'Best01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Best of Chilston, Best of Park House, Best of St. Lawrence

Richard Best of Bilbrooke, Kent
m. Dorothy Barrow (dau of John Barrow of Hinxhill)
1. John Best of Allington Castle, St. Lawrence & Wellcourt (Kent) (b 23.02.1567)
  m1. Anne Knatchbull (dau of Reginald Knatchbull of Saltwood Castle) named Dorothy by MGH
  A. Edward Best of St. Lawrence mentioned by MGH but not by BLG
  i. John Best of St. Lawrence
  B. Richard Best of Wringleton & St. Lawrence (b 1597, d 1633) not mentioned by MGH
  m. Elizabeth Hughes (d 10.1662, dau of Andrew Hughes of Wringleton)
i. John Best of St. Lawrence (d 1666)
  m. Katherina Allanson (dau of John Allanson of Norwood)
  a. Thomas Best, later of Cowling Castle, Kent (bpt 02.06.1657, d 20/22.08.1740, 4th son) the first mentioned by Berry
  m1. Elizabeth Mawdistly (d 1702, dau of John Mawdistly of Chatham)
  (1) Mawdistly Best of Park House in Boxley, Sheriff of Kent
  m. (1742) Elizabeth Fearne
  (A) Thomas Best of Chilston Park (b 1713, dsp 26.03.1795, Lt. Governor of Dover Castle, MP)
  m. (03.01.1743) Caroline Scott (b 1717-8, d 29.04.1782, dau of George Scott of Scott's Hall)
  (B) James Best of Park House, Sheriff of Kent (b c1720, d 29.01.1782)
  m. Frances Shelley (b c1731, d 30.10.1808, dau/coheir of Richard Shelley of Michelgrove)
  (i) Thomas Best of Park House (b 14.11.1753, d 27.05.1815)
  m. Elizabeth Irwin (dau of Dr. _ Irwin)
  (a) James Best of Park House (b 1781, d 20.06.1849) had issue
  m. (1817) Harriet Susannah Gaussen (d 21.01.1875, dau of Samuel R. Gaussen of Brookman's Park)
  (b) Thomas Best (d08.10.1813, Captain) had issue
  m. Anne Kearney (dau of William Kearney of Tuam)
  (c)+ other issue - Frances Julia (d 1842), Elizabeth Charlotte (d 1861), Dorothy (d 1871)
  (ii) James Best of Chatham (dsp 12.1828)
  m1. Hannah Middleton of Chatham (b 1763-4, d 09.05.1816)
  m2. Elizabeth
  (iii) Richard Best (b 26.06.1757, d 04.04.1801)
Commoners (vol I, Best of Wierton) reports that Richard m1. _ Townshend, m2. Martha Bowman. Berry shows as follows whilst BLG1952 confirms that Richard's first wife was ...
  m1. Martha Boorman (d 01.06.1787)
  (a) Richard Best (b 29.04.1786, d 07.08.1850) had issue
  m. Anna Maria Darke or Darch (from Austria)
(b) Harriet Best (b 01.12.1784, d 27.11.1864)
  m. Richard Lovelace (Captain)
  (c)+ other issue (d 1793) - James, Charlotte
  m2. Mary Townsend (b 1762-3, d 07.08.1795
  (e Fanny Best (a 1828)
  (iv) George Best of Chilston Park (b 10.11.1757, d 08.09.1818, MP)
  m. (07.12.1784) Caroline Scott (d 24.10.1809, dau of Edward Scott of Scott's Hall)
  (a) Thomas Fairfax Best of Chilston & Wierton (b 15.10.1786, d 08.09.1818) had issue
  m. Margaret Anna Brett (d 24.11.1882, dau of Joseph George Brett of Grove House)
(b) Dorothy Best
  m. Rev. Joseph George Brett
  (c) Louisa Best
  m. George Matcham Tarlton
  (d)+ other issue - Thomas George (d 1786), George (dsp 03.04.1814), William Balliol (dsp 08.02.1822), Caroline Frances (d 1786), Caroline (d unm 17.03.1860)
  (v) Charlotte Best (b 1763-4, d 04.08.1791)
  (vi) Elizabeth Best
  m. Maurice Lloyd (vicar of Lenham)
  (vii) Frances Best (d 27.10.1837)
  m. (04.06.1779) Rev. Henry Hardinge
  (viii) Dorothy Best (dsp)
  m. William Twopenny of Woodstock Park
  (C) Mawdistly Best (dsp)
  (D) Dorothy Sarah Best
  m. (18.07.1749) Robert Fairfax of Leeds Castle, 7th Lord
  (2) Sarah Best
  m. _ Vernon (Admiral)
  (3) Rebecca Best
  m. _ Tyherst
  (4) Dorothy Best
  m. _ Moyle
  (5) daughter
  m. _ Pierce
(6) daughter
  m. _ Taylor
  m2. (sp) ??
  ii.+ 7 daughters
  C. Dorothy Best
  m. Thomas Gibbon of Westcliffe
  D. Anna Best
  m. John Odiarne of Maidstone
  E. Frances Best
  m. Henry Stourton
m2. (1598) Anne Rooke (dau of Lawrence Rooke of Horton Monachorum by dau of Sir Reginald Scott of Scott's Hall)
  F. John Best of Allington then Canterbury (b 1600)
  m1. Anne Tucker
  i. Anne Best
  m. Daniel Newman
  m2. Elizabeth Clark
  ii. Elizabeth Best (b 1631-2, d 12.04.1697)
m. (20.09.1650) Herbert Randolph (d 1685)
  iii. Jane Best
  m. John Blome of Sevenoaks
  a. Jane Blome
  m. Thomas Knight
  b. Grace Blome
  m. Herbert Randolph (d 03.1724/5, cousin)
  c.+ other issue - Elizabeth, Judith
  m3. Margaret Hammersley
  iv. Dorothy Best
  m. Thomas Petit
  G. George Best of London then St. Lawrence (b 1602)
i. Ursula Best
  m. Richard Knivett
  ii. Anne Best
  m. John Toke
  iii. Jane Best
  m. Stephen Stanton
  H. Ursula Best (b 1604)
  m. Thomas Finch 'of Copetree' of Grovehurst
  i. Jane Finch (bur 30.09.1711 (d 10.03.1690?), coheir)
  m. Sir William Rooke of Canterbury
2. Magdalene Best
  m. John Jovle

Main source(s): BLG1886 (Best of Park House), BLG1952 (Best-Dalison (formerly Best) of Park House), MGH (NS1, vol 1 (1874), p44) with some input/support from CountyGen (Kent, Berry, pp382+) and a little support from Visitation (Kent, 1619, Best)
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