'Gurdon1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Gurdon of Assington, Gurdon of Dedham, Gurdon of Gruntisburgh, Gurdon of Letton

                               
According to Commoners, "This family came into England with the Conqueror from Gourdon, near Cahors, on the borders of the Perigord, and the name is in the roll of Battel Abbey."
Adam de Gurdon (d 1214)
1. Sir Adam de Gurdon (d 1231)
  m. Ameria
  The above comes from BP1934. Commoners & BLG1886 start with the following Sir Adam and show him m1. Constantia, dau of Thomas Makarel of Selborne, m2. Almeria (div, mother of 2 sons the younger being the undermentioned Robert of London), m3. Agnes (mother of Johanna). We follow BP1934, presuming that it is based on research which was not known by 1886.
  A. Sir Adam de Gurdon of Selborne, Hampshire (a 1272, Bailiff of Alton, later Keeper of the forest of Wolmer)
  m. Constantia de Venuz
  i. Johanna de Gurdon, heiress of Selborne
  m. Richard Achard
  B. ?? de Gurdon
i. Robert Gurdon, Sheriff of London (d 1343)
  a. John Gurdon of London (d 1385)
  (1) Thomas Gurdon of Clyne, Kent (d 1439)
  (A) John Gurdon of Clyne (d 1465)
  (i) John Gurdon of Dedham, Essex (d 1487)
  (a) John Gurdon of Dedham (d 1505)
  ((1)) John Gurdon of Dedham (d 1536)
  m1. (sp) Mary Butter (dau of John Butter of Dedham)
  m2. Anne Coleman (dau of John Coleman of Lynes Hall)
  ((A)) Robert Gurdon of Assington Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk (d 1577) - continued below
  m. Rose Sexton (dau/heir of Robert Sexton of Lavenham)
  ((B))+ 8 daughters

 

 

Robert Gurdon of Assington Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk (d 1577) - continued above
m. Rose Sexton (dau/heir of Robert Sexton of Lavenham)
1. John Gurdon of Assington Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk (d 1623)
  m. Amy Brampton (dau/heir of William Brampton of Letton)
  A. Brampton Gurdon of Assington Hall & Letton (Norfolk), Sheriff of Suffolk (d 1649)
  m1. Elizabeth Barrett (dau of Edward Barrett of Bellhouse)
  i. John Gurdon of Assington Hall (b c1595, d 09.09.1679)
m. Anne Parker (dau of Sir Calthorpe Parker of Erwarton)
  The next generation is supported by Visitation (Suffolk, 1664-8, Gurdon of Assington).
  a. Robert Gurdon (dvp?)
  m. _ Lisle (dau of John Lisle of the Isle of Wight)
  b. Philip Gurdon of Assington (MP for Sudbury) probably the Philip who married ...
  m. Rachel Abdy (dau of Sir Thomas Abdy, 1st Bart)
  c. Nathaniel Gurdon, later of Assington (b c1632, d 02.02.1695-6, rector of Chelmsford)
  m. Elizabeth Arundell (dau of Rev. Emanuel Arundell of Stoke)
  (1) John Gurdon of Assington (b c1672, d 1758)
  m. Letitia Cooke (b c1673, d 02.1710, dau/coheir of Sir William Cooke, Bart of Brome)
  (A) son
  (B) Philip Gurdon (vicar of Bures)
m. Elizabeth Pelham (dau of Herebert Pelham of Bures)
  (i) Philip Gurdon of Assington (b 1745-6, d 07.05.1817, Rev.)
  m. (1778) Sarah Richardson (b c1753, d 03.9.1822)
  (a) John Gurdon of Assington Hall (b 17.08.1791, d 1869, 2nd son) had issue
  m1. (01.07.1823) Bridget Aurea Lambarde (d 01.06.1826, dau of Multon Lambarde of Sevenoaks)
  m2. (03.01.1828) Anne Leslie (dau of Col. Charles Powell Leslie)
  (b) Elizabeth Gurdon (d 12.1857)
  m. (1811) Joseph Adam Stephenson (rector of Limsham)
  (c)+ other issue - Brampton Philip (b 1779, dvp Cootehill 22.02.1804), Anna Maria (b c1779, d 1792), Letitia (d unm 1801), Jemima
  (ii) Elizabeth Gurdon (b c1741, d unm 1814)
  (iii) Jemima Gurdon
  m. Charles Ray (vicar of Hoxne)
(2) Anne Gurdon
  m. Sir John Comyns (Chief Baron of the Exchequer)
  (3) Elizabeth Gurdon
  m. Rev. William Woodroffe
  (4) Amy Gurdon
  (5) Judith Gurdon
  m. Richard Comyns
d.+ other issue - Judith, Anne, Amy
  ii. Robert Gurdon
  m. Joyce Harvey (dau of James Harvey of Essex)
  iii. Amy Gurdon
  m. Sir Henry Mildmay
m2. Muriel Sedley (dau of Sir Martyn Sedley of Morley by dau of John Knyvett of Ashwelltorp)
  iv. Brampton Gurdon of Letton (d 1669, Colonel)
  m. Mary Polstead (dau of Henry Polstead of London)
  a. Brampton Gurdon of Letton (d 1691)
m. Elizabeth Thornhagh (dau of Col. ?? Thornhagh of Fenton, son of Sir Francis)
  (1) Thornhagh Gurdon of Letton (d 1713)
  m. Elizabeth Cooke (dau/coheir of Sir William Cooke, Bart of Brome Hall)
  (A) Thornhagh Gurdon of Letton (d 1783)
m. Sarah Dillingham (dau/heir of Theophilus Dillingham of Shelton)
  (i) Brampton Gurdon, later Gurdon-Dillingham of Letton & Grundisburgh (Suffolk), Sheriff of Norfolk (d 1820)
  m1. Mary Bedingfield (dau of Philip Bedingfield of Ditchingham)
  (a) Theophilus Thornhagh Gurdon of Letton & Grundisburgh, Sheriff of Norfolk (b 24.08.1764, d 03.1849)
  m. (25.07.1796) Anne Mellish (d 23.12.1850, dau of William Mellish of Blyth)
  ((1)) Brampton Gurdon of Letton & Grundisburgh, Sheriff of Norfolk (b 25.09.1797, d 28.04.1881) had issue
  m. (12.08.1828) Henrietta Susannah Ridley (d 28.05.1880, dau of Nicholas William Ridley, later Ridley-Colborne, Lord Colborne of West Harling)
  Their elder son was created Baron Cranworth in 1899.
  ((2)) John Gurdon, later Gurdon-Rebow of Wyvenhoe Park (b 04.04.1799, d 12.10.1870) had issue
  The following comes from BLG1952 (Gurdon of Burgh House).
  m1. (1835) Mary Martin Slater (dsp 17.09.1842, dau/heir of Gen. Francis Slater (later Rebow, by Mary Hester, dau/coheir of Isaac Martin Rebow of Wyvenhoe Park), widow of Sir Thomas Ormsby, 3rd Bart)
  m2. (02.12.1845) Georgina Isabella Eleanor Toler (d 23.01.1900, dau of 2nd Earl of Norbury)
  ((3)) Philip Gurdon (b 20.06.1800, d 01.08.1874, rector of Cranworth-cun-Letton, etc.) had issue
  m. (03.07.1832) Henrietta Laura Pulteney (d 17.08.1898, dau of John Pulteney of Northwood House)
((4)) William Gurdon of Brantham, Suffolk (b 1804, d 11.1884, judge)
  ((5)) Edward Gurdon (b 26.02.1812, d 31.07.1873, rector of Hingham) had issue
  m1. (20.10.1846) Mary Wilhelmina Frederica Frere (dsp 13.11.1850, dau of William Frere (by Mary Gurdon), cousin)
m2. (23.09.1853) Catherine Mary Jane Temple Frere (d 09.03.1892, dau of Rev. Temple Frere (brother of William))
  ((6)) Anne Gurdon (d 14.01.1880)
m. (07.04.1825) Henry Wodehouse (dvp 29.04.1834)
  (b)+ other issue - Thornhagh Philip, Philip Bramton (d 1795, Captain)
  m2. Mary Howard (dau/coheir of Samuel Howard)
  (d) Mary Gurdon or Gurdon-Dillingham
  m. William Frere (Serjeant-at-law, Master of Downing College)
  (B) Letitia Gurdon
  m. Rev. Nathaniel Saltier of Ashdon
  (C)+ 2 daughters (d unm)
  v. Muriel Gurdon
  m. Richard Saltonshall of Yorkshire
2. Elizabeth Gurdon probably of this generation
  m. Thomas Walgrave of Ferrers

Main source(s): BLG1886 (Gurdon of Assington Hall), Commoners (vol 1, Gurdon of Letton), BP1934 (Cranworth), BLG1886 (Gurdon of Letton)
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