John Hall, of Ford, Gent.

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John Hall, I

Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
Death: September 01, 1620 (80)
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Hall, Esq. and Elizabeth Hall
Husband of Dorothy Hall
Father of Thomas Hall, of Bradford and John Hall, of Bradford, Esq.

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About John Hall, of Ford, Gent.

John Hall

  • b. c1540
  • d. 9/1/1620
  • parents: Thomas Hall, Elizabeth Mervyn
  • wife: Dorothy Rogers



In the course of a lawsuit in 1575 between John Hall and John Stevens of Bradford, butcher, Stevens stated that, "John Hall, son of Thomas Hall esq. deceased is, and his ancestors have for a long time been seised of certain water mills and other lands' in the manor of Bradford, which had been held of the abbey of Shaftesbury and after
the Dissolution of the grantees of the abbey's lands in Bradford by a rent of 75s. a year and suit at the court of the manor." From Parishes: Bradford-on-Avon, A History of the County of Wiltshire: Vol. 7.

After succeeding male heirs of the Hall family of Bradford on Avon intermarried with the families of Bowyer of Wilton, Tropenell of Chalfield and Mervyn of Fonthill, we find John Hall, the next heir of this family, described as 'of Forde' married to Dorothy, daughter and sole heiress of Anthony Rogers who died in 1583. Anthony Rogers was the last male representative of this branch of the Rogers family in Bradford on Avon. By this pairing, the Besill estate was once again under one roof. She also brought into the marriage her own patrimony, part of which was located at Holt. Her mother was Anne daughter of Thomas Wroughton.

"Anthony Rogers of Bradford, Esq., son and heir of Anthony, mar. Ann, da. of Thomas Wroughton of Broughton, co. [Hants.] South'ton, Esq., and by her had issue, Dorathe, his only dau.; which mar. to John Hall, son a heir of Thomas Hall, and by her hath issue, Thomas Hall and John Hall, living," per, The visitation of Wiltshire 1565, By William Harvey, p. 39. Anne Wroughton of Moores Court, Isle of Wight, daughter of Sir Thomas Wroughton, married Lancelot Lisle and they had son Thomas Lisle. Lancelot Lisle died and his manorial rights passed to his widow Anne who then married Anthony Rogers, son of Anthony Rogers and Dorothy Ernely, grandson of William Rogers and Joan Horton and great grandson of Thomas Rogers and Cecilia Besill. Cecilia's sister Margaret married Nicholas Hall. Anthony Rogers and his wife Anne held courts at Holt from 1544 to 1556; grandson Anthony Lisle, son of Thomas Lisle, succeeded her. Dorothy Rogers b. c1540, dau. and heir of Anthony Rogers of Bradford and Anne Wroughton, married John Hall, son of Thomas Hall and Elizabeth Mervyn.

The Lisle's were from Wooton, Isle of Wight, and the Wroughton’s were from Moores Court, Isle of Wight. Eleanor de Gorges, heiress of Wraxhall, was b. c1307 in Knighton, Isle of Wight and died c1376 in Wraxall, Long Ashton, Somerset. She married Sir Theobald Russell of Kingston, son of Sir William Russell and Katherine de Aula.

Rogers Pedigree as shown in the book, Bradford-on-Avon: history and description, by W. H. Jones, Book 16. The ancient Hall family of Bradford-on-Avon is discussed in Chapter 7. For addition information on the Rogers family, visit both: Lineage of the Rogers Family and Will of Anthony Rogers.


Source: Visitation of Wiltshire


  1. The visitation of Wiltshire 1623 by Saint-George, Henry, Sir, 1581-1644; England. College of Arms; British Museum. Mss. (Harleian 1165); Lennard, Samson, d. 1633; Marshall, George W. (George William), 1839-1905, ed. (1882). “Hall.” Page 79. < Archive.Org >
  2. Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy: May 8 2016, 22:49:13 UTC
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John Hall, of Ford, Gent.'s Timeline

July 23, 1540
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
October 12, 1570
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
September 1, 1620
Age 80
Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England