'Torkington1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Torkington of Stamford, Torkington of Stukeley

Ormerod, in his 'History of Cheshire' (vol 3, Torkington) includes the following note: "If the reader is fond of etymologies, he may turn to Whitaker's Manchester, vol II. p. 48, 4to edit, where that author gravely refers the origin of the name of Torkington to sir Turquine, no less a personage than one of Arthur's knights, whom he makes the Saxon commandant of Manchester castle, giving his history in three quarto pages!!!" The number of exclamation marks suggests that Ormerod did not take that all that seriously! Ormerod reports that "A mesne manor of Torkington was .. held under the Ardernes of Alford by the Leghs of Booths", and makes no mention of any Torkingtons of Torkington, thereby indicating that there was no dominant family in the area which took its name from the area. Nevertheless, BLG1886, Visitation & MGH all start with ...
William Torkington of Torkington Hall, Cheshire (a 1499)
1. Henry Torkington of Stukeley, Huntingdonshire (a 1520)
  Visitation & MGH identify Henry's wife as Catherine, dau/heir of Gerard Stukeley son of Sir Nicholas. VCH identifies her as ...
m. Catherine Stukeley (d 1544, dau of Gerard Stukeley, aunt/heir of Matthew Stukeley of Stukeley (dsp 1539, son of William) & sister/coheir of William (d 1538) son of Gerard (d 1506) son (by Margaret) of John (d 1488) brother/heir of Sir Nicholas)
  A. Peter Torkington of Staughton, Huntingdonshire (dsp(vp?))
  Visitation & MGH identify Peter's wife as ...
  m1/2. Bridget Gille (dau of John Gille of Witheall)
  We suspect that he (also) married ...
  m2/1. Bridget Whethill (dau of Robert Whethill by Jane Granville)
  B. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d 1602)
  m. Mabel Fleming (dau of Sir Francis Fleming of Romsey)
  i. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d before 14.08.1627)
  m. Elizabeth Broughton (a 1627, dau of Mark Broughton of Seaton by Margaret Dudley)
a. Thomas Torkington of Stukeley (b c1580, dsp c02.1633-4)
  m. (10.06.1606) Elizabeth Skynner (dau of Henry Skynner of Bolingbroke by Anne Deynes)
  b. Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (d 1645)
  m. Margaret Gilbert (dau/heir of Ambrose Gilbert of Colchester, sister of William of Orsett)
(1) Laurence Torkington of Stukeley (b c1622, d 08.1673)
  m1. Maria Bernard (dau of Sir Robert Bernard of Huntingdon, Bart)
  (A) James Torkington of Stukeley (6th son)
  m. Maria Torkington (dau of Robert Torkington of Brettenham, cousin) @@ below
  (i) James Torkington of Great Stukeley (d before 30.09.1767, Rector of Ripton Regis & Little Stukeley
  m. (04.02.1731-2) Dorothy Sherard (b 10.11.1707, d 09.1780, dau of Philip, 2nd Earl of Harborough)
  (a) James Torkington of Great Stukeley (b 04.07.1733, bur 04.0.1813, Recor of Little Stukeley)
m. Maria Bourchier (b 01.10.1737, bur 01.10.1813, dau of Rev. Edward Bourchier of Bramfield by Elizabeth, dau of Rev. Edward Gattacre of Mursley-cum-Salden by Elizabeth)
  ((1)) James Torkington of Stukeley (a 1483, 1813, Recorder of Stamford) had issue
  m. (22.10.1799) Elizabeth Bourchier (dau of Charles Bourchier of Sunbridge (or Sandridge) Lodge & Hadly Barnet by Barbara, dau of James Richardson of Knocckshinnock)
  ((2))+ other issue Edward Sherard (d infant), Mary Dorothy (a 1809), Dorothea
  (b) Anna Torkington (b 09.11.1735, dsp before 01.02.1812) 
  m. Rev. (John) Jebb (d 1787)
  (c) Elizabeth Torkington (b 03.05.1740, d 23.02.1813)
  m. (1774) Peter Lafargue of Stampford (b 1737-8, d 16.03.1804, cleric)
  (d)+ other issue - Philip (b 1734, a 1753), John (b 26.03/05.1742, d 11.07.1815, Rector, Master of Clare Hall), Dorothea (a 1766), Maria, Sarah (b 11.04.1741, d unm 1791)
  (ii) William Torkington
  m. Mary Palmer (dau/coheir of John Palmer of All Saints, Stamford)
  (a) William Torkington of Stamford (d 1804)
m. (1768) Frances Stokers (d 1819, dau of William Stokes of Melton Mowbray)
  ((1)) James Torkington (d 15.09.1851, town clerk of Stamford) had issue
  m. (17.05.1803) Jane Foster (d 1852, dau of Rev. Thomas Foster of Dowsby (Rector of Tinwell & Ryhall) by Sarah, dau of Rev. John Baskett of Dunsby
  ((2)) Elizabeth Torkington
  ((3)) Maria Torkington
  m. (07.05.1799) Rev. Thomas Wingfield of Bulwick
  (iii) Laurence Torkington (b c1694, a 1711)
  (B) daughter possibly of this generation
  m1. _ Ardron of Crokeley
  m2. John Jolley
  (C)+ other issue - Robet (d unm), Laurence (d unm), John of Huntgindon (b c1654, dsp before 16.01.1682), Francis (d unm), Thomas of Hartford (b 1656, dsp c11.1681), Charles (b c1664, a 1681), William (b c1666, a 1684), Elizabeth (d unm)
m2. Anne Dorrington (dsp, dau of Richard Dorrington of Stow, m2. Sir Nicholas Pedley (Serjeant-at-law & Recorder of Huntgindon))
  (2) Robert Torkington of Brettenham, Suffolk (b c1640, a 1684, 3rd son) 
  m. _ Gilbert (niece of Ambrose Gilbert, cousin of Margaret)
  (A) Mary Torkington (b c1671, a 1684) probably the Maria who married ...
  m. James Torkington of Stukeley (cousin) @@ above
  (B) Elizabeth Torkington (b c1675, a 1684)
  (B) Anne Torkington (b c1680,. a 1684) probably the Ann who married ...
  m. Robert Smith of Ashfield
  (3) Etherberta Torkington
  m1. Henry Saffold of Purley
  m2. _ Clark of Essex
  (4) Elizabeth Torkington
  m. _ Nourcy of Ipswich
  (5)+ other issue - William, George, Jan (d unm)
  c. Mark Torkington of Stamford (b 1584-5, d 06.1658)
  m. Anne Cook (dau/coheir of Paul Cook of Slomercotes in Lindsey)
  (1) Laurence Torkington of Huntingdon (b c1639, a 1684, silk mercer)
  m1. Jane Audley (dsp, dau of Molineux Audley of St. Ives)
  m2. Catharine Price (dau of John Price of Norfolk)
  (A) Laurence Torkington (b c1679, bur 24.03.1727, Rector of Shottesbroke)
  (B)+ other issue - Chaworth (d infant), Charles (b c1681, a 1684)
  (2) Anne Torkington
  m. William Gardiner of Wiggin
  d. Mabel Torkington
m. Philip Cotton of Warwickshire
  e. Judith Torkington
  m. John Huchin
  f. Elizabeth Torkington
  m. (16.06.1618) William Garner
  g. Anne Torkington
  m. _ Clements of Houghton
  h.+ other issue - George of Hill Wotton (had issue), John (dspm), Alice
  ii. Judith Torkington
  m. Edmond Rouse of Stukeley
  iii. Joanna Torkington
  m. John Clarke of Elmington
  iv. Frances Torkington
  m. Thomas Hobson of Yorkshire
  v.+ other issue - Henry (d infant?), Henry
  C. William Torkington (d infant?)
  D. William Torkington of Stilton, Huntingdonshire
  m. Anne Herson of Rothrham
  i. Michael Torkington of Marham, Hertfordshire (a 1618)
  m. Ursula Carter (dau of John Carter of Nassington by Alice Hall)
  a.+ issue - Michael (b c1606, a 1618), Anne (a 1618), Susanna, Ursula, Johanna
  ii. Anne Torkington
  m. Thomas Ginne of Huntingdon
  iii. Susanna Torkington
  m. John Hancock of Huntingdon
  iv.+ other issue (dsp) - William, John
  E. Dorothy Torkington
  m. Robert Sparke of Burbage
  F. Alice Torkington
  m. Richard Anton of the Isle of Ely

Main source(s): BLG1886 ('Torkington of Great Stukeley'), Visitation (Huntingdonshire, 1613, 'Torkyngton'), MGH (NS4 vol 4 (1912), 'Pedigree of Torkington of Great Stukeley, co. Huntingdon', p329+) with a little support from VCH (Huntingdonshire, vol 2, 'Parishes: Great Stukeley')
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