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Lewis Latham falconer to Charles I, King of England1,2,3    13th great grandfather   Morin
b. circa 1584, d. 15 May 1655, #2939
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Father   John Lathom b. circa 1550, d. after 1584


A portrait of Lewis Latham, painted according to experts by Sir Peter Lely, was until recently (ca. 1920) in possession of F. A. Holden, of Hyattsville, Md. It was brought to New England by Frances ( Latham, Dungan ) Clarke and was purchased from Mr. Holden by the late William L. Elkins, and is now in the collection of his son, the late George W. Elkins, Esq., a descendant of Lewis Latham.4

He was in some way related to Thomas Latham, father of the Isabella, who married Sir John Stanley.   This link has not been firmed up.

Birth circa 1584 Lewis was born circa 1584 at Elstow or Elveston, Bedfordshire, England.5

Little is known of the early life of Lewis Latham but it is known that he was a gentleman and trained in the art of falconry. He was falconer to Richard Berrick and under-falconer to Charles, Prince of Wales, who on ascending the throne as King Charles I, retained his falconers, and in 1627 promoted Lewis to sergeant-falconer. Latham doubtless remained in office until his death in 1655. Evidence of his service in such a capacity is provided in extracts from the Calendars of State Paper, one of which says: "1625, Jul. 15. Warrant to pay to Andrew Pitcairn, Master of the Hawks, to the use of Lewis Latham, Eustace Norton, and the rest of the under falconers, the stipend formerly allowed them when the King was Prince of Wales." (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1625-6, 544.).

Marriage Lewis Latham falconer to Charles I, King of England married Elizabeth (?). Their children:
i. FRANCES (<1609-1677)
ii. John
iii. Henry
iv. Maria
v. Katherine  married a Mr. Garrett
vi. Elizabeth baptized 25 September 1617; married Mr. Bibble
vii. Sarah
viii. Ann married a Mr. Seager
ix. Ellen. baptized in 1619. Ellen first married ? SHERRINGHAM. Ca 1663 Ellen second married Rev. William WICKENDEN. William died on 23 Feb 1678.6
 
Marriage #2 circa 1622 About 1622, Lewis married Winifred Downes. He was about 38 years old.6

Will 6 May 1653 Lewis Latham falconer to Charles I, King of England left a will dated 6 May 1653 His will, dated 6 May 1653, proved at London 1 September 1655, and registered in the prerogative court at Canterbury, mentions his sons Henry and John and daughters Ann Seager, Francis Clarke, Catharine Garrett, Elizabeth Bibble and Ellen Sherringham..7  

Death 15 May 1655 Lewis died on 15 May 1655 at Elstow or Elveston, Bedfordshire England.5 

Family  **Elizabeth (?)
Child  1. **Frances Latham+ b. 15 Feb 1609, d. Sep 1677

Citations
  1. He may have been the falconer to Charles I of England or to Prince Henry in 1612. Check this out.
  2. [S1308] Download, Genealogical and biographical memorials of the Reading, Howell, Yerkes Google Books.
  3. [S1308] Download, http://pages.prodigy.net/reed_wurts/heraldry/latham.htm.
  4. [S1308] Download, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mylines/dungan082a.htm.
  5. [S1308] Download, http://www.angelfire.com/folk/morgan/fam/fam04295.htm.
  6. [S1308] Download, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sam/latham.html.
  7. [S1308] Download, http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~legends/latham.html.

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