Knowler Family, continued (page 2)
12. ROBERT KNOWLER of Hearne (died 1635) (GEORGE, ROBERT, THOMAS (III), THOMAS (II), THOMAS (I), JOHN) was born 4 Feb 1574 in Hoath, Kent Co., England. He died 3 May 1635 in Hearne, Kent and was buried 11 May 1635 in the Church of Herne, South Chantry Chapel ("Knowler Chapel"), in Kent, England.
Robert Knowler of Stroud House, also owned land in Hoath, Reculver, Chislet and Sturry, county Kent, England.
1635 - ROBERT KNOWLER died: All about Margate and Herne Bay ...Herne Church: There are several memorials of the Knowler family in the south chancel, and notably one to Robert Knowler, who died in 1635, and his wife, Susan, whose effigies are shown in the ordinary costume of the time, kneeling beneath an arch, after the style of the monuments of the period. This must have been the Knowler who purchased Edward Atte-Sea, the manor of Sea Court, now better known as Strode Park. A tilting helmet, surmounted by a greyhound as a crest, the name of the former owner of which has been long since forgotten, will be noticed hanging against the chancel wall.
Manor of STROUD, or Strode is situated in the park close by the church. "Philpot, in his description of this manor in 1559, tells us that "for some ages it owned the name and interest of 'At Sea,' till fate and time, that are the common sepulcher of families, by sale gave up the fee simple, an age or two since, to KNOWLER. The Knowlers were a family of great distinction, who ultimately became possessed of large estaes, not only lin Herne, but also in Hoath and Chislet."
ROBERT KNOWLER, gent of Herne: his family resided in the parish of Herne as early as Henry VII's reign. He resided at this seat, which seems from thenceforward to have been called STROUD HOUSE, and died in 1635, bearing for his arms: Argent, on a bend, between two cotises, sable, a lion passant-guardant, crowned or; and his descendants continued to reside at it down to Gilbert Knowler, esq. who removed from hence to Canterbury, where he now resides, and is the present owner of it.
Manor of Lottinge: "Lottinge, formerly written Louting, is a small manor in the north-west part of this parish, which was formerly belonging to the family of Greenshield, who lived at a seat in Whitstaple of their own name, now called Grimgill; from this name it was sold to Crispe, of Quekes, and then again, after some time, to Monger of Surry, who sold it in King Charles II's reign [1660-1685] to ROBERT KNOWLER, Esq., of Stroud-house, in this parish, in whose descendants it has continued down to Gilbert Knowler, Esq., now of Canterbury, the present owner of it."
Robert Knowler was in possession of 'Underdown' (at Eddington), "a manor of ancient date. In 1335 James Bate granted to Nicholas de Underdowne 1 acre 3 roods "at Gateheye, in Herne." It was at one time in the possession of the Sea, or At-Sea family. John Atte Sea died possessed of it in 1458; as did his descendant William, in 1545. William's descendant John Sea died in 1604 and devised the manor to his eldest son Edward, who afterwards disposed of it to Robert Knowler. Memorials of Herne, Kent, states that Robert died possessed of it in 1635, and was buried in the Chantry Chapel of this church, and his descendants con (assessment) made on landholders the30th day of October 1666, for the relief and maintenance of the poor of the parish, by the churchwardens and overseers. On that list was
JOHN KNOWLER, rent 100; £2 10s
The 'Out Dwellers'
Robt. Knowler, rent 15 8s
Thomas Knowler, rent 14, 7s
Stephen Knowler, rent 56, £1 8s
An assessment made in the parish of Chstlett the 16th May 1675,tinued to reside at it down to Gilbert Knowler, who resided at Stroud. It afterwards became the property of the Oxendens (a very ancient family), one of whom, Sir George, rebuilt the house.
The Manor of Underdowne: The mansion is situated in Herne Street, within the borough of Stroud, was called, as Philipott writes, in early times "Sea's Court. John Atte Sea, of Herne, as appears by his will, died possessed of it in the 36th year of Henry VI [cal 1458], in whose descendants, resident here, it continued down to Edward Sea, esq., who passed away, by sale, his manor, or mansion of Underdowne, to ROBERT KNOWLER, gent of Herne, whose family had been resident in this parish as early as Henry VII's, reign. He resided at this seat, which seems from thenceforward to have been called Stroud-House, and died in 1635, bearing for his arms: argent, on a bend, between two cotises, sable, a lion passant-guardant, crowned, or; and his descendants continued to reside at it down to Gilbert Knowler, esq., who removed from hence to Canterbury, where he now resides, and is the present owner of it."
"HERNE CHURCH: A few miles east of Whitstable, the port of Canterbury, and in the north of Kent, is situated the pleasant watering-place of Herne Bay. It stands on a gently-rising ground, about a mile and a half from the old village of Herne, 8 ½ miles from Canterbury, 4 ½ miles from Reculver, and 16 from Margate. According to some authorities the name is derived from the number of herons that formerly frequented the shore; and the family of KNOWLER, who have settled in the parish for some centuries, have that bird for their crest, a fact which rather strengthens the conjecture.
The Church of Herne: South Chantry Chapel (commonly called the "Knowler Chapel") is divided from the nave by an arch of simple but good proportions; it has a perpendicular, or third pointed, window of four lights on the east side, and two of two lights of the same period, on the south. The old oak roof still remains. This chapel literally teems with monuments of the Know for lers, and also of the Pembrooks and Fairmans, with whom they are connected by marriage. The following are a few of the most important. * In the Southeast corner, a very handsome Jacobean mural monument, in memory of ROBERT KNOWLER of Herne (died 1635) and SUSAN his wife (died 1631). [a drawing of the monument is on page 28 of Memorials of Herne, Kent [and Guide to the Church], by James Robert Buchanan
Notes from "The Parish of Chislet, Kent," by Francis Haslewood, Edward Maynard Collard: On the 28th day of May 1620, an assessment of the inhabitants of the parish of Chislett was made for the relief of the poor people of the parish, conducted by John Browne, Godphery Stacy, William Dodd and Robert Baker; overseers Ambrose Rose and Nicholas Consantt, churchwardens. On the list, with assessment amounts, were:
William Knowler, xx
George Knowler, xvj
Robert (spelled Robeart), xvj
This same assessment listed lands belonging to...
John Knowler, 42 acres
Richard Knowler, 36 acres
ROBERT (Robeart) Knowler, 53 acres
A Sesse (assessment) was made the 21st day of May 1628, by Ambrose Rose and Richard Ewell, Churchwardens of the parish, made for the repairing of the church and for the casting of a new great bell. Sessed at two pence the acre 'mershland' and a penne the acre 'vpland' of those that occupy the lands within the said parish. On that list were:
William Knowler, 35 acres mersh, and 50 acres more in vpland
John Knowler & Richard Knowler, 155 acres in mersh, and 20 more in vpland
George Knowler, 5 acres mersh
ROBERT (spelled 'Robartt') Knowler, 40 acres in mersh
John Knowler, 38 acres in mersh; 8 more in vplan
A Sesse (assessment) made on landholders the 21st day of April 1630, for relief of the poor people of the parish of Chisleett (sic) in the county of Kent:
William Knowler, x
Joane Knowler, ij
Those owning land and assessed:
ROBERT (Robart) Knowler, 55 acres in mershland
John Knowler the elder, 34 acres in mershland
Richard Knowler & John Knowler, 27 acres in mershland
A Sesse (assessment) made on landholders the 28th day of April 1658, included:
Thomas Knowler, 33 rents; 8s 3 d = ability ---
"the Out Dwellers:"
Richard Knowler, 31 rent; 7 s 9 d
Stephen Knowler, 49 rent, 12 s 3 d
"the Wood Lands"
ROBERT KNOWLER, 5 rent; 1 s 3d
Article from the Kent Records Society - Added by MTolcher on 30 May 2008 - By Indenture dated 13 July 1641 between "John Knowler of Herne, Gentleman and Nicholas Baker of Bishopsbourne, County of Kent, Miller" John Knowler leased for 60 years, at an annual rent of 5 pounds to Nicholas Baker, a messuage or tenement in Herne "near to the mansion-house or newe dwelling" of John Knowler. Witnesses, George Knowler and Thomas Knowler. Nicholas Baker's mark. Sealed with the Knowler crest. (Kent Records Society)
ROBERT married Susan PORDAGE, daughter of Robert PORDAGE, on Sept 21 or Oct 6, 1596 in Chislet. Susan died 1631 and was buried in The Church of Herne, South Chantry Chapel ( "Knowler Chapel"), in Kent, England.
1596, Sept 21: Marriage: ROBERT KNOWLER & SUSAN PORREDGE ("The Generall October 6, 1596") Chislet
Quote from Brodnax - by Mildred Seab Ezell: "Mary Brodnax, baptized 26 August 1610 at Godmersham, married 17 February 1630 at Godmersham, John Knowler (sic), bachelor of Heame, born c. 1597, son of Robert, Heame, co Kent, and PORDUGE."
The following notes show the close link of the Pordage and Knowler families [from Historical Sketch of the Parish of Davington in Kent]:
1634: At a court held 14 Oct 1634, JOHN KNOWLER comes and acknowledges his tenure of the premises, and enters, etc. [Notes say this was JOHN KNOWLER, JR, for a house and orchard with 5 acres in Davington.]
1656: FRANCIS PORDAGE, for 2 peeces (sic) of land called Stereshes, ten acres at Kennways in Ospringe; also 2 other parcels of land called Courbourne with 2 acres in Ospringe: "Att a court holden 28 Nov 1656, Arthur Whatman comes and acknowledges his tenure of this land, as by purchase from PORDAGE, & enters himself tenant accordingly."
1673: At a court held 12 Nov 1673, Arthur Whatman also purchased this land also of PORDAGE.
1673: At a court held 12 Nov 1673, that JOHN KNOWLER aliened the premises [for the house and orchard in Davington] to JOHN ASHBEY, who married SUSAN, one of the daughters of John Knowler.
1680: At a court held 16 Nov 1680, SUSAN, the relict of John ASHBEY, comes and claims the premises upon and from the death of her husband John Ashbey, to hold the same for her life. At a court held 26 Feb 1690, Ashbey is dead, and the premises are descended to JOHN ASHBEY (an infant) only son and heir of JOHN & SUSAN ASHBEY, dec. *** 1695: At a court held 28 October 1695, JOHN ASBEY aliened the premises to Robert Sharstead, and that the said Robert hat since aliened the same to Wm. Day. [John Asbey, Jr. had to be of age by 1695]
1680: At a court held 16 Nov 1680, THOMAS KNOWLER comes and acknowledges his tenure & enters as by purchase from Richard Whatman.
1690: At a court held 26 Feb 1690, THOMAS KNOWLER that alienated the premises to Josiah Dewy.
Marriage 1 Susan Pordage b: 1574 in Ospringe, Kent
Richard Knowler b: 13 Sep 1601 in Hearn, Kent
Margaret Knowler b: 09 Oct 1614
Anne Knowler b: 06 Jul 1606 in Hearn, Kent
Alice Knowler b: 21 May 1609 in Hearn, Kent
Robert Knowler b: 21 May 1609 in Hearn, Kent; died 1634
Susan Knowler b: 30 Sep 1604 in Hearn, Kent
Mary Knowler b: 17 Oct 1599 in Hearn, Kent
John Knowler b: Aug 1597 in Hearn, Kent
Thomas Knowler b: 03 May 1618 in Hearn, Kent
They had the following children:
18 F i. Mary KNOWLER was born 17 Oct 1599. Mary married Robert EMPTAGE (EMPLAGE) on 3 Feb 1617. (any information appreciated!)
+ 19 M ii. Richard KNOWLER was born 13 Sep 1601 and died 20 Feb 1660.
20 F iii. Susan KNOWLER (died young) was born 30 Sep 1604. She died 26 Oct 1622.
+ 21 F iv. Anne KNOWLER was born 6 Jul 1606 and was buried 1639 Jan 9.
+ 22 M v. JOHN KNOWLER (KNOWLES) of Hearne (died 1655) was born Aug 1597 and died 1655.
+ 23 F vi. Alice KNOWLER (died age 35) was born 21 May 1609 and died 7 Jun 1641.
24 M vii. Robert KNOWLER was born 21 May 1609.
25 F viii. Margaret KNOWLER was born 9 Oct 1614. Margaret married John TROUTS.
26 F ix. Thomasine KNOWLER (died a child) was christened 27 Jun 1617 in Chislet, Kent, England. She was buried 15 Dec 1622 in Chislet, Kent, England. Working hypothesis that Thomasine was a child. No other known Robert the right age to have this child.
1617, July 27: Christenings: THOMASINE, daughter of ROBERT KNOWLER, Chislet - 1622, Dec 15: Burial: THOMASINE, dau of ROBERT KNOWLER, Chislet
27 M x. Thomas KNOWLER (never married) was born 3 May 1618. He died 1658 and was buried in the Church of Herne, South Chantry Chapel ("Knowler Chapel"), in Kent, England.
Under the organ, a black marble slab, in memory of THOMAS, son of the above, a bachelor, who died in 1658. He was a great benefactor. On his gravestone it is written that "he gave £10 to be distributed upon the day of his burial, unto the poor, and £2 per annum for ever to repair the isle in which he lay, and £5 per annum for ever to clothe the poor of this parish, out of his farm at Belting, in this parish. 'The righteous shall be held in everlasting remembrance.'
1658: "Charities: THOMAS KNOWLER, gent., by will in 1658, besides other benefactions both to the church and the poor, gave land for the use of the poor, vested in trustees, the survivor unknown, and is of the annual produce of 1L 10 s 5d and likewise other land, vested in like manner, for the clothing of the poor, the annual produce of which is 5L."
14. George KNOWLER (GEORGE, ROBERT, THOMAS (III), THOMAS (II), THOMAS (I), JOHN) died 13 Jun 1622 in Chislet, Kent, England. Mentioned in his father's 1610 will - "To my son George Knowler £20 at the age of 21 with remainder in case of his death to my two sons John Knowler, and Jonas Knowler equally."
1622, June 13: Burial: GEORGE, son of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet
George married (1) Placentia. Placentia was buried 29 Oct 1612 in Chislet, Kent, England. 1612, October 29: Burial: PLACENTIA, wife of the same GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet
They had the following children:
28 M i. Jonas KNOWLER (died a baby) was christened 10 Jun 1610 in Chislet, Kent, England. He was buried 9 Nov 1612 in Chislet, Kent, England. 1610, June 10: Christenings: JONAS, son of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet (George was churchwarden in 1611) 1612, Nov 9: Burial: JONAS KNOWLER, Chislet
29 F ii. Pleasant KNOWLER (died a child, 3 yrs) was christened 12 Apr 1612 in Chislet, Kent, England. She was buried 29 Apr 1615. 1615, April 29: Burial: PLESANT (sic) KNOWLER, dau of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet
30 F iii. Mary KNOWLER (died a baby) was buried 25 Oct 1612. 1612, October 25: Burial, MARY, dau. of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet
31 F iv. Anne KNOWLER was christened 13 Feb 1613 in Chislet, Kent, England. 1613, Feb 13: Christenings: ANNE, daughter of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet
George also married (2) Joane (Johan) ROSE (working hypothesis) on 10 May 1613 in Chislet, Kent, England. Joane died 1 Aug 1622 in Chislet, Kent, England.
1597, Oct 18: Marriage: ROBERT KNOWLER & JOHAN ROSE, Chislet
1613, May 10: Marriage: GEORG(E) KNOWLER & JOANE ROSE, Chislet
1622, August 1: Burial: JONE (sic), wife of GEORGE KNOWLER, Chislet