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Thomas Farley, Sr.

Birthplace: Towthorpe, North Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Reginald Farley and Barbara Cave Hastings
Husband of Jane Farley, of Down Ampney
Father of George Farley of Billerica
Brother of Roger Farley; George Farley Farley; Michael Farley; Fabyan Farley; Alice Farley and 2 others
Half brother of Henry Hastings, MP and Walter Hastings

Managed by: Constance Christine Wynne
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About Thomas Farley of Towthorpe

Thomas FARLEY....b. 1565 in Towthorpe, North Yorkshire, England, the son of Reginald FARLEY( 1530) and Barbara HASTINGS (b. ca. 1532). Reginald's parents were Richard FARLEY (b. 1485, son of John FARLEY of Bosbury, Herfordshire, England) and Joan EVESHAM (b. 1499 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England). Thomas m. Jane HUNGERFORD (ca. 1578-1627, b. in Somersetshire, England, daughter of Sir Anthony HUNGERFORD and Bridget SHELLEY). There were actually TWO Towthorpe's in North Yorkshire –one still exists and is immediately northeast of the city of York, and the other (abandoned in the mid-1600s) was off to the East, near the English Channel. The name itself is an English corruption of a Scandinavian name referring to farmland, dating from the Viking occupation of northeast England. (To confuse matters further, there was another Jane HUNGERFORD who married Thomas' brother Fabyan FARLEY. The two Janes were cousins.)


  • Roger's Will: Following is a copy of his will: "Roger Farley of City of Worchester, gentleman. Will, 29 March, 1622: Proved, 25 September, 1622: "To my wife Jane, the tenement my son Robert Farley now dwells in the broadstreete of Worchester and adjoining to the East side of now dwelling house and at her decease to my son Robert. To my son Robert the house in my own occupation and the house in occupation of my sister Alice Kent. To wife Jane, £300 and all the goods which were her own when I married her. To William Farley my son £120 and various articles of furniture and the lease of the house John Younger now dwelleth in . To Elliot Farley £100. To Edward Farley my son £10 to buy him a cloak and his wife a gown. To son Thomas Farley £5. To son Humphery Farley £5. To Ceycill my daughter £5. To daughter Margaret Broadhurst £5. To daughter Katherine Barnsley £5. To wife's son Robert Allen £40. To sister Alice Kent £3. To each of my apprentices and servant maids £10. To poor of Worchester £7. To Thomas and Edward Evans, my wife's brethern £20 each. Robert Farley my son to use my Cloth-Mark in any clothes he shall make. I forgive my 'brother Thomas Farley of all debts he owes to me' and also discharge Thomas Rogers, my son-in-law, of all moneys and also my son-in-law William Ceycill. Lands I hold from Corporation of Worchester to Jane my wife. The deed of feoffment to some of my children of lands in Anbury als Avenbury in co. Hereford and of lands in city of Worchester to remain safe custody of my executor. To John Clyman £ 22. Residuary Legatee and executor: son Robert Farley. Overseers: John Watts of City of Worchester gent, and John Breyton of same city, Dyer. If I die in forenoon of any day my body to be buried in the afternoon of the same day and if I die in the afternoon of one day to be buried in the forenoon of next.
  • Witnesses: Edward Waringe, William Allen, Richard Oswald, John Hill. Scr." September 1622: Worchester, Worchestershire, England
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Towthorpe, North Yorkshire, England
Age 50