'Towneley1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Towneley of Hurstwood, Towneley of Towneley

Reported to have been descended from Spartlingus, 1st Dean of Whalley who lived about 896, was ...
Richard de Tunlay or Towneley mentioned by Dugdale
1. Peter de Tunlay or Towneley the first mentioned by BP1934 & BLG1886
  A. Richard de Towneley of Towneley
  i. Agnes de Towneley (dsp)
  m. John de Hargreave or Hargreves
  ii. Cecilia de Towneley of Towneley
  m. John de Legh (d c1330, son of Gilbert) @@ just below



John de Legh (d c1330)
m. Cecilia de Towneley of Towneley (dau of Richard de Towneley of Towneley) @@ just above
It appears that Dugdale inserts 2 additional generations at this point, omitted by BLG1886 & BP1934, showing John & Ciceley as parents of Gilbert father of Michael father of the following Gilbert. The dates make such generations look wrong.
1. Gilbert del Legh of Towneley (a 1343)
  m. Alice Vernon (dau of Robert Vernon of Warforth)
  A. John de la Legh of Towneley (a 1326)
  m. Claria Fenton (dau of Thomas Fenton)
  i. Gilbert de la Legh or de Towneley (d 1378-9)
  m1/2. Katharine Balderstone (dsp, dau of Richard de Balderstone)
  m2. Alice
  ii. Richard de la Legh or de Towneley, Sheriff of Lancashire (a 1376)
  m. Helen
a. John Towneley of Towneley (d c1399)
  m1. Isabel Rixton (dau of William Rixton)
  (1) Richard Towneley of Towneley (d 1454)
  m. Alice
  (A) John Towneley of Towneley
  m1. (c1427, div) Isabel Butler (dau of Nicholas Butler of Rawcliffe)
m2. (after 03.1444) Isabel Sherburne (dau of Richard Sherburne of Stannihurst)
  (i) Sir Richard Towneley of Towneley (d 1482)
  m. Jane or Juliana Southworth (dau of Richard Southworth of Southworth)
  (a) Sir John Towneley of Towneley, Sheriff of Lancashire (d c1540)
  m1. Isabel Pilkington (d 1522, dau of Sir Charles Pilkington of Gateford)
  m2. Anne Catterall (dau of Rafe Catterall, m2. Sir William Radclyffe of Ordsall)
  (b) Charles Towneley
(c) John Towneley (a 1523) - continued below
  (d) Isabel Towneley
  m1. Sir John Talbot of Salesbury (b c1487, d 1515-6)
  m2. John Hopwood of Hopwood
  (e) Grace Towneley (d 29.06.1510)
  m1/2. Thurston Hall
  m2/1. Thomas Hesketh of Rufford
  (ii) Laurence Towneley or Townley of Barnside
  (iii) Nicholas Towneley
m1/2. Elizabeth Catherall (dau of Richard Catherall)
  m2/1. (sp) Lettice Talbot (dau/coheir of William Talbot of Shuttleworth)
  (iv) Grace Towneley
  m. (c1468?) Roger Nowell of Read (d 1486)
  (v)+ other issue - Henry, Bernard (parson of Felkirk)
  (B) ?? de Towneley ancestor of Towneleys of Fulbourne, Cambridgeshire
  (2) Matilda Towneley
  m. William le Fleming (son/heir of Sir John)
  m2. (sp) Elizabeth (d 1401-2, relict of William Rygmaden)
  b. Alice Towneley
  m. Edmund Dacre (son/heir of Sir Thomas)
  c.+ other issue - Robert, Henry
  iii. Laurence de la Legh or de Towneley
  B. Thomas de la Leigh (d 1372-3)
  C. Margaret de la Leigh
  m. William Mulmore alias Midlemore of Holme



John Towneley (a 1523) - continued above
1. Bernard Towneley of Hurstwood (near Burnley)
  m. Agnes Ormeroyd (dau/coheir of George Ormeroyd of Ormeroyd)
  A. John Towneley 'of Hurstwood'
m. Eleanor Haydock (dau of Simon Haydock of Fezantford)
  i. John Towneley 'of Hurstwood' (b 1598-9, a 05.1664)
  m. Eleanor Grymshaw (dau of Nicholas Grymshaw of Clayton)
  a. John Towneley (bpt 25.08.1631, dvp 1664)
  m. Katherine Rushton (dau of Geoffrey Rushton or Rishton of Antley)
  (1)+ issue - John, Eleanor (d young), Eleanor
  b. Bernard Towneley
  c. Eleanor Towneley
  m. John Halsted
  d. Agnes Towneley
  m. John Whitaker
  ii. Eleanor Towneley
  m. Christopher Jackson of Worsthorn
  iii. Mary Towneley (d unm)
  iv. Agnes Towneley
  m. George Waite of Yorkshire
  v. Jane Towneley
  m. George Berkeley
  B. Agnes Towneley
  m. Henry Bannister
  C.+ other issue - Richard, Bernard
2. Joanna Towneley
  m. Richard Shuttleworth

Main source(s):
(1) For upper & middle sections : BP1934 (O'Hagan), BLG1886 (Towneley of Towneley), Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Towneley of Towneley)
(2) For lower section : Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664-5, Towneley of Hurstwood)
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