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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yeoman John Coward & Catherine Leigh

29696. Yeoman John Coward & 29697. Catherine Leigh   

1540, John born in Somerset, England, s/o 59392. Robert Coward.

~1550, Catherine born in England, d/o 59394. Thomas Leigh & 59395. Alice ?.

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.

(S) St. Cuthbert’s Church, Wells; by Thomas Serel, 1875. (S) 1623 Visitation of Somerset.

Family notes:

·         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.

Children: [4]