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Thomasine Grenville (Cole)

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Bideford, Devon, England
Death: December 1586 (68)
Poughill, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Cullompton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Cole, of Slade and Joane Cole
Wife of Capt. Roger Grenville and Thomas Arundell
Mother of Vice-Adm. Sir Richard Grenville, MP; Alexander Arundell of Ley; Elizabeth Arundell; Jane Lawton and Katherine Hechins
Sister of William Cole; Richard Cole; Robert (Coules) Cole; Joan Cole; Margaret Cole and 3 others

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About Thomasine Grenville

  • Thomasine Cole1
  • F, #488979
  • Last Edited=23 Oct 2015
  • Thomasine Cole is the daughter of Thomas Cole.2 She married Roger Grenville, son of Sir Richard Grenville and Matilda Beville.1
  • Her married name became Grenville.2
  • Child of Thomasine Cole and Roger Grenville
    • Sir Richard Grenville+1 b. 5 Jun 1542, d. 12 Sep 1591
  • Citations
  • [S4567] Bill Norton, "re: Pitman Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 6 April 2010 and 19 April 2011. Hereinafter cited as "re: Pitman Family."
  • [S130] Wikipedia, online http;// Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
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  • Thomasine Cole Grenville
  • Birth: 1518 Devon, England
  • Death: unknown Devon, England
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Roger Grenville (1516 - 1545)*
  • Children:
    • Richard Grenville (1542 - 1591)*
  • Burial: St James the Great Churchyard, Kilkhampton, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 135010985
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  • Sir Richard GRENVILLE, Knight
  • Born: 6 Jun 1542
  • Sied: 10 Sep 1591
  • Father: Roger GRENVILLE
  • Mother: Thomasine COLE
  • Married: Mary St. LEGER
  • Children:
    • 1. Barnard GRENVILLE (b. 1568 - d. 1636) (m. Elizabeth Beville)
    • 2. John GRENVILLE (d. 1595)
    • 3. Ursula GRENVILLE (d. 1643)
    • 4. Catherine GRENVILLE
    • 5. Bridget GRENVILLE (d. 1578)
    • 6. Son GRENVILLE
    • 7. Rebecca GRENVILLE
    • 8. Roger GRENVILLE (d. Dec 1565)
  • .... etc.
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  • Sir Richard Grenville (15 June 1542 – 10 September 1591) (alias Greynvile, Greeneville, Greenfield etc.) lord of the manors of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall and of Bideford in Devon, was an English sailor who as captain of the Revenge, died at the Battle of Flores (1591), fighting heroically against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship to the far more numerous Spanish. .... etc.
  • Richard Grenville was the eldest son and heir of Sir Roger Grenville (d.1545), who was captain of the Mary Rose when it sank in Portsmouth Harbour in 1545, by his wife Thomasine Cole, daughter of Thomas Cole of Slade.[1] Thomasine survived her husband and remarried to Thomas Arundell.[1] The ancient Grenville family were lords of the manors of Bideford in Devon and of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall. He was a cousin of Sir Walter Raleigh and the privateer and explorer Humphrey Gilbert.
  • Grenville's birthplace is believed to have been at Bideford. His father (who had pre-deceased his own father Sir Richard Grenville (c.1495-1550), MP for Cornwall in 1529[2]) died when he was an infant, aged 3, and his mother remarried to Thomas Arundell of Clifton Arundell House, where Grenville spent much of his childhood. At age 17 Grenville began law studies at the Inner Temple.
  • .... etc.
  • In 1565 Grenville married Mary St Leger (c.1543-1623), daughter of Sir John St Ledger of Annery, Monkleigh, near Bideford, and heir to her brother. She outlived her husband and died aged about 80 on 9 November 1623 and was buried at St Mary's Church, Bideford. The family initially lived at Buckland Abbey before moving to a newly built house at Bideford. They had 4 sons, including Bernard Grenville.[4]
  • .... etc.
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  • The Genealogy of the Family of Cole, of the County of Devon: Of the County of Devon, and of ... by JAMES. EDWIN-COLE
  • Pg.2
  • 1 WILLIAM COLE, of Hutenesleigh (now called Hittisleigh) in the county of Devon, living in the year 1243, whose son and heir
  • Pg.3
  • 2 ROGER COLE,* had "his dwelling at Coleton," in Chumleigh, and also held, in 27 Henry III., Hantesford, in that parish.† In 25th of Edward I. he was "returned from the county of Cornwall as holding lands or rents to the amount of £20 yearly value and upwards, either in Capite or otherwise, and as such summoned under the general writ to muster at London, on Sunday next after the Octaves of St. John the Baptist (7 July, 1297), to perform Military Service in person with horses and arms, &c., in parts beyond the Seas ;" ‡ and also again summoned with his son William§ to muster at Berwick-on-Tweed, on the nativity of St. John the Baptist, to perform service against the Scots in 1301. He was father of
  • 3 ROGER (of whom immediately), and of the above-named William, who probably perished in this expedition, as there is no further trace of him ; and perhaps his early death may account for the omission of his name in the family pedigree drawn up, in July 1630, by Sir William Segar, Garter, King-at-Arms.
  • 3 ROGER was heir to his father Roger, and lived in the reign of Edward II. ; his son and heir was
  • 4 JOHN COLE, of the counties of Devon and Cornwall, who, in 1324, was described as "John Cole de Tamer, Man-at-Arms, || and
  • Pg.4
  • returned by the Sheriff of the county of Devon, pursuant to Writ tested at Westminster, 9 May, as summoned by proclamation to attend the Great Council at Westminster, on Wednesday after Ascension Day, 30 May, 17 Edward II." In the 9th of Edward III (1335) he had free warren in Tamer, Lydeston, Hokesbere, and Hutenesleigh in the county of Devon, and in Rispernatt ;* and it appears by a Fine of 15 Edward III. (1341) that he was possessed of the manors of Respnel in the county of Cornwall, Launceston, and Stokley, and of the manor of Uptamer, Nytheway, and Hutenesleigh, the third part of the manor of Winston, and divers other lands in the county of Devon. He left a son and heir,
  • 5 SIR JOHN COLE, knight, of Nythway, in the parish of Brixham, who, on 25th July, 4 Richard II. (1380) was "knighted (before the castle of Ardres) in Fraunce, by the Erl of Buckingham Thomas of Woodstock, Lord Deputy there for the King,"† and who married Anne, daughter and heiress to Sir Nicholas Bodrugan,‡ knt., by whom he had issue,
  • Pg.5
  • 6 WILLIAM COLE (called Sir William Cole of Tamar, knt., by De la Pole, and also in a Herald's Visitation of Devon), who married Margaret, daughter of Sir Henry Beaupell, knt, and by her was the father of
  • Pg.6
  • 7 SIR JOHN COLE, knt, who was in "the Retynew of the Duke of Gloucester,* at the Battell of Agincourt on Fryday, the XXVth day of October in the yere of our Lord God, 1415, and in the Third yere of the Reigne of the most Excellent Prince, King Harry the Fifte ;" and it is probable that he received his spurs for his conduct on that glorious field. He married Agnes, daughter of Sir —— Fitzwarine, knt., and had issue four sons, viz : —
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.7
  • 8 II. JOHN COLE, of whom hereafter (see p. 12).
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.12
  • II. We now return to JOHN,* (second son of Sir John Cole, knt.) who married Jane, daughter of Robert Meryot of Devon, and had two sons, viz. : — Simon, his heir ; and WILLIAM, of whom presently, viz., on p. 22. Sir Simon (as he is frequently designated) † was seated at Slade, in the parish of Cornwood, in the county of Devon, and died 12 Henry VII. (1497). He married Alice, ‡ daughter and co-heir to — Leuri, of the county of Devon, had a daughter Joane, married to William Hele,§ of South Hele in Copneywood, Devonshire, esq. (by whom she had issue, represented by James Modyford Hele, who died a minor in August, 1716) § and a son, John Cole, of Slade, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county of Devon in 1512-13, etc., who died 21 Nov., 35 Henry VIII., (1543), having had issue by his wife, Thomasine, || daughter and heiress to Thomas Wallcot of Walcot in the county of
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.13
  • Devon, a son and heir, Thomas, who married, first, Joan, daughter of William Stourton, esq., and having no issue by her he married, secondly, Joane,* daughter and heiress to John Hill of Buckland Touzsaints, in the county of Devon, esq., and died 31 January 1541 (32 Henry VIII.) leaving three daughters, and three sons, viz. : — first daughter, Margaret, married, first, to Thomas Southcote, of Southcote, in the county of Devon, and secondly, to John Fursland, of Bickington, in the county of Devon, by whom† she had Walter F., Judith (married to Alexander Gottom, of Abbots Kerswell), Ursula (to Robert Barnes, of Plymouth), Alice (to Hugh Lear, of Ipplepen), Thomasine (to Robert Lynham, of Cornwall) ; second dau., Joane, married first, to Hugh Hill, of Heath, and secondly to Robert Dowrish, of Heath-barton, in the county of Devon, gent, (second son of Thomas Dowrish, of Dowrish in Sandford), by whom she had Thomas Dowrish, who married Wilmot, daughter of Richard Prouse of Exeter ; third daughter, Thomasine, married, first, to Sir Roger Grenville, an esquire of the body to Henry VIII. (son of Sir Richard Grenville, knt., of Stowe)‡ who was drowned at sea, vitâ patris, and had issue, three sons, viz, : — (A) John Grenville, who died s. p. ; (B.) Sir Richard Grenville, successor to his grandfather, knighted in 1577, Vice- Admiral of England, and Sheriff of Cornwall in 1578, slain in a sea fight in 1591, and married Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John St. Leger, of Annery, in the county of Devon, knt., by whom she had, John, Katherine, Ursula, Mary, and an eldest son, Sir Bernard, who died in 1605, and left by his wife Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Philip Bevile of Brynne, a son, the eminent royalist, Sir Bevil Granville, called "the Bayard of England," the "Mirror of Chivalry,"
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  • and "Hero of his Country;" and (C) Sir Charles Grenville, who died s. p. She (Thomasine) married, secondly, Thomas Arundel, of Ley in Cornwall, and by him had : — 1, Alexander Arundel, who married Katherine, daughter of Robert Hill of Hilligan, in the county of Cornwall ; 2, John Arundel ; 3 , Rbert Arundel ; 4, Thomas Arundel ; 5, Digory Arundel ; first daughter, Katherine, married to —— Hitchin ; second daughter, Elizabeth, married to John Coplestone ; third daughter, Mary ; and fourth daughter, Jane.*
  • I. William (son of Thomas and Joane) .... etc.


  • The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising ..., Volume 1, Pages 1-452 edited by John Lambrick Vivian
  • Pg.213
  • William Cole of Hittislegh, co. Devon, living 1243. = ; ch: Roger Cole
    • Roger Cole of Coleton, 25 Edw. I. ; ch: Roger, William (2 son.) Cole
      • Roger Cole, son and heir. = ; ch: John Cole of Tamer
        • John Cole of Tamer, son and heir, a Man at Arms. = ; ch: Sir John (m. Anne Bodrugan) Cole
          • Sir John Cole, Kt., of Mythway in the parish of Brixham, knighted in France 25 July 1380 by the Lord Deputy. = Anne, da. and h. of Sir Nicholas Bodrugan, Kt. ; ch: William (m. Margaret Beaupell) Cole
            • William Cole of Tamer, son and heir. = Margaret, da. of Sir Henry Beaupell, Kt. ; ch: Sir John (m. Agnes Fitzwarine) Cole
              • Sir John Cole, Kt., present at the battle of Agincourt, 1514. = Agnes, da. of Sir ... Fitzwarine, Kt. ; ch: Adam (m. Elizabeth Weston), John (m. Jane Meriet), William (3 son.), Robert (4 son.) Cole
                • Sir Adam Cole, son and heir. = Elizabeth, da. of Sir Richard Weston, Kt.
                • John Cole of Slade, 2 son. = Jane, da. of Robert Meriet of Devon. ; ch: Symon (m. Alice Lure) Cole
                  • Symon Cole of Slade in Devon, d. 1497. = Alice da. & coh. of ... Lure in Devon, Gent. ; ch: John (m. Thomasine Walcott), Joane (m. William Hele) Cole
                    • Joane, wife of 2 William Hele of Devon.
                    • John Cole of Slade, eldest son, d. 21 Nov. 1543, and named as deceased in the Inq. taken on the death of his grandson William. = Thomasine da. & h. of 1 Thomas Walcott of Devon, named in the Inq. taken on the death of her grandson William, living at Buckish 1547. ; ch: Thomas (m. Joan Stourton & Joane Hill) Cole
                      • Thomas Cole of Slade, d. 31 Jan. 1541, and named as deceased in the Inq. taken on the death of his son William. = Joan, da. of William Stourton, 1 wife, d. s.p. ; = Joane da. & h. of John Hill of Buckland, Co. Devon, 2 wife, named in the Inq. taken on the death of her son William, living 1547, remar. William Burgoyne, heir to her mother, aged 50 years and over 2 Edw. VI. ; ch: Joane (m. Hugh Hill & Robert Dowish), Margaret (m. Thomas Southcott & John Fursland Cole, A (Pg.214 Robert Cole (3 sonne B Vide page 215), Richard (m. Alice Greenevile), Thomasine (m. Roger Greeneville & Thomas Arundell), William (m. Elizabeth Champernown) Cole)
  • Pg.214
  • A
  • Thomasine. = Roger Greeneville of Stowe in Corn. ; ch: Sir Richard Grenvile of Stowe ; = Thomas Arundell of Clifton in Corn. ; ch: Jane, Margaret Arundelll
  • Richard Cole of Buckland, 2 son, d. at Buckland Toutsaints 5 Feb 1573, Inq. p.m. 20 Eliz., pt. 1, No. 29. = Alice, da. of John Greenevile of Exeter, Esq. ; ch: John (m. Katherine Hele) Cole
    • .... etc.
  • William Cole of Slade in Devon, eldest sonne, d. 23 Ap. 1547. Inq. p.m. W. & L., 1 Edw. VI, vol. iii, p 75. = Elizabeth, eldest da. of Sir Philip Champernown of Modbury, Kt., mar. at Modbury, named in the Inq. taken on her husband's death, remar. .... Pollard. Will 26 July 1567, pro. 13 May 1574, P.C.C. (Martyn 22). ; ch: Philip (m. Jane Williams) Cole.
    • .... etc.


  • The visitation of the county of Devon in the year 1620 Volume 6. by Colby, Frederic Thomas
    • COLE.—(Supp.)
  • Symon Cole of Slade in Devon = Alice d. & coh. of Lure of Devon gent. ; ch: John (m. Thomazine Mattcott), Joane (m. W. Hele of Devon) Cole.
    • John Cole of slade, 1 s. = Thomazine d. & h. of Mattcott of Devon ; ch: Thomas (m. Joane Hill) Cole
      • Thomas Cole of Slade = Joane d. & h. of John Hill of Buckland co. Devon ; ch: Robert (, 3) Will. (of Slade, 1 s.), Thomazine (m. Roger Grenvile & Thomas Arundell), Richard (m. Alice Greenvile) Cole
        • Thomazine = Roger Grenvile of Stowe Cornw., 1 husb. ; ch: ↓ ; = Thomas Arundell of Clifton in Cornw. ; ch: Jane, Margaret Arundell
        • Richard Cole of Buckland = Alice d. of John Greenvile of Exeter Esq. ; ch: John Cole


  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • Pg.xix.
  • 1. Joan Tothill, m. John, s. of Richard and Joan (Whitlegh) Hulse. 1. Arthur Grenville, d. 1653; Capt.; m. Dorothy, dau. of Richard Boyle, Lord Archbishop of Tuam. She m. (2) Henry Turner, Sergt. Major under Lord Inchinquin in Ireland. 2. Sir Nicholas. 3. Richard, m. Jane Fortescue, dau. of John and gr. dau. of Sir Louis Forescue, one of the Barons of the xchequer temp. Hen. VIII. 1. Richard of Keneden and Efford, Esq., living in 1620; m. Anne Sutcliffe, only dau. of Dr. Matthew Sutcliffe founder of the College at Chelsea and over forty years dean of Exeter. 1. Matthew, d. 1656; m. Sabina Clifford and had dau. Anne, m. 1655, Rev. John Tyndal, D. D. Margaret Whitleigh, sister of Joan, m. Sir Roger Grenville of Stow, High Sheriff of Cornwall, 2, Henr. VIII., d. 1524; had 3 ss 6 daus., of whom Sir Richard Grenville, Kt. 1532; High Sheriff of Devon 1533; Marshal of Calais; m. Matilda Beavil, and among others: ROGER GRENVILLE, Kt., Esq. of the body of Hen. VIII.; drowned in life time of his father in the Rose Frigate off Portsmouth; m. THOMASINE COLE and had; Sir Richard Grenville of Stow, a gallant naval commander; served in army in Hungary with high repute; High Sheriff of Cornwall 1578; fitted out a colony and sailed for Florida 1583 where he left 100 men; made many successful voyages; d. in battle with the Spaniards; m. Mary St. Leger and had; Bernard Grenville, Kt., High Sheriff of Cornwall 1596; M. P. and Kt.; d. 1636; m. Elizabeth Beavil and had; Sir Bevil Grenville, Kt.; called "the Bayard of England," b. 1595; fell at Lansdown with a patent from Chas. I. in his pocket for the Earldom of Bath; m. Grace, dau. of Sir George Smith of Exeter and sister of the mother of George Monk, Duke of Albermarle; had; 1. Bernard Grenville, groom of the bedchamber to Chas. II.; was father of Bernard Grenville and grandfather of Mary Grenville, b. 1700; d. 1788; m. 1717 Alex. Pendaryes of Cornwall; (2) 1743 Mr. Delany. Her autobiagraphy, edited by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey [8], published 1879. 2. Sir John Grenville, Earl of Bath, attended Chas. II. in all his wanderings abroad; d. 1701; m. Jane Wyche and had Grace Grenville, m. Sir George Cartaret.
  • .... etc.



Thomas ; who married Joan, daughter and heir to John Hill of Buckland, and had issue William, Richard, Robert, Thomasin, (first married to Roger Greenfield, of Stow in Cornwall, esq., and had issue Richard; secondly she was married to Thomas Arundell, of Clyston in Cornwall, esq., and had issue Jane, married to Hugh Hill of Heath, secondly to Robert Dow-rish, of Heath- Barton in Whiteston, esq.;) and Margaret, (first married to Thomas Southcot of Southcot, secondly to John Fursland of Bickington.



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Thomasine Grenville's Timeline

Bideford, Devon, England
June 6, 1542
Age 24
Devon, England
January 1550
Age 32
Ley, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Age 32
Age 34
Ley, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
December 1586
Age 68
Poughill, Devon, England
Cullompton, Devon, England, United Kingdom