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Notes for Francis BARNHAM/Alice BRADBRIDGE


The record that Francis and Alice Barnham had a daughter named Ethelred who married William Cleybroke, is a genealogical ghost, falsely recorded by William Berry in County Genealogies (Kent) in 1830. It was Francis' brother Thomas who had a daughter who married William Clebroke. Berry also says that Francis and Alice's son Steven married a woman named Cressy; this, too, is inaccurate; it was Francis' brother Thomas, not his son Steven, who married Alice Cressy.
Contemporary manuscript records are always more reliable than later genealogies. The fact that Francis and Alice Barnham had only four children (sons Martin, Steven, Anthony, Benedict), is confirmed by: 1) the parish register of Saint Mildred Poultry, London; 2) the inscription on the Barnham family tomb in Saint Clement Eastcheap, as recorded in (a) Lambeth Palace Library MS 1485, fol. 103r and, (b) Anthony Munday's Survey of London (1617), sig. 406.; 3) the 1592 Visitation of Kent; 4) Bodleian MS Rawlinson B73, fol. 67v.
The Visitation of London for 1568 says that Francis and Alice had three children in that year (son and heir Martin, married to Ursula Rudston; second son Steven, married to Anne Patrycke; and third son Benedycke, not yet married). This suggests that their son Anthony had died before 1568.

When Francis Barnham died in 1576, his apprentices Thomas Hyll and Lawrence Manfield were still several years away from achieving their freedom. Alice remained a widow and Hyll and Manfield worked out their apprenticeships with her. In here own name, Alice then bound John Pamplyn, Ellis Watson, and Christopher Herbert.
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