Christopher HALKE

Male Abt 1538 - 1589  (~ 51 years)    Has 8 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name Christopher HALKE 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Abt 1538 
    • From the age shown in his father's inquisition post mortem.
      I think it means he was aged about 25 when the inquisition was held in 1563, not when his father died in 1558 (if I am wrong about this he was born in about 1533).
      I am working on transcribing and translating the IPM; the picture should be clearer once this is completed.
    Gender Male 
    Chancery Court dispute Between 1558 and 1603 
    Defendant re stolen property 
    • The bill of complaint brought against Chistopher Hawke in the Court of Chancery during the reign of Elizabeth I survives at TNA, but in poor condition. The top left corner, which probably had the date, is missing, and most of the rest is hard to read.
      TNA catalogue entry (ref. C 3/470/57) shows it to concern stolen property and to have been brought by Arthur Bleckynden.
      When I have time I plan to try to transcribe some of the bill.
      That there is no other document (i.e. no answer, reply or rejoinder) with the bill may be because the matter was settled out of court (which often happened), or could be because they have not survived.

      It is clear that there were marriages of Arthur Bleckynden(s) in Kent in the 1560s, hence it seems probable that the case invovled a Kentish Christopher Hawke rather than a west country one; since two marriages show the Arthur(s) as of Dymchurch, near where this Christopher lived, I think it was probably this one involved in the case.
    Residence 1583  Newchurch, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • Shown as of Newchurch on marriage licence allegation, although he married in Wye, where he came from.
      In his will his father had left him property in Newchurch.
    Died Mar 1588/89 
    • Alive when his brother Richard wrote his will, 20 Sep 1578 and it appears to be this Christopher who married in 1583. Hence, died between 1583 and 1589, as in the latter year his wife Julian wrote her will as a widow.
    Buried 29 Mar 1589  All Saints’ Church, Lydd, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 6 May 2019)
      "[March 1589] 29 Christopher Hawkes"
    Person ID I17459  Teresa's tree
    Last Modified 6 May 2019 

    Father William HALKE,   b. Est 1493,   bur. 7 Nov 1558, Ss. Gregory and Martin’s Church, Wye, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Agnes ROSE,   b. Est 1495,   d. Bef 1558  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married Between 1505 and 1511 
    • I did estimate 1517 from approximate dob of first known son - though there could be daughters or chidlren who didn't survive born earlier. Agnes was not married when her grandfather Thomas Rose wrote his will in 1505, but I suspect she was the 'Agnes Halke' named in the will of this Agnes's grandfather's wife, Agnes Rose (formerly Andrew). That will refers to 'Agnes Halke suentyme my s[er]vant' but I don't think being servant to Agnes wife of John Rose means she couldn't also have been her step-granddaughter.

      Was it this William, i.e. the father of Sampson and his siblings, who died in 1558, who had been married to Agnes Rose?


      Both Thomas Rose, father of Agnes, and the Richard Halke who died in 1546 left bequests to the children of William, namely Richard and Thomas. That points very strongly it being the William son of Richard who died in 1546 who married Agnes. 

      Clearly this William was the son of a Richard, but was he the son of the Richard who died in 1546? Sampson who died in 1488 also left a son Richard, could he too have had a son William?
      Having examined the wills there is nothing in that of Sampson (d. 1488) to suggest he owned anything outside of Wye. By contrast, the John who died in 1492 left property in Hastingleigh, Elmstead and Brabourne to his son Richard. And the Richard who died in 1546 left property in Hastingleigh and Elmstead to a godson (who I suspect was also a grandson). There is no mention of Brabourne - perhaps that land had already passed to his son William in his lifetime.

      When Agnes's grandfather John ROSE wrote his will in 1505 he referred to 4 daughters of his son Thomas, all of whom were unmarried.
      By the time Thomas wrote his will in 1526 she was married.
      This points to William and Agnes marrying between 1505 and 1526, and to them having had 2 sons by the time Thomas wrote his will, so the marriage must have been at least a little before 1526.
      This ties in with William whose IPM shows he had a son Richard, the oldest named in the document, born about 1518.

      The more I look at the wills and other documents the more I think that it was my ancestor William who was married to Agnes Rose and that his father was the Richard who died in 1546.

      For example, William's son Richard, clearly the son of this William since he mentions brothers John, Sampson and Christopher in his will, and sister Joan, etc., appears to have had the same servant as his probable grandfather Thomas Rose. He left bequests to Prowdes, relations of Agnes Rose's (though this alone would not be good evidence, since the way a certain social class intermarried it is quite possible they were also relations on his father's side).  

      The large gaps in ages between the children named in William's inquisition post mortem could be due to them being from different marriages. The span, though, is not too great for one mother and it could simply be that there were children in the middle who pre-deceased their father or were female (and so not mentioned in in inquisition post mortem). Looking at William's will and other documents not only shows evidence of one or more daughters, but also of 2 sons living when he died but not named in the IPM.

      The 's' at the end of a word can be hard to distinguish from a flourish in old hand-writing, but there is nothing after 'wiff' in the request in William's will (register copy) for him to be buried in Wye Church 'besides my wiff'. Since there was no bequest to a living wife, this does suggest William was only married once and Agnes was the mother of all of his children.
      (Unless an 's' in the original will was mis-read as a flourish when the register copy was made; unfortunately the original will appears not to have survived).
    Children 7 children 
    Family ID F6989    |  Family Chart

    Family Julian,   d. May 1589 
    Marriage License 3 Aug 1583 
    • "Hawke, Christopher, of Newchurch, and
      Julian Brisland of Lydd, w. Aug. 3,
      1583."
      (from Cowper, 1st series)
    Married 5 Aug 1583  Ss. Gregory and Martin’s Church, Wye, Kent, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    • From PR entry (image on FMP, viewed 5 Aug 2015)
      The entry does not give the bride's name, just showing that Christopher married 'Bryslands widdow'!
      The BTs show surname as Halke or Haucke, according to East Kent marriage index (on FMP); also shows spouse as Bryland widow.
    Last Modified 6 May 2019 
    Family ID F7450    |  Family Chart

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