Robert Chadbourne, of Tamworth

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Robert Chadbourne, of Tamworth

Birthplace: Preston, Lancashire, England
Death: before December 16, 1622
Tamworth, Staffordshire , England
Place of Burial: Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Chadbourne and Georgiana Chadbourne
Husband of Margaret (Margery) Chadbourne
Father of Robert Chadbourne; Margery Hewer; William Chadbourne, of Berwick; John Chadbourne; Randall Chadbourne and 1 other

Occupation: Sawyer
Managed by: Erik Moulton
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About Robert Chadbourne, of Tamworth

ROBERT CHADBOURNE, born Preston, Lancashire, probably 1530s or later; buried Tamworth, Staffordshire, 16 December 1622; married there 28 January 1576/7, MARGARET DOOLEY who, as "Margery Chadburne widdow" was buried there on 23 September 1626. Her parentage has not been discovered.

Children, all baptized in Tamworth, Staffordshire, surname CHADBOURNE:

  1. ROBERT1, bpt 9 Apr 1578; no further record.
  2. MARGERY, bpt 15 Feb 1579/80; m Tamworth 9 Oct 1604 RICHARD HEWER.
  3. WILLIAM, bpt 30 Mar 1582, became the emigrant to North America (q.v.).
  4. JOHN, bpt 3 June 1584; m Tamworth, 21 Jan 1618/9 JONE OWRES, bur Tamworth 28 Oct. 1667.
  5. RANDALL/RANDULPHE, bpt 9 Apr 1587; bur Tamworth 23 Aug 1653; m MARY _____, who was bur. in Tamworth 31 Aug 1652.
  6. Susanah, bpt 20 May 1638.
  7. THOMAS, bpt 11 May 1590; m1 Tamworth 10 Nov 1618 ANN MARE, who was bur. there 10 June 1632; m2 there 1 Oct 1632 ANNE BULL, who was bur Tamworth 19 Sep 1649.
  8. THOMAS CHADBOURNE, his marriage and further career are unknown. He is a contemporary and possibly a sibling of Robert. Two of his children are seen in the Tamworth parish register.

Children, surname CHADBOURNE:

  1. i. THOMAS, bpt 21 Aug 1575; bur 30 Aug 1575.
  2. ii. ROBERT, bur. 14 Sep 1576.



Despite being married in the Anglican church and allowing his children to be baptized there, it is clear from the deposition in John Fisher's book that Robert Chadbourne was a Roman Catholic. He clearly states that he was raised in the time of Henry VIII when there was a "different order" (officially-sanctioned Roman Catholicism). Henry reigned from 1509 to 1547 and declared the new order in 1537. There was considerable religious confusion at this time, and the subsequent reigns of Edward VI and his sister Mary did little to settle the matter. It was not until Elizabeth I succeeded to the throne in 1558 that things began to stabilize and the "new order" was identifiable. Robert Chadbourne may well have been referring to the "time of Henry VIII" in a very broad sense since, if he was truly brought up in that reign, he was unusually old at the time of his marriage.

We get few clues about the status of Robert's family. From his deposition we know that he was a sawyer. The Preston Guild Merchant kept reliable records, updated every twenty years. These records were published and edited by W.A. Abram in 1882, but neither Robert nor anyone of the surname Chadbourne appears on the rolls.

The burial on 15 August 1589 of William Bawdwyn, "Chadbornes servant," indicates that the household was at least of a size to support one servant.

Will of Robert Chadburne

Consistory Court of the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, 14 Dec 1622

In the name of God Amen In the yeare of or Lord god 1622 in the xxth yeare of the Raigne of or Sovraigne Lord king James the xiiijth day of December &c. I Robert Chadburne of Tamworth in the County of Warwicke Carpenter beinge sicke in bodie yet thanks be to god in good and parfit Remembrance remembringe the uncrtayne hower of Death Doe ordayne and make this to be my Last will & Testamt in manner and forme Followinge First I give & bequeath my soule to Almightie god and my bodie to be buried in Tamworth church yarde Item I give & bequeath unto Margret my wyfe all my worldlie goods wch I possesse moveable & unmoveable payinge unto evry one of my chilldren xijd apeece And alsoe that my sonne Randulphe and his wife shall have hold & quietlie enioye the one halfe of the house and Backeside Wt my aforesaid wife duringe the tearme of my Lease wthout any let or molestation And yf it happen that my wiffe duringe this tyme wch I have in my house shoulde be so mynded to sett or assigne over hir tyme wch is yet to come that then it shall be Lawfull for my Sonne Randulphe to have the refuse of the same givinge as another should give Alsoe I do ordayne & make to be my overseers of this my will to be Pformed Christopher Wilcox & my sonne William Chadburne Wittnesse unto the same /s/ Christopher Wilcox /s/ William Rutter

About Tamworth

From Wikipedia 16th and 17th centuries

Queen Elizabeth granted Tamworth another charter in 1560.

Tamworth suffered from outbreaks of plague in 1563, 1579, 1597–98, 1606 and 1626. Many died but each time the population recovered.

James I, the first Stuart king of England, visited Tamworth in 1619 and was accommodated by Sir John Ferrers at Tamworth Castle. The Prince of Wales (the future king Charles I) was entertained by William Comberford at the Moat House.

Tamworth castle was besieged by parliamentarian forces during the English Civil War in 1643. An order was issued for the castle to be destroyed but this was not carried out.

Tamworth continued to grow and remained one of the most populous towns in the Midlands by 1670, when the combined hearth tax returns from Warwickshire and Staffordshire list a total of some 320 households. Its strategic trade advantage lay with control of the two vital packhorse bridges across the Anker and the Tame on the route from London to Chester. While it remained a local market town, it did a brisk trade providing travellers with the staple bread, ale and accommodation, maintaining trading links as far afield as Bristol. Charles II’s reconfirmation of its borough's privileges in 1663 gave the town an added boost, as confirmed by Richard Blome's[who?] description of its celebrated market, well served with corn, provisions and lean cattle.

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Robert Chadbourne, of Tamworth's Timeline

Preston, Lancashire, England
April 9, 1578
Age 43
Tamworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
February 14, 1580
Age 45
Tamworth, England
March 30, 1582
Age 47
Tamworth, Warwickshire, England
June 3, 1584
Age 49
April 9, 1587
Age 52
May 11, 1590
Age 55
Tamworth, England
December 16, 1622
Age 87
Tamworth, Staffordshire , England
December 16, 1622
Age 87
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England, UK