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Families covered: Copley of Batley Hall, Copley of Doncaster, Copley of Gatton, Copley of Hotham, Copley of Roughway, Copley of Sprotborough, Copley of Wadworth

The entry for Batley (All Saints) in BHO ('Basingstoke - Battersby' within 'A Topographical Dictionary of England', edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)), reports that the manor of Batley was held by the Copley family for eighteen generations. Descended from Adam de Copley (d York 1070) was ...
Sir Richard Copley of Batley Hall Foster identifies him as 'of Copley Hall'
m1. Margaret Denton (dau of Sir Richard Denton)
1. Lyonel Copley of Batley Hall (d before 28.05.1508)
  m. Joan Thwaytes (dau of John Thwaytes of Lofthouse)
  A. John Copley 'of Batley'
  m. Agnes Pigot (dau of Sir Geoffrey Pigot 'of Clotherham')
  i. John Copley of Batley Hall 'of Hotham' (d 07.04.1543, 2nd son)
The following is supported by Visitation (Dugdale, Yorkshire, 1666, Copley of Batley).
  m. Margaret Stapleton (dau of Sir Bryan Stapleton of Wighill)
  a. Avery or Alverley or Everey Copley of Batley
  m1. Jane Beaumont (dau of Richard Beaumont of Whitley)
  (1) Edward Copley of Batley
  m. Dorothy Mallory (dau of Sir William Mallory of Hutton Park & Studley)
  (A) Avery Copley of Batley (d c1623)
  m. Elizabeth Savile (dau of John Savile, Lord of Howley)
  (i) John Copley 'of Batley' (dsp)
m. Sarah Cooke (dau of Bryan Cooke of Doncaster)
  (ii) Edward Copley of Batley (b 1622-3, d before 27.02.1678, 3rd son)
  Dugdale finishes with the next generation. The following comes mainly from a schedule kindly provided to us by a contributor (MF, 06.04.12).
  m1. Susan Butterworth (dau of William Butterworth of Belfield)
  (a) Frances Copley (b 1653-4, a 04.1666)
  m. John Neale of Doncaster
  m2. Beatrix Hulton (dau of Adam Hulton of Hulton Parke)
(b) Edward Copley 'of Batley' (b 1663-4, bur 26.05.1716)
  m. (c12.1697) Judith Finch (dau/coheir of Jos(eph) Finch)
  (c) John Copley 'of Batley' (bpt 28.02.1668, bur 20.06.1760, rector of Emley & Thornhill)
  m. Ellen Diggles (bur 20.06.1760, dau of James Diggles of Manchester)
  ((1)) John Copley of Batley (dsp)
  ((2)) Eleanor Copley
  m1. (29.09.1735) Henry Hulton of Hulton Park (dsp)
  m2. (28.05.1739) Sir Ralph Assheton of Middleton
  ((3)) Catherine Copley
  m. (14.06.1748) Sir Thomas Grey Egerton of Heaton, Bart
  ((4)) Beatrix Copley
  m. Samuel Egerton of Tatton (d 04.1755)
  ((5))+ other issue - Edward (dvp bur 29.12.1722), James (d young), Jane (d young)
  (d) Elizabeth Copley (bpt 18.10.1660)
m. Rev. _ Harbin
  (e)+ other issue (a 04.1666, d unm) - Catherine, Jane
  (iii) Godfrey Copley in Ireland (5th son)
  m. _ Nugent
  (iv)+ other issue - Richard (d unm), Savile
  (B) Elizabeth Copley
  m. Robert Howorth (son/heir of Edmund of Howorth)
  (C) Troth Copley
  m. Thomas North of Yorkshire
  (D)+ other issue (d unm) - William, John, Grace, Jone, Ursula
  (2) Avery Copley
  Dugdale shows that Avery d unm but Foster shows that he had the following family, noting that "This match and issue is not recorded in the Heralds' copy of the Visitation in 1612."
m. _ Dunn
  (A) Robert Copley
  m. Dorothy Rogers
  (i) Lyonell Copley (b c1609, a 1612)
  (3) Katherine Copley
  m. Edward Saville of Stanley
  m2. (01.1566) Grace Bradforth (dau of Brian Bradforth of Stanley)
  (4) Robert Copley (d unm)
  (5) Dorothy Copley
  m. Francis Bosvile or Boswell of Gunthwaite
  (6) Isabel Copley (bur 16.02.1625)
  m1. (Sir) Robert Savile of Howley (illegitimate son of Sir Henry)
  m2. Joseph Pennington of Muncaster (b c15.05.1564, d 23.03.1640/1)
  b. Thomas Copley
  The following comes from Visitation (Foster, Yorkshire, 1612, Copley of Hotham).
  m. Dorothy Nowell
  (1) Michael Copley of Hotham (a 1612)
  m. Ann Smith (dau of Melchis Smith of Hessle)
  (A) John Copley
  m. Catherine Bourchier
  (i)+ issue (a 1612) - Dorothy (b c1608), Jane
  (B) Catherine Copley
  m. Richard Plaxton
  (C) Cicely Copley
  m. Anthony Eyre
  (D)+ other issue (a 1612)- Thomas, Frances, Mary
  (2) Jane Copley
  m. William Watson of Snainton
  c. Henry Copley
  d. Anne Copley
  m. John Brock of London
  e. Jane Copley
  m. Charles Nowell of Bawne
  f. Elizabeth Copley
  m. George Poygne
  g. Agnes Copley
  m. John Dighton of Batley
h. Ales Copley
  m. John Sherwood of Hertfordshire
  i. Betryce (Beatrix) Copley
  m. James Birkby of York
  (1) Alice Birkby probably of this generation
  m. Henry Hall, Lord Mayor of York (bur 12.04.1620)
  ii. Sir William Copley 'of Batley'
  The following is partly supported by BEB1841 ('Copley of Sprotborough').
  m1. Dorothy FitzWilliam (d by 1529, dau of Sir William FitzWilliam of Sprotborough)
a. Philip Copley of Sprotborough, Yorkshire (d 19.10.1577)
  The following is supported by Visitation (Dugdale, Yorkshire, 1666, Copley of Sprodborough (sic)).
  m1. Mary Hastings (d 1597, dau of Sir Bryan Hastings of Fenwyke)
  (1) William Copley of Sprotborough (d 1598)
  m. Elizabeth Bosvile (dau/coheir of Godfrey Bosvile of Gunthwaite, sister/heir of Francis)
  (A) Godfrey Copley of Sprotborough (d unm 18.11.1633)
(B) Elizabeth Copley (dsp)
  m. (25.09.1599) Henry Sacheverell of Ratcliffe
  (C)+ other issue - Ralph of Bunney (dsp), Raphe
  (2) Avery or Alverley Copley of Warren Hall, Yorkshire (b 1545, d c1605, 3rd son)
  m. Joan Gunby (dau of Simon Gunby or Gonby of Swinfleet)
(A) William Copley of Sprotborough (d 1644)
  m. Dorothy Booth (d 1638, dau of William Booth of Romley)
  (i) Sir Godfrey Copley, 1st Bart of Sprotborough (b 21.02.1623, d 02.1677-8)
  m1. Eleanor Walmesley (d 11.1649, dau of Sir Thomas Walmesley of Dunkenhalgh)
  (a) Sir Godfrey Copley, 2nd Bart of Sprotborough (b 1653, d 09.04.1709)
  m1. (1681) Catherine Purcell (dau of John Purcell of Mantriba)
((1)) Katherine Copley
  m. Joseph Moyle (son of Sir Walter Moyle of Bake)
  Their son Joseph inherited Sprotborough, changed his name to Copley, and was created a baronet in 1778. One of their descendants successfully claimed the long-dormant barony of Cromwell in 1923, obtained through the marriage of Sir William Copley with Dorothy FitzWilliam above.
  ((2))+ other issue (dvp)
  m2. (sp) Gertrude Carew (dau of Sir John Carew, Bart)
m2. Elizabeth Stanhope (d 09.1682, dau of William Stanhope of Linby)
  (b) Dorothy Copley probably the Dorothy who married ...
  m. (18.11.1673) Sir Michael Wentworth of Woolley (b 1654, d 1696)
  (c) Elizabeth Copley probably the Elizabeth (b c1662, bur 15.07.1742) who married ...
  m. William Wombwell of Wombwell
  (d) Catherine Copley probably the Catherine (bur 09.04.1703) who married ...
  m. (19.06.1683) Sir George Cooke, 3rd Bart of Wheatley (b 16.05.1662, d 05.10.1732)
  (ii) Elizabeth or Mary Copley
  m1. James Washington of Adwick
  m2. Stephen Eyre
  (B) Mary Copley
  m. Edmund Hastings of Braunston
  (C) Anne Copley
  m. Emmanuell Moote of Melton ('son of Robert of Melton by Gertrude, dau/heir of Thomas Fitzwilliam')
  (i) Mary Mote (bpt 27.11.1617, coheir) probably of this generation
  m. John Levett (a 09.1665, LLD)
(D) Isabel Copley
  m. James Pinkney of Newton
  (3) John Copley ancestor of Copleys of Skelbrough
  m. Joane Anger (dau/coheir of Raph Anger)
  (A)+ issue - Godfrey, Thomas, Mary, Elizabeth
  (4) Margaret Copley
  m. (13.05.1565) Hercy (or Henry) Sandford of Thorpe Salvin
  (A) Eleanor Sandford (coheir) probably of this generation
m. Henry Neville (b c1572, a 1612)
  (5)+ other issue - Francis, Thomas
  m2. ??
  b. Elizabeth Copley
  m. _ Handley
c.+ other issue - Anne (dsp), Dorothy
  m2. Margaret Savage (dau of Piers Savage of Hatfield)
  e. Francis Copley of Mansfield Woodhouse (d 1580)
  m. Mary Jackson (dau of William Jackson of Snydale)
  (1) Gervase Copley
  m. Edith Snawsell of Mansfield Woodhouse
  f. Christopher Copley of Wadworth (d before 04.01.1606)
  The following is supported by Commoners (vol 2, 'Higgins of Skellow Grange', p155+).
  m. Susan Cressy (dau of Hugh Cressy of Letwell, relict of James Rolston of Tanshelf)
  (1) William Copley of Wadworth (b 1576, d 20.05.1658)
m. Anne Cressy (d 26.01.1645, dau of Gervase (not George) Cressy of Birkin, relict of Lionel Rolston of Gunthwaite)
  Foster ends with the next generation, indicating that Christopher had 3 siblings living in 1612. BEB1841 reports on later generations, starting with Lionel (b 1677). Commoners covers the missing generations.
  (A) Christopher Copley of Wadworth (d 1664)
  m. (1628) Elizabeth Bosvile (dau of Gervas Bosvile of Warmsworth)
  (i) (Anne) Copley
  m. Timothy St. Nicholas
  (ii) (Elizabeth) Copley
  m. (Thomas) Pratt of Leicestershire (b c1628, a 1683)
(iii)+ other issue - William (dsp), daughter
  (B) Lionel Copley of Rotherham & Copley (d c12.1675)
  m. Fitzalina Warde (b c1611, d 06.11.1696, dau of George Warde of Capethorne, relict of John Wheeler of London)
  (i) Lionel Copley of Wadworth, Governor of Hull then Maryland
  m. (20.06.1676) Anne Boteler (dau of Sir Philip Boteler of Walton Woodhall)
  '(a) Lionel Copley of Wadworth & Sprotborough (b 16.07.1677)
  m. (28.08.1699) Mary Wilson (dau/heir of _ Wilson of Burril)
((1)) Godfrey Copley of Sprotborough (b 14.11.1706, dsp 21.04.1761)
  m. (div 05.1748?) Anne Maria Brace (dau of John Thurloe Brace (grandson of Secretary Thurloe), m2. William Parkins of Crainsby)
  ((2)) Lionel Copley of Sprotborough (b 05.11.1709, d unm 1766)
  ((3)) Castiliana Copley (b 27.08.1700)
  m. Rev. Charles Willatts (rector of Plumtree)
  ((4)) Mary Copley (b 1702, d1736)
  m. William Parkyns of Mortemley
  ((5)) Anne Copley (b 27.06.1714)
  m. Richard Higgins of York
((6))+ other issue (d young) - William, Catherine
  '(b) Anne Copley
  m. Isaac Miller of London
  (ii) Castiliana Copley
  m1. John Beckwith of Staningford (b c1652, dsps 1688)
  m2. Rev. Thomas Maleverer
  (iii) Anne Copley
  m. John Crofts
  (C) Susan Copley
m. Thomas St. Nicholas of Ashe
  (2) Sarah Copley
  m. William Copley of Nether Hall @@ below
  (3) Mary Copley
  m1. Ralph Boswell of Gunthwaite
  m2. (15.05.1602) Fulke Greville (d 1632)
  g.+ other issue - John of Broughton (dsp), Philip (dsp 1596, rector of Sprotborough)
  iii. Anne Copley shown in Visitation as d young (addition by Harleian editor?) but in Fleming records as married to ...
  m. John Fleming of Wakefield
iv. Margaret Copley
  m. _ Saltmarshe
  v. Elsabeth Copley
  m. _ Saydall or Snydall
  vi. Mary Copley
  m. Thomas Portyngton of Barnby-upon-Don
  vii.+ other issue (dsp) - William (d infant?), Jane, Isabell
  B. Alice Copley probably of this generation
  m. John Mallet of Normanton
m2. Elizabeth Harrington (dau/heir of John Harrington of Doncaster)
2. Sir Roger Copley of Roughway, Sussex (youngest son but for Thomas)
  m. Anne Hoo (b c1446, dau of Sir Thomas Hoo)
  The following comes from Visitation (Sussex, 1560+1633-4, Copley) with some support from Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Copley).
  A. Sir Roger Copley of Roughway (a 1485) this generation omitted by Visitation (Yorkshire).
  m. Jane Lode (dau of Henry Lode of Kingsley)
  i. Sir Roger Copley of Roughway
  m. Elizabeth Shelley (dau of Sir William Shelley, Lord Chief Justice)
  The following is supported by Visitation (Surrey, 1623, Copley).
a. Sir Thomas Copley of Gatton, Surrey
  m. Catherine Luttrell (dau of Sir John Luttrell by Mary, dau of Sir Griffith Ryes)
  (1) William Copley of Gatton (a 1623)
m1. Maudlyn Prideaux (dau of Thomas Prideaux)
  (A) Mary Copley (heir?) who appears to have married ...
  m. (1637) John Weston of Sutton Place (b by 1623, d 1690)
  (B)+ other issue (a 1623) - Thomas, Anthony, William, John, Ellen
  m2. Margaret Fromonds (dau of (William) Fromonds of Cheame)
  (2) John Copley of Pluckley (4th son)
  m. _ Moone
  (3) Margaret Copley
  m. John Gage of Haling, Croydon
  (4)+ other issue - Sir Henry (dsp), Anthony, Ellen
b. Bridget Copley
  m. Richard Southwell of Wood Rising (son of Sir Richard)
  c. Katherine Copley mentioned by Visitation (Yorkshire)
  m. Sir Robert Lane (who m2. Mary, dau of John Heneage)
  ii. Mary Copley
  m. Thomas Shelley of Mapeldurham
  iii.+ other issue - Eleanor, Elizabeth
  B. Margaret Copley
  m. Edward Lewknor of Kingston Bowsey
  C. Eleanor Copley
  m. Sir Thomas West, Lord Delaware (b by 1432, d 11.10.1525)
  D. Elizabeth Copley
E. Anne Copley probably the Anne who married ...
  m. William Samborne of Southcote, younger of Fernham (dvp?)
3. Thomas Copley of Doncaster
  The following is supported by Visitation (Foster, Yorkshire, 1584/5+1612, Copley of Doncaster).
  m. Elizabeth Wortley (dau of Nicholas Wortley)
  A. Edward Copley
  m. Mary Malyverey (dau of Sir Thomas Malyverey or Maleverer of Allerton)
  i. George Copley (d 1557)
  m. Elsabeth Haldenby (dau of Robert (probably not Edward) Haldenby of Haldenby)
  a. Francis Copley of Doncaster (d c1610)
  m. Dorothy Worrall (dau of Hugh Worrall of Levershall/Loversall)
The following is supported by Visitation (Dugdale, Yorkshire, 1666, Copley of Doncaster).
  (1) William Copley 'of Nether Hall' of Doncaster (dvp, 2nd son)
  m. Sarah Copley (dau of Christopher Copley of Wadworth) @@ above
  (A) John Copley of Doncaster (b 1602-3, a 1666)
  m. (06.01.1627) Elizabeth Stringer (dau of Nicholas Stringer of Sutton-upon-Lound)
  (i) Robert Copley 'of Doncaster' (b 1633-4, of Gray's Inn)
  m. Elizabeth Sitwell (dau of George Sitwell of Renshaw)
  (a)+ issue (a 04.1666) - John (b 1659-60), George, Elizabeth
  (ii) Anne Copley
  m. Samuell Jackson of Leedes
  (iii) Sarah Copley
  m. John Lambe of Hardwick
  (iv)+ other issue - Thomas of London, Mary
  (B) William Copley (d young)
  (2) Margaret Copley
  m. _ Wentworth ("a younger son of the House of Wentworth Woodhouse")
  (3)+ issue - Francis (d unm), Robert (dsp), Richard (dsp), Thomas (dsp), Anne (d unm)
  b.+ other issue - Robert, George, William, Cuthbert (dsp), Nicholas, Bridget, Dorothy
  ii.+ other issue - Elsabeth (nun), Edith
4.+ other issue - William, John, Oliver, Percyval

Main source(s): Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Copley), Visitation (Foster, Yorkshire, 1584/5+1612, Copley of Sprotborough, Batley, Wadworth, etc) with input/support as reported above
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