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Christopher Wentworth

Birthdate: (77)
Birthplace: Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Death: May 15, 1633 (77)
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wentworth, Gentleman and Ellen Wentworth
Husband of Catherine Wentworth
Father of William Wentworth; Anne Lawson; Faith Wentworth; Elizabeth Wentworth; Frances Wentworth and 4 others
Brother of Oliver Wentworth; Thomas Wentworth; oliver wentworth; thomas wentworth and francis wentworth

Occupation: #3712 Wentworth Genelgy Vol 3 to 1066, gentleman
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About Christopher Wentworth

The Wentworth Genealogy: English and American in three volumes by John Wentworth (Little, Brown and Co., 1878)

Christopher Wentworth. b. abt 1556. d. bef 15 May 1633 prob near Alford, Lincolnshire ENG.

Made his will 8 Dec 1628 at Barrow, Lincolnshire and proved 15 May 1633 at Alford, Lincolnshire. His will was proved by his wife Katherine but nothing further is known of her after that date. Christopher and Katherine moved about quite a bit, their children baptized at various places in Lincolnshire indicates they were not possessed of great wealth - after a couple generations of being younger children of younger children neither had much real estate. Where Christopher was born is not known. At age 18 he was at Waltham with his father; in 1583 he was at the city of Lincoln where he married; 1585 at Irby; 1587 at Grimsby; 1589 at Irby again; 1593 at Conisholm; 1594 at Waltham; 1610 at Ravendale; in 1628 made his will at Barrow and was probably at or near Alford when he died before 1633.

On 19 Aug 1583 Christopher married Katherine Marbury, in St. Peter at Gowts, Lincoln, Lincolnshire ENG.


  • Christopher Wentworth
  • M, b. 1556, d. 8 December 1628
  • Father William Wentworth b. c 1532, d. 22 May 1574
  • Mother Ellen Gilby b. c 1535, d. 1579
  • Christopher Wentworth was born in 1556 at of Alford, Lincolnshire, England. He married Katharine Marbury, daughter of William Marbury, Gent. and Agnes Lenton, on 19 August 1583 at St. Peters, Lincolnshire, England. Christopher Wentworth died on 8 December 1628 at Barrow, Lancashire, England.
  • Family Katharine Marbury b. c 1560, d. a May 1633
  • Child
    • William Wentworth+1 b. 8 Jun 1584
  • Citations
  • 1.[S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, SLC Archives.
  • From:


  • Christopher WENTWORTH of Alford
  • Born: 1556, Alford, Lincolnshire, England
  • Died: ABT 1633, Alford, Lincoln, England
  • Father: William WENTWORTH of Waltham
  • Mother: Ellen GILBY
  • Married: Catherine MARBURY 15 Aug 1583, Grisby, Lincolnshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. William WENTWORTH of Rigsby
    • 2. Anne WENTWORTH
    • 3. Faith WENTWORTH (b. 14 May 1587 - d. AFT 1628)
    • 4. Elizabeth WENTWORTH
    • 5. Frances WENTWORTH (b. 25 May 1593 - d. 4 Dec 1593)
    • 6. Christopher WENTWORTH (b. 27 Feb 1596 - d. 24 May 1596)
    • 7. Priscilla WENTWORTH
  • From: WENTWORTH of Alford1


  • Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 1 By William Richard Cutter
  • Pg. 493
  • (XVII) Oliver Wentworth, son of Thomas Wentworth (16), resided at Goxhill, Lincolnshire, a parish which extends to the Humber, nearly opposite Hull. His will, dated there December 7, 1568, proved January 28 following, bequeathed to sons William and Francis, and Oliver, son of William. Francis his son, lived at Waltham, Lincolnshire, and died 1612.
    • (XVIII) William Wentworth, son of Oliver Wentowrth (17), also settled finally in Waltham, Lincolnshire, His will was dated May 16, 1574, and proved May 24. He was probably buried at North Elmsall. He died, according to an inquisition post mortem, May 22, 1574. He left only two sons, both in their minority, the son Oliver mentioned in the grandfather's will, dying before his father. The son Thomas was born in 1554. He married first, Ellen Gilby Ferrars, daughter of John Gilby of Ravendale and widow of John Ferrars. He married second, Anne ___ .
      • (XIX) Christopher Wentworth, son of William Wentworth (18), was born probably in 1556; married, August 19, 1583, at the church of St. Peter, at Gowts, in the city of Lincoln, Catherine, youngest daughter of William Marbury Esq., of Girsby, in the parish of Burgh-upon-Main, Lincolnshire, by his wife Agnes, daughter of John Lenton. One of her younger brothers was Rev. Francis Marbury, whose daughter Anne married William Hutchinson and became afterwards the famous religious leader in New England. Christopher seems to have been constantly changing his residence, the baptisms of his eight children have taken place in five different places. His will was dated December 8, 1628, at Barrow, a village near Goxhill, the seat of his ancestor, but it was not proved until May 15, 1633, and then at Alford, forty miles distant. Children: 1. William; mentioned below. 2. Anne, baptized at Ireby, Lincolnshire, October 28, 1585; married Rev. John Lawson. 3. Faith, baptized at Great Grimsby, May 14, 1587. 4. Elizabeth, baptized at Ireby, August 15, 1589; married John Winne. 5. Frances, baptized at Ireby, November 8, 1590. 6. Francis, baptized at Conisholm, May 24, 1593, died young. 7. Priscilla, baptized June 14, 1594; married September 1, 1619, William Holmes. 8. Christopher, baptized at Waltham, February 27, 1596-97, died young.


  • The Wentworth genealogy, comprising the origin of the name, the family in England, and a particular account of Elder William Wentworth, the emigrant, and of his descendants (1870)
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  • XVII. Oliver Wentworth.
  • It is from this point that all the results are due solely to the researches of Joseph Lemuel Chester, of London, England, whose services were secured by the author of this work as a last resort, after years of fruitless efforts, to discover the origin of his ancestor.
  • In all the pedigrees, this Oliver and his two brothers, William and Thomas, are merely mentioned as younger sons. Their brother, Sir John, was certainly the eldest, as he succeeded to the estate, and Roger is always named as the second son. Oliver, therefore, may have been either the third, fourth, or fifth. At all events, he was a younger son, which accounts for his being thenceforth omitted in the pedigrees.
  • His residence was at Goxhill, in the County of Lincoln, a parish which extends to the Humber, nearly opposite Hull. The distance from North Elmsall is some forty or fifty miles, and it seemed at first strange that he should have strayed to a place so apparently unimportant, and one with which the Wentworths had hitherto had no connection. On investigation, however, it is found that Lady de Roos, wife of Roger Wentworth, the great-grand uncle of this Oliver, brought into the family the manor of Goxhill, and it is quite probable that he took up his residence there as the agent for the estate. At all events he lived there at the time of his death; for
  • Pg.27
  • his will dated there on the 7th of December, 1558, and he died shortly after, and it was proved in the Archdeaconry of Lincoln on the following 28th of January.
  • He described himself as a "Gentleman"; and, after the usual religious bequests of the period, left small legacies to his sons William and Francis, and to Oliver the son of the former, and the residue of his estate to his wife Jane, who proved the will as executrix. .... etc.
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  • XVIII. William Wentworth, who also settle finally at Waltham, though his children were not baptized, nor was he himself buried there. His will was dated on the 16 May, 1574, and was proved at Lincoln, on the 24th of the same month.
  • He described himself as of Walham, and a "Gentleman"; but, as the Register of that parish, which is perfect, contains no record of his burial, it is to be presumed that he also was carried to North Elmsall, and laid with his ancestors. As there are no early Registers of that parish, and the transcripts in the Bishop's Registry at York do not begin till about 1600, it will probably be impossible ever to determine this and similar points with certainty.
  • According to an inquisition post mortem at the Public Record Office in London, he died on the 22d of May, 1574, and evidently in early like, as his brother Francis survived him some thirty-seven years. He left only two sons, both in their minority, the son Oliver, mentioned in his grandfather's will, having died between 1558 and 1574. According to the inquisition referred to, the eldest son Thomas was then aged upwards of twenty years, and was therefore born in1554. He is never again heard of, nor mentioned in the wills of any of his relatives; and as his younger brother evidently succeeded to his property, it may be safely assumed that he died before 1610, and without leaving issue.
  • As the inquisition post mortem mentioned is a fair illustration of an ancient legal proceeding, abolished more than two hundred years ago, and as it moreover contains a rare example of the customs of "gavelkind" and "borough-English," a free translation from the original Latin may prove interesting. The inquisition was taken at Horncastle, in Lincolnshire (where the official Escheator chanced to live), on the 16 August, 1574, and was of William Wentworth, late of Waltham, Gentleman, who was found to be in his lifetime seized in demesne as of fee of two messuages, 100 acres of land, 20 of meadow, and 30 of pasture, etc., in Waltham, purchased of George Gilby; one messuage being in the tenure of Thomas Gilby and Andrew Wilson, and the other in the tenure of John Paynter, late the possession of John Hyde and another by the gift of King Henry VIII. [evidently some portion of the possessions wrenched by that monarch from some abbey or monastery]: the first mentioned messuage and the land in Waltham
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  • are held in socage of Edmund Skerne, Esq., as of his manor of Waltham, and by the custom of the said manor descend to the younger son, and are worth L10 per annum; and the last mentioned messuage is held of the Queen by fealty only, and is worth ten shillings and four pence per annum; also of one messuage and certain land in Winterton, held of the Queen as of her manor of Kirton, in gavelkind, which descend to Thomas Wentworth and Christopher Wentworth as two sons and one heir ["ut duobus filiis et uni heredi"], and are worth l5 per annum. The Escheator also found that the said William Wentworth died on the preceding 22 d day of May, and that Thomas Wentworth was his son and next heir, and was aged, at the date of the inquisition, twenty years, three months and upwards.
  • .... etc.
  • William Wentworth was twice married; first, to Ellen, daughter of John Gilby, of Ravendale, and widow of John Ferrars. The two of the name, mentioned in the inquisition post mortem, were her brothers. West Ravendale, or Ravendale, as it is usually called, is only three or four miles from Waltham. By her he had the three sons already named. The date of her death has not been ascertained; but he had, when he died, another wife, named Anne, with whom, from various evidences, he does not appear to have been on the best of terms. He was living at Waltham, and she at Kirton, in a distant part of Lincolnshire, and the only bequest he makes
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  • to her in his will is of "such goods and implements as she hath in my house at Kirton." He left a few trifling legacies to several servants, and to the poor; and his will concludes by placing his eldest son Thomas under the gaurdianship of Edmund Skerne, Esq. (who is mentioned in the inquisition, and who was the Lord of the manor of Waltham), and his youngest son Christopher under that of Garrett Southill, Esq. (of whom nothing further is known.)
  • XIX. Christopher Wentworth, third but only surviving son of William Wentworth, of Waltham, and Ellen Gilby his first wife, was born probably about 1556, and was therefore about eighteen years of age at his father's death in 1574. On the 19th of August 1583, he was married, at the Church of St. Peter at Gowts, in the City of Lincoln, to Catharine, youngest daughter of William Marbury, Esq., of Girsby, in the parish of Burgh-upon-Bain, in Lincolnshire, by his wife Agnes, daughter of John Lenton, Esq. One of her younger brothers was the Rev. Francis Marbury, whose daughter Anne married William Hutchinson, and became afterwards the famous religionist of New England and the ancestress of the Governor of that name.
  • The Marburys were an ancient family in Lincolnshire, but never prominent in public life, nor did any of them ever rise to a higher dignity than that of ordinary knighthood, and even to that in only two instances. At this period, their fortunes, never very extensive, were on the wane; and, after two or three generations more, the scions of the family, abandoning all pretensions, threw themselves into the ranks of the various professions and trades. Still, as in the case of the younger branches of the Wentworths, their change of fortunes could not deprive them of their just claims to whatever honors or glory are to be derived from an undoubted heraldic descent.
  • Catharine Marbury was the youngest of six children, and therefore could not have brought to her husband much increase of fortune; and it is greatly to be feared, from such evidences as have been obtained, that he himself was of that class of uneasy men who are proverbially typified by the "rolling stone." Thus, as will be seen hereafter, the baptisms (and doubtless births) of their eight children occurred at five different places, and there is proof that he resided at different periods of his married life in several others. This fact has made the search into his family history exceed-
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  • ingly tedious and perplexing, but it is believed that what follows presents an accurate account of his various migrations, and it is probably all that can ever be learned respecting him or his descendants.
  • It has been impossible to discover positively what finally became of him and his wife. His will, which is very meagre, was dated 8 December, 1628, at Barrow, a village little more than a mile from Goxhill, the seat of his ancestor; but it was not proved until the 15 May, 1633, and then at Alford, some forty miles distant, and more in the neighborhood of his wife's family. Judging from his previous history, he might, between those two dates, have changed his residence at least two or three times. There is, however, as will be seen, reason to suppose that he died at or near Alford, where his son William was evidently residing. The fact that his will was proved at Alford alone, sufficiently justifies the assumption that he died in the immediate neighborhood.
  • The will was proved by his wife Catharine; but after that date, 15 May, 1633, no further trace has been found of her. The will merely mentions his wife and children as hereafter described, and to each of the latter he leaves sixpence, in full satisfaction of their portions, the residue going generally to his wife. The supervisor was his nephew John Broxholme, of Barrow; who, according to the Marbury pedigree, was the son of his wife's sister Anne, who had married William Broxholme, Esq. It must not be omitted that he also styled himself a "Gentleman," and that he is so styled in the Parish registers referred to, wherever his name occurs.
  • His children were as follows:
    • 1.William, of whom hereafter.
    • 2. Anne, the eldest daughter, who was baptized at Irby, in Lincolnshire (some three or four miles northwest from Waltham), on the 28th of October, 1585. She married the Rev. John Lawson, but died before her father, leaving issue, to whom he bequeathed the conventional sixpence.
    • 3. Faith, who was baptized at Great Grimsby (three and a half miles north from Waltham), in Lincolnshire, on the 14th of May, 1587, and will still living, unmarried, at the date of her father's will, in 1628.
    • 4. Elizabeth, who was baptized at Irby aforesaid, on the 15th of August, 1589. She married John Winne, and was still living
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    • in 1628. Her husband is not styled even "Mr." in her father's will, and he himself left no will.
    • 5. Frances, who was also baptized at Irby, 8 November, 1590, but was dead at the date of her father's will.
    • 6. Francis, who was baptized at Conisholm ( a place about midway between Waltham and Alford, and near Saltfletby), on the 24 May, 1593, and buried there, 4 December following.
    • 7. Priscilla, who was baptized at Waltham, 14 June, 1594, and married there, 1 September, 1619, to William Helmes, Gentleman, of Long Sutton, otherwise Sutton St. Mary, in Lincolnshire. She was living in 1528, but died some time before 1648, and was buried in the parish church of Sutton St. Mary. Her husband married once or twice; but in his will, dated 21 March, 1648-9, directed to be buried near her, and bequeathed five pounds per annum to her son Christopher, if he were living, which he seemed to doubt.
    • 8. Christopher, who was baptized at Waltham on the 27 February, 1596-7, and buried there the following 24 May.
  • It will be well just here to recapitulate the various movements of Christopher Wentworth and Catharine Marbury. Where he was born is not known, but at the age of about eighteen, in 1574, he was with his father at Waltham. Nine years later, in 1583, he was married in the City of Lincoln, and was still there, as will be hereafter seen, a year later, when his first child was born. In 1585, he was at Ireby; in 1587, at Grimsby; in 1589 and 1590, at Irby again; in 1593, at Conisholm; in 1594, back at Waltham, where he still was in 1597; in 1610 and 1611, he was at Ravendale (vide the wills of his cousin Baynes and his uncle Francis), and there we lose sight of him until he makes his will in 1628, at Barrow, which document is proved five years later at Alford.
  • Another explanation is necessary to show how important is the fact that this will was proved at Alford. The principal Registry of Probate for the diocese was, of course, at the City of Lincoln; but, as many important towns lay at considerable distances, and the means of access were greatly inconvenient, the authorities subdivided the county into what were called Peculiars; in each of which a subordinate official, in the nature of a surrogate, was appointed, before whom the will of persons dying within his destrict could be proved, and the parties thus be spared the expense and
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  • loss of time attending a journey with their witnesses to the principal office.
  • Alford was the centre of one of these Peculiars, which only embraced that parish and a few others immediately adjacent. It included Bilsby, Belleau, Rigsby, and two or three other neighboring villages and hamlets. That the jurisdiction did not extend far may be known by the fact that another Peculiar office was at Louth, only nine or ten miles distant. The simple fact, therefore, that the will of Christopher Wentworth was proved at Alford, is positive evidence that he was, at his death, a resident either of that place or of one of the adjacent villages forming that Peculiar; for, although any will might be proved at the General Reigistry in the City of Lincoln, none could be proved at the office of a Peculiar except those of persons who had died within its limits, having been residents thereof.
  • .... etc.




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Christopher Wentworth's Timeline

Alford, Lincolnshire, England
June 8, 1584
Age 28
Alford, Lincolnshire, England
October 28, 1585
Age 29
Lincolnshire, England
May 14, 1587
Age 31
Lincolnshire, England
August 15, 1589
Age 33
November 18, 1590
Age 34
Lincolnshire, England
May 24, 1593
Age 37
June 14, 1594
Age 38
Waltham, Lincolnshire, England