'Roberts03'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Roberts of Cranbrooke, Roberts of Glassenbury

                               
BEB1841 reports that the following William came into England from Scotland, settled in Goudhurst (Kent), and assumed the name Roberts. He "purchased certain lands in Goodhurst, called Winchet Hill" and "built a mansion, calling it Rookhurst, after his own name". This may explain why the Visitations are not consistent on how they show the family's name with it not being clear whether they were known as Roberts or (de) Rockhurst/Rockherst.
William Rookherst, alias Roberts, of Goodhurst (a 1102)
1. Robert Rookherst, alias Roberts of Rockhurst
  A. Stephen (ap) Roberts
  i. William Roberts (of Cranbrooke?)
  a. William Roberts
  (1) Roberts Roberts of Cranbrooke
  (A) Stephen Roberts
  m. Joane Tilley (dau/heir of William Tilley (Tyllye) of Glassenbury)
  The Visitations do not identify Stephen's wife but this is probably the Stephen (a temp Richard II who r. 1377-1399) reported by BEB1841 (which jumps to him from the first William Rockherst) to have married the heiress of Glassenbury, which is the parish of Cranbrooke. [BLG1952 (Nettelbladt-Roberts of Glassenbury Park) names her Joane.] Noting that BEB1841 jumps from this Stephen to the Walter who is shown by the Visitations as his grandson yet describes him (in effect) as his lineal descendant (rather than his grandson), we suspect that the descent to Walter may not be as simple as is made out by the Visitations. Nevertheless, in the absence of good reason to do otherwise, we follow the Visitations in showing Stephen as father of ...
(i) John Roberts of (Glassenbury in) Cranbrooke
  m. Agnes
  (a) Walter Roberts of Cranbrooke, Sheriff of Kent (b by 1442, d 1522)
  BEB1841 reports that Walter had a total of "no less that thirty children" between his wives.
  m1. (23.10.1463) Margaret Penn (d 06.05.1490, dau/heir of John Penn of Penn's Place)
  ((1)) Thomas Roberts of Glassenbury in Cranbrooke, Sheriff of Kent (d 1557) - continued below
  The Visitations show Thomas as son by Alice Naylor. BEB1841 does not attribute any of the children to any of the wives but is clear in showing Margaret Penn as the first wife and identifies Thomas as his heir. We presume that he was Margaret's son.
m. Elizabeth Frammingham (dau of James Frammingham of Suffolk)
  ((2)) Clement Roberts
  ((3)) John Roberts
  m1. Mary Sackville (dau of (Sir) Richard Sackville)
  ((A)) Joane Roberts
  m. Sir William Fitzwilliam
  ((B)) Dyonuce Roberts
m. Thomas Mannocke of Essex
  ((C)) Constance Roberts
  m. John Tay or Tey of Essex
  ((D)) Alice Roberts
  m. Arthur Clarke
  m2. (sp) Margaret Waller (dau of John Waller of Grombridge)
  ((4)) Elizabeth Roberts
  m. Jarvis Hendley
  ((5)) Joan Roberts
  m1. _ Ephurst
  m2. _ Horden
  ((6)) Mary Roberts
  m1. Simon Linche
  m2. _ St. Nicholas
  m2. Isabel Culpeper (dau of Sir John Culpeper)
  Visitation (1574) identifies one of Walter's wives as Alice Nayler, dau of the Lady Burgavenny, but BEB1841, supportd by Visitation (1619), show her to have been ...
  m3. Alice Naylor (dau of Richard Naylor, widow of Lord Abergavenny)
  Not clear which wife was mother of ...
  ((7)) Elizabeth Roberts
  m. _ Tukke
  ((8)) Joan Roberts
  m. _ Leed
  ((9)) Dorothy Roberts
  m. _ St. Nicholas
  ((10))+ other issue - William of Battell in Sussex, George, Edmund, Martin, 17 others (dvp?)
  (b) Stephen Roberts (dsp)
  (c) Anne Roberts
  m. _ Selwyn of Sussex
  (d) Sara Roberts
  m1. _ Bate
  m2. _ Ashburnham
  (B)+ other issue - Richard, John

 

 

Thomas Roberts of Glassenbury in Cranbrooke, Sheriff of Kent (d 1557) - continued above
m. Elizabeth Frammingham (dau of James Frammingham of Suffolk, heiress of _ Walworth)
1. Walter Roberts of Glassenbury (d 1579-80)
  m1. Katherine Vane (dau of George Vane)
  A. Elizabeth Roberts
  m. George Colpeper
  m2. Frances Maynard (dau/heir of John Maynard, alderman of London)
B. Sir Thomas Roberts, Sheriff of Kent, 1st Bart of Glassenbury (d 21.02.1627)
  m. Frances James (d 02.1648, dau of Martyn James of Smarden)
  i. Sir Walter Roberts, 2nd Bart of Glassenbury (d before 1660)
  m. Margaret Roberts (d 04.1644, dau/heir of George Roberts of Brenchley)
  a. Thomas Roberts (dvp 23.01.1639)
  m. Elizabeth Howland (dau of Sir Matthew Howland, sister/heir of Sir John of Streatham)
  (1) Sir Howland Roberts, 3rd Bart of Glassenbury (b c1634, d 11.1661)
  m. Bridget Jocelyn (dau of Sir Robert Jocelyn of Hyde Hall)
(A) Sir Thomas Roberts, 4th Bart of Glassenbury (b 02.12.1658, d 20.11.1706)
  m. (31.05.1683) Jane Beale (b 1663-4, d 07.1692, dau of Sir John Beale, Bart of Farningham)
  (i) Sir Thomas Roberts, 5th Bart of Glassenbury (b 27.06.1689, dsp 05.01.1729-30, 2nd son)
  m. (1714) Elizabeth Newbery (d 30.07.1727, dau of Samuel Newbery of London)
  (ii) Sir Walter Roberts, 6th Bart of Glassenbury (b 1689-90, d 07.07.1745)
  m. (1726) Elizabeth Slaughter (b 1701-2, d 15.07.1744, dau/heir of William Slaughter of Rochester)
  (a) Elizabeth Roberts (b c1727, d 1743)
  (b) Jane Roberts of Glassenbury (dsp 12.1778)
  m. (23.12.1752) George Beauclerk, 3rd Duke of St. Albans (b 25.06.1730, dspl 01.02.1786)
  Jane devised Glassenbury into the family of Roberts of Brightfieldstown.
  (iii) Jane Roberts (b 05.04.1684, dsp 20.10.1706)
  m. Samuel Trench of London (son of Edmund)
  (iv) Bridget Roberts (b 01.12.1686, d 09.06.1720)
  m. Edmund Trench of London
  (v)+ other issue - Howland (b 1684-5, d 07.1829), John (d 08.1692), Elizabeth (d 06.1690)
  (B) Jocelyn Roberts (b 20.10.1659)
m. Hannah Harris (dau of Joseph Harris of London)
  (i) Brdiget Roberts
  m. Edmund Farrrington
  (ii) Hannah Roberts
  m. _ Langton of London (goldsmith)
  (iii) Rebecca Roberts (d unm)
  (C) Bridget Roberts (b 1657)
  m. (05.10.1675) Edmund Trench of London (b 1642-3, d 04.1689)
  (D) Elizabeth Roberts (b 1661, d young)
  (E) Dorothy Roberts (b 1662, d 1685)
m. John Spence of Malling
  (2) Walter Roberts, later Howland of Bristow Causey, Surrey (dsp)
  m. Elizabeth Nutting of Cambridge
  (3) Frances Roberts (d 03.1638)
  b.+ other issue (dvp) - Walter (b c1615, a 1619), John (d infant), Sir John (b 1618-9, d 07.1640), Frances, Margaret (b 1619-20, d 1643), Mary
  ii. Frances Roberts
  m1. John Hooper of Stockberry
m2. Henry Crisp
  iii. Elizabeth Roberts
  m. Sir Alexander Culpeper of Bedgbury
  iv. Anne Roberts
  m. Thomas Crisp of Goudhurst
  v.+ other issue (d unm) - Thomas, William, John
  C. Edmund or Edward Roberts (d 12.09.1625)
  m. Judith Bird (dau of William Bird of London, widow of Thomas Blunt)
  i. Thomas Roberts in London (d 28.01.1630)
  m. Elizabeth Taylor (dau of John Taylor of Kingsnorth)
  a. John Roberts
ii. Alexander Roberts
  D. Alexander Roberts of Thorp, Surrey (d 1640, 4th son)
  m. _ Culwich (dau of Thomas Culwich of London)
  E. Mary Roberts probably the Mary who married ...
  m. Thomas Hendley of Coursehorne
  F. Grissell Roberts probably the Grissell who married ...
  m1. Gervase Gebons
  m2. (by 1598) Gregory Price of Hereford (b 1535, d 19.03.1600)
  m3. (02.06.1600) Sir John Poyntz
  G.+ other issue - Edmund, Francis, Alexander, John (b 1570-1, d 04.1582), Anne, Hellen
2. Thomas Roberts (b 10.1523, d 1567)
  m. Margaret Pigott (dau of Thomas Pigott of Waddon, relict of _ Cotton then Sir Walter Hendley then Richard Iwardeby)
3. John Roberts (b 06.08.1531, d 1573)
  m. Elizabeth Pigott (dau of Robert Pigott of Buckinghamshire)
4. Mary Roberts
  m. Thomas Cheney of Woodley or Woodhay (d 1582)
5. Jane Roberts
  m1. Richard Burston or Buston
  m2. Richard Love

Main source(s): BEB1841 (Roberts of Glassenbury), CountyGen (Kent, Berry, p177+) with support from Visitation (Kent, 1574, Robertes), Visitation (Kent, 1619, Roberts)
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