Simon Feake

Male - Bef 1570

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  • Name Simon Feake 
    Born of Wighton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 12 Jun 1570  Kettleston, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4830  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2015 

    Father James Feake,   b. of Wighton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. From 23 Jan 1538/1539 to 18 Jul 1539, Wighton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Agnes Framyngham,   d. of Wighton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Wighton Manor, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2009  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record," 86(1955):132-148, 209-221, "The Feake Family of Norfolk, London, and Colonial America," by George E. McCracken:
      "Midway across the north coast of Norfolk lies the Hundred of North Greenhoe and in it, about three miles south of the sea, the parish, sometime manor, of Wighton in which the Feake family, as early as 1435, is found numerously settled. That this family reached prominence only after certain of its sons migrated to London in the sixteenth century and there became prosperous goldsmiths is evident from the complete absence of the surname from the "Visitations of Norfolk in 1563, 1589, and 1613" (Harleian Society, vol. 32), the "Visitations of Norfolk in 1664" (ibid. vol. 81; Norfolk Record Society, vols. 4-5), and Walter Rye's great work, "Norwich Families" (Norwich, 1913). The London branch of the family is represented in the records of colonial America by Henry Feake of Lynn, Sandwich, and Flushing (no. 46); by Henry's second cousin, Lieutenant Robert Feake of Watertown, Dedham, and Greenwich (no. 49); by Robert's niece Judith, wife successively, of William Palmer, Jeffrey Ferris, and John Bowers (no. 87); and by Judith's brother, Captain Tobias Feake, R.N., of Flushing (no. 88).
      Since extensive and on the whole accurate accounts of the American careers of the three men were long ago printed by the late John J. Latting in "The Record," vol. II, beginning with page 12, we here turn our attention rather to the English ancestry of these four colonists which Mr. Latting was unable to identify, though he gathered some useful material on the subject.
      The wills, parish registers, and other ancillary sources normally used for such a study as this, have in the present instance been augmented by framework derived from the following seventeenth-century pedigrees, none of which is at all complete, though they fit together with a minimum of inconsistency: (a) a pedigree made in 1623 for Edward Feake, son of William and grandson of James Feake of Wighton, published by Joseph Jackson Howard, ed., "Visitacon of Surry Made A° 1623, by Samuel Thompson, Windsor Herauld, and Augustyne Vincent, Rougcroix (London, no date), p.7; (b) the same pedigree with additions dating from 1667 taken from Harleian MS 1430, fol. 50, printed in the Surrey Archaeological Collections 6:310 f.; (c) a pedigree made in 1634 for John Feake, son of John, grandson of Simon, and great-grandson of the aforesaid James Feake of Wighton, contained in the Visitation of London in 1634 (Harleian Society 15:268); (d) a version of the preceding, dated 1664, taken by Mr. Latting from Harleian MS 1096, fol. 119, and, so far as we are aware, now in print only in "The Record,"11:13; (e) a partial pedigree continuing the two preceding, to be found in the "Visitation of Staffordshire 1663-4" (Staffordshire Record Society 5:126 f.); and (f) a variant of the last included in Gregory King's Staffordshire Pedigrees 1680-1700" (Harleian Society 63:85). See also John Ross Delafield, "Delafield the Family History" (privately printed, 1945), 2:540-6, appendix 16 on Feake; and Charles E. Banks, Manuscripts in the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress, folio vol. DG, p. 433. Considerable information has been generously made available by Messrs. John Insley Coddington and Clarence Almon Torrey; from the latter, especially, many items discovered by Colonel Banks but not included in the volume cited above...
      Simon Feake, second son of James Feake of Wighton (no. 7) by wife Agnes, appears in his father's will in 1539, and, though without his father's name, stands at the head of the 1634 pedigree as Simon Feake of Kerdeston, while in the 1664 pedigree his father's name is given as James Feake of Wighton. In the will of his brother William in 1595 he is mentioned as having children then living. Although Simon is not specifically said to be dead, there is nothing to prove he is not, and if no error has been made in putting the family together, he is the Simon Feake of Kettleston, co. Norfolk, tanner, whose undated will was probated June 12, 1570 (Consistory Court of Norwich: 42 [Brygge]. He mentions wife Alice; leaves £10 to son John Feake, and to any one of the rest of his children xxvi s viii d. This sum is one-third of four pounds, so the other children were probably three in number, for this man died in early life. In the will of his brother William the children of Simon are each left £3/6/8, unless they had already received this sum, and since this is precisely one-third of ten pounds, we think it probable that Simon had four children in all, of whom one may have died before 1595. Property in Wesingsett, Walsingham, Sherington, and Holte, all in Norfolk, is bequeathed. The children would all seem to have been minors, as brother Robert is named executor. Children: 4:
      i. John.
      ii. (poss.) Mary, m. Thomas Gibbons, at St. James's Clerkenwell, Dec. 2, 1593. As she was not daughter of Simon's brothers William, Edmond or James, we put her here.
      iii. (poss.) Henry, matriculated pensioner from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Lent 1584/5; was then of Norfolk; migrated to Caius; B.A. 1588/9; ordained priest at Norwich, Jan. 1, 1595/6, rector of Warham St. Mary and St. Margaret, Norfolk (Venn and Venn, "Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part I, 2:128). We know nothing of his subsequent history and place him here because his putative brother named a son Henry. He may have been father of a Henry Feekes who m. Alice Foorde, July 30, 1620, at St. James's, Clerkenwell, and was buried there as Henry Feakes, householder, Dec. 2, 1622. Katherine, daughter of this couple, was baptised Nov. 10, 1622, buried Aug. 29, 1623, same parish.
      iv. Another, d. before 1595."

      1. FHL book 929.273-K727kf: "Knapp's N' Kin, The Ancestral Lines of Frederick H Knapp and Others," compiled by: Frederick H Knapp, Rt. #2, Box 438C, AB Hwy, Richland, Missouri, 65556; 1987; Revised/Updated 1991. It notes the following sources, none of which I have yet reviewed:
      -NYG&HR, Vol. 11, by J.J. Latting.
      -NYG&HR, Vol. 86, by Geo. McCracken.
      -NYG&HR, Vol. 87, by Geo. McCracken.
      -NYG&HR, Vol. 47 (1893).
      -TAG, Vol. 27, by J.L. Jacobus.
      -Anc. Heads of NE Fam., by Holmes.
      -Norfolk Rec. Soc., Vol. VI, p. 76.
      -Topography Hist. of co. Norfolk, Eng., vol. 9, p. 209 (1808).