GATES - Occold Suffolk and Loddon Norfolk

The surname Gates1 has long been in Norfolk - Robert Gates of Drayton left a will in 1445. William Gats [sic] married Elizabeth Cobbs in 1546 in Oxborough and John Gates married Joan Mansell in 1578 in Starston (Boyds), but had no issue there. There were female Gates marriages in N. Lopham (1576), Redenhall (1585), Norwich St. Stephen (1587) and Dilham (1589) (Boyds). Alice Gates of Attelborough [Shp] had two daughters baptised in 1566. Thomas and Maude Gates had baptisms and burials in Necton [GnS] 1566-1570. John Gates of Fritton [Dep] left a will in 15582. Richard Gates resided in Pulham St. Mary Virgin where his wife Katheryn died in 1564 and his son Mark in 1565.

Gates, however, were much more common in Suffolk than Norfolk. William Gatys of Berningham left a will in 1482. Francis Gates, in particular, can be found in many Suffolk records, viz. according to the 1625 will of Edward Pelse or Pells of Dennington Suffolk, Francis Gates had married Mary Feveryere, Edward’s niece3. Boyd’s Marriages records 21 Gates’ marriages in the period 1538 to 1600 and of those 3 were in Hartismere, viz:

William and Alice London 1539 Thorndon,

Richard and Agnes Roo 1565 Eye (see below), and

Anthony and Joan Baker 1586 Redlingfield (see below).

On 17 Dec. 1563 Elias Gates of Fressingfield secured a license to marry Mary Choke at Debenham4.

Gates were resident in Occold5 [Hart] Suffolk by the mid 1500s when John Goddard and his wife of Westleton sued Thomas Hovell [or Howell] and Richard Gatys in the period 1544-1551 concerning land in Occold6. Agnes Gattes was buried there in 1572, the widow Gates was buried there 13 Dec.1586 and, most significantly, an Ellis Gates was enumerated there in the 1674 Hearth Tax. However, the Suffolk Burial Index records only one burial in Occold - whose existing registers only begin in 1630 - and that was in 1795.

Richard Gates married Mary _____ in about 1550 and had at least the following children, likely baptised in Occold or Eye:

  1. *Anthony born about 1560 (see below) and received his father’s property called Hills in Benningham Hamlet7, Occold Parish;
  2. George - who by 1580 had at least a son John (see below);
  3. Faith who married William Aldrich;
  4. Margaret who married Mathewe Hare and by 1580 had at least two children - John and Katherine; and
  5. Richard who may have been the Richard Gates who married Agnes Roo in 1565 in Eye.

Richard was a pewterer by trade and gave the tools of his trade and his inventory to his son George. Although there were no Gates enumerated in Occolt in 1524, Richard was assessed on his lands in Occolt in 1568.

Richard Gates died in about 1581 and his will8 left his lands to his son Anthony, his trade tools to his son George and provided for his wife Mary and their two daughters, but did not provide for his son Richard except for a gift to his daughter Anthony [sic]. Mary was likely the widow Gates who was buried in Occold 13 Dec.1586.

Anthony Gates married Joan Baker/Bakeler in Redlingfield Suffolk in 1586 (Boyds - BTs) and had at least the following children9:

  1. Sibyll baptised in Occold 26 Feb. 1586/7 and married Thomas Marrell;
  2. Anthony born about 1589 and is likely that the Anthony Gates who had a daughter Frances baptised 24 Sept. 1627 in Thrandeston;
  3. Grace baptised in Occold 15 Oct. 1592 but possibly died before 1631 or married ___ Ellis;
  4. Mary baptised in Occold 29 Sept. 1594 but possibly died before 1631 or married ___ Ellis;
  5. Faith born about 1597 and married John Runaker;
  6. Abigail born about 1599 and un-married in 1631;
  7. Isaac baptised in Occold 10 May 1601; and
  8. Anne baptised in Occold 2. March 1606 (NS) and likely married 8 Oct. 1636 in Occold to John Boyce.

Anthony Gates of Occold died in about August of 163110 and his will11 left his property to his wife and six children.

John Gates (likely the son of George, above) had the following baptised in Occold:

  1. John 1 Feb. 1613/4; and
  2. George 10 Sept. 1617 who was possibly the George Gates who was buried there 25 Sept. 1633.

A John Gates married Ann Roynsford (or, more likely, Wangford) 30 Nov. 1632 in Occold.

William Gates had the following baptised in Occold:

  1. Francis 18 Sept. 1616;
  2. William 13 April 1621; and
  3. Thomas 18 Marcy 1623/4.

In the 1667 Register Bills (ATs) for Occold Anthony Gates, Mary Gates and one other were listed by the curate as “recusants” or non-adherents. In 1668 the same curate listed Christopher Gates and Mary Gates as “recusants”. Mary Gates, widow of Kenton, was left an annuity in the 1698 will of John Cullum of Occolt and Thorndon.

In the 1674 Hearth Tax Returns there were the following in Occold-

  1. Chr. Gatts -3
  2. Law. Gatts - 312
  3. William Gates - 2
  4. Ellis Gates - 2 although it appears that he was then no longer resident in Occold
  5. Mr. Ellis - 4

In Sisland, which adjoins Loddon on the NW, the following Gates were recorded:

  1. 14 June 1634 buried Ellenora Gates13; and
  2. 20 Nov. 1638 Mary Gates married Valentine Sandye [widower]14.

_____ Gates had at least the following, neither baptised in Loddon or Chedgrave:

  1. *Ellis15 b.c. 1598 (see below); and
  2. Thomas b.c. 1606, married Audry ____ in about 1630 and had the following children baptised in Loddon16 - Lettice 1631, Robert 1633 (d. 1633/4), Anne 1634, Richard 1637, Nicholas 1637 (d. 1638), Thomas 1642 (but possibly died in 1643) and Richard 1645. Thomas was buried in Loddon 8 April 1652 [will?] and Audry was buried in Loddon 13 Dec. 1658.

Ellis Gates and his brother Thomas were the first Gates to appear in the Loddon/Chedgrave area in 1622 when Ellis married, so it is safe to presume that the family originated elsewhere17.


Ellis18 Gates (b.c. 1598) married in Loddon 16 May 162219 to Anne/Agnes Mowe20 and had at least the following children baptised there:

  1. Anthony 8 Dec. 1622 but buried 21 Dec. 1622;
  2. Agnes 8 Feb.1623/4;
  3. Roger 26 Nov. 1626, and married Mary ___ in about 1648 (not in Loddon) and had the following children baptised in Loddon - Mary 1649 (d.1649/50), Roger 1652, Adam21 1655 (married Susan Middleton 25 April 1678 St. John Sep.- MLB), William 1659 - before Roger Sr. was buried there 20 Feb. 1683/4;
  4. William 19 April 1629 but was buried there 3 Dec.1633;

5.*Francis 3 February 1632/3 and married Margaret ___ in about 1654 and Dorothie Chapman in 1675 (see below); and

  1. Alice 8 March 1634/5.

There were no Gates in the list of inhabitants exhibited at the Stubbs-Loddon Manor court of 10 October 1631 suggesting that they may have resided in one of the other manors - Charle’s, Bacon’s, Inglose (or is this with Stubbs?) or Loddon Halls.

Elias Gates died and was buried in Loddon 5 November 1657. Anne Gates, widow, was buried in Loddon 22 Sept. 1662.


Francis Gates was born 1632/322, married about 1654 in _____ to Margaret ____ and had at least the following23:

  1. Elias born 13 January 1655/6 in Loddon24, married in about 1682 and buried in Strumpshaw 11 June 1709 (see below).

Margaret, as the “wife of Francis Gates”, was buried in Loddon 17 July 1675.

Francis Gates re-married 4 November 1675 in Loddon to Dorothy Chapman, widow, and had the following:

  1. Mary baptised in Loddon 9 July 1676; and
  2. *Francis baptised 10 February 1677/8 in Loddon and married Elizabeth Ebbetts (see below).

Dorothy Gates the wife of Robert [sic] Gates was buried 8 May 1691 in Loddon.

Francis Gates was buried in Loddon 9 November 1706 [will?].

Francis Gates did not appear in the 1664 Hearth Tax Returns in Loddon, although there are several names missing including an entry beginning with the letter “F”. The only Gates there was “Widow Gates of Tuttington”. It is very possible that Francis and Margaret had lived elsewhere in the period between the birth of Elias in 1655/6 and the burial of Margaret in 1675.

Thomas Gates and his wife Mary had children baptised in Loddon from 1671 viz - William 1671 (d. 1673), Bridget 1676 and Elizabeth 1684. Thomas was likely born 1642 the son of Thomas and Audry (see above). Mary Gates was buried in Loddon in 1709.

A Thomas Gates of Loddon married 2 Dec. 1701 in Great Yarmouth (although Boyd reported the marriage in the Norwich Cathedral) to Sarah Dodgeon.


Caveat - Francis Gates

There were two Francis Gates, uncle and nephew, living in Hempnall at the same time and both were having children baptised there. In most cases, the only distinguishing factor was the wife’s name, where it was recorded. Both men were noted as single on their marriage licence bonds and were described as yeomen although each had a somewhat different mark for their “signatures” - Francis (with Elizabeth Ebbets) used a squiggle beginning at upper left to bottom right and then back along the base while Francis (with Frances Brown) used a “Mt. Fuji” type squiggle. The baptism of the second child of Francis (the uncle) in 1704/5 was the first Gates to be entered in the Hempnall Parish Registers and it is clear that Francis Gates (the nephew) was there by at least the time of his marriage in 1710.

The lineage of the Francis Gates (the nephew) is as follows:

Elias Gates, was born Jan. 1655/6, married about 1682 in ______ to Margaret _____ and had the following children baptised in Strumpshaw [Blofield]:

1.*Francis 3 April 1685 (see below);

  1. Abra [a daughter] 21 August 1687;
  2. John born about 1689 but not baptised in the Strumpshaw parish church and married Rose Elvin 29 May 1710 in Strumpshaw. They had at least a daughter Margaret who was buried in Strumpshaw in 1729, a daughter Elizabeth and a son John. John the father was, with his step-mother Elizabeth, an administrator of the estate of his father in 1709. John Gates of Lingwood (the parish to the north of Strumpshaw) was buried in Strumpshaw 12 March 1732/325 and Rose Gates died and was buried in Strumpshaw 23 June 174126;
  3. Margaret 10 Nov. 1693; and
  4. Audra 15 April 1695 but buried there 9 July 1696.

Margaret Gates died and was buried in Strumpshaw 22 June 1696, two months after the birth of her last child.

Elias Gates then married, secondly, to Elizabeth Youngs 18 November 1696 in Strumpshaw but they appear to have had no children baptised in the parish church there.

Elias Gates died and was buried in Strumpshaw 11 June 170927.

A Henry Gates and his wife Sara had a son Thomas baptised in Strumpshaw 23 March 1683/4.

Francis Gates was baptised 31 March 1685 in Strumpshaw and “of Hempnall” married by Licence28 4 August 1710 to Frances Brown of Fritton29. The bond provided for their marriage at Fritton or the Cathedral (as with all NCC bonds)30 and Francis swore under oath that he was 23 and upwards31 and single. Francis and Frances had at least the following children baptised and buried in Hempnall32:

  1. Robert 21 Mar 1710/11 - buried 20 Mar 1710/11 [sic];
  2. John 1 Apr 1712 - buried 2 Apr 1712 (although mother not identified);
  3. Robert 19 Apr 1713 - buried 10 Nov 1713 (although parents not identified); and
  4. Elias 8 Aug 1714.

Francis and Frances Gates next appear to have moved to Swardeston[e] [Hum]33. Francis Gates, farmer of Swardestone, appears on a Marriage License Bond for William Bridges to marry Elizabeth Brown34, both of Tharston dated 18 April 1726. His distinctive “mark” is virtually identical to the one used on his own Marriage License Bond in Hempnall on 4 August 1710. Francis and Frances had a further 7 children baptised in Swardestone, viz:

  1. John 10 June 171635 but likely died soon after;
  2. Samuel 22 May 1717;
  3. Margaret 20 March 1718/19 and married 21 Oct. 1740 at St. George Tombland Norwich to John Gates [sic] of Strumpshaw, the bride from Tasburgh;
  4. Mary 3 or 4 April 172136 - buried in Tasburgh 4 April 174037;
  5. Nicholas 21 January 1724/5 but buried in Swardestone 21 January 1724/5;
  6. Richard 25 January 1726/7 married ___ to Phillis (she d. 24 Feb. 1764 in Wymondham) and buried in Illington38 20 Dec, 1788 “aged 65"39; and
  7. Agnes 23 May 1729.

Sometime following the baptism of Agnes in 1729 and before 1740 Francis and Frances moved to Tasburgh, next to Hempnall, where their daughter Mary was buried. Francis Gates was buried in Tasburgh 24 March 1747/8. He would have been almost 80 years old.



Francis Gates (born 10 February 1677/8 in Loddon) married, by Licence40, 29 May 1703 at Norwich, St. George Tombland to Elizabeth Ebbets (born 168341). Francis and Elizabeth had at least the following children:

  1. John - born 14 June 1704 Fritton42 - buried [after 5] October 1704 Fritton;
  2. Elizabeth - born 28 Feb 1704/543 Hempnall- buried 1 Mar 1704/5 Hempnall;
  3. John - born 14 Dec 1705 Hempnall- buried 16 Dec 1705 Hempnall;
  4. Ann - 1 Dec. 1706 Hempnall;
  5. Elizabeth - 7 Mar 1707/8 Hempnall; and
  6. *Francis 1 Mar 1712/13 Hempnall and married Ruth Francis 25 April 1737 in Norwich (see below).

There is an entry for an Elizabeth Gates who died 19 October 1738 - an “aged woman”44 but this is questionable.

Francis Gates, widower, died and was buried in Hempnall 16 April 1753 aged 84, which would have him born about 166945.


Francis Gates (born about February 171246 and baptised 1 March 1712/3 in Hempnall to Francis Gates and Elizabeth Ebbetts) married Ruth Francis47 on 25 April 1737 in Norwich St. Stephen Parish48, both parties from Carleton St. Mary, and had the following children:

  1. Frances baptised 1739 in ? but buried Besthorpe 8 April 1740;
  2. Mary baptised Besthorpe 17 May 1741 .....;
  3. Francis [Jr.] baptised Besthorpe 8 May49 1743. He married 17 December 177150 in Moulton St. Michael (Great Moulton - next to Aslacton) to Susanna Miller (who may have been the sister of Henry Millar) and after her death 6 February 1800 he married in 1801 in Illington to Susanna Hooper. He was in Eccles by 1771 to about 1785 and in Morley St. Peter from at least February 1784, when he witnessed a wedding there to 1791, and perhaps later in Banhan. He died 10 March 1814 and was buried in Illington [per MI] leaving his estate to his wife Susanna, daughter Ann, and sons John (who does not appear to have married) and Francis (m.Charlotte Murrell 1827 in Illington, from 1837 known as Francis Hammond Gates and died in Eaton 3 October 1878 with a will51). Susanna died in Thetford in 1850 leaving her estate to Francis Hammond Gates, John Anthony Gates52 and Anne Hooper Gayford53;
  4. Ruth baptised Besthorpe 16 May 1746. Ruth was likely the Ruth Gates who apprenticed in 1764 to Elizabeth Gooch of Norwich, Milliner (file 55/127). She married Charles Syder (b. 1748 in Banham to Thomas & Mary) at Wymondham 25 February 1772 (Martha Gates was a witness) and had at least 7 children: Charles b.? d.1773 in Wymondham but buried in Banham; Joseph baptised 25 January 1774 in Wymondham and, again, 3 months later in Illington; Mary b. 18 May 1775 in Banham; Francis b. 1776; John b. 1779 and Norris b. 1781, the last 3 in Larling. Ruth died in Pentney [FbL] 26 December 1831 aged 85;
  5. *John baptised Besthorpe 27 June 1751. John married in December of 1777 in Aslacton to Lucy Rose. (see below);
  6. Joseph baptised Besthorpe 8 June 1752 ...; and
  7. Martha baptised Illington 10 March 1754. She was single in 1772 when she witnesses her sister’s marriage to Charles Syder and married in October of 1773 (Lic.) in Illington to Henry Millar or Miller of Moulton54 and had issue in Larling from 1775, viz; Mary, 1775 - d. 1777, Susanna 1776 and Maria 1778.

At the time of the marriage both parties were stated to be from Carleton St. Mary [=East Carleton55], Francis was described as a husbandman and Ruth was said to be aged “about 22 years”. Their whereabouts for the next several years is still unknown but it is possible that they returned to Ruth’s home parish of East Dereham although there were none of their children baptised in the parish church there.

The first confirmed appearance of the family of Francis and Ruth Gates was the burial in the Parish of Besthorpe in April of 1740 of a daughter Frances, who was probably born elsewhere in 1738 or 1739. Next there was the baptism of their daughter Mary in May of 1741 in Besthorpe, followed by Francis in 1743 and Ruth in 1746. There is a gap of 6 years, which would allow for two more children, before the next two baptisms in Besthorpe: John in 1751 and Joseph in 1752. The next child, a daughter Martha, was baptised in Illington [Shropham 100] (about 7 miles S.W. of Besthorpe but adjacent to Larling) in 1754 and the family obviously moved to the parish before that date. In 1767 Francis Gates occupied 3 parcels in Illington, one “late Steels”, in 1781 was the Parish Assessor and in 1779 he entered into a 21 year lease of a messauge there.56

Francis was the Churchwarden in Illington [? to verify] and Parish Assessor in 1781and died there 7 April 1785, intestate57, at the age of 7358 and was buried in Illington. His wife Ruth had died 3 years prior, on 24 February 1782, aged 66, also in Illington59.

One other Gates family in Besthorpe at this time was Samuel and Elizabeth (nee Austin they married 1747 in Bunwell) whose three children were baptised there: Tabitha in 1754 (d. 1754), John in 1757 (d. 1757) and Francis60 in 1758. Their first child, Francis, was baptised 6 Feb. 1748/9 in Tasburg61 [Dep100 - abutting Hempnall on its west side].


John Gates was baptised 27 June 1751 in Besthorpe (Shropham 100) to Francis Gates and Ruth Francis and married, by Licence62, on 30 December 1777 in Aslacton (Depwade 100)[formerly Eslington, between Tibbenham & Moulton] to Lucy Rose aged 19 (b. 1759 in Aslacton). At the time, John was from Illington and Lucy was from Aslacton. Their first child, a son John, was baptised in Aslacton in April of 1778 [4 months after marriage] before John and Lucy moved to the Parish of Larling (Shropham 100), 9 miles west of Aslacton. They had 14 more children there [! - of whom 4 seem to have died in childhood]. John Gates was the gamekeeper in Larling in 1801 for William Woodley of Larling Manor (although it may have been John Jr. who held that job) and Churchwarden in Larling from at least 1784 until at least 1811. He and Lucy probably moved after 181563 to East Harling where he made out his will in January of 182064. He died (probably in East Harling) 19 November 1831, “aged 80", and was buried in Illington. Lucy Gates (nee Rose) died 21 March 183465 in East Harling, aged 74, and was also buried in Illington on 28 March 183466.

Of their surviving children67-

  1. John (b. 1778) married by License68 Mary Porter (of Eccles, b. 1774 daughter of William and Frances and d. 21 June 1846) 5 Aug69 1800 in Larling and appeared to have had no surviving children. He died in East Harling 7 May 1841 (but buried in Illington) owning properties in East Harling70 and South Lopham and left an extensive will71 leaving bequests to his wife and all of his siblings72. Mary was buried 21 June 184773 in East Harling.
  1. Francis (b. 15 July 1781) married Sarah Betts (b. Bunwell c. 1786) in 1802 (Lic.) in Larling74 and by 1813 was living in Grimston (or Grimstone) [FbL 100]75, probably with his brother Joseph. Francis, farmer of Grimston, died 7 November 183076 and administration of his estate77 was granted three years later to his widow Sarah. Sarah died 7 July 1866 in Grimstone [Freebridge Lynn RD]. They had 3 sons: Robert b.1816 Grimston (single, in 1871 an ag. Lab in Grimston); William b.c. 1819 (single, in 1871 the porter at the Workhouse in Gayton and died 29 July 1884 with a will proved by his brother John Gates a hosier in Kings Lynn78); and John b.c. 1825? [or 1815] (married and in 1871 a shoemaker in South Lynn with wife Sarah and 2 sons and by 1884 a hosier in Kings Lynn); and 5 daughters: Lucy (b. 1813 d. 1815); Martha (b.c. 1820 m. 1/4 1860 FbL to John Mason and residing in 1881 in Wells); Susan b. 1823; Ann [?]; and Mary Ann (b.c. 1827 and m.1/4 1845 FbL to Robert Barrett and residing in 1881 in Roydon)79.

1841 - Sarah was still in Grimston living with her father Francis Betts and her two sons William and John.

1851 - Grimston - Sarah is living with her son William

1861 - Grimston - Sarah is living with her son Robert

1871 -

1881 - Grimston - Robert and William Gates, 64 and 61 respectively and both unmarried ag. Labs.

  1. *Mary (b. 25 Aug.1782) married Samuel Newson Porter of North Lopham (son of Samuel and Mary) in 1803 (Lic.) in Larling [see above].
  1. Martha (b. 5 Feb.1784) married Robert Beart [b. 1787] of Rickenhall, Suffolk in 1805 (Lic.) in Larling and had at least a daughter Mary baptised 8 Jan 1806 in Larling, a son Robert Gates80 born in either Wattisfield, Breckles or Rickinghall in 1811 and a son John Gates baptised 11 July 1824 in Breckles Norfolk.

1841 - ? (his son Robert81 and wife Sophia and seven children were at the Farm House by the Gate in Breccles, Norfolk. Also there is Susan Gates (b. Grimstone 1824-1828 and likely the daughter of Francis and Sarah )).

1851 - Breccles, Norfolk - Robert, Martha 2 grandchildren (children of Robert & Sophia) and 3 nieces (Gates and Watsons) are farming on 240 acres at Grange Farm

Robert Beart died 30 July 1859, aged 72, and was buried in Illington82.

1861 & 1871 - Attelborough - Martha, a widow, is living with her niece Susan Gates83.

Martha died in Wayland RD, probably in East Harling, on 10 February 1879, aged 95, and was buried the same day in Illington84.

  1. Joseph (b. 17 Nov. 1785) married Marianne/Mary Ann Porter (b. 1787 to Thomas Porter and Ann Jary85) in Larling in 1808 (Lic.) and in that year moved to Grimston. They had at least the following born or baptised in Grimston: Marianne b. June d. 24 July 1808; Lucy b. October 1809 d. 14 May 1811; Lucy b. April 1816 but buried 9 Sept. 1816; Joseph William bapt. 12 Dec. 1817; Mary Ann/Marianne bapt. April 1816 with Lucy86 & Martha, also b. 1816?87. It is possible that Mary Ann/Marianne died after 1820 or that Joseph and Mary Ann separated.

1841 - Grimston - only Mary Gates, 40, schoolmistress with Martha Gates, 2088. Joseph cannot be found in Grimston or anywhere else on the index to the 1841 census89.

1851 - Parson Drove, Leverington, Cambridgeshire - Joseph, 55, [although he would be 65] is living with a wife, Elizabeth 32 (b. in Wattisfield, Suffolk c. 1818 so much younger than Joseph90), in Parson Drove with their two children, Martha 6 and William 5/12, both born in Parson Drove.

1861 - Leverington, Cambridgeshire - Joseph, 75, was still living in Leverington (Parson Drove) with his son William,10, while Elizabeth was in Thelnethan SFK with her mother Mary Burrough and her married sister Mary Rouse.

1871 - nil so he must have died91 or moved out of the country before the 1881 census, although he was not noted as deceased in the will notation of his brother William in 1885.

  1. Lucy (b. 4 July 1789) married Charles Beart of Rickenhall, Suffolk in 1811 (Lic.) in Larling and had only a son William baptised 1812 in Larling but buried 4 months later in Illington and a daughter Emma in 1813 in Larling.

1841 - Wattisfield, [near Walsham le Willows] Suffolk with their daughter Emma.

1851 - Brockdish, Norfolk - Lucy is a widow and grocer and draper with her daughter Emma and son John (b. 1824 Wattisfield) and her grandson Walter Robinson.

1861 - Brockdish - Lucy is living with her son John, a grocer, her daughter Emma and grandson Walter Robertson [sic]

1871 - Brockdish - Lucy is living with her son John, a grocer, her daughter Emma and grandson Walter Robinson.

Lucy died 3/4 1875 in Depwade RD, but was not buried in Brockdish.

  1. Ruth (b. 16 Feb. 1791) married George Wells (b.c. 1791) of Norwich, St. Andrew in 1817 (Lic.) in Larlng (witness was Sarah Fuller) and had at least 6 children baptised at St. Mary Baptist Chapel in Norwich: George John (John G.)1818; David 1820; Anne 1821 (m. Samuel Bird); Ruth 1823; George 1824; and Harriet (Hattie) 1826; plus 4 others including Frances Elizabeth Wells and those referred to in her will: Samuel; Charles F.; and Sarah (m. John Silcock)92. This other daughter, Frances Elizabeth (or Fanny), was born in Norwich in 1827, was living with her uncle William Gates at the time of the 1871 and 1881 censuses, and died single 7 May 1889 in Eaton. George and Ruth Wells lived for a time in Attleborough93 where George was a grocer and mercer before apparently moving by 1841 to “America”94. The 1900 US Census entry for their son John G. indicates that they had immigrated in 1834, and had lived in Montreal, Quebec95 for some time prior to 1860. George was the George Wells, formerly of Montreal C.E. who died 18 April 1863 in Baraboo96. Ruth Wells, widow, died 20 November 1874 in Baraboo, Wiscconsin97.

1850, 1851 - nil on Indexes

1860 - Baraboo, Sauk Co., Wisconsin - George and Ruth and 5 of their children (David, Ruth, George, Walter and J.H.98

1870 - Baraboo, Sauk Co., Wisconsin - Ruth, widow, 3 children (David, Ruth and Harriett) and 1 grandchild

1875 - Baraboo, Sauk Co., Wisconsin - families of JG Wells and David Wells

1880 - Baraboo - David, 60 b. Eng. and Ruth jr., 56 b. Eng., both single and living together, John G, 47 [b.1833?] b. Canada [sic] with his wife and 4 children

1900 - Baraboo - Ruth, jr. living with John G. a widower

1905 - Baraboo - Ruth jr. living with John G.

1910 - Baraboo - John G living with his daughter Jessamine Russell and her family99

1920 - Baraboo - John G living with his daughter Clara M. Newman, widow.

  1. William (b. 23 Apr. 1796) married Sarah Fuller100 in 1818 (Lic.) in Norwich St. Andrew. His sister Ruth Wells was a witness. They appear to have had only one child - John who died 17 Dec. 1862 aged 39 and was buried with his parents in the Rosary Cemetery Norwich. Sarah Gates, “the wife of Mr. Gates of Larling” died 11 Feb.1865 in Wayland RD and was buried in Rosary Cemetery Norwich.

1841- Larling - farming with Sarah and a son John, b. Larling c. 1822 and 1 servant

1851- Larling - farming with Sarah and a son John and 2 servants - Hall Farm

1861- Larling - farming with Sarah and a son John [he died 17 Dec. 1862] and 1 servant

1871 - Eaton (Norwich) - Town Close - William is living with his niece F.E. Wells (b. Norwich 1820) and a servant.

1881 - Eaton (Norwich) - Liberty of Town Close [22 Newmarket Road] - William is living with a servant and his niece Frances Wells (b. Norwich 1827).

In 1868 William Gates of Norwich appeared in the Register of Voter for a copyhold house and shop at the Marketplace in East Harling - likely inherited from his father John.

William died in Norwich 8 September 1885101 and was buried with his wife and son in Rosary Cemetery Norwich102.

  1. Robert (b. 4 Nov. 1797) married Sarah Pratt (b. Thetford) in 1827 in Thetford St. Cuthbert.

1841 - Redgrave, Suffolk - merchant with Sarah and a son George and a servant.

1851 - Redgrave, Suffolk - farmer of 94 acres with wife Sarah, son Robert, daughter Maria and son George and a servant.

1861 - Sporle with Palgrave, Norfolk - Steward - with wife Sarah. He is shown as a Farm Steward.

1871 - South Raynham, Norfolk103 - with wife Sarah.

Robert Gates died 3/4 1876 in Norwich104.

  1. Ann (b. 17 Sept. 1801) and married in 1831 in East Harling to Daniel Watson (b. c. 1797 Harling) who in 1832 (Voters List) and 1841 (census) was the Innkeeper of the Swann’s Inn in the Market Place there before moving to Larling sometime before 1847 (Voters List). They had 7 children baptised in East Harling from 1831 to 1840, 2 of whom died young. By 1885 (per the will notation of their uncle William Gates) Elizabeth (wife of William Warman), Daniel, Harriet and Emma were still alive.

1841 - East Harling - Daniel, an Innkeeper, Ann and 6 children plus Catherine Beart (the Governess), 3 servants, a drover and Ann’s sister Mary Porter (the wife of Samuel Porter of N. Lopham).

1851 - Larling - Daniel an Innkeeper (the “Angel”105), Ann and 3 children (2 more were in Breccles with her sister Martha Beart)

1861 - Larling - Daniel was a Victualler, Maltster and Farmer, living with Ann and their 2 children Harriet and Daniel.

1871 - Norwich St. Giles - Ann, a widow, is working as a haberdasher with her two eldest daughters Emma and Harriet.

In 1847 Daniel Watson of Larling was qualified to vote in East Harling by virtue of his copyhold land and dwelling on White Hart Street there.

Daniel Watson, a resident of Larling, died in October 1864 and was buried in East Harling 20 October 1864. Ann was buried in East Harling 2 November 1875106, [Wayland RD 4/4 1875 aged 73] although her residence at the time of her death was stated as Attelborough107.


  1. William Gates buried Hempnall 11 Dec. 1733


Dorothie Chapman married Francis Gates 4 November 1675 in Loddon. Both Francis, who was 42, and Dorothy had previously been married and were likely of a similar age. Dorothy was probably born about 1633 as her last child was born in 1678. Dorothy’s only daughter with Francis was named Mary.

William Chapman married Dorothy Baldwine 2 Oct. 1656 in Norwich (Parish not identified on record at and although this aligns with the age of Dorothy, they do not clearly relate to the Loddon Chapmans. A Dorothy Chapman, daughter of Henry and Anne, was baptised in Foulsham [Eyn] ub 1644/5 and a John Chapman, bastard son of Dorothy, was baptised 18 June 1615 in Martham [FgW] where Richard Chapman married Audry Hill in 1577.

Chapmans were in Loddon but only from 1645 to 1664, viz:

William Chapman, son of Christopher, was baptised in Loddon 16 Nov. 1645;

William Chapman and Anne had the following:

- Ann Chapman baptised in Loddon 6 May 1650 (although the mother’s name is not given);

- Dorothy Chapman baptised in Loddon 23 March 1655/6 but buried there 5 May 1656.

William and Mary Chapman had a daughter Mary baptised in Loddon 24 April 1664.

Dorothie Chapman married Thomas Hacon 23 Jan. 1682/3 in Loddon.

It is therefore highly suggestive that Dorothy Chapman, widow, who married Francis Gates was part of this family.


Agnes/Anne Mowe108 (b.c. 1598) married Ellis/Elias Gates 16 May 1622 in Loddon [Lod] Norfolk.

An Oliver de la Mowe apparently married the sister and heir of Gregory Felmingham by 16 Edward II (1320), and a John Mowe was the incumbent at Metton [N.Erp] in Norfolk from the end of May 1405 to the end of July 1418109. Mowes were in Great Yarmouth in 1317 (as de la Mowe), 1370 (as Atte Mowe) and until 1619, and Leonard Mowe had administration of his estate granted to his widow Elizabeth in 1562, John Paris married Elizabeth Mow there 20 May 1569, John Mow married Adry Barnaby in 1574 and John Mow (perhaps the same) married Sarah Povet or Pouet in 1579 (all Boyds). Mowes were in Chedgrave from 1557 to 1586 and 1603 and in Poringland in 1592.

Thomas Mowe (b.c. 1535) married, firstly, ______ and, likely, had the following children in Chedgrave110:

  1. *Richard born about 1554111 (see below); and
  2. Alice baptised 10 March 1557/8 in Chedgrave112 , but was buried there 2 Feb. 1558/9113.

Thomas Mowe was a witness to the 1558 will of Robert Dymond of Chedgrave and was executor of the 1564 will of Katherine Mowe the widow of Thomas. The will of Thomas also provided for Alice Mowe the elder and Alice Mowe the younger.

Thomas Mowe married, secondly, Alice Bellson114 in Loddon 2 Feb. 1560/1 and the following children of Thomas were baptised in Loddon115:

  1. Katherine 15 Jan. 1561/2 and married Owen Wells 18 June 1583 in Chedgrave116 and had at least 6 children by 1603 - John, Robert, Bettrys, Alice, Cisely and Martha;
  2. William 23 April 1564 but buried there 30 June 1565; and
  3. Aldrye [Audry?] buried in Loddon 25 September 1569.

Thomas Mowe of Loddon was a witness to the will of George Booty of Loddon in 1598 and Thomas Mowe and Owen Wells were witnesses to the surrender of Booty’s lands to the manor.

Thomas Mowe of Chedgrave, yeoman, died in September or October of 1603 leaving a will117 which gave his properties in Chedgrave and Loddon to his wife Alice and then to Owin and Katherine Welles and their children.

Since their last child was born in 1569 and Thomas’s will referred to several Bellsons118, it is very possible that both Thomas and Alice, or at least Alice, were widowed at the time of their marriage in 1560/1.

Richard Mowe119 (b.c. 1554) married Alice _____ in about 1580120. Alice Mowe, the “wife of Richard”, was buried in Chedgrave 21 April 1585121.

Richard Mowe married, secondly, Elizabeth Holmes122 28 May 1586 in Chedgrave123 and had at least the following:

  1. *Anne baptised 4 June 1592124 in Loddon and is likely the Anne Mowe who had an illegitimate daughter Mary baptised in Loddon 24 June 1618 and who married Ellis Gates 16 May 1622 in Loddon (see above).

Richard Mowe was buried in Loddon 12 January 1600/1125. The “widow Mowe”, very likely Elizabeth, was buried in Loddon 14 Oct. 1628.

The 1664 Hearth Assessment for Loddon contained no Mowes but there was a Roger More and a Francis More there.


Elizabeth Holmes126 was born about 1564, married Richard Mowe 28 May 1586 in Chedgrave and was buried 14 October 1628 in Loddon.

William Holmes married Johan Alborough 31 January 1560/1 in Loddon but appear to have no children baptised there.

Amy Homes, single woman, left a will in 1583127 which referred to her brother [sic] Thomas Burrell and sister [sic] Cristen Burrell.

Robert Holmes married Elizabeth Westgate 8 April 1589 in Loddon and had at least the following baptised there:

  1. John 12 Nov. 1589; and
  2. Christopher 18 July 1591, a butcher who died in about 1646 and whose will128 referred to his children Anne, Elizabeth, Mary, Anne [sic], John and Roger the last three then under 21 and was witnessed by William Holmes.

Elizabeth Holmes the wife of Robert was buried in Loddon 16 January 1600/1.

Robert Holmes of Chedgrave and Mary his wife were witnesses to the 1598/9 will of Agnes Green of Chedgrave and Mary Holmes received a bequest of clothing in that will.

The other Holmes in the Loddon register were Anne who married William Reader 20 Nov. 1560 and Elizabeth who married Edward Sayer 27 July 1589.


A Thomas Ebotts, Blacksmith, was a citizen of Norwich in 1529. Edward Ebbettes, tanner of Heigham next Norwich, left a will in 1562 which provided for his wife Alice, brother John Ebbette, son Thomas Ebbette and daughter Elizabeth Harman. Thomas have been the Thomas Ebbottes who lived in Norwich in 1580130. Henry Ebbets married Dorothy Master 2 Aug. 1575 in Belaugh. Christopher Ebbitts witnessed the will of Richard Fawsett, butcher of Norwich in 1589 and Christopher and Margaret Ebbotts of Norwich were referred to in the will of Christopher Barrett in 1597. Ralph Ebotts and Elizabeth (Funtin) received 2 acres of land in Salle in 1562 from Arthur Funtin131.A Ralph Abbet/Ebbotts of Great Yarmouth left a will in 1570 (NCC 188 Brygge).

Ebbetts of Depwade 100

The first Ebbetts/Abetts recorded in the Parish Registers of Hempnall132 was John Abott who married Christian Watts 15 July 1565, although Christian died in 1567. A William Ebbuts married Alice Flint in Hempnall 7 Dec. 1589.


John Ebbage (b.c. 1560 or possibly the same individual as the John Abott/Abetts above) married Margaret _____ (b.c. 1563) sometime prior to 1587 and had 5 children baptised in Hempnall:

  1. Robert Ebage 16 June 1588 although he died in 1590;
  2. Henry Ebbuts 8 March 1589/90, although his father’s name was not given (he died 1596);
  3. John Ebedg 2 January 1591/2 although he died 1596;
  4. Christopher Ebbedge 14 April1594 although he died 1596;

5.* [Richard 1596?]; and

  1. Elizabeth Ebbedg 12 March 1597/8133 although the father’s name was not given.

John Ebbedge died, intestate, and was buried in Hempnall 24 April 1597 and administration was granted 29 April to his widow Margaret134. He was likely the father of Richard, below, although there is no record in the Hempnall registers of Richard’s baptism.

Margaret Ebidge married Roger Stalworthy in 1597 in nearby Newton Flotman.


Richard Ebbege (b.c. 1596) married Ann Baraway 28 January 1616/7 in Hempnall and had at least 7 children baptised there:

1.* John Ebbege 30 March 1617 - married Ann Branson (see below);

  1. Elizabeth Ebbedg 10 Sept. 1619;
  2. Margerie Ebbedg12 Nov. 1620 but was likely the Margreta Ebbege buried in 1633 in Hempnall;
  3. Anne 17 Nov. 1621;
  4. Grace 25 Apr. 1625 (buried 30 Oct. 1633);
  5. Susanna 12 Aug. 1627; and
  6. Jonathan 7 Oct. 1627 [sic] married Sarah ___ (see below).

Ann died and was buried 20 Feb. 1629/30 in Hempnall and Richard Ebidge then married Alice Rogers in Ipswich in 1631135 but she died and was buried 27 March 1632 in Hempnall.

Richard then married for the third time 17 Aug. 1632 in Harleston cum Redenhall to Dorothy Rochester and had at least 4 more children baptised in Hempnall:

  1. Richard 6 June 1633 and possibly married 16 July 1660 in Stoke Holy Cross to Margaret Barrett;
  2. William 24 Sept. 1635;
  3. Anne 29 Sept. 1639; and
  4. Elizabeth 20 Sept. 1642 - father’s name given as Ebbets136.

Dorothy, the widow of Richard Ebbetts, died and was buried in Hempnall in 10 Nov. 1671. Richard therefore died between 1642 and 1671137. [get will? Civil War?]

Also in Hempnall at the time was Leonard138 Ebbedge who married Elizabeth Sendall139 5 October 1626 and had a daughter Abigail baptised 9 Dec. 1630 and a son James 17 Sept. 1634. Elizabeth Ebbedge wife of Leonard died and was buried in Hempnall 24 March 1637/8 and Leonard140 likely remarried to a Mary ___ and had several more children with her including a daughter Mary [or Margaret?] 16 Feb. 1639/40 before he died, as Hebedge, in about 1648 leaving a will141. A Margaret Ebbidge married Edward Knights 19 Jan. 1663/4 in Hempnall.

Later, Jonathan and Sarah Ebbets had at least two sons - Jonathan in 1653 and William in 1659 - before Jonathan, his wife Sarah and two of their sons died in 1666 and were buried in Hempnall.

John Abett and his wife Sarah had sons Joseph in 1671 and Benjamin in 1673 (he died 1673). John died and was buried in Hempnall in 1676142.


John Ebbidge married 7 Oct. 1640 in Pulham SMM to Ann Branson and had the following children baptised in Harwick143 (the next parish north of Pulham) and are the first Ebbetts in that parish:

1.* John 2 Nov 1641;

  1. Elizabeth 9 July 1644 and may have died before reaching adulthood as neither she nor any of her children were referred to in the 1704 will of her father; and
  2. Richard 8 Dec 1646 and married Elizabeth (see below).

Anne, wife of John Ebbets, died and was buried in Hardwick 3 Feb 1683/4. John Ebbets, widower of Hardwick, married Jane Booty (or Boo), widow of Shelton, at Shelton 7 April 1685144. John Ebbats and son were recorded in the Fritton Church Wardens’ Accounts as receiving money for a days work in 1660 and in 1663 Jonathan Ebbits was paid for soffitting the church. John Ebbetts was a church warden in Hardwick in 1661 where his name still adorns the rood screen in the parish church145, was listed in the 1664 Hearth Tax in Hardwick and was noted in the Hardwick Churchwardens' Books of 1678 as having donated towards the rebuilding St. Paul's Cathedral in London146.

John Ebbets, yeoman of Hardwick, died and was buried in Hardwick 30 April 1704. His will147 left his lands in Hardwick to his grandson John Ebbets, bricklayer of Fritton. Jane Ebbetts, widow, died and was buried in Hardwick 8 July 1706.


John Ebbetts, born 1641 to John above, married Mary Sayer148 25 April 1671 in Tharston [Dep], by license149, and had the following children baptised:

  1. Anne - 14 Mar 1671/2 in Hardwick;
  2. John - 17 Aug 1673 in Hardwick & married Rose Foulsham in 1697/8 in Stratton St. Michael, was a bricklayer in Fritton and received his grandfather’s lands in 1704 as well as being executor of his will (see below);
  3. Margaret - 13 April 1675 in Long Stratton (Stratton St. Mary) and married Robert Brown;
  1. Mary - 20 March 1678/9 in Stratton St. Michael & married William Buck or Burcke 1702 Norwich St. George Tombland?, the bride from “Brakon”= Bracon Ash;
  2. Richard - 13 April 1680 in Stratton St. Michael & married Anne ______150 and received £80 from the 1704 will of his grandfather at which point he was a worstead weaver in Norwich. Richard and two of his sisters Jane (or his brother John) and Mary Bucke are referred to in a 6 Feb. 1713[/4?] discharge from Robert Brown of Stratton St. Michael (NRO). Richard Ebbetts, freeholder of Hardwick, was listed in the 1734 Freeholders’ List. He was likely the Richard Ebbets who died intestate151 and was buried in Hardwick 3 September 1736;

*6. Elizabeth - 29 May 1683 in Stratton St. Michael & married Francis Gates 29 May 1703 Norwich St. George Tombland?; and

  1. Jane - 25 September 1685 in Stratton St. Michael and appears to be single and living in Tivetshall in 1713/4 [unless it is John].

John Ebbidge was referred to in the 1684 Rental Records of Long Stratton, having purchased land there on 10 Oct. 1673.

Mary Ebbetts died and was buried in Stratton St. Michael 19 May 1686 and in an administration bond dated 14 December 1713152 [sic] Margaret Brown, born Ebbets and the daughter of John Ebbets and Mary Sayer, together with Robert Brown of Stratton St. Michael her husband, was granted administration of the estate of her mother.

John remarried 15 January 1688/9 to Elizabeth Pye of Fritton in Stratton St. Michael, but they appear to have had no children together.

John Ebbets, mason of Swainsthorpe died about August 1700153 and his will154 referred to the land of his father John in Hardwick and provided for his wife Elizabeth and his 7 children: John who was to receive John’s land in Hardwick (from his father John) and in Stratton St. Michael after the death of Elizabeth; Richard; Anne; Margaret; Mary; Elizabeth; and Jane.

Elizabeth Ebbetts, widow of Fritton, died 12 November 1703155 and her nuncupative will156 made two days earlier and put into writing 13 November 1703 provided for the same 7 children all described as her sons and daughters-in-law which confirms that she was the second wife of John and not the mother of his seven children. She also provided for Rose the wife of John Ebbetts, her step-son and Elizabeth their daughter.

Family Members

Richard Ebbetts (b. 1646 the 2nd son of John and Ann Ebbidge, above) married Elizabeth _______ before 1682 and had their first 11 children baptised and buried in Hardwick -

  1. John 4 Apr 1683 - but buried 7 June 1683
  2. Elizabeth 6 Jan 1683/4 - but buried 8 Jan 1683/4
  3. Richard 8 Feb 1684/5
  4. Elizabeth 9 Oct 1686 - but buried 7 Jan 1692/3
  5. John 12 Nov 1687 - but buried 3 Apr 1689
  6. Daniel 9 Dec 1688 - but buried 6 Feb 1688/9
  7. John 22 Dec 1689 - but buried 2 Apr 1690
  8. Thomas 19 Feb 1690/1 - but buried 21 May 1691
  9. Mary 24 Apr 1692 - but buried 11 Sept 1692
  10. Elizabeth 30 Sept 1693
  11. Mary _____ ? - but buried 16 Aug 1696

Their next 3 children were baptised in Pulham St. Mary Magdalene

  1. Ann 5 May 1697 - but buried in Hardwick 5 Jan 1697/8157
  2. Daniel 1 June 1698 - but buried in Hardwick 5 Oct 1698 (father of Pulham)
  3. John 5 Feb 1700/1 (although mother not named) - but buried in Hardwick 9 March 1700/1 (father of Pulham Market).

Consequently, only 2 (Richard and Elizabeth) of their 14 children appear to have survived beyond infancy, most dying within their first four months.

John Ebbetts (b. 1673 the 1st son and 2nd child of John and Mary Ebbetts, above) married Rose Foulsham 15 February 1697/8 in Stratton St. Michael, “both single and formerly of Wreningham” and had the following children158:

  1. John - baptised 29 Nov. 1698 in Stratton St. Michael159;
  2. Rose - baptised 13 Feb. 1699/70 in Stratton St. Michael;
  3. Elizabeth - baptised 27 June 1701 in Stratton St. Michael and m. ___ Eastoll;
  4. Mary - baptised ? - but buried in Stratton St. Michael, but father of Fritton, 9 August 1703;
  5. Thomas - baptised in Fritton 17 July 1704 but buried in Stratton St. Michael 24 Nov 1704160;
  6. Joseph - baptised 12 January 1706/7 in Pulham SMV but buried in Hardwick 13 May 1707 (father of Pulham);
  7. Joseph - baptised 20 June 1708 in Pulham SMV but buried in Hardwick 30 June 1708 (father of Pulham);
  8. Daniel - baptised ? - buried in Hardwick 25 February 1709/10 (father of Pulham);
  9. Daniel - born 11 January 1711/2 and baptised in Fritton [?] and as Daniel of Saxlingham married 5 Feb. 1735/6 in St. Mary Marsh to Elizabeth Dady and had issue from 1713/4 in Saxlingham He was buried 12 April 1772 (as Dania Ebbage) in Saxlingham Nethergate with a will161 leaving his estate to his wife Elizabeth and his two sons Daniel (and his two children Martha and Daniel) and Jabez. Daniel was, like his father, a bricklayer/mason;
  10. Richard - baptised 29 July 1711 in Pulham SMV but buried in Hardwick 28 May 1713 (father of Morningthorpe);
  11. Richard - baptised 10 April 1715 in Morningthorpe but buried in Hardwick 19 Aug 1715 (father’s surname spelled as Ebbage); and
  12. James - baptised ? - buried in Hardwick 13 Oct. 1721.
  1. Francis - baptised 29 March 1720 in Shelton.

Rose Ebbetts likely died before 1727 because John Ebbetts, widower of Shelton, married in Long Stratton 29 Dec 1727 to Mary Morter, widow of Stratton St. Mary.

John was a mason, like his father, and was the John Ebbetts, freeholder of Long Stratton, in the 1734 Freeholders’ List, likely on the land inherited from his father.

Other Ebbetts in the area were:

-Robert Ollett of Stratton St, Mary married in Morningthorpe 25 Feb 1681/2 to Sarah Abbitt of Stratton, both single.

-William Ebbets married Sarah Coardy in 1733 in Morningthorpe and had the following:

  1. Richard baptised 14 July 1734 in Hardwick; and
  2. William baptised 19 Nov. 1738 in Hardwick.

In 1742 William Ebberts, widower, married in Earsham to Elizabeth Rayson. (see their settlement certificate - Hardwick to Earsham - 6 Dec. 1743 - with children Richard, William, Sarah and Elizabeth).

-Sampson Ebbats married Margaret Tompson 26 Aug. 1624 in Spixworth.

-Richard Ebbetts, a blacksmith who married in Shimpling 1704 to Mary Witelow162, and had a son Richard baptised 13 March 1704/5 in Dickleburgh before Mary died and was buried in Dickleburgh 26 Sept. 1705. Richard died and was buried in Dickleburgh 17 Feb. 1705/6 and administration of his estate was granted 26 Feb. 1705/6 to his principal creditor163.

Ebbitts were in Norwich in 1633 when a Widow Ebbitts, a “poore” person, appeared in the Norwich Poor Rate Book in St. Michael at Thorn. There was also a John Ebbetts, poulterer of Norwich, who had apprentices enrolled in 1715, 1722, 1727 (his son John) and 1740.

There were Ebbiges in Ranworth with Panxworth from 1680 when 3 (possibly brothers) appear - John, Martin and Matthew.


Ann Baraway was born about 1595 and married 28 Jan. 1616/7 in Hempnall [Dep] to Richard Ebbege (see above). There is no record of her baptism in Hempnall. Their children were, in order, John, Elizabeth, Margerie, Anne, Grace, Susann and Jonathan. Richard’s parents were John and Margaret so Anne’s mother may have been Elizabeth.

Edward Bearaway married Cicelly Manwell in 1586 in Upton [Wal], Thomas Bearway of Upton [Wal] had an administration granted in 1593 to his wife Elizabeth165 and William Beraway of South Walsham [Wal] left a will in 1593-6166. Marion Bearaway, widow of Ingham [Hap] (by Hempsatead, Eccles, Hickling and Horsey) left a 1594 will providing for her children Margerie, Robert and Nicholas167. John Berawaye of Frettenham [Tav] had a will in 1564 which left his estate to his wife Betteris and children John and Helen168 and Michael Baraway of Thurton [Lod] had a daughter Elizabeth baptised there 13 July 1617 and John & Margaret Bearaway had Matthew baptised there 28 Oct. 1621 and Ursula 20 Dec. 1623. John Beareawaye of Marsham left all his possessions by will to his wife Margaret in 1628. John Buraway had a daughter Frances baptised in Scoulton [Way] 22 Nov. 1627.


Edmund Branson (b.c. 1550) married 29 April 1576 in Hardwick [Dep] to Elizabeth Porter170 and Edmund had the following:

  1. Thomas baptised about 1581 in ? and m. Anne Stor[k], widow171, 2 Aug. 1612 and died before 1634/5;

*2. Anne baptised c. 1584 and died before 1634/5 (see below);

  1. Elizabeth baptised in Hardwick 28 Dec. 1586 and likely married Henry Branson [sic]172 26 July 1612 in Hardwick and had a son Edmund baptised there 7 March 1612/3 before Henry died and she then married George Umphrye173 19 May 1619 in Hardwick; and
  2. Daniell baptised in Hardwick 3 May 1590 but buried in Hardwick 10 Nov. 1614.

There were perhaps others baptised elsewhere174. According to the items referred to in his will, Edmund was likely a shoemaker and he was a churchwarden in Hardwick in 1599 and 1600.

The “wife of Edmund Branson” was buried in Hardwick 31 Dec. 1609 and Edmund Branson “the elder” was buried there 26 Jan. 1637/8175. An Edmund Branson married Alice Pickling in 1584 in Stokesby [FgE].

Anne Branson (b. c. 1584 and died before 1634/5) does not appear to have married but had

*1. Anne, a bastard daughter who was baptised in Hardwick 26 Dec. 1606 and inherited ½ of the estate of her grandfather Edmund Branson in 1638 She married John Ebbetts in 1640 in Pulham SMM176 (see above).

An Anne Branson daughter of Thomas was baptised 11 March 1582/3 in Beetley [Lau].

Also in Hardwick was George Branson (b.c. 1612)177 who m. Mary Wright in 1636 and had a daughter Anne in 1636 before Mary died in 1637 and George remarried 18 February 1640/1 to Ann Greene.


Mary Sayer married John Ebbetts 25 April 1671 in Tharston and they had at least seven children baptised in Hardwick and Stratton St. Michael (Long Stratton) from 1672 to 1685 - Anne, John, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Elizabeth and Jane, although there were gaps for others. She was likely one of the following.

John Sayer married Martha178 ______ and had the following children:

  1. Mary baptised 27 July 1647 in Shelton179 [Dep] and possibly married John Ebbetts 25 April 1671 in Tharston [Dep]; and
  2. John baptised 3 Oct. 1648 in Shelton.

A John Sayer was enumerated in the 1664 Hearth Tax Wymondham for 2 hearthes.


Thomas Sayer180 married Elizabeth Paine 9 Feb. 1635 Ditchingham ]Lod] and had the following children181:


2.Robert; and

3.* Mary baptised 19 Dec. 1645 in Pulham St. Mary Virgin182 [Ers] and possibly married John Ebbetts, 25 April 1671 in Tharston [Dep]183.

A Thomas Sayer and Thomas Sayer Jr. were enumerated in Pulham SMV for the 1664 Hearth Tax for 4 each and they may have been father and son.

Thomas died in about 1665 and his will184 left his estate to his wife Elizabeth, sons Thomas and Robert and daughter Mary.

Thomas Sayer was baptised 11 June 1613 in Pulham St. Mary Virgin the son of John Sayer and Ann Cullyn who married 13 Oct. 1607 in Pulham St. Mary Virgin. He is possibly the Thomas Sayer above.

The Sayers were a notable family in Pulham SMV from early times and were well established there by the late 1500s185. John Sayer was baptised 9 Sept. 1576 in Pulham the son of Thomas Sayer and Alice, Ann Cullyn was baptised 24 Feb. 1586/7 in Pulham the daughter of John Cullyn and Dorothy Norton who married 26 June 1575 in Pulham. etc.


Elizabeth Paine was baptised __ Jan. 1613/4 in Wacton [Dep] the daughter of Robert and Dorothy.

F:Gates.wpd May 16, 2021


1In other counties, eg. Buckinghamshire, it is usually singular and, in older forms, Gaate or Gatts. It likely derives from At Gate. Q affinity with Legate, Ingate or Westgate? It was in in 1500s also spelled Gatys. Note that it is sometimes very difficult to distinguish from Gales.

2ANF Book 17 p.346 made 1 Feb. 1557/8 and proved 2 June 1558, left his goods to his wife Alice, son John, daughters Alice and Florence and referred to his grandchildren Battley, Roo and Field and his brother Robert Gates.

3My Probates - p.244

4NCC Admin. Acts 1563-70 p.

5Also, earlier, Occolt. Selgattes were here 1507-9.

6NA - C 1/1225/13-14

7To the east of the Occold town settlement.

8Sud AD 1579-82 V.34 p.370 made 16 October 1580 and proved 20 April 1582.

9Baptisms are from the Sudbury AD “Bishop’s Transcripts”, although technically Archdeacon’s Transcripts (Register Bills), which do not cover all years.

10Although his burial is not in the Registry Bills for that year.

11NCC Purgall p103 made 20 January 1630/1 and proved 13 September 1631 left his land in Occold to his wife Johane for life and then to his son Anthony with payments to his other children Sybly the wife of Thomas Marrell, Faith the wife of John Runaker, Isaacke Gates, Abigail Gates and Anne, and to his grandchild Susane Ellis. The inventory of his estate was made 9 September 1631 (Inv NCC 1631-2 37/89).

12Lawrence Gates of Occold had a daughter Mary baptised in Occold in 1661 and left a will in 1684 (orig - SRO [to get]).

13Although also transcribed by others as Gales - it truth, it could be either.

14Valentine Sandy had 3 children baptised in Sisland with his wife Frances - Frances in 1632, Mary in 1633 and Thomas in 1637. Frances Sandy the wife of Valentine was buried in Sisland 7 May 1638 as was their son Thomas on 9 Oct. 1638. Valentine Sandy the clerk of Loddon was buried there 1 Jan 1672/3 and Mary Sandy was buried there 23 Oct. 1681.

15Ellis/Elles was a not uncommon surname in Loddon and Robert and Anne had issue there from 1565 - Thomas 1565, Elizabeth 1569, Margerie 1572/3, Thomas 1576 and Richard 1580. Robert was buried in Loddon 15 Jan. 1596/7.

16A William Gates was buried in Loddon 16 March 1649/50.

17A clue might lie in the place of marriage of Thomas in about 1630.

18Ellis for most of the baptisms, Ellice in 1633 and 1634/5 and Elias at his burial in 1657.

19This is the first reference to Gates in the register which commences 1556 and there were no Gates in Loddon in the 1597 Subsidy Taxes so Ellis and Thomas were likely born in another parish and arrived before 1622. [Q-Manor Court Rolls?]. There were however many Gayles (Gales) appearing in the Loddon registers from the earliest date.

20See below.

21Adam may not have been the most exemplary of citizens because the 28 June 1677 Loddon Church Warden Accounts of Robert Beanes (as posted in a news item on the Norfolk Record Office Web Site 1 October 2020) recorded an item for conveying Adam Gates to Akell [Acles] Bridewell by “justice warrant” and a second item for “delivery out of the Bridewel [of Adam Gates] to his settlement at Catton”.

22Boyds has three Francis Gates marrying in Suffolk: 1614 in Beccles to Ann Pool, 1616 in Stradbrooke to Frances Curstead and 1620 in Bruisyard to Mary Hovell.

23Note that there is room for at least another 8 children, who may have been baptised non-conformist or baptised elsewhere.

24Interestingly, another Ellis Gates was certified for land in Occold [Hart] Suffolk in the 1674 Hearth Tax. In the 1568 Subsidy a Richard Gates was enumerated in Occold.

25His will, ANW 1733 p. 210 #36, made 15 Sept. 1729 and proved 19 April 1733, gave his lands in Strumpshaw and Bradeston to his son John and provided for his wife Rose and daughter Elizabeth.

26Administration of her estate, 1741 NCC #18, was granted 4 July 1741 to her son John Gates of Tasburgh, the other bondsman being Francis Gates of Tasburgh who signed with his Mt. Fuji mark.

27Administration of his estate (ANW 1709 #11), which is indexed by his widow’s name but not by his, was granted 4 July 1709 to his relict Elizabeth and to John Gates, farmer, both of Blofeld.

28NCC #195. The other bondsman was John Thirkettle, yeoman of Hempnall. Francis was also described as a yeoman. Although his “mark” is close to the one used used by Francis Gates on the bond for first marriage to Elizabeth Ebbets in 1703, it is not identical.

29No baptism found in Fritton registers although John Brown of Hempnall and Susan Moor of Fritton married in 1687 and had issue in Fritton and John Brown and Abigail had children baptised there in 1686 and 1692.

30Marriage not in registers for Fritton, St. George Colgate, St. George Tombland or Cathedral (Sacrist Register) or St. Mary Marsh / St. Luke.

31The Francis who married Elizabeth Ebbets would have been widowed and 32 and upwards.

32The surname is spelled Gattes by this clerk.

33About 7 miles SW of Hempnall and 6 miles east of Wymondham

34Possibly a sister of Frances.

35The entries for his baptism and the next two have Francis’ name as Yates.

36The event is entered twice in the PRs, once on each date.

37But who then is the Mary Gates, infant, who was buried in Hempnall 9 April 1723?

38Where Francis Gates and wife Ruth had settled in about 1753

39Actually 61

40NCC #15. Both parties were said to be from Fritton (Depwade 100). The other bondsman was John Ebbetts, also of Fritton. The marriage was to take place either at Fritton or the Cathedral, although in fact it was recorded at St. George Tombland.

41Baptised Stratton St. Michael the daughter of John and Mary Ebbets. (see below)

42The adjoining parish to the north of Hempnall

43This baptism seems much too close to the preceding one, unless the first child was not nursing.

44Although Elizabeth Gates nee Ebbets would have only been 55 at the time.

45However this entry appears with the 1759 burials and the 1753 likely applied to the previous entry. If, in fact, the date of death was 1759 and not 1753 his age at death would indicate a birth in about 1675.

46Per age at burial

47Baptised 11 July 1715 in East Dereham the daughter of Joseph Francis, originally from Hempnall, and his wife Mary. The 6th child and 3rd son of Francis Gates and Ruth Francis was named Joseph and their 2nd child and 1st daughter was named Mary.

48His given name is listed as Thomas in the Parish Register but the Marriage Licence Bond correctly shows his name as Francis! The other bondsman was Edward Roach, wool comber of East Dereham.

4923 May on NFHS transcription

50Lic. NFK #27. At the time he was said to be of Eccles.

517 December 1878 see abstract.

52In 1851 living in Sapiston [Black] SFK, unmarried.

53Fanny Gates, daughter of Francis Hammond Gates, married George Gayford 1862 in Illington.

54The PR entered her name as Mary but the MLB and age at death confirms that is was Martha.

55There are no other Gates or Francis’ in East Carleton [3 miles E of Wymondham, beside Hethel Hall] at this time.

56Norfolk Record Office - DUN (B) 120, 497X5 - although more likely it was his son Francis who entered in that lease as it was extended again in 1800.

57Administration was granted to Francis Gates, of Eccles, his son.

58Per NAMI. The Parish Register says “upwards of 70".

59Per NAMI.

60He is probably the Francis Gates of Morley who in 1782 in Deopham married Thomasin Standforth [she died in Thetford 6 Nov 1794]. A Francis Gates of Attleborough had banns to marry published there in Oct. and Nov. of 1778.

61Also in Tasburg, Mary Gates, a daughter of Francis & Frances, was buried 4 April 1740, Francis Gates buried 24 March 1747/8 and Elizabeth & John Gates, children of John & Margaret, buried 1749.

62NFK 1778-9 #8 The other bondsman was William Rose, farmer of Tibenham, who was Lucy’s oldest brother while her father, John Rose, of Aslacton, consented to the marriage, Lucy being underage.

63He penned a note to A. Hamond of Westacre Hall in October of 1815 [I have a copy] asking for reconsideration of the sale of the lease of the Tythe Farm at Grimston [TF7421] (presumably to someone else) because it had greatly distressed his son John who would dearly like it back and if so “would be very good to his brother Francis [and] that he would at the end of 7 years gift him another farm...”.

64Providing for Lucy and all of his children except the two in Grimston; Francis & Joseph.

65Per NAMI (Monumental Inscriptions) & administration bonds for her estate

66Bonds for the administration of her estate were posted by her sons John of East Harling, William of Larling and Robert of Redgrave.

67Although all the children were baptised in Larling (except the first born - John) none were buried there! - perhaps Aslacton or Besthorpe?

68ANF #12/42/58

696 Aug on NFHS transcription

70The 1832 Voters List qualified John Gates (probably the son as the father died in November of 1831) for freehold and copyhold lands and houses at the Market Place, West Harling and Fen Roads in East Harling. In 1841 Mary, 65 and independent was living at the Market Place, East Harling.

71Will - Nfk 1841 #56

72He took great pains to make sure that his bequest to Mary the wife of Samuel Porter was for her use alone and not in any way to accrue to the advantage of her husband! He also left money to his nephews Edward Wellingham in East Walton and John Wellingham in Eccles [sons of John Wellingham and Susannah Porter, Susannah being the sister of John’s wife Mary Porter].

731846 in Illington MI. Her will, 1848 NCC #64 made 25 Jan. 1843 and proved Feb. 1848, left her estate to her sisters Susanna Wellingham and Maria Beales.

74Not to be confused with his uncle Francis Gates who married in Illington in 1801 to Susannah Hooper.

75He may have had a falling out with his father who made no provision for him in his will, although he may have been taken care of by his older brother John - see note above. Q - why Grimston? A Thomas and Susanna Gates of Grimston had a son Richard baptised in Congham in 1760.

76Although the note on the bond taken out by his widow Sarah appears to say 3 November 1830.

77ANW Administration Bonds 1834-5 No.2 dated 14 Jan. 1834

78See abstract 12 December 1884

79Verified by the will of John Gates 1841

80Died in 1878 in West Raynham, Norfolk where a monument records him and his wife and 5 children.

81Robert Gates Beart aged 67 (born c. 1811 in Wattisfield per 1851, Breckles per 1861 or Rickinghall per 1871) was buried in East Raynham 29 Dec. 1878.

8213 Aug. 1859 NAMI - His will was proved 7 September 1859 by his son Robert Gates Beart, farmer of East Rainham. [get his will] According to a newspaper obit he had lived in Beccles for 40 years [i.e. from 1819]

83Although in 1871 both were indexed by as “Scott”. The Genesreunited site adds that Martha was paralytic.

84NAMI - She was buried alongside her Gates relatives.

85Thomas and Ann had moved to Grimston by 1807 and they occupied land there with Joseph Gates.

86Mary Anne Gates, daughter of Joseph Gates, Steward, was married 1840 in Norwich St. Peter Mancroft to John Harden, her sister Martha being a witness, and resided in Lakenham in 1841 and 1861.

87Some per the will of John Gates made 26 February 1841

88However, Marianne or Mary Gates is not referred to in the will of her father-in-law.

89Although the will of his brother John Gates refers to his presence in Grimston in 1841. He was not the Joseph (and Elizabeth) Gates of Papworth, Camb. who was born c. 1804, married Elizabeth Story in 1827 in Gravely Camb. and by 1851 had 6 children. He died 1 Aug. 1881 in Papworth aged 77.

90A Joseph Gates married Elizabeth Folkard 4/4 1838 in the Wangford RD in Suffolk

91The only suitable death is Joseph Gates who died Mitchelomersh, Hampshire 7 October 1864 aged 81.

92She and John are probably the John and Sarah Silcock enumerated in 1851 in Heacham with no children. She died 2 Feb. 1893 (“aged 75") and was buried in the Rosary Cemetery Norwich in the same plot as her aunt and uncle William and Sarah Gates.

93Although, strangely, the only two entries in the Attleborough PR for Wells during this period were the baptisms in 1830 of Sarah and 1835 of Elizabeth both base-born daughters of Mary Wells. Also, in 1846 James Wells the son of James Wells and Kezia (Warren) was baptised.

94Per will of John Gates, 1841

95The 1842 Lower Canada Census contains an entry for George Wells (2 in family) a policeman in Montreal exteriur de la ville.

96According to an index to Baraboo News Republic of 29 April 1863 at p.4.

97Baraboo News Republic of 2 December 1874 at p. 3.

98Although the writing style is sloppy and the last letter could be a G. as in “John G.”.

99A James H. Wells was the postmaster in Baraboo in 1857 and 1858 and helped publish the Sauk Co. Democrat which, apparently, justified his appointment as postmaster.

100Sarah born 12 Dec. 1793 in Beckham.

101His will referred to the children of his deceased siblings: Francis Gates, Mary Porter, Ruth Wells, Robert Gates, Joseph Gates and Ann Watson but provided nothing for his other siblings: William, Martha Beart and Lucy Beart. His will was proved 6 October 1885 by his niece and great nephew Frances Elizabeth Wells and Samuel Wells Bird.

102Plot 112 Sq in Section A. Also buried there were his nieces Frances Elizabeth Wells and Sarah Silcock and Frances (b.1792 d. 1829) the wife of Samuel Wells (relationship unknown).

103His cousin Robert Gates Beart died there in 1878

104No entry found in UK Probate Calendar.

105He apparently owned the Angel Inn in Larlingford because the ____ of July 1867 reported it as part of the security posted in his name.

106No entry found in UK Probate Calendar.

107Per NAMI

108Also Mow. Sometimes, Moye.

109Rye, Some Rough Materials ... N. Erp

110Abutting Loddon on the north. The Parish registers begin in 1550.

111However, he is not referred to in the will Thomas Mowe, nor he is referred to in the wills of Thomas or Katherine Dymond, who were likely the parents of the first wife of Thomas Mowe. Batch Indexing Project C04359-1 from film 890188. The names of the parents were not provided.

113Alice Mowe, the younger, and god-daughter of Robert Dyman of Chedgrave was, by his will written 5 October 1558, to receive a tenement from him when she became 21 but, as she was not referred to in the will of Robert’s widow Katherine made 13 June 1564, she had almost certainly died before that date.

114William Belson of Loddon witnessed a will in 1530 and Thomas Bellson of Loddon had administration of his estate granted 3 February 1602/3 to his widow Margaret (NCC Admin Act Books 1588-1604 p.297 - my page 1171).

115Loddon Parish Registers began 27 March 1556. Batch Indexing Project M04359-1 & Phillimore.

117ANF 1603 Book 35 (Offwood) p. 385 made 24 September 1603 and proved 21 November 1603 also provided money to William and George Bellsby. [Q Belson?]

118The handwriting of the day often made Bellson look like Bellsby.

119There were also Moles/Molles and Mores/Moores in Loddon at this time, including a Richard Molle who married Elizabeth Filby in 1587 and earlier, with his wife Alice, had Cicely 1570, Richard 1573 and George 1576. Alice was likely the Alice Mohe, the wife of Richard, who was buried in Loddon 5 Oct. 1587. Edward Molle of Loddon left a will in 1530 which referred only to his wife Margaret and daughter Margaret and appointed his brother Walter Molle as supervisor (NCC v.47 p.209) and administration of the estate of Stephen Molle of Loddon was granted 3 Oct. 1577 to his relict Margaret (NCC 1570-79 p.350).

120To complicate matters, a Richard Molle and his wife Alice had several children baptised in Loddon - Cicely 6 Aug. 1570, Richard 26 July 1573 and George 19 Dec. 1576 before Alice the wife of Richard Molle was buried there 5 October 1587 and Richard married there 27 Nov. 1587 to Elizabeth Filby.

122Homes in Boyds Marriages. Batch Indexing Project M04359-1 & Phillimore.

124The mother’s name is not provided.

125Will? [to get]

126Also Homes.

127NCC Reg. 1582 v.82 (Moyse) 532 made 11 January __ and proved 4 January 1582/3.

128ANF Original Wills 1647-8 No. 2 (Indexed at NRO as Holms) made 7 March 1645/6 and proved 29 July 1647

129also Ebbets, Ebbitts, Ebbits, Ebbots, Ebbuts etc. Also, and particularly in Suffolk where Ebbets is rare, Ebbege, Ebbedge, Ebidge and Hebbedge etc. By the 1800s many instances of the surname has gravitated to Hebbage (see 1819 Fen Drayton Huntingdon [sic] Settlement Examination of John Hebbage who referred to his father's settlement in Haddock (Hardwick)).

130When, according to the Selected Records of the City of Norwich V.1 (Hudson & Tingey 1906) at p.319, he was committed to prison for using slanderous words against the Mayor.

131Visitation of Norfolk 1563 V.2 at p. 245.

132Except for 3 Hebbedges around 1638 in Wells, all Ebbeges [etc.] on the IGI were from Hempnall.

133After 1598 there are no more baptisms recorded until 1613 and the register says “There is 15 years missing”.

134Adm. ANF 1541-1602 p.249 as Ebbedge

135Boyd’s - Series 2

136A new clerk has just arrived in the Parish. However, it would therefore appear that the surname Ebbedge had become Ebbets by the 1640s, at least in Hempnall, and no Ebbedge spellings occur in Hempnall after this time. However, a Robert Ebage of Bungay married in Earsham in 1703 to Mary Todd and in Smallburgh [Tun] a Matthew Ebbedg[e] married Jane Trace in 1697/8 and had issue there from 1698/9 to at least 1713. “G.R.P.” in Surnames in Parish Registers (v.2, p.316) (reprinted in East Anglian Notes V.3 p.103) says regarding Hardwick “The descendants of the Ebbetses, of Hardwick, are now known by the name of Ebbage.”.

137There are no Burial entries in the registers between 1642 and November 1662.

138Although gives the father of Abigail in 1630 as Edward.

139Baptised 1598 daughter of Edward

140I had a note that Leonard Ebbe_ had died in 1632 but I cannot now locate that note or any other source. Also, a Lennard Ebbetts married Alice Dalliman 24 Nov. 1623 in St. Mary Coslany.

141His will, made 20 March 1647/8 and proved 21 Feb. 1648/9 left to his wife Mary and her children, to his eldest daughter Susan, his daughter Abigail and son James.

142[Get will - ANF orig 1676 #11 John Abbott]

143Locally pronounced “Haddick”.

144Although aged 68. See inquiry on NOAH site - “seeking baptismal details of Jabez Booty alias Ebbetts, Abbage or Ebage”

145"Notes on Norfolk Parishes - Hardwick" p23 in The East Anglian, Vol 3 where it says at page 24 that the names of the two churchwardens, John Ebbets and Joseph Cock "Churchwardens 1661" are on "the tales of the decalogue" in the Parish Church.

146The East Anglian, as above, at p.190.

147ANF Orig. 1704 #70 - written 19 Dec. 1702, and codicil written 10 January 1703/4 - left his lands in Hardwick to his grandson John Ebbets, bricklayer of Fritton, who was to be executor, and provided for his wife Jane, his son Richard, Richard’s wife Elizabeth and their two children.

148Either baptised in Shelton, one parish to the south-west of Stratton, 27 July 1647 the daughter of John and Martha or in Pulham St. Mary Virgin three parishes to the south-west of Stratton 19 Dec, 1645 the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (see below) or in Harleston with Redenhall as Mary Saye 11 Feb. 1637/8 the daughter of Thomas and Anne.

149ANF Admin Acts 1670-1671 p15, both parties single and of Hardwick.

150A Richard Ebbets married Mary White in Shimpling in 1704 (Boyds).

151Administration of his estate was granted 24 December 1736 to Ann his widow and William Ebbott of Long Stratton, worstead weaver (NRO - MS 17712 69x5).

152NCC Adm. Bonds 1712-1713 #151

153Although he does not appear to have been buried in Swainsthorpe, Fritton, Morningthorpe, Hempnall or Stratton St. Michael.

154ANF Orig. 1700 #71 - made 15 August 1700 and proved 14 September 1700 -

155Although no record of her burial in Fritton, Morningthorpe, Hempnall or Hardwick Prs. Her eldest step-son, John, was at that time living in Fritton.

156ANF 1703 #100 - see my copy

157Although the Transcription on FreeReg has 5 Jan 1607/8 - likely in error

158In no instance was the name of the mother recorded

159John, bricklayer of Besthorpe, died and was buried in Besthorpe 4 July 1757 and his will (ANF Reg. Will 1756-7 #124 - made 7 May 1757 and proved 23 July 1757) provided for his siblings Daniel, Richard and Rose and for various nephews and nieces. He was likely unmarried.

160Entry does not name Thomas but says only “son” of John

161NCC Reg. Wills 1772 v.178 (Crow) 104 made 30 March 1772 and proved 29 May 1772.

162White in Boyds.

163NCC Admin Bonds 1703-5 #108 - to George Vertue, iron monger.

164Also Baraway, Buryway, Beareaway, Borroway, Barroway, Bearedway etc. Possibly derived from a place in Soham (a probate record in the NRO says Barawaye is in Soham Suffolk but more accurate information says “the Chapelry of Barway was in Soham Cambridgeshire”.) A William Buryway (m. Marion Smith) was a clerk and he and his 5 children were mentioned in a will of Thomas Smith (father of Marion) in 1574 (B-L). A William Burywaye of Wicklewood died intestate in 1562 and administration was granted to his wife Johanne.

165NCC p.131 granted 8 December 1593.

166ANW 1593-6 p.372 made 22 Dec. 1596 and proved 8 January 1595/6 it provided for his wife Alice and sons Edward and William.

167ANF 1594/5 V.31 (Hardey) 738 made 18 Dec. 1594 and proved 17 March 1594/5.

168NCC 1564-5 p.19.

169Also, possibly, Brandson or Brandston and, most likely, a corruption of Brandeston a parish in Loes Hundred of Suffolk.

170Possibly related to John Porter who had a son John baptised in Morningthorpe (adj. to Hempnall and Hardwick) in 1588/9 and John Porter who with wife Margaret had a daughter 1608/9 in Alburgh. John Porter [B12] was the Clerk in Denton in 1574. His will of 1639 left to his daughter-in-law Susan Porter [sic] likely the widow of Thomas Porter, the clerk of Hempnall. See the will of Thomas Porter Clerk at Hempnall - NCC 1637- Parke 4. The NFHS Database transcribed her surname as Parson but it is clearly Porter.

171Either the widow of Thomas who died 1607 or William who died 15 Sept. 1608, both in Hardick.

172Likely the Henry Branson son of Henry baptised 1 June 1582 in Beetley.

173Likely the George Umphry of Brooke who left a will in 1627 - ANF Orig. #93 [to get]

174Although there were no Bransons in the earliest registers of Fritton, Stratton St. Michael, Hempnall, Pulham SMM and SMV, Shelton, Morningthorpe, Alburgh and Topcroft.

175His will, 1637 ANF orig. will #134, made 20 March 1634/5 and proved 29 January 1637/8, gave all his lands in Hardwick to his daughter Elizabeth Humphrey and his grand-daughter Anne Branson (the daughter of his deceased daughter Anne) and provided for his grandchildren - the children of his deceased son Thomas and his daughter Elizabeth Humphrey.

176although she would have been 33 at the time.

177Could he have been the Edmund Branson baptised in 1612/3 to Henry Branson and changed his given name to George when his widowed mother Elizabeth married George Umphry in 1619?

178There were no Marthas in the family of John and Mary Ebbetts.

179Except for the 1663 marriage of Steven Freeman to Frances Sayer, there were no other Sayers recorded in the Shelton Parish Registers.

180However there is no son named Thomas in the children of John and Mary Ebbetts.

181Their extensive pedigree is on-line.

182Other Mary Sayers were

  1. Bapt. 21 Oct. 1646 Yarmouth d.o. Benjamin and Mary
  2. Bapt. 23 May 1649 Yarmouth d.o. Benjamin and Sarah
  3. Bapt. 23 Oct. 1646 Swanton Morley d.o. James

183Although “mlane35" upon whose research the lineage of Mary Sayer of Pulham is based, maintains that she married 3 Nov. 1660 in Norwich St. Mary Marsh to John Melchir, but presents no evidence to support this supposition. Pulham SMV features as a residence of the Ebbetts at various times.

184NCC Reg. Wills 1664-7 v.136 p.94 made 13 October 1665 proved - not shown.

185Eg. Grants in 1587 from Stephen Baxter of Long Stratton (see Bloss) to Thomas Sayer Sr. of Pulham SMV and in 1590 of land in Morningthorpe from John Porter of Morningthorpe, son of Nicholas of Long Stratton, to Thomas Sayer of Pulham SMV (NRO).