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Richard Bernard

Birthplace: Abington, Little Abington, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in Turvey, Bedfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis Bart Bernard, I and Alice Bernard
Husband of Elizabeth Bernard and Alice Bernard
Father of John Barnard; Richard Bernard, I and Mary Bernard King/Cutler
Brother of Catherine Agard; John Barnard; Jane Bernard; Anne Bernard; Baldwin Bernard of Abington and 7 others

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About Richard Bernard

  • Richard Bernard, Esq.1,2,3,4
  • M, #21888, b. circa 1578
  • Father Francis Bernard, Esq.5,3,6 b. 1526, d. 21 Oct 1602
  • Mother Alice Haselwood3,6 b. c 1530, d. 1612
  • Richard Bernard, Esq. was born circa 1578 at of Great Doddington, Northamptonshire, England.2 He married Alice Chibnall, daughter of John Chibnall, on 24 October 1601 at Astwood, Buckinghamshire, England.2,3,4 Richard Bernard, Esq. married Elizabeth Woolhouse, daughter of Anthony Woolhouse, Gent. and Millicent Strelley, circa 1607 at of Glasswell, Derbyshire, England; They had 2 sons (Richard, Gent; & John) and 1 daughter (Alice).2,3,4 Richard Bernard, Esq. left a will on 20 February 1613.2,3,4 He was buried on 24 April 1613 at Great Doddington, Northamptonshire, England.2,3,4 His estate was probated on 16 June 1613 at London, Middlesex, England.2,3,4
  • Family 1 Alice Chibnall
  • Family 2 Elizabeth Woolhouse b. c 1572, d. a 1613
  • Child
    • Richard Bernard, Gent.+3,4 b. 12 Mar 1609
  • Citations
  • [S6649] Unknown author, Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 20-21; The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, by F. L. Weis, 4th Ed., p. 57.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 103.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 187.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 345.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 102-103.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 344.
  • From:


  • The Bernards of Abington and Nether Winchendon: A Family History, Volume 1 By Sophia Elizabeth Higgins
  • Pg.12
  • Two sons only are mentioned as the issue of Thomas and Margaret Bernard — viz. John and Thomas. .... There is some difficulty about the age of John Bernard, who was apparently the elder brother of Thomas, but not necessarily, although he succeeded to Abington. .... John is described as twenty-eight the year after his father died, that is in 1465 ; his brother had then been a vicar sixteen years. Of Thomas nothing more is related ; either he was of too devotional a character to seek for preferment, or else he died too young to have
  • Pg.13
  • hoped for it. Otherwise the family patronage and influence must have helped him to rise.
  • Sir John Bernard,1 the next lord of Abington, .... etc.
  • His wife was Margaret, daughter of Henry, fourth Lord Scrope of Bolton, by Elizabeth, daughter of John, fourth Lord Scrope of Masham.2
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.16
  • Sir John Bernard left five sons :
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.20
  • JOHN BERNARD, eldest son of Sir John and Margaret Lady Bernard, had the good fortune to marry Margaret Daundelyn,1 who is styled in the 'County History' heir of her father, William, and her grandfather, John Daundelyn, of Doddington and Earl's Barton. In the 'Visitation of Northamptonshire' she is called heir of her father and of William Daundelyn, a cousin. The two accounts probably mean the same thing — namely, that Margaret was the last of her branch of the Daundelyns, and inherited all, or nearly all, the family property. .... etc.
  • Pg.24
  • .... John Bernard died on August 20, 1508, shortly before King Henry VII., who died in the following year. When his affairs were wound up his wife, Margaret, is mentioned as deceased. This probably means that she died before him, aged about thirty-five; he must have been ten or more years older.
  • John, the eldest son of John Bernard and Margaret Daundelyn, was only in his eighteenth year when he lost his father, and in all likelihood he had already lost his mother. Even if placed under guardianship for a short time, he must have achieved complete independence with his majority, and would seem to have taken advantage of his liberty to 'marry for love' — a rare event in those days. Or perhaps, while fancying that he was asserting his rights, the young squire was really captured by designing parents. His chosen wife, whoever chose her, was Cicely,1 daughter of John Muscote, of Earl's Barton. Muscote is styled 'gentleman,' 2 not esquire ; this, however, denotes inferiority in estate rather than in blood.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.28
  • In the record of John and Cicely Bernard's children there is no longer any difficulty about the names of daughters. They were the parents of four girls as well as of two boys.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.33
  • John Bernard died in 1549, early in the reign of Edward VI. ; Cicely, his wife, in 1557, towards the end of Mary's reign. Some remains of their tombs are still to be seen in Abington Church. .... etc.
  • Francis Bernard, the eldest son of John and Cicely, was probably turned thirty at the time of his father's death, and perhaps already married to Alice, daughter of John Haslewood of Maidwell, Northants, Esquire.1 His only brother John married her sister, Mary Haslewood. The mother of these ladies was Alice, daughter of Sir William Gascoyne, Knight. Their paternal grandfather, John Haslewood, is styled 'Master of the Fleete Prison' ; he married Katherine, daughter and heir of William Marmyon, of Kington, Lincolnshire, .... etc.
  • Pg.35
  • .... he escaped trouble by dying in 1559, the year following Queen Elizabeth's accession. But there is some likelihood that Mr. Bernard himself did not yet delight in the new order of things, which at its commencement had rendered his sister Dorothy an outcast, .... etc.
  • Francis Bernard and Alice, his wife, became the parents of twelve children, who lived to be men and women and married. They had also two daughters, who apparently died in their cradles. .... etc.
  • Pg.39
  • The alliances of Francis Bernard's daughters are subjoined seriatim in a note,2 as being too numerous and complicated for a more prominent position.
    • 1 .... etc.
    • 2 1. Catherine, married Ambrose Agard, of Broughton, gent, (meaning Broughton in Northamptonshire ; see Visitation).
    • 2. Jane = Richard, son and heir of Sir Richard Saltonstall, knight. This is probably a mistake for Saltonston. In the same volume Baker chronicles the marriage of Sir Richard Saltonston of 'Wardon' with 'Jane, dau. of . . .' and this couple had a son baptized 'Barnard.'
    • 3. Anne = 1. John Doyley, of Marton (or Merton), co. Oxon. = 2. Sir James Harrington, of Ridlington, co. Rutland. = 3. Sir Henry Pode, of co. Wilts.
    • 4. Elizabeth = 1. Thomas Harrison, of Northampton, gent. This family is called in the Visitation Harrison of Gobion's Manor. The manor was in the town of Northampton. = 2. Henry Favell, of Coventry.
    • 5. Magdalen = Thomas Danvers, of Banbury, co. Oxon, gent.
    • 6. Dorothy = Thomas Charnock, of Wellingborough, Northants, gent.
    • 7. Prudence = Richard Winhall, of co. Warwick.
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.40
  • As already stated, Francis Bernard had five sons ; but John, the eldest, was not living when his father sold Little Brington. He probably did not long survive his marriage with Dorothy, daughter of Francis Cave, of Baggrave, in Leicestershire, esquire,1 and died childless. .... etc.
  • .... Francis died in 1602 — just before the close of Queen Elizabeth's reign — at a ripe age, since he survived his father fifty-three and his mother forty-five years. Alice was living in 1610, at which time she had to bear a second great trouble alone, the death of her son Baldwin.
  • The five sons of Francis Bernard were :
  • 1. John, who predeceased his father, childless.
  • 2. Baldwin, the next lord of Abington Manor, and father of the last lord of his family.
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.41
  • 3. Francis of Kingsthorpe, ancestor of the Bernards of Huntingdon, and of Brampton, in Huntingdonshire.
  • 4. Thomas of Reading, ancestor of the Bernards of Nettleham, Lincohishire, and Nether Winchendon, Buckinghamshire.
  • 5. Richard of Astwood, Bucks, who, according to the pedigree, left no issue.1
  • .... etc.


Richard Bio 1600 , England Richard Bernard, the youngest of fourteen children born to Francis Bernard and Alice Haselwood, was born at Abington in Northampton, England. Richard appears to have married twice. His first wife was Alice Chibnall, the daughter of John Chibnall of Astwood in Buckinghamshire. She died without issue on 24 Apr 1606.

Richard subsequently married for a second time to Elizabeth (Woolhouse) Morley of London, the widow of Bartholomew Morley. Elizabeth was the daughter of Anthony Wiilhouse and Millicent Strelley. Richard passed away in 1613 at Turvey in Bedfordshire, England shortly after the birth of his fourth child. His will was probated in Bedforshire on 16 June 1613.

Issue from 2nd marriage

Alice b.Bedfordshire, England Chr. 15 October 1607. at Turvey, Bedfordshire, England. Married Francis Osbaldeston in England.

Richard b. Bedfordshire, England. Chr. 12 Mar 1608 at Turvey, Bedfordshire, England. Married, 12 December 1632 to Dorothy Aleway at St Faith-in-th- Virgin Church, London, England. Married (2) 24 November 1634 to Anne Corderoy at St. Andrews-in-the-Wardrobe, London, England. Died 3 April 1651 in Gloucester County, Virginia, USA


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Richard Bernard's Timeline

Little Abington, Cambridgeshire, England
October 24, 1604
Age 49
Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
March 12, 1607
Age 52
Turvey, Bedford, England
June 16, 1613
Age 58
Turvey, Bedfordshire, England
May 22, 1624
Age 58
Turvey, Bedfordshire, England