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Buxton, of Shadwell Court, Norfolk, a
family of great antiquity. The present SiR
Robert Jacob Buxton, Bart., has a double
coat of arms. The shield on the dexter side
was granted to an ancestor many generations
ago ; but tliat on the sinister is the more
ancient, and may be seen depicted on a
curious achievement of the Seneschal de
Buxton, of Bourdeaux, temp. Richard II.

Anns. 1st coat : Sa. two bars arg., on a canton of the
second, a buck of the first, attired or. 2nd Coat : Arg.
a lion rampt., the tail elevated, and tinned over the
head, sa.

Crests. A pelican or., with wings exp.anded, vulning
her breast, gu. 2nd. .4 buck's head, couped gu., attired

Motlos. "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it
with thy might." Servarc niodum.

Grant: Edward Fitzherbert Grant,
Esq., Captain Royal Horse Artillery, son of
Thomas Grant, Esq., J. P. for Hampshire,
and grandson of Thomas Grant, Esq., of
Northbrook House, Bishop's Waltham, is
traditionally of Scotch descent.

Arms. Arg , three piles, two issuant from the chief
and one from the base, gu., each charged with an antique
crown, or.

Ci est. A mount fired, therefrom issuant a battle-axe,
the point towards tlie doxtci', ppr.

Motto. Patiendo vinco.

* Sir William Kelum bore the following quarterings,
in right of his mother, !Maude, daughter and co-heir of
Sir VviUiam Fitz Hugh de Congleton and Elton, in the
county Palatine of Chester, viz., Fitz Hugh, Umfraville,
Crewe, Pole, Grey, Latimer, AVellcs, Talboys, Gournay,



Granger, of Tcttenhall Wood, co. Stai'-
ford, a family traceable there as far back as
the parochial registers extend. The pre-
sent representative is Henry Granger,
Esq., of Tcttenhall Wood, now resident at
Wombourne, near Wolverhampton.

Robert Granger, ofTetten- _ Catberine, dau. of Richard

hall Regis, co. Stafford,
Yeoman, m. 17 th Decem-
ber, 1629.

Robert Granger, son and
heir, m. first, in 1658,
Anne AVolryche, of the
IMeare, co. Stafford, by
■nhom he bad no issue.

Siddowne, of Compton.

2nd wife, Sarah, dau. of
Richard AMieeler, of Seas-
don, CO. Stafford.

Robert Granger, son and _ 1st wife, P^ebecca, widow

heir, m., secondly, in 1728,

Elizabeth Peny, of Et-

tingshall, by whom he had

no issue.

of Robert Mills, of Tetten-
hall, and dau. and co-heir
of Walter Croft, m. in 1707.

Samnel, eldest son,
m.DrurT, only dau.

of Sir" William

Saunderson, Kut.,

Usher of the Black

Rod to the House

of Commons, bivt

died s.p.

Benjamin, yoimgest .

son, m., 1st, 1719,

Fortune, dau. of

David Faulkner, of


2ud wife, Su-
sanna, dau.
of Thomas
Lowe, of the

Hide. CO.

Stafford, m.


Drury, wife of John
M anlejTuary.

Benjamin, youngest _ Anne Su-

son (his two elder
brothers, Robert

and Ilenrv, ('. un-
married) d. 25th
March, 1832.

eldest dau.
of William

Esq , of


m 2ndJuae,



HESnY Geanger, __ Helen, eldest dau. of
Esq., of Tcttenhall William Henry Freer,
Wood, CO. Stafford, b. Esq., of Stourbridge,
2Cth :March, 1812, m. co. AVorcester,

26th Nov., 1S34.

Arms ; as depicted on a Deed of the reign of Charles
I. : Sa. a chev. erm., between three griffins, arg.
Crest. On an esquire's lielinet, a griffin, arg.
Motto. Honestas optima politia.

1690. The Rev. P. H. Nind derives, pa-
ternally, from the Pyes, of Farringdon, and,
maternally, from the ancient family of
D'Oyly, of Ilambledon.

Arms. Arg. a chev. gu. between three dragons' heads.
Crest. Out of a mural crown arg. a dragon's head.
Motto. Fortis et fidelis.

Stephens, of Prospect Hill, Berks, as
borne by William Stephens, Esq., of
Prospect Hill, John Stephens, Esq., of
Caversham, Oxon, and Charles Stephens,
Esq., of Stonehouse, co. Gloucester, the
three sons of the late AVilliam Stepliens, by
Mary Lewington, his wife, which William
Stephens was son of William Stephens, of
Mortimer, co. Berks, and Johannah Blessett,
of Streatley, his wife.

Arms. Or. on a chev. engrailed az., between two demi
lions rampt. in chief, and a griffin passant in base,
ppr., three cross crosslets, or.

Crest. A demi eagle sa. wings elevated evminois,
charged on the breast with a cross crosslet, as in the
Arms, in the beak an annulet or.

Motto. Je vis en espoir.

Basnett, originally of Barnton, Bud-
worth, Cheshire, and afterwards of Hawes-
well and Coventry, co. AYarwick, of Oaking-
ham, Berlis ; of Bath, co. Somerset ; of
Nottingham, and of the City of London,
descended from Lawrence Basset, otherwise
Bassnett, of Barnton, living 27th Henry

Arg. a chev. gu. between three helmets close,
An arm embowed, in armour, holding a cutlass,

IMillee. of Preston, as borne by Tho-
mas Miller, Esq., of Wuickley Square,

Arms. Pel- pale, or. and gules, a fesse dancettee be-
tween three wolves' heads, erased, counterchanged.

Crest. A wolf's head erased, bendy or. and gules,
in the mouth a ragged staff, sable.

Motto. Sibimet merces uidustiia.

' NiND, of Hawthorns, Harehatch, Berks,
of an ancient Gloucestershire family, settled
for ages in and about tlie parish of Wootton-
under-Edge. The present Picv. Philip
Henry Nind, sou of the late Eev. Philip
Trant Nind,of HaAvthorns, Harehatcli, Berks,
Vicar of WargraA-e, by Elizabeth, his Avife,
dau. of John Deane, Esq., of the Howe,
Hambledon, Bucks, is fifth in descent, from
Philip Nind, of Tewkesbury, living A.D.


all ppr.

Slocock, of Newbury, Berks, descended
from Richard Slocock, who was buried at
Ham]istead Marsham, in the same county,
A.D. 16G6.

Arms. Gu. on a fesse between three griffins' heads
erased, a cross fiory between a dexter and sinister hand,
pointing outwards.

Crest. A lion rampt.

Motto. Sola in cruce salus.

SoMERBY : This name is local, and of
great antiquity. It was assumed from the
village of Somerby, in Lincolnshire, on the
introduction of surnames in England. The
family is frequently mentioned in the early
records. In the church at Somerby, near
Grantham, in Lincolnshire, in the chancel,
is a marble effigy of Sir Thomas de Som-
erby, representing a cross-legged knight
lying upon his back, under a canopy, m a
niche in the Avail. It is considered re-
markable on account of the knight's feet
resting upon a horse saddled, and held by
his esquire, kneeling. In the year 1G39,
Anthony Somerby, the representative of the
family, and a graduate of Clare Hall, in Cam-
bridg-e, sailed from England in the ship
Jonathan, and landed at Boston, in New
England. He immediately left that place for




Newbury, which had then been settled about
four years, and by grant and purchase ac-
quired large possessions of land, portions of
which have remained in the famil}' for seven

Osbert de Somerbj', liying

generations. He filled several important
offices in the county until his death, which
happened on the 31st July, 1G8G, when he
was seventy-six years of age,


Ralpli de Somevby, temp. Ileury II.

Sir Thomas de Somerbj', of Somerby, .
Knt., buried in Sonierby Church,
temp. ICiiig John.

Alexis de Somerby, a priest.

Sir Emanuel de Somerby, Knt.,
temp. King John.

Sir Roger de Somerby, Knt. temp. Heiiry III. =

Sir Thomas de Somevby, Knt., temp. Ed-
ward I.

WilUam de Somerby,

Vicar of Barrow-upon-Soar,

CO. Leicester.

Robert de Somerbv, temp.
Edward I. _

Richard de

Somerbv, t?mp.

Edward III.

Robert, cjiaplaln of
Colby, tUed 1327.


Henry de Somerby, Lord
of the Manor of Sonierby,
in the parish of Ewhurst,
in East Gunsliall, co. Sur-
rey, temp. Edward II.

Henry de Som- _
erby, temp.
Edward III,

Richard de

Somerbv, temp.

Richard II.

John Somerby,

temp. Henry


Henry Som-
erby, temp.
Edward IV.

John Somerby,
temp. Henry


John, Vicar of
in Northamp-

Richard Somerby.

Richa rd.

Henry de Somerby, temp.
Edward HI., ob. 1337.

Richard de Somerby, 6.
1321, ob. s.p.

Robert Somerby, Fellow of Pembroke Hall, Catherine married TroUope,
in Cambridge, in HGS, Yicar of Kingston- of Luicolnshire.

upon-Thames, d, 1502.

John Somerby,
of Little By-
iham, in Lin-









Henry Somerby, of Little Bytham.

Henry Somerby, of Little Bytbam,
died in 1G09.


John Somerby, of Little Bytbara. _ Mary.

Richard Somerby, of Little By- _
tbam, ob. March 1 , 16o9. I

Margaret, married
Thomas Watson.

Henry, ob. IC39,


Anthony Somerby, ancestor of the
American branch, born at Little
Bythamin 1610, graduated at Clare
Hall, in Cambridge, in 1635, and
in 1G39, on the death of his father,
■went to New England, and settled
at Newbury, where some of his
descendants still reside. He died
July 31st, 1686.

Abigail, ob. 1G73

Henry Somerby, 5. 1G12, ^ Judith, daughter

went with his brother to

New England, and settled

in the same to\\n, died 2nd

October, 1652.

of Captain Ed-
mund Greeuleaf.

Abiel Somerby, oily son, b. Sep- _ Rebecca, daughter of


8th, lG-11, d.
27th, 1671.


Richard Knight, of

Sarah. Elizabeth John, s.p. Daniel, mor-
tally wounded
in Kmg Philip's
Avar, f675, s.p.

Colonel Henry ^ Elizabeth, Elizabeth,

Somerby, b. 13th

September, 1662.

He was Lieut -

Colonel of the

Essex troops, a

Magistrate, and


to the general

court. He died

November 2ith,

1723, s.p.

daughter of

IMoortey, of

b. 16G4,


Abici Som-
erby, b.
August 21,
1667. An
Officer in
the Essex
ob. Jan. 8th,

Jane, dan.

of Captain
bank, of

Abigail, b.
1670, mar-
ried 1 d-
mund Green-

Anthony, _Elizabeth,
twin with. dau. of

Abigail, b.
25th Jan.,


Male issue




John, b. 7th

July, 1693,

d at Antigua

Aug. 9th,

1715, s.p.

Sarah, (i. Sarah, b. Jane, 6. Abiel Sora-^ Mary,dau. Abigail, 6. Mary, 6.1707, Samuel, b.

young. 1695. ,„. 1698, m.

Nathaniel Isaac
Knight. Noves.

erby, b.

1701, d.

Jan. Sth,


of Captain

Noyes, of

1704, m.



m. Joseph


Rebecca, b.

1710, m. Moses


1712, m.


Adams, of


Male issue


Hannah, b.

1725, m.



John, b.
1726, ol3. i.p.

Daniel Som-
erby, b.
May ■28th,
1728, rf. Aug.

Marj', dan.

of Thomas

Bartlett, of


Henry, b.

17.30; d.


John, 6.

1732, d.


Joseph, 6.

1734, d. 1770,

m. Elizabeth

iMorss. No

male issue.

John, b.

17.'^2, d. 1752.



Joseph, b.

1755, d.


^ Eliza-
beth, d. of

Daniel, b.

1757, m.



d. 1829.

b. 1758.
d. 1759,

Moses, b.

1760, m.

d. 1844.

Mary, Sarah,
Lydia, Lois,

Moody, Eli-
zabeth, Ju-
dith, Cutting

Thomas ,
b. August
16th, 1776.

Abiel, b.

173G, m.

Abigail Dow.

Sarah, dau.
of Moses
Dole, of

Lydia, d. Horatio

young. Gates



Emily, d.

Frederic. Lorenzo.

Elizabeth, d.


Arms. Per pale, arg. and vert., three crescents comiterchanged.

Crest. A talhot sejant, ppr., collared or., resting his dexter forepaw on an escallop, arg.



Garnett, of Wyreside, co. Lancaster.
Robert Garnett, Esq., of that place, is
eldest surviving son of the late John Gar-
nett, Esq., of the island of Jamaica, by
Elizabeth, liis wife, dau. of Arthur Studart,
Esq., of Ulverstone.
John Garnett, who resided _ Elizabeth, buried at Bur-

at Casterton, near luiby,

ton, in Kendal.

John Garnett, Esq., of _ Elizabeth, dau. of Arthur
Jamaica, afterwards of Ul- I Studart, Esq., of Ulver-
verstone, and finally of | [stone, co. Lancaster.
Manchester, d. 1800.

John Gar





nett, Esq.

, Garnett,

beth, m.



of Liver-

Esq., d.

to Thos.

Esq., of

Esq., of

pool, m.





Sarah, dau

. Jamaica




of James

Esq., of

b. in 17S0,


Stewart, of


m. l.ouisa,



field, CO.

dau. of

CO. Lancas-

and d. in


Dr. Lyon,

ter, b. in

1S50, leav



17S2, m.

ing issue.



dau. of



Esq., and

has issue.




1 1




Henry, w.



m. JMary

m. EUen



777. Henry



dau. of the

1. Mary


dau. of

dau. of R.

late Henry

Jane, m.


R. P.

P. Wil-


to Frank

cote, E.^q.,



Esq., of


and died


Esq., and



in 1850,

and has

has Al-

and has




bert Peel,





and other

and other

eldest son





of Sir


Francis B.



Bart., has



and other



Arms. Gu. a lion rampt., arg., ducally crowned, and
a bordure dovetail, or., on a canton of the last a cross
pattee fitchee of the field.

Crest. A demi-lion, arg., gorged, with a collar dove-
tail, gu., between the paws an escotcheon, or., charged
witli a cross pattee fitchee, also gu.

Heysham, late of Stagenhoe Park, and
subsequently of Weston Lordship, near
Baldock, Herts, as borne by Eobekt
Thornton Heysham, Esq., of AVeston.

Arms. Quarterly, 1st and 4th. HETSHAja : Gu. an
anchor, in pale, or. on a chief of the last, three tor-
teau.\. 2nd and 3rd, Thornton : Arg. a chev. sa. be-
tween three hawthorn sprigs, vert.

Crests. 1st, Heyshaji : On a mount vert, a stag
courant. 2nd, Thornton : Out of a mural crown a
derai-lion issuant, holding between the paws a hawthorn

Praed, of Tyringham, Bucks, as borne
by the late James Backavell Praed. Esq.,
at one time M.P. for Bucks, son of William
Praed, Esq., of Trevethoe, Corn-wall, by
Elizabeth Tyringham Backwell, his wife,
sister and heir of Tyringham Backwell,

Esq., of Tyringham, last male heir of the
ancient families of Tyringham and Backwell.

Arms. Quarterly of six. 1st and Gth, Praed : Az
six mullets arg., three, two, and one. 2nd, Mack-
worth : Per pale indented sa and erm. ; on a chev. or.
three crosses pattee of the first. 3rd, Slaney : Gu. a
bend, between three martlets or. 4th, Backwell : Arg.
on a chev. sa. three covered cups, or. 5th, Ttring-
HAJi : Az. a saltire engrailed arg.

Crests. 1st, Praed : Out of a ducal coronet or. a uni-
corn's head arg. maned and horned gold. 2nd, Back-
well : Out of a mural crown or. a denii bull sa., armed,
unguled, and collared gold.

Richards, of Reading, Berks, there set-
tled for a very considerable time.

Richard Richards,
Mayor of Reading
in 1802, son of Sil-
vester Richards,
grandson of Ri-
chard Richards,
Mayor in 1721,
1727, and 1738,
and great-grand-
son of Swithen Ri-
chards, who </. in
1720, died 24th
Feb., 1821, aged

. Mary, dau. and
heir of JohnSmith,
Esq., of Henley-
on-Thames, O.xon,
d. 8th July, l?521.

Richard Richards,
of Birmingham.

John Richards,

Esq., Coroner for


Other issue.

Anns. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Pacn.-VRDs: Arg. a
chev. and in the base a lion rampt. uz. 2nd and 3rd,
Smith : Or. on a fesse engr. gu. between sLx martlets sa.
three cross crosslets of the field.

Crest. A lion rampt. az.

Motto. Honore et amore.

Sears, origmally of Colchester, co. Essex,
and now of Boston, in New England, a fa-
mily of high respectability there, now re-
presented by the Honourable David Sears,
who is the eldest lineal descendant of the
founder of the American branch.

The family of Sears is of Norman origin,
and may be traced to a very distant period.
The name in its onward course has undergone
various orthographic changes, as must al-
ways be the case in those ages when there
is no fixed mode of writing, and orthography
depends in a great measure upon the ear or
the fancy of the penman. In the present in-
stance we find the same name written at dif-
ferent times Sarre, Serre, Syer, Sayre, Sayer,
&c. So early as the thirteenth century they
had settled near Colchester, in the county of
Essex, in which place they acquired consi-
derable estates. We find William and John
Sayer at Birch and Copford, wliile Jlathew
Sayer held lands at Aldham, afterwards oc-
cupied by the Bourchiers witli wliom they
were connected. The last-mentioned estates,
however, again came into the possession of
the Sayers in the sixteenth century.

In 1348 William Sayer was seated at Cop-
ford, and dying there left a son, John, who
himself deceased in 1350, audAvas succeeded



by his son and heir of the same name. Upon
the death of the latter, he was followed in
the estate by his son, Richard, and he
dying in 13G7 left to his son, John, the fa-
mily property in Copford, Aldham, Great
Teye, Lexden, Colchester, &c.

Soon afterwards the Sayers appear as in-
habitants of Colchester, holding the highest
offices in the corporation, and retaining for a
long time the most extensive influence, as
may be inferred from the frequent mention
of them in the to^ni records. Thus John
Sayer was an alderman, and a local dignity
of this kmd vouches for the Avealth and
character of the individual bearing it, as
well as for the esteem in which he is held
by his fellow citizens. He died in 1509, and
was buried in St. Peter's Church under the
south aisle, a mural brass recording in old
English letters his name and honours. He
left a wife, Elizabeth, who deceased in 1530,
and three sons, John, Robert, and George,
the eldest of whom died in 1 563, and was in-
terred near his fatlier ; a similar brass plate
commemorating his loss. He left two sons
only, Richard and George. The first of
these, who was born in Colchester in 1508,
married Anne, eldest daughter of Edmund
Knyvet, of Ashwclthorpe, in Norfolk,
Esquire, related to the family of Kuyvets of
Buckenham Castle; his wife being Jane,
daugliter and sole heu* of John Bourchier,
Lord Beruers.

It was now the time wlien the religious
dispute excited by the violence of Henry
the Eightli, and other concurrent causes was
at its height. Unfortunately for his own
peace and happiness, Richard took an active
part in this controversy, and on the side
opposed to his relations no less than to tlie
Government. The consequence was, that he
soon found it prudent to fly, with his wife
and other refugees, to Holland, where he
settled himself at Amsterdam. Tliis was
in the year 1537. His brother George thus
became j)ossessed of the family estates,
which were greatly increased by recent
purcliases, and dying in 1577, was buried in
the same church with his ancestors ; a beau-
tiful marble jnonument being erected to his
memory in the south aisle of the chancel.
It bears a quaint epitaph, which, if it be not
very poetical, yet contains some useful in-
formation as to the defunct.

Richard, whose religious zeal, as we have
seen, made way for his more fortunate
younger brother, died at Amsterdam, in
1540, leaving an only son and heir, John
Bourchier Sears. This son, who was born
in 1538, was scarcely more successful in life
than himself. Upon the death of his grand-
father, John Sayer, of Colchester, he be-
came heir to the family estates in Essex ;
but the difliculties that caused his father to

leave England, and then kept him an exile,
still existed in full force, and his uncle took
possession of the propeity. He remained,
therefore, a banished man, with his wife,
Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Hawkins,
the celebrated English navigator. By her,
he had four children, John Bourchier, born
in Holland in 1561, Henry, AVilliam, and

The eldest of these sons, while still a
youth, accompanied his grandfather, Sir
John Hawkins, in several of his voyages.
He married Marie L. daughter of Philippe
Van Egmonde, of Amsterdam. "With this
lady he acquired a large fortune, the princi-
pal part being in money, and thus was
enabled to buy certain property m England,
adjoining the lands which he hoped soon to
claim as his lawful inheritance. Amongst
the estates so purchased were Bourchier's
Hall and the manor of Little Eordham, both
of which, in remote times, had belonged to
his ancestors. But his hopes of returning
to England were frustrated by tlie intrigues
of those who were too deeply interested in
keeping at a distance so formidable a claim-
ant. All his exertions failed to obtain a re-
moval of tlie pains and penalties which had
been incurred by his grandfathei's flight,
and which still impended over himself till
the time of his death, at Amsterdam, in 1629.
He left two sons, Richard and John, and
two daughters, INIarie L. and Jane. The
three latter returned to England, and settled
m Kent.

Richard, the eldest son and heir, and
founder of the American branch of the
family, worn out by his parents' want of
success in their attempts to recover their
English possessions, determined upon his
father's death to quit Europe for ever. He
accordingly took passage, with a party of
Puritans, for New England, in America,
and landed at Plymouth on tlie eighth day
of May, 1630. That he met with the usual
difficulties that tried the patience and the
courage of all the early settlers, can hardly
be doubted ; but he remained firm to his
purpose, made himself at home in his new
country, and shortly after his arrival mar-
ried Dorothy Thacher. Li 1643 he re-
moved to Yarmouth. Here it is evident he
prospered ; for in 1662 we find him elected
to the Colony Court of Plymouth — an un-
deniable proof of the station which he held
in this new society. At length, full of years
and honours, he died, in 1676, leaving be-
hind him three sons, Ivuyvet, Paul, and
Sylas, the two youngest of whom resided in
Yarmouth, where they held important offices.
Knyvet, the eldest son, unlike his father,
had a strong faith that the family lands in
England might yet be recovered. He was
in the glow of youth, had experienced none



of the old proverbial delays and quibbles of
English law, and accordingly set out for the
old country, full of hope, and furnislied with
such deeds and documents as seemed, to
him at least, to place his claim beyond ques-
tion. He was kindly received by some of
his relations, but was not the more success-
ful in the object of his visit. Even this
failure could not subdue his hopes or his
spirits. He made a second voyage, in 1686,
which proved us fruitless as the former, and
died at the residence of his relative, Ca-
therine, dauglitea' of »Sir Jolni Knyvet, and
wife of John Harris, Esq., avIio subsequently
became Baroness of Berners. The evidences
that he had brouglit with him were never
afterwards recovered.

From a document filed in the Chapter
House, Westminster Abbey, it appears that
tlie contested manors were transferred about
this time by a legal fiction, to Sir John
Marsham, only son of Sir John i\Iarsham,
and Esther, daughter of George Sayer.
This Esther assumed to be sole heir upon
the failure of the male line in England, and
the high position which the American branch
of the family was entitled to hold here
through the Berners and Knyvets, as well
as the Sears, was abandoned for ever.

Previous to his visit to England, Knj^vet
Sears married Elizabeth Dymoke, hj whom
he had two sons, Daniel and Richard, who
were adopted by their uncle Paul, upon
the death of their father. Richard died in
1718, and his issue is extinct. Daniel, the
eldest of Knyvet's sons, who was born m
1682, married Sarah Hawes, and purchased
a large tract of land formerly called Monna-
moit,butnowanglicizediuto the more humble
appellation of Chatham. Upon his death he
left behind him three sons, Daniel, Richard,

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