'Margesson1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Margesson of Ockley, Margesson of Offington, Margetson of Rotherham

Commoners reports that "The surname of Margesson is presumed to be of Norman French origin; according to tradition, it was, in early times, "Argenson", a name of some distinction still in France." The name is spelt variously: Margetson & Margeston (and even Margerison and Margaretson) as well as Margesson.
John Margetson or Margesson of Wakefield (a 1440)
1. Richard Margetson of Rotherham (a 1430)
  A. Thomas Margetson
  i. ?? Margetson
a. ?? Margetson
  (1) ?? Margetson (in Drighlington, Yorkshire?)
  (A) James Margetson, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland (b 1600, d 28.08.1678)
  m. Anne Bennett (sister of Thomas Bennett) mother of Anne, presumed also of ...
(i) John or James Margetson apparently of this generation
  m. Alice Caulfield (dau of William, 1st Viscount Charlemont)
  (a) Sarah Margetson (d 21.05.1733)
  m1. Hugh Colvill
  m2. Brabazon Ponsonby, 1st Earl of Bessborough (d 04.07.1758)
  (ii) Anne Margetson (d 1729) apparently of this generation
  m. (11.07.1678) William Caulfeild, 2nd Viscount of Charlemont (d 21.07.1726)
  (B) Alice Margetson probably of this generation
  m. Randall Wood
  (i) Isabell Wood (b 1627-8, d 26.09.1711)
  m. John Smyth of Myreshaw (b 1623, d 10.1686)
  B. Richard Margetson of Rotherham (Yorkshire), later of Sussex(a 1515)
  Elwes shows Richard and his brother Hugh, no Thomas mentioned, as being sons of Peter ("acquired lands in co. Surrey, about 1480) by Margaret, sister of John and dau (by Louisa de Puy) of John D'Argenson son of Peter D'Argenson of France. Provisionally, we retain the parentage shown by Commoners.
  m. (c1480) _ Newdigate (dau/coheir of William Newdigate of Ockley & Wootton)
  Commoners jumps from Richard to his great-great-grandson, John (m. Katharine Parker). Elwes provides intervening generations as follows but this makes that John great-grandson of Richard, thereby omitting one of the generations suggested by Commoners.
  i. John Margesson (b 1545)
  m. (12.10.1572) Margaret Riplowe (Ripley?)
  a. Richard Margesson (bpt 25.10.1573)
  m. Katharine Stone
  (1) John Margesson (bpt 14.06.1601)
  m. (07.09.1636) Katherine Parker
  (A) William Margesson (bpt 17.06.1655, 2nd son)
  m. Anne Wyatt named by Commoners but not by Elwes
  (i) William Margesson (bpt 26.07.1686, d 04.04.1763)
  William is the first mentioned by BLG1952 other than to identify him as son of William "by his wife, the dau. and co-heir of William Newdigate, Lord of the Manor of Ockley and Wootton". Given that this is repeated in BP2003 ('Margesson'), it is possible that BLG1952 is correcting Commoners which shows the Newdigate connection as much earlier. However, we presume (provisionally!) that BLG1952 was mistaken and had simply missed out part of what was said in BLG1886 ('Margesson of Finden Place') which described this William as "son of William Margesson, Esq. and the lineal descendant of Richard Margesson, Esq. of Rotherham, by his wife, the dau and co-heir of William Newdigate.
m. (1712) Mary Whitebread (sister/heir of William Whitebread of Offington)
  (a) John Margesson of Offington (Sussex), Sheriff of Sussex (b 31.03.1716, d 19.05.1785)
  m. Mary Pinfold or Penfold of Steyning (d 04.07.1787-9)
  ((1)) William Margesson of Offington & Ockley (Surrey), Sheriff of Sussex (b 12.11.1757, d 21.05.1843)
m. (07.05.1790) Mary Hughes (d 21.07.1823/6, dau of John Hughes of Cowfold)
  ((A)) William Margesson of Van, Ockley & Woodringfold (b 07.02.1792, d 20.05.1871, rector of Whatlington, vicar of Mountfield) had issue
  m. (08.06.1818) Mary Frances Cooke (d 03.04.1865, dau of Bryan Cooke of Owston)
  ((B)) John Margesson (b 20.01.1794, d unm 20.05.1871 or 12.10.1866)
  ((C)) Mary Frances Margesson (b 07.04.1802, d 10.1869)
  m. Richard Martin of Horsham
  ((2)) Mary Margesson (b 08.08.1755, d 10.04.1828)
  m. (16.04.1779) William Richardson of Finden Place (d 16.06.1801)
  ((3)) Frances Margesson (b 01.09.1760, d 1824)
  m. (26.03.1787) Thomas Richardson of Warminghurst Park (d 29.08.1797)
  (b)+ other issue (all dsp/unm) - William (b 1718, d 10.03.1779), James (b 17.10.1721), Anne (b 18.12.1722), Elizabeth (b 11.08.1726)
  (ii)+ other issue (all dsp/unm) - John (bpt 20.07.1693), Richard (bpt 1708), Elizabeth (bpt 30.08.1690), Mary (bpt 28.08.1691), Anne (bpt 1701), Katharine (bpt 1703), Sarah (bpt 1705)
(B) Anne Margetson mentioned by Commoners but not by Elwes
  m. _ Wycker of Knep & Horsham Park, Sussex
  (i) John Wycker of Knep & Horsham Park (a 1706, MP)
  HoP ('John Wicker of Horsham Park') reports that MP John (bpt 05.08.1658, d 05.1720) was son of John Wicker of Horsham by Elizabeth, dau of (Thomas?) Risbridger of Ockley, and was succeeded in his estate by his son (by his wife Sarah Wood, m. 24.09.1683, d 1727) John. We show what is reported by Commoners.
  (a) John Wycker 'of Horsham'
  ((1)) Mary Wycker or Wicker (heiress)
  m. (31.03.1768) Rev. Sir Thomas Broughton, Bart
  (C)+ other issue (all dsp/unm) - John (bpt 26.01.1641), Thomas (bpt 24.01.1648), Mary (bpt 14.04.1637), Katharine (bpt 01.09.1639), Elizabeth (bpt 01.05.1644), Sarah (bpt 11.06.1652), Margaret (bpt 16.05.1658) mentioned by Elwes but not by Commoners
  (2)+ other issue - Richard (bpt 11.09.1603, William (bpt 01.06.1610), Thomas (bpt 17.10.161310, Mary (bpt 31.05.1618)
  b.+ other issue - John (bpt 20.01.159), Margaret (bpt 07.05.1577), Anne (bpt 20.02.1582), Joanna (bpt 27.05.1588)
  C. Hugh Margetson (a 1553, vicar of Wysbeach)

Main source(s): Commoners (vol I, 'Margesson of Offington', p295+) with some support from BLG1886 ('Margesson of Finden Place'), BLG1952 ('Margesson formerly of Findon Place'), reviewed 02.03.24 using 'A History of the Castles, Mansions and Manors of Western Sussex' (Dudley George Carey Elwes (assisted by Rev. Charles J. Robinson), 1876, 'Pedigree of the Mergesson Family', p96)
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