'Chorley1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Chorley of Chorley

VCH report that it is "clear that a considerable number of persons used the local surname, rendering it impossible to trace the earlier ancestry of" the following family. VCH mentions that "It may be" that the family descended from ...
Ellis de Chorley (a temp Edward I who r. 1272-1307)
1. John de Chorley (d c1359) succeeded (possibly) by ...
  A. William de Chorley (d by 1398)
  m. Margery
  i. Richard de Chorley (a 1421)
  m. (?) Joan (dau of William de Worthington)
  a. Robert Chorley of Chorley Hall possibly fits here?
  (1) Ellen Chorley
  ii. William de Chorley
  a. ?? de Chorley
  (1) William Chorley of Chorley possibly fits here?
m. Isabel wife of William, presumed mother of ...
  (A) William Chorley of Chorley SEE ## BELOW
  m. Margaret Walton (dau/coheir of Roger Walton of Walton-on-the-Hill)
  (B) Ellen Chorley
  m. (mcrt 1465) Roger Brockholes (son/heir of Thomas Brockholes of Claughton)
  iii.+ other issue including Ralph, John
Dugdale starts with ...
William Chorley of Chorley, Lancashire (a 1494)
1. William Chorley of Chorley (d 07.1529) SEE ## ABOVE
  m. Margaret Walton (dau of Roger Walton of Walton near Liverpool)
  Visitation (Flower, Lancashire, 1567, 'Chorley of Chorley') inserts an additional generation here, another William who was father of the following William by Elizabeth, dau of William Charnocke of Charnocke (## see here ##).
A. William Chorley of Chorley (b c1507, d 20.01.1585-6)
  m. Alice Anderton (dau of James Anderton of Euxton)
  i. William Chorley of Chorley (dvp?)
  m. Bridget
Dugdale's Visitation record on this family is divided into 2 sections, one ending with this William & Bridget and the next starting with the following William & Elizabeth. VCH mentions that the William who died in 1586 was succeeded by his grandson William, father of Richard.
  a. William Chorley of Chorley (d c1642-4)
  m. Elizabeth Crosse (dau of John Crosse of Crosse Hall)
  (1) Richard Chorley of Chorley (b c1595, d 1655)
  m. Margaret Ditchfield (dau of John Ditchfield of Ditton)
(A) William Chorley (d 1661-2)
  m. Catherine Culceth (dau of John Culceth of Culceth)
  (i) Richard Chorley (b 1658-9, d 09.02.1715-6)
  Richard was executed for joining the Jacobite rebellion in 1715.
  b. ?? (bur 09.1716)
  (a) Charles Chorley (b c1694, dsp?)
  (ii) John Chorley (b 1659-60, a 03.1664)
  (B) Elizabeth Chorley
  m. John Gillibrand of Chorley
  (C)+ other issue - Edward (d unm), John (d unm), Thomas (d unm), Margaret, Winifred (d unm)
(2)+ other issue - William (d young), John (d young), Alice (d unm), Dorothy (d unm), Eleanor (d unm), Bridget
  b. Mary Chorley probably of this generation
  m. Ralph Holden of Holden
  ii. Leonard Chorley (recorder of Liverpool, 3rd son?)
  m. Emma Blundell (dau of Robert Blundell of Green)
  a. William Chorley of Breekside nr. Liverpool (d c1650)
  m. Alice Valentine
  (1) John Chorley of Ormeskirke (b c1633, a 1664)
  m. Ellen Halewood (dau/coheir of William Halewood of Littlewoolton)
  (A) William Chorley (b 1666)
  (B) Claresse Chorley probably the Clarissa who married ...
  m. Bertie Entwisle of Wigan
  (2) Emma Chorley
  m. William Higginson
  (3)+ other issue (d young) - John, Richard, Richard, Robert, Leonard, Anne, Alice, Margaret
  b. Anne Chorley
  m. Miles Gerrard of Ormeskirke
  iii. Anne Chorley shown by Flower as married to ...
  m. Roger Gyllyband (Gillibrand?) of Chorley
  iv.+ other issue - James (dsp), Andrew, Elizabeth
  B. Constance Chorley shown by Flower as married to ...
  m. Thomas Feild of London
  C.+ other issue - Thomas, Christopher

Main source(s): Visitation (Dugdale, Lancashire, 1664, Chorley of Chorley), VCH (Lancashire, vol 6, Chorley)
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