Bacon Family 1066 - 1702
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Bacon is the name of an ancient seigniory in Normandy, and from this place the Norman ancestors in England took their name nearly a thousand years ago.
1. Grimaldus m. Unknown. According to the genealogy of the Suffolk family of Bacon, one Grimald, or Grimaldus, a relative of the Norman chieftain, William de Warrenne, came to England in 1066 at the time of the Conquest and settled near Holt, in County Suffolk. His son, or Great Grandson Robert, took the surname Bacon, or rather assumed the use of the place-name as a surname. In the north of France the surname Bacon is still in use. William Bacon in 1082 endowed the Abbey of Holy Trinity at Caen. The surname Bacon is found in the Battle Rolls in England in the eleventh century and in the Hundred Rolls in the thirteenth. There are occasional variations in spelling, such as Bacun and Bachun, and in some instances the surname Bacon may have been corrupted from Beacon. Some derive the surname from the Saxon baccen or baccen, a beech tree.
Much of the source data for the early Bacon ancestry is taken from "The Bacon Genealogy" by Thomas W. Baldwin (1915) as quoted from "The Baronetage of England" by Kimber and Johnson published in 1801. Also from the "Cleveland Genealogy" by Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland. The direct line which follows is based on a chart by Mrs Eliza Buckingham Bacon of New Haven which is taken from the Bacon Genealogy by Thomas W. Baldwin, 1915. It differs somewhat from that contained in the grant of a coat of arms made to Sir Nicholas Bacon in 1568, however, in the same book from which an extract of the grant was taken is a table of the family of Bacon from Grimbaldus to Robert, father of Sir Nicholas which with the exception of one or two of the earlier generations is in accord with this line.
2. Ranulph "Ralph" m. Unknown. Resided at Thorpe, County Norfolk, called
Baconsthorpe by distinction. Cutter says he was known as Ralph de Bacons-Thorpe (thorp
means village). In Colonial Families of the United States, Ralph is called
"Ran(d)ulf." There were several places called Thorp in Norfolk and he added this
name to distinguish him from other lords of Thorp.
3. George Bacon m. Unknown. Gave and released to his sister Agnes, widow of Sir Roger
DeHalis all the lands belonging to his family in Normandy. (Reg. Abbot De Langley, fol.
4. Roger Bacon m. Unknown.
5. Robert Bacon b. EST 1195, Of Hesset, Suffolk, England, m. Alice Burgate, b. EST
6. John Bacon b. EST 1225, Of Hesset and Bradford, England, m. Alice Bacon*.
7. John Bacon b. ABT 1255, Hesset, Suffolk, England, m. Cecily Hoo/How, b. ABT 1259,
8. John Bacon b. ABT 1285, Bradford, York, England, m. Helena Gedding, b. ABT 1333,
Hesset, Suffolk, England. Called Sir John Bacon.
9. John Bacon b. ABT 1359, Hesset, Suffolk, England, m. (1) Helena Tillot, b. ABT 1364,
Of Rougham, Suffolk, England, (daughter of Sir George Tillot) m. (2) Julia Bradwell.
10. John Bacon b. ABT 1385, Bradford, Suffolk, England, m. in Suffolk Cty, England,
Margery Thorpe, b. ABT 1392, (of) Drinkstone, Suffolk, England, (daughter of John Thorpe).
John died 1453, Suffolk Cty, England. A line to Margery from Grimbaldus: 1 Grimbaldus, 2
Ralph, 3 George, 4 Roger, 5 Robert, 6 Reginald, 7 Richard, 8 Reginald, 9 Richard, 10 Sir
Henry m. Margaret Ludham, 11 Sir Henry, 12 Sir Roger, 13 Beatrix Bacon wife of Sir William
Thorpe, 14 William Thorpe by wife Margaret Quapladde, 15 John Thorpe, 16 Margery Thorpe.
This is extracted from a genealogy of the Cleveland family compiled by Edmund James
Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland and taken from a notice of the Bacon ancestry.
11. Sir Edmund Bacon b. ABT 1400, Drinkston, Suffolk, England, m. Elizabeth Crofts, b.
ABT 1425, Drinkston, Suffolk, England, (daughter of Thomas Crofts and Susan Polley) d.
1470. Sir died 1453, Drinkston, Suffolk, England.
12. John Bacon b. ABT 1430, Drinkston, Suffolk, England, m. Agnes Cockfield, b. ABT
1430, (of) Drinkstone, Suffolk, England, (daughter of Sir Thomas Cockfield). His will was
proved at Helmingham 25 Feb 1535.
13. Thomas Bacon b. ABT 1475, (of) Drinkstone, Suffolk, England, m. Joan/Johanna Wade,
b. ABT 1484, Helmingham, Suffolk, England, d. Jun-Dec 1540, Helmingham, Suffolk, England,
bd: Helmingham, Suffolk, England. Thomas died Feb 1535, Helmingham, Suffolk, England.
"Of Helmingham." His Will, dated 31 Jul 1535 and proved 27 Feb 1535-6, gives to
wife Joane, for life, estates in Helmingham, Otley, Winston, and Pethaw, with reversion at
her death to son John, except tenements in Helmingham, called Julkins and Stoldyngs, to
son Thomas, and mentions youngest daughter Elizabeth. Joane's Will, dated 30 Jul 1540 and
proved 12 Dec 1540, mentions daughters Elizabeth Bacon and Anne Dow. Joan/Johanna: Data
from Automated Archives calls her Joane Wade, however, it is thought that the researcher
mixed up this Joane with the daughter Joane of her son Thomas who did marry a Wade. Of
course, the possibility exists that there were two Joane Wades from the two generations.
14. John Bacon b. ABT 1505, Helmingham, Suffolk, England, m. Margaret Bacon*, b. ABT
1512, Helmingham, Suffolk, England. John died 19 Mar 1557, Helmingham, Suffolk, England.
John's Will, dated 4 Sept 1557 and proved 19 Mar 1557-8, mentions wife Margaret, eldest
son William Bacon, son Michael Bacon to whom was given lands in Winston, sons Thomas and
Richard, both under 21, daughters Barbara and Rose, both under 21, and youngest son,
William Bacon who was to have the reversion of a meadow in Ashe Barkinge after the death
of wife Margaret. John was called "of Helmingham."
15. Michael Bacon b. ABT 1544, Winston, Suffolk, England, m. (1) 16 Aug 1565, in
Helmingham, Suffolk, England, Elizabeth Wylie, b. ABT 1542, (of) Helmingham, Suffolk,
England, d. Winston, Suffolk, England, m. (2) 20 Sep 1607, in Suffolk, England, Grace
Blowerses. Michael died Mar 1615, bd: 25 Mar 1615, Winston, Suffolk, England. Michael was
"of Winston, Suffolk, England." His will dated 24 Oct 1614 and proved 20 Apr
1615, mentions wife Grace, and several children and grand children. Among bequests to his
son Michael Bacon were "A pott Tipped with silver and Six silver spones marked with M
and B." Grace: Grace Blowerses was a widow when she married Michael. She survived
16. Michael Bacon b. 06 Dec 1579, Winston, Suffolk, England, m. 15 Feb 1607, in
England, Alice Bacon*, d. 02 Apr 1648, Dedham, MA. Michael died 18 Apr 1648, Dedham, MA.
Date baptized in Winston England. He went to North Ireland in 1633 and 7 years later came
to New England with Samuel Cooke and John Smyth also from Ulster, Ireland. They were
proposed as proprietors of the town of Dedham, Ma. 23 May 1640 and the records show that
it was "agreed upon that the Towne of Dedham shall entertain Mr. Saml Cooke, together
with his estate, and also Mr. Smith and Mr. Bacon, all from Ireland, and afford them such
acccomdation of upland as their estates shall require." His wife may have preceded
him to America.
17. Michael Bacon b. 1608, Winston, Suffolk, England, m. (1) 03 Aug 1634, in Woburn,
Middlesex, MA, Mary Jobo, b. ABT 1617, (of) Winston, Suffolk, England, d. 26 Aug 1655,
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, m. (2) 26 Oct 1655, in Woburn, Middlesex, MA, Mary Baldwin, d. 19
May 1670, m. (3) 28 Nov 1670, in Woburn, Middlesex, MA, Mary Noyes. Michael died 04 Jul
1688, Woburn, Middlesex, MA. Born in England, Michael went to Ireland with his father and
came to America with him. He was one of the proprietors of Woburn in 1640, chosen surveyor
of highways in Woburn in 1644. In August 1675, the town of Billerica in providing defense
against the Indians in King Philip's war, assigned Michael Bacon to garrison No. 10 under
Timothy Brooks. In 1648, he bought a farm in Cambridge, now a part of Bedford, on which
Bacon is said to have built a mill before 1675 which was lately standing. Mary Baldwin was
the widow of Thomas Richardson.
18. Michael Bacon Jr. b. 26 Feb 1639, Winston, Suffolk, England, occ: Shoemaker, m. 22
Mar 1660, in Woburn, Middlesex, MA, Sarah Richardson, b. 22 Nov 1640, (daughter of Thomas
Richardson and Mary Baldwin) d. 15 Aug 1694. Michael died 13 Aug 1707, Bedford, Middlesex,
MA. Michael was born in England. He was of Billerica, MA in 1666 and of Bedford, MA in
1682. Above date is date he was baptized. His home, at Bedford, MA was built before 1700.
Of the twenty-six minute men from Bedford in the Concord fight, six were Bacons, all of
this family and two others were in the company of militia in that engagement. Nine Bacons
were reported as liable for military duty in the town of Bedford, May 15, 1775. Sarah:
Birth date is actually baptized date.
19. Jonathan Bacon b. 14 Jul 1672, Billerica, Middlesex, MA, m. (1) 03 Jun 1694, in
Woburn, Middlesex, MA, Elizabeth Giles, b. ABT 1671, Of Billerica, Middlesex, MA,
(daughter of John Giles and Elizabeth Giles*) d. 16 Dec 1738, Bedford, Middlesex, MA, m.
(2) 22 Sep 1739, Elizabeth Hancock. Jonathan died 12 Jan 1754, Bedford, Middlesex, MA. A
leading citizen of Billerica, MA. He and two of his brothers were in the Indian
War in 1706. He was a Deputy to the General Court from Billerica in 1726, and selectman in
1719 and 1727. He was one of the petitioners for the formation of the town of Bedford, and
as a principal inhabitant was appointed to assemble the first town meeting, October 6,
1729, when he was chosen one of the selectman. Bedford records show him to be age 82 at
death. Elizabeth: Daughter of John and Elizabeth Giles. Bedford records say she was age 67
at death. Elizabeth: Widow of Benjamin Wyman of Woburn, MA.
20. Mary Bacon b. 18 Sep 1702, Billerica, Middlesex, MA, m. Cornet Stephen Blood, b. 22 Feb 1703/4, Concord, Middlesex, MA, (son of Josiah Blood and Mary Torrey). Cornet: From a part of Concord which became Carlisle, MA.
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