'Major1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Major of Bridlington, Major of Hampton, Major of Hursley

(1) We are not aware of any connection between the families shown below. Any connection would be extremely remote. They share the page for our convenience.
(2) Betham reports that the following William "descended from the family of Malgers, who came from Normandy with the Conqueror, and had many possessions in Yorkshire".
William Major of Bridlington, Yorkshire
1. John Major (d c1690)
m. johanna Perirson
  A. John Major of Bridlington (b c1669, d 1709) the first mentioned by BP1934
  m. Elizabeth Tennant (d 1717, dau of Rev. Richard Tennant of Carnaby & Boynton)
  i. Sir John Major of Worlingworth Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk, 1st Bart (b 17.05.1698, d 16/22.02.1781)
  m. (20.01.1723-4) Elizabeth Dale (d 1780, dau of Daniel Dale of Bridlington)
  a. Anne Major (d 18.07.1792)
  m. (24.02.1746-7) Sir John Henniker, 2nd Bart, 1st Lord Henniker (b 15.06.1724, d 18.04.1803)
  John inherited the baronetcy of his father-in-law.
  b. Elizabeth Major (dsp 30.03.1813)
  m. (88.07.1767) Henry Brydges, 2nd Duke of Chandos (d 28.11.1771)
  B. Samuel Major in Nevis, West Indies



'Armorial' (p278) reports that (a younger branch of) the following family "descended from that of Maunger of Handois, in Jersey" (see Mauger1). 'Armorial' spells the family name mostly as Maijor.
Sir Marcus Major (a temp Henry 7 who r. 1485-1509)
1. ?? Major
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  A. ?? Major
  i. John Maijor alias Major of Handois in Handway, Jersey
  a. John Maijor or Major
  (1) Bonaventure Maijor or Major
  (A) John Major, Mayor of Hampton
  (i) John Major, Mayor of Hampton
m. Anne Serle (dau of John Serle of Canshaw, Isle of Wight)
  (a) Richard Major 'of Hursley'
  m. Anne Kingswell (dau of John Kingswell of the Isle of Wight)
  ((1)) Dorothy Major (b c1627/30, d 05.01.1675-6)
  m. (01.05.1649) Richard Cromwell of Hursley (son of Lord Protector Oliver)
  ((2)) Anne Major (b c1634) probably the Anne (d 30.11.1665) who married ...
  m.(02.07.1650) John Dunch of Pusey (b c1630, a 1664)
  (b) Jane Major
  m1. Jo. Barton
  m2. Nicholas Pescod (alderman of Hampton)
  (c) Katherine Major
  m. Thomas Wolfreys of Hampton
  (d) Anne Major
  m. William Wolgar of Havant
  (e) Dorothy Major
  m. William Lavington of Wiltshire
  (ii) Robert Major
  m. Mary (dau of Peter, minister of Holy Rood, Hampton)
  (a) John Major
  ((1)) Anthony Major
  ((A)) John Major
  m. Charity
  ((i)) Joseph Major
  m. Elizabeth Tarrant (dau of Seymour Tarrant)
  ((a)) Richard Henry Major had issue
  m. Elizabeth Edge (dau of Thomas Edge)
  (b)+ other issue - Robert, Samuel, Anne
  (iii)+ other issue - Katherine, Alice, Joane

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section (much of which was originally uploaded to MZmisc10 on 09.10.11) : Betham's Baronetage (vol 3, 1803, 'Major of Worlingworth Hall, Suffolk', p318+), BP1934 ('Henniker')
(2) For lower section : 'An Armorial of Jersey' (J. Bertrand Payne, 1859, 'Pedigree of Mauger of Handois, p279+)
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