Monday, August 8, 2011


[Ancestry Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Gardner Snow, son of James Snow, son of Mary Trowbridge (Snow), daughter of William Trowbridge, son of James Trowbridge, son of Elizabeth Marshall (Trowbridge), daughter of John Marshall.]

Elizabeth Marshall 1630 , Exeter, Devon, England

Elizabeth Marshall was baptized at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Exeter, March 24,1562. She was born into a family at the center of commercial and civic power in the cathedral city as was described in an article in the NEHGR 59:291-97, written by Emory McClintock called "Thomas Trowbridge and Elizabeth Marshal". Her father was the Alderman, John Marshal. In 1615 he was mayor in Exeter. He died befor her marriage. Her mother, Alice, left to her favorite daughter fifty pounds and a piece of plate worth ten pounds, a substantial amount in 1630.
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Trowbridge, Thomas, the first of his family to come to America, was the son of John Trowbridge, a wealthy merchant and prominent citizen of Taunton, Somersetshire. His father had long been identified with the woolen trade in Taunton, which was noted for its manufacture of that staple, and it was natural that the son when he grew up should turn his attention to some branch of that industry, and he is found in earl manhood established in business as a mercer in the neighboring city of Exeter in Devonshire* At the time when he took up his residence there he found that the name Trowbridge was a well-known and respected one in Exeter, with which members of the family had beer long identified through business and residence, and there also his sister Prudence went to live after her marriage in 1621 to William Mace, a leading merchant of the city. In the pedigree of the Marshall family of Exeter was found the name of "Thomas Trobridge of Taunton." This reference was the clue that led to the finding of the record of the marriage of Thomas Trowbridge. In the list of marriage licenses issued for the diocese of Exeter-it is recorded that on March 24, 1627, Thomas Trowbridge of the parish of St. Petrock was licensed to marry Elizabeth Marshall of the parish of St. Mary Arches. In the parish register of St. Mary Arches appears the following entry "26 March 1627 Mr. Thomas Trobrige and Elizabeth daughter of Mr. Alec Marshall widow, married, Jeremy Short parson." In the parish register of St.Petrock1s, Exeter, are recorded the following: Elizabeth Marshall, the wife of Thomas Trowbridge, was a member of a family of the name that flourished in Exeter during the seventeenth William Marshall, who had issue Robert Marshall, who married Joan, daughter and heir of Owsley of Chillington, county Somerset. His will, dated August 7, 1576, was proved by her Oct. 9 following, (prerogative court of Canterbury, carew, 29,) in it he is described as of Ashewille in the parish of Ilminster, and desires to be buried in the churchyard of Ilminster. son Edmund Marshall a tanner.) mentions his sons, John, Nicholas, William, and John (the younger) and Thomas (all under age.) and appoints his wife Joan (who appears to have brought him some property) sole executrix and residuary legatee. He appears to have had two other children, Roger and Anne, who may have been twins, born posthumous. His wife, as Joanne Marshall, had been named as sister in the will of William Owseley of Chillington, near Ilminster, in Somerset, dated October 8, 1558.(Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Wells 22.) John Marshall (the younger) probably settled in Exeter in early life. He was the "worshipful Mr. John Marshall". He was Bailiff of Exeter in 1601, sheriff in 1609, and mayor in 1615. retaining afterwards the position of Alderman. He married at St. Mary Arches 30 August 1595, Alice Bevys (Bevy or Beavis), daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Prouz) Bevys. The Bevys family is traced to Devonshire to the reign of Henry IV. Richard Bevys became sheriff of Exeter in 1591, governor of the Guild Merchant Adventurers in 1594, and mayor in 1602, dying Aug. 26 of the latter year. He made a deed of trust June 16, 1602, to William Tickle and John Marshall, Gent., for a benefaction to provide marriage portions during future years to worthy young women of several parishes. His wife, Elizabeth Prouz (Prouze, Prowse, Prowse, was probably a relative of Richard Prowse, mayor of Exeter in 1578. According to the pedigree of Prouze of Chagford, near Exeter, a very old family, Richard the mayor was the second son of Lawrence Prouz of Exeter and estate of Chagford going to Lawrence' s eldest son, John, who had a daughter Elizabeth, apparently of about the age of Elizabeth, married to Richard Bevys. The will of Nicholas Bevys, son of Richard, a merchant of Exeter, dated November 8, 1612, and proved June 2, 1613, named as one of the executors of my brother John Marshall. Of the other sons of Richard Bevys, Peterand Richard, the former was more prominent and became lord of the manor of Bishop's List, near Exeter. The family is traced in Devonshire to the reign of Henry IV.
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