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Edmund, rector of Middleton. Anne, m. to George Atherton, of Atherton. The eldest son and heir, Sir Rich ARD Assheton, knt. of Middleton, m. first, Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland, knt. of Lonsdale, in Cumberland, and had (with a younger son and daughter who both d. issueless), Rich as D, his heir. Robert, } both rectors of Middleton. John, Ralph, who had issue. Thomas, who had issue. He in. secondly, Anne, Lady Bellingham, but by her had no issue. He d. in the 3rd of Edward VI. and was s. by his eldest son, Richaal Assh ETox, esq. of Middleton, who survived his father but one year. He m. first, Anne, daughter of Sir Thomas Gerrard, knt. of Bryn, in Lancashire, and had a son and two daughters, viz. Rich ARD, his successor. Margaret, n. to William Davenport, esq. of Bramhall, in Cheshire. Anne, m. to John Booth, esq. of Barton. He m. secondly, Catherine, daughter of Sir Thomas Bellingham, by whom he had an only daughter, m. to Alexander Hoghton, of Hoghton. He was s. by his only son, Rich as I AsshrTox, esq. sheriff of Lancashire in the 35th and 40th of Elizabeth. He m. Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Davenport, knt. of Bramhill, and was s. by his son, Sir Richard Asshetox, of Middleton, who was knighted at the coronation of JAMEs I. and was sheriff of Lancashire in the fourth of that king's reign. He *... first, Mary, daughter of Sir John Byron, of Clayton, by whom he had surviving issue, Rich as D, his successor. Winefred, m. to John Holte, esq. of Stubley. Mary, m. to Robert Holte, esq. of Ashworth. Dorothy, m. to James Anderton, esq. of Clayton.

Sir Richard wedded, secondly, Mary, daughter of
Robert Holte, esq. of Ashworth, and relict of John
Greiehalgh, esq. of Brandlesom, and by that lady had
Ralph of Kirby, in the county of York, m. Cathe-
rine, daughter of William Brereton, esq. of
Ashley, in Cheshire.
Susan, d. unm.
He d. 27th December, 1617, and was s. by his elder son,
Richard Assh ETox, of Middleton, who d. 7th No-
**Taber, in the year after his father, having had by
Mary, daughter of Thomas Venables, Baron of Kin-
certon, in Cheshire, the following issue,
Richard, who predeceased him.
R* LPH, his heir.
John, d. young.
Jarres, accidentally killed.
Wriliarn, rector of Middleton.

Dorothy, m. to John Legh, esq. of Booths, in Cheshire, ancestor of the present Perek Legh, esq. of Booth's Hall. Anne, os. to the Rev. Paul Latham, of Standish. The eldest surviving son, Its LPH Ass HETox, esq. of Middleton, was elected to orilament for Chester, temp. CHARLEs I. and repreoted the county in the last year of that eventful *-ra. He on. Elizabeth, daughter of John Kaye, esq. * * *dsome, in Yorkshire, and had surviving issue,

Richard, d. vita patris 25th March, 1631. His death was supposed to have been the effect of witchcraft, the work of one Utley, who in consequence was hanged at Lancaster.

RALPH, his successor.


Elizabeth, m. to Adam Beaumont, esq. of Whitley, in the county of York.

Mary, m. to Christopher Banaster, esq. of Bank.

Anne, d. unm.

He d. 17th February, 1650, and was s. by his elder son,

1. Sir RALPH Assh Eton, knt. of Middleton, b. in 1626, who had received the honour of knighthood from King CHARLEs I. and was created a BARoNET soon after the Restoration by King CHARLEs II. He m. Anne, daughter of Sir Ralph,Assheton, bart." of Whal. ley Abbey, and had

RALPH, his successor. Richard, of Allerton-Gledow, in the county of York, m. Mary, daughter of John Parker, esq. of Extwisle, and relict of Benjamin Waddington, esq. of Allerton-Gledow, by whom he left, at his decease, RAlph, successor to his uncle. John, d. unm. Sept. 1758. Richard, d. s. p. Nov. 1758. Anne, d. unm. Elizabeth, m. to Thomas Pigot, of Manchester, d. s. p. Anne. Mary, m. to Edward Thornicroft, esq. of Thornicroft, in Cheshire. Sir Ralph represented Clithero in the Restoration parliament, and was s. at his decease by his eldest S0n, 11. SiR RAlph Assh Eton, of Middleton, b. 11th February, 1657, who inherited, at the decease of his maternal uncle, Sir John Assheton, fourth and last baronet of Lever, as heir in tail, 11th June, 1697, the estate of Whalley Abbey. Sir Ralph m. first, Mary, only daughter and heir of Thomas Vavasour, esq. of Spaldington, in Yorkshire, and by her, who d. in 1694, had issue, 1. Richard-WAvAsour, who died at the age of eighteen, in 1707-8, his father then living. 1. ANN E Assh Eton, who enjoyed her mother's estate of Spaldington, under a decree of Chancery, m. to Humphrey Trafford, esq. of Traf. ford, and had issue, HUMPHREY TRAfford, who died s. p. in 1779, having devised Trafford to John Trafford, esq. of Croston. Cecil Trafford, Sigismund Trafford, Anne Trafford, m. to P. Barnes, esq. and d. s. p. Elizabeth TRAF Ford, who had her mother's estate of Spaldington, m. Maile Yates, esq. of Maghall, and dying in 1788, left three daughters, viz. 1. ANNE Assheron Yates, who had the estate of Spaldington, and marrying Lieutenant Colonel Henry Nooth, that gentleman, in compliance with the testamentary injunction of Thomas Vavasour, who d. in 1679, his wife's great-great-grandfather, assumed the surname and arms of WAvAsour. He was created a BA Ro

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NET 20th March, 1801, and his son is the present Sir Henry Vavasouk, of Spaldington. 2. Mary Yates, m. first, John Aspinall, esq. serjeant-at-law, and, secondly, Henry Aspinall, esq. but d. in 1794, 3. p. 3. Catherine-Eleanor Yates, living in 1806, m. Robert Campbell, esq. and had issue. 11. Mary Assheton, m. to Sir Nathaniel Curzon, bart. of Kedleston, and had two sons (she d. in 1776, aged eighty-one), Nath ANiel, CurzoN, created BARoN ScarsDALE in 1761. Assheton CurzoN, created Baron Curzon in 1791, and Wiscount CurzoN in 1802, which honors have merged in the earldom of Howe.” 111. Catherine Assheton, m. to Thomas Lister, esq. of Arnoldsbriggin, and had issue, Thomas Lister, whose son, Thomas Lister, esq. of Gisburne Park, was raised to the peerage in 1797, as Baron Ribblesdale. NATHANIEL Lister, of Armitage Park, grandfather of the present Thoxias HENRY Lister, esq.

Sir Ralph wedded, secondly, Mary, only daughter and heir of Robert Hyde, esq. of Denton, in Lancashire, but had no other issue. He died in May, 1716, when his daughters inherited all his fortune as coheirs, with the exception of the paternal estate of Middleton, which with the baronetcy devolved upon his nephew, Ralph Assheton of Allerton Gledow, who then became iii. SiR Ralph Assh ETo N, of Middleton. He m. first, Mary, daughter of Sir Holland Egerton, bart. and had two daughters, namely,

MARY, m. in 1760, Sir Harbord Harbord, bart. cre. ated BARoN Suffield in 1786, and her grandson, Edward-Vernon, fourth and present Lord Suffield, enjoys the estate of M1 DDLEroN. EleaNOR, m. in 1769, to Sir Thomas Egerton, bart. who was created in 1784, Baron Grey de Wilton, and in 1801, Wiscount Grey de Wilton and Earl of Wilton, by whom she had of several children one daughter only to survive, viz. EleaNon EGERtoN, who m. 30th April, 1794, Robert Grosvenor, then Viscount Belgrave. now Marquess of Westminster, by whom she had three sons, Richard, Earl Grosvenor. Thomas, Earl of Wilton. Robert.

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The Astleys, extinct and extant, derived their name from the manor of Astley, or as originally written Estley, in the county of Warwick, of which they were lords so early as the time of HENRY I. Philip De EstLEY, grandson of the first proprietor, held three knights’ fees, in the reign of HENRY II., (anno 1166), of William, Earl of Warwick, viz. Estley or Astley, in Warwickshire, Wedinton, Hillmorton, Melverton, and Merston Jabet, de veteri feoffamento, by the service “ of laying hands on the earl's stirrop when he did get upon, or alight from horseback.” His great-grandson, SiR Thom As de Astley, knt. was constituted, in the 26th of HENRY III., one of the king's justices for the gaol delivery at Warwick, and again the next year, when he paid £15 for his relief. Sir Thomas was afterwards one of the great leaders amongst the barons, and fell at Evesham in 1264, with Montford, Earl of Leicester, and other rebellious lords. By his first wife, Joane, daughter of Ehnald de Bois, a great man at that time in Leicestershire, Sir Thomas had a son, ANDREw Ast LEY, from whom sprang the Extinct Lords Astley, of Astley, and a daughter, Isabel, wife of William de Birmingham. By his second, Editha, daughter of Peter Constable, of Melton Constable, in Norfolk, and co-heir of her brother, Sir Robert Constable, knt., he left three sons, Thomas, Ralph, and Stephen, with a daughter, Agnes. The eldest of these 80ns, Thomas DE Astley, inherited Hill Molton, but died s. p. and was s. by his brother, RAlph Dr. Astley, of Hill Morton and Melton Constable. From whom we pass to his lineal descendant, (fifth in succession), John Astley, esq. of Hill Morton and Melton Constable, who m. Frances, daughter and heir of John Cheyney, esq. of Sittingborne, in the county of Kent, and was s. by his only son, Isa Ac Astley, esq. of Hill Morton and Melton Constable. This gentleman m. Mary, daughter of Edward Waldegrave, esq. of Borley, in Essex, and had Thom As, his heir. Jacob (Sir), a distinguished cavalier officer, who for his eminent services was raised to the peerage in 1661 as Lord Astley, of Reading. (See BUR KE's Ertinct Peerage.)

* Assh ETo N CURzoN, Viscount Curzon, m. first, Esther, daughter of William Hanmer, esq. and had a son,

Pen-Ass H Eton Curzon, who m. Sophia-Charlotte, Baroness Howe, and by her ladyship (who wedded, secondly, Sir Jonathan Wathen Waller, bart. and d. in 1835), lett at his decease in 1797, an only surviving child, Ric HARD-Willi AM-PEN CURzoN, who inherited the honors of his grandfather, and was created EARL Howe. His lordship

is the present proprietor of WHALLEY Abbey. Lord Howe wedded, secondly, Dorothy, youngest child of Sir Robert Grosvenor, bart. and aunt of the Marquess of Westminster, and by that lady had Assheton Curzon, b. in 1771. Robert Curzon, b. in 1774, m. in 1808, to Henrietta-Anne, Baroness Zouche. Flizabeth Curzon. Charlotte Curzon, m. in 1709, to Dugdale Stratford Dugdale esq. of Merevale.


The elder son, Thomas Astler, esq. of Hill Morton and Melton Constable, wedded Frances, daughter and co-heir of George Deane, esq. of Tilney, and had issue, Francis (Sir), who d. s. p. Isaac, heir to his father. Edwas o (Sir), who m. the Hon. Elizabeth Astley, only daughter and eventual heiress of his uncle Jacob, first Lord Astley, of Reading, and was father of Jacob Astley, who inherited the estates of his uncle, Sir Isaac Astley, bart. and being created a B.A.Ron Er himself in 1660, founded the existing baronets of Hill Morton and Melton Constable. The elder surviving son, 1. Isaac Ast LEY, esq. of Hill Morton and Melton Constable, was created a BA Ron ET by King CHARLEs 1. 21st January, 1642. Sir Isaac m. Rachel, daughter of Augustine Messinger, esq. of Hackford, in Norfolk; and, secondly, Bridget, daughter of John Coke, esq. of Holkham, and widow of Edward Doyley, esq. of Shottisham, but dying without issue 7th September, 1659, his estates devolved upon his nephew, as stated above, and the baronetcy became Ertinct.

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Sir Thow as or Astley, third Lord Astley, of Astlev, who was summoned to parliament from 1342 to 1349, n. the Lady Elizabeth de Beauchamp, daughter of Guy, second Earl of Warwick, and had issue, William (Sir), his successor, as fourth lord. Thor: as (Sir). Giles, from whom the Astleys, of Wolvey. The second son, Sir Thomas De Astley, knt. was in commission 2nd Rio Hazd II., anno 1379, for taxing a subsidy on the county of Warwick, and six years after, for collecting a fifteenth and tenth granted by parliament when he sat as one of the knights of the shire. He wedded Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Richard, son of Sir Wilham Harcourt, and had issue, Thomas (Sir), his heir. John (Sir), one of the bravest and most eminent soldiers of the era in which he lived, and distinguished by his extraordinary personal prowess. Amongst his many exploits is recorded a duel fought by him on horseback with Peter de Massei, a Frenchman, on the 29th August, 1428, in the street St. Antoine at Paris before King CH as Les VII., when having pierced his antagonist through the head, he had the helmet, by agreement of the vanquished, to present to his lady. He subsequently fought Sir Philip Boyle,

an Arragonian knight, in Smithfield, in the city of London, in the presence of HENRY WI. and his court, which combat, it is related, was gallantly sustained on foot, with battle-axes, spears, swords and daggers: at its termination Astley was knighted by the king, and further rewarded with a pension of one hundred marks for his life. “Yea (saith Dugdale) so famous did John de Astley grow for his valour that he was elected a KNight of the GARTER, and bore for his arms the coats of Astley and Harecourt, quarterly, with a label of three points ermine.” He was interred at Patshull under a handsome monument.

The eldest son,

Thomas Astley, esq. of Patshull, in the county of Stafford, m. Jane," daughter of Sir Thomas Griesly, knt. of Colton, in the same shire, and had an only son,

Thomas Astley, esq. of Patshull, who wedded Margaret, daughter of Sir William Boteler, knt. of Warrington, in Lancashire, and dying in 1483, was s. by his eldest son,

Richard Astley, esq. of Patshull. This gentleman m. Joan, daughter of Thomas Oteley, esq. of Pitchford, in Salop, and had, with a daughter Jane, an only son, his successor at his decease in 1532,

Thomas Astley, esq. of Patshull, who m. Mary, daughter and co-heir of Sir Gilbert Talbot, knt. and had two sons and a daughter, viz.

Gilbert, his heir. John, from whom the Astleys, of Aston. Elizabeth, m. to John Wrottesley, esq. of Wrottesley. He was s. at his decease by his elder son, Gilbert Astley, esq. of Patshull, who wedded Dorothy, daughter of Sir Thomas Giffard, knt. of Chillinton, in Staffordshire, and was s. by (the son of Thomas Astley, his only son, by Margery, daughter of Sir Walter Aston, knt. of Tixal, county of Stafford) his grandson, WALTER Astley, esq. of Patshull, who m. Grace, daughter of Francis Trentham, esq. of Roucester, in the county of Stafford, and had issue, Rich Artd, his heir. Thomas, of East Court House, in the county of Warwick, m. Jane, daughter and heir of Joseph Carver, esq. of Hether, in Leicestershire, and left a son,

Rich ARD Astley, of East Court House, who m. in 1706, holizabeth, daughter of Stanislaus Browne, esq. of Eastbourne, and aunt of the last Viscount Montagu, by whom he left at his decease in 1718, a son and heir,

Willi AM-FRANcis Corbet Astley, b. in 1708; m. Mary, daughter of Francis Bickley, esq. (and his wife Judith, dau. and co-heir of William Dugdale, esq. of Blythe Hall). He d. in 1790, leaving issue.:

• This lady was nurse to King HENRY WI. • By Ax - c, daughter and heir of Sir William Paston, *t and the Lady Anne Beaufort his wife, daughter of Formund, Duke of Somerset, and great-granddaughter of Juan or Gat NT. : , Faax cis-Dronale Astley, his heir, who m. in 1775, Mary, second daughter and co-heir of William Buckler, esq. of Boreham, Wilts, and by her, who d. 28th September, 1804, had, with other issue, Jon N-Dugdale Astler, his heir, created a

Baron ET in 1821: the present Sir JohnDugdale Astley, of Everley, county of Wilts. 11. Richard Astley, of Oldstone, in the county of Leicester, b. in 1746; m. in 1784, Mary, daughter of John Boswell, esq. of Wilton, in War. wickshire, and had Rich AR D, who took the name and arms of Gough in 1815. He d. in 1831. 1. Mary Astley.

He was s. by his eldest son, 1. Sir Rich ARD Ast LEY, knt. of Patshull, who for his devotion to the cause of royalty was knighted by King Charles II. and created a B.A.Ron ET 13th August, 1662, soon after the Restoration. He m. first, Elizabeth, daughter of John Philipps, esq. of Picton Castle, in the county of Pembroke, but by her had no male issue to survive himself. Sir Richard wedded, secondly, Henrietta, daughter and co-heir of William Borlace, esq. of Great Marlow, in the county of Bucks, and by that lady had an only son, his successor, at his decease 24th February, 1687, 11. Sir John Astley, M.P. for Shrewsbury, who m. Mary, daughter and heir of Francis Prynce, esq." of the county of Salop, and had issue, Richard-Prynce, who predeceased his father unm. MARY, d. unm. HENRIETTA, m. to Edward Daniell, esq. Alici A, m. to Charles, third Earl of Tankerville. ANNE, d. unm. ARA bella, m. first, to Anthony. Langley Swimmer, esq.; and, secondly, to Sir Francis Vincent, bart. FRANCEs, m. to James O'Donnell, esq. Sir John Astley d. 29th December, 1771, when his estates devolved upon his daughters as co-heirs, and the BARox Etcy became cart inct.

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In Domesday Book the town of Aston was held by Odard under William Fitznigell, Baron of Halton, A. D. 1086. At that time there appears to have been but one place of the name: it was subsequently divided into Aston-juxta Sutton, and Aston Grange. About the reign of HENRY II. Gilbert de Aston was proprietor of Aston-juxtaSutton, and was living in that reign, and in the subsequent reigns of Richard I. and King John. His son and heir, Richard de Aston gave unto Hugh Dutton, of Dutton, Ser Boratas Terra in Aston, in the beginning of the reign of HENRY III. His wife's name was Joan, and he left a son and heir,

Richard De Aston, who was s. by his son, another Richard De Aston, who wedded, temp. Edward I., Rose, youngest daughter and co-heir of Roger Throssel, of Maxfield, in Cheshire, and had issue, Rich ARD, his heir. Hugh, prior of Birkenhead Abbey.

This Richard died before his wife, (who was living a widow in the 18th of Edward III.) and was s. by his elder son,

Richard Aston, of Aston, who m. Anabella, daugh. ter of Eva de Rode, and sister of William Rode, of Rode, in Cheshire, and had Robert (Sir), his heir, Thomas, living in the 7th of Edward III. but then very young, and Margery, m. to William Walensis, of Halton. His eldest son,

Sir Robert Aston, knt. of Aston, m. Felice, daughter of John Hawarden, citizen of Chester, about the year 1338, and had four sons, viz.

Rich A Rd, his heir. Hugh, father, by Cicely (afterwards m. to —— Hocknell) his wife, of Robert Aston,t of Ringey, whose son, by his wife, Fillote Hawarden, SiR R1c HARD Aston, continued the line of the family. }*. }living 49th Edward III. Sir Robert died before the 29th Edward III. for in that year his eldest son, Rich ARD Aston, was lord of Aston, but he dying issueless about the 42nd or 43rd of the same reign, the estates passed to his grand-nephew, Sir Rich ARD Aston, knt. lord of Aston, who m. first, Jonet, daughter of John Hocknell, of Huxley, and had several children who with their mother all died of the plague at Ringey. He wedded, secondly, 9th Richard II. Ellen, daughter and heir of Geffrey Dutton, and acquired lands thereby in Listark and Halton. Of this second marriage there was issue,

Rob ERt.
Henry, living 10th HENRY W.

Eleanor, m. to Richard Priestland, of Priestland.

Elizabeth, m. first, 17th Rich ARD II. to Thomas, son of Thomas Boydell, of Caterich, without issue; secondly, 21st of the same reign, to Robert Massy, of Hale; and, thirdly, to Thomas Danyel, of Over-Tabley; she d. in 1410.

Sir Richard was treasurer to Philippa, Queen Consort of Edward III., of her lands and rents in Ambrage, in Wales, and steward of Hopesdale. He was in the wars in Spain, 12th Rich ARD II., and was steward of Halton, 10th HENRY IV. Sir Richard, who was lord of Aston forty years, was s. at his decease (Ellen, his widow, remarried John Rycroft) by his elder son,

Sir Robert Aston, of Aston, who wedded Isabel, daughter and heir of John Beeston, and had, Rich A R p, his heir, David, living 23rd HENRY VI., and Alice, wife of John Massy, of Sale. He died in 1417, leaving

• And MARY his wife, daughter and heir of Samuel Gilly, esq. of High Hall, in the county of Dorset, by Arabella, daughter of the Lord Chief Justice Bankes.

+ It appears by the testimony of Robin Hocan, 5th HENRY V 1417, then aged seventy years, that he knew Robin, of Aston, son and heir of Hugh, to be married by Hugh his father to Fillote, daughter of Black John Hawarden, at that time steward of Hawarden, and that Robin and Fillote were enfeoffed of a parcel of land called Ringey, and had issue Sir Richard Aston and other children; and afterwards Robin died in Spain, in the lifetime of Hugh his father. This Hugh had to wife

Cicely, afterwards married to Hocknell; and Hugh married Richard his grandson, son of Richard Aston of Rigney, unto Jonet, daughter of John Hocknell, of Hnxi, y, and they had issue: but Jonet and her children, and Fillote, mother of Richard, died all of the pestilence at Ringey; and afterwards Sir Richard Aston married Ellen, daughter of Gertrey Dutton; and that he, Hocan. knew Sir Richard Aston, occupying the whole manor of Aston for forty years and more, and Sir Robert, his son, occupying it for seven years and more. : Third son of Sir Hugh Dutton, of Dutton.

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Isabel, his widow, who wedded, secondly, Sir John Carington, knt. of Carington, in Cheshire: she had the guardianship of her son, Sir Rich ARD Aston, of Aston, who m. 9 HENRY W. Maude, daughter and heir of Peter Massy," of Horton, in the county of Chester, by Margaret his wife, daughter and heir of William de Horton, and had issue, Thomas, his heir ; m. in 1467, Margaret, daughter and co-heir of Sir Thomas Dutton, of Dutton, by whom (who wedded, secondly, Ralph Vernon, esq. of Haslington, in Cheshire) he left at his decease, about 1484, a son, Richard, successor to his grandfather. John, living 19 HENRY VII. William, d. s. p. 20 HENRY VII. Maude, m. to John Done, of Flaxyoards, in Cheshire. Joan, m. first, to Roger Dutton, who afterwards became heir to all Dutton's lands; and, secondly, to Sir Richard Strangeways. Margery, n. 2 HENRY WII. to John Wood, of Sutton. He d. in 1492, and was s. by his grandson, Rich as D Aston, esq. of Aston, who m. Douce, daughter of Piers Warburton, esq. (called Wise Piers) of Warburton and Arley, and had issue, Thomas, his successor. Richard, a priest, 26 HENRY VIII. Robert, of Grange, in the county of Stafford. John, of Grange.

Catherine, m. to Richard Broughton, of Broughton. in Staffordshire. Alice, n. 23 HENRY WII. to Randle, son and heir of Randle Mainwaring, esq. of Karincham, in Cheshire. Anne, m. 10 HFNRY VIII. to William Massy, esq. of Rixton, in Lancashire. Richard Aston d. in 1529, and was s. by his eldest son, THow as Asrox, esq. of Aston. This gentleman wedded, in 1512, Bridget, daughter of John Harewell, and sister and co-heir of Thomas Harewell, esq. of Słotery, in Warwickshire, and had five sons, viz. John, his heir. Richard. Peter, who had a bastard son, Thomas Aston, who was living in London in the 38 HENRY VIII. William, m. Anne, daughter of Thomas Ireland, esq. of the Hutt, in Lancashire. Francis. Thomas Aston was sheriff of Cheshire in 1551, 4 Ed. wond VI. and dying in two years after was s. by his eldest son, John Asrox, esq. of Aston, who m. in 1546, Marraret, daughter of Thomas Ireland, esq. of the Hutt, in the county of Lancaster, and by her (who wedded, secondly, Hugh Beeston, esq. of Torperley, in Cheshire had issue, $ Thow as, his successor.

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Bridget, m. to Thomas Bunbury, esq. of Stanney, in the county of Chester. Elizabeth, m. to John Massy, esq. of Coughow, younger brother of George Massy, esq. of Podington, and afterwards heir to his brother. Margaret, m. first, to Thomas Egerton, esq. of Walgreve; and, secondly, to Sir Edward Tirrel, of Thornton, Bucks. Mary, d. s. p. Eleanor, m. to James Whitlock. Winifred, m. to Peter Derby, residing near Liverpool. Ellen, m. to George Mainwaring, esq. a younger brother, of Ightfield, in Shropshire. Ursula, m. to Geffrey Holcroft, of Hurst, in Lancashire. He d. 5th August, 1573, and s. by his eldest son, SiR Thomas Aston, of Aston, who received the honour of knighthood in 1603. He m. first, in 1569, Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Arthur Mainwaring, of Ightfield, and had issue, John, his successor. Arthur (Sir), of Fulham, in Middlesex, who had two sons, Richard Aston, and Sir Arthur AstoN, a colonel in the army, and governor of Oxford for the king in 1644, who was put to death by the rebels at Tredagh, in Ireland, in 1655, after having surrendered the town on conditions. He left issue. Thomas (Sir), m. Elizabeth, daughter of John Shuckburgh, esq. of Birdenbury, in Warwickshire, and had issue. Frances, m. first, to John Hocknell, esq. of Hocknell; secondly, to Robert Davis, of Croughton; and, thirdly, to Owen Longford, of Burton, in Derbyshire. Grace, d. s. p. Margaret, m. to Sir Thomas Ireland, of Beusy, near Warrington, and was vice-chamberlain of Chester. Elizabeth, m. to Richard Dod, esq. of Cloverley, in Shropshire. Mary, m. first, to Richard Brown, gent. of Upton, near Chester; and, secondly, to Jaques Arnodio. Anne, m. to Richard Allen, esq. of Greenhill, Cheshire. Catherine, m. to Peter Leigh, gent. of Ridge. He wedded, secondly, Mary, daughter of William Unton, esq. of Dracton, in Salop, but had no other issue. She survived him, and m. secondly, Edward Payler, esq. of York. Sir Thomas was sheriff of Cheshire in 1601. He d. in 1613, and was s. by his eldest son, John Aston, esq. of Aston, sewer to ANNE, Queen Consort of King JAMEs I. This gentleman m. in 1611, Maude, daughter of Robert Needham, esq. of Shenton, in Shropshire, and had three sons and three daughters, viz. Thomas, his heir. John, d. unm. in 1648. Robert, d. young. Maude, m. first, to Thomas Parsons, esq. of Cubbington, in Warwickshire; and, secondly, in

• Yonzer son of Richard Massy, esq. of Rixton, in Lancashire. • He had beside an illegitimate son, called Roger, afterwards Sis Rogrk Asrox, knt. gentleman of the bedchamber to Aing Jax Es I. who m. first, Mary Stewart, daughter of Alexander, Lord Ochiltree, and had four daughters, his co-heirs, viz. 1. M Ako ARET, n. to Sir Gilbert Houghton, bart. of Houghton Tower, and had issue. 11. Man Y, m. to Sir Samuel Peyton, bart. of Kuowlton, in Kent.

111. Elizabeth, m. to Sir Robert Winkfield, knt. of Upton, in Northamptonshire. 1 v. ANNE, m. to Sir Thomas P. rient, knt. of Colchester. He wedded, secondly, Cordelia, daughter of Sir John Stanhope, and sister of the first Earl of Chesterfield, but had no other issue. : By Margaret his wife, daughter of Sir Richard Bold, knt. of Bold, in Lancashire. § He had beside an illegitimate son, Richard Aston, who lived at Rocksavage, and d. in 1610.

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