'Cotton02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Cotton of Connington (Conington), Cotton of Cotton (Cotun, in Broxton, Cheshire), Cotton of Gedding, Cotton of Ridware (Richware)

BEB1841 reports that in Cheshire "there are two towns of the same denomination; one in the hundred of Northwich, the other of Broxton." The folowing covers the latter. The former is covered in Cotton05.
William de Cotun
1. Simon de Cotun (a temp Edward I who r. 1272-1307)
  A. William de Cotun
  m1. Isabel    m2. Joan    not known which wife was mother of ...
  i. Edmund de Cotun (a temp Edward III who r. 1327-1377)
  m. Catherine
  a. Robert de Coton of Coton (a 1357) had issue
b. William Cotton
  m. Agnes de Ridware (dau of Walter de Ridware of Hampstall Ridware by Joan Walsheif)
  (1) John Cotton of Hamstall Ridware
  m. Isabel Faulconer (dau of William Faulconer of Thurcaston)
  (A) Sir Richard Cotton of Ridware or Richware
  BEB1841 names Richard's wife as Elizabeth but our source on the Venables family (which calls the family seat Richware rather than Ridware) indicates that his wife was Elizabeth's sister ...
  m. Jane Venables (dau of Sir Hugh Venables of Kinderton)
BEB1841 says that Sir Richard had 2 sons (John and William) and provides the descent of William, mentioning that John inherited Ridware and was progenitor of the Cottons of Ridware, Bould & Crackmarsh. Our source on the Venables family indicates that there was another son who was called Richard, was 'of Ridware', and who had children, although none of his sons appeared either to have survived him or to have had male issue themselves. We provisionally presume that BEB1841 was unaware of Richard who was 'of Ridware' before John and so was probably the eldest son, making the situation as follows ...
  (i) Richard Cotton of Ridware or Richware
  m. Elizabeth or Jane Brereton (dau of Sir William Brereton)
  (a) Maud / Mathilda Cotton
  m. Sir Anthony Fitzherbert of Norbury (b 1470, d 27.05.1538)
  (b) Elenor Cotton
  m. Sir William Venables of Kinderton (d 07.1544)
  (c) Katherine Cotton
  m. Richard Grosvenor of Eaton (d 1542)
  (d) Isabell Cotton (d c1521)
  m1. John Bradborne of Hogh and/or Ashbourne
  m2. (c1521) William Basset of Blore (b 1493, d 31.10.1553)
(e)+ other issue - Thomas (dspm), Richard (dsp)
  (ii) John Cotton of Ridware ancestor of Cottons of Ridware, Bold and Crackmarsh
  (iii) William Cotton (d St. Albans 1455)
  BEB1841 identifies William's wife as Mary, dau of Hugh de Wesenham by Agnes, sister/heir of Bernard son of Sir John de Brus of Connington & Exton. The Brus/Wessenham source corrects this to ...
m. Mary Folvylle (dau of ?? Folvylle by Jane dau of Robert Wessenham of Connington son of Sir Hugh by Agnes de Brus)
  (a) Thomas Cotton of Connington or Conington (Huntingdonshire), Sheriff of Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire (d 1506)
  m. Eleanor Knightley (dau of Richard Knightley of Fawesley)
  ((1)) Thomas Cotton of Connington, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (d c1518) - continued below
  m. Joan Paris (dau of John Paris of Linton)
  ((2)) Eleanor Cotton
  m. Robert Mulsho of Thingdon
  ((3)) Mary Cotton
  m. _ Grantoft of Stanton
  ((4))+ other issue - William, George, Anthony, Richard, Margaret (nun)
  (B) Margaret Cotton possibly of this generation
  m. Richard Belgrave of Belgrave



Thomas Cotton of Connington, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (d c1518) - continued above
m. Joan Paris (dau of John Paris of Linton)
1. Thomas Cotton of Connington, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire (a 1546)
  m. Lucy Harvey (dau of Thomas Harvey of Elmstoke)
  A. Thomas Cotton of Connington (a 1558)
  m1. Elizabeth Shirley (dau of Francis Shirley of Staunton Harold)
i. Sir Robert Cotton, 1st Bart of Connington or Conington (b 22.01.1570, d 06.05.1631)
  m. Elizabeth Brocas (dau of William Brocas of Thedingworth)
  a. Sir Thomas Cotton, 2nd Bart of Connington (b c1594, d 13.05.1662)
  m1. Margaret Howard (dau of William Howard, lord of Naworth)
  (1) Sir John Cotton, 3rd Bart of Connington (b 1621, d 1702)
  m1. Dorothy Anderson (dau of Edmund Anderson of Stratton and Eyworth)
  (A) John Cotton (dvp 1681)
  m. Frances Downing (dau of Sir George Downing, Bart of East Hatley)
  (i) Sir John Cotton, 4th Bart of Connington (d 05.02.1730-1)
  m. Elizabeth Herbert (dau of James Herbert of Kingsey)
BEB1841 reports that Sir John dsp but a site visitor (MW, 04.06.06) has kindly advised us that he had the following daughters:
  (a) Catherine Cotton (d infant)
  (b) Mary Cotton
  m. Robert Kenyon
  (ii) Thomas Cotton
  m. Frances Langton (dau of William Langton of Peterborough)
  (a) Mary Cotton
(iii) Frances Cotton (b 1677)
  m. William Hanbury of Little Marcle
  (a) Mary Hanbury
  m. (12.12.1732) Martin Annesley (bpt 12.10.1701, d 06.1749, minister)
  (b) Elizabeth Hanbury
  m. Thomas Neale
  (c) Frances Hanbury
  m. F(rancis) Barrell (not Bareel) 'of Rochester'
  ((1)) Catherine Barrell (coheir) probably of this generation
  m. (11.08.1772) Frederick Dodsworth (Canon of Windsor)
  (d) Catherine Hanbury
  m. Velters Cornewall of Moccas Court
(B) Dorothy Cotton
  m. _ Dennis of Gloucestershire
  m2. Elizabeth Honywood (d 03.04.1702, dau of Sir Thomas Honywood of Marks Hall)
  (C) Sir Robert Cotton, 5th Bart of Connington (b c1649, d 12.07.1740)
  m1. Elizabeth Wigston presumed mother of ...
  (i) Sir John Cotton, 6th Bart of Connington (d 27.03.1752)
  m. Jane Burdett (dau of Sir Robert Burdett, Bart of Bramcote)
  (a) Jane Cotton
  m. (10.1741) Thomas Hart of Warfield
  (b) Mary Cotton (d 14.10.1782)
  m. (12.04.1757) Basil Feilding, 6th Earl of Denbigh (b 03.01.1719, d 14.07.1809)
  (c)+ other issue - John (dvp 15.11.1739), Elizabeth, Frances
(ii) Frances Cotton probably of this generation
  m. William Hanbury of Little Marcle
  m2. ?? (Mrs. Morton)
  (D) Elizabeth Cotton
  m1. Lyonel Walden of Huntingdon
  (i) Lionel Walden (d unm)
  (ii) Elizabeth Walden
  m1. Charles Pitfield 'of Hoxton'
  (a) Charles Pitfield (dsp)
  m. _ Ashley (dau of Solomon Ashley MP)
  (b) Elizabeth Pitfield (d 1738)
  m. (sp) Edward Bigland of Long Whatton
  m2. Talbot Touchet
(iii) Hester Walden
  m. Humphrey Orme of Peterborough
  (a) Walden Orme
  m2. _ Smith of Westminster
  (E) Mary Honywood Cotton (dsp)
  m. Roger Kenyon (doctor)
  (F)+ other issue (dvp)
  (2) Lucy Cotton (d 26.06.1684)
  m. Sir Philip Wodehouse, Bart of Kimberley (bpt 24.07.1608, d 06.05.1681)
(3) Frances Cotton
  m. (by 1673) Sir Thomas Proby, Bart of Elton and Rans (b c1634, d 1689)
  m2. Alice Constable (dau of Sir John Constable of Dromondby or Dromenby)
  (4) Thomas Cotton (d young)
  (5) Sir Robert Cotton of Hatley St. George
  m. Gertrude Morrice (dau of Sir William Morrice, Bart of Werington)
  (A) Alice Cotton
  m. Robert (sb Samuel?) Trefusis of Trefusis (d 08.1742)
  (6) Philip Cotton of Connington (b c1647, dsp)
  m(1). Frances Tyrell (dau of Sir Toby Tyrell of Thornton)
(7) William Cotton of Cotton Hall
  m. Mary Pulleyn (dau of Rev. Robert Pulleyn of Thurleston)
  (A) Thomas Cotton of Connington or Conington
  m. Anne Andrews (dau by Anne Shute of Thomas Andrews, grandson of Sir Thomas, Lord Mayor of London)
  (i) Frances Cotton
  m. Dingley Ascham or Askham of Conington, Sheriff of Huntingdonshire
  The following connection comes from BLG1952 (Gardner formerly of Conington).
(a) Harriet Ascham or Askham of Conington (d 20.03.1795)
  m. (26.04.1725) Sir Thomas Hatton, 8th Bart of Long Stanton (d 07.11.1787)
  (B) Mary Cotton
  m. Jonathan Symonds of Great Ormesby
  (C) Alice Cotton
  m. William Shiers of Great Ormesby (bur 30.10.1749)
(D) Catherine Cotton
  (E) Frances Cotton
  m. _ Lewis of London (physician)
  (8) Alice Cotton (bur 18.01.1719/20) probably of this generation, presumed of this marriage
  m. (10.07.1666) Sir Humphrey Monoux, 2nd Bart of Wotton (d 07.1685)
  ii. Thomas Cotton of Gedding Abbots
  m. Mary Apreece (dau of Robert Apreece of Washingly)
  a. John Cotton of Gedding
  m. Frances Gifford (dau of John Gifford of White Ladys)
  (1) Jane Cotton
  m. Bazil Fitzherbert of Norbury and Swinnerton (b c1630, a 1680)
  iii. Lucy Cotton
m. _ Talcarne of Ashton
  iv. Dorothy Cotton
  m. Maurice Baude of Somerby
  v. Johanna Cotton
  m. John Baude of Somerby
  m2. Dorothy Tamworth (dau of John Tamworth of Hawsted)
  vi. Frances Cotton
  m. Sir Edward Montagu, 1st Lord of Boughton (b c1562, d 1644)
  vii. Rebecca Cotton
  m. William Mulsho of Thingdon
  viii.+ other issue - Henry (d unm 11.06.1614), Ferdinand, John, Catherine (d unm 1613)
2. Richard Cotton
3. Eleanor Cotton
  m1. Edward Pitcher of Trumpington
  m2. ?? Pepys of Cottenham
  m3. _ Walker of Cambridge (doctor)

Main source(s): BEB1841 (Cotton of Connington)
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