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About Eleanor Gerard / Needham

Daughter and heiress of Thomas Dutton of Dutton, Cheshire She became the sole heir of her father, Thomas Dutton, after the death of her brother, John, on February 9th, 1608/1609. She was 18 years old at the death of her father in 1614. At the age of 13, she married Gilbert Gerard, the 2nd Baron Gerard of Gerard's Bromley, and they had five children: She became a widow in 1622, and later married Robert Nedham, 2nd Viscount Kilmorrey. Sir Peter Leycester, the famous Cheshire historian, himself a descendent of the Duttons, was a regular visitor to the hall. He records that Lady Kilmorrey beautified the domestic chapel at Dutton with handsome pews and kept a chaplain in the house. The chapel was used by the local inhabitants every Sunday. The Kilmorreys had a large family of five sons and seven daughters.

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Eleanor Gerard / Needham's Timeline

1596
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1609
1609
Age 13
1613
March 4, 1613
Age 17
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June 12, 1618
Age 22
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1663
January 12, 1663
Age 67

Eleanor Dutton's Will was dated January 12th, 1663/1664, and probated May 19th, 1666, at the Consistory Court of Chester. She was the relict of Robert Lord Viscount Kilmorey, deceased. Her Will mentioned her son, Thomas Needham, her daughter, Alice Healinge, late wife of Roger Owen, deceased, her daughter, Elizabeth Leicester, wife of Peter Leicester, Baronet, Eleanor Byron, relict of John Lord Byron, deceased, her daughter, Susanna Scriven, wife of Richard Scriven, Esq., her two daughters, Katharine and Mary Needham, her daughter, Penelope Edgerton, wife of "Randale" Egerton, Esq., her other two daughters, Dorothy and Elizabeth Needham, Thomas Needham and Byron Needham, two of the sons of Charles Lord Viscount Kilmorey, deceased, and Eleanor Egerton, daughter of "Randale" Egerton, the joint executors being her son, Thomas Needham, and her daughters, Mary Needham and Elizabeth Needham.