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William Clopton, Lord of Castlings Manor

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.; Waldegrave Clopton, GROTON and Elizabeth Cocke, GROTON
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.



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.


  • '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, Esq.'s Timeline

Caltleins, Suffolk, England
Age 30
February 1582
Age 32
Groton, Suffolk, United Kingdom
June 30, 1585
Age 35
Boxted, Essex, England
Age 37
Age 51
August 9, 1616
Age 66
Groton, Suffolk, England
August 19, 1616
Age 66
St. Bartholomew's Church, Groton, Suffolk, England
February 11, 1933
Age 66
June 29, 1933
Age 66