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Mary Tooke (Tichborne)

Also Known As: "Mary Tychbourn"
Birthplace: Essex, , England
Death: August 29, 1623 (59-60)
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Place of Burial: Essendon, Hertfordshire, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nicholas Tichborne, MP and Elizabeth Tichborne
Wife of William Tooke, II
Mother of Maria Darnall; James Tooke, Esquire; William Tooke; Christopher Tooke; Dorothy Tooke and 2 others
Sister of Sir Benjamin Tichborne, MP, 1st Baronet; Jane Yate; Richard Duke and Gilbert Tichborne, of Winchester Castle
Half sister of Francis Tichborne; Reynold Tichborne; Juliana Tichborne and Dorothy Tichborne

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About Mary Tooke

Note: Treasures of Britain: p. 459 Tichborne Hants 541He CHURCH OF ST. ANDRE W. The church has a Saxon chancel, an early 18th century brick tower, a N orman font, and fragments of medieval glass. Many monuments in the nor th aisle are dedicated to the local family, the Tichbornes from the 17 th to the 19th century. (Speculation whether she was a member of this pro minent Hampshire family)


   Birth  	Abt 1563  	Roydon, , Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2] 
   Gender  	Female 
   Died  	29 Aug 1623  	Essenden, , Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3] 
   Person ID  	P-1808861638  	south
   Last Modified  	4 Jun 2010 
   Father  	Nicholas Tichborne,   b. Abt 1518, Tichborne, South Hampton, Hapmshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1555, Royden County, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
   Relationship  	Natural 
   Mother  	Elizabeth Rythe,   b. 1514, West Tisted, Engalnd, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1576 
   Relationship  	Natural 
   Family ID  	F952  	Group Sheet
   Family  	William Tooke,   d. 12 Feb 1611, Popes, , Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    	1. William Tooke,   b. 13 Oct 1568, Essenden, , Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1622, Fields, Middx Essenden, Hertfordhsire, England Find all individuals with events at this location
   >	2. James Tooke,   b. 29 Jul 1583, St. Albans, London and Hertford Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1655, St Albans, Hertfordshire, , England Find all individuals with events at this location
   Family ID  	F951  	Group Sheet
       She was the daughter of Nicholas Tichborne of Roydon Co., Essex, probably
       of the Tichbornes of County Hants, a very old Catholic family. An
       interesting story connected with the Tooke family is given in the
       Genealogical History o f the Tooke and Related Farnilies compiled by Mary
       Tooke Rockwell and Ida Gertrude Tooke:
       "A 797 year old hex is staved off by baronet's annual gift of flour"
       "In the year 1150 in the manor house at AIresford, Hants, England, old
       Lady Mabel de Tichborn e took to her deathbed. Her husband, Roger, a man
       of great wealth and small charity, felt obl iged to go to her chamber to
       hear her last words. As she had done many times before, she begg ed him
       to give some of his property to the poor. Sir Roger snorted. But insomuch
       as he wa s a sporting man, he tnade her a proposition. "You may give away
       the harvest of as much of m y land," he sneered, "as you can walk around,
       carrying a torch in your hand." Whereupon galla nt Lady Mabel rose up and
       crawled around 13 of Sir Roger's fattest acres, encompassing an are a
       which to this day is known as "The Crawls." The effort killed her, but as
       she expired she b ound the Tichhornes with a curse. Unless each year on
       Lady Day (March 25) they gave to ever y adult in the village one gallon
       (one-half peck) of flour and to each child one-half gallon , a blight
       would fall on the House. Seven sons would be born followed by seven
       daughters, th e manor would collapse and the name of Tichborne would die.
       And so, except for one lapse of t he dole between 1796 and1835-whereupon
       a flood of daughters threatened the direct family lin e- Tichbornes have
       been handing out flour on Lady Day for 797 years.
       "In 1947, the duty fell upon 32-year old Sir Anthony Doughty~Tichborne,
       14th baronet. But a s Lady Day drew near and Lady Mabel's ghost fidgeted
       in the family vault, another Specter- br ead rationing - threatened to
       cancel the performace Sir Anthony asked the Ministry of Food fo r1 1,000
       bread units. The Ministry said no. Then, as it seemed the tradition would
       be broke n again, sentimental Britons rushed to the rescue. They sent
       their own units -more than 6,ooo - to Tichborne Manor. With these and the
       Ministry's belated permission, although he could giv e only half-measure
       to the 8oo villagers who applied, happy Sir Anthony carried on for anothe
       r year."
       Also, I might mention the fact that some Tooke descendants have been
       under the impression that John Horne Tooke (1736-1812), English writer,
       politician and philologist, was an ancestor of the family of Tooke which
       came to America. He was a brave man and a fine character but his name was
       John Horne. He assumed the name of Tooke and called himself Horne Tooke
       due to gratitude and admiration of William Tooke who treated him as a son.
       Visitation of London TOOKE
       [S-1789841542] Garrett-Sharpe-Brown-Pointdexter and Allied Lines... A Genealogical Study With Biographical Notes, Anne Sharpe Garrett Holmann, (Privately Published by The American Historical Company, Inc., 1971).
       [S-1789825527] OneWorldTree,, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.).
       [S-1789841433] Tooke Family File.
       Date of Import: Jul 31, 1999


The Will of Mary Tooke (131 HW 28; 2 HR 217r)

Date: 25 Jun 1622

Testator: Mary Tooke of the parish of All Saints, Hertford, widow, late the wife of William Tooke the elder of the same, deceased.

Burial request: in the chancel of Essendon, Herts, near to where her late husband lies buried.

Bequests: To the poor of the parish of Essendon, 40s. To the poor of the parish of All Saints (All Hallows), Hertford, 40s. Nicholas Tooke (son). James Tooke (son). Mary Darnall (daughter). Thomas, Walter and Ralph Tooke, the three sons of William Tooke (son). Judith and Frances Tooke, the daughters of William Tooke (son). John and James Tooke, the two sons of James Tooke (son). John, Henry, Philip and Ralph Darnall, the sons of Mary Darnall (daughter). Anne Darnall, the daughter of Mary Darnall (daughter). Avis Willand, daughter of Dorothy Willand (daughter).

Executors: Edward Pulter of Little Ayott, gent (kinsman), and Christopher Tooke (son).

Witnesses: Thomas Croxton and Thomas Hills.

Proved on 15 Oct 1623 at Wheathampstead by Edward Pulter and Christopher Tooke, gents. 56

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Mary Tooke's Timeline

Essex, , England
September 22, 1573
Essendon, Hertfordshire, England
June 29, 1583
London, London, England, United Kingdom
August 29, 1623
Age 60
Hertford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom