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Thomas Willett

Birthplace: Barley, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Barley, Hertfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Barley, Herfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Willett
Husband of Elizabeth Willett
Father of John Willets, Sr.; Rebecca Franklin; Rev. Andrew Willett; Richard Willett; Anne Willett and 2 others

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About Thomas Willett

Thomas Willett: born 1510, Rector of Barley England. Almoner to George IV. Defender of Ely in the reign of Queen Mary I. Died in 1598

Thomas Willett1

M, b. circa 1511, d. April 1598

     He began his career as a public notary and officiated as such at the consecration of Archbishop Parker. Late in life he took holy orders, becoming rector of Barley, Hertfordshire, fourteen miles from Cambridge, which living had been presented to him by his patron, Bishop Richard Cox (Bishop of Ely 1559-81). He was also admitted to the fifth prebendal stall of Ely in 1560 by his patron, with whom he had been associated as subalmoner to Edward VI. He had two sons and four daughters.1 Thomas Willett was born circa 1511 in Ely ?, Cambridgshire.1 He married Elizabeth Stanton ? in 1560?2 Thomas Willett died in April 1598 in Barley, Buckinghamshire.1

Child of Thomas Willett and Elizabeth Stanton ?

Andrew Willett+1 b. 1562, d. 4 Dec 1621


[S21] Various editors, Dictionary of National Biography.

[S34] Unverified internet information.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial


Rev. Thomas Willett was born in 1510, died 1598. He was rector, vicar and canon of the established church at Barley, Leicestershire, England ; sub-almoner to King Edward VI; deprived of his ministerial dignities by Queen Mary and forced by his conscience to forsake church promotion; was hidden in the house of a noble friend, who on the accession of Queen Elizabeth was appointed bishop of Ely, Thomas Willett being appointed prebend. He was a most scholarly divine, holding many degrees and positions of honor.

Thomas Willet was born in England in 1510. He was married in England to Elizabeth Stant in 1540 and died in April 1598. The children of Thomas and Elizabeth were:

Richard Willett, born 1563. He married Catherine Hawk on 5 May 1591 and died 15 Apr 1597.

Anna Willett, born 1565. She married a Thomas Adams on 27 Apr 1579.

Elizabeth Willett, born 1567 and married John Guilwyin.

Reverend Andrew Willett, born 1562, Ely, Hertford, England. He was married to Jacobina Goad in 1598 and died on 4 Dec 1621.

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Thomas Willett's Timeline

April 16, 1510
Barley, Hertfordshire, England
Age 29
Somerset, , England
Age 42
Barley, Hertfordshire, England
Age 51
Ely, Hertfordshire, , England
Age 52
Ely, Cambridgeshire, , England
Age 55
Ely, Hertfordshire, , England
Age 55
Ely, Cambridgeshire, , England
Age 58
Ely, Cambridgeshire, , England
August 24, 1570
Age 60
April 10, 1598
Age 87
Barley, Hertfordshire, England