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Elizabeth Bledlow

Also Known As: "Edmonds", "Williams"
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: Died in Rycote, Oxfordshire, England
Place of Burial: Oxfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Bledlowe and Elizabeth Starkey
Wife of Christopher (Andrew) Edmonds and John Williams, 1st (and last) Baron Williams of Thame
Mother of Frances D'Oyly (Edmonds); Christopher Edmonds, MP; Elizabeth Edmonds; Sir Henry Williams; Isabel Huddleston and 2 others
Sister of Katherine Goodwin

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About Elizabeth Bledlow

Elizabeth Bledlow’s birthdate is given by many genealogies as c.1490 and by the Oxford DNB entry for her second husband as c.1504. She was the daughter of Thomas Bledlow of Bledlow, Hampshire and Elizabeth Starkey. Her inheritance included Sheddon or Sharing Hall and Manytree. Her first husband was Andrew Edmonds of Cressing Temple, Essex (c.1484-June 23, 1523). Her children by Edmonds were Christopher (1521-1569), Frances, and Elizabeth. She then married John Williams, 1st baron Williams of Thame (1500-October 14, 1559). Their children were Sir Henry (1516-1551), Francis (d.1551), Isabella (d.1587), and Margery (d. December 1599). Elizabeth was buried in Rycote Chapel.

  • Elizabeth Bledlow
  • F, #75471, b. circa 1499
  • Father Thomas Bledlow b. c 1476
  • Mother Elizabeth Starkey b. c 1469
  • Elizabeth Bledlow was born circa 1499. She married Christopher (Andrew) Edmonds circa 1521. Elizabeth Bledlow married Sir John Williams, Lord Williams of Thame, son of John Williams and Isabel (Elizabeth) Moore, before 4 July 1524 at England.
  • Family 1 Christopher (Andrew) Edmonds b. c 1500, d. 23 Jun 1523
  • Child
    • Frances Edmonds+ b. c 1522, d. c 1601
  • Family 2 Sir John Williams, Lord Williams of Thame b. c 1500, d. 14 Oct 1559
  • Child
    • Isabel Williams+ b. c 1528, d. 1587
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p2512.htm#i75471


  • John Williams, 1st Baron Williams of Thame (c.1500 – 14 October 1559) was Treasurer of the King's Jewels, Lord Chamberlain of England (1553–1557) and Lord President of the Council of the Welsh Marches. He was summoned to parliament as Lord Williams of Thame on 17 February 1554.
  • Williams was the son of Sir John Williams of Burghfield in Berkshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, the daughter and eventual heiress of Richard Moore also of Burghfield and of Preston Candover in Hampshire. Williams was reportedly a great-grandson of Jasper Tudor, Duke of Bedford, making him third cousin to the English monarchs Edward VI, Queen Mary and Elizabeth I.
  • As Treasurer of the King's Jewels, Williams was heavily involved in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, during which he obtained Thame Abbey and its lands. He also had a palace at Rycote which Henry VIII and Catherine Howard visited on their honeymoon. Later, he rose in favour with Queen Mary for having declared for her party so early. Her sister, Elizabeth I, liked him because he had been kind to her during her imprisonment. He served as High Sheriff of Berkshire and Oxfordshire for 1538.
  • Williams gave his name to Thame School, Thame, Oxfordshire, also known as Lord Williams's School, Thame. He bequeathed a sum of money to create an establishment of learning for all comers. The school was founded in 1559. The school has been a grammar school and is now a comprehensive school. The boarding element to the school closed in 1990.
  • Williams married firstly, by July 1524, Elizabeth (c.1504 – 25 October 1556), daughter & coheiress of Thomas Bledlow of Bledlow in Buckinghamshire, grandson of Thomas Bledlow and Elizabeth Starky, daughter of Sir Humphrey Starkey, Chief Baron of the Exchequer.[1] Elizabeth Bledlow was the widow of Andrew Edmonds (d. 23 June 1523)[2] of Cressing, Essex, by whom she had a son, Sir Christopher Edmonds (d.1596), and a daughter, Ursula Edmonds.[3] By Elizabeth Bledlow, Williams had three sons, John, Henry and Francis, and two daughters, Isabel, who married Sir Richard Wenman, and Margery, who married Henry Norreys, 1st Baron Norris of Rycote.[4]
  • Williams married secondly, on 19 April 1557, Margaret Wentworth (d.1587), the daughter of Thomas Wentworth, 1st Baron Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk. She survived him, and later married Sir William Drury, and James Croft of Weston, Oxfordshire.[5]
  • Williams' three sons predeceased him, and the barony became extinct at his death on 14 October 1559.[6] His elder daughter, Isabel, inherited Thame, and his younger daughter, Margery, inherited Rycote.[7]
  • From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams,_1st_Baron_Williams_of_Thame


  • John WILLIAMS (1º B. Williams of Thame)
  • Born: 1503, Thame, Oxfordshire, England
  • Died: 14 Oct 1559, Ludlow Castle, Ludlow, Shropshire, England
  • Buried: 15 Nov 1559, Thame, Oxfordshire, England
  • Notes: See his Biography. http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/Bios/JohnWilliams.htm
  • Father: John WILLIAMS of Burghfield
  • Mother: Isabel MORE
  • Married 1: Elizabeth BLEDLOW (b. 1490 - d. 25 Oct 1556) (dau. of Thomas Bledlow and Elizabeth Starkey) (w. of Andrew Edmonds) BEF 1524
  • Children:
    • 1. John WILLIAMS (d. 18 Feb 1551)
    • 2. Henry WILLIAMS (Sir Knight)
    • 3. Margery WILLIAMS (B. Norreys of Rycote)
    • 4. Francis WILLIAMS (d. 1551)
    • 5. Isabella WILLIAMS
  • Married 2: Margaret WENTWORTH
  • Children:
    • 6. Dau. WILLIAMS
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/WILLIAMS.htm#John WILLIAMS (1º B. Williams of Thame)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 61
  • Williams, John (1500?-1559) by Albert Frederick Pollard
  • WILLIAMS , JOHN, Baron Williams of Thame (1500?–1559), born about 1500, was the second son of Sir John Williams of Burfield, Buckinghamshire, by his wife Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Richard More of Burfield. His father sprang originally from Glamorganshire, and was a kinsman of Thomas Cromwell alias Williams, whose service John Williams entered. He is also described as a servant to Wolsey and to Henry VIII (Lee, Hist. of Thame Church, pp. 410–15). .... etc.
  • Williams married, first, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Bledlow and widow of An- drew Edmunds of Cressing Temple, Essex. She died on 25 Oct. 1556, and was buried on 4 Nov. at Ricot, Oxfordshire (Machyn, pp. 118, 354). Williams married, secondly, Margaret, daughter of Thomas, first baron Wentworth [q. v.]; he left no issue by her, and she married, secondly, on 10 Oct. 1560, Sir William Drury [q. v.], and, thirdly, Sir James Crofts; she survived until 1588 (see Acts P. C. vols. xv–xvii. passim). By his first wife Williams had issue three sons: John, who died unmarried, and was buried at St. Alphege, London Wall, on 18 Feb. 1558–9, his funeral sermon being preached by John Véron [q. v.]; Henry, who married Anne, daughter of Henry Stafford, first baron Stafford [q. v.], but died without issue on 20 Aug. 1551; and Francis, who died unmarried. The barony thus became extinct, if it was created by patent; if it was created by writ, it fell into abeyance between his two daughters, Isabel (who married Richard Wenman, great-grandfather of Thomas, second viscount Wenman [q. v.]) and Margaret (who married Sir Henry Norris, afterwards Baron Norris of Rycote [q. v.]).
  • [Cal. Letters and Papers of Henry VIII, ed. Brewer and Gairdner, vols. iv–xvi. passim; State Papers, Henry VIII, 11 vols.; Cal. State Papers Dom. 1547–80, and Addenda 1547–65; Acts of the Privy Council, ed. Dasent, vols. i–viii.; Hatfield MSS. i. 454; Lit. Rem. of Edward VI (Roxburghe Club); Machyn's Diary; Wriothesley's Chron., Chron. Queen Jane and Queen Mary, and Narr. of the Reformation (Camden Soc.); Strype's Works (general index); Gough's Index to Parker Soc. Publ.; Burnet's Hist. of the Reformation, ed. Pocock, passim; Foxe's Actes and Mon. ed. Townsend; Carlisle's Endowed Grammar Schools ii. 312–15; Off. Return Members of Parliament; F. G. Lee's Hist. of Thame, 1883; Davenport's Lord Lieutenants and High Sheriffs of Oxfordshire, p. 37; Lists of Sheriffs, 1898; G. E. C[okayne]'s Complete Peerage, viii. 140–1.]
  • From: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Williams,_John_(1500%3F-1559)_(DNB00)


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Elizabeth Bledlow's Timeline

December 1506
London, Middlesex, England
Age 5
Chislehampton, Oxfordshire, England
Age 15
Age 15
Rycote, Oxfordshire, England
Age 18
Age 27
Thame, Oxfordshire, England
Age 30
October 25, 1556
Age 49
Rycote, Oxfordshire, England
October 26, 1556
Age 49
Oxfordshire, England