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Jane Bellingham

Birthdate: (30)
Birthplace: Burneshead, Kendal, Westmoreland, England
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Bellingham and Jane Wiltshire
Wife of Ralph Shirley of Staunton Harold
Mother of Sir Richard Sherley of Wiston; Elizabeth Shirley; Beatrix Bray; Jane Dawtrey; Thomas Sherley of West Grinstead and 1 other
Sister of Edward Bellingham; Ralph Bellingham and Richard Bellingham

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Jane Bellingham daughter of Thomas Bellingham of Lymster Sussex



  • Joan Bellingham1
  • F, #283706
  • Last Edited=19 Oct 2012
  • Joan Bellingham is the daughter of Thomas Bellingham.1 She married Ralph Shirley, son of Ralph Shirley and Elizabeth Blount.1
  • Her married name became Shirley.1
  • Child of Joan Bellingham and Ralph Shirley
    • 1.Thomas Shirley1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1416. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • From:


  • Jane Bellingham
  • F, #80572, b. circa 1446
  • Father Sir Robert Bellingham b. c 1406, d. 12 Mar 1476
  • Mother Elizabeth Tunstall b. c 1398
  • Jane Bellingham was born circa 1446 at of Burnshead, Kendal, Westmoreland, England. She married Ralph Shirley, son of Ralph Shirley, Esq., Constable of Melbourne Castle and Elizabeth Blount, circa 1470 at of Lyminster, Sussex, England.
  • Family Ralph Shirley b. c 1445, d. 1510
  • Children
    • Richard Shirley+ b. c 1478, d. 10 Nov 1540
    • Thomas Shirley+1 b. c 1484, d. 30 Jan 1545
    • Jane Shirley+ b. c 1495, d. 7 Jul 1533
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 161.
  • From:


  • The visitation of the county of Leicester in the year 1619 (1870)
    • Shirley. - Pg.25-27
  • Sewall son of Fulcher originall auncest'r of this family of Shirley. = ; ch: Henry, Fulcher
    • Fulcher 2 son of Sewall.
    • Henry son of Sewall held 5 knights fees in Darbish. of Rob't Ferrers Lord of Titburye. ; ch: Sewall
      • Sewall son of Henry held 9 knights fees of Wm. Erle Ferrers in the dayes of K. H. 2. = ch: Henry
        • Henry son of Sewall surnamed of Etingdon wher he first founded a Chauntrye in K. Johns tyme. ; ch: Sewall, Henry
          • Henry 2 sonne of Henry.
          • Sewall son of Henry of Etingdo' confirmed the Donation of his father made to the Chauntry of Etingdon' 27 H. 3. ; ch: Jeames (m. Agnes of Walton) Shirley
            • Jeames sonne of Sewall surnamed Shirley, lived Ao. 15. E. 1. = Agnes Da. of Symon of Walton after Bishop of Norwich. ; ch: Sr Raphe (m. Margt. Waldeshef) Shirley.
              • Sr Raphe Shirley Kt. Lo. of the manner of Shirley. = Margt. Da. & coh. of Will'm Waldeshef of Boyleston. ; ch: Sr Tho. (m. Isabel Basset) Shirley
                • Sr Tho. Shirley Kt. son of Sir Raphe. = Isabell sisster to Rafe Lo. Basset of Drayton. ; ch: Sr Hugh (m. Beatrix Brewes) Shirley.
                • Sr Hugh Shirley of Shirley Kt. he was M'r of the Falcons to K. H. 4 & was slayne in his parte at ye battell of Shrewberie Ao 4 H. 4. = Beatrix sister & sole hey. to Sir John Brewes Kt. ; ch: Isabella (m. John Cockaine), Elizab., Nicholas, Sr Raphe (m. Johanna Basset & Alice _ ) Shirley
                  • Sr Raphe Shirley kt. high Shreife of the County of Nott' & Derby Ao 9 H. 5 ob. ultra mare. = Johanna first wife Da. & sole hey. of Tho. Basset of Brailesford. ; ch: Beatrix (m. John Brome), Raphe (m. Margt. Staunton & Elizab. Blount) Shirley; = Alice uxor 2.
                    • Raphe Shirley Esq. whose 3 wife was Lucy Da. of John Ashton & wydow of Sir Ric. Birom. = Margt. first wife sist'r & hey. to Tho. Staunton of Stanton Harald in Lesto'sh.; ch: (Pg.26 John (m. Elinor Willoughby) Shirley.) ; = Elizab. 2 wife Da. of Sir Tho. Blount and sister to Walter Lord Montioy. ; ch: (Pg.26 Raphe (m. Jane Bellingham), Elizab., Alice, Sanche, Anne, Marg't Shirley)
                      • John Shirley of Shirley & Staunto' in Com. Leycest'. = Elinor, Da. of Sr Hugh Willoughby of Woollerton in Com. Nott. ; ch: Sr Raphe (m. Jane Sheffeild) Shirley
                        • Sr Raphe Shirley of Sherley & Stanton in Leicest' had 4 wives. = Jane Da. of Sr Rob't Sheffeild Kt. 4 wife after maried to Wm Hastings. ; ch: Francis (m. Dorothy Gifford) Shirley
                          • Francis Shirley of Shirley & Stanton Harold Com' Leicest'. = Dorothy Da. of John Gifford of Chillingto' in Staffordsh. wydow of John Congrave. ; ch: John (m. Jane Lovet) Shirley
                            • John Shirley of Shirley Leyc. = Jane Da. & sole hey. of Tho. Lovet of Astwell in Com. Northamp. ; ch: George (m. Fran. Berkley & Dorothie of Wroughton) Shirley
                              • George Shirley of Shirley & Stanton in Com' Ley. Living 1585 ob. 27 April 1622. = Fran. Da. of Hen. Lord Berkley. ; ch: Henricus (m. Dorothia Devereux), Tho. (m. Maria Harper), Georgius, Johannes, Maria Shirley.
                                • Henricus Shirley mil. Baronettus fil. et haer. sup'stes 1622. = Dorothia filia 2 Rob'ti Devereux Comitis Essexiae. ; ch: Leticia (filia unica aetatis circa quinq' annor' 1622)
                                • Tho. Shirley 2 fil. miles duxit Maria' filiam Tho. Harper de Rushall in Com. Staff. Ar.
                      • Raphe Shirley of Wistenston in Sussex Esq. for ye body to K. H. 7. = Jane Da. of Tho. Bellengham of Lemister in Sussex. ; ch: Isabell (m. John Dawney of Hampton), Beatrix (m. Edw. Eldrington of Hogsto'.), Sr Richard (m. Anne Shelley & Elizab. Guilford), Tho. (m. Eliz. da. of Marmaduke of Gloucester), Jane (m. John Dauney of Petworth in Sussex), Eliz. (m. John Lee of Fitleworthie in Sussex) Shirley.
                        • Sr Richard Shirley was Lo. of ye mannor of Wistneston in Sussex ob. 34. H. 8. = Anne Da. of John Shelley of Michelgrove in Sussex first wife. ; ch: Will'm (m. Mary Isley), John, Edward, Cicely (m. John Ledes), Anne (m. Ric. Fernwold), Elizab. (m. John Michell), Alice (m. Tho. Chanceler) Shirley ; = Elizab. 2 wife Da. of Sr Ric. Guilford Kt. of the Garter.
                        • Tho. Shirley of West Grinsted in Sussex 2 son mar. Eliz. Da. & coh. of Marmaduke of Gloucestersh.
                          • Will'm Shirley of Wisteneston in Com' Sussex. = Mary Da. of Tho. Isley of Sundridge in Kt. Esq. ; ch: (Pg.27 Sr Thomas (m. Anne Kempe) Shirley)


  • Peerage of England, genealogical, biographical, and historical (1812) Vol. IV.
  • RALPH, who was Constable of Melbourn Castle, and of the castle in the Peak of Derbyshire : and died in 1466, "seised of many goodly manors, fair possessions, and large territories in the several counties of Leicester, Derby, Warwick, and Nottingham." He was buried in the church of Brailesford, where his tomb still remains.
  • His first wife was Margaret, daughter and sole heir of John de Staunton, of Staunton Harald, in Leicestershire (whereby he obtained that estate, still the chief seat of the family), by Joan, daughter and coheir of Sir Ralph Meynell, of Langley Meynell (with which family a former match of Shirley has been already, mentioned). By this marriage he had issue John, his son and heir, hereafter mentioned.
  • His second wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Blount, Knt. and sister to Walter Blount, Lord Montjoy ; by whom he had Ralph Shirley, Esquire of the Body to King Henry VII. ancestor to the Shirleys of Wiston, of Sussex ; of whom an account will be given in an accompanying note, this branch having been of considerable eminence.(p)
  • His third wife was Lucia, daughter of Sir John Aston, of
    • (p) Ralph Shirley, by his second wife, Elizabeth Blount, sister to Walter Lord Mountjoy, had issue Sir Ralph Shirley, of Wiston, who, by Jane, daughter of Thomas Bellingham, of Lymster, in Sussex, Esq. had four daughters ; Jane, wife of John Dawtrey, of Petworth, in Sussex ; Elizabeth, wife of John Lee, of Fitleworth, co. Sussex ; Beatrix, wife of Edward Eldrington, of Hoggeston, and afterwards of Sir Edward Bray, of Vachery, Surrey, died 1582 ; and Isabel, wife of John Dawtrey, of Hampton ; also, 1. Sir Richard, 2. Thomas Shirley, of West Grinsted, who died 1606; leaving by Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of Marmaduke Gorges, of Gloucestershire, Cecilie, daughter and coheir, aet. 19, 1606, wife of Sir George Snelling, of Postlade, Sussex.


  • ISABEL SHIRLEY (d. July 1533+)
  • Isabel Shirley was one of the daughters of Sir Ralph Shirley of Wiston/Westmeston, Sussex (1433-1510) and Jane Bellingham. She married first, on January 17, 1508, Sir John Dawtrey of Southampton (c.1433-November 24, 1518) and had a son, Francis (1510-July 1533+). A record of July 1533 identifies Francis as the son of Sir John Dawtry and Isabella, "now wife of Sir Richard Lyster." Sir Richard's wife is often misidentified as Jane Shirley, largely because Isabel's sister also married a man named Sir John Dawtrey. This second Sir John was of Petworth and Moor House, Sussex and did not die until September 21, 1542. Isabel's second husband, Sir Richard Lister or Lyster (c.1480-March 16, 1553/4), was a chief justice of the king's bench. The Oxford DNB says their children were Richard and Charles and possibly Elizabeth (1520-1572), but calls Lyster's son Michael (d.1551) the child of a later wife, Elizabeth Stoke (d.1567+). Not only is this not possible, since Michael was already married to his first wife in 1529, but Richard and Charles were Michael's sons, not Richard's. His will, proved April 16, 1554, makes Richard, "son and heir of my late son Michael," his principal heir and identifies Charles, who was not yet twenty-one, as the younger son of Michael and his second wife, Margery. Richard also mentions his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband, Richard Blount, in his will. Elizabeth is probably Isabel's daughter. Michael seems to belong to an earlier, unknown wife. Isabel's first husband, John Dawtrey, and his first wife, Joan Scardeville, had what is now known as "The Tudor House" in Southampton built for them in 1495. After Dawtrey's death and during her second marriage, Isabel continued to trade as a merchant of Southampton dealing in millstones. Portrait: Isabel is the most likely possibility to be the subject of the Holbein sketch labeled "Lady Lister" and dated c.1532-1543. Alternatives are Michael Lyster's second wife, Margery Horsman, and Elizabeth Stoke.
  • From:


  • 'Bellingham1'
  • BEB1841 (Bellingham of Hilsington) starts with the Sir Robert Bellingham who married Elizabeth Tunstall, identifying him as 10th in descent from ...
  • Alan de Bellingham (a 'tempore Conquestoris' ie temp William I who r. 1066-1087)
    • 1. ?? de Bellingham
    • Visitation (Sussex) starts with the following Richard. The dates make it appear that there should be another generation between him and the above Alan but the generations given set the Sir Robert Bellingham who married Elizabeth Tunstall as 10th in descent from Alan.
      • A. Richard Bellingham (a 1189)
        • i. Endo Bellingham
          • a. Roger Bellingham
            • (1) John Bellingham
              • (A) Robert 'de Bello Campo' of Bellingham
                • (i) Robert Bellingham
                  • (a) Richard Bellingham
                    • ((1)) Robert Bellingham
                      • ((A)) Sir Robert Bellingham (d 12.03.1476) - continued below
                      • In due course we hope to find a reliable source against which to compare the above-shown ancestry for Sir Robert. The Tripod web site referred to below provides 4 genrations before him, showing him as son of Sir Robert son (by Anne Barburne) of Robert son (by Margaret de Burnsheads) of Richard son of William, but that site appears to have been based largely on the IGI which is not known for its reliability regarding early generations.
                      • m. Elizabeth Tunstall (dau of Sir Richard Tunstall of Thurland Castle)
  • Sir Robert Bellingham of Burnishead (d 12.03.1476) - continued above
  • m. Elizabeth Tunstall (dau of Sir Richard Tunstall of Thurland Castle)
    • 1. Sir Henry Bellingham of Burnishead or Burneshead
    • Maddison indicates that Sir Henry was the ancestor of the Bellinghams of Levens as well as Burnishead but, following BP1934 (Bellingham), we show the Levens branch as headed by his younger brother Alan. The following comes from the Tripod web site identified below.
    • m. Katharine Leybourne (dau of Sir Robert Leybourne of Cunswick)
      • A. .... etc.
    • 4. Thomas Bellingham of Lymister
    • The following comes from Visitation (Sussex).
    • m. Jane Wiltshire (dau of Sir John Wiltshire of Heydon)
      • A. Raffe Bellingham of Lymister (d 02.03.1531-2)
      • The following comes from Visitation (Sussex) and the Tripod site identified below.
      • m1. Anne Devenish (dau of Sir John Devenish)
        • i. .... etc.
      • m2. Blanch Vaughan reported by the Tripod site
      • B. Richard Bellingham of New Timber
      • m1. Parnell Cheney (dau of John Cheney of Crall, sister of Thomas of Newtimber)
        • i. .... etc.
      • m2. Mary Everard (dau of John Everard of Abone)
        • ii. .... etc.
      • C. Edward Bellingham of Erringham
      • The following comes from the Tripod site identified below.
      • m. Jane Shelley (dau of John Shelley of Michelgrove)
        • i. .... etc.
      • D. Jane Bellingham reported in the Tripod site
      • m. Ralph Shirley
    • 5. .... etc.
  • Main source(s): Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Bellingham or Belingham),, Maddison's Lincolnshire Pedigrees 1906 (Bellingham of Manton and Bromby)
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  • 'Shirley1'
  • Sasuallo or Sewallus of Ettington, etc. (d c1085)
    • 1. Fulcher of Ettington, etc. (d c1105)
      • A. Henry ancestor of Shirley of Ireton and families named Ireton
      • B. Sewallis of Shirley (d c1129)
      • Sewallis and the next few generations may well have been known as 'de Ettington' rather than 'de Shirley'.
      • m. Matilda (dau of Ridel of Halaughton)
        • i. Henry de Shirley (d c1165)
        • m. Joanna (dau of John de Clinton of Essex)
          • a. Sewallis de Shirley (a 1167)
          • m. Isabel Meynell (dau of Robert Meynell of Langley Meynell)
          • Visitation adds 2 intervening generations here: Henry then Sewall, apparently younger son of Henry (the other son being another Henry) and father of ...
            • (1) Sir James de Shirley and Ettington (d c1278)
            • m. Agnes de Walton (dau of Simon de Walton, Bishop of Norwich)
              • (A) Sir Ralph de Shirley, Sheriff of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (d 1327)
              • m. Margaret (dau of Walter de Waldeshief of Fairfield)
                • (i) Sir Thomas Shirley
                • m. Isabel Basset (sister of Ralph Basset, Lord of Drayton)
                  • (a) Sir Hugh Shirley (d Shrewsbury 1403, grand falconer)
                  • m. Beatrix de Braose (sister of John de Braose of West Neston)
                    • ((1)) Sir Ralph Shirley, Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire (a 1422)
                    • m1. Joan Basset (dau of Thomas Basset of Braylesford)
                      • ((A)) Ralph Shirley of Ettington, Shirley and Staunton (constable of Melbourne Castle)
                      • m1. Margaret Staunton (dau of John de Staunton of Staunton Harold)
                        • ((i)) John Shirley of Ettington, etc. (d 1485)
                        • m. Eleanor Willoughby (dau of Sir Hugh Willoughby of Wollaton)
                          • ((a)) Sir Ralph Shirley of Ettington, Shirley and Staunton (d 1517)
                          • m1. Elizabeth Walsh (dau of Thomas Walsh of Wanlep)
                          • m2. Jane Sheffield (dau of Sir Robert Sheffield)
                      • m2. Elizabeth Blount (dau of Sir Thomas (not John) Blount)
                        • ((ii)) Ralph Shirley of Westneston (Wiston) - continued below
                        • m. Jane Belingham (dau of Thomas Belingham of Lemyster)
                        • ((iii))+ .... etc.
  • Ralph Shirley of Westneston (Wiston) - continued above
  • Visitation shows this Ralph as married also to Elizabeth, dau of Thomas Blount, with a note (apparently provided The Harleian's Society's editor) saying that she was "added, but in a like hand". On the basis that this looks like a repetition of his mother (whose marriage to his father is mentioned in BP1934) we ignore this.
  • m. Jane Belingham (dau of Thomas Belingham of Lemyster)
    • 1. Sir Richard Shirley of Westneston or Wiston (d 1543-4)
    • m1. Ann Shelley (dau of John Shelley of Michelgrove)
      • A. William Shirley of Westneston or Wiston
      • m. Mary Isley (dau of Thomas Isley or Issley of Kent)
        • i. Sir Thomas Shirley of Westneston or Wiston (a 1585)
        • A web site gives Sir Thomas's dates as 1542-10.1612 and reports that he also married a Frances Vernon (probably of the family of Hodnet) who was mother of Sir Anthony. Visitation reports only one wife ...
        • m. Anne Kempe (dau of Sir Thomas Kempe of Wye by Catherine Chenye)
          • a. Sir Thomas Shirley of Wiston (b 1564, d c1620)
          • m. Frances Vavasor (dau of Sir Thomas Vavasor)
          • Visitation merely names Thomas and his wife. A web site confirms he inherited Wiston, gives his dates, and reports that he was father of ...
            • (1) Henry Shirley (dramatist, younger son)
          • b. Sir Anthony Shirley ## note probable duplication below
          • m. Barbara Walsingham (dau of Sir Thomas Walsingham)
          • c. Robert Shirley
          • d. Mary Shirley
          • m. Sir John Croftes of Suffolk
          • e. Elizabeth Shirley
          • m. Edward Onslow
          • f. Margery Shirley
          • m. Pexsall Brocas
          • g. Jane Shirley
          • m. John Shirley of Isefeild (b 1569, d 1631)
          • h. Anne Shirley (b 23.12.1573)
          • m. (c1590) Sir John Tracy of Toddington, Sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1st Viscount of Rathcoole (d before 14.02.1648)
          • i. Cecily Shirley (bur 31.07.1662)
          • m. (25.11.1596) Thomas West, 3rd Lord De La Warr (b 09.07.1557, d 07.06.1618)
        • ii. Anthony Shirley ## note probable duplication above
        • m. Barbara Walsingham (dau of Sir Thomas Walsingham)
          • a. Thomas Shirley of Preston, Sussex (d 02.1636-7)
          • The folllowing is supported by Visitation (Susse, 1662, Shirley of Preston) with input also from BEB1841 (Shirley of Preston).
          • m1. (13.06.1598) Jane Essex (bur 03.11.1599, dau of Thomas Essex of Lamburne, sister of Sir William)
            • (1) Thomas Shirley of Preston (bpt 31.03.1599, bur 20.05.1654)
            • m. Elizabeth Stapley (dau of Drew Stapley of London)
              • (A) Sir Anthony Shirley, 1st Bart of Preston (b 05.07.1624, bur 22.06.1683)
              • m. Anne Onslow (dau of Sir Richard Onslow of West Clandon)
                • (i) Sir Richard Shirley, 2nd Bart of Preston (b c1654, bur 30.03.1692)
                • m. (13.03.1676-7) Judith Bateman (bur 04.06.1729, dau of Joas Bateman of London, sister of Sir James, m2. Sir Henry Hatsell)
                  • (a) Sir Richard Shirley, 3rd Bart of Preston (d unm 1705)
                  • (b) Anne Shirley
                  • m. Thomas Western of Rivenhall
                  • (c)+ other issue - Anthony (dsp?), Judith, Mary
                • (ii) Elizabeth Shirley (bpt 17.11.1651)
                • m. (c03.1676-7) William Boys of Hawkhurst
              • (B)+ other issue - Elisabeth, Mary, Abbigale, Jane, Francis(es?)
          • m2. (1606) Grace Stapley (bpt 06.12.1586) dau of Anthony Stapley of Framfield)
            • (2) Anthony Shirley
          • m3.(02.02.1614-5) Elizabeth Stoner (bur 25.01.1630, dau of John Stoner, widow of Thomas Stephens)
            • (3) Abbigale Shirley
          • b. Judith Shirley
          • m. Sir Henry Mallory
          • c. Elizabeth Shirley
          • m. Sir Samwell Smyth
          • d. Sarah Shirley
          • m. Edward Godman of Etehale
          • e.+ other issue - Anthony (dsp), Richard, Walsingham, Edward, Henry
      • B. Ciseley Shirley
      • m. John Ledys
      • C. Ann Shirley
      • m. Richard Fernwold
      • D. Elizabeth Shirley
      • m. John Mychell of Stammerham
      • E. Alys Shirley
      • m. Thomas Chaunceler of Lyndford
      • F.+ other issue - John, Edward (dsp)
    • m2. Elizabeth Gifford (dau of Sir Richard Gifford)
    • 2. Thomas Shirley of West Grinstead
    • m. Elizabeth Gorges (dau/coheir of Marmaduke Gorges alias Russell of Gloucestershire)
      • A. Francis Shirley of West Grinstead reported by a web site to have been Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex (a 1574)
      • m. _ Blount (dau of Richard Blount)
        • i. Thomas Shirley of West Grinstead (b c1555, a 1577)
        • m. _ Carell
          • a. Scissely Shirley
          • m. Sir George Snelling of West Grinsted or Grinstead
          • b. Barbara Shirley
          • m1. Sir Thomas Thornhurst
          • m2. Anthony St. Leger
      • B.+ other issue - Isabel, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Joan
    • 3. Jane Shirley
    • m1. John Daney (sb Dawtrey) of Petworth
    • m2. Sir Richard Lister (d 14.03.1553)
    • 4. Elizabeth Shirley
    • m. John Lee of Little Worth
    • 5. Beatrix Shirley
    • m. Edward Eldrington of Hogston
    • 6. Isabel Shirley
    • m. John Dawney of Hampton
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) For upper section : BP1934 (Ferrers), Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Shirley)
  • (2) For lower section : Visitation (Sussex, 1530+1633-4, Shirley)
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