2020-07-10 17:21:31 UTC
I've always wondered about the children of William Temple, "Merchant of London," son of Sir John Temple of Stowe and wife Susan Spencer. The pedigree chart of the Temple family published in John Nichols, _History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester_, just shows the name of William Temple, but no descendants.
Temple Prime, _Some Account of the Temple family_ gives only:
5. William Temple, married Jane, daughter of Sir Thomas Beaumont, of Stoughton, Kt.
(I think it is specifically the accounts of the Beaumont family that call him "Merchant of London.")
William Temple certainly had children as the early/mid-1630s will of his brother Sir Thomas Temple mentions: "[To] Brother William Temple's daughter, my God daughter L10 and the rest of his children L5 each."
I've looked at a few wills of various William Temples, without finding any match.
However, Clutterbuck, _Hertfordshire_, vol. 1, p. 190, has some helpful clues. A pedigree chart of the Whitfield family shows Sir Ralph Whitfield of Tenterden, Kent, married Dorothy Spelman, and had, with others:
Henry Whitfield, "born A.D. 1619, ob. 26 Oct. 1688, at Dublin"; married "Hester, dau. of William Temple, youngest son of Sir John Temple, Kt."
I'm not sure about William being the youngest son of John and Susan (Spencer) Temple. His mother, Susan's, will of 1611 mentions he is married without naming his wife.
The Clutterbuck pedigree shows Henry and Hester (Temple) Whitfield with these children:
--Temple Whitfield, m. Elizabeth, daughter of John Osborne, Esq.
--Ralph Whitfield, m. [his cousin] Arbella, daughter of Sir Herbert Whitfield
--Thomas Whitfield, m. Alice, daughter of H. Martin, Esq.
--Henry Whitfield, m. (1) Mary, daughter of Lawrence Hodson, Esq.; (2) Abigail, daughter of John Gape, Esq.
--Elizabeth Whitfield, m. J. Bulkeley, Esq., son of Sir Richard Bulkeley, Bart.
--Dorothy Whitfield, m. (1) Sir Richard Bulkeley, Bart. (probable relation of the above?); m. (2) W. Worth
--Jane Whitfield, m. (1) Joseph Saunders, Esq.; (2) Richard Doyne, Chief Justice of Ireland
--Hadassah Whitfield, died young
--Charles Whitfield, died young
Most of these children married into Irish families, but at least the sons Temple and Henry were of London and Herts.