William H. (William Henry) Chaffee.

The Chaffee genealogy, embracing the Chafe, Chafy, Chafie, Chafey, Chafee, Chaphe, Chaffie, Chaffey, Chaffe, Chaffee descendants of Thomas Chaffe, of Hingham, Hull, Rehoboth and Swansea, Massachusets; also certain lineages from families in the United States, Canada and England, not descended from Th online

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is extinct; and William "ChafRe" of Wellington, who also inherited property at
Sherborne, and was the ancestor of the Devonshire branch of this ancient family.
He had tw^o sons, Robert and Nicholas. The latter's tw^o younger sons, Peter
and William Chaffe, acquired lands at Buckfastleigh, in this county, and were
seized of them in the year 1660, and their name and race still flourish in that
and neighbouring parishes.


The uncle of the said Peter and William, Robert Chaffe, resided in the parish
of St. Petrock, Exeter, of which city he was mayor in 1568, 1575 and 1576, and
he was also governor of the "Guild of Merchant Adventurers" — an important
federation which was incorporated by Queen Elizabeth. His will, in which he
mentions his birthplace at Wellington, was proved 13th August, 1580, He had
been buried in the nave of Exeter Cathedral on 26th July. By his wife, Elizabeth
Biggleston, he had five sons and two daughters. Of these Robert and George
were both of Exeter, and were living there in 1605 and 1611; Puchard, another
son, was seized of land also in Exeter at his death, 12th May, 1596; and Thomas,
the second son, resided in the parish of St. Olave, in the same city. He married
Dorothy, second daughter of John Shorte, of the parish of St. Petrock. His will
was dated 24th May, 1604, and at his death he owned the parsonage of Con-
stantine and the tithes of St. Winnow, both in Cornwall. His eldest son, William,
died without issue in 1604. John, the second son, married Anna Mayho (and
was father of Thomas "Chafe" of Sherborne; admitted of the ^liddle Temple,
June 25th, 1631, to whom I shall have again to refer). Thomas, the third son,
was of Doddescot, in the parish of St. Giles on the Heath. Besides these sons
there were four daughters — Pascha, of whom presently; Elizabeth, who married
John Mules; Dorothy, wife of Robert Biggleston; and Richarda (marriage license
dated February 1st, 1611, "to be married at Penhoe,") whose husband, Humphrey
Curzon, then of London, merchant, afterwards resided in South Street, Exeter,
in a house recently removed, and which was situated on the right hand side of
the entrance to College Hall, and in which was a shield of the arms of Curzon :
Arg. on a bend between 3 wyverns' heads sa. 3 martlets? Imp. Chafe, az. 5 fusils
in fesse arg.

Between Thomas Chafe and his third sister, Pascha, there appears to have
been a very strong affection; and it was, perhaps, on this account that he took
up his residence at Doddescote, a property with which he had no apparent family
connection. Pascha Chafe was the wife of Tristram Risdon of Winscot, the cele-
brated local antiquary, who, at the time of his marriage, 1608, had left Oxford,
and had been at work upon his Devonshire History for three years. He does not
appear at this time to have been particularly steady, or at all events during the
few subsequent years, and did not succeed in acquiring the esteem of his mother-
in-law, old Mrs. Chafe.

That lady made her will 23rd March, 1611, and was buried with her husband
in St. Olave Church, 3rd October, 1612.

She describes hersb." as Dorothie "Chafe," widdowe, and leaves £5 to the poor
of Exeter, and 5s. to the prisoners in the goal of the Castle. She states that her
late husband, Thomas Chafe, by his will gave all his silver plate amongst his
children, to be allotted and divided between them at her discretion; ariJ this
plate, which must have been particularly handsome and valuable, she proct .ds
to apportion as follows : —

She gives to her daughter, Elizabeth IMules, a tankard of silver double gilt,
with cover belonging to the same, and a double gilt silver goblet. To her daughter,
Dorothy Bigleston, a tankard of silver with its cover "pcell guilted," a goblet
of silver double gilt, and six silver spoons.

The next bequest to her daughter, Pascoe Risdon, must have afterwards formed
a portion of the family plate at Winscot, and is therefore specially interesting.
She gives her a white silver tankard with its cover, a "goblet of silver pcell guilted,
a little trencher salt of silver double guilted, and half a dozen of silver spoons,
with apostles' heads."

To her daughter, Richarda "Curzane," who, as I have previously mentioned,
seems to have resided in South Street, Exeter, she gives her second-best silver
salt, double guilted, with its cover, an ale cup of silver, double guilt, a "little
silver bowle," and half a dozen apostle spoons. To her son Thomas "Chafe,"
"a beere bowle of silver, a little ale cup of silver, and a little goblet of

To her son John Chafe, she says, "I give during his natural life the use and
occupation of my best salte of silver, double guilted, with the cover, a sack cup


of silver, double guilt, and one white bowle of silver," with remainder to the son
and heir of the said John, and in default to his eldest daughter.

Her son Thomas appears to have been the intimate friend of Tristram Risdon,
and to have occasioned her no small amount of anxiety. He must have been
much younger than Risdon, as the inscription on his tomb shows that he was
born in 1585. He appears to have been educated for the law, and is described
in the pedigree as a barrister; he took his degree at Exeter College, Oxford, but
seems to have been both careless and extravagant, judging from the next para-
graph in his mother's will.

After leaving him, in addition to the plate mentioned above, his father's gold
signet ring and all his father's books, she adds: "Alsoe whereas the said Thomas
my Sonne heretofore to my great greife and dislikinge, in Ryston's manner, hath
most vainely wasted and consumed a farr greater porcion of my goods than my
abilitie was or now is able to afforde him for his mayntenance, but now hath
faithfully promised unto me reformacon and amendment of the same, therefore
my will mynde and intent is, that if my said sonne doe nowe give over those his
ill courses and practises wch he hath need with all other such lyke misdemeanors,
and doth henceforth apply himself to learninge as he ought to doe, so as by rea-
son thereof at the tyme of my death, by the opinion and judgment of my over-
seers hereafter named he shall be by them adjudged and thought worthie, uppon
his amendment, and not otherwise, then I bequeath him £100 to be paid three
months after my death." To this will her elder son, John, is executor, and ad-
ministration was granted P. C. C, 3rd October, 1612.

The overseers were Philip Biglestone, her uncle, and Robert Chafe, her brother-

Whether Thomas Chafe reformed sufficiently to entitle him to the £100 I can-
not say. He lived for many years subsequently at peace with his relatives, as
shown bv his o^^'n curious will, which bears date September 24th, 1648, and was
proved P. C. C, 18th February, 1648-9.

He desires to be buried in decent and silent manner "some few hours before
the candle doth inheritt the Suns office." He gives to the poor of St. Giles 20s.,
and to his wife a mourning gown, and "his bedsted with the greene curtains while
she lives." To his niece, Mrs. Catherine Brookin, £20, and to her husband, Thomas
Brookin, £5. He adds, "I would heartily aclcnowledge another niece, but her
impious deserts deserve nothing for present but tears and prayers that she may
prove second Mary."

He mentions his "dearly beloved" sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Biglestone and Mrs.
Richard Curson. His nephews, Philip, John, and Thomas Biglestone, his cousin
Peter, and his "gratious" cousin James Biglestone.

He also refers to his niece, Mrs. Dorothy Biglestone, and to his nephews, Thomas,
John, and George Curson. He gives his niece, Mrs. Mary Serrell, £6 for a "mo-
mento," to his "virtuous" niece Mrs. Margaret Yeo 20s., and to her good hus-
band 10s., and desires "their noble goodness to accept of my myte." There are
bequests to his loving niece, Mrs. Joane Serrell, to his nephew, William Ryledon,
and to his friends, Arthur Rolle and Thomas Baylis, "a little piece of plate with
my arms thereon," for the purchase of which money is devised to his executor.
He leaves his nephew's wife, Catherine, £1, 2s. for a ring with a death's head
thereon, and he gives £40 to, and settles his plate upon, "my hopefull Godson
and young nephew Thomas Chafe." He further requires his Exor. to inter his
body "as neere as he can by my Sister Risedon, and I doe ordain appointe and
recjuire £30 rather more than lesse to be bestowed in a monument of my Effigies
by my Executor, of whose love herein I am not diffident, who have reaped so
many gratuities formerly from mee, and now in present burthening his conscience
for effecting it as he shall answer Coram Deo. I desire him to inscript in my
monument some memory of his good Aunt Rysedon, and of the family deceased
there interred, also of my wife and her two children, no great onus to an ingenious,
generous, and gratefull minde."

The executor and residuary legatee is his nephew, Thomas Chafe, Esq., coun-
cillor-at-law; and the will concludes with the following quaint words:


"This my last will and Testament written with mine own hande and soe well
known that I do not greatly repute the subscription of Witnesses to strengthen
it. And this my last will and Testament to corroborate and to make it legall
I doe impresse my seale and subscribe my name the day and yeare above written.

" Vale T. Chafe, Scripsi."

"Item vale T. C. Laws deo pax Hominibus.
T. Chafe de Doddescott."

In accordance with his uncle's injunctions, Thomas Chafe erected in the chancel
of St. Giles, and within the altar-rails, a high tomb to the memory of deceased,
with his effigy thereon. The figure, with moustache and peaked beard, is lying
upon the right side, the face supported by the hand, the elbow resting upon a
cushion. The costume consists of a coif or skull-cap which entirely conceals the
hair, a short cloak with tight sleeves, and which being open in front shows that
the body is protected by a cuirass, frequently worn in those troublous times,
fastened down the front with studs; breeches and long stockings gartered below
the knee with roses or knots, and on the feet are low shoes similarly decorated.
There were also two female figures, who probably represented the two children
referred to in the will. Over the figure are three coats of arms. In the centre
the ancient, but questionable, arms of Chafe, already blazoned, with mantling
and crest: A demi lion ramp, or, holding between its paws a fusil, az.

On the dexter side; Chafe impaling Burgoyne: Az. a talbot pass. arg. in chief
a mullet.

And on the sinister side Risdon: Arg. 3 bird bolts sa., impaling Chafe.

During the "restoration" of St. Giles' Church, to which I have already alluded,
this monument was taken dowTi and removed from its original position to an-
other part of the building. The two female figures then disappeared ; and I under-
stand that "they fell to pieces, and could not be put together again."

The inscription upon the front of the monument is as follows :





Ex per Antiqua Chaforum de Chafe Combe Familia in Comitatu Somerset

Oriundi eq: collegio Exon. in Academia Oxon. Artium Magister Viri

Probitate virtute ac ingenio insignis qui in Apostolica fide

Constanter versatus In beata justorum Resurrectionis spe

Animam exspiravit xxvto die Novemr Anno Salutis 1648

iEtatis que suae climacerio magno

eXUVIas sVas eXUIt iMedicVs. UXorem reliquit Margeriam

Filiam Philippi Burgoyne E Clarissima Burgoynorum

Prosapia Orti Matronam Religiosissimam Bonorum q operum plenissimam

Quse et obdormivit in Domino — die — anno

A Chro. Nato 16 — ^tatis vero Suse —

Abstulita nobis misere quem flemus ademptum

Abstulit e vivis mortis iniqua manus

Nee cecidit solus nam q et prudentia virtus

Candor Amor Piets interierre simul

Teste vel invidia vita letho que beatus

Vivus erat Domini mortuus in Domino.
The spaces left blank for Margery Chafe's death have never been filled in.
She was buried with her husband 30th March, 1655.

Thomas Chafe must have passed his sixty-second birthday, since he died in
the year of his "grand climacteric" (which was 7x9), and therefore in his sixty-
third year. The inscription actually gives the age as 47, which is obviously owing
to a mistake of the stone-cutter, who failed to enlarge the letters "u" in "medicus"
and "x" in "uxorem," had this been done, the age would have appeared cor-
rectly — 62. I have made the necessary alterations above, in view of the fact that
the inscription has become very faint, and unless the words are recut, they will


speedily become almost entirely obliterated. Chafe's sister, Pascha, had pre-
deceased him, although she survived her husband, Tristram Risdon, for about
six years. Her will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterburj^ 10th Sep-
tember, 1647. It is dated April 21st, 1646, and in it she is described as "Pascoe"
Risdon, of "Winscott," in the parisla of St. Giles, and county of Devon, widow.
She gives her son, William Risdon, "her heir and sole Executor," "the Manor
of Winscott and the Barton farm «k demesne thereof and all her other lands in
Devon for ever." This bequest upsets the assertion of the authors of the addi-
tions to Risdon (p. 422, edit. 1811), who state that Giles Risdon (her eldest son,
who had then been dead about two years) "inherited the estate after his father,
and was succeeded by his brother William."

She gives her daughter-in-law, ]\Irs. ^Margery Risdon, two stocks of bees and
her still. To "my daughter, Mrs. Joane Hearle, all my best woollen and lynnen
apparel and my wedding-ring." To my grandchild, ^Margaret Rattenbury, £5 at
sixteen years of age. Her daughter, Margaret, had died 26th of August, 1636,
and her memorial inscription is given by Prince in the Worthies of Devon. She
likewise leaves to her grandchild, Joane Hearle, "a bearing blanket and all my
child bed linnen." There are also bequests to several of her god-children, and to
John Maddcote, "godson of my husband, Mr. Tristram Risdon, deceased." The
overseers are her nephew, Thomas Chafe, already mentioned, and her son-in-law,
Mr. James Hearle.

William Risdon, of Winscot, the second son of the antiquary, proved his mother's
will, and succeeded to the property at her death. He died in 1701, and was buried
in St. Giles' Church with his family. He had one daughter, Mary, who by her
first husband, John Prust, had one child, a daughter, who died in infancy. She
was subsequently married three times — viz. to Amos RoUe, to John Holland, and
to John Stafford — but had no issue by either of them, therefore Winscot ultimately
descended to Joane, daughter of James Hearle and Joane his wife, the daughter
of Tristram Risdon. This Joane, who by her grandmother's will is to receive
"two bearing blankets," and other equally useful articles, became the wife of
Edward Lovatt, of Corfe, in the parish of Taws Tock, who was the sixth son of
Sir Robert Lovatt, of Liscombe, in Buckinghamshire. Her husband gave a large
silver flagon to the church of Taws Tock. They had three children — Robert, who
died without issue; Joan, who married Hatch; and Penelope, who was the wife
of Sir Henry Xorthcote, M. D., the fourth baronet, and the present Lord Iddesleigh
is now the representative of Tristram Risdon. Winscot, which descended in the
Northcote family, has of late years become the property of the Hon. ]\Iark RoUe.

Thomas Chafe, the executor of his uncle's will, was, as I have stated already,
the son of John Chafe, and of his wife, Anne ]\Iayho. He survived until 1662,
married Katherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Malet, and left a son and six daughters.
The son, also called Thomas, acquired property near Sherbourne, with his wife,
Susanna Molyns, and went to reside at Folke. He was patron of the Rectory of
Constantine, in Cornwall. The death of his only son, Molyns Chafe, S. P., in 1685,
terminated the male line of this branch of the famih'.

Their ancestor, as I have already said, was William "Chaffe," of Wellington,
who w^as the younger brother of John Chafy, of Sherbourne, who was buried at
Stoke under Hamdon, 26th Sept., 1558. He was the father of Thomas "Chafye,"
of Sherbourne, whose grandson, "Robert Chaffie, of the same place, married
Elizabeth, daughter and heir of William Hambridge, of East Coker, County
Somerset, and niece and heir to Joseph Compton, of Yeo^dl. This William Ham-
bridge was the second son of John Hambridge, of East Coker (who was twelfth
in direct descent from Stephen de Hambrigge, Lord of Hambrigge, in Somerset,
in the reign of Henry II), by his first wife, Joan, daughter and co-heir of William
Hemenford. (He married, secondly, Katherine, daughter of Sir John Sydenham.)
Mrs. " Chaffie 's" mother, Ehzabeth Compton, ultimate heir to her brother Joseph,
was sixteenth in descent from Walter of Compton, Co. Somerset, who held that
property under the Bishop of Salisbury, at the time of the Domesday Survey, and
whose younger great-grandson, Martin de Compton, gave name to an estate in
Marldon, Co. Devon, and there founded Compton Castle, which, with the heiress


of Compton, passed to the Poles, and thence to Doddescombe, and ultimately
became divided between Worthe and Gilbert. Through this marriage, the Chafys,
who already quartered the arms of Boys and Mandeville, obtained the right to
add those of Hambrigge, Micheldever, Compton, de Alva, Newton, and Helpeston.
Walter Chafe, of Sherborne, baptized there 2Sth December, 1653, was the grand-
son of the Compton heiress. He acquired the additional armorials of Scott, of
Child-Okford, by his marriage with Ann Scott, heir to her brothers George and
John Scott, of Sherborne. His son, John "Chafy," Rector of Lillingham, and
of Purse Caundle, Dorsetshire, married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Capt.
John Corbyn, of Hazlebury Brian, and the direct descendant of Sir Philip Corbyn,
Kt., of Corbyn, Co. Stafford, in the reign of Henry I, and thus acquired the quar-
terings of Corbyn, Brian (of Hazlebury Brian, Co. Dorset, temp. Hy. Ill), De
Cancy, and Warren. The Heraldry of the House of Chafy became repeated by
the marriage of the younger son of the last-named, the Rev. William Chafy, Vicar
of Faversham and Sturry, and Minor Canon of Canterbury, with his first cousin's
daughter Mary, daughter of John "Chafie," of Sherbourne; their eldest son. Dr.
William Chafy (C. C. Coll., Cambridge, Master of "Sidney Sussex," and Vice-
Chancellor of the University, Chaplain-in-Ordinary to her INIajesty the Queen,
and to her three royal predecessors), married, 4th Dec, 1813, Mary, daughter and
co-heir of John Westwood, of Chatteris, in the Isle of Ely, and the descendant
and representative of William de Westwode, who was seized of lands in Lek,
County of Stafford, jure uxoris, 37th Hy. III. His wife, was the daughter and
heir of Clement de Dysteley, by iNIatilda, daughter and heir of Robert Fitz-John,
the owner of the said manor of Lek.

Doctor Chafy was buried in Sidney Sussex College Chapel in May, 1843. He
died, universally respected and lamented, on the 16th of that month.

Doctor Chafy, of Rous-Lench Court, Worcestershire, is the oldest son by his first
marriage with Annette, daughter of the Rt. Rev. Samuel Kyle, D. D., Lord Bishop
of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross, of the only son of the Master of Sidney Sussex College,
who died in 1873.

Doctor Chafy was baptized by the names of William Kyle Westwood, 17th July,
1841, and assumed the additional name of Chafy in pursuance of a too loosely
worded claim in the will of his grandfather, from whom he inherited a small prop-
erty at Haslebury Brian, some scattered fragments of Chafy property in Dorset
and Somerset, and an estate at Sheriff's Lench, in Worcestershire.

He graduated at Christ Church, Oxford; was ordained deacon in 1869, and priest
in 1870. He was subsequently for two years curate in sole charge of Lydford, in
this Countv; for an account of the church of that parish, see my Devonshire Parishes,
Vol. I, pp! 220-248. Dr. Chafy, who took his D. D. degree in 1891, married, 2d
May, 1872, Mary Clara, the second daughter of the late Evelyn Philip Shirley,
of Ettington, Co. Warwick, and Lough Trea, Co. Monaghan, the well-known
author of the Noble and Gentle Families of England, of the History of the County of
Monaghan, etc., and who was the great-grandson of the Hon. George Shirley, of
Ettington, fifth son of the first Earl Ferrers, who terminated the abeyance of the
ancient baronies of Ferrers of Chartley, Courchier, and Louvaine, his grandmother,
Lady Dorothy Devereux, having been daughter and co-heir of Robert, last Earl of
Essex, of the house of Devereux, from whom Mr. Shirley inherited his Irish prop-
erty in Co. Monaghan. These baronies are now again in abeyance, between the
representatives of the daughters of the eighth Lord Ferrers.

Doctor Chafy's son and heir, Hugh Edmund Chafy-Chafy, was born at Lidford
Rectory, May 17, 1876. He has also a second son and four daughters.

The arms used for many centuries by this family, "azure, five fusils in fesse,
argent, a canton of the last," and which surmount the tomb already referred to
in the parish church of St. Giles in the Heath, have been superseded, since 1822,
by Doctor Chafy's predecessors. In pursuance of an Earl Marshal's warrant in that
year directed to the Kings of Arms, consequent upon the application of the Rev.
W. Chafy, great-grandfather of the present owner of Rous-Lench, a coat, which
satisfactorily marks the descent of the Chafys from Hugo, Thegn of Chafecombe,
and his connection with the Saxon Earldom of Devon, the badge of which was a


gryphon then, and down to the commencement of the third century after the Con-
quest, was granted to him and his heirs, and may be thus blazoned : — Per pale
gules and azure, a gryphon segreant, argent; on a chief, engrailed erm., three
lozenges in fess of the second Crest, on a mount vert, a peacock in its pride, be-
tween two palm-branches, all ppr.


Research has been made in Somerset House, London, England, and copies in
full and in abstract have been obtained of some of the earliest wills found there
made by those of our surname.

Several names of the makers of these wills are here recorded :

Tone Chaff, of parish of Wellington, County of Somerset, August 22, 1552.

Robert Chaffe, one of the Aldermen of the City of Exeter, Liecember 8, 1575.

Thomas Chafie, the elder, of Holwell, County of Somerset, August 3, 1604,

Dorothie Chafe, of Exeter, widow of Thomas Chafe, March 23, 1611.

John Chafe, of Exeter, Mercer, May 9, 1619.

Robertus Chafe, February, 1621.

John ChafTy, the elder, of East Stoke under Hunsdon, County of Hertford,
July 11, 1621.

William Chaffy, of parish of Walton in Gordano, County of Somerset, January 24,

Robert Chaffie, the elder, of County of Somerset, January 6, 1631.

William Chaffey, of Westlambrooke, County of Somerset, April 17, 1637.

Richard Chafie, of Cary, County of Dorset. Administration granted May 30.

John Chaffey, of Coimty of Somerset, June, 1647 or 1648.

Thomas Chaffie, yeoman, of County of Somerset, January 2, 1648.

Thomas Chafe, of County of Devon, September 24, 1648.

William Chafey, of parish of St. Georges in Southwark, County of Surrey, a
citizen and brewer of London, December 23, 1652.

Guy Chaffey, of a southwestern county of England, June, 1653.

Agnes Chaffie, of a southwestern county of England, July, 1654.

Eliz. Chafe, of County of ^liddlesex, 1654.

John Chaffie of West Stoke under Hunsdon, County of Somerset, August 22,

Henry ChafTe, locksmith, of Whitechapel, Coimty of ]Middlesex, London,
May 22, 1656.

Joseph Chafey, citizen of London, Pewterer, September 3, 1658.

Thomas Chafe, Escjuire, of Sherbourne, County of Dorset, June 22, 1662.

James Chaffey, yeoman, of Bower Henton, County of Somerset, May 2, 1669.

Jacobus Chaffie of County of Somerset, November, 1669.

Nicholas ChafTe of West Buckland, County of Somerset, August 18, 1670.

Edwardus Chaffie, November, 1678.

Priscilla Chaffey of County of Devon, July, 1680.


Records from Caundle-Bishop, Dorsetshire

Bartholomew Chafie and Johane Warwell, — 26, Oct. 1584.
William Chafie and Christian Applin, — 5, Oct. 1586.
Hugh Chafie and Johane AUanbridge, — 12 Oct. 1590.
Thos. Chafie and Agnes Courtis; — 31 May 1624.


Thos. son of William Chafv;— 30, Nov. 1586.
William, son of William Chafy;— 12, Feb. 1590.

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