Humphrey UNDERHILL was
christened on 24 Apr 1608 in Whitchurch, Warwickshire.1
resided at Wincot in the
Parish of Clifford Chambers.
It is not known when he died. Some researchers have plucked out a
burial from 1657 in the Clifford Chambers, Gloucestershire / Warickshire Parish Burial
Register.1 However that
reads "1657 Child of Mr Humphrie Undrill was buried the 26 of August in the
yeare". The first word child was not easily read for the unitiated as
the "C" is heavily obscured and the "h" was written in the old English
style which looks upside down :-
Some researchers also claim that he was first married to Meriall COLCHESTER on the 8 Aug 1625 in
However a christening has now been found for Merriall (with new indexing
of the records) and she was christened in 1598 making her 27 on marriage
compared to Humphrey's age of 17. Unlikely perhaps. However a new and
more likely candidate has been found for her husband, and that is Humphrey's uncle
Humphrey born in 1589 in Whitchurch and again previously not recorded.
See uncle Humphrey's page for more his lineage.
In that case then his
first marriage was to Mary, surname Hall or otherwise. As there is a gap
in the Clifford Chambers parish register from 1629 to 1636 any likely
marriage and any other possible earlier children's details are lost.
Who was Humphrey's wife?
See my paper on who she wasn't.
Children were : -
i. George christened on the 4 Aug 1637 in Clifford Chambers.
Margaret chr. 13 Mar 1639 in Clifford Chambers
Mary UNDERHILL chr. 15 Nov 1640 in
iv. Anne chr. 11 Jan 1643 in Clifford
v Rebeccah chr. 2 Dec 1644 in Clifford
vi. Simon chr. 20 Oct 1649 in
vii. William chr. 23 Aug 1651 in Clifford
viii. Susanah chr. Feb 1654 in Clifford Chambers.
ix. Sarah chr. Feb 1654 in Clifford Chambers.
christenings as found in the Parish Register from the gap in 1636.)
Burial of a child in 1657 as described above.
The strange thing is
that this family seems to disappear completely after the child's burial
in 1657. Did they also go to America? Were they on a ship bound for
America which was lost at sea? All lost to the plague in 1665 but not
recorded in the burial register?
Registers as stated. Note that Clifford Chambers was part of
Gloucestershire but is now in Warwickshire so records can be found in
either counties records.