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William Peverell

Death: before 1523
Bradford-Peverel, Dorsetshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Peverell and NN Bardolf
Husband of Jane Irene Peverell and Jane Mervyn
Father of Jane Churchill

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About William Peverell, of Balderston

From "The Peverell's of Dorset" Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Volume 1 by C. J. Creed, 1890 - Dorset (England).  Page 87-88

Concerning the rest of this branch of the family I can add nothing to Hutchins’s account until we come down to WILLIAM PEVERELL, of Burdolston, 8 Henry VIII, [1516-17] His wife was jane, daughter of Philip Baskerville, of Sherborne, Dorset. She survived her first husband, and married Sir John Mervyn of Fountel Gifford, whose first wife she became. She was buried at Fountel. 

William Peverell had an only daughter and heiress,JANE PEVERELL, who married, first, Nicholas Meggs of Downham. By him she had a son,Lawrence Meggs. Bradford Peverell was held by his descendants until 1770. 

Although Hutchins says she died in 1578,and that Nicholas Meggs died ‘circa 1579,’ thus making her predecease her husband, he states in his acccount of the Churchills that Roger Churchill, of Catherstone, married Jane, daughter of William Peverell, and widow of Nicholas Meggs. 

This latter statement is no doubt correct, as we find in the Chancery Proceedings of the time of Queen Elizabeth that “joan Churchill, wz'dow,” had a suit brought against her by Thomas Lye, concerning damage to lands, and title deeds of lands held of the manor of Muckleford, in the parish of Bradford Peverell, and a tenement in Grymeston, held in fee. The manor of Muckleford had been held by the Peverells of Bradford Peverell, and seems, with other lands, to have passed on the death of Robert Buller, the grandson of John Peverell of Bradford, to the Peverells of Burdolston.


  • http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ancestors...
  • Memoirs of John, duke of Marlborough, with his original correspondence, Volume 1 By William Coxe. Page 39. "Roger, the eldest son of William Churchill, was settled at Catherston, near the borders of Devonshire. He espoused Joan, daughter and heiress of William Peverell, of Bradford Peverell, and widow of Nicholas Meggs. X In consequence of this match, we find his son Matthew, and his grandson Jasper, successively seated at Bradford Peverell. Jasper was the father of John Churchill, esq. ..."
  • Fasciculus Mervinensis, notes historical, genealogical, and heraldic of the family of Mervyn William Richard Drake (sir.) . 1873. Page 9-12. "SIR JOHN MERVYN, of Fountel-Giffard, Knight, succeeded his grandfather Walter. He married twice; his first wife being JANE, daughter of Philip BASKERVILLE, of Sherborne, in the county of Dorset (afterwards of Erdesley, in the county of Hereford), and widow of William Peverell, of Bradford Peverell, in the county of Somerset. By Jane Baskerville, who was buried at Fountel, Sir John had thirteen children, five sons and eight daughters, viz.:— ... "
  • MARVYN, Sir John (by 1503-66), of Fonthill Gifford, Wilts. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982. "b. by 1503, 1st s. of John Marvyn of Fonthill Gifford by Elizabeth, da. and coh. of John Green of Stotfold, Beds. m. (1) by 1529, Jane, da. of Philip Baskerville of Sherborne, Dorset, wid. of William Peverell of Bradford Peverell, Som., 5s. inc. James† 8da.; ..."


  • William Peverell1
  • M, #105134, b. circa 1500
  • William Peverell was born circa 1500 at of Bradford Peverell, Dorsetshire, England.1
  • Family
  • Child
    • Jane Peverell+1 b. c 1523, d. 7 Aug 1579
  • Citations
  • [S61] Unknown author, Family Group Sheets, Family History Archives, SLC.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p3500.htm#... ___________________________
  • The visitation of Dorsetshire, A.D. 1565; Coll. Armor. G. 8; Harl. mss. 888, 1092. Edited by Walter C. Metcalfe
  • https://archive.org/details/visitationofdors00harvuoft
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofdors00harvuoft#page/30/mode/1up
    • MEGGES of Bradford Peverell.
  • ARMS: .... etc.
  • NICHOLAS MEGGES of Bradford Peverell co. Dorset, Esq., eldest son and heir to Thomas, mar. Jane, da. and sole heir to William Peverell of Bradford Peverell, Gent., and by her had issue, LAWRENCE, his eldest son and heir.
  • LAWRENCE MEGGES of Bradford Peverell, Gent., eldest son and heir to Nicholas, mar. Ann, da. to Richard Wood of Asheridge, co. Devon, Gent., and by her hath issue, Percival, eldest son ; Peverell, second son ; Andrew, third son ; Jone and Jane. ___________________________________
  • Record of the Descendants of Vincent Meigs: Who Came from Dorsetshire ... By Henry Benjamin Meigs
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=m640AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA7&lpg=PA7&dq=Vi...
  • https://archive.org/details/recordofdescenda00meig
  • https://archive.org/stream/recordofdescenda00meig#page/164/mode/1up
  • .... etc.
  • "Their first child, Nicholas Meggs, was born in 1527, and at the time of his death lived in Dunham, in the Isle of Ely ; he died Nov. 20. 1579. He married Jane Peverell, daughter and heir of William Peverell of the county of Dorset, Eng. She died in 1578. The manor of Bradford Peverell in Dorset County, Eng., was held by Nicholas Meggs, and afterwards by nine of the Meggs family. The manor house was occupied, 1896, by the Middleton family. This house was in the Peverell and Meggs families from 1410 to 1610. In the great banquet hall is to be found a large illuminated window, representing the coat of arms granted to William Meggs by a patent dated June 4, 1479, in the reign of Edward the Fourth.
  • .... etc. __________________________
  • The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623 by St. George, Henry ....
  • https://archive.org/details/visitationofcound00stge
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/35/mode/1up
    • Meggs.
  • Adam Copleston. =
  • .... etc.
  • https://archive.org/stream/visitationofcound00stge#page/36/mode/1up
  • Nicholas Meggs of Bradford Peverell co. Dors. = Jane d. and h. of Wm Peverell of Bradford Peverell. ; ch: Lawrence Meggs.
    • Peverell.
  • John Peverell of co. Dors. 2 E. 1. = ch: John (m. Isabella _ ), Thomas Peverell
    • Thomas Peverell d. seised of Newton Peverell near Sturminster Marshall 33 E. 1. = ; ch: Andrew Peverell
      • Andrew Peverell s. and h. d. seised of Newton Peverell 2 E. 3. = ch: Andrew Peverell
        • Andrew Peverell Knt. s. and h. seised of Newton 49 E. 3. = ch: dau. (m. Regnold Fitzherbert), dau. (m. . . . . Brocas) Peverell
    • John Peverell of Bradford Peverell gave lands in the par. of Windsor to the Abbot and Convent of Ford; witnesses Nich. de Blackmore, d. 4 E. 1. = Isabella. ; ch: Richard (m. Margaret _ ) Peverell.
      • Richard Peverell 8 E. 3. = Margaret. ; ch: Richard (m. Agnes Ludesford) Peverell
        • Richard Peverell 9 R. 2. = Agnes d and h. of John Ludesford of Pidle Barlaston. ; ch: William Peverell
          • William Peverell 8 R. 2. = ch: John, Andrew Peverell
            • John Peverell 8 H. 6. = ch: Marianne (m. Rob. Buller) Peverell
              • Marianne d. and h. = Rob. Buller. ; ch: Rob. (ob. s.p.) Buller
            • Andrew lived at Barlaston. = ch: William Peverell
              • William Peverell of Bradford 20 H. 6. = ch: John Peverell
                • John Peverell. = ch: William (8 H. 8.) Peverell _________________________________
  • Miscellanea Genealogica Et Heraldica
  • https://books.google.com/books?id=uFRIAAAAYAAJ&lpg=PA379&ots=1VF73k...
  • Pg.378
    • Meggs.
  • SAME AS The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623 by St. George, Henry .... _________________________________
  • ID: I18738
  • Name: Jane Baskerville 1
  • Sex: F
  • Death: 1566 1
  • Burial: Fonthill, Wilts 2
  • Note:
  • William Peverell of Bradford Peverell [1516-17] married Jane, daughter of Philip Baskerville, of Sherborne, Dorset, and had a dau and heiress, Jane, who married first Nicholas Meggs of Downham. By him she had a son, Lawrence Meggs.
  • She survived her first husband, and married Sir John Mervyn of Fountel Gifford, as his first wife.
  • (Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset - 1890, - Page 87) _UID: 1756752707C94C4ABB6640E6D7F0C272B126
  • Change Date: 1 AUG 2010
  • Father: Philip Baskerville b: 1466
  • Mother: Sybilla Scudamore
  • Marriage 1 John Mervin
  • Married:
  • Children
    • James Mervyn b: 1529
    • Eleanor Mervin
  • Sources:
  • Type: Gedcom File
  • Title: Familysearch.com Pedigree Resource
  • Type: Book
  • Periodical: (Fasciculus mervinensis: being notes historical, generalogical, and heraldic...
  • Date: 1873
  • From: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=ancestors... ____________________
  • The Churchill family in America (1904)
  • http://archive.org/details/churchillfamilyi01chur
  • https://archive.org/stream/churchillfamilyi01chur#page/n22/mode/1up
  • Pg.xiii
  • 13. WILLIAM CHURCHILL, who married MARY, eldest daughter of Richard Creuse of Wicroft Castle in Devonshire. They had three sons : Roger, who settled in Catherston, William in Corton, both in the County of Dorsetshire, and John, who settled in Muston in the same county.
  • 14. ROGER CHURCHILL, married JANE, widow of Nicholas Meggs, and daughter of Sir William Peverell, of Bradford, County of Yorkshire, by whom he had issue.
  • 15. MATTHEW CHURCHILL, who married ALICE GOULD, daughter of James Gould of Dorchester, County of Dorsetshire, by whom he had issue.
  • .... etc. ______________________________
  • 'Churchill1'
  • .... etc.
  • (1) Roger Churchill of Catherston
  • m. Jane Peverell (dau of William Peverell of Bradford)
    • (A) Matthew Churchill of Bradford
    • m. Alice Gould .... etc.
  • Main source(s):
  • (1) For upper section : Collins (1741, vol i, Churchill of Marlborough)
  • (2) For lower section : BP1934 (Marlborough) with support and some input from Collins (1741, vol i, Churchill of Marlborough)
  • From: Stirnet.com
  • http://www.stirnet.com/genie/data/british/cc4aq/churchill1.php ________________________
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