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Families covered: Audley of Brerechurch, Audley of Earls Colne, Audley of Gransden Magna, Audley of Houghton Conquest

Annoyingly, the Visitation used as the Main Source for most of this page appears to be wrong in the way that it shows how the family's most famous member (Lord Chancellor Thomas) connected to the undermentioned family. BE1883 (Audley of Walden) reports a Lord Braybrooke as having reported that "It seems extraordinary that neither Camden, who lived so much nearer those times, nor Dugdale could with all their industry satisfy themselves as to the birth-place or extraction of Thomas Audley" but goes on to identify the following Geoffrey as his father. This is supported by TCP (Audley of Walden). BE1883 indicates that the family had been at Earls Colne for several generations. TCP notes that Thomas "appears to have had two brothers, both also named Thomas, who inherited the manors of Berechurch and Gosbecks, near Colchester." This appears to confirm that Thomas was of the family covered by the Visitation but, until we see how Geoffrey fitted into that family, we show him separately.
Geoffrey Audley of Earls Colne, Essex
1. Thomas Audley, Lord Audley of Walden (b 1488, d 30.04.1544, Lord Chancellor of England)
  m1. (Margaret?) Barnardiston (dsp 23.01.1537/8, dau of Sir Thomas Barnardiston of Ketton by Elizabeth, dau of John (or Roger) Newport of Pelham)
  m2. (22.04.1538) Elizabeth Grey (dau of Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset (by Margaret, dau of Sir Robert Wotton), m2. George Norton)
  A. Margaret Audley
  m1. Lord Henry Dudley (dsp St. Quintin 1557, son of John, Duke of Northumberland)
  m2. (1557) Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (b 10.03.1536, d 30.09.1572)
  B. Mary Audley (d unm)



Visitation (Essex) starts with the following Thomas as does Visitation (Bedfordshire, 1634, Audley of Houghton Conquest) which identifies him as of Berechurch and Saffron Walden.
Thomas Audley (Awdeley) of Essex
1. Thomas Audley of Saffron Walden, Essex
  The Visitations show this Thomas to be the above-mentioned Lord Chancellor.
2. Robert Audley of Beere Church of Berechurch, Essex
  A. Thomas Audley of Berechurch
  m. Catherine Southwell (dau of Sir Robert Southwell of Woodrising)
i. Robert Audley of Berechurch
  m. Catherine Windsor (dau of Edward Windsor, (3rd) Lord of Bradenham (by Katherine de Vere))
  a. Sir Henry Audley of Berechurch
  Visitation (Essex) ends with this Sir Henry. Commoners (vol 3, Canning of Foxcote) shows his family as follows:
  m. Anne Packington (dau/coheir of Humphrey Packington of Chadsley Corbet)
  (1) Henry Audley (dsp)
  (2) Catherine Audley
  m. Robert Barker of Montewecke, Essex
  (A) Apolonia Barker (heir)
  m. Francis Canning of Foxcote (a 1720)
  b. Robert Audley of Colchester (a 1634)
  c. Catherine Audley
  m. John Thatcher of Presthawes
  ii. Thomas Audle of Attelbridge, Norfolk
  m. Catherine Knatchbull (dau of _ Knatchbull of Saltwood Castle, m2. Perce Buttler of Callan Castle in Killkenny)
  a. Catherine Audley
  m. Richard Buttler (son/heir of Perce of Ireland)
  (1)+ issue - Perce, Catherine
  b. Ann Audley
  m. Thebald Buttler (son of Perce)
  (1) daughter
  iii. Dorothy Audle
  m. John Darcy of Tiptree
  iv. Elizabeth Audle
  m. William Nuttbroune of Stannwaye
B. John Audley of Gosbecks, Essex
3. Henry Audley of Gransden, Huntingdonshire (a 1538)
  (1) Visitation (Bedfordshire) shows Henry as dsp and his brother Thomas of Houghton Conquest (2nd of that name, the other being Lord Chancellor Thomas) as father of the Thomas who m. Anne Hewet. However, the Harleian editor notes that the Essex Visitation shows that Thomas (m. Anne Hewet) as son of Henry rather than Thomas and adds "which I think is right, as I do not think Henry had two brothers named Thomas."
(2) Visitation (Huntingdonshire, 1613, Audley) starts with Henry who obtainted the manor of Gransden Magna in 1537-8.
  A. Henry Audley of Gransden Magna (a 1545)
  The only Visitation to mention this generation was Visitation (Huntingdonshire) but he is mentioned by VCH (Huntingdonshire, vol 2, Parishes: Great Grandsen).
  i. Thomas Audley of Houghton Conquest (Hoton or Holton Conquest), Bedfordshire
  m. Anne Hewet (dau of Robert (Richard?) Hewet of Milbrooke)
  a. Robert Audley of Gransden Magna (a 1613)
  m. Catherine Plumer (dau of William Plumer or Plomer of Radwell, Hertfordshire)
  (1) Robert Audley, last of Gransden Magna (b c1589, a 1631)
  m. Elizabeth Marbery (dau of John Marbery or Marburye of Bedfordshire)
  (A)+ issue (a 1613) - Robert (b c1610), Francis
(2) Henry Audley of Dagenham, Essex (3rd son)
  m. Ann Moore (dau of Thomas Moore of Orsett)
  (A) Ann Audley (a 1618)
  (3) Catherine Audley
  m. Henry Bedell of Cattworth
  (4)+ other issue - William, Thomas, Agnes, Anna
  b. William Audley of Houghton Conquest
  m. Anne
  c. Thomas Audley of Houghton Conquest (a 1634)
  m. Anne Wingate (dau of George Wingate of Harlington)
  (1) Thomas Audley (b c1604, dvp)
  m. Etheldred Hackettt (dau of Roger (sb Thomas?) Hackett)
  (A)+ issue - Thomas (dsp), Elizabeth (b c1629)
  d. Anna Audley
  m. Nicholas Colquit or Colquett of London (draper)
  e. Maria Audley
  m. Thomas Fitzgeoffrey of Wilshamstead
  f.+ other issue - George (dsp), Joane, Scissely (d young), Dorothy (d young), Anne (d young)

Main source(s): Visitation (Essex, 1612+1634, Audley, Awdeley) with input/support from the other Visitations mentioned above
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