Chatcull and Cheswardine

We continued to trace earlier and earlier Jervises in Staffordshire and Shropshire.

From the 1500’s through 1700’s, the Jervis families acquired and lost estates at Chatcull, Meaford and Darlaston near Meaford, Cheswardine and Goldstone near Ollerton. 

William Jervis of Meaford

In the last post, we saw that William Jervis was head of the senior line of the Jervis family. He lived at Meaford and Darlaston, which he acquired in the mid-1600s. But he also owned his ancestors’ estate at Chatcull.

John and Elizabeth Jervis of Chatcull

William was born in 1624 at Chatcull.  His parents were John Jervis and Elizabeth Jervis of Chatcull, second cousins.

William had inherited Chatcull estates through his mother’s line of descendance from her 2nd great-grandfather James Jervis of Chatcull. John was also descended from James Jervis, but not through the inheritance line.

Thomas Jervis of Cheswardine

Thomas Jervis was the brother of John Jervis of Chatcull. John and Thomas descended from James Jervis through William Jervis of Ollerton, who held partial ownership in Cheswardine and Goldstone Manors.

Griffith Crouch (or: Cryche)’s sister Dorothy married Thomas Jervis who thereby gained possession of the Cryche estate of The Hill (i.e. Hill Hall), Cheswardine. Thomas was born in 1596 and died in 1650.

This may have explained the small land holdings the Jervis family later owned in Goldstone, which accounted for almost all the land in Goldstone that the Haywards did not own – together, these kinsmen owned pretty much all the land within Goldstone manor and township.

In the 17th century the ownership of the manor of Cheswardine was split, with the Jervis family and the Earls of Shrewsbury being joint Lords of the Manor of Cheswardine.
Cheswardine Hall

Where are these estates?

As you guessed, these estates are in the same areas as Louise’s family.

It’s more than coincidence that Louise’s ancestors lived in this same area from at least 1600s.

Heraldic Visitation by Robert Glover

You recall in our last post that William Jervis of Meaford was interviewed in 1664 by William Dugdale, Herald, to prove the peerage of his family as landed gentry.

Eighty years earlier, in 1583, Robert Glover made a visitation to Staffordshire for the same purpose. He visited each main village, calling for those of noble peerage to be interviewed so he could record their coat of arms and lineage.

John Gervis of Chatkill (Chatcull) was interviewed in August.  Unfortunately, John didn’t convince Glover of his credentials, and he was disclaimed as noble peerage.

Poor John.  He didn’t make the cut.  But that didn’t stop him. His family continued to add to their holdings, and we know that by 1664 they were acknowledged.

The History of Standon

We’re lucky. In 1888, Edward Salt published “The History of Standon: Parish, Manor, Church, with Two Hundred Years of Registers.” It’s an epic history.

Standon adjoins Chatcull, just a mile apart. Many Jervis family events are recorded in the Standon parish records.

Edward Salt was the church rector and had access to all the parish and church records.

Here’s an example from the register in 1729. It notes the death of William Jervis, himself the rector of Standon church.

All Saints Church – Standon – built 1086

Here’s a baptism of another William, the eventual heir to the family’s estates through his mother Elizabeth’s line. It’s William who acquired Meaford and Darlaston manors.

And here’s the marriage of John Jervis and Cicely Vise in 1565. These are the grandparents of Elizabeth Jervis, who was the inheritance line to William mentioned in the previous citation. This is the John Jervis who interviewed the herald Robert Glover in 1583 and was disclaimed as gentry.

James Jervis of Chatcull

In both Heraldic Visitations, 1583 and 1664, the Jervises laid out their ancestry. The progenitor is James Jervis of Chatcull, born around 1490.

That’s implies that the Jervis family held land in Chatcull at least back to late 1400s. That’s a long time ago.

I had hoped we could connect Admiral John’s ancestor tree with Louise’s tree when we got back to 1500. No luck so far.

I had hoped we could link our Jervis family with Louise’s in the 1500s. No luck so far.

And no sign of our elusive Elizabeth.

OK, let’s keep looking.

The Times


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