11/17/1530, George born in Katchfrench, Com. Cornwall, England; heir & s/o 16408. Johannes Kekewich & 16409. Thomasin Bradfield.
~1534, Katherine born in Lanrack, Cornwall, England, d/o 16410. Edward Courtenay & 16411 Margaret Trethurfe.
9/15/1538, George’s father left him £200 and some plate.
10/31/1539, George’s father died.
10/13/1541, IPM of George’s father: George inheriting lands in Cornwall, and Margetting in Essex.
1542, Sir John Smith of Cressing Temple, Essex, acquired George’s wardship.
1546, George, entering into possession of his Cornish lands, was faced with a demand for the payment of 9 years’ arrears of rent for some duchy of Cornwall property in Catchfrench. He denied liability but after the duchy officials had referred the matter to the court of wards he was obliged to pay.
1/28/1547, Edward VI succeeded Henry VIII as King of England.
~1547, Plaintiff: George Kekewich Defendant: John Feyrechild, John Brendon, and Robert Westowte Place Or Subject: Seizure of cattle County: Cornwall. (S) UKNA, STAC 2/18/157.
3/1553, George a member of parliament for Saltash. [Saltash is 10 miles from Catchfrench.]
7/10/1553, Lady Jane Grey became the [disputed] Queen of England [for 9 days.]
7/19/1553, Mary I, sister of Edward VI, became Queen of England.
~1555, George married Katherine.
11/1555, George named as overseer in the will of Katherine’s stepfather, Richard Buller. “… Peter Corteney George Keckwiche and Thomas Malet Esquires my overseers for the performannce of this my Last Will and Testament …”.
5/12/1556, “… Margaret Buller [Katherine’s mother], the relict and sole executrix in the will of Richard Buller, gentleman, deceased, , having … Margaret, personally present, te administration of all the goods etc, by means of intestacy, was granted to Peter Courtney and George Ketwiche, gentlemen, to administer the goods, rights and chattels of the same …” (S) UKNA, PROB 11/38/36.
1569, George a Justice of the Peace for Cornwall.
11/15/1575, George, sheriff of Cornwall. (S) Lists and Indexes, Iss8, 1897, P23.
11/17/1558, Elizabeth I succeeded Mary I as Queen of England. [Both daughters of King Henry VIII.]
1558-79, Plaintiffs: George Kekewiche. Defendants: Richard Radyshe and Mary Radyshe his wife. Subject: (lands etc) estate of the deceased Thomasine Hyde widow of Essex. (S) UKNA, C 3/107/36.
7/20/1581, George Ketwich, esq., wrote his will; naming his children and his wife Catherine. (S) Cornwall OPC. “I, George Kekewiche of Katchefrenche in the Countie of Cornewall esquier beinge perfecte of remembrannce … Doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament …. My worldlye goods I will as followeth. Item I geve to my daughter Grace 200 poundes currant englishe money. Item I geve to my daughter Mary 200 poundes …. Item I gyve to Margett my youngest daughter 200 poundes …, All whiche payments I will to be made to eache of theme at the daye of theire mariage, … Item I geve to John Kekewiche my seconde sonne 100 poundes …. Item I gyve to Peter Kekewiche my thirde sonne 200 poundes …. Item I geve to Edwarde Kekewiche my forthe sonne 200 poundes Item I geve to Frannces my youngest sonne 200 poundes …. Also my will is that my sonnes Edwarde and Frannces shall have my porcion of Burthye, theise paymentes to be made the daye of theire marriage or when theye shall accomplishe the age of 21 yeares, …. Item I geve to Catherine my wieff the chaine of goulde, ringes and Juells whiche she moste usuallye did weare and one Salte of sylver guilte withe one dossen of spoones and one goblett. Item I geve to George Kekewiche my eldeste sonne my greate Flagen chaine of angell goulde, all my owne wearinge Ringes and Juells and all my plate not bequeathed before. Item I will that my daughter Cate Lanyan have the 6 poundes 13 shillinges 4 pence given her by her grandmother Buller, And 3 poundes 6 shillinges 8 pence more …. Item I will that my Daughter Anne Clowberye have the 6 poundes 13 shillinges 4 pence gyven her by her grandmother Buller, and 3 poundes 6 shillinges 8 pence more …. Item I geve to eche of my Servanntes one halfe yeares wages. The reste of my goods cattelles debts ready moneye or other chattell whatsoever I geve and bequeathe to Katherine my wieff and George Kekewiche my eldest sonne whome I doe make and ordaine my executors … Item I geve to Andrewe Burden 20 shillinges a yeare duringe his lieff to bee leavyed owte of my Mannor of Tregenhawke. My daughters unmarrried I commytte to the governement of theire mother …. My three younger Sonnes I commytte to the governement of theise as followethe, Peter Kekewiche to his uncle and godfather Peter Courtneye …. Edward Kekewiche I commytte to Mr Doctor Tremayne. Frannces Kekewiche I committe to his uncle Frannces Buller …. Item I appointe as Overseers to appease quarrell … Peter Courtney esquier … Olyver Clowberye gent my sonne in lawe, to whiche Olyver I geve 10 poundes for his paines. My will is that my wief and my elder sonne sholde keepe howse together to the comforte and helpe of the reste of my children. …. By me George Kekewiche.”
6/26/1582, George died.
11/9/1582, “The … will was proved in London … Prerogative Court of …, proctor for Katherine, relict, and George Kekewiche, executors …” (S) UKNA, PROB 11/64/488.
(S) The Visitations of the County of Cornwall, P252. (S) Heraldic Church Notes From Cornwall. (S) The House of Commons, 1509-1558.
Children of George and Catherine:
i. George Keckwich, baptized 8/14/1556 in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England. [Heir]
7/20/1581, George named in the will of his father. [Eldest son]
1581, George, the heir, age 24 and more at the death of his father.
1581, George Keckwich leased lands within the manor of Bonyalvey on Cornwall’s south coast. He held 3 tenements of more than 145 acres. (S) The Estates of the English Crown, Hoyle, 2002, P105.
12/3/1584, at Breage, George married Blanch, d/o Sir Francis Godolphin. (S) 1530 Visitations of Cornwall.
11/25/1591, George, sheriff of Cornwall. (S) Cal. of State Papers, GBPRO.
12/11/1597, Blanch buried at St. Germans.
George 2nd married Julian, d/o William Viell, widow of George Grenville.
5/31/1607, George wrote his will.
12/22/1611, George died; buried the next day at St. Germans.
ii. John Kekewich, born ~1557 in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, John named in the will of his father. [2nd son]
3/25/1598, at St. Germans, John married Radigan, d/o William Bligh of Botathon, a widow.
5/31/1607, John named in the will of his brother George.
7/23/1622, John buried at St. Germans.
iii. Peter Kekewich, born ~1559 in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, Peter named in the will of his father. [3rd son]
5/31/1607, Peter named in the will of his brother George.
6/11/1633, Peter named in the will of his brother Frauncis.
2/26/1634, Peter buried at St. Germans.
iv. Edward Kekewich (4102), born 8/1561 in Ketchfrench, Com. Cornwall, England. [4th son]
v. Anne Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
Anne married Oliver Clobery of Bradston, Devon.
7/20/1581, Anne [Clowberye] named in the will of her father.
6/11/1633, Anne and Oliver named in the will of her brother Francis.
vi. Catherine Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
Catherine married ? Lanyan.
7/20/1581, “Cate Lanyan” named in the will of her father.
vii. Grace Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, Grace named in the will of her father.
viii. Mary Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, Mary named in the will of her father.
Mary married John Crewse.
5/31/1607, Mary named in the will of her brother George.
ix. Frauncis Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, Francis named in the will of his father. [5th son]
5/31/1607, Frauncis named in the will of his brother George.
6/11/1633, Frauncis wrote his will.
6/18/1633, Frauncis buried at St. Germans.
x. Margaret Kekewich, born ? in Ketchfrench, Com., Menheniot, Cornwall, England.
7/20/1581, Margaret named in the will of her father.