'Wilford1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Wilsford of Devon, Wilford (Wilsford) of Hartridge, Wilford of Heding, Wilford of London, Wilford (Wilsford) of Newman's Hall, Wilsford of Pontefract, Wilford (Wilsford) of Quendon, Wilsford of Stillington, Wilford of Wansworth

                               
Although it appears that this family's name settled as Wilford, it was known also as Wilsford and (earlier?) Wilfford. It is noted that Visitation (Devon, 1620) refers to a family named Willesford.
William Wilsford of Devon
m. Margaret Cornens (dau/coheir of Walter Cornens son/heir of Sir Walter)
1. Robert (or Thomas) Wilsford or Wilford of Devonshire
  There is some disagreement between our sources on this and the next generation. Visitation (Kent, 1619) contains 2 records for the family, one starting with the above William, father of Robert, and follows only the line of Jacob, the other starting with this generation but names him Thomas, showing him as father of Jacob, Peter and another. Similarly, Visitation (Essex, 1558) contains 2 records for the family, both starting with this generation, one naming him Robert the other Thomas, with son James being shown in both but other sons differing. Berry shows Sheriff James as son of Robert & William and brother of Peter of London and another. The following attempts to pull them together but there is some concern that there has been some confusion between brothers or cousins though, fortunately, it appears not to make too much difference to the ancestry of the later generations shown below.
  A. James (Jacob) Wilford, Sheriff of London (a 1491, 2nd son)
  m. Elizabeth Bettenham (dau of John Bettenham or Betenham or Betnam or Bateman of Pluckley)
i. Thomas Wilford of Hartridge in Cranbrook, Kent
  One of the records in Visitation (Kent, 1619) shows Thomas as married 1. Elizabeth Colepeper and 2. Rosa Whetenhall but the other record shows the marriages the other way around. Provisionally, we show Rose as the first wife as that is supported by one of the records in Visitation (Essex, 1558).
m1. Rose Wettenhall (dau of William Wettenhall or Whetenhall of Peckham)
  a. Thomas Wilford of Heding (Ileden) in Kingstone, Kent
  m. Mary Poynings (dau/heir of Edward Poynings) ## possibly here?? ##
  (1) William Wilford (dsp)
  m. Anna Carew (dau of Sir Peter Carew)
  (2) Sir Thomas Wilford of Heding (Ileden)
m. Elizabeth Sandis (dau of Sir Edwin Sandis of Northborne)
  (A) Catherine Wilford possibly the Catherine Wilsford who married ...
  m. Whittingam Fogge of Chilham (a 1663)
  (B) Alice Wilford (youngest dau) probably the Alice who married ...
  m. (c1650) Edward Rigby of Preston
  (C)+ other issue - Jacob/James (b c1608, a 1619), Thomas, Edward, William, Frances, Elizabeth
  (3) Edward Wilford
  (4) Anna Wilford
  m1. Sir Richard Buckley
  m2. Sir Thomas Cheadle
  b. Cecily Wilford shown by one of the sections in Visitation (Kent) as daughter of Elizabeth Culpeper
m. Edwin Sandis, Bishop of London then Archbishop of York (d 1588)
  m2. Elizabeth Culpeper (dau of Walter Culpeper or Colepeper of Bedgebury)
  c. Sir James Wilford of Hartridge
  m. Joyce Barrett (dau of John Barrett of Avely)
  (1) Thomas Wilford of Hartridge (a 06.1622)
  The following comes mostly from Visitation (Essex, 1612 & 1634, Wilford).
m. Mary Browne (dau of Sir Humfrey Browne of Essex)
  (A) James/John Wilford 'of Cranbrook' of (Newman's Hall in) Quendon, Essex (d 02.02.1620?)
  m. Anne Newman (dau/heir of Thomas Newman of Quendon)
  (i) Henry Wilford of Newman's Hall in Quendon
  m. Susan Frank (dau of Sir Leventhorpe Frank)
(a) Thomas Wilford (d infant)
  (ii) Anne Wilford
  m. Edward Stafford (b 1600, dvp 1621, son/heir of Edward, Lord Stafford)
  (iii) Mary Wilford
  m. Charles Waldegrave (son of Sir Edward of Staninghall)
  (iv) Elizabeth Wilford
  m. William Suliard (son of Sir John of Hawley/Haughley)
  (v) Dorothy Wilford who apparently married ...
  m. John Talbot of Salesbury (b 1608, a 1664)
  (vi)+ other issue - Thomas, John (dsp), Thomas (dsp), Joyce, Martha, Mildred
  (B) Anne (Agnes) Wilford
  m. (John) Throgmorton of Coughton
  (C)+ other issue - Robert (dsp), Humfrey (dsp), Peter (dsp), William, Joseph, Richard (dsp), Joyce, Frances, Katharine, Mary
  (2)+ other issue (dsp) - John, Thomas, Elizabeth, Judith
  d. Francis Wilford of Nonington, Kent
  m. Alice Simpson (dau/heir of William Simpson or Sampson, Vice-Marshall of Callais)
  (1) James (Jacob) Wilford or Wilsford of Nonington then Stillington, Yorkshire
The following comes from FMG (vol 3, MS433, Wilsford, p997+). Visitation (Essex, 1558) James's wife as of Stillington and identifies his wife as a dau of Sir Edward Sones whilst Visitation (Kent, 1619) & Berry name her Elizabeth, dau/heir of William Ashenden. FMG identifies James as of Nonington and identifies his wife as ...
  m. Elizabeth Ashenden (dau/heir of Richard Ashenden)
  (A) John Wilsford of Stillington (d c1642)
  m. _ Clinton (m2. Alderman _ Allen)
  (i) Francis Wilsford of Barnsley (b 25.10.1614, d 07.1655 in Jamaica)
  m. Mary Buckley (dau of Abel Buckley of Buckley, m2. Richard Eyre of Pontefract)
  (a) Buckley Wilsford of Pontefract (b c1646, d 1707)
  m. Helen Beale (b c1664, d 1746, dau of Henry Beale of Woodhouse & Darrington)
  ((1)) Thomas Wilsford of Pontefract (b 09.02.1693, d 16.06.1772, MD)
  m. Jane Rough (d 03.04.1780, dau of Richard Rough of Pontefract)
  ((A))+ issue - Thomas (b 13.06.1732, d unm 16.03.1782), Richard (b 22.01.1736)
  ((2)) Theosebeus James Buckley Wilsford (b c1700/25.05.1707, d 04.1763)
  m. (12.07.1736) Sarah Waterhouse (dau/coheir of Phgilip Waterhouse of Braithwell)
  ((A)) Ellen Wilsford (b 1739)
  m. _ Swan of Sheffield
  ((i))+ issue - Charlotte, Susanna
  ((B))+ other issue - John (a 1773), Vincent (b 1737, d young)
(b)+ other issue - James (d infant), Anne (b c1655, d unm 1735)
  (ii)+ other issue - Thomas, John, Mary, Jane, Elizabeth
  (B) James Wilsford
  (C) Jane Wilsford
  m. _Robert Fenwick
  (D) Cecily Wilsford
  m. Sir Christopher Croft
  (E) Catherine Wilsford
  m. _Stephen Jerome
  (2) Francis Wilford of Dover
  m. Martha Camock (dau of Thomas Camock of Maldon)
  (A)+ issue (a 1619) - Francis (b c1614), William (b c1617), Elizabeth (b c1606), Maria (b c1608), Martha (b c1612)
  (3) Henry Wilford
  m. Susanna Butler of Hertfordshire
  (A) Philippa Wilford
  (4) John Wilford
  (5) Peregrina Wilford
  m. John Nethershall or Nethersole of Nethersole
  (6) Abigall Wilford
  m. Robert Boteler (Butler) of Pritwell (Prittlewell)
  (7) Maria Wilford
  m. George Wills or Willes of Woodchurch
  e. Johanna Wilford
  m1. William Roydon of Peckham
  m2. John Sidenham (probably not Sidney)
  m3. _ Perry (or Percy) of Kent
  f. Elizabeth Wilford
  m. George Clerke or Clarke of Wrotham
  g. Constance Wilford
  m1. John Dingley
m2. Reginald Higate or Heygatte
  h. Catherine Wilford
  m. Henry Hadds or Hades of Frynsted
  i. Maria Wilford
  m. George Covert of Slaugham
  j. Anna Wilford
  m. Richard Tuck or Tooke or Toke of Bere
  k. Bridget or Sara Wilford
  m. Leonard Digges of Wootton
  l. Winifred Wilford
  m. Nicholas Smith of Lanehams in Rivenhall, Essex
  ii. William Wilford (3rd son)
  The following comes from Visitation (Essex, 1552 & 1558, Wilford).
m. Agnes Hamond (dau of William Hamon or Hamond of Arcrise, widow of Henry Wentworth (brother of Sir John))
  a.+ issue - John, William
  iii. Nicholas Wilford of London 'of New Sarum' (youngest son)
  The following comes from Visitation (Surrey, 1530+1572+1623, Wilford) & CountyGen (Kent, Berry, p496).
  m. Elizabeth Gale
  a. Thomas Wilford of Wansworth (Wandsworth?), Surrey (Chamberlain of London)
  m. Elizabeth Hawes (dau of Sir James Hawes, Mayor of London)
  (1) James Wilford of Wansworth (a 1623)
  m. Christian Cliff (dau of John Cliff of London)
  (A) Elizabeth Wilford (bur 07.01.1682) who apparently married ...
  m. Ralph Sulyard of Wetherden & Haughley (bpt 14.01.1598-9, bur 05.12.1658)
  (B)+ other issue (a 1623) - James (b c1617), Thomas (b c1622), Susan, Christian
  (2) William Wilford of London
  m. Susan Tracye (dau of Samwell Tracye of Clifford Priory, m2. Ambrose Gray of Envile)
  (A) Susan Wilford
  m. John Wheeler of London
  (B)+ other issue - Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, Barbara, Anne, Martha
  (3) Thomas Wilford (d unm)
(4) Elizabeth Wilford
  m. William Blackwell of London
  (5) Anne Wilford
  m. Geffrey Clark of London
  b. Robert Wilford
  m. Mary Watsonn
c. William Wilford
  d. Elizabeth Wilford
  m. Robert Gage of Haling
  e. Anne Wilford
  m1. John Webbe of Odstock
  m2. (26.11.1571) Gabriell White of Charfford (son of Sir Thomas of Swanborne)
f. Elizabeth Wilford
  m. Sir Edward Pitt of Keir
  g. Parnell Wilford
  m. William Towersonn of London
  h. Martha Wilford
  m. Francis Cressett of Salop
  iv. Anne Wilford
  m. Michael Inglyshe (English) of London
  v. Katherine Wilford
  m. Henry Gainsforth of Carshalton
  vi.+ other issue - John, Robert
  B. Robert Wilford (4th son?)
  m. _ Farington
  C.+ other issue - William, Edmond/John, Nicholas

Main source(s): Visitation (Kent, 1574, Wilford), Visitation (Kent, 1619, Wilsford x2), CountyGen (Kent, Berry, p134+) with input as reported above and support from Visitation (Essex, 1558, Wilford)
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