'Furse1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Furse of Crediton, Furse of Crokernwell, Furse of Dean Prior, Furse of Halsdon, Furse of Morshead

BLG1858 reports that "This family, whose name occurs as Ferse, in Domesday Book, is one of very long standing in the county of Devon, and was "of Furse, in the parish of Spreytown" in the reign of Richard I".
John Furse of Crediton, Devon (d 14.02.1549-50)
1. John Furse (b c1406, a 1550)
  A. William Furse of Crediton (d 07.03.1559)
i. William Furse (b c1528, dsp 06.08.1560)
  ii. John Furse of Crokernwell in Crediton (b c1540, d 11.04.1615)
  m. _ Halse
  a. John Furse of Crokernwell in Crediton (d(vp) 30.07.1596)
  m. Honor Northcott (dau of John Northcott of Crediton)
  (1) Thomas Furse of Crokernwell (bpt 11.03.1589-90)
  m. (c10.1618) Honor Knapman (dau of William Knapman of Throwley)
  (2) John Furse (bpt 06.05.1593, bur 25.06.1675)
  m. Margaret (bur 02.02.1663-4)
  (A)+ issue - Honor (bur 26.04.1660), Grace (bur 24.03.1663-4)
  (3) Elizabeth Furse (bpt 23.04.1592)
  m. (c09.1612) Thomas Gale of Crediton
  b. Walter Furse
  B. John Furse of Morshead (bur 01.08.1564)
  m. Joan Seller (bur 25.08.1563)
  i. Robert Furse of Morshead (d 05.12.1593)
  m. Wilmot
  a. John Furse of Morshead, Dean Prior (bpt 24.06.1584, d 16.03.1609-10)
  m. Welthean (m2. Francis Allin of Horberton)
  (1) Robert Furse of Dean Prior (bpt 21.09.1606, bur 26.08.1650)
m. Elizabeth (bur 08.06.1650)
  (A) John Furse of Dean Prior (bpt 03.12.1634, d 04.09.1700)
  m1. (04.11.1658) Philippa Savery
  (i) John Furse of Morshead
  (a) Elizabeth Furse (bur 03.02.1733-4)
  m. (11.06.1705) John Worth
  (ii) Philippa Furse (bpt 20.0.1660)
  m2. Mary Wotton (d 01.02.1721-2, dau of William Wotton of Englebourne)
  (iii) Mary Nurse (b c1684, d 13.11.1696)
  (B) Elizabeth Furse (bpt 20.05.1631)
  m. (12.09.1657) John Hoell
(C) Jane Furse (bpt 13.02.1637-8)
  m. (21.12.1671) Thomas Blackaller
  (D)+ other issue - Welthian (bpt 16.09.1632, bur 18.05.1647), Mary (bpt 12.11.1633, a 1650), Frances (bpt 12.01.1635-6, a 1660), Joan (bpt 30.12.1636, d 11.12.1659), Agnes (bpt 21.05.1639, bur 20.04.1647)
  (2) John Furse 'of Torrington' (bpt 27.12.1608)
  m. (27.06.1639) Elizabeth Bellew (b 1612, bur 22.09.1640, dau of Philip Bellew)
  (A) Philippa Furse ("only child")
  (3) Ferdinand Furse of Dean Prior (bpt 14.01.1609-10, a 1650)
m. (17.04.1634) Mary Parnell (bur 31.10.1674)
  (A)+ issue - Robert (bpt 24.01.1635-6), Giles (bpt 03.05.1640, bur 01.10.1718), Susanna (bpt 22.03.1637-8), Mary (bpt 31.05.1642, bur 31.03.1668), Elizabeth (bpt 22.01.1644-5), Wilmot (bpt 31.01.1646-7)
  (4)+ other issue - Elizabeth (bpt 24.03.1605-6), Frances (bpt 14.10.1607)
  b. Agnes Furse Agnes is shown as married only to William Gould but this was probably the Agnes who (first) married ...
  m1. John Wolcomb of Holland & Challonsleigh (d 1603)
  m2. (13.01.1617-8) William Gould of Staverton
  c.+ other issue - Robert (bur 21.12.1577), Margaret (bpt 19.12.1562), Mary (bpt 10.03.1563-4), Elizabeth (bpt 07.03.1564-5), Wilmot (bpt 14.05.1570), Grace (bpt 24.04.1573), Jane (bpt 05.06.1575), Susanna (bpt 15.04.1579), Anne (bpt 11.10.1581)
  ii. Stephen Furse of Great Torrington



BLG1858 starts with Philip Furse (son of Philip by a dau of the family of Malet of Ash) father of John of Halsdon by Elizabeth (b 1612, heiress of Halsdon), dau of Philip Bellew of Stockleigh English. Vivian ('Bellew of Stockleigh English', p69) shows that Elizabeth as married to John Furse (above), consistent with p385. BLG1952 appears to accept that BLG1858 was in error and starts with the following Philip. The coat of arms shown in BLG1952 is the same as that shown for the above family by Vivian. BLG1952 reports that "These arms, which have been borne by the family for several generations, are not at present recorded at Heralds' College, though research to this end is now going forward." It seems likely that exactly how the following family connects to the above family has not yet been identified & proven.
Philip Furse of Spreyton
m. (16.07.1674) Elizabeth Clarke
1. John Furse of Halsdon, Devon (bpt 1675)
  m. (1702) Joan Averay (widow of _ Warren)
  A. Philip Furse of Halsdon (bpt 1709)
  m(2). (25.04.1744) Grace Wellington (sister of Lewis Wellington of Way)
  i. Peter Wellington Furse of Halsdon (b 1755, cleric)
  m. (13.09.1789) Mary Johnson (dau of William Johnson of Great Torrington by Elizabeth, dau of Samuel Reynolds & sister of Sir Joshua Reynolds (the artist))
  a. John Henry Furse (b 1795, dsp)
  m. (1831) Anna Sophia Buller (dau of Rev. Richard Buller)
  b. Theresa Furse (d 28.08.1854)
  m. Charles William Johnson of Great Torrington (d 21.09.1854)
  Their elder son inherited Halsdon House and assumed the name Furse.
  c. Elizabeth Furse (d 1876)
  m. William Johnson Yonge (rector of Rockbourne)

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, 'Furse of Morshead', p385+) with input from
(2) For lower section : BLG1858 ('Furse of Halsdon'), BLG1952 ('Furse of Halsdon')
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