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Maria Pearsall (Bathurst)

Also Known As: "Mary"
Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: September 27, 1594 (39)
Horsley, Staffordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lancelot Bathurst, Alderman of London and Judith Pearsall
Wife of Edmund Pearsall
Mother of Edmund Pearsall; Thomas Pearsall; Mary Pearsall and Robert Pearsall
Sister of Randolf Bathurst; Susannah Owens; Elizabeth Brown; Son Bathurst; George Bathurst and 3 others

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About Maria Pearsall

Maria was born at the manor of Francks in the parish of Horton Kirby, Northamtonshire, England. Maria married Edmund Pershall, son of Richard Pershall and Isabella Rolleston, in 1583 at London, County Middlesex, England. It is assumed Maria died before 26 March 1629 as she was not mentioned in her husband's will that he wrote on that day.

The original Franks Hall was built in 1220, in the reign of Henry III, by a Yorkshire family named Frankish. It was located on the other side of the River Darent, opposite the present house, and its foundations are still visible from the air. In the early part of the 15th century, when Henry VI was on the throne, the Frankish family died out and the house passed to John Martin, whose son of the same name inherited it in 1436,later bequeathing it to his grandson Edward. By this time the somewhat primitive medieval house was falling into decay and early in the reign of Elizabeth I, Edward Martin alienated the estate to Lancelot Bathurst, an alderman of the City of London and member of both the Grocers' and the Merchant Adventurers' Companies. Bathurst had little interest in the damp and dilapidated building and began work on a new house on higher ground on the opposite bank of the river. The existing Franks Hall was completed in 1591, but Bathurst enjoyed his magnificent new home for only three years before he died. He and his wife, Judith, had six sons and four daughters and their eldest son, Randolph, succeeded to the estate. Randolph also had a large family and in turn was succeeded by his son, Edward, the first of the Bathursts to be knighted. Sir Edward's son, Thomas, who qualified as a doctor of medicine at Leyden University was also knighted, by Charles II. He lived at Franks until his death in 1688.

Birth: 1555 in Alderman, Bathurst, London

Death: 15 SEP 1594

Change Date: 28 NOV 2008

Father: Launcelot BATHURST b: 1529

Mother: Judith RANDOLPH

Marriage 1 Edmund PERSHALL b: ABT 1531

   * Married: 9 JUN 1567


  1. Edmund PERSHALL PESHALL b: 1570 in Horsley, Staffordshire, England
  2. Thomas PEARSALL b: 1571 in London, England
  3. Mary PEARSALL b: ABT 1583 in Bromley, Kent, England
  4. Robert PEARSALL b: ABT 1590


  1. Type: Book
     Author: Clarence Pearsall
     Periodical: History and Genealogy of the Pearsall Family in England and America
     Publication: H. S. Crocker, San Francisco 1928
     Page: 1915 pages
     Page: Chapter 26, Section 1, Page 856 

1. Edmond1 Pershall, son of Richard Pershall and Isabel Rollestar, was born in Horsley, Stafford, England 1531. Edmond died Apr 1629 at 97 years of age.

He married Maria Bathurst. Maria was born in London, England abt 1564. Maria was the daughter of Lancelot Bathurst. Edmond Pearsall changed the name of his family when he entered into business in London in 1552. Thereafter, the family name was spelled "Pearsall". He was a Merchant of the Staple and an officer in the Grocers Guild, the largest financial backer of international trade and shipping. His name is on the list of supporters of the charter for the second Virginia Colony. It was there the family tobacco fortune was made. After a series of land and finance frauds committed by his brother Robert and Robert's heirs against Edmond and his family and business, both Edmond Pearsall and his son Edmond died in Fleet Street debtor's prison.



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Maria Pearsall's Timeline

London, Middlesex, England
Age 15
Age 31
Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England
September 27, 1594
Age 39
Horsley, Staffordshire, England
Age 39
London, Staffordshire, Eng
September 11, 1612
Age 39
Staffordshire, , England