'Abney1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Abney of Leicester, Abney of London, Abney of Measham, Abney of Newton Burguland, Abney (Abeney) of Willesley

                               
Commoners reports that "The family of Abney, originally D'Aubigny, is of great antiquity in the county of Derby, where they were seated at Abney in the Peak, (to which doubtless they gave the name) about the time of the Conquest."
John de Abeney of Wivelislie (a 1318)
1. William de Abeney
A. John de Abeney
  m. (c1400) ?? de Ingewardeby (dau/coheir of William de Ingewardeby of Willesleye)
  i. William de Abeney of Willesley, Derbyshire
  a. John de Abeney (d 1505)
  (1) George Abney of Willesley (d 06.12.1571) the first mentioned by the Visitations
  m. Ellen Wolseley (dau of John de Wolseley of Wolseley)
(A) George Abney (dsp) not mentioned by the Visitations
  (B) James Abney of Willesley
  m. Mary Milward (dau/heir of Henry Milward of Dowbridge)
  (i) George Abney (b c1550, d 05.1645)
  Visitation (Derbyshire) identifies George's 1st wife as Margery, dau/coheir of Michael Lowe of Staffordshire. Provisionally, we follow Commoners (which does not mention the 2nd marriage) in identifying her as ...
  m1. Margaret Lowe (dau/coheir of Richard Lowe of Tymore)
  (a) James Abney of Willesley, Sheriff of Derbyshire (b c1600, d 1693, MP)
  m1. (08.08.1625) Jane Mainwaring (dau of Edward Mainwaring of Whitmore)
((1)) George Abney (b 1629-30, dsp(vp?))
  ((2)) Sir Edward Abney, Sheriff of Derbyshire (b c1632, d 1729, judge, MP)
  Commoners suggests that Sir Edward died in 1631 aged 96 but that is clearly inconsistent with the dates given for his father. Visitation (Derbyshire) provides the dates we show.
  m. (c07.1661) Damaris Andrews (dau of Thomas Andrews of London)
  ((A)) Sir Thomas Abney (d 1750, judge, 2nd son)
  ((i)) Thomas Abney 'of Willesley Hall' (d 1790)
  m. Parnell Villiers (dau/coheir of George Villiers of Hanbury)
((a)) Parnell Abney, heiress of Willesley
  m. Sir Charles Hastings, Bart (General)
  Their son inherited Willesley and took the name Abney-Hastings.
  ((B)) Frances Abney possibly of this generation
  m1. Sir John Parker of Fermoyle
  m2. James Butler (d before 14.03.1723)
  ((3)) Sir Thomas Abney, Sheriff then Mayor of London (a 1700, director of Bank of England)
  m. Mary Gunston (sister/coheir of Thomas Gunston of London & Stoke Newington)
  ((A))+ issue (dsp) - son, 3 daughters
  ((4)) Abigail Abney possibly the Abigail who married ...
  m. Ralph Cotton of Bellaport (d 28.08.1663)
  m2. Frances Tod (dau of Robert Tod of Chelmer Hall)
((5)) Frances Abney
  (b) Sarah Abney
  m. Oliver Brumskill of Nottinghamshire
  (c)+ other issue (dsp) - Michaell (a 1619), Nathaniell, Thomas
  m2. Anne Staples (dau of George Staples of Gloucestershire, widow of Humphrey Wightwick of Coventry)
  (e) Mary Abney
  m. Thomas May of Sutton
  (f)+ other issue - John (in Turkey), George (d by 1635, in Ireland), Elizabeth (d unm)
  (ii) Ellen Abney probably of this generation
  m. Richard Adderley of Coton (b c1557, d 1641)
  (C) Robert Abney of Newton Burguland, Leicestershire (d 1602)
  m. Arthurine (or Audria) Howe (dau of Robert Howe of Hertfordshire)
  (i) Thomas Abney of Newton Burguland (a 1619)
  m. Anne Smith (dau of Robert Smith of Lockington)
  (a) Robert Abney (dsp)
  (b) Thomas Abney of London
  m1. Anne Ullock (dau of George Ullock of Measham)
  ((1)) Thomas Abney
  m2. Susasnnah Swindale (dau of George Swindale of Ashby-de-la-Zouche)
  ((2)) Robert Abney (b 1672)
  m. Mary Webb (dau of W. Webb of Hamstal in Redware)
  ((A)) Robert Abney of Oldbury
((i)) Susannah Abney
  m. Roger Holmes of Walsall
  ((B)) George Abney "whose line is now extinct"
  ((C)) William Abney of Measham (b 25.11.1713, d 1800, of the Inner Temple)
  The following is supported by BLG1886 (Abney of Measham Hall).
  m. Catherine Wotton (dau/heir of Thomas Wotton of Little Cannons)
((i)) Robert Abney of Measham, Sheriff of Warwickshire (b 29.10.1748, a 1777)
  m. Anne Bracebridge (dau of Rev. Philip Bracebridge, niece/coheir of Samuel Bracebridge of Lindley Hall)
  ((a)) Samuel Bracebridge Abney (dsp)
  ((b)) Anne Abney
  m. Samuel B. Heming
  ((ii)) Edward Abney of Measham Hall (b 08.02.1751, d 1827)
m1. ??
  ((a))+ issue (dvpsp)
  m2. Hephzibah Need (dau of Samuel Need of Nottingham)
  ((b)) William Wotton Abney (dvp 1821, Captain) had issue
  m. Elizabeth Richardson (dau of W. Richardson of Yorkshire)
  ((c)) Edward Abney had issue (daughters)
  m. (1822) Ellen Holden (dau of Hyla Holden of Wednesbury)
  ((d)) Elizabeth Abney
  m. Henry Walker of Blyth Hall
  ((iii)) Mary Abney
  m. (1767) John Swinfen of Swynfen (d 1828)
  ((iv)) Catharine Abney (d 26.04.1825)
  m. (31.10.1780) Rev. Thomas Burnaby of Assfordby
  ((v))+ other issue (d unm) - George, William
  ((3))+ other issue
  The following comes from Visitation (Leicestershire, 1619, Abney).
(ii) Ellina Abney
  m. John Glen of Bilston
  (iii) Anna Abney
  m. Edward Beale of Swepston (cleric)
  (iv)+ other issue - John of Loughborough (a 1619), Isabella
  (D) Edmund Abney of Leicester
  m. Katherine Ludlow (dau of William Ludlow of Leicester)
(i) Paul Abney of Leicester (a 1619)
  m. Maria Brookesby (dau of George Brookesby of Stapleford)
  (a)+ issue (a 1619) - George (b c1614), Francis, Elizabeth, Johanne
  (ii) Danettus Abney of Leicester (a 1619)
  m. Anna
  (a)+ issue (a 1619) - Edmund (b c1611), John, Jacob
  (iii) Katherina Abney
  (iv) Maria Abney
  m. John Colley of Nottingham
  Not mentioned by either Commoners or Visitation (Leicestershire) but possibly of this generation was ...
  (E) Maria Abney
  m. Gilbert Vincent

Main source(s): Commoners (vol 1, Abney of Measham Hall) with some support/input from Visitation (Derbyshire, 1662-4, Abney of Willesley) and as reported above
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