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Families covered: Hovell (Hovill or Smith) of Ashfield, Hovell of Bury St. Edmunds, Hovell of Hawley, Hovell of Hillington, Hovell or Rishinghall, Hovell of Wyverstone

(1) We show 2 Hovell families on this page, mainly because the information that we have on them is not sufficient to justify 2 different pages but also because we suspect that they were connnected in some way.
(2) For the first family, BP1934 ('Ffolkes') shows the first 3 generations as "Smyth, or Hovell" whilst BP1934 ('Thurlow') describes the heiress of the Ashfield line as "dau. and ultimately heiress of Robert Hovell, alias Smith of Ashfield". However, Smyth/Smith is not mentioned by RHG or Visitation. Debrett reports that the main line of the family called & styled themselves "Hovell alias Smith" from/about the time of Queen Elizabeth (who r. 1558-1603) but gives no reason for it. Possibly son or grandson of Sir John Hovell of Wratting Parva in Suffolk (a 1370) was ...
Richard Hovell of Rishinghall Magna, Suffolk (d 1424, "esquire of the body to king Henry the 5th")
1. William Hovell or Hovill of Rishinghall (d 1433)
  m. Beatrix Thorpe (dau of Sir John Thorpe of Ashwell Thorpe)
  A. William Hovell or Hovill of Ashfield, Suffolk (a 1505)
  m. Frances Hopton (dau of Sir Arthur Hopton of Westwood)
  i. William Hovell or Hovill of Ashfield (a 1529)
  m. Elizabeth Harsyke (dau/coheir of Rochard Harsyke of Lopham)
  a. William Hovell alias Smyth of Ashfield (a 1500, d 1540) the first mentioned by BP1934
  BP1934 identifies William's wife & mother of William & John as Joan. RHG identifies her as ...
  m. Anne Gawdy (dau of Thomas Gawdy of Harleston)
  (1) Robert Hovell alias Smith of Ashfield
Robert is not mentioned by BP1934. RHG does not follow his line but reports that his descendants are represented by Lord Thurlow. Debrett helps support the following.
  (A) ?? Hovell alias Smith
  Uncertain on number of intervening generations.
  (i) ?? Hovell alias Smith
(a) Robert Smith of Ashfield who "forsook the name of Hovell"
  m. Ann Torkington (dau/coheir of Robet Torkington of Brettenham)
  ((1)) Robert Smith of Ashfield (dsp)
  ((2)) Elizabeth Smith
  m. (10.12.1730) Thomas Thurlow (bpt 21.08.1695, d 06.1762, rector of Ashfield)
  ((3)) other issue (dsp)
(2) William Smyth or Hovell (or Hovill) of Haughley or Hawley, Suffolk & Stratford Hall (d1582-3) the first mentioned by Visitation
  m. Anne Turner (dau of Richard Turner of Norton)
  (A) Richard Smyth or Hovell of Hawley, later of Stratford, later of Hillington, Norfolk (d 01.12.1611)
  m. Margery Ford (dau of John Ford of Horsley or Frating, sister of John of Thorpe)
(i) Richard Hovell of Hillington (b 01.1573-4, d c1651)
  m. (01.03.1597-8) Frances Fernley (d 1648, dau of Thomas Fernley or Fearnley of Creeting)
  (a) William Hovell of Hillington (dsp)
  (b) Sir Richard Hovell of Hillington (d 08.1654)
  m. Dorothy Chicheley (dau of Sir Thomas Chicheley of Wimpole)
  ((1)) Sir William Hovell of Hillington (d 04.03.1669)
  m. (29.04.1661) Etheldreda Lilly (d by 1684, dau of Thomas Lilly of South Lynn)
  ((A)) William Hovell (dsp 1671 (or vp?))
  ((B)) Clemence Hovell (b 15.05.1662)
m1. (12.08.1678) Charles Stuart (son of Sir Nicholas, Bart)
  m2. Sir Thomas Montgomery
  ((C)) Dorothy Hovell (d 22.10.1724)
  m. (c1682) Martin Folkes (b 28.08.1640, d 17.02.1705)
  ((Dß)) Etheldreda Hovell (b 06.1669)
  m. (01.10.1688) William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury (d 26.01.1657, d 24.01.1737)
  ((2)) Richard Hovell (b c1645, dsp 1715)
  m. Penelope Sands (dau of William Sands of Nottinghamshire)
  ((3)) Dorothy Hovell
  m. Palmer of Nottinghamshire
  ((4))+ other issue (dsp) - Francis, Anthony
  (c) Frances Hovell (d 1670)
  m1. Edward Gurney of West Barsham (b 1608, d 1641)
  m2. Robert Longe of Reymerston (b 01.1619, d 12.1688)
  (d) Jane Hovell (d young)
  (e) Elizabeth Hovell
  m. _ Coulson
  (ii) William Hovell
  m. Ann Bulmer
  (iii) Thomas Hovell (4th son)
  m. Dorothy Scambler
  (iv) Mary Hovell
  m. William Gooding or Goodwin of Mosford Gooding? per Visitation, Goodwin per RHG
  (v) Katherine Hovell
  m1. Francis Fysk or Fyshe of Bynham
  m2. Edward Mordaunt of Hempsted
  m3. Alexander Dering of Kent
  (vi) Bridget Hovell
  m. Wiliam Mothe or Mott of Lynn
  (vii) Ann Hovell
  m. George Colley or Selby of St. Andrews Colley per Visitation, Selby per RHG
  (viii) Thomazin Hovell
  m. William Barnes of Soham or East Winch
  (ix) Margaret Hovell
  m. Ralph Delahay of Lynn
  (x) Elizabeth Hovell
  m. Thomas Russell of Rudham
  (xi)+ other issue - Anthony, Margery
  (B)+ other issue - William, Hugh, James, Katherine, Margaret, Elizabeth
  (3) John Hovell of Badwell Ash, Suffolk
  m. Christian Cooke (dau/sister of Robert Cooke, vicar of Haughley)
  (A) issue - Joan, Amy



Stephen Hovell of High Hall, Horningsea (a 06.1552)
m. Joan Ffolkes (dau of Martin Ffolkes of Westley)
1. Edward Hovell of Exning & Wangford (d 07.1608)
  m. (08.11.1563) Margaret Morden (dau of William Morden of Fenditton)
  A. Oliver Hovell of Bury St. Edmunds (younger son)
  m. (19.10.1608) Elizabeth Kempe
  i. Oliver Hovell of Bury St. Edmunds (bpt 10.01.1615, d 12.1673)
  m. (06.11.1656) Mary Curtis (bur 06.12.1694, dau of Luke Curtis of Wickhambrook)
  a. William Hovell of Bury St. Edmunds (bpt 07.1659, d 08.1686)
  m. Rachel Carter (bur 1724, dau of Barnard Carter, Mayor of Sudbury)
(1) Oliver Hovell of Wyverstone, Gissing, etc. (bpt 23.02.1681, d 1731)
  m. (12.1711) Elizabeth Dent
  (A) William Hovell of Bury St. Edmunds & Badwell Ash (b 1715, d 18.07.1869) had issue
  m. (30.03.1736) Elizabeth Burrel (bur 23.11.1764, Rev. Alexander Burrell of Adstock, prebendary of Lincoln)
  (i) Maria Hovell (d 20.12.1840) probably of this generation
  m. (22.05.1782) Rev. John Lamb
  (B) Thomas Hovell of Wyverstone, etc. (bpt 07.04.1719, d 23.02.1805)
  m1. (21.09.1743) Hannah Booty (d 07.02.1777, dau of John Booty of Lackford)
  (i) William Hovell of Wyverstone (b c1754, d 12.09.1820)
  m. (22.09.1777) Mary Blanchflower (dau of Hamblen Blanchflower of Watton)
  (a) Thomas Hovell of Wyverstone & Clapton (bpt 24.09.1780, d 12.09.1844) had issue
  m. (14.06.1809) Mary De Berdt (dau of Denys De Berdt of London)
  (b) Charles Hovell (b 03.07.1788, d 12.06.1859, Surgeon RN) had issue
  m. (1811) Mary Adams (d 11.12.1862, dau of William Adams)
  m2. (17.04.1788) Mary Foyster
  b. Richard Hovell of Wyverstone, Gissing, etc. (bpt 30.08.1661, d unm 29.12.1717, alderman of Bury)
  ii. Martha Hovell
  m. Thomas Vesey of Vix (son of William of Vix Abbey by Mary, dau of Sir Robert Bedingfield of Ditchingham)
2.+ 2 daughters

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section (expanded 01.12.14) : RHG (vol 2, 'Pedigree of Hovell or Hocvill', p481+), BP1934 ('Ffolkes') with support/input from Visitation (Norfolk, 1563+1589+1613, 'Hovell or Hovill'), Visitation (Norfolk, 1664, 'Hovell') and a little from Debrett (Peerage, vol 1, 1814, 'Thurlow' p491+)
(2) For lower section : BLG1952 ('Hovell of Oak Lawn formerly of Boreham Holt')
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