'Torkington1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Torkington of Stamford, Torkington of Stukeley

Ormerod, in his 'History of Cheshire' (vol 3, Torkington) includes the following note: "If the reader is fond of etymologies, he may turn to Whitaker's Manchester, vol II. p. 48, 4to edit, where that author gravely refers the origin of the name of Torkington to sir Turquine, no less a personage than one of Arthur's knights, whom he makes the Saxon commandant of Manchester castle, giving his history in three quarto pages!!!" The number of exclamation marks suggests that Ormerod did not take that all that seriously! Ormerod reports that "A mesne manor of Torkington was .. held under the Ardernes of Alford by the Leghs of Booths", and makes no mention of any Torkingtons of Torkington, thereby indicating that there was no dominant family in the area which took its name from the area. Nevertheless, the first mentioned by both BLG1886 and the Visitation was ...
William Torkington of Torkington Hall, Cheshire
1. Henry Torkington of Stukeley, Huntingdonshire
  Visitation identifies Henry's wife as Catherine, dau/heir of Gerard Stukeley son of Sir Nicholas. VCH identifies her as ...
m. Catherine Stukeley (d 1544, dau of Gerard Stukeley, aunt/heir of Matthew Stukeley of Stukeley (dsp 1539, son of William) & sister/coheir of William (d 1538) son of Gerard (d 1506) son (by Margaret) of John (d 1488) brother/heir of Sir Nicholas)
  A. Peter Torkington of Staughton, Huntingdonshire (dsp(vp?))
  Visitation identifies Peter's wife as ...
  m1/2. Bridget Gille (dau of John Gille of Witheall)
  We suspect that he (also) married ...
  m2/1. Bridget Whethill (dau of Robert Whethill by Jane Granville)
  B. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d 1602)
  m. Mable Fleming (dau of Sir Francis Fleming of Romsey)
  i. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d 1627)
  m. Elizabeth Broughton (dau of Mark Broughton of Rutland)
a. Thomas Torkington of Stukeley (b c1580, d 1634)
  m. (10.06.1606) Elizabeth Skynner (dau of Henry Skynner of Bolingbroke)
  b. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d 1645)
  m. Margaret Gilbert (dau/heir of Ambrose Gilbert of Colchester)
(1) Laurence Torkington of Stukeley
  m. Maria Bernard (dau of Robert Bernard)
  (A) James Torkington of Stukeley
  m. Maria Torkington (dau of Robert Torkington of Brettenham, cousin) @@ below
  (i) James Torkington of Stukeley (minister)
  m. Dorothy Sherard (dau of Philip, 2nd Earl of Harborough)
  (a) James Torkington of Stukeley
m. Maria Bourchier (dau of Edward Bourchier of Hertfordshire)
  ((1)) James Torkington of Stukeley
  m. (22.10.1799) Elizabeth Bourchier (dau of Charles Bourchier of Sandridge Lodge, Hertofrdshire)
  ((A)) Laurence John Torkington of Stukeley (b 27.09.1809, d 1874) had issue
  m. (26.09.1839) MAry Anne Walker (dau of Lt. Col. _ Walker)
  ((B)) Charles Torkington (cleric, younger son) had issue
  m1. (1842) Anna Powell (dau of James Powell of Clapton)
  m2. (1849) Eliza Cookson (dau of Rev. _ Cookson)
  ((C))+ other issue - James, Henry Theodore, Barbara, Emilia, 6 others (d infant)
  ((2)) Mary Dorothea Torkington
  (b) Anna Torkington who married ...
  m. Rev. John Jebb (d 1787)
  (c)+ other issue - Philip, John, Dorothea, Maria, Elizabeth, Sarah
  (ii) William Torkington
  m. Mary Palmer (dau/coheir of John Palmer of All Saints, Stamford)
  (a) William Torkington of Stamford
m. (1768) Frances Stokers (d 1819, dau of William Stokes of Melton Mowbray)
  ((1)) James Torkington (town clerk of Stamford)
  m. Jane Foster (dau of Rev. J.J. Foster of Tinwell & Ryhall)
  ((A))+ issue - James, other
  ((2)) Elizabeth Torkington
  ((3)) Maria Torkington
  m. Rev. Thomas Wingfield of Bulwick
  (B) daughter possibly of this generation
m1. _ Ardron of Crokeley
  m2. John Jolley
  (2) Robert Torkington of Brettenham, Suffolk probably of this generation
  (A) Maria Torkington
  m. James Torkington of Stukeley (cousin) @@ above
  (B) Ann Torkington (coheir) probably of this generation
  m. Robert Smith of Ashfield
  c. Mable Torkington
  m. Philip Cotton of Warwickshire
  d. Judith Torkington
  m. John Huchin
  e.+ other issue - George, John, Alice, Elizabeth, Anna
  ii. Judith Torkington
  m. Edmond Rouse of Stukeley
  iii. Joanna Torkington
  m. John Clarke of Elmington
  iv. Frances Torkington
  m. Thomas Hobson of Yorkshire
  v.+ other issue - Henry (d infant?), Henry
  C. Dorothy Torkington
  m. Robert Sparke of Burbage
  D. Alice Torkington
  m. Richard Anton of the Isle of Ely
  E.+ other issue - William (d infant?), William

Main source(s): BLG1886 (Torkington of Great Stukeley), Visitation (Huntingdonshire, 1613, Torkyngton) with a little support from VCH (Huntingdonshire, vol 2, Parishes: Great Stukeley)
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