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The eldest son dying without issue, the
estates devolved upon the second son,

Jonathan Rashleigh, esq. of Menabilly,
w ho represented the borough of Fowey for
half a century in parliament. He m. Mary,
daughter of Sir William Clayton, bart. and
had, with other issue

Philip, his successor.
Jonathan, in holy orders, rector of Sil-
verton, in Devonshire. This gentle-
man espoused Catherine, daughter of
the Rev. William Stackhouse, D.D.

of Trehane, and left, with other
William Rashleigh, who inhe-
rited the estates of the family at
the decease of his uncle, and is
its present representative.
John, of Penquite, m. Catherine,
daughter of William Battie, M. D.
and had, with younger children, the
Sir John Coleman Rashleigh,
Jane, m. to Robert Duke, esq. of Lake

House, Wilts.
Mary, m. to William Stackhouse, esq.

of Trehane, and had issue.
Rachael, m. to John Gould, M.D. of
Truro, and had issue.
Mr. Rashleigh was s. at his decease, by his
eldest son,

Philip Rashleigh, esq. of Menabilly,
M.P. for Fowey. This gentleman wedded
his cousin Jane, daughter of the Rev. Ca-
rolus Pole, but had no issue. Mr. Rash-
leigh's collection of minerals formed the
most splendid cabinet of that description in
Europe. He was s. at his decease by his
nephew, the present William Rashleigh,
esq. of Menabilly.

Arms — Sa. a cross or, between, in the
first quarter, a Cornish chough, arg. beaked
and legged, gules ; in the second quarter, a
text T ; in the third and fourth quarters, a
crescent, all of the third.

Note. — Mr. Lysons observes, that "the
younger branches of Rashleigh, and Peter,
on removing into Cornwall, both adopted
the Cornish chough, as a difference.
Estates — In Cornwall.
Seat — Menabilly in Cornwall.



WICKSTED, CHARLES, esq. of Nantwich, in the county of Chester, b. in Oc-
tober, 1796.

This gentleman, the only son of George Toilet, esq. of Betley Hall, in the county of
Stafford, assumed by sign manual, 25th March, 1814, the surname and arms of Wick-
sted, upon inheriting the property of his great-uncle, Thomas Wicksted, esq. of
Nantwich. He served the office of sheriff for the county of Chester, in 1822.


Richard Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich,
who d. in 1681, and was s. by his son,

Richard Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich,
who was born after the Herald's Visitation
in 1613. He to. Lucretia. daughter, of John
Yonge, esq. of Pembly, in the county of
Salop, and was s . at his decease, by his eldest

Thomas Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich, who
m. Susanna Haycock, and dying in 1701,
was s. by his son,

Thomas Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich,
who was baptized there on the 11th April,
1683. He to. Katherine, daughter of Samuel
Watkiss, esq. of Aston,, in the county of
Salop, and being killed by a fall from his
horse in 1707, was s. by his posthumous son,

Thomas Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich,
who wedded Grissel, daughter of Charles
Fletcher, esq. of Witchurch, in the county
of Salop, (by his wife, — daughter of Ralph
Thickness, esq. of Balterley, and Bridget,
one of the daughters of Sir John Egerton,
hart.) and had issue,

1. Thomas, of Nantwich, his successor.

For the paternal line of this gentleman,
see Tollet of Betley. We proceed with
that of Wicksted.

John Wicksted, a younger son of Wick-
stead of Wicksted, living in the time of
Henry VIII. to. Anne, daughter of Henry
Bradford, and was s. by his son,

Henry Wicksted, who espoused Mary,
daughter of Henry Hassal, esq. Hankelow,
and had issue,

Richard, his successor,
Henry, who to. Ellen, daughter of John
Ruttee, and had issue,
The elder son and heir,

Richard Wicksted, of Nantwich, b. in
1543, purchased the Weaver Meadows, and
other property there, from Thomas Bromley.
He m. Margaret, daughter of Roger Wal-
thall, and had, with three daughters,

1. Richard, his heir.

2. John, to. the daughter of William

3. Thomas, of Shrewsbury, to. Elea-
nor, daughter of Rowland Langley,
and d. in 1623, leaving issue,

4. Ralph, of Nantwich.

5. Robert, ra. Margaret, daughter of
the Rev. Thomas Elcock,

Richard Wicksted, died about the year 1623,
and was *. by his eldest son,

both died issueless.

Charles, )
Samuel, \
Richard, to. first, Anne, daughter of
Samuel Gerrard, esq. of Moreton-
Say, in the county of Salop, and had
a daughter,

Martha, to. to James Swan, esq. of
Wavertree, in Lancashire, and
had a son and daughter, viz.
James Wicksted Swan.
Mary-Anne Swan.
Grisel, d. s. p.

Elizabeth, to. to Simon Horner, esq.
of Hull, and had a son and a daugh-
ter, who both d. issueless.
Mary, d. unmarried in 1752.
Frances, m. in 1771, to William
Jolliflfe, esq. of Hull, and left an only
daughter and heiress.

Frances Jolliffe, who espoused

George Tollet, esq. of Betley

Hall, in the county of Stafford,

and had with several daughters,

Charles Tollet, who inherit-



ing the estates of his great
uncle, assumed the surname
of Wicksted.
Mr. Wicksted was s. at his decease by his
eldest son,

Thomas Wicksted, esq. This gentleman
inherited under a settlement, upon the de-
cease of his maternal uncle, John Fletcher,
esq. of Lichfield, the manor of Wigland and
other estates in the county of Chester. He
m. Anne, daughter of John Bennion, esq. of
Chorlton, in that shire, but died without
issue in 1814, when he devised all his es-
tates to (the son of his niece, Frances Toilet,)

his grand-nephew, Charles Tollet, who
assumed upon inheriting, as already stated,
the surname and arms of Wicksted.

Arms of Tollet, see Tollet. Of Wick-
sted, Arg. on a bend az. charged with three
garbs, or, between three crows sa. beaked
and legged gules.

Crest — On a wreath, two serpents ppr.
issuing from, and round a Garb, or.

Estates — The manors of Baddeley, and
Wigland, and other lands in Baddeley Wig-
land, Nantwich, Wardle, Acton, Chorley,
&c, all in the county of Chester.


BARNETT, CHARLES, esq. of Stratton Park, in the county of Bedford, b. 31st
October, 1796, m. 1st February, 1826, Elizabeth, third daughter of Sir Peter Payne,
bart. and has issue,

Charles-Fitzroy, J. 12th October, 1830.

George-James, b. 8th December, 1831.



Laura- Janet-Emma.

Mr. Barnett inherited the estates at the decease of his father, in 1 804, and was high-
sheriff of the county of Bedford in 1821.


Lieutenant Barnett, who was lost in
the Stirling Castle man of war, on the
Goodwin Sands in the great storm, 26th
November, 1703, was father of

Curtis Barnett, esq. who espoused, 13th
May, 1725, Elizabeth, daughter of Benja-
min Rosewell, esq. and had issue,

Benjamin, who died in infancy in 1732,
at Gibraltar ; his father being at that
time captain of the Biddiford.


Benjamin, b. 29th September, 1735,

and d. in 1804.
Elizabeth, d. young.

Curtis Barnett died 29th April, 1746, at Fort
St. David's, in the East Indies, being com-
mander-in-chief of his Majesty's ships de-
signed on a particular service. The eldest
surviving son,

Charles Barnett, esq. was of Stratton
Park, in the county of Bedford, which
estate and manor had been purchased, by
the trustees of Curtis Barnett, in 1764, from
the heirs of Sir John Cotton, bart. Mr.
Barnett wedded, 17th February, 1756,
Bridget, third daughter of Alexander Clay-
ton, esq. and had (with other children who
died young),

Charles, his heir.

James, banker, of Lombard Street.


Louisa-Elizabeth, deceased.

Amelia, d. unmarried.

The eldest son and heir,

Charles Barnett, esq. of Stratton Park,
b. in March, 1758, entering, at the age of
seventeen, into the third regiment of Foot
Guards, rose progressively to the rank of



major-general. He espoused, 22nd Febru-
ary, 1796, Harriet, eldest daughter of Ad-
miral Sir Richard King, bart. by whom,
who died 17th September, 1799, he had, with
three daughters (who all died unmarried),
an only son and successor, the present
Charles Barnett, esq. of Stratton Park.

Major-general Barnett died, 10th October,
1K04, of the epidemic fever, at Gibraltar ;

of which garrison he was then second in

Arms — Arg. a saltier sa. in chief a leo-
pard's head of the second.

Crest — A trefoil.

Estates — The estate and manor of Strat-
ton, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire ; pur-
chased in 1764.

Seat — Stratton Park.


VASSALL, SPENCER-LAMBERT-HUNTER, esq. of Milford, in the county of
Southampton, and of Newfound River, in the island of Jamaica, a captain in the royal
navy, b. 17th May, 1799.


The family of Vassall derives from the
ancient house of " De Vassall, Barons de
Gourdon, in Querci, Perigord.*" In the
year 1588,

* " The following narrative of this house is ex-
tracted from a French author : —

" La maison de Vassall, originaire de Quercy,
et dont plusieurs branches ont forme depuis long
temps des £tablissemens en Perigord, et dans
d'autrea provinces, a toujours tenu un rang dis-
tingue dans l'ordre de la noblesse, par une grande
anciennete, de nombreux services, de bonnes alli-
ances, et par dessus tout, une fidelite inviolable
et a toute epreuve envers ses Souverains.

Elle est connue des le XI siecle, et sa filiation

est prouvee litteralement depuis fan 1343. Quel-

ques gencalogistes la font descendre des anciens

barons de Gourdon en Querci, lesquels etoient une


John Vassall, an alderman of London,
equipped, and himself commanded two ships
of war, the Samuel, and the Little Toby,
against the Spanish Armada. His son,

branche de la maison des Comtes de Toulouse).
La maison de Vassall a produit un nombre consi-
derable d'hommes recommandables et distingues
dans l'eglise et dans l'etat militaire. Geofi'roi de
Vassal fut cree Cardinal diacre du titre de St.
Eustache par le Pape Innocent II. en 1134, et il
souscrivit en cette qualite deux chartes de l'Ab-
beye de Chini en 1136 et en 1142.

Fortanier de Vassall, general des freres mineurs
nomme Archeveque de Ravennes en 1374, patri-
arche de Grade en 1351. Nomme puis legat du
Pape, il fut fait Cardinal en 1361, et mourut la
meme annee.

Geofi'roi de Vassal, Archeveque de Vienne, fut
transfere a l'archeveche de Lyons en 1444, et
mourut en 1446.

Helis de Vassal, 6toit grande prieure des dames
de St. Jean de Jerusalem ou Maltaises de M artel,
depuis l'an 1334 jusqu'en 13.35, et

Huguette de Vassal etoit prieure claustral de
la meme maison et dans le meme siecle.

Pons de Vassal etoit grand vicaire de Sartat et
Camerier de Tulle en 1360.

Gerand de Vassall, de la Quaizee licencie de
Sorbonne, 6toit Abbe royal de St. Amand de Coli,
et grand vicare de Sartat.

Jean de Vassall, de la branche de Sineuil etoit
prevot de Sartat en 1695, et

Louise de Vassall etoit abbesse de l'Abbeye
royal de Buque en 1703.

Jean de Vassall, seigneur de la Tourette fut fait
chancellier de l'ordre de St. Michel par le roi Fran-
cois 1. qui lui ecrivit et lui envoya le collier de
l'ordre le 7 Octobre, 1520.

Autoine de Vassall, seigneur de la Tourette et



Samuel Vassall, likewise an alderman
of London, represented that city in parlia-
ment in 1640, and again in 1641. In the
latter he was voted the sum of £10,445.
12*. 2d. for the damage he had sustained
during his patriotic resistance of the arbi-
trary import of tonnage and poundage, and
it was further resolved to consider him for
his imprisonment and personal sufferings.
He was one of the three hundred members
who signed the protestation to support the
church of England, and the liberty of Par-
liament, and was appoiuted a member of
the council during the recess. He sub-
scribed £1200. against the rebels in Ireland,
his name appearing at the head of the list.
In 1643, Alderman Vassali took the cove-
nant, and was appointed in 1046, one of the

de la Curemont, preta serment de fidclite pour
l'ordre de Chevalier de St. Michel, dont il fut de-
core par le roi Charles IX. le 13 Nov. 1 570.

M. le Marquis de Vassali, de Montoiel, fut fait
gentilhomme de la Manche, et puis succe^>sive-
ment Major General, Brigadier, fun de huit in-
specteurs d'infanterie, ensuite Marechal de camp,
et Lieutenant-General.

M. le Chevalier de Vassali, de Montoiel, fut
colonel du regiment de Dauphine brigadier, in-
specteur d'infanterie, ensuite Marechal de camp.

M. de Vassali de Sardigni fut colonel au regi-
ment de la vieille marine, ensuite brigadier, et
fut tue au siege de Barcelonne.

M. de Vassali de Marsac fut Major au regiment
du Roi, inspecteur, et brigadier.

M. de Vassali de Taradel fut lieutenant de Roi
a Marsalin Lorraine.

Nicolas de Vassali, Chevalier de la Quaizee,
oapitaine au regiment du roi cavalerie, fut fait
lieutenant-colonel par brevet en 1761, pour recom-
pense de diverses actions de valeur, et entr'autres
d'avoir avec un detacbement de quatre-vingt
hommes force trois-cent Prussiens, avec un om-
cier gdneral qui les commandoit, a, mettre has les
armes et a se rendre prisonniers de guerre. Dans
la guerre de 1735, quatre-vingt officiers du noni
de Vassali servoient tous a la fois dans tous les
grades, depuis celui de lieutenant general, jusqu'
a celui de simple cadet gentilhomme.

La maison de Vassali a toujours ete, et elle est
encore une des plus nombreuses en individus, que
Ton connoisse ; elle etoit deja, partagee du temps
de St. Louis en plusieurs branches dont les deux
principales etoient connue sous les noms de
" Fraissinet" et " de Vaillac," c'est de la premi-
ere qu' etoit noble Bertrand de Vassali, seigneur
de Rinhac, chef de toutes les branches actuelle-
ment existantes ; ces deux branches qu'on peut
appeller anciennes parcequ'elles precedent l'annee
1400, et auxquelles on peut ajouter celles de Yvars,
de Balaguie, et autres, etablies en Quercy, en Al-
bigeois, en Rouisgue, &c. ont contracte des alli-
ances avec les maisons d'Angoulesme, d'Auriale,
de Belcastel, de Caltrets, de Casnac, de Puycal-
wel, d'Ebrard, &c. &c. et parmi les alliances mo-
dernes on compte celles d'Abzae, de Favars. de
Broglie, de Gontaut, de la Roque, de Villars, CvC.

Commissioners for the Kingdom of England,
for the conservation of the peace with Scot-
land ; about the same time he was chosen
with Sir Thomas Soane, to give answer to
the persons who brought up the city petition,
and in 1648, he was appointed with the other
members of the house who were citizens, to
form a committee. This Samuel Vassali
had two twentieths of all the Massachusetts
bay, in New England. He left a son,

John Vassall, esq. who purchased largo
tracts of land in Jamaica, and settled there.
He TO. Anne, daughter of John Lewis, esq.
for many years English resident at Genoa,
and had issue.* His younger son,

Leonard Vassall, esq. wedded Miss
Gale, and his second son,

John Vassell, esq. having espoused Eli-

Cette maison est une de celles que Ton connoi'
avoir produit plus de branches, et on cite coinmo
un fait remarquable etpeut-etre unique en France,
qu'elle a forme en moins de quatre-cent ans — ■
trente-sept branches ou rameaux ; et si Ton ajoute
a ce nombre les branches qui ont existe avant
l'an 1400 et sur l'existence des quelles il reste
quelques traces dans les anciens titres ; la totalite
pourroit s'elever a pres de cinquante ; singularity
qu'on peut regarder comme une espece de pheno-
mene gen6alogique.

Ces trente-sept branches ou rameaux tirent leur
origene de trois branches principales connues sous
les noms de Rinhac, de Nozac, et de la Tourette ;
et c'est d'elles que derivent toutes les autres ; ces
trois branches ont ete formees dans le X V siecle
de la maniere suivante :

Bertrand de Vassall, damoiseau, fils de Bason
de Vassall et de Nina de Raffilhac, epousa vers
fan 1360, demoiselle Resplandine de Rinhac, qui
lui porta la terre de son nom ; il etoit deja Seig-
neur, du chef de sa mere, de celles de Nozac, et
de la Tourette ; il fit son testament le 2 Aout,
1395, en faveur de son fils qui suit,

Jean de Vassall, seigneur de Rinhac, de Nozac,
de la Tourette, &c. epousa, en 1414, demoiselle
Jeanne de St. Gilly, dont il eut trois fils, Jean,
Pierre, et autre Jean, ce dernier mourut sans pos-
terite, laissant pour heritier Pierre son frere.

1° Jean de V assail l'aine epousa, en 1443, de-
moiselle Louise de Touchebceuf, dont il eut
Jacques, qui a continue la branche ainee connue
sous le nom de Rinhac.

2° Pierre de Vassall s'allia avec demoiselle
Marguerite de la Johannie en 1460, de ce mar-
riage provinrent deux fils, dont l'un nomm£ Jean
epousa demoiselle Marguerite de Paulin, et devint
la tige de la branche de Nozac ; le second, nomine
aussi Jean, est auteur de la branche de la Tourette.
La branche de Rinhac a forme quatorze rameaux
dont huit sont eteints.

De la branche de Nozac, sont sortis huit rameaux
dont quatre sont eteints.

La branche de la Tourette a produit quinze ra-
meaux dont neuf sont eteints.

* All the senior branches of this family are now
extinct, excepting the descendants of two of the
children of Florentius Vassall, namely : —


5 i')l

zabeth, daughter of Spencer Pliipps, esq.
had (with three daughters, Ruth, Elizabeth,
and Lucy,) a son,

John Vassall, esq. who settled at Boston
in America, but was deprived of his lands
there in the first American war for his at-
tachment to the parent state. He returned
to England, and resided alternately between
Charles Lodge, in the county of Wilts, and
the city of Bath. He m. Miss Elizabeth
Oliver, and had issue,

1. John, who wedded Miss Elizabeth
Athill, and his son,

John, d. 23rd March, 1827, «; p.

2. Spencer-Thomas.

3. Thomas Oliver, who d. s. p.

4. Robert Oliver, who settled in Ja-


5. Leonard, d. s. p.

6. Elizabeth, m. to John Gustavus Le-

maistre, esq.

7. Mary, m. to John Gyttins Archer,

esq. and d. s. p.
The second son,

Spencer Thomas Vassall, being designed
for a military life, obtained an ensigncy in
the 59th regiment of foot, at the early age
of twelve. He soon afterwards embarked
for Gibraltar, where he served during the
memorable siege, and from that period until
his gallant career closed on the ramparts
of Monte Video, he was uninterruptedly
engaged upon active service iu almost every
part of the globe. He was twice with the
army in Flanders, once in the West Indies,
several times on the coast of France, and
once on that of Spain. He was the first man
that landed in the Isle Dieu, and planted
the British colours there. He formed part
of both expeditions to Holland ; in the last
of which he was ordered by th • Duke of
York to attend General Hon to the enemy's
camp with a flag of truce. On that occasion,
when Brun, the French commander in chief,
in a fit of rage, pretending to suspect the
motives of the mission, declared to General
Don that he was determined to treat him
as a spy, he turned round to Major Vassall,
and said with a contemptuous smile, "Pour
vous, monsieur, je vous plains," Vassall
receiving the proffered sympathy with me-

Richard Vassall, of Jamaica, whose dau.
and heiress,

Elizabeth Vassall, espoused, first,

the late Sir Godfrey Webster, bart.

and, secondly, Loud Holland, who

has assumed the additional name

of Vassal.

Elizabeth Vassall, who wedded Major

General the Hon. John Barrington,

son of the first Viscount Barring-ton,

and was grandmother of the present


of i

ritt- (1 contempt, immediately replied, " Sir,
I disdain your pity, and am ready to share
the fate of my general." After experiencing
every kind of indignity, and having been
twice led out for execution, these brave
men were at length released, and allowed
to return to England. Shortly afterwards
Major Vassall purchased the lieutenant-
colonelcy of the 38th regiment, and was for
some years stationed in Ireland, where it
was his fortune to be the field officer, of the
day in Dublin, on the memorable 23rd July,
when Lord Kil warden, and many others
were killed by the insurgent populace. His
cool determined conduct upon that occasion
obtained for him the high commendation of
the Irish Government, and of the com-
mander in chief. He subsequently embark-
ed with his regiment for the Cape of Good
Hope, and assisted at the capture of that
important settlement ; of the town and for-
tress of which he was appointed command-
ant. This lucrative and honorable post he
resigned to embark with his regiment in
the second expedition dispatched to the
coast of Spanish America, and there he
found a soldier's grave in gallantly leading
his troops to the assault of Monte Video.
His conduct, his courage, his fate are so
faithfully depicted in the following letter
from his orderly Serjeant, to Sir Home Pop-
ham, that we know not how we could better
close this summary of his valiant achieve-

Monte Video, 10 Feb. 1807.

Pardon the liberty I am taking, as the
gratitude I owe to my everlamented and
best friend, Colonel Vassall, obliges me to
give you and his friends an authentic ac-
count of his last ; I being his orderly Ser-
jeant, and the chief person to witness his
bravery, and the gallant manner in which
he acquitted himself in doing his duty, iu
that unfortunate hour in which he fell. On
our approach to the wall we missed the
breach ; the grape and musketry flew so
hot it drove the men into confusion, and
would have made numbers of them retreat
but for his exertions. When he observed
any of the men stoop or flinch, he cried out
as loud as possible, " Brave 38th, my brave
men, don't flinch ; every bullet lias its
billet. Push on, follow me, thirty eighth \"
He rallied them repeatedly in this manner,
until he got them inside the breach. He im-
mediately directed a party to take possession
of the corner battery next the sea, which
was done in a few minutes, and another,
under the command of Major Ross, to ad-
vance to the great church, and he was ad-
vancing himself to the main battery on the
right, when a grape shot broke his leg, and
as soon as he fell he cried out, " Push on,



somebody will take me up, my good soldiers,
charge them, never mind me ; it's only the
loss of a leg in the service." He sat up,
and helped to tie on a handkerchief to stop
the blood, and cried out all the time of the
action, " I care not for my leg, if my regi-
ment do their duty, and I hope they will."
As soon as the town surrendered he heard
the men cheer, he joined them with as great
spirits as if nothing had happened, and
called to me to have him carried to the head
of his regiment. I feel to the heart for his
family. I could wish to have fallen with
him, sooner than part with a man who was
so good a friend to me. At half-past three
on the morning of the 3rd, he received his

wound : at one o'clock on the


the 7th, he departed, and at eight the same
evening he was interred at the entrance of
the great church, with all military honors.

I am, sir,

Your very humble obedient servant,

B. Mathews.

The remains of this gallant soldier were
at first interred in the grand church at Monte
Video, with military honors, but were after-
wards removed to England, and deposited
in the family vault in the church of St.
Paul's, Bristol, where a monument, de-
signed by Flaxman, executed by Rossi, and
erected by Colonel Vassall's widow, bears
the following inscription.

Sacred to the Memory of

Spencer Thomas Vassalx, esq.

Lieutenant-colonel of the 38th regiment, who,

After twenty-eight years of active and unremitting service,

During which he had acquired a high military reputation,

Was mortally wounded at the storming of Monte Video, in South America,

On the 3rd of February, 1807,

At the moment he had conducted his intrepid followers within the walls of the fortress,

And expired on the 7th of the same month,

Aged 40.

II is beloved remains, brought to England by the companions of his victory,

are deposited near this spot,

Where, to record her own, her children's, and her country's loss,

She, who was the wedded and happy witness of his private worth,

Has caused this monument to be erected.

" Stranger, if e'er you honor'd Sidney's fame,

If e'er you lov'd Bayard's reproachless name,

Then on this marble gaze with tearful eyes,

For kindred merit here with Vassai.l lies !

But far more blest than France or England's pride,

In the great hour of conquest Vassall died ;

W hile still undaunted in the glorious strife,

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