'Russell02'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Russell of Bedford, Russell of Berwick, Russell of Thornhaugh

Identified as a possible ancestor of the following family was James Russell, Constable of Corfe Castle (a 1221) but we have yet to find a connection from him to this family, reliable or otherwise.
William Russell (MP for Melcombe Regis in 1340) was possibly father, uncle, grandfather or granduncle of ...
1. Thomas Russell (MP for Melcombe Regis in 1384-1390)
The above Thomas was probably kinsman (possibly father or uncle) of the following Stephen. Such a claim is not made by BP1934 which, whilst mentioning William and Thomas above, notes that there is "no record of the relationship between" Thomas and Stephen. However, as "When Stephen Russell represented the borough of Weymouth in 1394 it was Thomas Russell who stood surety for him", it seems reasonable to presume that there was a close relationship. According to BP1934, the first proven ancestor of the Dukes of Bedford was ...
Stephen Russell (d c08.1438, MP for Weymouth in 1394)
m. (c1400) Alice (heiress of families of de Blynchfield and de la Tour of Berwick, Dorset)
1. Henry Russell (b c1401, d c1464)
A possible ancestry for Henry is given on 'Russell01' as provided by Collins. However, there is at least one thing wrong with that as it excludes the Stephen and Alice shown here as Henry's parents who, according to BP1934, were definitely his parents.
  m. Elizabeth Herring (dau of John Herring of Chaldon Herring)
  A. John Russell (b c1431, d 1505)
  m. (c1449) Alice or Elizabeth Froxmere (dau of John Froxmere, probably of Droitwich)
BP1934 reports that either their son or nephew was ...
  i. James Russell of Kingston Russell (d 1509)
  m(1). Alice Wise (dau of John Wise of Sydenham)
  a. John Russell of Berwick, 1st Earl of Bedford (b 1485, d 14.03.1554-5)
  m. (1526) Anne Sapcote (d 03.1558-9, dau of Sir Guy Sapcote)
  (1) Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford (b 1527, d 28.07.1585)
  m1. Margaret St. John (dau of Sir John St. John of Bletso)
(A) Edward Russell (dvpsp c1572)
  m. (c1571) Jane Sibella Morrison (bur 26.06.1580, dau of Sir Richard Morrison of Cashiobury)
  (B) John Russell, Lord Russell (dvp 1584)
  m. (12.12.1574) Elizabeth Cooke (d 23.07.1584, dau of Sir Anthony Cooke of Gidea Hall)
  (i) Elizabeth Russell (d unm)
  (ii) Anne Russell (d 01.04.1639)
  m. (16/9.06.1600) Henry Somerset, 1st Marquess of Worcester (b 1576/7, d 18.12.1646)
(C) Sir Francis Russell (dvp 27.07.1585)
  m. (15.04.1571) Juliana Foster (dau of Sir John Foster or Forster)
  (i) Edward Russell, 3rd Earl of Bedford (b 20.12.1572, dsp 03.05.1627)
  m. (12.12.1594) Lucy Harington (d 26.05.1627, dau of John Harington, 1st Lord)
  (D) Sir William Russell, 1st Lord of Thornhaugh (d 09.08.1613)
  m. (13.02.1584-5) Elizabeth Long (d 12.06.1611, dau of Henry Long of Shengay)
  (i) Francis Russell, 2nd Lord of Thornhaugh, 4th Earl of Bedford (b 1593, d 09.05.1641)
  m. (26.02.1608) Catherine Brydges (d 29.01.1656-7, dau of Giles, 3rd Lord Chandos)
(a) William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford (b 08.1610, d 07.09.1700)
  m. (11.07.1637) Anne Carr (b 09.12.1615, d 10.05.1684, dau of Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset)
  (b) Edward Russell (d 21.09.1665, 4th son)
  m. Penelope Hill (dau of Sir Moyses Hill of Hillsborough)
  ((1)) William Russell (d unm, standard bearer)
  ((2)) Edward Russell, Earl of Orford (dsp 26.11.1727)
  m. (22.11.1691) Margaret Russell (bur 09.01.1701-2, dau of William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford)
  ((3)) Letitia Russell ("elder daughter")
  m. Thomas Cheke or Cheek of Pirgo
  ((4)) Catherine Russell (d 1702) apparently of this generation
  m. (21.02.1678) William Harbord of Grafton Park (b 25.04.1635, d 10.08.1692)
(c) Catherine Russell (d c01.12.1676)
  m. (c1630) Robert Greville, 2nd Lord Brooke (b 1607, d 02.03.1643)
  (d) Margaret Russell (dsp bur 01.12.1676)
  m1. (21.03.1631-2) James Hay, 2nd Earl of Carlisle (b c1612, dsp 30.10.1660)
  m2. (1667) Edward Montagu, 2nd Earl of Manchester (b 1602, d 05.05.1671)
  (e) Diana Russell (d 30.01.1694/5)
  m. (28.04.1642) Francis Newport, 1st Earl of Bradford (b 23.02.1619/20, d 19.09.1708)
  (f) Anne Russell (d 26.01.1696/7)
  m. George Digby, 2nd Earl of Bristol (b 10.1612, d 20.03.1676)
  (g)+ other issue - Francis (dsp), John (d unm, Colonel)
  (E) Anne Russell (dsp 06/9.02.1603-4)
  m. (11.11.1565) Ambrose Dudley, Earl of Warwick
  (F) Elizabeth Russell (d 24.03.1604-5)
  m. (07.08.1583) William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath (d 12.07.1623)
(G) Margaret Russell (d 24.05.1616)
  m. (24.06.1577) George de Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland (b 08.08.1558, d 30.10.1605)
  m2. (1566) Bridget Hussey (d 12.01.1600, dau of John, Lord Hussey)
  b. Sir Thomas Russell probably of this generation
  m. the heiress of Jervoyse of Sutton Hall
  (1) Jane Russell (coheir)
  m. Edmund Wright of Sutton Hall
  Identified by Collins were...
  m2. Joan (a 11.1505)
  Not known by which marriage were ...
  c. Elizabeth Russell
  m. Nicholas Boremont
  d. Thomasin Russell
  m. Robert Hussey of Shapwick
  ii. Thomas Russell (a 11.1505)
  iii. Alice Russell
  m. _ Trenchard (father of Sir Thomas) ## possibly Henry? ##
  iv. Christian Russell
  m. Walter Cheverell

Main source(s): BP1934 (Bedford) with support and some input from Collins (1741, vol i, Russell of Bedford)
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