'Purefoy1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Purefoy of Caldecot, Purefoy of Fenny Drayton, Purefoy of Foxcote, Purefoy of Misterton (Minsterton), Purefoy of Shireford, Purefoy of Wolvershall

Visitation (Leicestesrhire, 1619) spells the family name as "Purifoy" as does Visitation (Warwickshire, 1619). However, Visitation (Warwickshire, 1682), BLG1952 (Purefoy of Shalstone) & BEB1841 all spell the family name as "Purefoy".
William Purifoy of Minsterton, Leicestershire (a 1275)
1. Simon Purifoy of Minsterton (a 1277)
  A. William Purifoy of Minsterton (a 1283)
  m. Amis
  i. William Purifoy of Minsterton or Misterton (a 1312) the first mentioned by BLG1952
  m. Mary Wenle (dau of Sir Henry Wenle of Warwickshire)
  a. Philip Purefoy of Newnham (Warwickshire) (a 1322)
  BLG1952 & Lipscomb start with the following William (father of Philip), described as 'of Misterton'. BEB1841 starts with his son, Philip, as does Visitation (Warwickshire). Their omitting the earlier generations, which were provided by Visitation (Leicestershire), suggests that there were suspicions about the reliability of the earlier generations, caution which appears to be merited given that it looks as though there are too many generations for the given dates.
  (1) William Purefoy of Misterton and/or Newnham (a 1312, 1344)
  (A) Philip Purefoy of Misterton & Churchover (Warwickshire) and/or Newnham (a 1322, 1368)
  m. Margaret Shireford (dau/heir of Simon Shireford of Shireford)
  (i) Thomas Purefoy of Drayton, Leicestershire
m. Katherine Whellesburgh (dau of John Whellesburgh or Wellesborough of Fenny Drayton, son of Thomas son of Thomas son of Adam son of Adam of Wellesbrough)
  (a) William Purefoy (a 1402)
  ((1)) William Purefoy
  m. Margaret Knightley
  ((A)) John Purefoy
  Visitation (Leicestershire) identifies John's wife as Joan, dau of Sir John Poultney of Minsterton, but Visitation (Warwickshire) identifies her as Joan, relict of John Poultney of Minsterton
m. Joan
  ((i)) John Purefoy (d 1515-6) - continued below
  m. Joane Wistowe or Wiston of Staffordshire
  ((B)) Elizabeth Purefoy
  m. (1416) Richard Knightley of Folleslay
  ((C)) Margaret Purefoy
  m(1). _ Catesby of Weshton (Whiston?)
  This may be the Margaret, mentioned by Visitation (Leicestershire) but not by Visitation (Warwickshire), who (also) married the following Sir John but see note @@@ below for possible confusion.
  m(2). Sir John Feilding of Newnham Paddox
  (ii) William Purefoy of Shireford (a 1396, 1413)
  This generation was omitted by the Visitations but is shown in Lipscomb, BEB1841 & BLG1952.
  m. Margaret Chetwyn (dau of Sir William Chetwyn of Ingestre)
  (a) William Purefoy of Shireford, later of Shalstone or Shalleston & Foxcote (d 1466)
  m. Marian Ayott (dau/heir of Alan Ayott or Ayette of Shalstone & Foxcote)



John Purefoy (d 1515-6) - continued above
m. Joane Wistowe or Wiston of Staffordshire
1. Thomas Purefoy of (Fenny) Drayton (d 1542)
  m. Margery Fitzherbert (dau of Sir Ralph (not Anthony) Fitzherbert of Norbury)
  A. Ralph Purefoy of (Fenny) Drayton (d 1550-1)
m. Anna Bingham (dau/(co)heir of Richard Bingham of Whatnall)
  i. Nicholas Purefoy of Drayton
  m. Joan Vincent (dau of George Vincent of Pecleton, m2. William Faunt of Folston)
  a. George Purefoy of (Fenny) Drayton (d 30.08.1593)
  m. Elizabeth Whetell (dau of Thomas Whetell of Shepey)
  (1) Joyce Purefoy
  m. Edward Purefoy of Shalleston
  (2) Frances Purefoy
  b. Rafe Purefoy
  m. Elizabeth Bradshaw
  (1)+ issue - George (dsp), Elizabeth, Frideswed, Anne
  c. Michael Purefoy
  m. Margery Pichley (dau of Nicholas Pichley of Nottinghamshire)
(1) Nicholas Purefoy
  (2) Anne Purefoy
  m. Hugh Kerchewall
  d. Anne Purefoy
  m. William Jarvis of Peteling (b c1537, d 21.01.1614)
ii. William Purefoy
  m. Elizabeth Sanders (dau of ?? Sanders of Bedworth)
  a. Joyce Purefoy
  b. Katherine Purefoy
  m. George Staresmore
  iii. John Purefoy (dsp)
  iv. Elizabeth Purefoy probably of this generation
  m. William Saunders of Bedworth (d 12.1586)
  B. Michael (not Nicholas) Purefoy of Caldecote, Warwickshire (b 14.03.1497, d 21.07.1570)
  m. Joyce Hardwick (dau/heir of John Hardwick of Lindley (Harwick of Lindly))
i. William Purefoy of Caldecot (b 1527, d 01.09.1615) dates from various web sites
  m. (c1572) Katherine Wigston (d 16.04.1653, dau of Sir William Wigston of Warwickshire)
  a. Francis Purefoy of Caldecot
  m. Elianora Baskervile (dau of John Baskervile of Crudworth)
  (1) William Purefoy of Caldecot (a 1619)
  m. Johanna Penekeston (dau/heir of Alan Penekeston of York)
  (2) Joyce Purefoy
  m. Thomas Wolley of Newton
  (3) Maria Purefoy
  m. John Farmer of Ratcliffe
  (4)+ other issue - Nathaniel, Ralph, Francis, George, Elizabeth
  b. William Purefoy of Caldecot (a 1616)
  m. Joan Purifoy (dau of Edward Purifoy of Drayton)
c. Edward Purefoy
  d. Magdalene Purefoy (b 1573, d 16.04.1653) apparently of this generation
  m. (c1590) Anthony Grey, 9th Earl of Kent (b 1557, d 09.11.1643)
  e. Dorothy Purefoy probably of this generation
  m. Roger Dudley (b 1552, d 1627)
  ii. John Purefoy of Whitacre, Warwickshire (dsp)
  m. Isabel Bradshaw (dau of Robert Bradshaw of Moreborne or Morebarne)
  a.+ issue - Nicholas, Robert, Katherine, Joyce, Anne
  iii. Humphrey Purefoy of Barwell (d 1598)
  m. Alice Faunt (dau of William Faunt of Foston)
  a. Mary Purefoy
  m. Henry Pollard of Treland
b.+ other issue - Henry, Humphrey, John, George, William, Thomas, Alice, Elizabeth
  iv. Thomas Purefoy
  m. Elizabeth Bradshaw (dau of Robert Bradshaw of Mooreborne)
  a. Joyce Purefoy
  m. Thomas Holt
b. Susanna Purefoy
  m. Robert Goodall
  c.+ other issue - Michael, Jane
  v. George Purefoy of Wolvershall, Warwickshire
  The following comes from Visitation (Warwickshire, 1682, Purefoy of Wolvershall). Although Visitation (Leicestershire, 1619) identifies George's wife as Jane, dau of John Davenport. Visitation (Warwickshire, 1682) names her:
  m. Jane Zouch (dau of Sir John Zouch of Weston, brother of George, Lord Zouche)
  a. Gamaliel Purefoy of Wolvershall (b c1579, d c1661)
  m. Anne Aston of Cheshire
  (1) George Purefoy of Wolvershall (b c1618, a 1682)
  m1. (sp) Dorothy Murcot of White Abbey (widow of _ Manwaring of London)
  m2. Anne Savage (dau of Walter Savage of Broadway)
  (A)+ issue - William (b c1668, a 1682), George (b c1670), Thomas (d young), Anne (b c1664), Mary (b c1665), Elizabeth (b c1667)
  (2) Michael Purefoy of Ludlow, Salop (a 1682)
  m. _ Smith of Micham
  (3) William Purefoy in Ireland (a 1682)
  m. Flora
  (A)+ issue - Gamaliel, William, Henshaw, 3 daughters
  (4) Basill Purefoy in Ireland had issue
  (5) Arthur Purefoy in Ireland (dsp, 6th son)
  m. ?? (dau of Bishop ?? of Ireland)
  (6) Peter Purefoy in Ireland (a 1682, youngest son?)
  m. _ Cooper of Neslton
(A)+ issue - Dorothy, Anne
  (7) Mary Purefoy
  m. _ Tuston of Banbury
  (8) Anne Purefoy
  m1. John Wythe of London
  m2. Richard Pretty (minister of Hampton in Arden, prebendary of Lichfield)
  (9) Jane Purefoy
  m. Robert Shalcross of Rudfen in Killingworth
  (10) Elizabeth Purefoy
  m. Edward Sanders of Mouseley
  (11) Sarah Purefoy
  m. Charles Chetwynd of Salters Hall
  (12) Alice Purefoy
  m. _ Curd of Ireland (Captain)
(13) Judith Purefoy
  m. Nathaniel Cooley of London
  (14)+ other issue (d unm) - Gamaliel (d young), Thomas, Philip, son (stillborn), Joyce
  b. Margaret Purefoy
  Visitation (Leicestershire, 1619) identifies Margaret's husband as Richard Dall of Colineston. Visitation (Warwickshire, 1682) names him ...
  m. Roger Dale of Tixover
  c. Susan Purefoy
m. William Wale of Warwickshire
  d. Judith Purefoy
  m. Edward Repington (brother of Sir John of Aminton)
  vi. Arthur Purefoy (dsp, Chancellor of Worceseter)
  vii. Francis Purefoy
  m. _ Langham (dau of _ Langham of Coggeshall)
  viii. Katherine Purefoy
m. Thomas Wightman of Burbach
  ix. Jane Purefoy
  m. Christopher Wright of Hoppesford
  x. Margarie Purefoy
  m. Ralph Salisbury of Ullesthorp
  xi. Dorothy Purefoy
  m. Michael Bradshaw of Moorbarne
  xii. Frances Purefoy
m. John Smalley of Carleton Curlow
  C. Hugh Purefoy
  m. Anne Perrin
  D. Joyce Purefoy
  m. John Ruding or Ruddings of Ardbury
  E. Joan Purefoy
  m. (before 1549) John Staresore (Staresmore) of Frolesworth
  F. Elizabeth Purefoy
  m. Thomas Cawarden of Mavesy and Ridware
  G. other issue - Anthony, Isabella (nun), Dorothy (nun)
2. William Purefoy of Bratteshall or Breleshall (Brett's Hall) (a 1511)
  m. (1501) Elizabeth Palmer (dau/coheir of William (or Thomas) Palmer son of Robert by Joan, dau/coheir of William Brett of Brett's Hall) wife of William, probably mother of ...
  A. John Purefoy
  i. Michael Purefoy
3. Nicholas Purefoy (dsp, royal valet?)
4. Margery Purefoy
  m. Sir William Feilding
  @@@ There is possibly some confusion on this daughter. BP1934 (Denbigh) shows Sir John Feilding (son of a William & father of a Sir William) as m. Margaret, dau of William Purefoy of Drayton. We show such a Margaret above.
5. Elizabeth Purefoy
  m. William Palmer of Stanston
6. Isabel Purefoy
  m. _ Sutton

Main source(s): Visitation (Leicestershire, 1619, Purifoy), Visitation (Warwickshire, 1619, Purifoy) with some support from BEB1841 (Purefoy of Wadley) and, for the upper section, Lipscomb (Bucks, vol 3, 'Pedigree of Purefoy, Jervoise Purefoy, and Purefoy Jervoise', p71)
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