James Feake

Male - 1590

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  • Name James Feake 
    Born of Wighton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Sep 1590  Saint John Zachary, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4831  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 Parnell Ward,   d. From 25 Oct 1593 to 8 Nov 1593, Saint John Zachary, London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 5 Dec 1562  London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F2008  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...
      James Feake, third son of James Feake of Wighton (no. 7) by wife Agnes, married, by license dated Dec. 5, 1562, Parnell Ward, and died intestate, in the Parish of St. John Zachary, London, September 1590, administration granted again in 1594 (PCC Administrations 96A). Like his brother William he was a goldsmith of London, and Sir Ambrose Heal lists him for the year 1585 in his impressive but disappointing book, "The London Goldsmiths 1200-1800" (Cambridge, 1935), p. 150. James appears in his father's will in 1539 but not in any of the pedigrees. He is mentioned as deceased in the will of his brother William in 1595 and, though not named, is implied to be deceased in the nuncupative will of Parnell Feake of St. John Zachary, London, widow, dated on the 25th or 26th Oct. 1593, probated Nov. 8, 1593 (Prerogative Court of Canterbury: 80 Nevell; abstracted in "New England Historical and Genealogical Register " 47:515; Henry F. Waters, "Genealogical Gleanings in England" [Boston 1901] p. 789). She, lying sick in her house, did declare unto her three daughters Margaret, Judith, and Ann Feake, being attendant upon her, that her mind and will was that William Feake her son should have the disposition of all whatsoever she had ... And that her said son William should bestow so much of her goods upon every of her said daughters, and her son James, as he thought good. And made the said William Feake her son sole executor of the said her will. And also made William Feake, her husband's brother, Mr. Padmere, and Robert Padmere, overseers. Children: 7 (order probably chronological):
      i. William, executor of mother's will, not mentioned in uncle William's will; probably father to two daughters baptised at St. Vedast's, London: Mary (April 23, 1597), Hanna (Nov. 19, 1598).
      ii. James, mentioned in wills of mother and uncle; apprenticed to William Feake, goldsmith, for nine years beginning Christmas 1582.
      iii. Margaret, mentioned in both wills.
      iv. Judith, mentioned in both wills.
      v. Anne, mentioned in both wills.
      vi. Parnell, mentioned only in uncle's will; probably too young to testify at probating of mother's will.
      vii. Mary, mentioned only in uncle's will; probably m. James Cole, St. Vedast's, Oct. 29, 1598."

      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).