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Suffolk, a maritime county; bounded, on the N, by Norfolk; on the E, by the German ocean; on the S, by Essex; on the W, by Cambridgeshire. Its boundary-line, along most of the N, is the rivers Little Ouse and Waveney; along most of the S, the river Stour; along part of the W, the river Lark. Its greatest length, from E to W, is about 50 miles; its greatest breadth, from N to S, is 30 miles; its length of coast is 50 miles; its circuit is about 212 miles; and its area is 947,681 acres.

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. John Marius Wilson 1870-72

Note: Suffolk has not yet been actively researched yet.

Carlton, a parish in the hundred of Hoxne, county of Suffolk, ¼ of a mile NW of from Saxmundham… The living is a rectory… consolidated in 1679 with the rectory of Kelsale… in the archdeaconry of Suffolk, and diocese of Norwich. H. B. BENCE, Esq. was patron in 1826. The church is dedicated to St. Peter.

Date? Anne LOVETT, d/o Thomas LOVETT (d 1543) and Elizabeth BUTLER of Woodhull, Bedfordshire, m (1) John HENEAGE, esq. of Pendeston, Lincolnshire; and (2) William PALMER esq. of Carlton.

Notes: Not known yet if reference is to Carlton, Suffolk. This William PALMER not yet identified (See Combs-Lovett Families and Archdale-Combs Families, both with PALMER marriages. Also note Combs-Palmer Families of Warwickshire).


1594 Barbara ARCHDALE (d/o Thomas and Mary CLIFTON Archdale) m 1594 William PALMER of Chippenham Suffolk per unconfirmed note attached to Drapers Company records for Thomas ARCHDALE. According to Visitations, William PALMER was of Marston, Staffordshire and London. Barbara's sister, Margaret, m John COMBE, merchant and draper of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London. The following record is of their paternal uncle, Martin ARCHDALE.

Darsham, a parish in the hundred of Blything, county of Suffolk, 5¼ miles NNE of Saxmundham… The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Suffolk, and diocese of Norwich…in the patronage of the Earl of Stradbroke. The church is dedicated to All Saints.

36 Queen Elizabeth (1593-4), Martin ARCHDALE purchased from Robert WALKER and Frances HONINGS, the Manor and Mansion-house of Abbots, in the parish of Darsham, Suffolk; and from them he also purchased the two manors of Austins and Gerrards in the same parish. In the Add. MSS 119, II5, f. 87 in the British Museum(Davy) is the following :- "36 Eliz. licence to Robert WALTER Esq. etc. to alienate the manor of Darsham Abbots to Martin ARCHDALE." The Suffolk historian, Suckling, states that "Abbotts" was named from the monastic establishment at Leiston, to which the Abbey was early granted. (From 'Memoirs of the Archdales' by H B Archdale, published Enniskillen, 1925). Martin's son, John, was 18 years 11 months old when he was left the Manor and house of Abbots, at Darsham, together with the farm called Molletts; an estate "which, according to the ancient and laudable customs of this Realm of England ought to descend unto the said John ARCHDALE," the said Manor being held of the Queen in chief by knight's service.

28 Dec 1598 "A writ of Mandamus having been issued (28 December 40 Elizabeth (1598)), an Inquisition was taken at Eye, Suffolk, on January 12th following. The jurors found that Martin ARCHDALE had died seized in his demesne as of fee, of the Manor of Darsham, alias Abbotts, and of the two Manors called Austins and Gerrards in the parish of Darsham, all of which property had formerly been possessed by Robert WALTER and Francis HONYNG (sic); also of one other messuage and lands in Darsham, which Martin had lately purchased of Thomas GONNELL. It was found also, that the said Martin was seized of the farm called Elmsted, later parcel of the possessions of Nicholas STODDARD gent., in the parishes of Bromley and Mottingham, Kent; of three tenements in Eryth (sic), Kent; of two messuages in Suffolk Lane, London; and of one tenement and 14 acres of land in Englemells, Lincolnshire. The jurors found also, that Martin had devised all these lands and tenements to his sons by will; that his eldest son and heir, John ARCHDALE, was aged 18 years, 11 months and 15 days on the previous 15th December; and that Barbara, wife of Martin ARCHDALE, still survived and was living in Darsham. ( See Chan. Inq. Post Mortem, Vol.252, No. 22.)"

Martin ARCHDALE (s/o John ARCHDALE of Staffordshire) d 25 Dec 1597, EN; m Barbara SEXTON ("Heiress of Thomas SEXTON, of Lavenham, Suffolk and London"), d 1617, Hornchurch, Essex, who afterward m Sir William AYLOFFE. His son, John, was born 30 Dec 1578, baptised 4 Jan 1578/9 at All Hallow's, Barking, London,England

14 Jan 1600/1 Eye, Suffolk, EN. Married: John ARCHDALE & Francis HONINGS. (Archdale Memoirs…)

Notes: "Bridget DUKE, dau of Edward DUKE of Brampton (Suffolk, EN (probably)), married Francis HONINGS, one of 11 sons and 3 dau of William HONINGS. Another son was Edward HONING who m Ursula WINGFIELD by whom he had (their 3rd dau) Frances HONINGS, who m John ARCHDALE, s/o Martin ARCHDALE and Barbara SEXTON. The HONINGS are from Carlton, Darsham and Eye, Suffolk, EN. Francis HONINGS Archdale was buried at Darsham 29 Jan 1613/14. (Excerpted from Archdale Memoirs…)

Researcher Peter Archdale adds: Edward Maria WINGFIELD was active in the colonisation of Virginia. John ARCHDALE (s/o Martin & Barbara SEXTON Archdale (Ayloffe) was baptised 04 Jan 1578/9, All Hallows, Barking, London, EN; m (2) 1614-1620, 2nd wife, Katherine TEMPLE, possibly in Ireland, as she was d/o William TEMPLE of Dublin. ARCHDALE had acquired lands in Co Fermanagh, Ulster, Ireland by 1612. John ARCHDALE sold his property at Darsham, Kent (in 1612?)- apparently to the BEDINGFIELD family, who held it shortly afterwards.

20 Jan 1611 Will of "Dorothie DUKE within the precinct of the Cathedrall Churche of the Holy Trinity of Norwiche, the widowe of Mr. Edward DUKE of Benhall in the Countie of Suff. Esq." Dated 20 Jan. 1611, Proved 23 May 1614. My body to be buryed in Benhall Churche. To my soone in Lawe Sir John BLUENERHASSET, Knighte, one guilte Cupp of iiij£. To my daughter his wife, the best Bedd and Bedstead. To theire sonne and heire Henry BLENERHASSET, £40, to be paid him when he comes to the age of one and twentie yeares. To my sonne Samuel BLUENERHASSET of Lowdham, Esquire, one silver Cupp of iiij£. To my daughter, his wife, one gould Rynge. To my goddaughter, Dorothie BLEUNERHASSET, £50. To my sonne in lawe, Mr. William WEBB, gent, One silver Cupp of iiij£. To my daughter, his wife, one Golde Rynge. To her daughter, Anne WEBB, one silver boll. To my sonne SYDNOR, my silver Bell that is used every daye. To my Brother Sr. Robert JERMYN, a golde rynge. To his Ladye, a golde rynge. To my Brother, William JERMYN, a golde ringe. To Mrs. CORBET, one little square quision. To my brother SIDNOR, a Golde rynge. To my god sonne William SIDNOR, twoe silver spoones. To my goddaughter Dorothie SIDNOR, twoe silver spoones. To my Ladie ASHEFIELD, one white taffata quishion. To my godsonne Edward DUKE, one guilt Cupp and one Crimson velvet quishion "wroughte with the DUKES & JERMYNS Armes." To my Cosin Mrs. Jane TURRELL;, twentie shillings. To my Cosin THEISTON [?THIRSTON] of Hexton, one gould rynge. And to his wife a golde rynge. To my goddaughter Mrs. Franncys ARCHDALE, my Canopie. To her sonne, my godsonne, twoe silver spoones. To William FUGILL, Clarke, 10s. To my Cousin Nicholas EDGAR, one golde ringe. To my Cosin SMITHE his daughter, my goddaughter Dorothie, one peece of plate, of 20s. price. To my goddaughter, Dorothie, the daughter of Sr. John TARSBOROUGHE one peece of plate, of 20s. price. To Mr. Thomas CORBETTS soone, my godsonne, one peece of plate of 20s. price. To my Neece Katherine, the wife of William SNOWDYNE, V£. To my Neiphue PERCEY, one Teaster of a Bedd of Tawney coulor Damaske. To my Servant, George TOOGOOD, 10s. To my man, Thomas ASHLIE, 10s. To Anne CREATEMORE, one featherbed. To the Cannon and Singing men, 10s. to be devided amongst them. To the poore of Catton, 10s. To my servant, Emm, Vs. Residuary Legatee and Sole Executor:-my sonne Thomas DUKE. Theordore GOODWYN, & William FUGILL, Clerke & Mary GOODWYN wife of the said Theodore, Witnesses. Yt is my intent that whatsoever I have given unto my daughter Elizabeth WEBBE, yf she dye, then her daughter Anne shall "have them." Proved 23 May 1614 by the Sole Executor named. (P.C.C. 33 Lawe.) (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from Virginia Gleanings in England by Lothrop Withington, 1980, pg 428 & 439)

Archdale-Combs Researcher Peter Archdale adds: The Dorothy DUKE mentioned above was (according to Burke's Dormant and Extinct Baronetcies) "daughter of Sir Ambrose JERMYN, knt. of Rusbrook, in Suffolk, and had issue. This gentleman purchased Benhall, and dying in 1598, was succeeded by his son, Ambrose DUKE, esq., of Benhall, who wedded Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Bartholemew CALTHROP, esq. of Suffolk, and by her (who died in 1611) left at his decease in 1610 as son and heir, Sir Edward DUKE, of Benhall, in the county of Suffolk, who, having first received the honour of knighthood, was created a Baronet by King Charles II, 16 Jul 1661. He married Ellen, daughter of John PANTON, esq.of Brunslip, in the county of Denbigh, and had no les than twenty nine children."

Hadleigh, a market town and parish in the hundred of Cosford, county of Suffolk, 10½ miles southwest of Ipswich, and 64 northeast of London…

1612 [Nicholas COMBES] COMBES, Nich., Hadleigh, Suffolk. Administration To Jn. COMBES, f.* 2, p.66. (Extracted by Combs Researchers Denise Mortorff and Joe Kendalll from "The Index Library -- Index to Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and now Preserved in the Principal Probate Registry Somerset House, London" Vol. V 1609-1619, ed. Fitch, Marc. The British Record Society, 1968) *probably father, but possibly filia (son?)


St. Martin

1627 Robert ARCHDALE, B.A. from Christ College, Cambridge, 1607, incorp. 10 July, 1610, rector of Trimley, St. Martin's, Suffolk, 1627. See O.H.S., x. 367; & Foster's Index Ecclesiasticus. (Extracted from "Oxford Oxonienses" Vol. 1500-1714, by Foster by Combs Researcher Denise Mortorff, correspondence, 1998, Archivist, Oxford University)

20 Feb 1645 Robt. ARCHDALE, bach., Trinity (Trimley) St. Martin, Suffolk. Administration to Thos., AILOFFE, maternal. half-bro., 20 Feb. 1645, p.26. (Extracted by Combs Researchers Joe Kendalll and Denise Mortorff from "The Index Library -- Index to Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Now Preserved in the Public Record Office", Chancery Lane Vol. VI, 1631-1648. ed. Marc Fitch. London: The British Record Society. 1986, p. 10)

Robert ARCHDALE of Trimley St. Martin, Suffolk, b 1589, d 1644, was the s/o Martin and Barbara SEXTON Archdale (See above). His mother afterward m Sir William AYLOFFE, by whom she had, among others, the above Thomas AYLOFFE of Brettayns, h/o Elizabeth WENTWORTH of Bocking, Essex (See Archdale-Combs Families and 1634 Visitation of Essex)

Bramfield, a parish in the hundred of Blything, county of Suffolk, 2¼ miles south southesast of Halesworth… The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Suffolk, and diocese of Norwich, rated in the king's books … and in the patronage of the Crown. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. Two sums, each of £3. 10. per annum, are applied for the instruction of twelve poor children; one was given by Eliz. ARCHER, in 1716, and the other in 1704, by Thomas NEALE, whese widow, in 1725, assigned an almshouse for the reception of four poor persons. (Lewis, 1831)

1659 P. C. C. 92 Pell. The will of a Bartholomew ALLERTON, Clerk, of Bamfield [Bramfield?], Suffolk, was proved in 1659, mentions late wife, Margaret, present wife, Sarah, and children [not named]. It is believed possible that he may have been same who came to Plymouth on the 1620 Mayflower with his parents, Isaac and Mary [NORRIS?] Allerton, Sr., whom Bradford stated returned to England where he married. (Bradford's History of Plymouth Colony). Banks' English Ancestry, p. 29-30, mentions that "A chancery suit of 1657 in which Bartholomew ALLERTON was a defendant relates to property in Suffolk, the parties being residents in Norfolk."

Isaac ALLERTON, Sr.'s niece, Sarah PRIEST (d/o Digory and Sarah ALLERTON (Vincent) Priest (Cuthbertson), m ca 1630, Plymouth Colony, MA, John Combs, d 1646-8. Isaac ALLERTON, Sr. may have been the s/o Edward ALLERTON, b 1555, St. Dionis, Bacchurch, London, England, d 1590, EN; m 14 Feb 1579/80, St. Peters, London, EN, Rose DAVIS, d 1596, London, EN. (Mayflower Genealogies). Bramfield Parish was less than three miles from Darsham Parish (See 1598 Martin ARCHDALE record above.

Bacton, a parish less than a mile from the Norfolk border, 6.72 miles southwest of Eye, Suffolk (herein noted) and 6.86 mi. northeast of Combs, Suffolk.

1609 Bacton, Suffolk. Born: John SAYER, admitted sizar (age 16) at Christ College, Cambridge University, on 10 Oct 1627, second son of Thomas SAYER of Bacton, Suffolk. Born at Mendham. Schools, Eye (Mr HALL) and Bury (Mr DICKINSON). Matric. 1628; B.A. 1631-2. Perhaps V. of Eastham, Essex. (Combs &c. of Cambridge University)

1630 Bacton, Suffolk. Born: John COMBE, son of Edward. On 17 Apr 1646, John was admitted pens. (age 16) at Caius College, son of Edward COMBE, "gent., deceased," and born at Bacton, Suffolk. He attended school at Bury St. Edmunds from where matriculated in 1646, was a scholar at Cambridge from 1648-50 (Combs &c. of Cambridge University)

Note: Probably irrelevant, but a Robertus FORWARD, s/o Roberti, was christened in St. James, Bury St. Edmunds (note Combs and Sayer above) on 1 Mar 1608 (IGI); a Robert FORWARD witnessed the 1629 will of William COMBE of Oxford University, and a Robert FORWARD married 21 Jan 1638, Exeter, Devonshire, Elizabeth COMBE.