing/27476053?h=3f3b4c&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url

  • Login to edit this profile and add images.
  • Private Messages: Send a private message to the Profile Manager. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
Comments: 1

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Compare this to the profiles for these unsourced profiles Ellinor, husband Thomas West and son also Thomas West
posted by Helen (Coleman) Ford
edited by Helen (Coleman) Ford