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WICKSTED, CHARLES, esq. of Nantwich, in the county of Chester, b. in October, 1796.

This gentleman, the only son of George Tollet, esq. of Betley Hall, in the county of Stafford, assumed by sign manual, 25th March, 1814, the surname and arms of WICKSTED, upon inheriting the property of his great-uncle, Thomas Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich. He served the office of sheriff for the county of Chester, in 1822.


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RICHARD Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich, who d. in 1681, and was s. by his son,

RICHARD Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich, who was born after the Herald's Visitation in 1613. He m. Lucretia, daughter, of John Yonge, esq. of Pembly, in the county of Salop, and was s. at his decease, by his eldest son,

THOMAS Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich, who m. Susanna Haycock, and dying in 1701, was s. by his son,

Thomas Wicksted, esq. of Nantwich, who was baptized there on the 11th April, 1683. He m. Katherine, daughter of Samuel Watkiss, esq. of Aston,, in the county of Salop, and being killed by a fall from his horse in 1707, was s. by his posthumous son,

Thomas WICKSTED, esq. of Nantwich,

who wedded Grissel, daughter of Charles For the paternal line of this gentleman,

Fletcher, esq. of Witchurch, in the county

daughter of Ralph see Tollet of Betley. We proceed with of Salop, (by his wife,

Thickness, esq. of Balterley, and Bridget, that of Wicksted. John Wicksted, a younger son of Wick

one of the daughters of Sir John Egerton, stead of Wicksted, living in the time of bart.) and had issue, HENRY VIII. m. Anne, daughter of Henry

1. Thomas, of Nantwich, his successor. Bradford, and was s. by his son,

2. Charles,

both died issueless. HENRY Wicksted, who espoused Mary,

3. Samuel, daughter of Henry Hassal, esq. Hankelow,

4. Richard, m. first, Anne, daughter of and had issue,

Samuel Gerrard, esq. of MoretonRICHARD, his successor,

Say, in the county of Salop, and had Henry, who m. Ellen, daughter of John

a daughter, Ruttee, and had issue,

Martha, m. to James Swan, esq. of The elder son and heir,

Wavertree, in Lancashire, and RICHARD Wicksted, of Nantwich, b, in

had a son and daughter, viz.

James Wicksted Swan. 1543, purchased the Weaver Meadows, and other property there, from Thomas Bromley.

Mary-Anne Swan. He m. Margaret, daughter of Roger Wal

5. Grisel, d. s. p. thall, and had, with three daughters,

6. Elizabeth, m. to Simon Horner, esq. 1. RICHARD, his heir.

of Hull, and had a son and a daugh2. John, m. the daughter of William ter, who both d. issueless. Browne,

7. Mary, d. unmarried in 1752. 3. Thomas, of Shrewsbury, m. Elea- 8. Frances, m, in 1771, to William

nor, daughter of Rowland Langley, Jolliffe, esq. of Hull, and left an only and d. in 1623, leaving issue,

daughter and heiress. 4. Ralph, of Nantwich.

FRANCES Jolliffe, who espoused 5. Robert, m. Margaret, daughter of

George Tollet, esq. of Betley the Rev. Thomas Elcock.

Hall, in the county of Stafford, Richard Wicksted, died about the year 1623,

and had with several daughters, and was s. by his eldest son,

CHARLES TOLLET, who inherit

ing the estates of his great | his grand-nephew, CHARLES TOLLET, who uncle, assumed the surname assumed upon inheriting, as already stated, of WICKSTED.

the surname and arms of WICKSTED. Mr. Wicksted was s. at his decease by his

Arms of Tollet, see Tollet. Of Wickeldest son,

STED, Arg. on a bend az. charged with three Thomas WICKSTED, esq. This gentleman garbs, or, between three crows sa. beaked in rited under a settlement, upon the de- and legged gules. cease of his maternal uncle, John Fletcher,

CREST-On a wreath, two serpents ppr. esq. of Lichfield, the manor of Wigland and other estates in the county of Chester. He issuing from, and round a Garb, or. m. Anne, daughter of John Bennion, esq. of Estates—The manors of Baddeley, and Chorlton, in that shire, but died without Wigland, and other lands in Baddeley Wigissue in 1814, when he devised all his es- land, Nantwich, Wardle, Acton, Chorley, tates to the son of his niece, Frances Tollet,) \ &c., all in the county of Chester.


BARNETT, CHARLES, esq. of Stratton Park, in the county of Bedford, b. 31st October, 1796, m. 1st February, 1826, Elizabeth, third daughter of Sir Peter Payne, bart. and has issue,

Charles-FITZROY, b. 12th October, 1830.
George-James, b. 8th December, 1831.

Laura-Janet-Emma. Mr. Barnett inherited the estates at the decease of his father, in 1804, and was highsheriff of the county of Bedford in 1821.


Benjamin, b. 29th September, 1735,

and d. in 1804.
Elizabeth, d. young.
Curtis Barnett died 29th April, 1746, at Fort
St. David's, in the East Indies, being com-
mander-in-chief of his Majesty's ships de-
signed on a particular service. The eldest
surviving son,

CHARLES BARNETT, esq. was of Stratton Park, in the county of Bedford, which estate and manor had been purchased, by the trustees of Curtis Barnett, in 1764, from the heirs of Sir John Cotton, bart. Mr. Barnett wedded, 17th February, 1756, Bridget, third daughter of Alexander Clayton, esq. and had (with other children who died young),

CHARLES, his heir. Lieutenant Barnett, who was lost in

James, banker, of Lombard Street. the Stirling Castle man of war, on the

Bridget. Goodwin Sands in the great storm, 26th

Louisa-Elizabeth, deceased.
November, 1703, was father of

Amelia, d. unmarried.
Curtis BARNETT, esq. who espoused, 13th
May, 1725, Elizabeth, daughter of Benja- The eldest son and heir,
min Rosewell, esq. and had issue,

CHARLES BARNETT, esq. of Stratton Park, Benjamin, who died in infancy in 1732, 1. in March, 1758, entering, at the age of

at Gibraltar ; his father being at that seventeen, into the third regiment of Foot time captain of the Biddiford. Guards, rose progressively to the rank of

major-general. He espoused, 22nd Febru-, of which garrison he was then second in
arý, 1796, Harriet, eldest daughter of Ad-command.
miral Sir Richard King, bart. by whom, Arms—Arg. a saltier sa. in chief a leo-
who died 17th September, 1799, he had, with pard's head of the second.
three daughters (who all died unmarried), Crest-A trefoil.
an only son and successor, the present Estates—The estate and manor of Strat-
CHARLES BARNETT, esq. of Stratton Park. ton, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire ; pur-

Major-general Barnett died, 10th October, chased in 1764.
1804, of the epidemic fever, at Gibraltar; Seat-Stratton Park.

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VASSALL, SPENCER-LAMBERT-HUNTER, esq. of Milford, in the county of Southampton, and of Newfound River, in the island of Jamaica, a captain in the royal navy, b. 17th May, 1799.


John Vassall, an alderman of London, equipped, and himself commanded two ships of war, the Samuel, and the Little Toby, against the Spanish Armada. His son,


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branche de la maison des Comtes de Toulouse).

La maison de Vassall a produit un nombre consi(38)

dérable d'hommes recommandables et distingués dans l'église et dans l'état militaire. Geoffroi de

Vassal fut crée Cardinal diacre du titre de St. MONTE VIDEO

Eustache par le Pape Innocent II. en 1134, et il souscrivit en cette qualité deux chartes de l’Abbeye de Chini en 1136 et en 1142.

Fortanier de Vassall, général des frères mineurs nommé Archevêque de Ravennes en 1374, patriarche de Grade en 1351. Nommé puis legat du Pape, il fut fait Cardinal en 1361, et mourut la même année.

Geoffroi de Vassal, Archevêque de Vienne, fut The family of Vassall derives from the transferé à l'archevêché de Lyons en 1444, et

mourut en 1446. ancient house of “DE VASSALL, Barons de

Helis de Vassal, étoit grande prieure des dames Gourdon, in Querci, Perigord.*” In the de St. Jean de Jérusalem ou Maltaises de Martel,

depuis l'an 1334 jusqu'en 1355, et

Huguette de Vassal étoit prieure claustral de

la même maison et dans le même siècle. “The following narrative of this house is ex- Pons de Vassal étoit grand vicaire de Sartat et tracted from a French author :

Camerier de Tulle en 1360. “ La maison de Vassall, originaire de Quercy, Gerand de Vassall, de la Quaizée licencié de et dont plusieurs branches ont formé depuis long Sorbonne, étoit Abbé royal de St. Amand de Coli, temps des établissemens en Perigord, et dans et grand vicare de Sartat. d'autres provinces, a toujours tenu un rang dis- Jean de Vassall, de la branche de Sineuil étoit tingué dans l'ordre de la noblesse, par une grande prevôt de Sartat en 1695, et ancienneté, de nombreux services, de bonnes alli- Louise de Vassall étoit abbesse de l'Abbeye ances, et par dessus tout, une fidélité inviolable royal de Buque en 1703. et à toute épreuve envers ses Souverains.

Jean de Vassall, seigneur de la Tourette fut fait Elle est connue dès le XI siècle, et sa filiation chancellier de l'ordre de St. Michel par le roi Franest prouvée littéralement depuis l'an 1343. Quel-çois I. qui lui écrivit et lui envoya le collier de ques généalogistes la font descendre des anciens l'ordre le 7 Octobre, 1520. barons de Gourdon en Querci, lesquels étoient une Antoine de Vassall, seigneur de la Tourette et

year 1588,

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Samuel VASSALL, likewise an alderman, Commissioners for the Kingdom of England, of London, represented that city in parlia- for the conservation of the peace with Scotment in 1640, and again in 1641. In the land ; about the same time he was chosen latter he was voted the sum of £10,445. with Sir Thomas Soane, to give answer to 12s. 2d. for the damage he had sustained the persons who brought up the city petition, during his patriotic resistance of the arbi- and in 1648, he was appointed with the other trary import of tonnage and poundage, and members of the house who were citizens, to it was further resolved to consider him for form a committee. This Samuel Vassall his imprisonment and personal sufferings. had two twentieths of all the Massachusetts He was one of the three hundred members bay, in New England. He left a son, who signed the protestation to support the John VASSALL, esq. who purchased large church of England, and the liberty of Par- tracts of land in Jamaica, and settled there. liament, and was appointed a member of He m. Anne, daughter of John Lewis, esq. the council during the recess. He sub- for many years English resident at Genoa, scribed £1200. against the rebels in Ireland, and had issue.* His younger son, his name appearing at the head of the list. LEONARD VASSALL, esq. wedded Miss In 1643, Alderman Vassall took the cove- Gale, and his second son, nant, and was appointed in 1646, one of the John Vassell, esq. having espoused Eli

de la Curemont, préta serment de fidélité

Cette maison est une de celles que l'on connoit

pour l'ordre de Chevalier de St. Michel, dont il fut de- avoir produit plus de branches, et on cite comme coré par le roi Charles IX. le 13 Nov. 1570.

un fait remarquable et peut-être unique en France, M. le Marquis de Vassall, de Montoiel, fut fait qu'elle a formé en moins de quatre-cent ansgentilhomme de la Manche, et puis successive- trente-sept branches ou rameaux; et si l'on ajoute ment Major Général, Brigadier, l'un de huit in

à ce nombre les branches qui ont existé avant specteurs d'infanterie, ensuite Maréchal de camp, quelques traces dans les anciens titres ; la totalité

l'an 1400 et sur l'existence des quelles il reste et Lieutenant-Général.

M. le Chevalier de Vassall, de Montoiel, fut pourroit s'élever à près de cinquante ; singularité colonel du régiment de Dauphine brigadier, in qu'on peut regarder comme une espèce de phénospecteur d'infanterie, ensuite Maréchal de camp.

mène généalogique. M. de Vassall de Sardigni fut colonel au régi

Ces trente-sept branches ou rameaux tirent leur ment de la vieille marine, ensuite brigadier, et origène de trois branches principales connues sous fut tué au siège de Barcelonne.

les noms de Rinhac, de Nozac, et de la Tourette ; M. de Vassall de Marsac fut Major au régiment trois branches ont été formées dans le XV siècle

et c'est d'elles que dérivent toutes les autres; ces du Roi, inspecteur, et brigadier.

M. de Vassall de Taradel fut lieutenant de Roi de la manière suivante : à Marsal in Lorraine.

· Bertrand de Vassall, damoiseau, fils de Bason Nicolas de Vassall, Chevalier de la Quaizée, de Vassall et de Nina de Raffilhac, épousa vers capitaine au régiment du roi cavalerie, fut fait l'an 1360, demoiselle Resplandine de Rinhac, qui lieutenant-colonel par brévet en 1761, pour récom- | lui porta la terre de son nom; il étoit déjà Seigpense de diverses actions de valeur, et entr'autres

neur, du chef de sa mère, de celles de Nozae, et d'avoir avec un détachement de quatre-vingt de la Tourette ; il fit son testament le 2 Août, hommes forcé trois-cent Prussiens, avec un offi

1395, en faveur de son fils qui suit, cier général qui les commandoit, à mettre bas les

Jean de Vassall, seigneur de Rinhac, de Nozac, armes et à se rendre prisonniers de guerre. Dans de la Tourette, &c. épousa, en 1414, demoiselle la guerre de 1735, quatre-vingt officiers du nom

Jeanne de St. Gilly, dont il eut trois fils, Jean, de Vassall servoient tous à la fois dans tous les Pierre, et autre Jean, ce dernier mourut sans posgrades, depuis celui de lieutenant général, jusqu' térité, laissant pour héritier Pierre son frère. à celui de simple cadet gentilhomme.

1° Jean de Vassall l'aîné épousa, en 1443, deLa maison de Vassall a toujours été, et elle est

moiselle Louise de Touchebauf, dont il eut encore une des plus nombreuses en individus, que Jacques, qui a continué la branche aînée connue l'on connoisse ; elle étoit déjà partagée du temps

sous le nom de Rinhac. de St. Louis en plusieurs branches dont les deux

20 Pierre de Vassall s'allia avec demoiselle principales étoient connue sous les noms de Marguerite de la Johannie en 1460, de ce mar* Fraissinet” et “ de Vaillac,” c'est de la premi- riage provinrent deux fils, dont l'un nommé Jean ère qu'étoit noble Bertrand de Vassall

, seigneur épousa demoiselle Marguerite de Paulin, et desint de Rinhac, chef de toutes les branches actuelle la tige de la branche de Nozac; le second, nommé ment existantes; ces deux branches qu'on peut aussi Jean, est auteur de la branche de la Tourette.

La branche de Rinhac a formé quatorze rameaux appeller anciennes parcequ'elles précèdent l'année 1400, et auxquelles on peut ajouter celles de Yvars, dont huit sont éteints. de Balaguié, et autres, établies en Quercy, en Al

De la branche de Nozac, sont sortis huit rameaux bigeois, en Rouisgue, &c. ont contracte des alli- dont quatre sont éteints. ances avec les maisons d'Angoulesme, d'Auriale,

La branche de la Tourette a produit quinze rade Belcastel, de Caltrets, de Casnac, de Puycal

meaux dont neuf sont éteints. wel, d'Ebrard, &c. &c. et parmi les alliances mo- * All the senior branches of this family are now dernes on compte celles d'Abzae, de Favars, de extinct, excepting the descendants of two of the Broglie, de Gontaut, de la Roque, de Villars, &c. children of FLORENTIUS V ASSALL, namely :

zabeth, daughter of Spencer Phipps, esq. rited contempt, immediately replied, “Sir, had (with three daughters, Ruth, Elizabeth, I disdain your pity, and am ready to share and Lucy,) a son,

the fate of my general.” After experiencing JOHN VASSALL, esq. who settled at Boston every kind of indignity, and having been in America, but was deprived of his lands twice led out for execution, these brave there in the first American war for his at- men were at length released, and allowed tachment to the parent state. He returned to return to England. Shortly afterwards to England, and resided alternately between Major Vassall purchased the lieutenantCharles Lodge, in the county of Wilts, and colonelcy of the 38th regiment, and was for the city of Bath. He m. Miss Elizabeth some years stationed in Ireland, where it Oliver, and had issue,

was his fortune to be the field officer, of the 1. John, who wedded Miss Elizabeth day in Dublin, on the memorable 23rd July, Athill, and his son,

when Lord Kilwarden, and many others John, d. 23rd March, 1827, s. p. were killed by the insurgent populace. His 2. SPENCER-THOMAS.

cool determined conduct upon that occasion 3. Thomas Oliver, who d. s. p.

obtained for him the high commendation of 4. Robert Oliver, who settled in Ja- the Irish Government, and of the commaica.

mander in chief. He subsequently embark5. Leonard, d. s. p.

ed with his regiment for the Cape of Good 6. Elizabeth, m. to John Gustavus Le- Hope, and assisted at the capture of that maistre, esq.

important settlement; of the town and for7. Mary, m. to John Gyttins Archer, tress of which he was appointed commandesq. and d. s. p.

ant. This lucrative and honorable post he The second son,

resigned to embark with his regiment in Spencer Thomas Vassall, being designed the second expedition dispatched to the for a military life, obtained an ensigncy in coast of Spanish America, and there he the 59th regiment of foot, at the early age found a soldier's grave in gallantly leading of twelve. He soon afterwards embarked his troops to the assault of Monte Video. for Gibraltar, where he served during the His conduct, his courage, his fate are so memorable siege, and from that period until | faithfully depicted in the following letter his gallant career closed on the ramparts from his orderly serjeant, to Sir Home Popof Monte Video, he was uninterruptedly ham, that we know not how we could better engaged upon active service in almost every close this summary of his valiant achievepart of the globe. He was twice with the ments. army in Flanders, once the West Indies, several times on the coast of France, and

Monte Video, 10 Feb. 1807. once on that of Spain. He was the first man

Sir, that landed in the Isle Dieu, and planted Pardon the liberty I am taking, as the the British colours there. He formed part gratitude I owe to my everlamented and of both expeditions to Holland ; in the last best friend, Colonel Vassall, obliges me to of which he was ordered by the Duke of give you and his friends an authentic acYork to attend General Don to the enemy's count of his last ; I being his orderly sercamp with a flag of truce. On that occasion, jeant, and the chief person to witness his when Brun, the French commander in chief, bravery, and the gallant manner in which in a fit of rage, pretending to suspect the he acquitted himself in doing his duty, in motives of the mission, declared to General that unfortunate hour in which he fell. On Don that he was determined to treat him our approach to the wall we missed the as a spy, he turned round to Major Vassall, breach; the grape and musketry flew so and said with a contemptuous smile, “Pour hot it drove the men into confusion, and vous, monsieur, je vous plains," Vassall would have made numbers of them retreat receiving the proffered sympathy with me- but for his exertions. When he observed

any of the men stoop or finch, he cried out as loud as possible, “ Brave 38th, my brave

men, don't flinch ; every bullet has its Richard Vassall, of Jamaica, whose dau. billet. Push on, follow me, thirty eighth !” and heiress,

He rallied them repeatedly in this manner, ELIZABETH VASSALL, espoused, first, until he got them inside the breach. He im

the late Sir Godfrey Webster, bart. mediately directed a party to take possession
and, secondly, LORD HOLLAND, who of the corner battery next the sea, which

has assumed the additional name

was done in a few minutes, and another, ELIZABETH VA8ball, who wedded Major under the command of Major Ross, to ad

General the Hon. John Barrington, vance to the great church, and he was adson of the first Viscount Barrington, vancing himself to the main battery on the and was grandmother of the present right, when a grape shot broke his leg, and Lord.

as soon as he fell he cried out, “Push on,

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