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My ancestor Thomas Ernle (b.ca 1544, d. 1595), gent., of Brembridge manor in
Dilton, parish of Westbury (Leigh), Wilts., was buried in Westbury parish
church on 3 Sept. 1595. His widow Bridget, daughter of Richard Franklin (of
where?) was buried there on 1 January 1610/11.
Their eldest son Thomas Ernle, of Brembridge, Coulston, Cricklade and
Whiteparish, Wiltshire was born ca 1574-1575 according to the Inquisition
post Mortem of his father Thomas.
Many of the baptisms of his siblings are recorded at Westbury parish church
from 1578-1589. His parents had 14 children in all as far as I can
determine. His father's 1595 PCC will is a veritable goldmine in this
1. Winifred Ernle b. ca 1572 married Stephen WHITAKER
2. Katharine Ernle b.ca 1574 married 1592/93, Westbury, Anthony WEEKES
3. Thomas Ernle, of Coulston etc. b.ca 1574-1575, buried at Whiteparish,
Wilts. on 27 September 1639 (why I wonder?) (MY ANCESTOR)
4. Ann Ernle b. ca 1576
5. Edward Ernle, gent., of Bath, Somerset, b. ca 1577
6. Francis Ernle, gent., of St John Zachary, London, bt. 28 dec. 1578,
Westbury, Wilt. PCC will
7. Michael Ernle, bt. 8 Jan. 1580/81, Westbury
8. Ambrose Ernle, bt. 15 Mar. 1581/2, Westbury
9. William Ernle, gent., of Bideford, Devon, bt. 29 July 1583, Westbury;
bur. 23 Mar. 1662/3, Bideford PCC will (which proved my lineage)
10. Richard Ernle, gent., of Dilton, Westbury, Wilts., bt. 20 Sept. 1584,
Westbury; d. between 29 Jan. 1649/50 and 16 May 1651 when his PCC will was
11. Dorothy Ernle, bt. 3 Oct. 1585, Westbury
12. Walter Ernle, bt. 3 Nov. 1586, Westbury
13. Banister Ernle, bt. 10 Mar. 1587/88, Westbury
14.Anthony Ernle, bt. 15 June 1589, Westbury; bur. 4 July 1598, Dilton
chapel graveyard, Westbury, Wilts.
So there must have been quite a household at Brembridge manor for a
while.The Ernles leased rather than owened it (from Lord Mountjoy).
No. 3 above is my ancestor Thomas ERNLE (1574/5-1639). He married Praxeda,
daughter of John LAMBE, lord of the manor of Coulston, Wilts., by his wife,
Ruth, daughter of William Button, Esq., of Alton Priors, and his wife
Cicely, daughter of Robert Brown(e), Esq., of Walcot, Northants.
They had issue at least the following:
3i. Cicely ERNLE, b. ca 1605-1606, m. by licence dated 12 April 1625,
Alexander STAPLES, gent., of Southampton, Hants., PCC will 24 July 1667,
when he was of Stratfield Mortimer, Hants./Berks. Had sons Alexander and
3ii. Thomas ERNLE, gent., of Braydon, Purton, Wilts., baptised 5 December
1614, Westbury; d. between 18 Nov. and 14 Dec. 1694, Archdeaconry of Wilts.
will, bur. Occurred during gap in Purton registers. He married a lady called
Jane, maiden name unknown, and had issue:
3iia.Cecilia/Cisalia ERNLE, gentlewoman, b. ca 1650 (I suppose) who m. by
lic. (record of licence not found) at Malmesbury Abbey on 17 Aug. 1672, to
Robert Phillips alias Major, gent., of Purton. Cisalia died and was buried
at Purton on 24 July 1699. Robert was buried at Purton on 24 May 1707. He
left a PCC will as Robert Phillips alias Major, yeoman, of Purton. They had
3iiaI. Cis PHILLIPS alias MAJOR, bt. 20 Feb. 1672/3, Purton (BTs), bur. 20
July 1757 in St Mary the Virgin parish churchyard at Purton aged 83 years as
Cis Large, widow, intestacy papers in Archdeaconry Court of Wilts. She
married twice. Her first husband was John HOLLIDAY (1667-1701), yeoman, of
Purton (will Archdeaconry of Wilts, 1701), by whom she had 4 children:
Robert and Elizabeth (Mrs Richard Packer) who remained in Purton, and
William and John one or more of whom probably went to Pennsylvania colony
with their uncle John PHILLIPS who had become a Quaker after marrying into
the Purton Quaker SHURMER family. Her second husband was my ancestor,
William LARGE (1679-1747), yeoman, of Purton, whom she married at Lydiard
Tregoz on 10 May 1703. Their firstborn was my ancestor Richard LARGE
(1703-1773), yeoman, of Purton, Wilts., whose first wife was Elizabeth
TEAGLE (bur. Purton, 1754), likely daughter of Samuel TEAGLE, of Wootton
Bassett and his wife Ann OKEY, and whose second wife was his kinswoman,
Sarah BUNCE, a descendant, of Jane ERNLE, Mrs Baker, whom see below, sub
3iiaII. Elizabeth PHILLIPS alias MAJOR, bt. 7 Jan. 1674/5, Purton; bur. 15
July 1697, Purton; married 16 July 1696, Purton, John CARPENTER. Had
Elizabeth, who died an infant. John CARPENTER subsequently married at
Tetbury, Glos. 1698/9, Joan daughter of William HOLLIDAY, yeoman, of Purton,
and a sister of John HOLLIDAY, first husband of Cis PHILLIPS alias MAJOR,
and had further issue mentioned his William HOLLIDAY's will (Archdeaconry
Court of Wilts., 1714)
3iiaIII. John PHILLIPS alias MAJOR, THE EMIGRANT to PENNSYLVANIA colony, bt.
21 Nov. 1676, Purton; died between 23 April and 14 May 1727, when he made
his will and it was proved. He married Hannah SHURMER (b. 1696), a
Quakeress, of the Purton Stoke Monthly Meeting. Their only child was born 7
March 1700/1 and recorded in Purton PR but not baptised, presumably because
John had joined the Quakers and Hannah had been reconciled to them for
marrying out by a priest, a reason for disfellowshipping. He was charged
with the upbringing of his nephew Robert HOLLIDAY in the will of his own
father (dated and proved PCC 1707). He went to Pennsylvania colony in about
1716 in the footsteps of his brother-in-law Benjamin SHURMER of Purton then
Bristol who had gone there in 1714/5. He settled in the area of Pennsylvania
that later became Delaware and joined the Duck Creek Monthly Meeting. His
will was the key to my discovery of Cis LARGE's maiden name and led to my
discovery of my ERNLE descent. It was reviewed by Peter Coldham Wilson in an
article on British probate papers for American colonists published some
years ago (The National Genealogical Society quarterly, vol. 69, p. 116),
Wills: Abstracts, Book E: 1726 - 1736: Philadelphia Co, PA
PHILLIPS, JOHN. N. Liberties, City of Philadelphia. Yeoman.
April 13, 1727/8. May 23, 1727. E.48.
Wife: Hannah. Sisters: Bridgett Gudderidge in County of Wilts, Great
Brittain and her four children. Ciss Large's Children. Friends:
Hannah Newman, John Holyday of Duck Creek, John Holyday Junr.
Maid Servant: Elizabeth Clark. Three Children of Benjamin Shurmer.
Exec: Hannah Phillips.
Wit: John Green, Job Goodsonn, Mary Cannon.
3iiaIV. Bridget PHILLIPS alias MAJOR, bt. 9 Feb. 1681/82, Purton; married 25
feb. 1706/7, All Saints' Crudwell, Wilts., John GUDDERIDGE. She seems to
have been received back into the Church of England later in life, presumably
after becoming a Quaker. She and her husband Gudderidge (a Purton family
originally) had 4 children but I have not found their names. She was buried
at Purton on 30 July 1760.
3iib. Elizabeth ERNLE, married Richard ELBOROUGH
3iic. Thomas ERNLE, gent., of Escott, Crudwell, Wilts. married Mary NN and
had Banister and Cordelia, and died in the lifetime of his father.
Banister ERNLE went to London and was an apprentice there. He married Ann
HUGGINS at St Giles Cripplegate in 1701 and had three children: Ann ERNLE,
William ERNLE, and John ERNLE. Of any further posterity I know nothing, and
the surname ERNLE is supposed to be extinct in the male line throughout the
United Kingdom, though it may have survived other variant spellings such as
EARNLY into the 19th century (census evidence).
3iid. Jane ERNLE, married William BAKER at Lydiard Tregoz on 10 April 1673.
her daughter Jane BAKER married by licence William BUNCE, wheeler, of
Purton. Their granddaughter, Sarah BUNCE, married her 2nd cousin once
removed cousin, my ancestor, Richard LARGE (1703-1773), above, as his second
wife, in Purton in 1761, and had futher issue.
3iie. Praxeda "Practsey" ERNLE, named in her father's will. She was the
namesake of her ancestress Praxeda LAMBE, Mrs Thomas ERNLE (whom see above).
3iif. Bridget ERNLE, bur. 23 June 1678, Purton (the only ERNLE entry at
Purton, partly due to gaps in the PRs.)
3iii. Frances ERNLE, baptised 1 December 1616, Westbury, Wilts.
No. 10 above, married Elizabeth COGSWELL (sister of a 1635 emigrant to
Massachusetts and ancestor of John Adams, 2nd U.S. president, and Diana,
Princess of Wales) and had issue 8 children, including 2 sons, Thomas and
Richard both baptised on 3 Sept. 1623 at Dilton. So far I have not managed
to trace their descendants properly due to gaps in the registers, though
ERNLEs were at Dilton well into the 18th century.
Richard Carruthers-Zurowski, M.A. (Oxon.)
Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
OPC Purton and Rodbourne Cheney, Wilts.
Also conducting a one-place study of the people of Purton, Wiltshire,
England, and their interrelationships and shared roots