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Elizabeth Bacon

Death: circa 1585
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Bacon
Wife of Edward Boyes; George Gascoigne and William Breton
Mother of William Gascoigne; Nicholas Breton; Richard Breton; Thamar Breton; Anne Breton and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Bacon

Elizabeth Bacon was the daughter of John Bacon of London. She married William Breton of St. Giles without Cripplegate, London (d. January 12, 1558/9) in about 1545 and was the mother of Richard, Nicholas (1545-1626), Thamar, Anne, and Mary. Breton left his wife a considerable inheritance, including a house on Red Cross Street, on the condition that she not remarry. She seems, however, to have married not once but twice more, the first time within a few months of Breton's death. This husband was Edward Boyes of Nonington, Kent, but there is some doubt as to the legality of the marriage. A 1566 court document refers to is as "a pretended marriage." On November 23, 1561, while Boyes was still living, Elizabeth married George Gascoigne (1525-October 7, 1577), a debt-ridden poet, at Christ Church, Greyfriars. They seem to have lived in the house on Red Cross Street until 1563, when Gascoigne leased a manor in Willington, Bedfordshire, where they remained until 1565. Several lawsuits stemmed from Elizabeth’s marriages and her inheritance from her first husband. In 1568, Elizabeth and Gascoigne were investigated for misuse of her Breton children's inheritance, but apparently no wrongdoing could be proven. Elizabeth had one son by Gascoigne, William (d.c.1585). The Oxford DNB says Elizabeth survived her husband by about eight years, basing this on the fact that her eldest son, Richard Breton, received letters of administration in 1585. Other sources give her date of death as 1569.