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Jane Churchill (Peverell)

Also Known As: "Meigs"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Dorsetshire, England
Death: Died in Bradford-Peverel, Dorsetshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Peverell, of Balderston and Jane Mervyn
Wife of Nicholas Meigs and Roger Churchill, of Catherston
Mother of Lawrence Meigs, Esq.; Matthew Churchill, of Bradford and Margaret Olde
Half sister of Sir James Mervyn, MP for Wiltshire; Ambrose MERVYN; Anne MERVYN; Edmund MERVYN; John MERVYN and 4 others

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From "The Peverell's of Dorset" Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Volume 1 by C. J. Creed, 1890 - Dorset (England). Page 87-88

Concerning the rest of this branch of the family I can add nothing to Hutchins’s account until we come down to WILLIAM PEVERELL, of Burdolston, 8 Henry VIII, [1516-17] His wife was jane, daughter of Philip Baskerville, of Sherborne, Dorset. She survived her first husband, and married Sir John Mervyn of Fountel Gifford, whose first wife she became. She was buried at Fountel.

William Peverell had an only daughter and heiress,JANE PEVERELL, who married, first, Nicholas Meggs of Downham. By him she had a son, Lawrence Meggs. Bradford Peverell was held by his descendants until 1770.

Although Hutchins says she died in 1578,and that Nicholas Meggs died ‘circa 1579,’ thus making her predecease her husband, he states in his acccount of the Churchills that Roger Churchill, of Catherstone, married Jane, daughter of William Peverell, and widow of Nicholas Meggs.

This latter statement is no doubt correct, as we find in the Chancery Proceedings of the time of Queen Elizabeth that “joan Churchill, wz'dow,” had a suit brought against her by Thomas Lye, concerning damage to lands, and title deeds of lands held of the manor of Muckleford, in the parish of Bradford Peverell, and a tenement in Grymeston, held in fee. The manor of Muckleford had been held by the Peverells of Bradford Peverell, and seems, with other lands, to have passed on the death of Robert Buller, the grandson of John Peverell of Bradford, to the Peverells of Burdolston.

FRANCES B. JAMES.

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  • Jane Peverell1
  • F, #105133, b. circa 1523, d. 7 August 1579
  • Father William Peverell1 b. c 1500
  • Jane Peverell was born circa 1523 at of Bradford Peverell, Dorsetshire, England.1 She married Roger Churchill circa 1547.1 Jane Peverell died on 7 August 1579 at Bradford Peverell, Dorsetshire, England.1
  • Family Roger Churchill b. c 1522, d. a 1579
  • Child
    • Matthew Churchill+1 b. c 1548
  • Citations
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p3500.htm#i105133

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  • The visitation of Dorsetshire, A.D. 1565; Coll. Armor. G. 8; Harl. mss. 888, 1092. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe
  • https://archive.org/details/visitationofdors00harvuoft
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofdors00harvuoft#page/30/mode/1up
    • MEGGES of Bradford Peverell.
  • ARMS: .... etc.
  • WILLIAM MEGGES of Canterbury co. Kent, Gent., mar. Elizabeth, sister and heir to Thomas West, and by her had issue, THOMAS; Alice, mar. to Ralf Touke ; Katherine, mar. to Peter Bruyne.
  • THOMAS MEGGES of Downham in the Isle of Ely co. Cambr., Gent.,
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofdors00harvuoft#page/31/mode/1up
  • eldest son and heir to William, mar. Ann, da. and heir to John Copleston of Exeter, which John was second son to John Copleston and of Elizabeth his wife da. and heir of John Hawley of Dartmouth in the said co. and of Emma his wife da. and heir of Sir Robert Tresylyan in co. Cornwall and of Emelyn his wife da. and heir of Richard Hewishe, Kt., which John was son and heir to John Copleston and of Katherine his wife da and heir to John Graase of co. Devon, Gent., which John Copleston was son and heir to Adam ; and the said Thomas Megges and Ann his wife had issue, NICHOLAS, his eldest son ; Robert, second son ; Henry, third son.
  • NICHOLAS MEGGES of Bradford Peverell co. Dorset, Esq., eldest son and heir to Thomas, mar. Jane, da. and sole heir to William Peverell of Bradford Peverell, Gent., and by her had issue, LAWRENCE, his eldest son and heir.
  • LAWRENCE MEGGES of Bradford Peverell, Gent., eldest son and heir to Nicholas, mar. Ann, da. to Richard Wood of Asheridge, co. Devon, Gent., and by her hath issue, Percival, eldest son ; Peverell, second son ; Andrew, third son ; Jone and Jane.

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  • The Family Of Brice and Cathy Alvord By Brice Alvord
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=etmSAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=lawrence+meigs+1553&source=bl&ots=1Hr0KPtmf5&sig=qR82oE6mg6ChWL9v5ZWtA6H5rRY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XapcVZnkDdfioAS5woCABw&ved=0CDwQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=lawrence%20meigs%201553&f=false
  • Pg.190
  • 25100. Lawrence Meigs, son of Nicholas Meggs and Jane Peverell was born in 1553 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He died in 1595 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He married Anne Woods.
  • 25101. Anne Woods, daughter of Richard Woods and Izote Copplestone was born in 1553 in Weymouth, Dorset, England. She died in 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England.
  • Anne Woods and Lawrence Meigs has the following child:
    • 12550. i. Vincent Meigs, son of Lawrence Meigs and Anne Woods was born in 1583 in Bradford, Dorset England, He died on 12 Jan 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United Stares. He married Emma Strong, daughter of William Strong and Margaret Aurella Stokes in 1608 in Weymouth Dorset England. She was born on 08 Jan 1580 in Chardstock, Devon, England. She died on 01 Dec 1658 in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
  • 25102. William Strong, .... etc.
  • Pg.197
  • 50200. Nicholas Meggs was born in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England. He died on 12 Aug 1579 in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England. He married Jane Peverell.
  • 50201. Jane Peverell was born in 1523 in Bradford, Dorset, England. She died on 07 Aug 1579 in Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England.
  • Jane Peverell and Nicholas Meggs had the following child:
    • 25100. i. Lawrence Meigs, son of Nicholas Meggs and Jane Peverell was born in 1553 in Bradford, Dorset, England, He died in 1595 in Bradford, Dorset, England. He married Anne Woods. She was born in 1553 in Weymouth, Dorset England. She died in 1612 in Bradford, Dorset, England.
  • 50202. Richard Woods .... etc.

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  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs: Who Came from Dorsetshire ... By Henry Benjamin Meigs
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=m640AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=Vincent+Meigs+1658&source=bl&ots=CIqDcRXOH0&sig=7_vo_Lx2SvlWU1lfA2c4F4UXqaM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=XbpcVZ_DL9bioATb8oEw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Vincent%20Meigs%201658&f=false
  • https://archive.org/details/recordofdescenda00meig
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/164/mode/1up
  • The following account with reference to the Coat of Arms of the Meigs family, was dictated by (890) M. Fayette Meigs, to a stenographer in the office of the author, Baltimore, Md., March 12, 1900.
  • "The Coat of Arms of the Meigs family is to be found in the old manor house, located at Bradford-Peverell, which is situated near Muckelford, England, a little hamlet consisting of seven or eight houses belonging to that parish, and anciently known as the Manor of Bradford Peverell . It is situated a mile west on the south bank of the river Frome. In 1663, Thomas Meggs, whose estate was much reduced by the naval wars, sold part of the Manor estate to W. Taurnton. The Manor was partially destroyed by fire in one of the early wars, but was restored during the lifetime of Jane Peverell, who married Nicholas Meggs (the name in England is always spelled Meggs). In a north window of the hall is the family Coat of Arms, which is very ancient and according to the records at White Chapel, London, was granted to the family by the Ruling Powers of England, by an act of Royalty prior to the year 1500. The Coat reproduced from that window, here presented, is an exact copy in every respect. The Coat of Arms was issued by letters patent by Clarenceux Cooke to one William Meggs, and is dated the 4 of June, 1579. This William Meggs, according to the early records to be found in London, died July 22, 1559, and in Doom's Day Book there is a notation showing that the date of 1579 is an error, and should read 1479. According to the early records the Coat of Arms was granted prior to 1500, which proves positive that it could not have been according to the last date, 1579.
  • In 1777, the Manor was again sold to John Pauling .... etc.
  • 1-A.
  • We quote "names, numbers, dates and places are from the researches of Fayette Mark Meigs of San Francisco, Cal., who has .... etc.
  • " A line of the Meigs family for a period of 332 years, or from 1559 to 1890, being that part of this famly leading to and from Colonel Return Jonathan Meigs of Revolutionary fame:
  • William Meggs, draper, in London, died July 22, 1559 ; married Anne ---- . They had numerous children. One, William Meggs, born at White Chapel in 1487, was an alderman in London. he married Judith West, sister and heir of Thomas West, bishop of Ely. She was born in 1477, and died in 1562.
  • "Their fifth child, Thomas Meggs, was born in 1507 ; he resided in Devon, Eng., Isle of Ely; he married Anne Coppleston of Exeter, daughter and heir of John Coppleston, gentleman.
  • "Their first child, Nicholas Meggs, was born in 1527, and at the time of his death lived in Dunham, in the Isle of Ely ; he died Nov. 20. 1579. He married Jane Peverell, daughter and heir of William Peverell of the county of Dorset, Eng. She died in 1578. The manor of Bradford Peverell in Dorset County, Eng., was held by Nicholas Meggs, and afterwards by nine of the Meggs family. The manor house was occupied, 1896, by the Middleton family. This house was in the Peverell and Meggs families from 1410 to 1610. In the great banquet hall is to be found a large illuminated window, representing the coat of arms granted to William Meggs by a patent dated June 4, 1479, in the reign of Edward the Fourth.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/166/mode/1up
  • From William M. Meigs, April 10, 1900.
  • "Bradford Peverell is situated in Dorsetshire, near the County town of Dorchester, and a family of Meggs lived there for many years, but I am abliged to say that I do not think there is a scratch of evidence known to me that the family in this country is a branch of them. .... etc.

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  • The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623 by St. George, Henry ....
  • https://archive.org/details/visitationofcound00stge
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/64/mode/1up
    • Lawrence.
  • Rich. Lawrence of Stepleton in com. Dorset. = Marg't da. of . . . . Riues of Damery in com. Dorset. ; ch: Will'm (2 sone.), Rich. (m. Anne Meggs) Lawrence
    • Rich. Lawrence of Stepleton in com. Dorset. = Anne da. of Lawrence Meggs of Bradford Peu'ell in com. Dorset. ; ch: 1. Mary (m. Hen. Collyford), 2.ffrran. (m. Rob. Norris), 3. Lucye (m. Christ. Pitt), Honor (4 da. unm.), Charles (2 sone), Geo. (m. Mary fforte), 4. Rich., 3. Angell Lawrence.
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/69/mode/1up
    • Meggs.
  • Lawrence Meggs of Bradford Peu'ell in com. Dorset Esq. = Anne da. of Rich. Wood of Ashrudge in com. Deuon Esq. ; ch: Peuerell, Andrew, Christ:, Perciuall (m. Mary Lawrence), Joane, Jane Meggs
    • Peuerell 2.
    • Andrew 3.
    • Christ: 4.
    • Joane.
    • Jane.
    • Perciuall Meggs of Bradford Peuerell in com. Dorset Esq. = Mary da. of Rich. Lawrence of Stapleton in com. Dorset gent: ; ch: (Pg.70 Hen: (m. Anne Hippesly), Mary (m. Rob't Smarte) Megges.
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/35/mode/1up
  • ADDENDA
    • Meggs.
  • Adam Copleston. =
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/36/mode/1up
  • William Meggs of Canterbury. = Eliz. sister and h. of Tho. West. ; ch: Alice (m. Ralph Tonke.), Kath. (m. Peter Bruin), Thomas (m. Anne Copleston) Meggs.
    • Thomas Meggs of Downam in the Isle of Ely. = Anne d. and h. of John Copleston of Exeter. ; ch: Robert 2., Henry 3., Nicholas (m. Jane Peverell) Meggs
      • Nicholas Meggs of Bradford Peverell co. Dors. = Jane d. and h. of Wm Peverell of Bradford Peverell. ; ch: Lawrence Meggs.

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From  Collin's Peerage

The said Roger marrying Jane, Relict of Nichoki Megg, and Daughter to William Peverell of Bradford, by her had Matthew Churchill of Bradford, whose Wife was Alice, Daughter to James Gould of Dorchester ...

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  • not digitsed
  • reference: C 78/7/17
  • Description:
  • Short title: Megges v Marven.
  • Plaintiffs: Nicholas Megges and his wife Jane.
  • Defendants: Sir John Marven.
  • Subject of decree: Manors of Bradford Peverell and Muckleford, Dorset.
  • Date of decree: 21 Apr 7 Edw VI.
  • Date: 1553 Apr 21
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14514779
  • not digitised
  • Reference: C 78/22/38
  • Description:
  • Short title: Grosse v Megges.
  • Plaintiffs: Robert Grosse of Muckleford, Dorset, yeoman.
  • Defendants: Nicholas Megges and his wife Jane.
  • Subject of decree: Copyhold lands held of the manor of Bradford Peverell, and common of pasture, in Muckleford, Dorset.
  • Date of decree: 22 November 4 Eliz.
  • Date: 1561 Nov 22
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14515599
  • not digitised
  • Reference: C 78/23/14
  • Description:
  • Short title: Grosse v Megges.
  • Plaintiffs: Robert Grosse of Muckleford, Dorset.
  • Defendants: Nicholas Megges and his wife Jane.
  • Subject of decree: Several messuages with land and common of pasture for 4 plough beasts, 6 cattle and 240 sheep in Muckleford, Dorset.
  • Date of decree: 1 May 5 Eliz.
  • Date: 1563 May 1
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14515627
  • not digitised
  • Reference: C 3/120/3
  • Description: Short title: Megges v Grosse.
  • Plaintiffs: Nicholas Megges and Jane Megges his wife.
  • Defendants: Robert Grosse and others.
  • Subject: copyhold of manor of Bradford Peverell, Dorset.
  • Document type: [pleadings].
  • Date: 1558-1579
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C3781925
  • cost £3.30
  • Reference: PROB 11/61/518
  • Description: Will of Nicholas Megges, Gentleman of Bradford, Dorset
  • Date: 10 November 1579
  • Held by: The National Archives, Kew
  • http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D964058

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  • Index of Wills Proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury ..., Volume 18 By Church of England. Province of Canterbury. Prerogative Court

https://books.google.com/books?id=JT8EAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA211&lpg=PA211&dq=nicholas+megges+1579&source=bl&ots=4BaHWfMxM3&sig=maZWDKYURyYT2yI-Refj0J1oFkg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=0dlxVcSYEpO1oQSIjINw&ved=0CB0Q6AEwADgK#v=onepage&q=nicholas%20megges%201579&f=false https://archive.org/details/indexofwillsprov18chur https://archive.org/stream/indexofwillsprov18chur#page/211/mode/1up

  • Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
  • 1579 Megges, Nicholas, gent., Bradforde, Dorset 46 Bakon

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  • DORSET ANCESTORS
  • Bradford Peverell
  • During the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) and Stephen (1135-1154) the manors of Bradford and Muckleford came into the possession of the De Port family as tenants of the Duchy of Lancaster. Adam de Port was outlawed and his land forfeited to King Richard I who, as we tell above, granted the manors to Robert Peverel but during the reign of Elizabeth I the male Peveril line became extinct: William Peverel leaving an only daughter, Jane.
  • Jane married Nicholas Meggs of Cambridgeshire. The Meggs’ suffered heavy losses during the Civil War and in 1683 Thomas Meggs sold the manor of Muckleford, a small hamlet within the parish, to make good the family finances. The rest of the parish remained in the hands of the Meggs family until 1770, when Harry Meggs sold it to John Purling. (See our story ‘The Muckleford Treasure’ in the Bradford Peverell category).
  • ....
  • Thomas Gerard in his book Coker’s Survey of Dorestshire (1732) wrote: “Bradford Peverll. The Seate for a longe time of the antient Familie of Peverells whose estate about Henry the Eighth’s time fell by a Female Heire to Nicholas Meggs and his Posteritie enjoy it. Neare Bradford the River dividing itself, making an Island of manie faire and fruitful Maedowes, and there joineth againe a little belowe Dorchester, the more northern branch, being the lesser, amongst these Maedoes runneth by Wolton, more trulie Wolvehampton, a fine and rich Seate which (by the daughter and Heire of John Jordan the antient owner of it) came to John Mohune. His only daughter and Heire Alice brought a faire Estate unto her husband Henry Trinchard of Hampshire whose Grandchilde Sir Thomas Trinchard, gracious with King Henry the Eighth was called chief Builder of the Habitation of Sir George Trinchard, a Man of Great Courage.” (See our article: ‘Thomas Gerard of Trent’ Published 17th July 2011, in the Trent category.)
  • From: http://dorset-ancestors.com/?p=2236

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Pg.185 "Certainly the Duke's great, great, great grandfather, Roger Churchill, married the widow of Nicholas Meggs of Bradford Peverell as even Sir Winston2 the old cavalier admits .... etc. _________________________

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Jane Churchill's Timeline

1529
1529
Dorsetshire, England
1535
1535
Age 6
Bradford-Peverell, Dorset, England
1553
1553
Age 24
Bradford, Peverell, Dorset, England
1560
1560
Age 31
Sherborne, Dorset, England
1579
1579
Age 50
Bradford-Peverel, Dorsetshire, England
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Dorsetshire, England
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Sherbourne,,Dorset,England
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