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Families covered: Wigley of Middleton, Wigley of Scraptoft, Wigley of Ullesthorpe, Wigley of Wigwall, Wigley of Wirksworth

John Wigley of Worksworth (Wirksworth), Derbyshire
1. John Wigley of Middleton, Derbyshire (a 1491) the first mentioned by Visitation (Derbyshire)
m. Elizabeth Crane (dau of Ralph Crane)
  A. Henry Wigley 'of Middleton' of Workesworth (Wirksworth) & Scraptoft (Leicestershire) the first mentioned by Visitation (Leicestershire)
  There is disagreement between our sources on this/the next generation. Visitation (Derbyshire) shows that Henry, son of John of Middleton by _ Crane, m. Elizabeth (dau of Raphe Gell of Hopton) and was father of Thomas of Middleton (dsp) & Richard of Wigwall (m. Elizabeth Hall). Provisionally we follow Commoners and assume that Visitation (Derbyshire) had missed out a generation. Also, noting that Henry's son John is also shown as having married a daughter of Ralph Gell, we assume that it was not this Henry who married Elizabeth Gell but his son Henry. As reported below, this is supported by FMG.
  i. John Wigley of Gatehouse in Wirksworth & Middleton (d before 1596)
Commoners identifies John's wives as 1. Helena Gell then 2. Elizabeth Curzon. Visitation (Leicestershire) shows the marriages the other way around, identifying the wives' families but not naming them. Both imply that the Curzon marriage was childless.
  m1/2. Helena Gell (dau of Ralph Gell of Hopton)
  a. Francis Wigley of Gatehouse in Wirksworth (d before 1601)
  m. Elizabeth Blackwall of Blackwall
  (1) Thomas Wigley (b c1585, a 1619)
  m. Katherine Colborne (dau of John Colborne of Morton Morell)
  b. Henry Wigley
  m. _ Bunting
  (1) Henry Wigley (b c1603, a 1619)
  c. Ellena Wigley
  m. Richard Shorte of Marton
m1/2. Elizabeth Curzon (dau of Richard Curzon of Kedleston)
  ii. Edward Wigley of Scraptoft (d 1603)
  m. (1560) Emma Plant of Workesworthe
  a. Henry Wigley of Scraptoft (d 1607)
  m. Anna Spell (dau of Richard Spell of Lodington, m2. Anthony Faunt)
  (1) Henry Wigley of Scraptoft (b 1601, d 1645)
m. Frances Bradgate (dau of Richard Bradgate of Peatlign Parva)
  (A) Edward Wigley of Scraptoft (b 1623)
  m. Anne Armston (dau/heir of James Armston, m2. Sir Andrew Noel, Bart)
  (i) Sir Edward Wigley of Scraptoft (b 1661, d 1711)
m. (1694) Letitia Cressey (dau/heir of Arthur Cressey of Brigsley)
  (a) ?? Wigley of Scraptoft (dsp 1716)
  (b) James Wigley of Scraptoft (b 10.08.1700, dsp 13.06.1765, MP) dates from HoP
  m. Martha Eborne (dau/heir of Richard Eborne of Akkeskey)
  (c) Letitia Cressey
m. (1730) Samuel Hartopp
  (d)+ other issue (dsp)
  (B) Henry Wigley of Warmingham, Cheshire (b 1626, Rev.)
  m. (1661) Alice Billers
(i) Henry Wigley (rector of Ecclestone)
  m. Anne Bradgate (d 1731, dau of Thomas Bradgate of Ullesthorpe)
  (a) Edward Wigley of Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire (d 1751, physician)
  m1. (1722, sp) Hester Hill (d 1723, dau of Rev. Richard Hill of Thurcaston)
m2. Anne Makepeace (dau/coheir of William Makepeace of Pensham by Mary, dau of Henry Palmer of Olton End by Anne, dau of Humphrey Greswolde of Greet)
  ((1)) Henry Wigley of Pensham (Worcestershire) & Ullesthorpe (d 14.01.1801)
  m. Mary Ludlam (dau/heir of Edmund Ludlam of Leicester)
((A)) Edmund Wigley 'of Shakenhurst & Ullesthorpe' (d before 1825, recorder of Leicester, MP)
  m. (1795) Anna Maria Watkins-Meysey (dau/heir of Charles Watkins-Meysey of Shakenhurst)
  ((i)) Edmund Wigley, later Meysey-Wigley of Malvern Hall (b 16.08.1798, d unm 1833, Lt. Colonel)
  ((ii)) Charles Wigley (cleric)
  ((iii)) Anna Maria Wigley
  m. (1825) John Michael Severn (son of Samuel Amy of Wallop Hall)
((iv)) Mary Charlotte Wigley
  m. (28.10.1834) Charles Wicksted 'of Betley Hall'
  Shakenhurst passed to their 2nd son, Charles.
  ((v)) Caroline Wigley (d 07.1873) who married ...
m. (10.11.1840) Rev. Archer Clive of Whitfield
  ((B)) Henry Wigley, later Greswolde of Malvern Hall, Warwickshire (b 12.01.1760, a 1836)
  m. (10.11.1796) Elizabeth Suckling (dau of William (not Henry) Suckling)
  ((ii)) Edmund Wigley (b 08.06.1804, dvp 1836)
  ((C)) Mary Wigley
  m. Curteis Hale of Hopton
  ((D)) Jane Wigley
m. George Perrott of Cracombe
  ((E)) Catherine Wigley
  m. (1797) Henry St. John of Worcester (son of Andrew, dean of Worcester)
  ((F))+ other issue - Edward (cleric), William (of the Midle Temple), Dorothy
  m3. ?? (a 1751)
  (C) Frances Wigley (d 1678)
  m. Julius Billers of Scraptoft ## see here ##
  (D) Anne Wigley
  m. (1659) John Clark of Alderkirk
  (E) Martha Wigley
  m1. Alexander Cotes of Leicester
  m2. John Johnstone
  (F) Margaret Wigley
  m. John Kinsey of Chester
  (G) Mary Wigley
  m. (1671) Rev. John Bold of Laugton
  (H)+ other issue (d unm) - Prudence, Jane
  (2) Edward Wigley (b c1600, a 1619)
  b. George (b c1564, a 1619)
  c. Thomas Wigley of Scraptoft
  m. Ellena Orme (dau of Dennis Orme of London)
  (1) John Wigley (b c1593, a 1619)
  (2) Thomas Wigley (b c1595, a 1619)
  m. Margaret Stevenson
(3) Anna Wigley
  m. Thomas Russell of Tossiter
  (4) Emma Wigley
  m. Francis Carick of Willington
  iii. Henry Wigley of Wirksworth 'of Middleton' (4th son)
  Commoners identifies Henry as "ancestor of the Wigleys of Wigwall" but does not follow this line. As mentioned above, we presume that Visitation (Derbyshire) has missed out a generation and that it was this Henry who married Elizabeth Gell. This is supported by FMG (vol 3, MS462, Wigley, p1059) which starts with Henry & Elizabeth and supports the following.
  m. Elizabeth Gell (dau of Raphe Gell of Hopton)
a. Thomas Wigley of Middleton (dsp 1634)
  m. Faith Durant (dau of Riowland Durant of Durant Hall)
  b. Richard Wigley of Wigwall, Derbyshire (d 24.04.1635)
  m. Elizabeth Hall (dau of Robert Hall of Costock)
  (1) John Wigley of Wigwall (b c1617, a 1662)
  m. Bridget Gell (dau of Sir John Gell of Hopton, Bart)
(A) Henry Wigley of Wigwall (b 1642-3, d 07.01.1683)
  m. Mary Spateman (dau of John Spateman of Roadnook)
  (i) Henry Wigley of Wigwall (d unm 04.01.1714)
  (ii) Bridget Wigley
  m. Sir John Statham of Tidswell
  (iii) Anne Wigley
  m. Richard Rosel of Radcliffe
  (a) Elizabeth Rosel probably of this generation
  m. John Statham (son of Sir John)
  (iv) Mary Wigley
  m. Michael Burton of Holmesfield
  (B)+ other issue (a 1662) - John, Thomas, Elizabeth
(2) Edward Wigley (d young)
  (3) Elizabeth Wigley
  m. Martin Topham of Wirksworth
  (4) Anna Wigley
  m. Henry Buxton of Bradbourne
  (5) Faith Wigley
  m. (17.02.1633) Thomas Shelmerdine of Matlock
  c. Mary Wigley
  m. _ Chaworth
  d.+ other issue - Ralph of Wirksworth, Anthony, John, Edmund of Mansfield, Edward, Henry
  iv. Alice Wigley
  m. James Deane of Wirksworth
  v. Joan Wigley
  m. Anthony Allen of Scraptoft
  vi.+ other issue - George of Scraptoft (d 1608), Elizabeth
  B. Mary Wigley (bur 14.04.1589) possibly of this generation
  m. Roger Gregory of (East) Stockwith (bur 31.07.1598)

Main source(s): the section 'Family of Wigley' within Commoners (vol 2, Greswolde of Malvern Hall) with support/input from Visitation (Leicestershire, 1619, Wigley), Visitation (Derbyshire, 1662, Wigley of Wigwall)
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