2019-06-05 00:38:00 UTC
In 1618, one Christopher Rousby purchased the manor of Croome, in Sledmere, in the East Riding of Yorkshire (the manor remained with his descendants until sold to Sir Mark Masterman Sykes, Bt in 1812). Christopher Rousby died in 1621, and was succeeded by a son, William, who was fined for refusing a knighthood at the coronation of Charles I. William Rousby had several children, including sons Henry (eldest son and heir), William (grocer, of London), Christopher (lawyer; went to Maryland by 1669, was appointed King's Collector, and was murdered on 31 October 1684 by George Talbot, cousin of Lord Baltimore), and John (also a lawyer, also went to Maryland; succeeded his brother as King's Collector, and died in January of 1685/86; his widow Barbara married, as his second wife, Capt. Richard Smith of Calvert County, who married third to Maria Johanna Somerset, and his daughter Elizabeth married Richard Bennett, grandson of Virginia governor Richard Bennett).
The arms of the above Rousbys are given as "gules on a bend argent cotised or three crosses crosslet sable" (said arms appear on the gravestones of Elizabeth Rousby Bennett, and of her nephew, John Rousby III, d. 1750); these are nearly identical to the arms given for the family of Reresby in a 1530 visitation, indicating that there may be some relationship (relevant to the foregoing: the Reresbys of Thrybergh have a royal descent from Henry II).