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Grace (Townley) Nowell (aft. 1445)

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Grace Nowell formerly Townley aka Towneley
Born after in Towneley, Lancashire, Englandmap
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Wife of — married after 7 Mar 1468 [location unknown]
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Died [date unknown] in Englandmap
Profile last modified 13 Oct 2019 | Created 31 May 2011 | Last significant change: 13 Oct 2019
13:20: Michael Cayley edited the Biography for Grace (Townley) Nowell (aft.1445-). [Thank Michael for this]
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Grace Townley is in a trail badged by the Magna Carta Project to surety baron Robert de Ros (see text below).

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Biography

Grace Townley (Towneley) was the daughter of John Towneley and Isabel Sherburne.[1][2][3][4][5] The contract for her parents' marriage was signed in March 1445[6][7], and Grace was born after 1445.

Grace was the second wife of Roger Nowell[1][2][3][4][5][8], and their marriage settlement was dated 7 March 1468[4]. Grace and Roger were the parents of:

Grace was residuary legatee and executor of Roger's will.[9]

Research Notes

Incorrect Father References

Flower's Visitation names Grace's father as Richard Towneley.[5] Other sources, referenced herein, name him as John Towneley, Esq.

Incorrect Children References

There may well have been additional children born to Grace and Roger. The memorial window in the church of Whalley, Lancashire, shows Roger and his wife with seven kneeling sons and seven kneeling daughters. This implies that fourteen children survived Roger.[4]

Douglas Richardson mentions two sons and five daughters.[1] Only five daughters were named in Roger Nowell's will[9], but other sources, referenced herein, name others.

Flower's Visitation lists two sons, one being Robert, who is not named in other sources, and five daughters, two of whom are named Grace and Elizabeth.[5]

A further child Ralph is mentioned in Foster's Lancashire pedigree of Nowell of Read, but listed and numbered with daughters and given the surname Rusheton, not Nowell.[2] This is clearly a mistake, and Whitaker's History of Whalley shows Ralph Rushton as husband of Roger Nowell's daughter Anne.[11]

Confusion with a different Grace Towneley

A previous version of this profile confused Grace with Grace Towneley, daughter of Sir John Towneley, who first married Robert Hesketh, who died before 1543 within a few months of the marriage; and secondly, about 1543, married Lawrence Habergham.[12] Dugdale's Visitation of Lancashire shows this Grace as daughter of Sir John Towneley and Anne Catterall, a great-niece of the Grace who married Roger Nowell.[8]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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 11
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Joseph Foster, Pedigrees of the County Families of England, vol. 1, pub. 1873 - Lancashire: pedigree of Nowell of Read
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Thomas Dunham Whitaker. An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, 4th ed, vol.2, George Routledge and Sons 1876, main Nowell pedigree between pages 40 and 41
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Alexander B Grosart. The Spending of the Money of Robert Nowell, privately printed 1877, pp. xxx-xxxi
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 William Flower. The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the Year 1567, Chetham Society 1870, p. 36
  6. Charles Davies Sherborn. A History of the Family Sherborn, Mitchell & Hughes, London, 1901, p. 16-17.
  7. Thomas Dunham Whitaker. An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, 4th ed, vol.2, pub. George Routledge and Sons 1876, p. 476
  8. 8.0 8.1 William Dugdale. The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the year 1664-5, volume 3, Chetham Society 1873, p. 305
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Abstract of will of Roger Nowell, Roy Price Archive on North Craven Heritage Trust website, accessed 2 August 2018
  10. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: Woolton, John (c. 1537–1594), 2004, revised online 2008, available online via some libraries, accessed 20 April 2019
  11. Thomas Dunham Whitaker. An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, 4th ed, vol.2, pub. George Routledge and Sons 1876, main Nowell pedigree between pages 40 and 41
  12. 'Townships: Habergham Eaves', in A History of the County of Lancaster (Victoria County History), Volume 6, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1911), pp. 454-468, footnote 20, citing an ecclesiastical court case of 1562, British History Online, accessed 20 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: volume V, pp.178-9 and 358. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
  • William Flower. The Visitation of the County Palatine of Lancaster, made in the Year 1567, Chetham Society 1870
  • Foster, Joseph. Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire (W. Wilfred Head, London, 1873) Vol. 1, Page ?
  • Whitaker, Thomas Dunham. An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe,4th ed, vol.2, pub. George Routledge and Sons 1876
  • Grosart, Alexander B. The Spending of the Money of Robert Nowell, privately printed 1877

Acknowledgements

Magna Carta Project

Grace (Townley) Nowell is in a trail from Magna Carta Surety Baron Robert de Ros to Gateway Ancestors Jabez Whitaker and Alexander Whitaker. This profile was developed in accordance with project standards by Michael Cayley. The trail was approved for the Magna Carta Project in October 2019 by by Gordon Warder Jr.
See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails. - Michael Cayley, 6 July 2019
Magna Carta Trail
  1. Jabez Whitaker, and Alexander Whitaker, sons of William Whitaker
  2. William Whitaker, son of Elizabeth Nowell
  3. Elizabeth Nowell, daughter of John Nowell
  4. John Nowell, son of Grace Towneley
  5. Grace Towneley, daughter of Isabel Sherburne
  6. Isabel Sherburne, daughter of Richard Sherburne
  7. Richard Sherburne, son of Richard Sherburne
  8. Richard Sherburne, son of Margaret de Sherborne
  9. Margaret de Sherburne, daughter of Alice Plumpton
  10. Alice Plumpton, daughter of William de Plumpton
  11. William de Plumpton, son of Lucy de Ros
  12. Lucy de Ros, daughter of William de Ros
  13. William de Ros, son of William de Ros
  14. William de Ros, son of Surety Baron Robert de Ros
  15. Robert de Ros


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On 19 Sep 2019 at 20:02 GMT Gordon Warder Jr wrote:

This profile is under review as part of a trail identified by the Magna Carta Project, from Jabez Whitaker (Whitaker-966) to Robert Ros de Roos (Ros-162). Gordon Warder Jr (Warder-49)

On 12 Sep 2019 at 15:44 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

On 20 Apr 2019 at 14:43 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have substantially revised this profile, removing confusion with a different, and later, Grace Towneley (see research notes), listing the known children, written a research note on her father and her children, and added sources

On 16 Apr 2019 at 16:10 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I plan soon to do some work on this profile as part of my work on developing the Magna Carta Project trail from Gateway Ancestors Alexander Whitaker and Jabez Whitaker to Surety Baron Robert de Ros.

On 6 Feb 2019 at 09:28 GMT Gillian Thomas wrote:

Hi Graham, I am removing the project protection from this profile as it does not appear to meet the revised criteria for protection. See Help Index PPPs for more information. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss. Thanks for caring for this profile. Gillian, Leader, England Project.

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