Post by Mark Jennings
The Visitations of Staffordshire (1583, 1614 + 1663-4) contain various pedigrees of the Skrymsher family, largely focusing on the progeny of Thomas Skrymsher of Norbury (died circa 1552).
(1)(1)(1)(a) Maud Skrymsher, daughter and heir, married - Marshall
(1)(2)(1) John Skrymsher of Norbury, eldest son, married Dorothy Talbot, daughter of Sir John Talbot, knight; left issue
(1)(2)(2) Thomas Skrykmsher of Johnson, Staffs, 2nd son, married - Talbot, daughter of - Talbot; left issue
The will of Thomas Skrymsher (1)(2), made at Norbury on 26 January 1550/1, contains the following material of genealogical interest:
I, Thomas Skrymsher of Norbury, Staffordshire, esquire, somewhat sick in body - to be buried in the chancel at Norbury - property at Offeley Park to be equally divided between my son Thomas Skrymsher and my daughter Mary Asteley, wife to Anthony Asteley - lands at Upton, Herefordshire to son Thomas, together with the hall at Whixhall, Shropshire - to my son John Skrymsher, my corn at Norbury - half of my cattle to Edward Mitton, Thomas Skrymsher [my son] , their wives and children - 20 marks for my sister Selman's soul as arranged with her husband if she overlive him - to daughter Mary Asteley, the (?) of pearl and gold that was my wife's mother's - my nephew William Skrymsher and my cosen Thomas Moreton - to my godson Thomas Selvester, 40 shillings - to my son Roos's wife, a pair of coral beads gauded with silver which were her mother's - to the wife of Francis Roos, 100 marks for the preferment of their children - to the wife of Edward Mitton, 100 marks for the preferment of their children - to son John Skrymsher, £100 for the preferment of his children - to my daughter Colyer, £20 for the preferment of her little daughter - to my son (sic) Thomas Skrymsher, being John Skrymsher's son, and to Thomas Skrymsher, being son of Thomas Skrymsher of Johnson, either of them, 50 marks - executors: well-beloved in Christ nephew William Skrymsher, cosen Thomas Moreton, James Wolriche and son Thomas Skrymsher - supervisors: Francis Roos (and) John Skrymsher my son, esquires, and the parson of Norbury - witnesses: John Skrymsher, Francis Roos.
Proved at London, 12 February 1551 (ie 1551/2)
Thomas Skrymsher "armiger" was buried at Norbury on 12 September 1551. An IPM followed his death - records at TNA C142/94/63 and E150/1050/3, both dated 5 Edward VI (1551-2)
We see from this will that Thomas was apparently not survived by a wife, since none is named, and that he had the following children:
- John (1)(2)(1) who apparently inherited Norbury and had a son Thomas
- Thomas (1)(2)(2) who was apparently seated at Johnson, and inherited property at Upton, Herefordshire; he had a son Thomas
- Mary, wife of Anthony Astley (as "Mary, late the wife of Anthony Astley of Orslow (in Church Eaton), gentleman, and administratrix of his goods", she was involved in a legal case in circa 1557 (TNA, C 1/1399/59)
- a daughter married to Francis Roos = Elizabeth, so named in their monument within Standon church
- a daughter married to Edward Mitton = (possibly) Agnes, named with her husband Edward Mytton in a Chancery case (TNA, C 3/59/96, 1558-1579)
- a daughter married to - Colyer = Joyce ('Jocosa') Skrymsher, gentlewoman, married Robert Collier, gentleman, at Norbury, 15 January 1542 (PR)
He also refers to a sister (?in law) whose married name was Selman [Richard Selman, esquire, sued Thomas Skrymsher in Chancery, 1538-1544, over "goods and money entrusted to defendant by complainant's wife, his sister-in-law" - TNA, C 1/1060/14-15], and "cosen" Thomas Moreton.
Both the grandsons named in the will were still living in 1583 and are shown in the Visitation of that year, which states that the mother of both John and Thomas was [Mary - 1614 Vis] the daughter and heir of [William - 1614 Vis] Swineshead of Swineshead. It appears however that Thomas (d 1551) married more than once:
- a deed from 1519 (Warwickshire RO, CR 1291/170/1-2) details the dowry arrangements for Agnes, "wife of Thomas Skrymsher and late wife of Humphrey Swynnerton", at Eccleshall and Blymhill, Staffordshire. A chancery case dated to 1518-1529 shows Thomas Skrymsher and Agnes his wife suing one John Cleyton in respect of land at Onneley, Staffordshire (TNA, C 1/575/1). This is presumably Agnes who together with her husband Humphrey Swynnerton is said to have been living at The Hall, Swineshead in 19 Henry VII (1503-4) [Collections for a History of Staffordshire, VII, 1886, p 84]
- a Chancery case from 1554-1551 refers to "Thomas Skrymsher, late the husband of Joan, formerly the wife of Richard Asteley" (TNA, C 1/1184/29-33). Joan ['Jona'], wife of Thomas Skrymsher, 'ar[miger]', was buried at Norbury on 19 May 1541 (PR)
- a similar case from the same time period refers to "Thomas Skrymshere, gentleman, and Margaret his wife", dealing with property at Willingwick, Worcestershire (TNA, C 1/1141/81) - since the defendant is styled "gentleman", this is more likely to refer to Thomas of Norbury's younger son, Thomas (1)(2)(2); Thomas, son of Thomas Skrymsher, gentleman, and Margaret his wife, was buried at Norbury, 9 September 1546 (PR)
We can probably then conclude that Thomas of Norbury married (1) [Mary] Swineshead, (2) circa 1519 Agnes, widow of Humphrey Swynnerton, (3) Joan (d 1541), widow of Richard Astley.