Thomas More, III (1538 - 1606) MP

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About Thomas More, III

Thomas More III: Born on Tuesday 2nd July 1538. Usually known as Thomas More the younger. Became a Minister (Priest) in the Church of England, but no record of his ordination or place of ministry survives. It is known from his older brother‟s will (1606) that he married and had three children: Cyprian, Thomas and Constantine, and that he died before 1606. However, family researchers have never discovered the name of 4 his wife, the birth years of his children or any other details of the family. His uncle, Cresacre More, writing .1616-1620 said that he was very poor and that he had brought his children up in no commendable profession. Cresacre also said that, at that time, the only son still living was the eldest (Cyprian).

A Pedigree of the family published in 1873 says that Thomas‟ descendants went to Norfolk and then to America. The source of this information is not recorded, and no documentary evidence as to which descendant/s was/were involved, or when, or where, he/she/they went to America has so far been produced. Some internet sites claim that Thomas married a Martha Brooks, born c.1540, and that they had a son, Thomas William Moore. Martha Brooks is said to have been the daughter of Sir Robert Brooke and his third wife Dorothy Gatacre. This however does not accord with the documented history of the Brooke family concerned which shows that Martha Brooke (why would it be Brooks ?), the eldest daughter of Sir Robert and Dorothy, was baptized at Claverley, Shropshire on 9th September 1545, and that she married a Christopher Digon.

For further information see: "The Family and Descendants of St. Thomas More". By Martin Wood. Published in the UK by 'Gracewing'. April 2008.