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Lady Elinor Bonython (Myllyton), Heiress of Pengersick Castle

Also Known As: "Eleanor Myllayton", "Milliton", "Myllyton", "Myllaton", "Mylation", "Milton", "Militon"
Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: St Michael's p, Kerrier, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Death: January 10, 1628 (82)
Place of Burial: St. Chad's
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Mylleton and Honor Meliton (Godolphin)
Wife of NN Bancroft and John Bonython, Heir of Bonython Manor
Mother of Anne Bancroft; Reskymer Boynthon; Edmond Bonython; William Bonython; John Bonython and 3 others
Sister of Avice Parker; Elizabeth Milliton; Phillipa Myliton; Grace Meliton; Anne Meliton and 3 others

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About Lady Elinor Bonython, Heiress of Pengersick Castle

  • 'Full text of "The Bonython family of Maine"
  • Pedigree.
  • 1. RALPH1 BONYTHON, of Bonython, Cornwall, paid a subsidy in the parish of Cury, 15 Henry VIII. He married twice, probably, (1) Elizabeth Downe, and (2) Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Erissey [Inq. Post. Mort. (James Erissey), 35 Hen. VIII. 62; comp. Coles Esch. Harl. Mss., No. 757, p. 38] and had issue:
    • 2. RICHARD2 BONYTHON (Ralph1), also paid subsidy as above at the same time, but died the next year (1535), as his wife Jane, daughter and heir of John Durant of Pensinans, Cornwall, was a widow 16 Henry VIII., at Bodmin, where she was taxed. He had issue:
      • '3. JOHN3 BONYTHON (Richard,2 Ralph1), paid a subsidy in the parish of Curry, 1559; he married Eleanor, daughter and co-heir of Job Myllayton of Pengerswick Castle, St. Breock, Kirrier ; Governor of St. Michael's Mount. [Lake, Parochial History of Cornwall, i. 134, 137.] The Myllaytons became possessed of Pengerswick Castle, temp. Henry VIII., and Job Myllayton was made governor of St. Michaels in 1547 in place of Humphrey Arundell of Helland, who was executed for treason. Issue :
        • 4. i. RESKYMER, son and heir.
        • 5. ii. RICHARD, the emigrant to Maine.
        • iii. EDMOND.
        • iv. WILLIAM.
        • v. JOHN, Captain of Pendennis Castle.
        • vi. ELIZABETH, m. Henry Pomeroy, Mayor of Tregony, 15 April, 1600.
        • vii. ANNE, m. Walter Roscarrock, 15 Oct. 1606.
        • 4. RESKYMER4 BONYTHON (John,3 Richard,2 Ralph1), was High Sheriff of Cornwall, 17 James I. [Tonkin, History of Cornwall, I. 287], and died 6 April, 1627 [lnq. Post Mort. 17 Chas. I. (pt. i.) No. 73] ; married Loveday, daughter of William Kendall of Lostwithiel [Carew, Survey of Cornwall (1602), p. 109], by whom he had issue : . . .
        • 5. RICHARD4 BONYTHON (John,3 Richard,2 Ralph1), was baptized at St. Columb Major, 3 April, 1580, the second son of John3 Bonython of Bonython. It is possible that he is the Richard Bonython who was Comptroller of the Stannaries of Cornwall and Devonshire, 1603 and 1604, and keeper of the Gaol at Lostwithiel in 1603 [Calender of State Papers, Domestic]. He came to Saco in 1631, bringing with him, as a copartner of Thomas Lewis, a patent, dated 12 February, 1629-30, for a large tract of land four miles by eight upon the East side of the Saco River, of which livery of seizen was given 28 June, 1631, following. His associate had " already been at the charge to transport himself and others to take a view of New England for the bettering his experience in the advancing a plantation," as is recited in the grant. I suppose that his emigration to this almost unknown land may be explained by recalling that he was not in the line of succession to the family seat and honors, his brother Reskymar having in 1620 a son and grandson to inherit the property. I judge also that he had been a soldier in some of the French wars, perhaps serving with Sir Ferdinando Gorges, from whom he imbibed some of the enthusiasm of " that grave knight" respecting the New England. This seems to be confirmed by his universal title of " Captain Bonython," as well as by a letter from Richard Vines to John Winthrop, 25 January, 1640, in which he says : "It seems the governor [Dudley] makes a question that Sir Ferdinando Gorges was not in the Ffrench wars in his tyme. Capt. Bonython intreats me to write a word or two thereof,"* and then he proceeds to detail the facts as stated by him. This martial career secured to him an authoritative position among the early settlers, and he was undoubtedly a local magistrate under the " combination " government of Richard Vines, before the arrival in 1635 of Deputy Governor William Gorges. When this new executive officer arrived, he organized his first court 25 March, 1635-6, at the house of Captain Richard Bonython, who was then appointed one of the Provincial Commissioners, and in 1640, under the first charter, he was appointed one of the Councillors to Deputy Governor Thomas Gorges. We have no means of estimating his character except through negative testimony, and it is a legitimate inference that he must have been a man of ability and honor to have retained the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens for so many years.
        • The court records are free from any charges impugning his moral,
        • * 4 Mas.". Hist. Coll. vii. Wintlirop Papers.
        • social or political character, and to this is added the positive evidence that as a judge he spared not his own son from the utmost rigors of the law. One scrap of exemporaneous history affords us a sidelight into his character. Rev. Thomas Jenner, the Puritan minister at Saco [1640-6], writing to Governor Winthrop, says: "Mr Vines & the captaine [Richard Bonython] both have timely expressed themselves to be utterly against church-way, saying their patent doth prohibit the same." Parson Jenner's "church-way " did not suit loyal Captain Richard or Deputy Governor Vines, for the latter says : " I like Mr. Jenner his life and conversacion and also his preaching, if he would lett the Church of England alone ; that doth much trouble me to hear our mother church questioned for her impurity upon every occasion."* Richard Bonython served as Councillor through 1645, and died about 1650. [Folsom, Saco and Biddeford, 113] By wife, whose name I judge to be Lucretia, he had issue :
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  • 'John Bonython
  • 'M, b. circa 1536
  • Father Richard Bonython b. c 1517, d. 1535
  • Mother Jane Durant b. c 1518
  • ' John Bonython was born circa 1536 at of Curry, Cornwall, England. He married Eleanor Myllayton, daughter of Job Myllayton, on 21 June 1562 at Breage, Cornwall, England.
  • 'Family Eleanor Myllayton b. c 1540
  • Child
    • ◦Jane Bonython+ b. c 1587
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Lady Elinor Bonython, Heiress of Pengersick Castle's Timeline

Kerrier, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Age 24
Cornwall, England
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Cornwall, England
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Cornwall, England
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Cornwall, England
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Cornwall, England
April 3, 1580
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St. Columb Major, Cornwall, England
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Of, Cornwall, England
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Swarkston, Derbyshire, England