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Anne Fitzwilliam

Birthplace: Gidea Hall, Romford, Essex, England
Death: Died in Gidea Hall, Romford, Essex, England
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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Daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam and Anne FitzWilliam
Wife of Sir John Hawes and Sir Anthony Cooke,Knight, Order of the Bath MP, of Gidea Hall
Mother of Mildred Cooke, Baroness Burghley; Sir Richard Cooke, MP; Elizabeth Cooke, Lady Russell; Katherine Killegrew; Anne Cooke, Lady Bacon and 8 others
Sister of Sir William Fitzwilliam; Mary Shelley and Elizabeth FitzWilliam
Half sister of Catherine Doughtie; Ellen (Helena) Le Strange; Thomas FITZWILLIAM; Christopher FITZWILLIAM and Francis FITZWILLIAM

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About Anne Fitzwilliam

Parents: Anne Hawes & Sir William FitzWilliam. Children: Mildred Cooke+ b. 24 Aug 1524, d. 5 Apr 1589, Richard Cooke: Birth: 1531 in Gidea Hall, Essex, UK Death: Oct. 3, 1579 in Gobrons, UK. Citations From the National Archives Prob 11/59, f72 The testator’s wife, Anne Fitzwilliam (d.1553) was a descendant of Geoffrey Plantagenet (1113-1151), Count of Anjou by a mistress (see Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2004), pp. 330-3). The DNB is in error in stating that she was the widow of Sir John Hawes. The will of John Hawe, dated 28 August 1516, states that his daughter, Anne, now deceased, was the wife of Sir William Fitzwilliam (d.1534), and had four children by him, William, Richard, Elizabeth and Anne (d.1553). The testator’s wife, Anne Fitzwilliam (d.1553) was thus the granddaughter of John Hawe, as indicated by these bequests in his will (see TNA PROB 11/18, ff. 240-1):

[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 429. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

Birth: 1505 Milton Northamptonshire, England Death: Jun. 5, 1588 Romford Greater London, England

Anne was married to Sir Anthony Cooke 12 years after their first child was born, and their children were not documented as legitimate until 1545, on the advent of their daughter Mildred's marriage to William Cecil, Lord Burghley. The decision regarding her burial could have gone two ways, as she outlived Sir Anthony by 12 years. Her offspring may have insisted on her burial at Gidea Hall, but the Fitzwilliam family had holdings of their own-- and a burial plot. It would depend on an imponderable now unknown, namely the kind of marital bond that developed over 12 years of "association," 12 years of legal marriage-- and 12 years of widowhood. An intriguing symmetry of statistic.

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Burial: Gidea Hall Romford Greater London, England

Created by: Bill Velde Record added: Jun 18, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 71582589

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Anne Fitzwilliam or Fitzwilliams was the daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam of Milton, Northamptonshire and Gains Park, Essex (1460-August 9, 1534) and his first wife, Anne Hawes (d. before August 28, 1516). There is some debate as to whether Anne was first married first Sir John Hawes of London. The Sir John Hawes who died c.1517, mercer and sheriff of London in 1500-1, was her grandfather. He left Anne, who was not yet twenty-one on August 28, 1516 (when Hawes’s will was written), one of his best cups of silver gilt. Anne married Sir Anthony Cooke of Gidea Hall, Essex (1505-June 11, 1576) in around 1523, shortly before Cooke entered the Inns of Court. She was the mother of all of his children: Mildred (August 24, 1524-April 4, 1589), Anne (c.1528-August 27, 1610), Elizabeth (c.1528-May 1609), Katherine (c.1530-1583), Richard (1531-October 3, 1579), Anthony (b.1535), Edward (d.1576), William (1537-May 4, 1589), and Margaret (1541-December 8, 1558). Very little is known about Anne Fitzwilliam and what is known is often contradictory. The Oxford DNB entries for Sir Anthony and for some of her daughters gives her date of death as 1553, but this is too early. Marjorie Keniston McIntosh, who has written many articles about the Cooke family of Gidea Hall and about the area of Essex where Gidea Hall is located, clearly indicates that she was still alive to be left behind in England when her husband went into voluntary exile on the Continent in 1554. The generally reliable genealogy site at gives her date of death as June 5, 1588, but this is too late. Anne definitely predeceased her husband, since she is not mentioned in his will. Portrait: effigy on the Cooke monument in Romford, Essex.

From the book: The birth of feminism: woman as in intellect in Renaissance Italy and England Anne Fitzwilliam, Anthony Cooke's wife and the mother of all seven of his children, was the daughter of William Fitzwilliam, a London merchant who settled in Essex. Her children do not comment upon her, and the epitaph that Anthony Cooke wrote in her honor praises her only for having been attractive-but not so stunning that her beauty interfered with his studies. He also mentions her in a brief poem, commending her skills as a mother and housekeeper. She is not mentioned in his will but may have died before he wrote it.

From The Home Counties Magazine: devoted to the topography of London Vol 1, section titled A Riot At Hoddesden, 1535... regarding Sir William Fitzwilliams last wishes ' was arranged that two ladies... and Ann Cooke his daughter, and wife of one of his executors, should travel down to Marholm, a day in advance of the main party. They accordingly set out from the city on the 16th of August, accompanied by four ladies, and seven servants, to ride, by way of Ware, Royston, and Huntingdon, into Northamptonshire. {at this point on the road, they run into a butcher sitting on a bunch of sheepskins on a horse. the servants ask the butcher to ride along the side of the road so that the ladies may pass and a disagreement ensues and harsh words are spoken, the butcher not wanting to let them pass declaring its a free road. they then come into a town and people came out to support the butcher and started beating the company} Ann Cooke "perceiving the unhappy demeanour of the foresaid furious people, did light off her hourse, being in the uttermost despair of her life that any creature might be, and as she was lighting off her horse one of the said riotous persons struck at her with a bill, and missed her arm, and struck the rein of her bridle clean asunder, and the siad ungracious riotous persons not being thus contented, but of their further mischievous mind, after that they had thus troubled the said company, and sore beaten and greviously wounded them, carried them like thieves and murderers, and put three of them into the cage, there to remain in prison as they so did by the space of three hours and more. {So they stay in the cage until the body of Fitzwilliam comes thru the town It is found that the relatives are locked up so the King's Herald at Arms is called to get them out and they set out to their final destination. A complaint is made against the butcher, Richard Michell of Hoddysdon.

From Notes and Queries by Oxford Journals... Lady F., 1550 (6th S. ix. 83). -Sir Anthony Cooke, of Gidea Hall, Essex, married Anne, daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam, of Milton, Northamptonshire, who was five times chosen by Queen Elizabeth Lord Deputy of Ireland, and who, deeming it a work of labour worthy of reward, asked for "something," and was told that the Lord Deputyship was preferment, not service; after which, as Cox tells us, he endeavoured to make profit of it, and he succeeded. It is probable that Lady Fitzwilliam was a dame of considerable dignity, and that her daughter Anne wa more apt to call her Lady F. that "My mother." -Edward Solly

Sir Anthony Cooke married Anne, daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam, of Gains Park, Meydon Gernon, in Essex. This is stated in George Perry's Memorials of Old Romford. -M.A. Oxon.

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Anne Fitzwilliam's Timeline

April 1504
Gidea Hall, Romford, Essex, England
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