'Becher1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Becher of Fotheringay, Becher of Howbury (Howberry), Becher of Penshurst

BIFR1976 reports that "The Bechers were settled in W Kent throughout the 15th and 16th cents ... Several of the family were citizens and drapers of London".
John Becher of Penshurst, Kent
1. James Becher of Penshurst (d before 1568)
  A. James Becher (3rd son)
  m. (31.12.1577) Elizabeth Streatfield
B.+ other issue - Richard, John
2. Richard Becher of Shorne, Kent had issue
3. Henry Becher of Penshurst, Sheriff of London (d 15.01.1570/1)
  Visitation starts with this Henry, identifying him as of Bishops Morchard, Devon, and as youngest of 11 sons but as "heire to all their lands w(hich) they had in gauel kind in Kent". Visitation identifies his wife as a daughter of Sir Nicholas Heron of Edgecombe but BIFR1976 identifies her as ...
  m1. Alice Heron (dau of SIr John Heron (or Hearne) of Croydon & Edgcumbe, sister of Sir Nicholas)
  A. Henry Becher of Fotheringay (Bedfordshire) & Hounspell (Somerset) (d before 15.12.1608, alderman of London)
  m. Judith Riche (dau/heir of John Riche of London (royal physician), son/heir of Thomas of Marston)
i. Sir William Becher of Howberry and/in Rouhall, Bedfordshire (d before 02.04.1641)
  m. (1614) Elizabeth St. John (dau of 1st Lord St. John of Bletso, sister of Lord Oliver)
  a. Oliver Becher of Fotheringay & Howberry (a 1634)
m. Elizabeth Tate (dau of Sir William Tate of Delapre)
  (1) Sir William Becher of Fotheringay & Howberry (Howbury) (b 24.04.1628, d 05.10.1694)
  BIFR1976 identifies Sir William's wives and reports that he had issue by both but does not name any of their children. Visitation ends with this generation, noting that William was about 6 years old in 1634. The children/grandchildren shown here come from George Marshall's 1873 edition of Peter Le Neve's 'Pedigrees of the Knights' (p 118).
m1. Frances St. John (dau of Oliver St. John, son of 1st Earl of Bolingbroke, "2nd cousin once removed")
  (A) Sir John Becher of Howbury (Howberry) (d unm)
  (B) Isabella or Arabella Becher
  m. Thomas Huxley (or Howley) of Eaton Bray (brother of Elizabeth)
  m2. Elizabeth Huxley (bur 01.01.1704/5, dau of John Huxley (not Howley) of Edmonton, widow of Thomas Hillersdon of Elstow)
  (C) William Becher of Howbury (a 1725)
  m1. Mary Dennis of Kempston (d 1698)
  (i) son (b 1698?, a 1700)
  Le Neve reports that Mary Dennis "dyed in childbed" but shows that she was mother of a son, living 1700.
  Le Neve shows that William's 2nd wife (m 1699) was a dau of Sir Francis Clark of Launde Abbey but does not show any children by her. Without mentioning an earlier wife, VCH (Bedfordshire, vol 3, Parishes: Renhold) reports that William married "Jane Clarke of Watford" (which is supported by the Clerke cross-reference) and mentions a John Becher of Renhold (a 1769) as probably a younger son of William. If so then it is likely that he was son by Jane.
  m2. (1699) Jane Clark of Watford
  (ii) John Becher of Renhold (a 1769)
  (D)+ other issue - John, George
  (2) Oliver Becher of Brill (Buckinghamshire), later of W Lynn (Norfolk) (b 04.07.1629, d 1680)
  m. (15.12.1670) Sarah Wyan of St. Clement Danes
  (3)+ other issue - Edward, John (dsp), Elizabeth
  b. Francis Becher (5th son)
  m. (22.01.1647) Ann Dawson
  c. Dorothy Becher
m. William Conyers of Walthamstow (d 1659, Serjeant-at-law)
  d. Ann Becher
  m. (c08.1625) Edward Harding of Aspley Guise
  e.+ other issue - Henry, William, St. John, Howard, John, Elizabeth, Judith, Katherine
  ii. Elizabeth Becher
  m. Thomas Ancell of Great Bonford
  iii. Dorothy Becher possibly of this generation
  m. George Kympton of Weston (a 1634)
  iv.+ other issue including Edward of Peterborough (b 1577), George of Clavering (b 1587)
  B. Edward Becher of Allhallows, London
  m. Mary (not Frances) (Brooke) (dau of William, Lord Cobhan, widow of Thomas Coppinger of Kent)
  C. Fane Becher to co. Cork (d 1592/3)
  m. (12.05.1572) Susan Dabridgecourt (dau of George Dabridgecourt of Stratfield Saye)
  D. William Becher
  m. (12.04.1578) Judith Quarles (dau of John Quarles of London)
  i. Olive Becher
  m. _ Yardley
  ii. daughter
  m. (Sir) _ Hunkes
  iii.+ other issue including Sir William (a 1622, Clerk of the Council)
E. Bartholomew Becher
  m. _ Miller
  F. Elizabeth Becher
  m. Clement Kelk of London identified as John Kelke of London by Visitation
  G. Mary Becher
  m1. Chydock Warder (Chedeoke Warder)
  m2. _ Keith
  H. Margaret Becher (d 1621)
  Visitation identifies Margaret's husband as Sir Richard Dabridgecourt but BIFR1976 identifies him as ...
  m. (23.07.1571) Sir Thomas Dabridgecourt of Stratfield Saye (d 03.11.1614, son/heir of George)
  I. Mabell Becher
  m. Sir Richard Norton, 'Bart' of Rotherfield
  m2. Jane (Joan) Lovibond
4. Jane Becher
  m. John Stampe of Shorham
5.+ other issue

Main source(s): BIFR1976 (Becher) with some support from Visitation (Bedfordshire, 1634, Beechar)
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