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Jane Wentworth (Fitzsymonds)

Also Known As: "Joan"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Nettlestead, Suffolk, England
Death: August 26, 1489 (59-67)
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Fitzsymonds
Wife of Sir Henry Wentworth
Mother of Nicholas Wentworth, Sr.

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About Jane Wentworth

  • 'The Wentworth genealogy: English and American (1878) Vol. 1
  • (15) 'Henry Wentworth, of Codham Hall, in Wethersfield, co. Essex, married, first, Elizabeth, daughter and sole heir of Henry Howard, second son of Sir John Howard; and, secondly, Jane, daughter and heir of Henry Fitz Simon. She survived her husband and remarried Sir Richard Fitz Lewes, Kt., of West Horndon, do. Essex, whose Will she proved 24 November 1529. By his second wife Henry Wentworth had issue only one son, Nicholas, ancestor of the Wentworths of counties Oxford, Bucks, Northampton, Warwick, and Lincoln, of whom hereafter. The said Henry Wentworth died 22 March 1482-3, having had issue by his first wife as follows: --
  • Before proceeding with the main line, we give the descendants of the son by the second wife, just mentioned, viz.--
    • (16) Nicholas Wentworth, who became Sir Nicholas, being knighted by King Henry VIII in person during his expedition to Boulogne, in August 1544. For many years he was "Chief Porter of Calais," then an important government post. He possessed numerous estates in the counties of Oxford, Bucks, Northampton, Warwick, and Lincoln, but his chief residence was at Lillingstone Lovell, co. Oxford, which manor was given to him by the king in 1546, in exchange for certain lands in Northamptonshire. His Will, dated 7 February 1551-2, was proved 24 June 1557, and he probably died not long before the latter date. He married, before 1525, Jane, daughter of John Josselyn, Esq., of Newhall-Josselyn, co. Essex, and of Sabridgeworth, co. Herts, and sister of Sir Thomas Josselyn, Kt. She survived him, and was buried at Burnham, co. Bucks, 26 August 1659. Their issue were are follows: --
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  • '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)
  • CHART - 'Henry Wentworth, of Codham Hall, Co. Essex; son of Sir Roger, as in Table G. = Jane Fitz Lewes; had only son, Nicholas
  • CHART - Sir Nicholas Wentworth, of Lillingston Lovel, Co. Oxford Will proved 1557 = Jane, daughter of John Josselyne.

children: Peter, Three sons and one daughter.

  • WENTWORTH of Codham (Esq.)
  • 'Henry WENTWORTH of Codham (Esq.)
  • Born: ABT 1429, Codham Hall, Essex, England
  • Died: 22 Mar 1482/3
  • Buried: Probably Weathersfield
  • Father: Roger WENTWORTH of Nettlestead (Sir)
  • Mother: Margery (Margaret) DESPENCER (B. Ros of Hamlake)
  • Married 1: Elizabeth HOWARD
  • Children:
    • 1. Margery WENTWORTH
    • 2. Elizabeth WENTWORTH
    • 3. Margaret WENTWORTH
    • 4. Roger WENTWORTH (Sir)
  • 'Married 2: Joan FITZSIMON (b. ABT 1428)
  • Children:
    • 1. Nicholas WENTWORTH (Sir Knight)
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Three Branches of the Family of Wentworth: I. Wentworth of Nettlestead , Suffolk. II. Wentworth of Gosfield, Essex. III. Wentworth of Lillingstone Lovell, Oxfordshire By William Loftie Rutton. London: 1891. Pgs. 198-199

“Notes to the Pedigree of Wentworth of Gosfield” 1. Robert Fitz Symond, or Fitz Simon, is said in pedigrees of that family (Harl. MSS. 1052, f. 122b; and 1169, f. 22) to have been of Aberdeen, near Windsor, Berks, a place I have not been able to identify. Moran, Hist. of Essex, i., 302, shows that he held in that county the manor of West Hall in the parish of North Shoesbury, the manor of Mocking in the parish of Barling, and 200 acres of marsh in Paglesham and Little Wakering. Moran also found that the Fitz Symond family held lands at North Shoebury as early as 1294. The inquisition of the estate of Robert Fitz Symond, 13 Edward IV. (1474), names his Essex Lands as above; in Oxfordshire he had the manor of Lillingstone Lovell, this leading to the conjecture that his grandson, Sir Nicholas Wentworth, inherited part of that estate; in Norfolk he had the manors of Hunstanton and Walpole, and a marsh at the latter; in Northamptonshire a moiety of the manor of Irchester; and in London messuages and tenements in the St mary Fenchurch, St Dustan-in-the-East, and in Pentecost Lane, St. Nicholas parish. His heir was found to be his daughter Joan, then twenty-two years of age, and therefore born in 1452.

  • Joan Fitz Simon married trice. Her first husband was Robert Timperley, whose origin is not evident; his descendants were for many generations seated at Hintlesham, Suffolk. By Timperley Joan had two sons, Robert and Thomas, both of whom married daughters of their mother’s second husband, henry Wentworth of Coham hall, by his first wife, Elizabeth Howard. After Wentworth’s death in 1482, joan, then no more than thirty, married her third husband Philip Lewes, or Lewis, whose parentage is not noted in the pedigrees which show the marriage (Harl. M88. as above. Colonel Chester[1] has that the third husband of Joan Fitz Simon was Sir Richard Fitz Lewes of West Herndon, Essex, and that Joan surviving him proved his will 24 November 1529; this however, is not probable, there being nothin in the will to show who was this wife Joan, or Jane as also written. Sir Nicholas Wentworth in his will mentions his mother as Dame Jan Fitz Lewes, as proof of her third marriage, which in all probability was with the Philip Lewes (=Fitz Lewes) named in the pedigrees.
  • As shown in the Pedigree, Henry Wentworth[ had by his second wife, Joan Fitz Simon, one son, Sir Nicholas, the first of the Wentworths of Lillingstone Lovell, Oxfordshire. He inherited the Fitz Simon lands in Essex, if not all those in other counties, and on being dubbed knight in 1544 quartered the Fitz Simon coat--gules, three escutcheons argent--with Wentworth (Cotton MSS., Claud. c. iii., f. 138th; he is here called “S’ Nicholas Wentworthe of Essex”).

[1] Wentworth Genealogy, by John Wentworth, LL.D., of Chicago, U.S.; the English portion was compiled by Colonel Joseph Lemuel Chester, LL.D., so well known for his indefatigable research.

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Nettlestead, Suffolk, England
Age 56
Lillingstone Lovell, Oxfordshire, England
August 26, 1489
Age 63
Burnham, Buckinghamshire, England