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Erasmus Smith, Esq.

Birthplace: Withcote, Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
Death: after October 4, 1597
Withcote, Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
Place of Burial: Leceistershire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Smith alias Harris, of Withcote and Dorothy Pole
Husband of NN Wye and Margaret Cave
Father of Henry Smith, Rector of St. Clement's; Roger Smith , Esq., of Bosworth; James Smith and Rev. Henry Smith
Brother of Roger Smith; Francis Smith; Ambrose Smith, Silk merchant to Queen Elizabeth; Clement Smith; Robert Smith and 1 other

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About Erasmus Smith, Esq., of Husbands Bosworth

  • Suffolk Manorial Families, Being the County Visitations and Other Pedigrees by Joseph James Muskett
  • Pg.249
    • Smith of Kilburn
  • William Smith alias Heriz or Harris of Withcot, co. Leicester Lord of the Manor of Withcote, 1495, when he presented to the Rectory. = . . . daughter of William Ashby of Lawesby, co. Leicester She remarried Roger Ratcliffe. ; ch: John (m. Dorothy Cave) Smith alias Harris.
    • John Smith alias Harris of Withcote aforesaid, Will dated 23 Oct. 1543, proved 13 Nov. 1545 (42 Pynnyng P.C.C.) = Dorothy, da. of Richard Cave of Stanford, co. Northampton, and sister of Sir Ambrose Cave. She remarried Henry Pole of Withcote aforesaid, Knight of Rhodes (whose will, 18 April 1558, was proved 17 Feb. following. P.C.C. 39 Welles). Living 20 June 1584. ; ch: Roger (m. Frances Griffin), Frances (2d son), Clement, Erasmus (m. ... Bayard & Margaret Cecil), William, Ambrose (m. Joan Coo), Robert, Anthony, Henry, George (m. Mary Allen), Margery (m. Gilbert Berye) Smith.
      • Roger Smith of Withcote, son and heir; inherited lands in Tilston, co. Leic., of his stepfather, 1558; High Sheriff for co. Leicester, 42 Eliz. Died 1603. = Frances dau. of Sir Thomas Griffin of Dingley, co. Northampton.
      • Frances Smith, 2d son, 1601.
      • Clement Smith of Oakham, co. Leic., 3d son.
      • Erasmus Smith of Somerby, co. Leic., 5th son. Bur. at Husbauds Bosworth, Leic., 1615, æ 81. M.I. = . . . dau. of Bayard of co. Leic. & relict of Wye, 1st wife. ; = Margaret, da. of Cecil, Lord Burghley and widow of Roger Cave.
      • William Smith, 6th son, living 1558. Drowned.
      • Robert Smith of Groby, Leic., 7th son.
      • Anthony Smith of co. Kent, 1568, 8th son.
      • Henry Smtih, 9th son.
      • George Smith of Withcote 1584, 10th son. = Mary, da of Wm. Allen of Marefield, co. Leic.
      • Margery, ux. Gilbert Berye of Ashwell, co. Rutl'nd
      • Ambrose Smith, Citizen and Mercer of London, 4th son. Purchased Withcote of his eldest brother. Will 20 Jun 1584, proved 23 same month. Bur. at Withcote. M.I. = Joan, da of John Coo of Coggeshall, co. Essex; died 30 April 1601; will proved 2 May following (28 Woodhall, P.C.C.) Portrait in Guildhall, Norwich. ; ch: Henry (m. ... Skipwith), Sir William (m. Elizabeth Skinner), Margaret (m. Sir Thos. Wilkes), Elizabeth (m. Martin Calthorpe), Anna, Isabele alias Sibell (m. . . . Lewis & . . . Maynard), Francis (m. Elizabeth Taylor), Dorothy (m. Benedict Barnham & Sir John Packington) Smith.
        • .... etc.


Erasmus (Ambrose) Smith , Esq., of Husbands Bosworth, co Leics

  • Birth: 1527/1542 (seventh or eighth son)
  • Death: AFT 4 Oct 1597
  • Parents: John Smith alias Harris of Withycotes, co Leics., Dorothy Cave b: 1496/1515 ( third daughter)
  • Married: 1) daughter of Bayard, widow of Wye 2) Margaret Cecil, widow of Roger Cave

Children of 1st wife include:

  1. Henry Smith , Rector of St Clements b: 1559/1561 in eldest son; adult by 1582
  2. James Smith b: in second son
  3. Roger Smith , esq of Bosworth, co Leics b: 1561/1589 in third son

No children with 2nd wife.



ERASAMUS AMBROSE2 SMITH (JOHN HERRICE1) was born 1561 in Withcock, Leicester, England, and died 1584 in Withcock, Leicester, England. He married MARGARET CECIL, daughter of WILLIAM CECIL. She was born 1562 in Leicester, Leicester, England.

Date problems.


  1. Genealogical memoirs of the extinct family of Chester of Chicheley By Robert Edmond Chester- Waters. Page 78. "The Chesters of Chichely."
  2. The visitation of the county of Leicester in the year 1619.  By William Camden, Samson Lennard, Augustine Vincent, College of Arms (Great Britain). Page 66. "Smith als Harris."


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Erasmus Smith, Esq., of Husbands Bosworth's Timeline

Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 32
Leicester, England
Age 34
Age 61
Norwich, Norfolk, England
October 4, 1597
Age 70
Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)