'Sparrow1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Sparrow of Lavenham, Sparrow of Long Melford, Sparrow of Ofton (Offton), Sparrow of Worlingham
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(1) We are surprised that we have not been able to find more on how the various branches of this family interconnect given that it appears that those which have coats of arms have differenced their arms in ways which imply acceptance of a common root. For the Essex family reported by Berry, the arms are shown as "Or, three roses proper". The other arms, where given, either have three roses in chief (with differerences being in the main body of the arms and/or the colours - used by the East Anglian branches shown below) or have three roses in the main body of the arms (with differerences being in chief and/or the colours - used by the Staffordshire branches shown on Sparrow03).
(2) Berry's Essex Pedigrees (1878, 'Sparrow') starts with ...
William Sparrow of West Harling, Norfolk (a temp Edward III who r. 1327-1377)
1. Robert Sparrow of Long Melford, Suffolk
m. Marian
  A. Robert Sparrow of Long Melford (d c1482)
  m. Agnes Martin (sister of Roger Martin of Long Melford)
  Berry then jumps to the undermentioned Thomas of Bocking (who "lived to a great age", will dated 08.11.1595, with a line between them. We would normally take that to mean that Thomas was thought to have descended from Robert but with no proof to confirm that. However, BLG1886 (Sparrow-Beridge of Gosfield Place) mentions that William Sparrow of Sible Hedingham was "6th in descent from William Sparrow of West Harling, Norfolk, temp Edward III). Berry shows that William as 3rd in descent from the undermentioned Thomas. This would suggest that Thomas was son of this Robert. We suspect that the entry in BLG1886 was somewhat presumptuous but nevertheless make a connection between Robert and Thomas albeit presuming that there was at least one generation between them.
  i. ?? Sparrow probably father or grandfather of ...
  a. Thomas Sparrow of Bocking, Essex (a 1595)
  m. Joane
  B. William Sparrow



Visitation (Suffolk, 1664-8, 'Sparrow of Wickhambrook'), which provides the following, identifies their coat of arms as "Argent, three roses [purpure?, Gules], seeded [Or], barbed [Vert], a chief [of the second]".
John Sparrow of Read, Suffolk
1. Philip Sparrow of Wickham Brooke, Suffolk
  m. Etheldred Plume (dau of Robert Plume of Great Yeldham)
  A. Robert Sparrow of Wickham Brooke (a 1664)
  m. Temperance Goodwin (dau of John Goodwin of Hasketon)
  i.+ issue (a 1664) - Robert (b c1659), Temperance



Visitation (Suffolk, 1664-8, 'Sparrow of Offton' (sic)), which provides the following, identifies their coat of arms as "Argent, three roses, two and one [Gules], a chief [of the last]" with a mullet on the chief "for difference".
Robert Sparrow of Ofton, Suffolk
m. Mary Boggas of Flawton
1. Robert Sparrow of Ofton (a 1664)
  That is all that Visitation shows. The following comes from Berry's Essex Pedigrees (1878, 'Sparrow'). Although it may have been Robert's son (or nephew) who was the Robert 'of Offton' who married Jane Risby, we (provisionally) presume that it was this Robert who married ...
  m. Jane Risby (dau/coheir of Heigham Risby of Thorpe Morieux)
  A. Jane Sparrow (bur 12.01.1727, heir)
  m. (1720) John Sparrow of Halstead (bpt 10.12.1697)
2. William Sparrow



The following is shown here because the family was also of Suffolk. It comes from FMG (vol I, MS140, 'Smyth'). No arms are given.
Samuel Sparrow of Lavenham, Suffolk
m. (28.11.1699) Theodosia Smyth (b 13.12.1682, dau of Sir Samuel Smyth of Colkirk)
1. John Sparrow of London, later of Wincobank (near Sheffield) (b c1703, a 1785)
  m. Lydia Brown (bpt 23.10.1701, dau/heir of John Brown of Wincobank by Ellen Staniforth)
  A. Lydia Sparrow (bpt 31.07.1734)
  m. Joseph Roberts of Sheffield (son of Benjamin)
B. Theodosia Sparrow (a 1821)
  m. James Stovin of Whitgift, later of Sprotborough Hall (d 26.07.1789)
  C.+ other issue (d young) - John, Joshua, Samuel
2. Theodosia Sparrow
  m. Martin Webster of Stow Market
  A. John Webster of Deerham (surgeon)
  m1. ??
  i. Catherine Webster
  m. Thomas Wilson (dsp 1785, son of Titus)
  ii.+ other issue - John Sparrow (d 1804, surgeon), Theodosia
  m2. Catherine Barnwell (dau of Charles Barnwell of Mileham by Catherine Sparrow)
  B. Catherine Webster (dsp)
  m. Titus Wilson
3. Catherine Sparrow (d 23.04.1774)
  m. (1735) Charles Barnwell of Mileham
4.+ other issue - Samuel (d infant), Samuel of London (d unm 1776), Sarah (d young)



(1) The following is shown here because the family was also of Suffolk. It was revised & expanded on 30.12.12. It comes from BIFR1976 ('Bence-Jones', p641+) & Commoners (vol 3, 'Bence of Thorington Hall'. p652+). No arms are given.
(2) Descended from Thomas Sparowe of Somersam (a 1419) was ...
Robert Sparrow of Kettleburgh, Suffolk
1. Robert Sparrow of Kettleburgh, 1st of Worlingham Hall, Suffolk (d 1765)
m. (16.12.1740) Anne Bence (bur 16.11.1776, dau of Robert Bence of Benstead, cousin of Anne Bence of Thorington Hall)
  A. Robert Sparrow of Worlingham Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk (bpt 24.10.1741, d 08.03.1822, MP)
  m1. Mary Bernard (d 09.02.1793, dau/heir of Sir John Bernard, 4th Bart of Brampton Park)
  i. Robert Bernard Sparrow 'of Worlingham Hall' (b 15.02.1773, dvp 29.08.1805, Brigadier)
  m. (14.03.1797) Olivia Acheson (d 12.02.1863, dau of Arthur Acheson, 1st Earl of Gosford)
  a. John Sparrow (b 1798-9, d 03.03.1818) mentioned on some web sites
  b. Millicent Sparrow (b 25.01.1798, d 21.11.1848)
m. (08.10.1822) George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester (b 09.07.1799, d 18.08.1855)
  ii. Mary Sparrow of Worlingham Hall (b 14.04.1777, d 30.06.1841)
  m. (20.07.1805) Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (d 27.03.1849)
  m2. (1797) Mary Brockham of Hardwick
  B. Bence Sparrow, later Bence of Thorington Hall (b 1747, d 02.09.1824, rector of Kettleburgh & Kelsale-cum-Carleton then Thorington)
  m. (16.05.1786) Harriet Elmy (d 09.06.1815, dau/heir of William Elmy of Beccles)
  i. Henry Bence Sparrow, later Bence of Thorington Hall (bpt 12.03.1788, d 09.02.1861, Colonel) had issue
  m. (05.05.1815) Elizabeth Susanna Starkie (d 19.12.1862, dau/heir of Nicholas Starkie of Frenchwood & Riddlesden)
  ii. Anna Maria Sparrow (b 27.04.1791, d 09.1869)
  m. (17.03.1809) Lancelot Robert Brown (d 11.02.1868, rector of Kelsale-cum-Carleton)
  iii. Matilda Sparrow (b 04.03.1791, d 09.1869)
  m. (17.03.1809) William Jones of Lisselane & Theberton Hall (d 06.08.1843, Lt. Colonel)

Main source(s): as reported above
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