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Benedicta Dunham (Folsgambe)

Also Known As: "Benedicitia Folsjambe", "Benedict Foljambe"
Birthdate: (46)
Birthplace: Walton or Southwell Dale, Derbyshire, England
Death: 1545 (45)
Tideswell, Derbyshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Godfrey Foljambe, Kt. and Catherine Foljambe
Wife of William Needham and Sir John Dunham, Kt., of Kirklington
Mother of Margareta Mason; Mary Dunham; Sir Ralph Dunham; Richard Downes; Thomas Dunham and 1 other
Sister of John Foljambe; Katherine Neville; Sir James Foljambe, Kt.; Godfrey Foljambe; George Foljambe and 1 other

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About Benedicta Dunham

BENEDICTA, born on Feast of Translation of St. Edward, 1499, married to Sir William (Sir John) Dunham, Knt., of Kirklington

Alternate death 1529

Benedicta's birth date was 13 Oct 1499 (From ST EDWARD THE CONFESSOR "His feast day on 13th October commemorates his translation to the Abbey.")



  • NEWENHAM, William (by 1502-46), of Everdon, Northants. and Kirklington, Notts.
  • b. by 1502, 1st s. of Edmund Newenham of Everdon by Elizabeth, da. of William Harpur of Rushall, Staffs. m. (1) settlement 19 May 1520, Audrey, da. of George Catesby of Ashby St. Ledgers, Northants, prob. 3s. 3da.; (2) Benedicta, da. of Sir Godfrey Foljambe, wid, of Sir John Dunham (d.1535) of Kirklington, prob. 2 da. suc. fa. 28 May 1527. Kntd. 1 Nov. 1532.1
  • Offices Held
    • J.p. Northants. 1531-d.; sheriff, 1536-7, 1540-1, Lincs. 1538-9; commr. musters, Northants. 1546; other commissions 1535-d.2
  • William Newenham succeeded as a young man to a fair-sized estate in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire. Although his first marriage had also brought him Warwickshire connexions, he appears to have had none with the town of Warwick itself and he may have owed his election there in 1529 to Sir George Throckmorton, senior knight for Warwickshire in the same Parliament: three years later Throckmorton was to recommend Newenham, amongst others, to Cromwell as a suitable replacement for Sir William Spencer of Althorp as sheriff of Northamptonshire. Newenham was also related through his mother to Throckmorton’s fellow-knight Sir Edward Ferrers. Nothing is known of his role in the House but that he enjoyed and no doubt earned the favour of the crown is shown by his knighting at Calais in 1532. (The list of Members as revised earlier in that year had erred in attaching ‘miles’ to his name.) He was probably returned again for Warwick in 1536, in accordance with the King’s general request for the re-election of the previous Members, and perhaps also in 1539 when the names of the Warwick Members are unknown.3
  • Throckmorton’s recommendations for the shrievalty of Northamptonshire were made against a background of strife within that shire, where Spencer’s widow was attempting to withhold from the crown the valuable wardship of her husband’s heir; a year later Sir William Parr of Horton, who was himself related to Throckmorton, expressed to Cromwell his hope that neither the Knightleys, Edmund and Richard, who were supporting their sister Lady Spencer, nor any of their party, amongst whom he counted Newenham, would obtain the office. The Knightleys were also related to Throckmorton and their seat at Fawsley was, as Leland observed, within a mile of that of Newenham at Everdon. Whatever part Newenham played in these local factions, he was not hopelessly compromised; he did not achieve the shrievalty until 1536, but in October 1534 William Penison wrote to remind Cromwell of his promise to make Newenham sheriff and two years later Richard Cromwell alias Williams* sent advice to his uncle through Newenham. Even Parr praised Newenham to the minister for his exertions in the aftermath of the Lincolnshire rising: he served with Parr on the commission which tried a number of the rebels at Lincoln and was a juror for the trial of northern men. In 1540 he attended the reception of Anne of Cleves and in November 1541 was a juror for the trial of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham. Having by 1542 twice enjoyed the shrievalty of his shire he was probably able to procure his own return as one of its knights that year, while as in 1529 profiting from the favour of Throckmorton and other friends and kin.4
  • Two years later Newenham served in the French campaign under the command of Sir John Russell, Baron Russell, and took the precaution beforehand, on 1 June 1544, of making his will. In it he styled himself of Kirklington, a Nottinghamshire manor which formed part of his second wife’s dower. This marriage, while considerably extending his sphere of influence, had involved him in a number of lawsuits. Several arose out of the execution of Sir John Dunham’s will and one, a chancery suit by his brother Edmund, over the execution of their father’s will, but he and his wife were also engaged in disputes with her son-in-law John Hasilwood over property rights in Ringesdon, Lincolnshire, and with Edith Marmion over Rippingale in the same county. In the course of the dispute with Edith Marmion the pair used the curious argument that they were strangers in a county of which shortly afterwards Newenham was to be sheriff.5
  • Newenham returned safely from France and in 1546 was instructed to attend the reception of the Admiral of France, but died on 8 June of that year. The estate which he left to his heir was not greatly enhanced by his own purchases, although he had acquired two granges in Nottinghamshire from the crown. It was worth, at his own valuation, £150 and more a year, and in the will which he had made two years previously he left it, after provision for his younger children and his wife’s life interest, to his eldest son Thomas.6
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  • The Reliquary and illustrated archaeologist,: a quarterly journal ..., Volume 14 By Llewellyn Frederick William Jewitt, John Charles Cox, John
  • Pg.65
  • .... Foljambe Chapel from memory, to show the position approximately of the tombs, .... etc. that is to say those that remain, for three (or at all events two) brasses of an earlier date have long disappeared: viz. one to Thomas Foljambe who married the heiress of Loudham and Brito or Breton, thus acquiring Walton, temp. Richard II. and who died temp. Henry VI., one to Thomas Foljambe, his son, who married the daughter and heiress of Sir Thos. Ashton, and died 1451, and another to his eldest son Thomas who d. s. p. 8 Edward IV. But to proceed with those now remaining
  • 1- The altar tomb on the left which I have marked No. 1 is to Henry Foljambe. On it were brasses of himself and his wife Benedicta Vernon, .... etc. his children, seven sons and seven daughters. ....
  • Pg.66
  • No. 2.- Next to the altar tomb (No. 1) just described, and on the right of it on the floor is a slad on which are brasses of a knight and his lady. This was Sir Godfrey Foljambe's tomb, eldest on of the above Henry Foljambe, and it was originally an alter tomb as shown in a drawing in the Osberton M.S. (of which I have not a copy by me), though now only the table portion is left. There are still the brasses of Sir Godfrey and his wife on it; and his surcoat bears the arms of Foljambe impaling Leeke, but the four shields at the corner are gone. According to the drawing in the M.S. at Osberton, the inscription round the edge of this alter-tomb was as follows:- .... etc.
  • On one side, in panels, beginning at the head, figures of his 3 sons and their wives as follows, and under them--
    • "Jacobus prim: fil. ... Alicia Fitzwillm
    • Godefrid: 2 fil. ... Marg: Fitzwillm
    • Georgius 3 fil. ... wanting."
  • On the other side, in panels beginning at the foot, his 3 daughters and their husbands, and under them--
    • " ...... Wanting ... Anne Foljamb
    • Thomas Nevill ... Katherine Foljamb
    • Johannes Dunham ... Benedict:Foljamb."
  • No. 3.- .... etc.
  • Pg.70
  • Also the following from the Family Register
  • Sir Godfrey F. son and heir of Henry F. was born at Walton on Easter Day 27 March, 1472
  • This Sir Godfrey had issue:--
  • Sir James F. --His eldest son......
  • Godfrey-- second son....
  • George--3rd son....
  • BENEDICT--eld. dau. born at Walton on the Feast of Transtn of St. Edward 1499 Litera Dom. F. Godfather Thomas Foljambe, Godmothers Bennet Foljambe and Merrivall Watterton. Before the Bishop--Margaret Bushie. She married Sir John Dunham of Kirklington, co. Nott.
  • Katherine--2nd d.....
  • Anne--3rd dau. .....
  • .... etc.


  • •Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, of Walton, Knt., born at Walton on Easter-day, 27 March, 1472, esquire of the body to King Henry 7 & 8. Was granted a tiger arg. ducally gorged or, and an antelope quarterly or and sa. as supporters, and two additional crests; viz. 1. A chapeau gu. turned up ermine, a tiger statant arg. ducally gorged or, and 2. On a wreath a chat-loup or calopus quarterly, or and sa., to be borne by him and his posterity. He was thrice sheriff of co Derby, 11, 16 & 28 Hen. 8, married 1490, and died 20 Dec., 1541, buried in the family vault at Chesterfield with his ancestors 22 December.
  • = KATHERINE, dau. of Sir John Leeke, of Sutton-en-le-Dale, co. Derby, Knt. She d. 24 May, 1529, buried at Chesterfield.
  • [They had issue]
    • ◦JOHN FOLJAMBE, eldest son and heir, died young, 27 Oct., 1499, buried at Sutton-en-le-Dale.
    • ◦Sir JAMES FOLJAMBE, Knt., of Walton, eldest surviving son, born at Walton, Thursday before Feast of Epiphany, 1510, was sheriff of Derbyshire in 1556, died 26 Sept., 1558, buried 5 Oct., in the family vault at Chesterfield.
    • = ALICE, 1st wife, daughter of Thomas Fitzwilliam, of Aldwark, and of Steeton, co. Ebor. (and granddaughter of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam, by Lady Lucy Nevill, daughter and co-heiress of John Nevill, Marquess of Montagu). She became co-heiress to her brother, William Fitzwilliam, who died young, and of her uncle, William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, K.G., born 1511, mar. 1524, died 1535/6, bd. at Chesterfield. [See Foster's account of her ancestry.]
    • = CONSTANCE, 2nd wife, dau. of Sir Edward Littleton, of Pillaton, co. Stafford, Knt., married 1540, buried 22 July 1600, in the vault at Chesterfield.
    • [Sir James and Alice had issue]
      • ■FRANCES FOLJAMBE, eldest dau., born 6 p.m. 31 December, 1529, married to Jno. Thorne, Esq. [John and Frances had issue]
        • •ALICE THORNE, only dau. and heiress.
        • = ROGER WOODROVE, of Hope, co. Derby, Esq.
        • [They had issue]
          • ◦ELLIS WOODROVE, of Hope, Esq., born 15 ..... Sometime bencher of the Inner Temple, married ....., daughter of ..... Bronehard (or Brooker), of Sandridge, in Kent. [their daughter, Jane, married Peter Foljambe.]
      • ■Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Knt., Lord of Walton and Aldwarke, knight of the shire for co. Derby, 1557/8, sheriff of co. Derby 1567/79, b. at Walton, on Wednesday, 11 o'clock, 4 March, 1527, married, 1555/6, Troth, dau. of Sir Wm. Tyrwhitt, of Ketilby, co. Linc., Knt. He d. 22 Dec., 1585, bur. 24 Dec., in the family vault at Chesterfield. She married, 2ndly, to Sir William Mallory, Knt. [Sir Godfrey had issue]
        • •Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Knt., of Walton, born at Walton, 21 Nov., 1558, at 11 p.m., baptized 25 Nov., 1558, sheriff Derbyshire 1588, M.P. co. Derby, mar., 1582, Isabel, dau. of Sir Christopher Wray, Knt. (she married, 2ndly, to Sir William Bowes, Knt, and 3rdly, to John, Lord Darcy, of Aston, and died at Aldwarke, buried at Rawmarsh). He died 1595, buried at Chesterfield, in the family vault, 14 June, 1595, leaving two estates, at Ashover and Attenborough, to charity. He left no issue, and was succeeded by his uncle, Francis Foljambe.
      • ■GEORGE FOLJAMBE, of Brinnington, Esq., born at Walton, 21 June, Friday, 1528, at midnight, mar. Ursula daughter of ..... Whalley, of Screveton, co. Notts. He died 15 March, 1588, bur. at Chesterfield. She married, 2ndly, to Ralph Stansall. [George had issue]
        • •TROTH FOLJAMBE, only daughter and heiress, baptized at Chesterfield, 23 August, 1572, said to have married Sir Edward Bellingham, of Newtimber, Sussex, Knt., but died s.p. soon after.
      • ■JAMES FOLJAMBE, twin with George, born 2 a.m. on Saturday, 22 June, 1528, died inf.
      • ■LUCY (?Cecilia) b. Saturday, 31 Dec., 1530, mar., 1560, to George Greenhalgh, of Teversall, Esq.
      • ■MARY FOLJAMBE, 3rd daughter, b. on Thursday, 31 July, 1533, mar. to Vincent Fearne, Esq.
    • [Sir James and Constance had issue]
      • ■FRANCIS FOLJAMBE, of Aldwark, Esq., born ....., mar. Frances, dau of Thomas Burdett, of Burthwaite, widow of Francis Wortley, of Wortley, Esq., died 1600, bd. in the vault at Chesterfield, 27 September, 1600. [He had issue]
        • •Sir THOMAS FOLJAMBE, of Aldwark, Knt., born ....., married, 1603, Anne, daughter of Sir James Harrington, of Ridlington, Knt. He died 1603/4, buried in the vault at Chesterfield, 15 January, 1604. She married, 2ndly, Sir John Molineux, of Teversall, Bart., 11 Aug., 1613.
        • •Sir FRANCIS FOLJAMBE, Bart., of Walton and Aldwark, born ..... Sold Walton 1633, and reduced the estates much by his extravagance; was created a baronet 24 July, 1622, sheriff of Derbyshire, 1633, and died at Bath, s.p.m., 17 Dec., 1640.
        • = ELIZABETH (1st wife), daughter of Sir Wm. Wray, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln.
        • = ELIZABETH (2nd wife), dau. of Sir George Reresby, of Thribergh. She mar., 2ndly, to Edward Horner, of Wells, Esq., and had a daughter, married to Sir Robert Martyn, of Suffolk; 3rdly, to Wm. Monson, Viscount Castlemaine, and had a daughter, Elizabeth, mar. to Sir Philip Hungate, Bart.; and 4thly, to Sir Adam Felton, of Playford, co. Suffolk, Knt. She died 26 Dec., 1695.
        • [Sir Frances and Elizabeth Wray had issue]
          • ◦FRANCES, only daughter and heiress, baptized at Chesterfield, 2 January, 1627, O.S., married, 1st, to her cousin, Sir Christopher Wray, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln, Bart., and 2ndly, to John Troutbeck, Esq. She died s.p.
      • ■BARBARA, eldest dau. by 2nd wife, married Thomas J. Fletcher, of Morsey, co. Stafford.
      • ■2. GRACE, died young.
      • ■3. ANNE, married, 18 November, 1561, to James Walton.
      • ■4. JANE, d.y.
      • ■5. CATHERINE, died young.
    • ◦GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Esq., born at Walton, on Thursday before Feast of St. Thomas, 1512, married 1524, and d. s.p.l. at Aldwark, 25 May, 1559, bd. at Chesterfield.
    • = MARGARET, the other daughter of Thos. Fitzwilliam, of Aldwark, co-heiress of her brother, Wm. Fitzwilliam, and of her uncle, William, Earl of Southampton, K.G., she died s.p., 7 February, 1557. [See Foster's account of her ancestry.]
    • [Godfrey had (illegitimate) issue]
      • ■GODFREY FOLJAMBE, alias Brownlow, illegitimate son of Godfrey Foljambe, Esq., born ....., lived at Croxden, co. Stafford, and died s.p. [married to his cousin, Joan (below).]
    • ◦GEORGE FOLJAMBE, of Barlborough, Esq., 3rd son, born at Walton, on the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul.
    • = DOROTHY, daughter of Arthur Barlow, of Barlow, Esq. She married 2ndly, 19 July, 1563, at Chesterfield, Edward Newbold, Esq.
    • [George and Dorothy had issue]
      • ■JOAN, eldest daughter, mar. to her cousin, Godfrey [above], and illegitimate son of Godfrey Foljambe, Esq.
      • ■HENRY FOLJAMBE, eldest son, born ....., married Mary, sister to Lord Darcy of Aston, widow of Henry Babington, of Dethick. He lived at Dethick during the minority of his stepson, Anthony Babington, whose guardian he was; he d. s.p.
      • ■GODFREY FOLJAMBE, 2nd son, born ....., mar. Emma, daughter of ..... Tunsted, of Tunsted, Esq., and died s.p.
      • ■TROTH, CATHERINE, both died young.
    • ◦BENEDICTA, born on Feast of Translation of St. Edward, 1499, married to Sir William Dunham, Knt., of Kirklington.
    • ◦CATHERINE, born on Vigil of St. Mary Magdalene, 1509, married to Thomas Nevill, of Rolleston.
    • ◦ANNE, born on Vigil of Translation of St. Edward, 1518, married to Francis Lowe, Esq
  • From:


  • Dunham genealogy ([c1907])
  • Pg.XXXVI.
  • CHILDREN OF SIR JOHN DUNHAM, b. 1450. I.— Katharyn was twice m. : first, Ralph O'Kever; secondly, to Henry Leigh de Rushall, of Stafford County. II.— John. b. 1474; m. in 1494, Jean, dau. of Thomas Thorland. In 1503 she m. Bennett de Gameston. Sir John d. in 1502. .... etc. CHILDREN OF SIR JOHN DUNHAM, b. 1474. I. — Katharyn, b. in 1495; m. William Talbot, in 1515. II. — Elizabeth, b. in 1496; m. Rychert Bassett and had three children: James, Anne and Thomas Bassett. III. — John, b. in 1498, m. Aug. 15, 1522, Benedict Folgamsbe, dau. of Adam Folgamsbe and Katharyn, dau. of John Leake, Southwell Dale, Derby. Benedict was b. in 1499. Sir John d. in 1545. IV. — Margaret. V. — Anne, was fourth, 1502. Sir John Dunham was one of 200 who escourted Margaret of Henry VII, through Nottingham to Scotland, to become the Queen of James VI of Scotland. Coll. Topographica Genealogia states : "Sir John Dunham, 13th Henry VIII (1522), gives land to Henry Folgambe land in Skepton and elsewhere for 61 years. Benedict Dunham on 15th Henry VIII (1524), gives a manor in Wildthorpe and in other places to Benedict Folgamsbe, the godmother at her marriage. Her godfather was Thomas Folgamsbe. At their marriage they were presented with £500."


  • BENNET FOLJAMBE (1499-1546+)
  • Bennet (also called Benedicta) Foljambe was the daughter of Sir Godfrey Foljambe of Southwell Dale, Derbyshire (March 27, 1472-December 20, 1541) and Katherine Leake (c.1475-May 24, 1529). She was named for her paternal grandmother, Bennet or Benedicta Vernon. On August 15, 1522, she married Sir John Dunham of Kirtlington, Nottinghamshire (d.1535). Although one online source gives Dunham's date of death as 9 September 30 Henry VIII (1538), on 20 November 28 Henry VIII (1536), her jointure for her second marriage, as his second wife, to William Newenham of Everdon, Northamptonshire (d. June 8, 1546), was established as the manor of Newbold, Derbyshire. Kirtlington Manor formed part of her dower lands. She appears to have had no children by Dunham but at least two daughters by Newenham. As a result of Dunham's will, and she and her second husband were involved in litigation with the husband of her stepdaughter Frances, John Hasilwood, over property rights in Ringesdon, Lincolnshire. There was also a dispute with one Edith Marmion over property in Rippingale, Lincolnshire. Newenham made his will on June 1, 1544, before leaving on the French campaign. In it he made provision for his younger children and Bennet's life interest, but his principal heir was an older son, Thomas.
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Benedicta Dunham's Timeline

October 13, 1499
Walton or Southwell Dale, Derbyshire, England
Age 24
Age 26
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England

Ralph was 30 years old at the time of his marriage ~ that's why the estimated birth age.

Age 28
Alderley, Shropshire, England
Age 33
Ardleigh, Essex, England
Age 34
Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England
Age 45
Tideswell, Derbyshire, England
August 20, 1929
Age 46
August 20, 1929
Age 46