ANCESTORS 1300 – 1700

Family Ancestors


Arms-Wakeman 3Bishop John Wakeman, (  – 1549)
(14th great granduncle)
Bishop John Wakeman was the last abbot of Tewkesbury and the first Bishop of Gloucester.  John was the son of William Wakeman and Godspayne.  He was born  before 1466 in Drayton, Worcester, England. There is much written about him on the Internet if you go a Google search.  Upon the Bishop death, his arms transferred to his Brother Richard and new arms were created for his other brothers family line (Roger).  I’m not sure if the arms are still registered to a living Wakeman today.
Book about the Wakeman Genealogy
Wiki Bishop John Wakeman
Picture of Abbot of Tewkesbury
Picture of cadaver tomb cenotaph
Richard WakemanRichard Wakeman of Beckford
(first cousin, 15 times removed)
This is a portrait of Richard Wakeman (Richard Wakeman of Beckford) by Hans Eworth. done in the year 1566.  It is believed this portrait was taken before the wedding of Richard and Joan Thornbury.  The ‘arms of the family” granted to him in 1586 was the same that had been previously granted to Bishop John Wakeman who died in 1549.  There are more then 3 Richard Wakemans in close relations and one has the following inscribed on a monument on the grounds of Beckford:”This stone covers the mortal spoils of Richard Wakeman, Knight, sprung from Edward and Mary, parents renowned for piety and high breeding. Who, on account of his loyalty to his oath, followed the destinies of his doomed king to the last hazard of war, and finally when he returned home – or, shall I say, when he was sent into exile – transformed his arms into rakes and mattocks, after the example of Roman consuls, snatched with ease from all the tillers of the soil, by his happy skill in rural things, the herbal garland. But alas, brief inheritor of his father’s fields, on the last day of August, in the year 1662, he hastened from the noonday of his age to his sunset. With exceeding regret his friends, his sisters, brothers and children bore his loss, but with most grief of all his mourning spouse, Anne, who – never to lay aside her robe of bereavement – offered this tribute of golden letters carved in marble, to the everlasting memory of the husband she laments. – Supplicate the Divine Majesty, with faith unimpaired, that his soul may enter heaven as a new inhabitant.”
Joan WakemanJoan Thornbury Wakeman
(first cousin, 15 times removed)
This is a portrait of Joan Thornbury Wakeman taken before her marriage to Richard Wakeman.  The year and age are painted in the top right of the picture and Joan was about 36 at the time of the painting when it was done in 1566.  Joan is the daughter of William Thornbury, Esq. and married Richard Wakeman in 1567.  There are several books about this portrait analyzing the position and colors and comparing it to other pictures of members of the Royal family.  Richard and Joan were Lords and possibly sat in the House of Commons.  They were considered very wealthy and important people of their time.
Arms-BarronSir George Wakeman Bt. (d. 1688)
(second cousin, 14 times removed)
Sir George Wakeman Bt. (d. 1688) was an English royal physician to Catherine of Braganza, Consort of Charles II of England. In 1678, he was subjected to the fraudulent allegations of Titus Oates, who had gained backing of Thomas Osborne, 1st Earl of Danby, highly placed in government. Oates accused Wakeman of conspiring to kill the King with the help of and place his brother James, Duke of York on the throne in his place. At his trial in 1679 Wakeman was acquitted.  On 13 February 1661, as Wakeman of Beckford, he was created a baronet by Charles II
Arms WakemanRoger Wakeman (1495 – 1552)
(14th great grandfather)
Robert Wakeman, son of William Wakeman, was granted this coat of arms shortly after his brother Bishop John Wakeman died.  The arms were newly granted to him and the Bishops arms were granted to his brother John, and then to his son Richard.  The arms show he was a knight serving in the crusades.  There are books written about the Wakeman family that I will post soon.
Templar KnightSir William Wakeman
(23 great grandfather)
Sir William Wakeman was most likely a crusader in the 6th crusade when the Kingdom of Jerusalem had peace for 10 years and a member of the order of the Knights Templar.  He was married to Celina (most likely a last name).Sir Williams grandson was also knighted and probably not in the crusades (he would have been too young).  His Knighthood probably was derived from serving as a squire for his grandfather.  Since these figures are related, they share the same symbol on the family tree.The Order of the Temple (Freemason) which is not directly related to the Knights Templar recovered a lot of the orders symbols and rituals and is still in existence today.
ShieldSir Reginald Scott of Scot’s HallSheriff of Kent (1510 – 1555)
(14th great grandfather)
The High Sheriff is the oldest secular office under the Crown. Formerly the High Sheriff was the principal law enforcement officer in the county but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the post have been transferred elsewhere or are now defunct, so that its functions are now largely ceremonial. The High Sheriff changes every March.  Reginald probably took over the post from his father in law Sir William Kempe (1487-1539).
Thomas of WoodstockThomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester, (1353 – 1397)
(17th g-grandfather)
Thomas of Woodstock was the 1st Duke of Gloucester and was the 13th son of King Edward III of England.  He was married to Eleanor de Bohun who’s sister (Mary de Bohun) married Henry IV of England.  He was also titled Duke of Aumale, Earl of Essex, and Earl of Buckingham.  He had disagreements with his brother Richard II and was eventually imprisoned for treason and murdered presumably under ordered from Richard.  He had 5 children with Anne marring
 John of Gaunt John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, (1340 – 1399)
(20th great grandfather)
John of Gaunt was the 3rd son of King Edward III of England and the first Duke of Lancaster and the Duke of Aquitaine.  He started the Royal House of Lancaster as King Henry IV, V, and VI are all his descendents.  He had 14 children by his 3 wives and one mistress.  At one point, he owned over 30 castles across England and France and was an extremely powerful person in his time.  One of his children, Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, married Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and had a child Richard.  There are a few books about his 3rd wife, Catherine Swynford and their life together which were very popular in England in the 1950’s.
Lady KatherineLady Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster, (1350 – 1403)
(20th great grandmother)
Katherine de Roet lived from 25 November 1350 to 10 May 1403. She was the daughter of a SIR Payne de Roet and was considered very pretty in her time.  At a young age both her parents died and the queen took petty on her and sent her to a convent to be cared for.  When she reached the age of 16, she was called to court and arranged to marry Sir Hugh Swynford.  When SIR Hugh died, she married John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster and Prince of England.  She had several children with both husbands and is the topic of several great books.  She is the ancestor of many famous people including 5 American Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II, and Princess Dianna.
Edward IIIEdward III, King of England, (1312 – 1377)
(18th great grandfather)
Edward III of England was of the most successful monarchs of the middle ages.  He was crowned at the age of 14 and remained King for 50 years.  He was the founder of the Order of the Garter and son to Edward II and Grandson of Edward I“Longshanks”.  He was King during the Black Death and set the stage for the 100 year war with France.  He was the father of the Black Prince and John of Gaunt(both were fathers of future English Kings).  He was married to Philippa of Hainaultand we are related (as great grandparents) to 4 of his 8 children.
crownHere is a list of some others we are related to between 1700-1300:
King Edward II of England, (1284 – 1327), 19th great grandfather
King Philip IV of France, (1268 – 1314), 20th great grandfather
Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1311-1369), 18th great grandmother