29696. John Coward & 29697. Catherine Leigh
1540, John born in Somerset, England, s/o §Robert Coward. [Robert of Winterbourne-Gunner, co. Wilts; buried in the St. Cuthbert Church, Wells, Somerset.]
~1550, Catherine born in England, d/o 59394. Thomas Leigh.
11/13/1551, Catherine co-heiress of her father.
1573, Robert Cooke granted Armorial Bearings to Catherine for the Leigh family.
1577, “… between John Whiting [John’s brother-in-law] of Axbridge, yeoman ; and Thomas Leigh of Wells [John’s brother-in-law], John Coward of West Pennard, Thomas Coward of Shepton Malet, gentlemen, …” (S) Somerset Enrolled Deeds, Harbin, 1936, P122.
1589, John living.
Bef. 10/9/1590, Catherine died.
10/9/1590-1, John, of West Pennard, Somerset, yeoman, wrote his will. (S) Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills, 1888, Crisp, P26.
Bef. 2/7/1591-2, John died. (S) Will proved by children Thomas & Elizabeth.
By 1592, Catherine died. (S) Wells Convocation Acts Books, 1589-1665, …, Nott & Hasler, P960.
(S) St. Cuthbert’s Church, Wells; by Thomas Serel, 1875. (S) 1623 Visitation of Somerset.
• Will of John [abstract]: To be buried in the churchyard, near my father & wife. My father Robert Coward, dec. Edward Coward, my son. Thomas & Elizabeth my children. John Whytinge, my brother in law. Cogitation of marriage between Thomas Coward, my son & Mary, daughter of William Watkyns, of Wells, gent.
Children of John and Catherine:
i. Edward Coward, born ?.
Edward apparently died before his father.
ii. Thomas Coward (14848), born ~1575 in England.
iii. Elizabeth Coward, born ?.
Aft. 1590, Elizabeth married ? Walton. (S) Will of her brother Thomas.