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Nicknames: "Alexander Popham of Huntworth"
Birthplace: Huntworth, Somerset, England
Death: Died
Occupation: Judge
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About Alexander Popham, MP

Family and Education b. by 1504, 1st s. of John Popham of Huntworth by Isabel, da. of Thomas Knolle. educ. ?M. Temple. m. by 1530, Joan, da. of Sir Edward Stradling (d.1535) of St. Donat’s, Glam., 4s. inc. Edward and John 3da. suc. fa. 17 Feb. 1536.2

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Escheator, Som. and Dorset Apr.-Nov. 1536, 1551-2; j.p. Som. 1538-d.; recorder, Bridgwater by 1541-d.; commr. benevolence, Som. 1544/45, relief 1550.3

Biography Everything in Alexander Popham’s career points to his having had a legal training but his name does not appear in the registers or books of any of the inns. Since he was almost certainly the ‘Mr. Popham of the Middle Temple’ who oversaw the will of his father-in-law, Sir Edward Stradling, he may be confidently assigned to that inn which many of his descendants also attended. In 1536, during his term as escheator, he had the unusual duty of holding the inquisition following his own father’s death and of finding himself to be the heir. He was soon afterwards put on the Somerset bench and served on a variety of other commissions during the next 20 years.4

His home being only two miles from Bridgwater, Popham was naturally brought into contact with the town as indeed his forbears had been. The returns made by Bridgwater do not survive for Henry VIII’s previous Parliaments, but presumably he sat for the borough in the Parliament of 1542 since he already held the recordership. If he had succeeded a previous holder, Baldwin Malet, after Malet’s death in 1533, he may also have sat in the Parliament of 1529, replacing Henry Thornton, and the two following ones. It is not clear why he did not sit again after 1547, but several of the Members chosen by Bridgwater before his death were apparently favoured by Popham. There is no indication that he had noble or government connexions, but he was a familiar figure among the Somerset gentry, appearing frequently as executor or supervisor of their wills.5

Popham had inherited from his father only the manor of Huntworth but he took advantage of the Dissolution to acquire other lands. Some of these he re-sold, but at his death he held the manors of Buckland and Huntworth, and 60 houses in Bridgwater. He made his will on I June 1556. After asking to be buried in North Petherton church Popham provided for several charities, his children and his servants. He left annuities to Lady Margaret and Lady Eleanor Bourchier, and to his kinsman (Sir) William Portman a mare. The executors were Sir Robert Stradling, Bartholomew Combe and Humphrey Walrond (Popham’s brother-in-law) with Portman and Richard Michell, Popham’s son-in-law, as overseers. Popham died ten days later and the will was proved early in the following month.6

Ref Volumes: 1509-1558 Author: Roger Virgoe Notes 1. Hatfield 207. 2. Date of birth estimated from age at fa.’s i.p.m., C142/58/81. Vis. Som. (Harl. Soc. xi), 125. 3. LP Hen. VIII, xiii-xxi; CPR, 1553, p. 359; Bridgwater corp. ms 1449. 4. LP Hen. VIII, xiii, xv; C142/58/81. 5. Bridgwater corp. mss 1449; 1456; 1533; Som. Med. Wills (Som. Rec. Soc. xxi), 63, 68, 112, 126. 6. LP Hen. VIII, xix, xx; PCC 10 Ketchyn; C142/108/104

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Husband's Name

Alexander POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-55) Pedigree

Born: 1504 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Married: 1515 Place: Of, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Father: John POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-8N) Family

Mother: Isabel KNOWLES (AFN:9T6T-64)

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Wife's Name

Jane STRADLING (AFN:84V8-SG) Pedigree

Born: 20 Feb 1505 Place: Of, St Donats, Glamorganshire, Wales

Christened: Place: Or, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Died: 1555 Place: Huntsworth, Co. Somerset, England

Married: 1515 Place: Of, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Father: Edward STRADLING (AFN:9FXD-JH) Family

Mother: Elizabeth ARUNDEL (ARUNDELL) (AFN:84V7-K4)

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Children

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M William POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-LB) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1518 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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M Edward POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-MH) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1520 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: After 1573 Place:

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M Robert POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-NN) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1522 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: S.P. Place:

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F Katharine POPHAM (AFN:1KJN-WL0) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1524 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: 1588 Place:

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F Elizabeth POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-Q1) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1526 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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F Dorothy POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-R6) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1528 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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F Katherine PAPHAM OR POPHAM (AFN:8N43-FP) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1540 Place: , Colcombe, Devon, England

Died: 9 Nov 1588 Place: Shute, Devon, England

Buried: 9 Nov 1588 Place: , Shute, Devonshire, England

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M John POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-2M) Pedigree

Born: 1531 Place: Of Hntworthy, Hunworth, Somerset, England

Christened: Place: Of, Littlecot, Wiltshire, England

Died: Jun 10 1607 Place: Wellington, Co. Somerset, England

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Alexander POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-55) Pedigree

Born: 1504 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Married: 1515 Place: Of, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Father: John POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-8N) Family

Mother: Isabel KNOWLES (AFN:9T6T-64)

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Husband's Name

Alexander POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-55) Pedigree

Born: 1504 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Married: 1515 Place: Of, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Father: John POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-8N) Family

Mother: Isabel KNOWLES (AFN:9T6T-64)

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Wife's Name

Jane STRADLING (AFN:84V8-SG) Pedigree

Born: 20 Feb 1505 Place: Of, St Donats, Glamorganshire, Wales

Christened: Place: Or, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Died: 1555 Place: Huntsworth, Co. Somerset, England

Married: 1515 Place: Of, St. Donats, Somersetshire, England

Father: Edward STRADLING (AFN:9FXD-JH) Family

Mother: Elizabeth ARUNDEL (ARUNDELL) (AFN:84V7-K4)

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Children

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1. Sex Name

M William POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-LB) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1518 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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2. Sex Name

M Edward POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-MH) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1520 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: After 1573 Place:

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3. Sex Name

M Robert POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-NN) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1522 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: S.P. Place:

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4. Sex Name

F Katharine POPHAM (AFN:1KJN-WL0) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1524 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

Died: 1588 Place:

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5. Sex Name

F Elizabeth POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-Q1) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1526 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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6. Sex Name

F Dorothy POPHAM (AFN:9T6V-R6) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1528 Place: Of, Huntworth, Somersetshire, England

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7. Sex Name

F Katherine PAPHAM OR POPHAM (AFN:8N43-FP) Pedigree

Born: Abt 1540 Place: , Colcombe, Devon, England

Died: 9 Nov 1588 Place: Shute, Devon, England

Buried: 9 Nov 1588 Place: , Shute, Devonshire, England

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8. Sex Name

M John POPHAM (AFN:9GVK-2M) Pedigree

Born: 1531 Place: Of Hntworthy, Hunworth, Somerset, England

Christened: Place: Of, Littlecot, Wiltshire, England

Died: Jun 10 1607 Place: Wellington, Co. Somerset, England

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Sir Alexander Popham, Kt., MP's Timeline

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Huntworth, Somerset, England
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Age 14
Abt. 1516 Of Huntworth, Somerset, Eng
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Somerset, England
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Abt. 1522 Of Huntworth, Somerset, Eng
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Abt. 1526 Of Huntworth, Somerset, Eng
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Abt. 1528 Of Huntworth, Somerset, Eng
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Huntworth, Somerset, England
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Colcombe, Devon, England
1556
June 11, 1556
Age 54