'Thornhill01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Thornhill of Thornhill (Yorkshire)

(1) A number of families in England have the name Thornhill (spelled variously) but it seems likely that they are not all connected with there having been at least 2 roots - one in Yorkshire and the other in Devon. The family shown on this page was originally in Yorkshire. BLG1886 (McCreagh-Thornhill of Stanton), which reported on a branch in Derbyshire, mentioned that "The pedigree deduces the descent from Gerneber, a noble Saxon, who, it is therein recorded, possessed, before the Conquest, large tracts of land in the co. of York".
(2) The Visitation of 1563-4 starts with Enfulsus father of Jordan father of Enfulsus (temp Richard I) shown as father of Jordan father of Richard father of John father of Richard father of John father of Brian father of Simon father of the heiress Elizabeth. Dugdale's Visitation in 1666 starts with Ascelphus de Thornhill, father of John, Jordan & Thomas, and shows John as father of John father of Richard father of John father of Brian father of John father of Brian father of Brian father of Brian father of Simon father of the heiress Elizabeth. We presume that Ascelphus was the same person as the 2nd Elfulsus mentioned by the earlier Visitation. BLG1886 starts with John father of Richard father of John father of Brian father of Simon father of Elizabeth. This supports the 1563-4 Visitation rather than the 1666 one. However, BLG1952 does not mention the early main line at all. We view the following as somewhat presumptuous, following BLG1886 and the earlier Visitation but presuming that Dugdale found out a bit more on the earliest generation but duplicated some Brians in the intermediate generations. To evidence this presumption and our doubts, we show these early generations in italics.
Enfulsus ("qui erat apud Conquestum")
1. Jordan
  A. Ascelphus de Thornhill (a temp Richard I who r. 1189-1199)
  i. John Thornhill
  a. John Thornhill
  (1) Richard Thornhill of Thornhill, Yorkshire (d 1287)
  (A) Sir John Thornhill of Thornhill presumed to have been the first mentioned by BLG1886
(i) Sir Richard Thornhill
  m. Mawde (sister of Bryan, son of Alwynus de Bedall)
  (a) Sir John Thornhill of Thornhill
  Visitation (1563-4) shows John married to a dau of Fitzwilliam of Sprotborough and his son Brian as married to a Jone. BLG1886 identifies Joan Fitzwilliam as wife of ...
  ((1)) Sir Brian Thornhill of Thornhill
  m. Joan FitzWilliam (dau of Sir John Fitzwilliam (of Sprotborough))
((A)) Sir Simon Thornhill of Thornhill
  m. Mary Bapthorpe (dau of Edward Bapthorpe of Bapthorpe)
  ((i)) Elizabeth Thornhill
  m. Henry Savile of Thornhill
  ((B)) Thomas Thornhill (a 1338, 1374)
  Visitation (1563-4) shows a Thomas, married to Margaret (widow of _ Lacy), as 2 generations earlier. BLG1886 shows him as 2nd son of Sir Brian by Joan Fitzwilliam. Thomas is the first mentioned by BLG1952 (Thornhill of Didington) which identifies him as "of the family of Thornhill, of Thornhill".
  m. Margaret Lacy (dau of ?? Lacy of Cromwelbothorn)
((i)) Richard Thornhill of Fixby
  m. Margaret Tothill (dau/heir of William Tothill of Fixby)
  ((C)) (Agnes) Thornhill
  m. (John) Dransfield of West Braden (Bretton)
  (b) Brian Thornhill (parson of Bedall)
  (ii) Sara Thornhill
  m. Sir Richard Tankersley (son of Sir Henry (by _ Poyntvyn) son of Henry (by dau of Robert Poynttye) son of Dolphyn de Tankersley)
  (a) Henry Tankersley (dsp)
  (b) Johanna Tankersley
  m. Sir Hugh Eland (d c1309)
  (c) Ales Tankersley
  m. Richard Tyas
  ii.+ other issue - Jordan, Thomas

Main source(s): Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, Thornhill), Visitation (Yorkshire, Dugdale 1666, Thornhill of Flixby), BLG1886 (Thornhill of Diddington)
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