My Mainwaring ancestors

The surname Mainwaring is an Anglo-Norman territorial surname deriving from "Mesnil Warin" (or "Mesnilwarin", "Mesnilvarin", "Mesnil Varin"), from the village of Le Mesnil Varin (= "the manor of Warin"), now Saint-Par, Normandy.  The following information on my early Mainwaring ancestors is summarized from the book "Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell" by Carl Boyer, 3rd.

01. Randulfus was lord of various towns in Cheshire and Norfolk, England, at the tme of the Domesday survey in 1086.

02. Roger Mesnilwarin, son of Randulfus, gave Plumley to Chester Abbey, England before 1119.

03. William Mesnilwaren, son of Roger, was a witness to his father's grant of Plumley to Chester Abbey in 1119, with his brother Randle, who was listed in William's place in the pedigree in Rylands' edition of the Visitation of Cheshire.

04. Roger Le Mesnilwarin, son of William gave one third of Nether Tabley to Chester Abbey in the time of Henry II.  He married Ellen.

05. Sir Ralph Le Mesnilwarin, son of Roger married Amicia De Meschines

06. Sir Roger Mainwaring, son of Ralph.  His spouse is unknown.  He was knight, Lord of Warmincham, Cheshire, England and flourished during the reign of King Henry III, which was from 1216 to 1272.

07. Sir William Mainwaring, son of Roger received Over Peover, Cheshire by gift from his father during the reign of King Henry III, which was from 1216 to 1272, as appeared by a charter transcribed by Sir Thomas Mainwaring in 1666.  He died in 1248.   His spouse is unknown.

08. William Mainwaring ,  son of William was living in 1285.  He married Agnes De Aderne.

09. Roger Mainwaring , son of William and Agnes died before his father.  He married Christian De Birtles.

10. William Mainwaring , son of Roger and Christian was born in abt. 1286.  He married Mary Davenport daughter of Henry Davenport.  He died between 1338-1350.

11. William Mainwaring , "The Elder", son of William and Mary was living in 1326.  He married (1) Joan by whom he had William who succeeded him; (2) Elizabeth Leycester in 1350, the daughter of Nicholas Leycester and Mary Mobberly.  He died in 1364.

12. Randle Mainwaring , son of William and Elizabeth was born abt. 1367  in Over-Peover , Cheshire, England.  He married Margery Venables in 1391, the daughter of Hugh and Margery Cotton.  He succeeded to the family estates after the death of his brother John, entered the service of King henry IV, and, as a result of an attachment to the court of the Earl of Chester, was in 1405 granted for life the office of Equitator of the Forest of Mara and Mondrem, which tne included much of the Hundred of Nantwich and all of Edisbury.  Then, when the Earl succeeded as King Henry V, Randle was granted two parts of the serjeanty of Macclesfield during the minority of John Davenport, whose family held the hereditary serjeanty.  Randle died in 1456.  I descend from two of their children, John and William which are outlined in the separate lines below.

This is the Over Peover line, descending from Randle and Margery through son John :

13. Sir John Mainwaring, son of Randle and Margery was born abt. 1380.  He married Margaret Delves.  King Henry VI sent him a letter commanding him to deliver to Lord Stanley (his second wife's uncle), persons in custody at the castle at Chester, including Thomas and John Nevill (sons of the Earl of Salisbury), Sir Thomas Harrington of Hornby, his son James Harrington of Brierly, Raufe Rokeby, Thomas Ashton and Robert Evereus, esquires.

14. William Mainwaring, son of John was born abt. 1410.  He married Ellen Boteler, a sister to John Boteler of Bewsey night Warrington in Lancashire, and daughter of Sir John Boteler.  William died in the lifetime of his father.

15. John Mainwaring, of Over Peover, Cheshire, England, son of William and Ellen was born abt. 1445.  He married Maud Legh, a widow and daughter of Robert Legh and Isabel Stanley.  He died on July 8, 1495.

16. Sir John Mainwaring, Knight, of Over Peover, Cheshire, son of John and Maud was born abt 1471.  He Married Katherine Honford.  John died in March of 1515/16.  His alabaster monument is a representation of a knight in plate armor, with his wife by his side, and over their legs and knees is a scroll depicting their 15 children.

17. Sir Randall Mainwaring, son of John and Katherine was born abt 1495 and died September 6, 1557.  He married Elizabeth Brereton

18. Margaret Mainwaring, daughter of Randall and Elizabeth married Authur Mainwaring of Ightfield. (Margaret's line continutes at #17 below).

This is the Ightfield line, descending from Randle and Margery through son William :

13. William Mainwaring, "the Good", of Ightfield, Shropshire, England, son of Randle and Margery was born abt. 1396 in Over-Peover, Cheshire, England.  He married Margaret Warren,  daughter of John Warren and Matilda Cheney.  William died in 1499.

14. Thomas Mainwaring , son of William and Margaret was born abt. 1450 in Ightfield, Shropshire, England.  He married Jane De Sutton, daughter of Sir John De Sutton and Elizabeth Berkeley.  He was tenant of two copyhold estates in Edstaston and Cotton (in Wem parish), county Salop.  Thomas died in 1508.  I also descend from their daughter Cicely Mainwaring who married John Cotton.

15. Sir John Mainwaring, son of Thomas and Jane was born abt. 1478.  He married Joan Lacon, daughter of Sir Richard Lacon and Margery Horde.  He was among those who entered France on June 16, 1513; he was captain in the army of King Henry VIII and was knighted at Lille.  He was the heir of his uncle George Mainwaring.

16. Sir Richard Mainwaring, Knight, of Ightfield, Shropshire, son of John and Joan was born in 1499.  He married Dorothy Corbet, daughter of Sir Robert Corbet and Elizabeth Vernon.  He was knighted by September 28, 1536, when he took a lease from John, late Abbott, and the convent of St. Mary, Combermere, Chester.  He served as Commissioner of Peace in May 1538, was among the knights who welcomed Anne of Cleves to England on January 3, 1539/40, and served as Sheriff of Shropshire in 1544 and at other times.  He died on September 30, 1558 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

17. Sir Arthur Mainwaring, son of Richard and Dorothy was born abt. 1520.  He married (#18 above) Margaret Mainwaring, daughter of Randall and Elizabeth Brereton.  Knighted at Berwick by John, Earl of Warwick, Lieutenant of the King's Army, in 1547 he was probably engaged in the campaign which led to the battle of Pinkie.  He was Member of Parliament for Shropshire in 1558, Commissioner of Peace in 1561/2, and Sheriff in 1563 and 1577.  In 1577 he was a member of the Royal Commission of Musters, responsible for seeing that all the men of Shropshire aged between 16 and 60 were "armed, trained and inspected."

18. Mary Mainwaring, daughter of Arthur and Margaret was born abt. 1541 in Ightfield, Shropshire, England.  She married Richard Cotton on Janruary 6, 1559/60.  I descend from their daughter Frances Cotton who married George Abell.


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The Mainwaring GENFORUM


My Descent From The Mainwaring Line

Generation Father Mother
23 Roger Mainwaring (c1230-)  Christian De Birtles (c1235-)
22 William Mainwaring (1286-) Mary Davenport (c1361-)
21 William Mainwaring (c1316-) Elizabeth Leycester (c1318-)
20 Randle Mainwaring (c1367-1456) Margery Venables (c1369-1459)
19 William Mainwaring (c1396-1499) Margaret Warren (aft 1400-)
18 Thomas Mainwaring (c1450-1508) Jane De Sutton (c1455-)
17 Sir John Mainwaring (c1475-1516) Joan Lacon (c1478-1524)
16 Sir Richard Mainwaring (1499-1558) Dorothy Corbet (c1498)
15 Sir Arthur Mainwaring (c1520-1590) Margaret Mainwaring (c1521)
14 Richard Cotton (1539-1602) Mary Mainwaring (1541-1578)
13 George Abell (1561-1631) Frances Cotton (1565-1630)
12 Robert Abell (1589) Joanna (1610-1671)
11 Caleb Abell (1646-1731) Margaret Post (1653-1700)
10 Zachariah Loomis (1681-1751) Joanna Abell (1682-1759)
9 Ebenezer Jones (1718-1800) Zerviah Loomis (1724-1808)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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