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Families covered: Cruwys (Crewse or Cruse or Cruis) of Morchard, Cruse (Cruse) of Morchester

We use 'Cruse' rather than 'Cruwys' in the page title, even though what appears to be the lead branch of the family uses 'Cruwys', largely because we understand that 'Cruse' is the spelling used by most related families outside of Devon but mainly because we first prepared the page using Vivian (Devon) who uses 'Cruse' throughout. Note that Vivian (Cornwall) uses "Cruis". However, Crisp & BLG1952 use 'Cruwys' throughout.
Richard or Robert Cruse of Morchester (a temp King John who r. 1199-1216)
1. Alexander Cruse of Morchester (a 1243)
  A. Sir Robert Cruse of Morchester (a 1332)
  Vivian (Devon) notes that some sources (Pole) inserts another generation at this point, a John Crewes.
  i. Sir Alexander Cruse (a 1325)
  a. Sir Robert Cruse (a 1329, 1351)
  m. Elizabeth
  (1) Alexander Cruse (a 1380)
  m. Julian (m2. Mathew Hordleighe)
  (A) Robert Cruse (a 1380)
  The following is supported by Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, 'Beare or Bere of Huntsham and Morebath').
  m. Margaret Cornu (dau of Walter Cornu, m2. William Wilffer)
  (i) William Cruse or Crewse
  (a) Elizabeth Crewse
m. William Norton 'of Newton St. Cyres' (son of Thomas (by Joane) son of Henry by Agnes, dau of Alexander Upton)
  ((1)) Elizabeth Norton
  m. Andrew Chalvedon
  ((A)) John Chalvedon
  m. Margaret
  ((i)) Elizabeth Chalvedon (d 06.01.1538)
  m. John Beare of Hunsham
  ((B)) Elizabeth Chalvedon
  m. William Charles
  ((2)) Margaret Norton
  m. Nicholas or Richard Prouse
  (b) Thomasin Crewse
  m. Richard Pollard
  (ii) Thomas Cruse
  (a) John Cruse (a 1471)
  (B) John Cruse (a 1415)
  (i) John (or Thomas) Cruse or Crues of Morchard (a 1430)
  m. Joane
(a) Thomas (or John) Cruse or Crues of Morchard (a 1458)
  ((1)) John Cruse or Crues of Morchard (a 1471)
  m. Joane
  ((A)) John Cruse or Crues of Morchard
  m1. Elizabeth White (dau of Thomas White or Whiteley)
((i)) John Cruse or Crues of Morchard - continued below
m. Agnes or Alice Ashford (dau of William Ashford)
  ((ii)) Elizabeth Cruse
  m. John Acland
  ((iii))+ other issue - Robert, Mathew
  m2. Marie Frances (dau of John Frances or Francis, m2. John Acland)
  ((v)) Anthony Cruse or Crewes of Liskeard
m. Johannna Bealburye (dau of John Bealburye of Liskeard)
  ((vi)) William Cruse or Crewse possibly the William of Morchard who was father of ...
  ((a)) Jane Crewse (a 1583)
  m. John Slanning of Ley (d before 10.11.1584)
  ((vii))+ other issue - Thomas, Edward
  (b)+ other issue - John, Mathew
  (ii) Maud Cruse (Cruwys) possibly of Vivian generation
  m. John Prouz
  (iii)+ other issue - William, Nicholas
  (C)+ other issue - Joan/JohannaElizabeth
  (2) Sibbell Cruse
  b. John Cruse of Anstie Crues or Cruis
  (1) William Cruis
  (A) Alexander Cruis
  (i) Robert Cruis
  (a) Humphry Cruis (dsp)
  (b) Elizabeth Cruis
  m. William Norton
  (c) Thomasin Cruis
  m. Richard Pollard
  c. Emma Cruse
  m. Oliver Esse
  d.+ other issue - Elizabeth, Joane
  ii. Alice Cruis
  m. Hugh le Moyne



John Cruse or Crues of Morchard - continued above
m. Agnes or Alice Ashford (dau of William (probably not John) Ashford)
1. Thomas Cruse or Crues (dsp)
2. John Cruse or Cruis of Cruis Morchard
  m. Anne Keines (dau of Humphrey Keines of Winkley)
  A. Humphrey Cruse or Cruwys of Cruis (Cruwys) Morchard (d 27.01.1621-2) the first mentioned by Crisp
  m. Dorothy Hatch (dau of Lewis Hatch of Aller)
  i. Lewis Cruse or Cruwys of Cruis (Cruwys) Morchard (b c1578, bur 12.10.1641)
  m. (29.07.1596) Sarah Trefrie (bur 10.01.1645/6, dau of John Trefrie of Foye)
  a. Alexander Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (bpt 23.01.1599/1600, bur 10.01.1648/9) the last generation covered by Vivian
  m. Frances Mallett (bur 25.07.1648, dau of Michael Mallett of Milverton)
  (1) Humphry Cruwys (bpt 17.01.1627/8, bur 20.02.1627/8)
  b. Matthew Cruwys (bpt 27.09.1601, dsp?)
  c. Henry Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (bpt 02.09.1604, bur 23.01.1667/8)
  m. Dorothy Jermyn (bur 02.10.1690, dau of Francis Jermyn)
  (1) John Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (b 12.08.1656, bur 11.12.1711, 2nd son)
  m. Sarah Foot
  (A) Samuel Cruwys (bpt 11.10.1685, d 14.03.1746)
  m. Susannah Bretton (bur 1757, dau of Thomas Bretton of London)
  (i) John Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (b 22.10.1716, d 01.02.1791, cleric)
  (ii) Thomas Augustus Cruwys of London (b 21.04.1718, d 28.03.1770)
  (B) Henry Cruwys of Hillersden, Devon (b 11.05.1689, d 01.10.1760)
  m. Jane (d before 04.12.1765)
  (C) Matthias Cruwys of South Molton, Devon (bpt 05.1697, d 22.04.1762, youngest son)
  m. Elizabeth Shortrudge (d 04.1736, dau of Philip Shortrudge of Thelbridge)
  (i) Henry Shortrudge Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard (b 03.03.1735/6, d 08.02.1804, rector of Cruwys Morchard) the first mentioned by BLG1952
  m. (23.06.1765) Mary Hutton (b 24.01.1741/2, d 04.10.1776, dau of Rev. Charles Hutton of Nymet St. George)
  (a) Elizabeth Cruwys (b 21.06.1767, d 24.08.1849)
  m. (28.11.1793) Rev. Richard Melhuish of Satterleigh House, Witheridge
  (b) Harriet Cruwys (b 27.03.1771, d 20.02.1847)
  m. (30.12.1794) George Sharland of South Molton, Devon (b 1758, d 14.02.1831, son of John of South Molton by Mary Baker)
  Their eldest son inherited Cruwys Morchard and assumed the name Cruwys.
(c)+ oher issue - John Henry (b 27.09.1766, d 15.10.1791), Mary (b/d 23.05.1766), Ann Hutton (b 27.03.1769, bur 13.07.1770), Sarah (b 02.05.1774, bur 17.12.1774)
  (D)+ other issue - John (bpt 27.08.1687, bur 03.06.1751), William (bpt 04.09.1691, bur 02.12.1736, rector of Lesnewth then Otterham), Stephen of Cruwys Morchard (bpt 05.09.1693/4, bur 01.09.1714), Dorothy of Westminster (bpt 26.08.1683, d c11.1757), Bridget of Westminster (bpt 13.10.1706, d 08.1794), Elizabeth (bpt 10.03.1703/4, bur 08.10.1705), Mary (bpt 05.11.1699, d infant)
  (2)+ other issue - Henry (bpt 05.05.1654, bur 30.01.1656/7), Dorothy (bpt 13.08.1652, bur 04.04.1655)
  d. Bridget Cruwys (bpt 17.07.1598, a 05.1650)
  m. Francis Colman of Gornhay, Tiverton (d before 04.09.1605/1650)
  e. Maria Cruwys (bpt 06.09.1603, a 10.1667)
  m. _ Dymond
  ii. Joan Cruse or Cruis
  m. _ Benent of Stratton
  iii. Cicell Cruse or Cruis
  m. Humphry Brouton (Broughton) of Studley
  iv. Elizabeth Cruse or Cruis
  m. John Horne of Thelbridge
  v.+ other issue - John, Humphry, Robert, Robert, George
  B. Elinor Cruse or Cruis
  m. Robert Southcombe
  C. Marie Cruse or Cruis
  m. Henry Southern
  D. Anne Cruse or Cruis
  m. _ Ellys
  E.+ other issue - Thomas, Arthur, Robert, James, John, Joane, Jane

Main source(s): Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions,' Cruse of Morchard', p256+), Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1887), Cornwall, 1530+1573+1620+additions, 'Crewes of Gerrans', p122+), Visitation (F.A. Crisp (1907), England & Wales, Notes vol 7, 'Pedigree of Cruwys', p10+) with a little input from BLG1952 (Cruwys of Cruwys Morchard House)
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