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NameAgnes THOROLD , F
Birth1573, Hough, Lincolnshire, England
Death17 October 1612, Died During Childbirth, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
BurialLincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
FatherEdmund THOROLD , M
MotherEleanor AUDLEY , F
1Sir William ELLIS , Grandson, M
Birthabout 1553, Kiddall Hall, Near Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Death19 December 1636, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
BurialLincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
FatherLyon ELLIS , M
MotherElizabeth , F
Marriage1592, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
ChildrenMartha , F (1590-1637)
 Edmund , M (1595-1659)
 Mary , F (~1608-)
 Alexander , M (1612-1612)
 Frances , F (-<1612)
 Mary , F
 Richard , M
 Elizabeth , F (-~1612)
Notes for Agnes THOROLD
1st daughter of Sir Edmund THOROLD.
Notes for William (Spouse 1)
2nd son of Conncell of Yorke. Will dated 4th Septembner 1636. Proved (P.C.C., 81 Goare) 11th May 1637. Inq. p.m. 5th September 1638 seised of land in Swinthorpe in parish of Snellaud, North and South Somercotes, Scupholme, Cadney, Howsam, and of Rectory of Cadney.

Marriage on IGI Batch 5025829, sheet 18. approx 1580 also another for approx 1607!

The following is from Mike Harper by email (September 2003) <>:

After identifying these families, their ancestry was found in a journal published by The Harleian Society, which records Lincolnshire Pedigrees originally compiled in the 19th century by the Richmond Herald, and genealogist Mr Arthur Staunton Larken. He used sources such as the four visitations of Lincolnshire in 1562, 1592, 1634 and 1666 (the College of Heralds visits, which require users of coats of arms to account for their rights to them) plus his own records of wills and parish registers in the county to correct any errors in previous records of Lincolnshire pedigrees. The volumes are available in Lincoln Central Library. The family ‘Ellis of W ellingore’ have a heraldic symbol ‘Or, on a cross sable five crescents argent’.

The family derives from Ellis, Conncell of York , of Kiddall Hall. His third, son Lyon Ellis, was a Pewterer and a dignitary in Lincoln. He purchased his freedom in 1547, and was Sheriff in 1554, Alderman in 1560, Mayor in 1566. He was buried at St Martins, Lincoln 13 Dec 1570.

The second son, William Ellis, of Lyon Ellis was born about 1553. He was given freedom of the city on 7 Apr 1569 (apparently about age 16); made Recorder of Lincoln on 29 Feb 1612, and Counsellor at Law. He was married in Lincoln, and was knighted. He died 19 Dec 1636, aged 83. He and his wife, Agnes Ellis née Thorold, are b uried in Lincoln Cathedral.

The inscriptions for 169 graves in the Cathedral were fortunately collected in 1641 by B ishop Robert Sanderson. These were described in a publication ‘An Exact Copy. Lincoln Cathedral Monumental Inscriptions as they stood in MDCXLI’ (that is in1641), Published 1851 by Simpkin, Marshall and Co, Lincoln. There is still an engraved slate memorial to Agnes Ellis, who died 17 October 1612, on the north wall of what is now the Services Chapel. M uch of the text and image is now difficult to discern, and a transcription made from it in 1994 is considerably less complete. In the 1851 publication of the 1641 record, inscription No 163 reads:

Inscribed on the north wall of the chapel next the deanery.

Here lieth the body of Agnes Ellys late wife of William Ellys esq; & eldest
daughter of Sir Edmund Thorold knt. & of Dame Eleanor his wife. God blessed
them with four children now living, Edmund, Martha, Mary, and Richard; and
three departed, Alexander, Francis, & Elizabeth. She died
in childbed of Elizabeth, the xvij. day of October, M,DC,XII. Of her age
anno xxxix and her marriage xx.
picture of the sun.
Under the sun,
Sic illa occubuit, sic occubiturus & ipse.
About the sun,
Simul est occasus & ortus.
Nocte latet, sed manè resurget.
Under all,
Tho’ neither art in metal nor in stone
Can her exempt from time’s oblivion
A good report her memory doth bless
Whose praise than brass or stone more during is.
Sic mea, qui posui, cygnea vota cano.
Wmus. Ellis
Beata misericors quoniam ipsa misericordiam consecuta est.
His mea, cum moriar, caro detur vermibus esca;
Me decet hac sola ponere corpus humo.
Immundam tibi lego animam, mitissime Jesu,
Quam, precor, hyssopo aspergito, munda fiat.
Requievit a laboribus suis xix, die mensis Decembris, M,DC,XXXVI. aetatis
suae, lxxxiij.
Several co ats of arms, quartered in an escutcheon, over the g ate

Inscription No 164 reads:

On a free-stone in the same chapel

Here lyeth Sir William Ellys kt. One of his majestie’s counsell of his fee in
ordinary in the north; who took to wife Agnes, eldest daughter of Sir Edmund
Thorold of Hough in the county of Lincoln kt. By whom he had issue four sons,
Edmund, Alexander, Francis, & Richard; & three daughters, Martha, Mary and
Elizabeth; and departed this life December xix. M,DC,XXXVI. Ætatis lxxxiij.

The inscription for Sir William cannot be found; possibly it was a brass memorial torn out during the Civil War around 1643 to 1645, or was a floor-stone, now worn away.

A reference in several Lincolnshire D irectories has a paragraph, which probably relates to this William Ellis:
‘Sir William Ellis, Knight, of the Close, bequeathed in 1633, a yearly rent-charge of £10.8s out of land at Swinethorpe, in the parish of Snelland, to provide weekly stipends of one shilling each to four poor widows, one of them to be a widow of a chorister, when there is such a widow, to be appointed by the Dean and Chapter; and the others to be the widows of poor freemen, appointed by the trustees’

William’s uncle, Sir Richard Ellis, became a priest in the parish of St Martins, Lincoln, and was buried there 29 Oct 1548.

The Rev. George Huddleston, Priest Vicar, Sacrist, and Prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral, in his will dated 11th March 1611-12, names his borther-in-law “Mr William Ellis, Esq.,” supervisor.
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