Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Charles Wren 1564-1621 Gertrude Thornhaugh abt 1570

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Binchester like this:

BINCHESTER, a township in St. Andrew-Auckland parish, Durham: on the river Wear, adjacent to the Weardale railway, 2 miles N by E of Bishop-Auckland. Acres, 500. Real property, with Newfield, £3,473,-of which £2,294 are in mines. Pop., 33. Houses, 5. The manor has belonged to the Wren family since the time of James I and their mansion on it, a venerable building with wings, appears to have been built about the beginning of that King's reign. A spot on the brow of an eminence, commanding an extensive view, and now enclosed and cultivated, was the Roman station Binovium or Vinovium, and has yielded a great variety of Roman relics. The extent of the station was probably about 30 acres. The Roman Watling-street passed either through it, or close on its western side.

In the Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson there is a reference to the family as the "Wrathful Wrens" by the Bishopric and that there was difficulty with the pedigree which was cleared up by a Mr. Farnham Burke (who had access to the original records preserved at Heralds College) and solves a problem caused by a book, Visitation of Durham, published in 1887 written by Mr. Joseph Foster.  However, the problem has not been solved.  I'm still unsure about Gertrude.  According to Foster, Gertrude daughter of Sir Charles Wren became a nun.  I originally gathered this information from Ancestral File.


(Sir Knight) Charles Wren
Christening 26 Jun 1564 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Parents: Anthony Wrene (no mother listed)
Married: Gertrude Thornhaugh abt 1597
Attended Brasenose College in Oxford
Knighted 28 May 1607
Buried 24 Mar 1621 Auckland, St Andrew, Durham, England
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Book:  North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
Gertrude Thornhaugh
Born abt 1570 Fenton, Nottingham, England
Parents:  John Thornhaugh
Buried 4 Dec 1616 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Sources
Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206

CHILDREN

Frances Wren (she belongs to a Charles Wren, just not sure this one)
Christening 1 Sep 1598 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Married Ralph Blackstone abt 1618
Note:  Ralph's surname is spelled Blakiston in Family Search.  His marriage to Frances was his second.
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Marriage: Ancestral File
Lynley Wren
Born 22 Sep 1600
Christening 14 Oct 1600 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Note: His given name is spelled Lynley in record
Married Barbara Blackstone 27 Sep 1622 Durham, England
Children: Barbara, William, Lindley, Anthony, Ralph, Elizabeth, Charles
Sources
Birth and Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
Marriage: North County Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 12 and on page 8 he is physically described as followed: "...a fine gentl. very livelye, and of a free cariage etc."  his wife Barbara is described as "a mightye gallant, a fine daintie gentlewoeman if shee knew not how to value and prise the perfections that God hath given hir"
Charles Wren
Christening 1 Nov 1601 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Died unmarried
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Unmarried status:  Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
John Wren
Christening 22 Jul 1604 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Died unmarried
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Unmarried status:  Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
Jeremy Wren
Born abt 1605
Buried 9 Jul 1616 in the quire of Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Sources
Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
Henry Wren
Born abt 1607
Married Mary Pemberton
Sources
Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
William Wren
Christening 31 Dec 1609 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Note: His name is abbreviated Willm in record
Buried 23 Jul 1616 in the quire of Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Book: North Country Diaries by John Crawford Hodgson page 206
*Gertrude Wren
Christening 20 Oct 1611 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Note: Her given name is spelled Garthrude in record
Married George Trotter 21 Apr 1629 England
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Elizabeth Wren
Christening 17 Jul 1614 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Note: Her surname is spelled Wrenn in record
Buried 1 Nov 1614 Auckland St Andrew, Durham, England
Sources
Christening: IGI Film 0091080 Batch P000211 dated 1558-1653
Burial: ebook North Country Diaries by John C Hodgson

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