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Margaret Gage (Shelley)

Birthplace: Michelgrove, Sussex, England
Death: Died in Bentley, Sussex, England
Place of Burial: Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of John Shelley, of Michelgrove and Mary Guildford
Wife of Edward Gage, Esq., of Bentley
Mother of Mary Crispe; Dorothy Alcock; Margaret Smyth; Mildred Belson; Philippa Bendlowes and 1 other
Sister of James Shelley; Elizabeth Guildford; John Shelley, Esq.; William Shelley, of Michelgrove; Eleanor Colton and 3 others

Managed by: Nancy Glanville Wagner
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About Margaret Gage

Margaret Shelley

  • Birth: abt 1540  Mitchelgrove, Sussex, England
  • Parents: John Shelley (1506 - 1550) & Mary FitzWilliam
  • Husband: Edward Gage  of Bently, Sussex, England


From The Gages of Bentley, Framfield, Sussex:

Edward Gage, his [James Gage & Jone Delves] heir, married Margaret, daughter of John (not William) Shelley, of Michelgrove (cf. 10 S. W. '56). There is an odd divergence in the published accounts of their monument in Framfield Church, and perhaps some Sussex reader 'of N. &. will give a full description of it. According to the Rev. H. R. Hoe-re (Sussex Arch. Coll., iv. 296—7), “ behind him are three sons, behind her five daughters, above are their names.” On the other hand, the Rev. E. Turner says (ibid., xxiii. 159) that the brass has “ the figures of a man_and a woman and of their six children upon it ” ; and that the first half of the inscription runs :—

" the body of Edward Gage, Esq', and Margaret his wife (daughter of Sir [sic] John Shelley, of Michelgrove). who had three sons and seven daughters, and died Anno Domini 1595."

The three sons and one of the daughters appear to have predeceased their father. The six surviving daughters, together With their mother, are given in the pedigree Harl. Soc. Publ., liii. 9, to their father’s cousin John, eldest son of Sir Edward Gage, K.B., of Firle; and in Ga e’s ‘ Hengrave ’ (p. 237) and in Burke’s Peerage’ their mother is represented as wife of the said Sir Edward’s fifth son Edward, and mother of his children John and Elizabeth. Brother Foley (‘ Records S.J.,’ v. 78) supposes the tomb to be that of Edward Gage of Firle !

Of the six surviving daughters,

  • (1) Mary married John Crispe, of Ore, Sussex.
  • (2)1 Dorothy, whose name also occurs as Ruth, married Thomas Alcock (whom Be , ‘ Sussex Genealogies,’ 294, calls Alwick), of Rampton, Cambs, who in April, 1593, had been about 32 weeks in the Marshalsea for recusancy (Strype, ‘ Ann.,’ iv. 258).
  • (3) Margaret married George Smyth, of the Bishopric of Durham.
  • (4) Mildred married Augustine Belson, of Stokenchurch, Oxon, a recusant (‘Cal. S. P. Dom., 1598—1601,’ p. 524), and surviving him died in 1624, aged 49, and was buried at Clapham, Sussex, (Cartwright, ‘ Sussex,’ ii. 85). * (5) Philippa married Andrew Bendlowes, of Essex, also a recusant (‘ Cal. S. P.,’ 100. cit.)
  • (6) Elizabeth married Anthony Skinner, of Rowing~ ton, Warwickshire, who received licence to go beyond the seas with his family on 12 Aug.. 1606 (‘Cal. S. P. Dom. Add, 1580—1625,’ p. 486).


Will of John Shelley of Michelgrove, Sussex 27 April 1551 PROB 11/34

JOHN SHELLEY, esq. Vol. 94, No. 53. Lewes, 5 Oct. (? 5) Edward VI. Died 4 Edward VI. Heir, son William S., aged 12. Lands in Shepley. J. S., son and heir of "William Shelley, knt., Mary, wife of J. S. and daughter of "Wm. FitzWilliams, knt. J. S. seized of manor of Knell, co. Sussex. Made will 8 Aug. 1550 as J. S. of Mychelgrove, esq. to be buried in Church of Clapham my manor of Stondon Hall, co. Essex, my manors of Wolston and Marston, co. Warwick, Mary my wife my manor of Chalfyn, co. Herts, my uncle Kychard Shelley's lands in Eudgwicke, my brother Thomas S. and Mary his wife son William under 21 my daughters and younger children my two sons John S. and Eichard S. my manors of Exton Bassett and Luces in co. Wilts to son Eichard my father S r W m Shelley my 4 daughters Elinor, Mary, Bryget and Margaret my sister Margaret ray uncle parson Shelley my uncle Edward Shelley.


last updated April 2015

Not to be confused with wife of Edward Gage of Firle.

"Sir William Shelley, Justice of the Court of Common Pleas & Alice Belknap had 7 sons (including John; Sir Richard; Sir Edward; Thomas; & Sir James) and 7 (sic: 6) daughters (including Katherine, wife of Henry Browne, Esq; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Roger Copley; Frances; ..,)

> "& Margaret, wife of Edward Gage)." This is incorrect; there's a source misprint.  The Margaret Shelley who married Edward Gage was the daughter of JOHN Shelley of Michelgrave.

  • The roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London: Continued to 1993. Page 294-295.  "Gage."
  • Updated from WikiTree Genealogy by SmartCopy: Apr 27 2015, 20:19:21 UTC
  • FamilySearch Id: LH25-FV4
  • Googlebooks The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets, and Such Baronets of Scotland, as are of English Families; with Genealogical Tables, and Engravings of Their Coats of Arms, Volume 1.  William Betham.  Burrell and Bransby, 1801 - Baronetage.  "Shelley of Michelgrove, Sussex.". Page 68-69
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Margaret Gage's Timeline

Michelgrove, Sussex, England
Age 10
Sussex, England
Age 34
April 15, 1949
Age 409
April 22, 1949
Age 409
April 26, 1949
Age 409
June 21, 1949
Age 409
February 19, 1953
Age 413
September 13, 1968
Age 428