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William Clopton, Lord of Castlings Manor

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Caltleins, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Groton, Suffolk, England
Place of Burial: St. Bartholomew's Church, Groton, Suffolk, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Clopton of Fore Hall and Margery/Margaret Playters
Husband of Margery Waldegrave
Father of Anne Maidstone; Thomasine Winthrop; Walter Clopton, Sr.; William Clopton; Margery Clopton and 7 others
Brother of Thomasine Kighley Aldham; Frances Bowes, MELFORD; Elizabeth Clopton, MELFORD; Richard Clopton, Jr.; Emma Smith, of Long Melford and 4 others
Half brother of Mary (Clopton) Cordell

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About William Clopton, Esq.

Information from: The Families of LOU DRAPER & CHARLIE MARTIN of Johnson and Henry Counties, Missouri" by James M McMillen, Arlington, Texas

Published in .pdf format 13 January 2010

William Clopton, Gentleman (died 1615), of Castlyns, married Margaret, daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Esquire, of Lawford Hall, Essex.

The Waldegrave family is known in England before the invasion: John Waldegrave's land was confiscated by the Normans, but returned to him by William I after intervention by one of William's German soldiers who was also named Waldegrave and who was a distant cousin of John. The families of some of the women who married into the Waldegrave family go back to the early nobility of England.

The remains of William Clopton lie in the Groton Church. Children by Margaret

Waldegrave were:

Anne Clopton (born about 1580), married John Maidstone

Bridget Clopton (born about 1581), married John Sampson; their son Robert Sampson came to New England in 1630 on the same ship as John Winthrop, his uncle by marriage.

Thomasin Clopton (about 1582–1616), second wife of John Winthrop,26 later the governor of Massachusetts, died following childbirth after only one year of marriage.

Winthrop wrote a very touching piece27 about Thomasin after her death.

William Clopton, son and heir (1584–1640), married Alice D'Oyley

Walter Clopton (1585–1622), married Margaret Maidstone, sister of John Maidstone, above

Waldegrave Clopton (born 1587), married Elizabeth Wincoll

Mary Clopton (born 1588), married George Jenny

Margery Clopton (born 1590), married Thomas Doggett, who may have been the Thomas Daggett [sic] who emigrated to New England with John Winthrop.

Thomas Clopton (born 1593)

Elizabeth Clopton (born 1501), married George Cocke.

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William CLOPTON served as as a Justice for the Hundred of Babrega in 1614. He died on 9 Aug 1615. He was buried on 19 Aug 1615 in Groton Church, Groton, County Suffolk, England. Parents: Richard CLOPTON and Margaret PLAYTERS.

Spouse: Margaret WALDEGRAVE. Children were: Anne CLOPTON, Bridgett CLOPTON, Thomasine CLOPTON, William CLOPTON, Walter CLOPTON, Waldegrave CLOPTON, Mary CLOPTON, Margery CLOPTON, Rev. Thomas CLOPTON, Elizabeth CLOPTON.

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  • 'Plantagenet ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=p_yzpuWi4sgC&pg=PA220&lpg=PA220&dq=Edward+Waldegrave+1514&source=bl&ots=RQBO3L088a&sig=YmwcG4gMdnjWIEnhXLHJvwLZ1q8&hl=en&ei=iqBQTbfUCIa-sQOh1tmkBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CE4Q6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=Edward%20Waldegrave%201514&f=false
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  • 14. EDWARD WALDEGRAVE (or WALGRAVE, Esq., of Rivers Hall (in Boxted), later of Lawford Hall, Essex, 3rd son, born in 1514. In Dec. 1541 Edward Waldegrave with many others, including his future wife, were indicted in connection with the trial for adultery of Katherine Howard, Queen of King Henry VIII. His offense was "with-holding from his Majesty the King, knowledge of certain letters which have been confiscated from a chest." He was confined in the Tower during the trial, received a sentence of life imprisonment, but was later pardoned. He married between May and June 1556 JOAN ACWORTH, widow of William Bulmer, Gent. (died 1556), and daughter of George Acworth, Esq., of Toddington, Bedfordshire, by Margaret, daughter of __ Wilberforce, Esq. She was born about 1519. They had one son, Edward, and four daughters, Mary (wife of Isaac Astley), Anne (wife of Humphrey Monoux), Bridget (wife of Thomas Kighley), and 'Margery'. EDWARD WALDEGRAVE, Esq., died 13 August 1584. He left a will dated 12 August 1584, proved 5 Dec. 1584 (P.C.C. 42 Watson). His widow, Joan, was buried 10 Dec. 1590. They were both buried at Lawford, Essex.
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    • '15. MARGERY WALDEGRAVE, married WILLIAM CLOPTON, Esq., of Castelyns (in Groton), Suffolk, son of Richard Clopton, of Fort Hall (in Long Melford), and Castelyns (in Groton), Suffolk, by his 2nd wife Margaret, daughter of William Playters, Esq. They had four sons and six daughters. His wife Margery, was a legatee in the 1584 will of her father, Edward Waldegrave, Esq. WILLIAM CLOPTON, Esq., died testate (P.C.C. 83 Cope) 9 August 1616, and was buried at Groton, Suffolk.
    • Children of margery Waldegrave, by William Clopton, Esq.:
      • i. WALTER CLOPTON [see next].
      • ii. THOMASINE CLOPTON, baptized at Groton, Suffolk 18 Feb 1583. She married (as his 2nd wife) 6 Dec. 1615 John Winthrop (afterwards Governor of Massachusetts). She was buried in Groton chancel, Suffolk with her infant child 11 Dec. 1616. No living Descendants.
      • 16. WALTER CLOPTON, Gent.,. of Boxted, Essex, 2nd son, baptized at Groton, Suffolk 30 Jun 1585. He married at Boxted, Essex 21 April 1612 MARGARET MAIDSTONE, .........
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  • The Magna Charta sureties, 1215: the barons named in the Magna Charta, 1215 ... By Frederick Lewis Weis, William Ryland Beall
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=59XcwoRK9jkC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=William+Clopton+1616&source=bl&ots=KFqovxcX7u&sig=F2VaXpOHgDLkTG0Ld36De-1P_ug&hl=en&ei=WIxJTYeKAo-msQPjxoTmCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=William%20Clopton%201616&f=false
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  • 13. ANNE DRURY; m. (1) GEORGE WALDEGRAVE (74-13), b. 1528, of Smallbridge in Bures St. Mary, co. Suffolk, son of Sir William Waldegrave, Knt., of Smallbridge; m. (2) Sir Thomas Jermyn (See 37-16). (Generations 8 to 13: CP V, 397, chart; Muskett, Suffolk Manorial Families II, 241-242).
    • 14. EDWARD WALDEGRAVE, d. 1584, of Lawford Hall, Essex; m. 1556, Joan, d. c. 10 Dec. 1590, dau. of George Ackworth.
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      • '15. MARGARET WALDEGRAVE; m. William Clopton, gent., d. 9 Aug. 1616, of Groton, Suffolk, Lord of the Manor of Castelyns.
        • 16. THOMASINE CLOPTON, b. 1583, d. Groton, 8 Dec. 1616; m. Groton, 6 Dec. 1615 as (2) wife, Governor John Winthrop of Massachusetts; s.p. this marriage.
        • 16. WALTER CLOPTON (brother of Thomasine (Clopton) Winthrop), bp. Groton, co. Suffolk, 30 June 1585, d. 1622, of Boxted, co. Suffolk, gent.; m. Boxted, 21 Apr. 1612, Margaret, d. 1666, dau. of Robert Maidstone, gent.
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  • 'Clopton Family Org.
  • http://www.cloptonfamily.org/d_hist/wmmanors.html
  • 'William Clopton, Lord of the Manors of Castelyns and Ramsden Belhous
  • 'William Clopton was the son and heir of Richard Clopton, Gentleman, of Fore Hall and the Manor of Castelyns and his second wife, Margery Playters. William’s uncle, Francis Clopton died without issue and in his will dated February 22, 1558, proved July 7, 1559, names his "nephew William Clopton, son of my brother Richard Clopton" his heir. He married Margery Waldegrave the daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Gentleman, of Lawford Hall in Essex and Joan Acworth Bulmer. ................
  • Following his release from prison and marriage to Joan, Edward bought a reversionary interest in Lawford Hall from the Crown in 1560, and after obtaining a lifetime lease of the Manor, he entirely rebuilt the Hall. They had five children: Edward, Anne Waldegrave Monox, Mary Waldegrave Ashtley, Bridget Waldegrave Keightley; and 'Margery(Margaret) who married William Clopton'. Joan was buried December 10, 1590 in Lawford Church. Edward died August 13, 1584. Their commemorative tomb shows two kneeling figures with the Waldegrave arms beneath. The inscription reads: The end of the just is peace.
  • The past "unpleasantness" involving Edward and Joan evidently did not preclude the general opinion that by marrying 'Margery, William Clopton consolidated his status and rank. William and Margery had ten children and every one of them lived to adulthood and all except one son married. Their children were: Anne Clopton Maidstone; Bridgett Clopton Sampson; Thomasine Clopton Winthorp who became Governor of Massachusetts; William Clopton son and heir; Walter Clopton who also married into the Maidstone family; Waldegrave Clopton; Mary Clopton Jenney; Margery Clopton; The Reverend Thomas Clopton, Curate of Ramsden Belhouse; and Elizabeth Clopton Cocke.
  • 'Ever true to family tradition, William managed to be tossed into prison. In November 1608 he was imprisoned in the Fleet Prison in London. He became involved, possibly as a Trustee in a local land dispute. Charged with him of contempt, were two other men, Dr. John Duke of Colchester, a physician, and Mr. Brampton Gurdon of Assington a powerful local magnate. All three were of the highest rank locally and their arrest was shocking. They languished in jail until December 22, 1608 when they were released. The court adjudged that they had purged their contempt, and in the words of their counsel: They are men of good fashion and credit in the countye and good householders there.
  • 'William died August 8, 1616. He and Margery are buried at St. Bartholomew’s Church at Groton.
  • Contributed by :
  • Suellen Clopton Blanton bblanton@fast.net
  • Based on:
  • Clopton, Gene Carlton, The Ancestors and Descendants of William Clopton of York County, Virginia. Privately Printed - Limited Edition, Phoenix Printing, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, 1984.
  • Fraser, Antonia, The Wives of Henry VIII, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York
  • Morant’s Essex, Volumes I and II
  • Wall, Barry L., Long Melford Through The Ages, East Anglian Magazine Ltd., Ipswich, Suffolk
  • Woods, Martin, L.L.B., The Winthrop Papers, A Project of the Massachusetts Historical Society
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  • 'Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families By Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=wHZcIRMhSEMC&pg=PA224&lpg=PA224&dq=William+Clopton+1616&source=bl&ots=2DFcAt3H5I&sig=P7wcZO4a1Ks0nM-abCwSFKzpEjA&hl=en&ei=4pBJTYifEJS6sQOm2ZzxCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=8&ved=0CDgQ6AEwBzgK#v=onepage&q=William%20Clopton%201616&f=false
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  • 13. RICHARD CLOPTON, of Ford Hall (in Long Melford), Sussex, 2nd son of his father's 3rd marriage. He married (1st MARGARET BOZUN, daughter of Richard Bozun, Knt. by THomasine, daughter and heiress of James Dene. They had one daughter, Mary, wife of William Cordall, Knt., Master of the Rolls. He married (2nd) MARGERY PLAYTERS, daughter of William Playters, Esq., of Sotterley, Suffolk. They had three sons, William, Richard, Edward, and six daughters, Thomasine, Frances, Elizabeth, Emme, Julian, and Mary.
  • Harvey Vis. of Suffolk 1561 1 (1866): 20-136.
    • '14. WILLIAM CLOPTON, Esq., of Castelyns (in Groton), Suffolk, son and heir. He married MARGERY WALDEGRAVE. daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Esq., of Rivers Hall (in Boxted), later of Lawford Hall, Essex, by Joan, daugher of George Acworth, Esq. [see WALDEGRAVE 13.ii for her ancestry]. They had four sons and six daughters. His wife, Margery, was a legatee in the 1584 will of her father, Edward Waldegrave, Esq. WILLIAM CLOPTON, Esq., died testate (P.C.C. 83 Cope) 9 August 1616, and was buried at Groton, Suffolk.
    • Hawley et al. Vis. of Essex 1552, 1558, 1570, 1612 & 1634 1 (H.S.P. 13) (1878): 119-122 (Waldegrave pedigree: "Margery [Walgrave] ux. William Clopton of Bretton in Essex."), 307-310 (Waldegrave pedigree: "Margery [Waldegrave] mar. to William Clopton of Castlyns in Grotton in com. Suffolk Esquier."). Harvey et al. Vis. of Norfolk 1563 & 1613 (H.S.P. 32) (1891): 295-300 (Waldegrave pedigree: "Margery [Waldegrave] ux. William Clopton of Groton in co. Suff."). Muskett Suffolk Manorial Fams. 1 (1900): 26, 144. Erwin Anc. of William Clopton (1939): 10-13, 29-30 (descent of William Clopton from King Edward I). TAG 46 (1970): 117-118. Harvey Vis. of Suffolk 1561 1 (H.S.P. n.s. 2) (1981): 20-28; 2 (H.S.P. n.s. 3) (1984): 341-346.
    • 'Children of William Clopton, Esq., by Margery Waldegrave:
      • i. WALTER CLOPTON [see next].
      • ii. THOMASINE CLOPTON, baptized at Groton, Suffolk 18 Feb. 1583. She marrieg (as his 2nd wife) 6 Dec. 1615 JOHN WINTHROP (afterwards Governor of Massachusetts). She was buried in Groton chancel, Suffolk with her infant child 11 Dec. 1616. No living descendants. Muskett Suffolk Manorial Fams. 1 (1900): 26 (Winthrop pedigree).
      • 15. WALTER CLOPTON, Gent., of Boxted, Essex, 2nd son, baptized at Groton, Suffolk 30 June 1585. He married at Boxted, Essex 21 April 1612 MARGARET MAIDSTONE, daughter of Robert Maidstone, Gent., of Great Horkesley, Essex. They had two sons and one daughter. WALTER CLOPTON, Gent., died testate at Boxted in 1622. His widow, Margaret, married (2nd) Robert Crane, Gent., of Coggeshall, Essex, grocer, and died in 1666.
  • Muskett Suffolk Manorial Fams. 1 (1900): 144. Erwin Anc. of William Clopton (1939): 13-14. TAG 46 (1970): 117-118 ("Walter Clopton, to New England but returned to England").
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  • 'John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father By Francis J. Bremer
  • http://books.google.com/books?id=1hdkCZXztagC&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=William+Clopton+1616&source=bl&ots=jV9uQfO1gx&sig=I0QqVUNctLDkF1Ie9QajOeMVyFE&hl=en&ei=yZhJTce2C46WsgPJvMmSCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAzgU#v=onepage&q=William%20Clopton%201616&f=false
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William Clopton of Groten Sex: M Title: Lord of Castlings Manor Birth: 1551 in Fore Hall, Melford, County Suffolk, England Death: 9 AUG 1616 in Groten, County Suffolk, England Burial: St. Bartholomew's Church, Groten, County Suffolk, England Note:

   William Clopton consolidated his status and rank by marrying Margery Walde grave. The Waldegraves were a similarly ancient Suffolk family with equal ly deep roots. The 1558 Visitation of Essex refers to William of Brett on in Essex. There is no Bretton in Essex, however, the Visitation of 16 12 refers to "Castlyns in Grotton", son of Richard Clopton and Margaret Pl ayters.
   He served as a Justice for the Hundred of Babrega in 1614.
   Contributed by : Suellen Clopton Blanton bblanton@fast.net
   William Clopton, Lord of the Manors of Castelyns and Ramsden Belhous
   William Clopton was the son and heir of Richard Clopton, Gentleman, of Fo re Hall and the Manor of Castelyns and his second wife, Margery Playter s. William’s uncle, Francis Clopton died without issue and in his will dat ed February 22, 1558, proved July 7, 1559, names his "nephew William Clopt on, son of my brother Richard Clopton" his heir. He married Margery Waldeg rave the daughter of Edward Waldegrave, Gentleman, of Lawford Hall in Ess ex and Joan Acworth Bulmer.
   In light of the family’s unerring ability to irritate kings, it was probab ly a good thing we migrated to Virginia. With breathtaking regularity o ne kin or another was being hauled to the Tower of London and threatened w ith beheading or worse. The close connections with royalty gave the fami ly ample opportunity to hone this questionable talent. And Edward Waldegra ve and Joan Acworth Bulmer established a benchmark in this arena which h as not been surpassed by any of their Clopton descendants despite the pass age of centuries.
   It must be remembered that Dame Katherine Mylde Clopton married Sir Willi am de Tendring following the death of her first husband, Sir Thomas de Clo ptone. This marriage linked the Clopton family to the Howard family and th us, to the English queens Ann Boleyn, Katherine Howard, and Elizabeth I. A nd later Sir William Clopton’s wife, Lady Thomasine Knevet(Knyvet), wou ld add direct lines of Royal descent. Margery Waldegrave’s family was al so closely connected with the ruling houses of Europe. The Waldegraves we re an ancient family. They flourished in England before the Conquest, in N orthampton. Their name, of German origin was given to the parish of Waldeg rave.
   Katherine was the daughter of Lord Edmund Howard. Sir Howard was rather la zy and never amounted to very much. She was brought up poor despite the gr andeur of her Howard lineage. The Howard clan was a big one. Lord Edmund h ad twenty-two brothers and sisters. Nine of them lived long enough to marr y. Katherine’s mother, Jocasta (Joyce) Culpepper, gave birth to six or sev en children before dying when Katherine was quite young. By 1527 he fou nd himself a widower for the second time. There were ten children in a ll in his keeping and as was a common practice he immediately started farm ing them out to various relatives.
   Katherine eventually found herself in the Lambeth household of her step-gr andmother, Agnes Duchess of Norfolk. Duchess Agnes provided a home for num erous cousins including Howards and Knyvets. Just as sons were sent away f rom home to gain additional training for knighthood, girls were often se nt into the care of another woman. This practice continued well into the s eventeenth century. Katherine shared this magnificent home with our fair J oan.
   Joan was the daughter of George Acworth of Luton, Bedfordshire, heir of h er mother Margaret Wilberforce. Joan married William Bulmer, son of Sir Jo hn Bulmer. It was not a happy marriage and there were no children. She le ft her husband and joined the boisterous throng of Duchess Agnes and she a nd Katherine became close friends.
   Two young gallants, Francis Dereham and Edward Waldegrave, who was a gentl eman in waiting on the Duchess, wooed the girls. And young people being yo ung people in a huge house boasting halls and closets, and chambers both l arge and small, found ways to meet secretly at night. Dereham and Waldegra ve would lie on the girls’ beds in the night hours up to dawn. Love toke ns were exchanged and nature took its course, as nature always seems to do .
   By the time Katherine was appointed to the household of Queen Anna of Clev es, she had transferred her affections to another, Thomas Culpeper a dista nt Howard cousin. She was eighteen or nineteen by then. But before that li ttle romance could go very far, the King Henry VII saw her and fell instan tly and completely in love with her.
   The morning after his marriage to Anna of Cleves, Lord Cromwell inquir ed of the King, "How liked you the Queen." The King replied, "I liked h er before not well, but now I like her much worse." This was not a hopef ul sign. So it wasn’t entirely difficult for Katherine Howard, a young a nd lovely girl recently brought to court to serve as one of six maid-in-wa iting to the new Queen, to catch his eye.
   The Howards and their kin were stunned and thrilled by the turn of event s. How to keep the King ignorant that the woman he called his "blushing ro se without a thorn" was slightly wilted must have caused Duchess Agnes a f ew anxious moments.
   After efficiently and with surprising ease divorcing Queen Anna, King Edwa rd, roughly thirty years older than Katherine, took her as his fifth wi fe on July 28, 1540. A few days before, on July 12, Joan, her partner in t he nocturnal romps at Lambeth, wrote her a letter stating she had learn ed of her friend’s great destiny, and would she, Katherine, now please se nd for her to court? And what a cozy arrangement this turned out to be. Br ought to court were her merry companions, and at the urging of Duchess Agn es, Francis Dereham was made her secretary.
   The king was old and grossly overweight and Katherine was young and healt hy and filled with a lusty love of life. She and Thomas Culpeper reckless ly renewed their involvement. It was only a matter of time before the Ki ng was made aware of the affair. Dereham was hauled off to the Tower and t ortured. Culpeper, Joan and Edward soon joined him. Taken, too, were the c hildren belonging to the prisoners. The Tower was so crowded the Royal Apa rtments were opened to house the unfortunate prisoners.
   From documents regarding the conviction of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Der eham of High Treason in committing adultery with Queen Katherine Howard a nd of the others of concealment in December 1542, we read:
   The "Jurors further find that the said Katherine Tylney, Alice Restwold, w ife of Anthony Restwold, of the same place, Gentleman; Joan Bulmer wi fe of William Bulmer, of the same place, Gentleman; Anna Howard, wife of H enry Howard late of Lambeth, Esq.; Robert Damporte late of the same plac e, Gentleman; Malena Tylney late of the same place, widow; and Margaret Be net, wife of John Benet, late of the same place, Gentleman; knowing the wi cked life of the Queen and Dereham, did conceal the same from the King a nd all his Councillors. And that this said Agnes, Duchess of Norfolk, wi th whom the queen had been educated from her youth upward; William Howar d, late of Lambeth, uncle of the Queen and one of the King’s Councillor s; Margaret Howard, wife of William Howard; Katherine, Countess of Bridgew ater, late of Lambeth, otherwise Katherine the wife of Henry, Earl of Brid gewater; Edward Waldegrave late of Lambeth, Gentleman; and William Ashele y, late of Lambeth, in the county of Surrey, knowing that certain lette rs and papers had been taken from a chest and concealing the information f rom the King.
   …Katherine Tylney, Alice Restwold, Joan Bulmer, Anna Howard, Malena Tylne y, Margaret Benet, Margaret Howard, Edward Waldegrave, and William Asheley are brought to the Barby the Constable of the Tower, and being severally arraigned as well upon the Surrey Indictment, as the Indictments for Ke nt, and Middlesex, they pleaded guilty.
   JUDGEMENT: they shall be severally taken back by the Constable of the Towe r, and in the same Tower, or elsewhere, as the King shall direct, be ke pt in perpetual imprisonment and that all their goods and chattels sha ll be forfeited to the King, and their lands and tenements seized into t he King’s hands.
   Joan and Edward were released and pardoned within ten months as were so me of the others. But their old friends met with horrifying ends. Dereham ’s death was accompanied by disembowelling and castration while still cons cious. Culpeper had "his head striken off." And Katherine Howard was execu ted on the same block in the same place as her cousin Anne Boleyn not qui te six years previously.
   After the death of her husband Joan married Edward about 1556.
   Following his release from prison and marriage to Joan, Edward bought a re versionary interest in Lawford Hall from the Crown in 1560, and after obta ining a lifetime lease of the Manor, he entirely rebuilt the Hall. They h ad five children: Edward, Anne Waldegrave Monox, Mary Waldegrave Ashtle y, Bridget Waldegrave Keightley; and Margery(Margaret) who married Willi am Clopton. Joan was buried December 10, 1590 in Lawford Church. Edward di ed August 13, 1584. Their commemorative tomb shows two kneeling figures wi th the Waldegrave arms beneath. The inscription reads: The end of the ju st is peace.
   The past "unpleasantness" involving Edward and Joan evidently did not prec lude the general opinion that by marrying Margery, William Clopton consoli dated his status and rank. William and Margery had ten children and eve ry one of them lived to adulthood and all except one son married. Their ch ildren were: Anne Clopton Maidstone; Bridgett Clopton Sampson; Thomasine C lopton Winthorp who became Governor of Massachusetts; William Clopton s on and heir; Walter Clopton who also married into the Maidstone family; Wa ldegrave Clopton; Mary Clopton Jenney; Margery Clopton; The Reverend Thom as Clopton, Curate of Ramsden Belhouse; and Elizabeth Clopton Cocke.
   Ever true to family tradition, William managed to be tossed into priso n. In November 1608 he was imprisoned in the Fleet Prison in London. He be came involved, possibly as a Trustee in a local land dispute. Charged wi th him of contempt, were two other men, Dr. John Duke of Colchester, a phy sician, and Mr. Brampton Gurdon of Assington a powerful local magnate. A ll three were of the highest rank locally and their arrest was shocking. T hey languished in jail until December 22, 1608 when they were released. T he court adjudged that they had purged their contempt, and in the wor ds of their counsel: They are men of good fashion and credit in the count ye and good householders there.
   William died August 8, 1616. He and Margery are buried at St. Bartholomew ’s Church at Groton.
   Based on: Clopton, Gene Carlton, The Ancestors and Descendants of Willi am Clopton of York County, Virginia. Privately Printed - Limited Editio n, Phoenix Printing, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, 1984; Fraser, Antonia, The Wi ves of Henry VIII, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York; Morant’s Essex, Vo lumes I and II;
   Wall, Barry L., Long Melford Through The Ages, East Anglian Magazine Ltd ., Ipswich, Suffolk;
   Woods, Martin, L.L.B., The Winthrop Papers, A Project of the Massachuset ts Historical Society
   "The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the Unit ed States" by Gary Boyd Roberts.

Father: Richard Clopton of Fore Hall b: ABT 1498 in County Suffolk, England Mother: Margery Playters b: ABT 1515 in Sotterley, County Suffolk, England

Marriage 1 Margery Waldegrave b: ABT 1564 in Lawford Hall, County Essex, England

   Married: ABT 1548 in Lawford, County Essex, England

Children

   Has No Children Francis Clopton b: in Castlings Manor, Groton, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children George Clopton b: in Castlings Manor, Groton, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Ann Clopton b: 29 JAN 1579/80 in Castlings Manor, Groton, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Bridgett Clopton b: ABT 1581 in Castlings Manor, Groton, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Thomasine Clopton b: ABT 1581 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children William Clopton b: ABT 1583 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has Children Walter Clopton of Boxted b: 30 JUN 1585 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Waldegrave Clopton b: ABT 1586
   Has No Children Mary Clopton b: ABT 1587 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Margery Clopton b: ABT 1590 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Thomas Clopton b: 1593 in Groten, County Suffolk, England
   Has No Children Elizabeth Clopton b: 9 JUL 1601 in Groten, County Suffolk, England

Source: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=familyties&id=I05083

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William Clopton, Esq.'s Timeline

1550
1550
Caltleins, Suffolk, England
1580
1580
Age 30
England
1582
February 1582
Age 32
Groton, Suffolk, United Kingdom
1583
1583
Age 33
Groten, County Suffolk, England
1585
June 30, 1585
Age 35
Boxted, Essex, England
1587
1587
Age 37
England
1587
Age 37
Groten, County Suffolk, England
1590
June 18, 1590
Age 40
Castle Manor, Groton, County Suffolk, England
1593
1593
Age 43
Groten, County Suffolk, England
1595
1595
Age 45
England, United Kingdom