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Mary Honywood (Attwater)

Also Known As: "Mary Honywood"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Royton, Lenham, Kent, England
Death: Died in Earls Colne, Kent, England
Place of Burial: Lenham, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert Atwaters, Esq. and Katherine Atwater
Wife of Robert Honywood, Esq.
Mother of Robert Honywood; Katherine Honywood; Priscilla Honywood; Anthony Honywood; Thomas Honywood and 12 others
Sister of Thomas Atwater; Joyce Atwater; Elizabeth Atwater and John Atwater

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About Mary Honywood

MARY WATERS or ATWATER (1527-May 11, 1620)

Mary Waters was the daughter of Robert Waters of Lenham, Kent (c.1500-1565) and Katherine Bright of Royton. She married Robert Honywood or Honeywood of Charing, Kent in February 1543. They had sixteen children—Robert, Katherine, Priscilla, Anthony, Thomas, Mary, Anne, Grace, Arthur, Walter, Elizabeth, Susan, Bennett, Dorothy, Isaack, and Joyce. During the reign of Queen Mary, she visited prisons to give comfort to the heretics held there. She attended at least one execution by burning. From the age of forty, Mary supposedly suffered from consumption but since she lived to be ninety-three, this seems to have been an inaccurate diagnosis. In 1591, having believed herself to be possessed by a devil for more than a dozen years, she was exorcised by one William Hacket, later revealed to be a charlatan. In 1605 her son Robert bought Marks Hall, where Mary spent the rest of her life. Biography: Oxford DNB entry under “Honeywood [née Waters], Mary.” Portraits: 1597; 1605; line engraving.

Christie's Biographical Information

From Christie's website which listed information concerning her portrait (the one attached to this profile of her, which portrait was sold for £10,580 or $17,187 in 1997), the following biographical information is given:

"The sitter was the daughter and co-heiress of Robert Waters of Lenham, Kent, and married in 1543, aged 16, Robert Honywood of Charing, Kent, by whom she had sixteen children. She achieved quite a reputation both for her longevity and for the exceptional number of her descendants. She is reputed to have lived to see one hundred and fourteen grandchildren, two hundred and twenty-eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. Her grandson Dr. Michael Honywood, Dean of Lincoln, recalled a banquet given by her for her descendants, two hundred of whom were present."

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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 27
  • Honywood, Mary by Edmund Venables
  • HONYWOOD, MARY (1527–1620), daughter and coheiress of Robert Waters, esq., of Lenham, Kent, was born at that place in 1527. In 1543, being then in her sixteenth year, she married Robert Honywood, esq., of Charing, and afterwards of Marks Hall, Essex, by whom she had sixteen children. Mrs. Honywood was chiefly celebrated for her longevity, and for the unprecedentedly large number of lineal descendants whom she lived to see. By her sixteen children she had 114 grandchildren, 228 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren, 367 in all. Her grandson, Dr. Michael Honywood [q. v.], dean of Lincoln, was accustomed to tell of his having been present at a banquet given by her to her descendants, two hundred of whom sat down to table. She was also noted for her piety, but in her declining years fell into deep despondency. It is recorded that Foxe, the martyrologist, having visited her with the view of consoling her, she ‘dashed a Venice glass to the ground, saying, “Sir, I am as sure to be damned as this glass is to be broke,” when by God's wonderful providence the glass was taken up uninjured.’ She died at Marks Hall on 12 May 1620, aged 93. She was buried at Lenham on 20 May, and a monument was erected to her memory at Marks Hall. One portrait is at Marks Hall, ‘æt. suæ 70,’ and another in Lincoln Cathedral Library. An engraved portrait is in the ‘Topographer and Genealogist,’ ii. 185, 256.
  • [Fuller's Worthies; Botfield's Cath. Libraries; Flavel's Mystery of Providence; Hasted's Kent; Topographer and Genealogist, ii. 185, 256.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Honywood,_Mary_(DNB00)
  • https://archive.org/stream/dictionarynatio25stepgoog#page/n269/mode/1up to https://archive.org/stream/dictionarynatio25stepgoog#page/n270/mode/1up

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  • Mary Atwater
  • F, #30387, b. 1527, d. 11 May 1620
  • Father Robert Atwaters, Esq. b. 1479, d. May 1565
  • Mother Katherine Bright
  • Mary Atwater was born in 1527 at Royton, Lenham, Kent, England. She married Robert Honywood, Esq., son of John Honiwood, Esq. and Alice Barnes, in February 1543 at Shroftyde, Kent, England. Mary Atwater died on 11 May 1620 at Markeshall, Essex, England; She had 367 living descendants at her death.1
  • Family Robert Honywood, Esq. b. 18 Sep 1525, d. 22 Apr 1576
  • Children
    • Elizabeth Honywood+ b. 2 Dec 1561
    • Dorothy Honywood+ b. 30 Jul 1569, d. 13 Feb 1642
  • Citations
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 336.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p1012.htm#i30387

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  • Mary Waters1
  • F, #479989
  • Last Edited=28 May 2012
  • Mary Waters is the daughter of Robert Waters.1 She married Robert Honywood, son of John Honywood and unknown Barne.1
  • Her married name became Honywood.
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 1952. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p47999.htm#i479989

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  • Mary Atwater Honywood
  • Birth: 1527 Lenham, Kent, England
  • Death: May 16, 1620 Essex, England
  • She was married in February 1543, at the age of sixteen, to Robert Honywood of Postling in Kent.
  • She had sixteen children. Two died young. An account of the remaining fourteen is given in "Morant's History of Essex". She lived to see three hundred and sixty-seven of her descendents, nine of them being in the fourth generation.
  • Mrs. Honywood was on many accounts distinguished, but chiefly for her Christian character, for her attachment to the Protestant doctrines, and her fearless manifestation of sympathy with the Reformers. A sketch of her life can be found in the "History of the Croke Family" by Sir Alexander Croke.
  • Mrs. Honywood was buried at St. Mary's Church, near her husband, though a monument was erected to her memory at Mark's Hall in Essex by her eldest son, Robert Honywood.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Robert Atwater (____ - 1565)
  • Spouse:
  • Robert Honywood (1525 - 1576)*
  • Children:
    • Anne Honywood Hales (1609 - 1681)*
  • Burial: St Mary Churchyard, Lenham, Maidstone Borough, Kent, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 70193190
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=honywood&GSfn=mary&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=in&GScntry=5&GSob=n&GRid=70193190&df=all&

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Birth: 1527 Lenham Kent, England Death: May 16, 1620 Essex, England

She was married in February 1543, at the age of sixteen, to Robert Honywood of Postling in Kent.

She had sixteen children. Two died young. An account of the remaining fourteen is given in "Morant's History of Essex". She lived to see three hundred and sixty-seven of her descendents, nine of them being in the fourth generation.

Mrs. Honywood was on many accounts distinguished, but chiefly for her Christian character, for her attachment to the Protestant doctrines, and her fearless manifestation of sympathy with the Reformers. A sketch of her life can be found in the "History of the Croke Family" by Sir Alexander Croke.

Mrs. Honywood was buried at St. Mary's Church, near her husband, though a monument was erected to her memory at Mark's Hall in Essex by her eldest son, Robert Honywood.

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Mary Honywood's Timeline

1527
1527
Royton, Lenham, Kent, England
1543
February 1543
Age 16
Shroftyde, Kent, England
February 1543
Age 16
Shroftyde, Kent, England
1545
September 18, 1545
Age 18
Charing, Kent, England
1546
December 19, 1546
Age 19
Chartham, Kent, UK
1548
1548
Age 21
Charing, Kent, England
1550
1550
Age 23
Charing, Kent, England
1551
1551
Age 24
Petts, Co. Kent, England
1553
1553
Age 26
Charing, Kent, England
1555
1555
Age 28
Charing, Kent, England