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'Villiers01': Villiers of Brokesby Brooksby, Villiers of Howthorpe

Although various earlier family members have been identified, the first known to be ancestor of this family was the following Alexander. Visitation, which spells the family name as "Villers", shows him as father of John a 1277 father of Sir George & John who by Joane Symon was father of Alexander of Brokesby father of Robert, William & John who was father of Richard father by Elizabeth of John father of the William who married Joane Bellers. We follow Collins which leaves us uncertain where for example Sir George fitted in.
Alexander de Vylers of Brokesby or Brooksby, Leicestershire
1. Sir Nicholas de Villers of Brokesby
A. Sir Francis de Villers of Brokesby dsp by 1348
m Agnes
B. Geoffrey de Villers or Villiers of Brokesbyshown by BEB1841 as son of John son of John
i. Sir George de Villers or Villiers of Brokesby not mentioned by Collins, possibly of this generation see note above
a. Margaret de Villers
m _ Fuljambe of Derbyshire
ii. John de Villers or Villiers of Brokesby
m1 Joan Pakeman sister of Simon Pakeman of Kirby
a. Richard de Villers or Villiers of Brokesby d c1392omitted by BEB1841
m Elizabeth named by Visitation
1 John de Villiers of Brokesby b c1380, d 1402-3
m Joan Meering dau of William Meering
A John de Villiers of Brokesby b c1401, d young
B William de Villiers of Brokesby d 1449-50
m Joan Bellers sister/coheir of John Bellers or Beler
i John de Villiers dvp
m Elizabeth Southill dau of John Southill of Everingham
a Sir John Villiers of Brokesby, Sheriff of Leicestershire & Warwickshire d 02.12.1507
m Agnes Digby dau of John Digby of Colshil
1 Sir John Villiers of Brokesby, Sheriff of Leicestershire & Warwickshire d 08.12.1538
m Elizabeth Wingar dau of John Wingar
A Dorothy Villers
m Francis Brown
2 George Villiers of Brokesby & Howby d 29.08.1547
m Joan Harrington dau of John Harrington of Bagworth
A Richard Villers of Brokesby b c1544, dsp young
B George Villers dsp
C Elizabeth Villers dsp
m Sir Edward Waterhouse
3 Thomas Villiers of Brokesby
A Dorothy Villers
m William Smith of Leicestershire
4 William Villiers of Brokesby d 01.11.1558-9 generation omitted by Visitation
m Coletta Clarke dau of Richard Clarke of Huntingdonshire, widow of Richard Beaumont of Coleorton
A Sir George Villiers of Brokesby, Sheriff of Leicestershire d 04.01.1605
m1 Audrey Sanders dau of William Sanders of Harrington
m2 Mary Beaumont, Countess of Buckingham b c1569, d 19.04.1632, dau of Anthony Beaumont of Glenfield
B Elizabeth Villierspossibly of this generation
m Sir Ralph Woodford
5 Edward Villiers of Flower Flore & Howthorp d c1514
Collins supported by BEB1841 reports that Edward was ancestor of Villers of Howthorp, Dowsby & Groby and that his grandson Edward of Howthorpe was father of Elizabeth. Visitation provides the other information.
m1 Elizabeth Wake
A Clement Villiers
m Jane Saunders dau of Thomas Saunders, sister of Sir Edward
i Edward Villiers of Northampton 'of Howthorpe'
a Elizabeth Villiers d 1650, co-heir
m 1610 George Bathurst of Howthorpe b 1587
ii+ other issue - William, Robert, Blase, Richard dsp
B+ other issue - Dorothy, Elizabeth
m2 Joan Roos dau of Thomas Roos of Dowseby, she m2. David Cicell
D Anthony Villiers
m Elizabeth Lane dau of John Lane of Kettering
i Anna Villiers
m Thomas Rigden of Chartham
a William Rigden of Dowseby
E+ other issue - George, Richard dsp
6+ other issue - Leonard dsp, Bartholomew dsp, Anthony of Cotness in Yorkshire d 1547-8 , Winifrid
b+ other issue - Thomas dsp, Christopher of Burstall dsp 05.08.1514-5, Sheriff, William, Elizabeth
ii Bartholomew de Villers
m Margaret Wystonstyn
iii Eleanor Villerspossibly of this generation
m John Fitzwilliam of Milton & Green's Norton
b. Beatrix de Villers
m Sir John Bagot of Blithfield d 1437
c.+ other issue - John, Alexander
m2 Margaret a 1392

Sources: Collins 1741, vol ii, Villiers, Earl of Jersey + Visitation Leicestershire, 1619, Villers, BEB1841 Villiers of Brooksby
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