References to accompanying Pedigree
of the Descendants of John Medlicott of Medlicott, Co. Salop (d. 1592)
by William Medlicott
1. John Medlicott’s name (marked 1 on Pedigree herewith) is the first on the pedigree recorded at the Visitation of 1663 and is set down thus – “John Modlicot of Modlicot = …….. daughter of William Thin of Botfield in Co. Salop.” She was of the family from whom are descended the Thynnes, Marquesses of Bath, John Medlicott’s Will ( Somerset House ) is dated 2nd July in the 34th. year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth (1592) – He appointed “Ellinor” his wife and Edward his son Executors, and he devised land at Medlicott to his daughter Jane Bright and his daughter Elizabeth Wellings and made a bequest to his brother’s son Thomas Medlicott of Moorhouse – he directed his wife “Ellinor” to choose whether she would take her feofment in Stretton or her dower in Medlicott. Edward Medlicott of the Moorhouse and George Medlicott of Wentnor are witnesses. From a pedigree in Stemmata Botevilliana page 59, “Eleanor” ( dau. of William Thynne of Botevyle, and Elizabeth (Done)” mar. John Medlicott of Medlicott, Co.Salop.Gent.” Another connection with the Thynne Family is shown on – 52, “Margaret daughter of Roger Le Thynne married to Modilcott of Shropshire.” By a deed dated 9th. April 15th. Charles, William Bright of Modlicott granted to Samuel Wellings of Modlicott and Alice his wife “All those meadows one called …….Red Chawle……the other called Hale Meadow…… in Modlicott……. formerly belonging to the monastery of Haughmond.” This is interesting as a sequence to the grants to the Abbey mentioned in Eyton’s Antiquities of Salop, and the fields are presumably comprised in the bequest by John Medlicott to his daughter Jane Bright. They are known by the same names now, and fields named in the Haughmond Chartulary can also be identified.
2. Edward Medlicott who disclaimed at the Visitation of 1623, is stated in the pedigree of the one of 1663 to have married “Alice daughter of John Chapman of Stanway in Co. Salop.” His name is given in an old book of the Freeholders of the County – Shrewsbury Free (Reference) Library, Sir Thomas Phillipp’s MS2, p.155. By his Will dated June 1634 (Hereford District Probate Registry) he bequeathed his body to be buried in the Crypt or Chancel of Wentnor, and made bequests to his eldest son Thomas, his wife Alice, Edward son of his son Thomas, to his son William “now living in London,” to his son John “now living at the Moorhouse, to his son Thomas’s three children Edward, Jeremie and Alice, and the residue to his two younger sons Isaac and Samuel. His wife’s father, John Chapman appears to have had a brother William a Grocer in London, whose grandson Sir John Chapman Kt. was Lord Mayor 1688-9 and died in office. Lord Macaulay (Hist. of England, ii.557) graphically describes his fatal agitation when Lord Chancellor Jeffreys was dragged before him in the riots which followed the abdication of King James.
3. Thomas Medlicott was recorded at the Visitation 1663 as aged 63, and to have married Anne daughter of Thomas Philips of Bowdler in Co. Salop. Eyton says: “Between 1317 and 1372 the Abbot of Haughmond leased to Sir Roger Corbet of Wattlesborough for his life all his demesne of Modlicote in lands, meadows, services, rents etc. and with two messuages which the Abbot had of the demesne of Llewellyn de Modlicote, and a meadow which Roger, the said Llewellyn’s brother now had at Farm.” By Indentures of Lease and Release dated 2nd and 28th January 1670 Robert Corbett of Allbright Hussey in the County of Salop Esq. and William Corbett of the same place Gent. granted unto Thomas Medlicott of Medlicott in the County of Salop Gent, his heirs and assigns “All that their or one of their Manor or Lordship of Medlicott in the said County of Salop, with the rights members and appurtenances thereof. Together with all messuages etc. And all that messuage or tenement situate lying and being in Medlicott aforesaid then late in the tenure or occupation of William Bright his undertenant or undertenants.” By his Will dated 16th November 1675 extracted from the Registry of the Diocese of Hereford Thomas Medlicott amongst other pecuniary legacies gave and bequeathed to his eldest son Edward Medlicott all his chief rents and reality belonging to the Township of Medlicott – and to his son Jeremiah Medlicott the land which he bought in Medlicott of William Corbett and Robert Corbett during his life with remainder to William Medlicott second son of the said Jeremiah Medlicott, and he made a proviso that if the said Edward Medlicott then of Minton should die without issue then it should be at the choice of the said Edward Medlicott the younger son of Jeremiah Medlicott whether the said William Medlicott should have the land at Minton or at Medlicott. He appointed Jeremiah Medlicott his son to be the sole executor. This Will was I surmise the cause of the family feud which is said to have carried on through several generations between the descendants of his grandsons Edward and Jeremy respectively as to the lordship of the Manor.
4. William Medlicott is described in 1663 Visitation Pedigree as “Citizen of London.” The following is from the Register of Freemen of Grocers Company “William Medlicott – late Apprentice to William Chapman deceased entered and sworne the 12th day of November 1628.” He also appears to have served in the office of Fourth Warden in 1661. Jasper Chapman, Citizen and Grocer of London by his Will dated 22nd November 1653 bequeathed legacies to Mr. William Medlicott of London Grocer and to his brethren in Shropshire Thomas Medlicott, John Medlicott and two others. The said William Medlicott by his Will (Somerset Ho.) dated 14th. September 1667 desired to be buried at Epsom in the grave of his wife. He does not appear to have had any children as there is no mention of any or of remoter issue, but their are legacies to his brothers Thomas, John, and Isaac and to the Poor of Wentnor.
5. John Medlicott of the Moorhouse was buried at Wentnor on May the 13th. 1670. His name is on the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1641, as also is the name of his brother Thomas, and both their names and also their Father’s are in a list of subscribers to the repair of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
6. Edward Medlicott in the 1663 Visitation pedigree is described as “son and heir” aged 33, as having married Isabell daughter of Richard Minton of Minton in Co. Salop. Buried at Wentnor 16th April 1703. Will dated June 5th 1701 and proved 21st April 1703.
7. Jeremy Medlicott, so described in 1663 as having married Elizabeth daughter of William Everall.
8. Sarah, described in the 1663 as wife of John Okeys of All Stretton in Co. Salop. There is an entry in the Church Stretton Parish register: “1675 Apr. 14 Mis.Sarah Oakes, vidua de All Stretton sep. fuit in Eccle. paro. de Church Stretton.
9. This is the last entry in the 1663 Visitation pedigree and is “Edward Medlicott Aet.2. Ann: Aug. 1663” His sons Edward (10) Thomas (11) and Benjamin appear to have been baptised at the neighbouring Parish Church of More – Thomas (11) was successively curate of Wentnor, Montgomery and Chirbury, and he was buried at Chirbury in 1737. His armorial bearings are on a Hatchment in the church there.
12. Edward Medlicott – Monument with arms in Wentnor church.
13. Edward Medlicott – Married Sarah, daughter of the Rev. Edward Rogers of “The Home” in the parish of Wentnor.
14. James Medlicott – Monument with arms in Wentnor church.
15. Thomas Medlicott – Monument in Wentnor church. Tombstone in Bishops Castle Churchyard, on which he his stated to have “For many years held the offices of Bailiff, Justice and Recorder” of Bishops Castle.
16. John Rogers Medlicott – John Medlicott is given in Bagshawe’s Directory of 1851 as Lord of the Manor of Medlicott – I do not know when or where he died, or if he has any descendants living, or who is now the head of the family – but this I mentioned in my letter of the 14th September last.
17. William Medlicott was buried at Wentnor on 3rd. May 1722. His name is on the Church bells there as a Churchwarden. In the time of his great grandson William Medlicott (18) the dispute as to the Lordship of the Manor seems to have been settled by a Deed dated 4th January 1822 made between Edward Medlicott described as of Asterton in the Parish of Norbury in the County of Salop Gent, of the one part and the said William Medlicott of the other part. It recites that there was a certain tract of open common and waste land within the Manor of Medlicott the soil whereof belonged and was the sole property of the said Edward Medlicott and William Medlicott as being also two of the owners and proprietors of certain messuages lands tenements and hereditaments in the said Manor claimed to be severally entitled to common of pasture upon the said open common and waste land at all times for all commons for cattle in proportion to the extent and value of their respective lands tenements and herditments. And also it had been agreed between them that the several allotments and parcels of the said common and wastelands thereinafter described should be held and enjoyed by them respectively in severalty their respective heirs and assigns and that the last of the said allotments should be accepted and taken in full satisfaction for all the estate etc. of the said William Medlicott his heirs and assigns out of the said Manor of Medlicott which he had sometime claimed a rite or title to. It witnesses the said Edward Medlicott and William Medlicott did covenant that the piece of land and hereditaments mentioned in the first schedule thereunder written marked A should be allotted to and accepted by Edward Medlicott freed from all rights of common pasture etc. of the said William Medlicott upon the said allotment marked A and that the messuages etc. mentioned in the second schedule marked B should be allotted to and accepted by the said William Medlicott freed from all rights of common of pasture etc. of the said Edward Medlicott upon the said messuages etc. contained in the second schedule and also in lieu of all the estate etc. of the said William Medlicott in the Manor of Medlicott aforesaid the said allotment in the second schedule to be thereafter held by William Medlicott his heirs and assigns for ever freed from all chief rents etc. to the said Edward Medlicott his heirs and assigns as Lords of the Manor for the time being. And there is a covenant that nothing therein contained should extend to lessen the estate etc. of him the said Edward Medlicott as Lord of the said Manor to the seignories etc. but that he should receive the rents etc. belonging to the Manor (except the said messages etc. contained in the said allotment in schedule B) in as full a manner as if the Deed had not been executed.
On asking Mr. Richard Medlicott (19) if there was any actual litigation, he tells me he has always understood so, and that the two families were almost ruined by it. He does not seem have any documents relating to it . (1916) Since receiving your paper I have had a conversation with him as to it and he has promised to let me see his old deeds and papers. I have a copy of an abstract of Title to his family property back to the deed of 9th April 15. Chas. but it is just possible he may have some earlier documents.
20. I have heard that the William who died in 1776 married a daughter of the third Earl of Oxford (a runaway match) and his family would be contemporary with William, but Mr. Richard Medlicott knows nothing of it. Samuel Medlicott of Waimate, New Zealand, is his uncle.#
# We are unable to trace the marriage mentioned above of the 3rd. Earl of Oxford’s daughter.
21. You will notice that I do not know where to Place Anne who married William Snead but she was the daughter of a Samuel and niece of Edward Medlicott of Medlicott. The Snead’s were an old Wentnor family, the name of “Willelmum de la Snede de Wentenovere” occurring in 1292. From this marriage are descended the Earls of Cavan, and the late Earl’s wife (as Lady Kilcoursie) owned property in Wentnor.
22. William (ob. 1776) married into the family of Sankey which came into the neighbourhood from Lancashire in the 16th century. There is a legend that they are descended from the Apostle, Peter, and the name is derived from Sane’ Keys. Their arms bear three fishes which were an emblem of St. Peter.
23. His son John married an Urwick. In my notes I have referred to History of this family. Christopher Urswick was a great man in the reign of Henry VII and it is a coincidence that he was present with the Duke of Richmond at the gates of Shrewsbury when they were shut against him by the Bailiff Thomas Mytton.
24. You will notice that I have married into the family and there have been two other inter-marriages, though not of near cousins.