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THE STORY AS I KNOW IT - and I know very little
Elizabeth Rugeley was born in
England. There are many many genealogies online that
give her name, dates and family - all without giving
sources. There is one called Brinton_family that
seems to have done a great deal of research and says he
has sources, so this is based on his work. I
still hope to find his sources so I can record them in
Elizabeth Rugeley was born about 1490 in either Staffordshire,
possible Sedgley or Middleton Warwickshire.
Middleton is just a few miles from Shenstone. Both
are just northeast of Birmingham. Warwick is just next to
Stafford. There is a town in Stafford called
Rugeley, not too far north of Shenstone. so either
is quite possible.
Elizabeth Rugeley married John Grazebrook about
1510. He was from a family with a long and very
connected history in the Midlands. There are many pages in
the Miscellanea Genealogica et Heraldica on
the Gresbrooke family of Staffordshire. The
XI generation on page 122 is of John
Gresbrooke, "who inherited Gresbrok Hall and the
estates" named for X. His will notes Elizabeth,
my wyfe and all my children. But the children
are not numbered or named except for the son who succeeded
him at Gresbroke hall, Robert
Gresbroke. There is a statement
which I can't find right now that they had a
daughter who also ended up as part of our ancestry.
1 . Elizabeth Grazebrook born about 1512 wed John Brinton. Their great-great grandson William Brinton moved to Pennsylvania 1684.
2. Robert Grazebrook born about 1516 wed Ann Clayton. Their great grandson was the father of William Brinton who moved to Pennsylvania 1684
Elizabeth and John Gresbroke lived in
Gresbrooke Hall, Sedgley Staffordshire where he was active
in the community with a number of references to him.
When her husband, John Grazebrook died he left a
will proved March 23 1546/7 "by his widow". her oath
was witnessed by Roland Rugley, gent. From
this the writers of the Miscellanea G et H, believed the
wife was a daughter or sister of Rowland Rugeley.
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