'Bearcroft1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Bearcroft (Berecroft) of Meer Hall/Place, Bearcroft of Shernock Court, Berecroft of Temple Broughton, Bearcroft of Tibberton, Bearcroft of Worcester

BLG1886 (Bearcroft of Meer Hall) reports that "The estate of Meer Hall was possessed by the Bearcrofts, in lineal male descent, from a remote period up tp the year 1822, when it passed into the female line, whose heirs assumed the name and armds of Bearcroft. Meer Hall is stated to have been built by Thomas Bearcroft (in) 1337". VCH (Worcestershire, vol 3, Parishes: Hanbury) reports that: "By 1754 the manor had passed to Edward Bearcroft, who died without issue in 1793, and the estates came into the family of his cousin Elizabeth wife of Robert Longcroft. Her grandson Edward Henry assumed the name Bearcroft in 1822, and died in 1832, when his son Edward succeeded." Visitation (1682-3) starts with ...
Thomas Bearcroft of Meer Green Hall in Hanbury, Worcestershire (a 1337)
1. Thomas Bearcroft (a 1370)
  A. William Beacrocft (a 1392)
  i. Richard Beacrocft (a 1447)
  a. Thomas Bearcroft (a 1490)
(1) John Bearcroft or Berecroft of Mere Green alias Mere Place (a 1510, Ranger of Feckenham Forest)
  m. _ Mence
  (A) Thomas Bearcroft or Berecroft of Mere Place (a 1542)
  m. Anne Laker (dau/coheir of Thomas Laker or Loker, alias Foxley of Foxley)
  (i) John Bearcroft or Berecroft of Mere or Meer Place (a 1609) - continued below
  m1. (c05.1579) Margery Archer (dau of Humphrey Archer of Tamworth)
  m2. Elizabeth Jennetts (dau/coheir of Humphrey Jennetts of Norgrove)
  (ii) Thomas Bearcroft or Berecroft of Temple Broughton
  (a) Thomas Berecroft of Temple Broughton
  (b) Edmund Berecroft of Dormeston (a 1634)
  m. Frances Dyson (dau of Henry Dyson of Inkberrow)
  ((1))+ issue - John, Christopher, Ann
  (iii) Edmund Bearcroft or Berecroft of Inkberrow (a 1634)
  m. Grace Smyth (dau of John Smyth of Upton-on-Severn)
  (a) Anne Berecroft
  m. Arthur Bagshaw of Inkberrow
  (b) Elizabeth Berecroft
  m. William Adams of Stoke Milborough
  (iv) Christopher Bearcroft
  (B) Clement Bearcroft of Inkberrow
  (i)+ issue - John (a 1593), Dorothy
  (C)+ other issue - Robert, 4 daughters



John Bearcroft or Berecroft of Mere or Meer Place (a 1609) - continued above
m1. (c05.1579) Margery Archer (dau of Humphrey Archer of Tamworth)
1. John Bearcroft or Berecroft (dvp)
  m. _ Herbert
  A. daughter
2. Richard Bearcroft (b 1584)
  A.+ issue - John (b 1611), Joan (b 11613), Margery (b 1619), Elizabeth (b/d 1621), daughter (b 1622)
3. Thomas Bearcroft of Worcester (b c1591, d 1651, draper)
  m. Bridget Hanbury (d 1656, dau of John Hanbury of Hanbury)
  A. John Bearcroft, Mayor of Worcester (b 1615, d 19.05.1680)
  m. Jane Hill (dau of James Hill of Greenfields)
  i. Mary Bearcroft
  m. Lancelot Bromwich of Worcester
  ii.+ other issue (a 1683) - Thomas of Worcester (b c1651), John (b c1653), Stephen (b c1659), Bridget
  B. Philip Bearcroft of Worcester (b 1618-9, d 03.05.1661)
  m. Bridget Dagget (dau of Richard Dagget of Worcester)
  i. Philip Bearcroft of Worcester (b c1653, a 1683)
  ii. Anne Bearcroft
  m. John Hardman of Worcester
  iii. Elizabeth Bearcroft
  m. John Bucknell of Worcester
  C. Richard Bearcroft of Worcester (4th son)
  i.+ issue - Richard, Thomas, Dorothy, Mary, Anne
  D. Edmund Bearcroft of Worcester (d c1665, 6th son)
  m. Anne Hill (dau of James Hill of Greenfields)
  i. Thomas Bearcroft (b c1655, a 1683)
  m. Bridget Mason of Berlingham
  a.+ issue - Bridget, Hannah, Mary
  E. George Bearcroft of London (8th son)
  i.+ issue (a 1682-3) - Stephen (b c1670), George (b c1679), Susanna (b c1672), Elizabeth (b 1682-3)
F. William Bearcroft of Worcester (b c1639, a 1683)
  m. Catherine Baylis (dau of Richard Baylis of Elmley Castle)
  G. Anne Bearcroft (b 1612)
  m. Richard Brindley of Worcester
  H. Elizabeth Bearcroft (b 1612)
  m. Roger Blackmer of Worcester
I.+ other issue - Thomas (d unm 23.05.1680), Stephen (b c1631, a 1683), Robert (d unm)
4. Margery Bearcroft (b 1583)
  m. (1606) Robert Hamersley
5. Anne Bearcroft
  m. (1607) (Thomas) Wylde of Hanbury Astwood
6.+ other issue Edmond or Edward of Worcester (dsp, clothier), Thomas (b 1579)
m2. Elizabeth Jennetts (dau/coheir of Humphrey Jennetts of Norgrove)
8. Philip Bearcroft of Meer Green Hall (b c1589, d 1643)
  m. Elizabeth Egiock (dau/coheir of Sir Francis Egiock of Egiock)
  A. John Bearcroft of Meer Green Hall (b c1620, a 1682)
  m. (1644) Frances Vernon (b c1619, d 1685, dau of Edward Vernon of Hanbury)
i. John Bearcroft of Shernock Court, Worcestershire (b c1648, d 1699?, 2nd son)
  m. Sarah Bracegirdle (a 1682, dau of Richard Bracegirdle of Wolverhampton)
  a. John Bearcroft (b c1681, 2nd son?)
  m. Jane Parrott (a 1758)
  (1) Edward Bearcroft (b c1716, dsp 1793)
  m. Catherine Compton (dau of Sir William Compton, sister of Sir William of Hartpury)
  (2)+ other issue - John (b 1717,dsp), Benjamin (b 1719, d 1722), Jane (b 1713), Frances (b 1716, d 1741), Maria (b 1718, a 1758), Sarah (b 1723, d 1736), Elizabeth (b 1721, a 1753)
  b.+ other issue - Francis (b c1680, a 1711), Philip (bpt 1685, dsp)
  ii. Edward Bearcroft (b c1658, a 1682, "of the Chancery Office", 4th son)
  m. (c04.1691) Susan Byne (sister of Henry Byne of Carshalton)
  a. Edward Bearcroft (Captain)
(1) Elizabeth Bearcroft
  m. Robert Longford of Kew, Middlesex
  (A) Edward Longcroft (d 1812)
  m. Elizabeth Baylis (dau of _ Baylis of the Lloyney)
  (i) Edward Henry Longcroft, later Bearcroft of Meer or Mere Hall (d 1832) had issue
  Both BLG1886 (Bearcroft of Meer Hall) & BLG1952 (Bearcroft of Mere Hall) start with Edward.
  m. Elizabeth Bowen (dau of James Bowen of Pantyderry)
  (ii) Charles Longcroft (a 1821)
  (iii) Elizabeth Longcroft
  m. William Butler
  (iv) Charlotte Longcroft
  m. Thomas Lloyd
  (B) Elizabeth Longcroft who d 1816 having married ...
  m1. James Powell
  m2. (12.1777) Rev. John Smythies of Colchester
  (C)+ other issue - Thomas (dsp 1811), Mary, Susan
  iii. Elizabeth Bearcroft (b 1645)
  m. George Faithin or Faytinge (rector of All Hallows in Worcester)
  iv. Eleanor Bearcroft (b 1651, d 1676)
  m. Thomas Lacy of Feckenham
  v. Frances Bearcroft (b 1654)
  m. (1680) John Mense of Hanbury
  vi.+ other issue - Philip of Lincoln's Inn (b c1649, d unm 1674), Edward (b/d 1656)
  B. Francis Bearcroft of Tibberton, Worcestershire (b c1622, a 1682)
  m. Mary Harris (a c1612, a 1682, dau of Thomas Harris of Crowie, widow of Walter Glisson of marnhull)
  i. Philip Bearcroft of Tibberton (b c1647, a 1682)
  m. Mary Hooper (b c1652, dau of Thomas Hooper of Tibberton)
  a.+ issue (a 1682) - Philip (b c1674), Thomas (b 1681-2), Frances (b c1679)
  ii.+ other issue - Francis (a 1682), John (a 1682), Elizabeth, Anne (d by 1682), Eleanor, Sarah, Grace, Mary
  C. Philip Bearcroft of Worcester (b c1629, d 1669)
  m. Edborow Smart (b 1630-1, d 04.1681, dau of Giles Smart of Gloucester)
  i. Philip Bearcroft of Worcester (b c1655, a 1682)
  D. Humphry Bearcroft of Bristol (b c1633, d 1669)
  m. Alice Martin of Bristol
  E. Anne Bearcroft (b 1627)
  m. Edmund Coucher of Clifton & Ledbury
  i.+ issue - John (b 1665), Philip (b 1667), Thomas (bpt 1671)
  F. Eleanor Bearcroft (b 1633)
  m. John Tombs of Worcester
  G. Mary Bearcroft (b 1636)
9. Elinor Bearcroft (b 1593)
  m. Philip Dobbins

Main source(s): Visitation (Worcerstershire, 1682-3, Bearcroft of Worcester), Visitation (Worcestershire, 1634, Berecroft), Visitation (Worcerstershire, 1682-3, Bearcroft of Shernock Court and Tibberton, extended by the Harleian editor)
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