Genealogy Notes for the Town of Ware, Hertfordshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

Situated on the northern side of the valley of the River Lea and just downstream from Hertford, Herts.


None identified as yet.


The FANSHAWE family

The FANSHAWE family owned Ware Park up until he sold it to the BYDE family. The FANSHAWE's were fairly close relatives of the influential HATTON family. Sir Henry FANSHAWE's son Thomas FANSHAWE (2nd Viscount Dromore) married Sarah EVELYN daughter of Sir John EVELYN of West Dean. Her Great Aunt was Thomasine EVELYN (nee Thomasine HAYNES, Sister in Law of Robert HATTON of Thames Ditton, Surrey), wife of Sir John EVELYN of Lee Place, Godston.  She was also half first cousin once removed to Christopher, 1st Viscount HATTON of Gretton. Her sister Elizabeth's husband was Robert PIERREPONT and his cousin Francis PIERREPONT married Elizabeth BRAY daughter of Thomas BRAY of Eyam Hall, Eyam, Derbyshire. The GALLIARD family had strong connections with Eyam, Derbyshire and also with with the RAINTON Family of Enfield, Middlesex into which the BRAYs of Great Barrington, Gloucs probably married. The GALLIARDs also had  connections with the ASTON family of Burford, Oxon

The father of Sir Henry FANSHAWE, one Thomas FANSHAWE, of Ware Park and Jenkins, near Barking, was bom at Dronfield, Derbyshire, in 1534. The registers of Dronfield, Derbyshire record a marriage on 28 September 1647 of one George WORRALL & Elizabeth FANSHAWE. The village is near to Eyam, Derbyshire, a region with families linked to Burford, Oxon

Fanshawe, Extracts from the Dronfield Registers, pg 5

The HATTON family

One Richard HATON of Ware Park left a Will dated 3 Oct 1654 in which he mentions a Mary PARTRIDGE, sister to Richard & Robert HATON. The Will also mentions Sir Thomas HATON of Holdenby (no relationship given), a nephew Roger HATON and Susan his Wife and also a William MORRIS and his wife Sarah (no relationship given). 

The JORDAN family

One James PARTRIDGE witnessed the lease from the HUNGERFORD family of the Manor of Black Bourton by John JORDAN of Burford.

One Simon PARTRIDGE and John JORDAN Jnr witnessed the 1712 Will of Christopher KEMPSTER of Burford.

Gretton’s ‘The Burford Records’ (pg 357) mentions a power of attorney by the trustees of Symon PARTRIDGE clothier of Burford, dated 10 Oct 1698 and witnessed by Mary BARTHOLOMEW, James PARTRIDGE, George WEBB and John JORDAN Junior. Gretton (pg 466) also mentions a quinquepartite indenture of sale involving the churchwardens of Burford (one of whom was Christopher KEMPSTER, mason). It was witnessed by (amongst others) Thomas PARTRIDGE senior, William MONK and Christopher KEMPSTER.Mary JORDAN (sister of Elizabeth HATTON, nee JORDAN) married John KEMPSTER and their daughter Mary KEMPSTER married William MONK of Burford, Oxon.

For some reason the JORDAN family of Burford, Oxon dealt with the BYDE family of Ware Park, see below.

The BYDE family

Amongst the Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies: Miscellaneous collection of Title deeds including Ware Park and Albury Hall in Hertfordshire, with Marriage licences and Turnpike papers, 1407 – 1921 file series there is a lease for a year of one acre of arable in Wengeofield, involving one John JORDAN of Burford, Oxon and John LODER (?) of Hinton, Berks. The other participants were Sir Jonathan RAYMOND of London, kt. and Sir Thomas BYDE of Ware Park, kt. (see DE/Cm/38053). Thomas LODER of Balston Park, Berks, gentleman was married to Elizabeth the eldest da. of Sir Jonathan RAYMOND of the city of London, knight (see Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies: Brookmans Park Estate and Gaussen family, DEGA/36472-36396, dated 9, 20 Feb 1679-80)

The LODER family of Hinton Waldrist, Berks were closely linked to a JORDAN family in Burford, Oxon.

Charles Tirrel MORGAN of Fairford, son of Charles MORGAN and Elizabeth (nee BROWNE) married Britannia RAYMOND, daughter of the Brewer John RAYMOND of Ratcliffe (son of Samuel RAYMOND & Anna SKINNER). Charles MORGAN owned the papermill at Quenington, Oxon. Although no connection has yet been proved Sir Thomas BYDE the Brewer married Mary SKINNER.


Mary HATTON one of the daughters of Thomas HATTON of Widford, Oxon married Stephen WORRALL of Ware, Herts. Their children were christened WORRILL.

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