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Gresham, Anne

Female Abt 1549 - Abt 1594


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  • Born  Abt 1549  Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Female 
    Died  Abt 1594  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I06614  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  19 May 2015 

    Father  Gresham, Thomas,   b. Abt 1519, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 21 Nov 1579, St Helen's Bishopgate, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Winifred,   b. Abt 1530, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1588, Of London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F01941  Group Sheet

    Family  Bacon, Nathaniel,   b. Abt 1548, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1622, Stikey, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  29 Jun 1569  St Sepulchre, Holborn, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bacon, Anne,   c. 7 Aug 1573, Waxham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1622, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bacon, Elizabeth,   c. 1 May 1575, Cockthorpe, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1632, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Bacon, Winifried,   c. 4 May 1578, Cockthorpe, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1623, St Andrew, Claxton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F01911  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Illegimate daughter of Thomas Gresham.
      Her fathers first wife and Nathaniel Bacon mother were sisters, Jane and Anne Fernley of Suffolk.
      From a Volume of Dispensations at the Faculty Office.
      1569. 11 Eliz., June 29. Dispensatio friit cum Nathanieli Bacon filio honorandi riri Nicholi Bacon Militis D*^ Custodis Magni Sigilli Angliao et t • • • - Grediam Virginia ut ipsi possint solum matrimonium absoue bannis tempore prohibito in quacun^ue Ecclesia (sive oratorio) fin tne margin] p'donatur quia honorand' vin Nich'i Bacon Mil. D°* Custod. Magni SigiUi AnglisB filius.


      The right worshipfull Sir Nathaniell Bacon of Stifkey in the Countye of Norff. Knight, second sonne of Sir Nicholas Bacon late lord Keeper of the great Seale of England, departed this life at Stifkey aforesaide the vij*** daye of November 1622 being 77 yearee of age and lyes buried in Stifkey Churche : He maried two Wive. His first was Anne daughter and sole heire of Sir Thomas Gresham of London Knight and by her had yssue Anne who maried to Sir John Townsend of Baynham in the Countye of Norff. aforesaid Knight, Elizabeth who maried to Sir Thomas Kjievet of Ashwellthorpe in the saide County of Norff. Knight and Wynefrid who maried to Sir Eobert Gbwdy of Clayton in the Countye of Norff. Knight : His second wife was Dorothy daughter of Sir Arthur Hopton and Widdowe of . . . Smith in Suff. This worthy Knight lived in great reputacon in his Countrey and this certificate is testified to be true by the subscription of the hands of the said Sir Robert Gawdy and Dame Elizabeth Knevet and Dame Winifred Gawdy being the two Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said Defunct taken the vij*** of Maye 1622 by me Henry Chillinge, Chester Herauld.
      A true Copy from Register marked ** I 22 Funeral Certificates ** folios 74 & 75 now remaining in the College of Arms London & examined therewith this first day of June 1870 by me Geo. Habbisok Windsor Herald.


      A Who's Who of Tudor Women:
      ANNE GRESHAM (c.1549-1594)
      Anne Gresham was the illegitimate daughter of Sir Thomas Gresham (c.1518-November 21, 1579). There are contradictory stories about her origins, although everyone agrees that her mother was married off to Thomas Dutton, Gresham’s factor in Antwerp and Hamburg, since Gresham himself was already married to Anne Fernley (1521-November 23, 1596). Gresham lived primarily in Anthwerp until 1551 and did not leave there for good until March 1567. Some accounts have Anne raised by her father and his wife. Others say she grew up in the Dutton household. No one is clear about her mother’s identity except that she was a servant, possibly a “Netherlander,” in Gresham’s household. Her name is given as Anne in some accounts, Winifred in others, and simply “Mistress Dutton” in others. Like Gresham, Dutton lived mostly abroad during Anne’s childhood, but he did have a house at Isleworth, on or near Gresham’s estate at Osterley. Diarmaid MacCulloch, in his essay “A First Stirring of Suffolk Architecture” in East Anglia’s History, says that Sir Nathaniel Bacon (c.1546-November 1622) fell in love with Anne Gresham and that by late July 1569 she had been naturalized, they’d been issued a special license to marry without banns, and had married. Other sources, however, give the date of their marriage as June 29, 1569. Lisa Jardine and Alan Stewart in Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon say that Nathaniel then sent his bride to his stepmother, Anne Cooke Bacon, to be schooled with Nathaniel’s half brothers, Anthony and Francis Bacon, at Gorhambury. The book gives documentary evidence for this. Nathaniel certainly had occasion to meet Anne Gresham. His mother, Jane Fernley (d. 1552), and Thomas Gresham’s wife were sisters. By Nathaniel Bacon, Anne was the mother of Anne (1573-1622), Elizabeth (c.1575-1632), Nicholas (d. yng), and Winifred (1578-1614+). Her sudden death shortly after her eldest daughter Anne’s marriage to John Townshend in December 1593 created problems over the marriage settlement, since it was likely the widower would remarry. Should he then have a son, Anne Bacon Townshend would lose most of her rich inheritance.