Thomas Mort born abt 1540 Farnworth (15.5.)


Data 15.5. 

THOMAS MORT AND MARY SHEEN
According to the Pedigree Chart of the Mort, Froggatt and Wetherall of Astley
Thomas Mort of the Peele, in Little Hulton married Mary, daughter of Richard Sheen, of High Sheen, co Stafford
They had children Thomas, Richard and Adam who all died without issue. Note: see Richard Mort and Catherine Mosley
Daughter Anne married Thos Sutton, of Wetton, co Stafford. Their eldest son also Thomas married Mary wife of Alexander Mort
Daughter Margaret married Wm Plungeon, of Manchester Note: see William Plungeon and Margaret Mort
Daughter Mary married Thos Froggatt, of Hope and Wardlow, co Derby. Mary died 1723
    They had a son Thomas, of Wardlow, co Derby who purchased estates in Tideswell. He married Hannah
        They also had a son Thomas who also married an Hannah, who was the daughter of Francis Joddrell of Yeardsley bap at Goostrey Mar 6, 1718/19 
                                                                                                                       married there Dec 13, 1755 and buried at Chester Cathedral Apr 17, 1808 aged 90 M.I.
             Their children  where Thomas Mort Froggatt of Dam House, only son and heir born 1761, died Jun 19, 1799 buried at Astley. He had married Mary
                                                                            daughter of James Wilde of Manchester, Merchant: born Oct 2, 1766 mar settlement Mar 31, 1789, died Jan 7, 1810
              also Betty, born 1758, died unmarried in Pepper St, Chester and Hannah, born 1762 and died unmarried
                       The children of T M Froggatt and Mary Wilde where Thomas Sutton Mort Froggatt and Sarah Froggatt. He was born 1793, died without issue 
                        in 1839 and was buried at Astley. She was born 1791 and married firstly John Adam Durie b. 1783 d. 1843 buried at Astley, and secondly Malcolm
                         Nugent Ross who lived at Damhouse in 1856 and died in 1865
According to the Palatine Notebook Nov 1883 on page 250
Thomas Mort of the Peele, in Little Hulton married Mary, daughter of Richard Mort, of High Sheen, co Stafford
The above two articles give conflicting information regarding Mary wife of Thomas Mort of the Peele, was she Mary Sheen or Mary Mort 
of High Sheen. The answer is very likely that she was the daughter of Richard Mort of High Sheen since the Victorian History of Staffordshire stated 
that High Sheen was the family home of the Mort family by 1620 and rebuilt by them in 1663. Sheen Parish records around this period don’t mention a
family with the surname Sheen
Extracted from the Will of Richard Mort, Yeoman of Sheen, Staffordshire 1607, Feb 23
In the Name of God Amen the twentieth day of July one thousand five hundred ninety severn
in the nine and thirtieth year of the Reign of Soveraign lady Elizabeth by the Grace of God of England,
France and Ireland Queen defender of the Faith
I Richard Mort the elder of the parish of Sheene in the county of Stafford yeoman being in good health
and perfect remembrance thanks be to Almighty God for the same do ordaine and make this my last will and
testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God, the Creator and redeemer
of the same, and my body to the earth to be buried in the parish Church of Sheene aforesaid there to remain unto the
general day of Judgement, and then most steadfastly believe by and through the merrits of our Saviour to be raised up
again with my body and soul unto life everlasting. Item my will is that my body be honestly and decently brought to the Church
and there buried for near as may be to the place where my father was buried and the charge
of my funeral and all my debts first paid. I will and give to my most loved wife the third part of all my goods. Out of the 
rest of the other two parts remaineth my will is I give to my two sons Ralph Mort Clerk and Anthony Mort five pounds
a piece of good and lawful money of England. Richard Mort my eldest son is indeted to them. Unto Grace Wardle my daughter
twelve pence in full of all her filiall or child part of my goods over and besides all such marriage goods as I have given her in marriage.
To my other two sons Henry and Gervase equally to be divided between them and keeping of my said son Henry during his life 
forty shillings yearly. Thomas Mort my brother and William Wheeldon. According to the effect of our obligation bearing 
date the twentieth day of January about written made and executed by Richrd Mort my eldest son to the same extent 
and purpose. All such interest term and time in all my  messuages, lands, tenements and heriditaments in the parish
of Sheene. I give and bequeath unto James Mort son …  unto Gervase my said son….
I nominate and appoint my most loved wife Elizabeth and my said two sons Henry and Gervase Mort lawful Executors of this
my last will truly performed.. Witness Thomas Mort of Heath H…… , George Sleighe, Thomas Mort of Sheene, Humfrey Goodwin,
Note: from this will we can deduct an approximate date of marriage of Richard Mort and his wife Elizabeth. Their daughter Grace was married
         by the time that the will was written in 1597 so she could have been in her 20's by then. Ralph Mort was a clerk, so he also could have
         been in his 20's and he had an elder brother Richard.
Extracted from the will of Thomas Mort of Alstonfield 1613/14 Feb 10
In the name of God Amen the ninth day of February Anno dom 1612 and in the year of the reighn of our Soverign Lord James
by the grace of God king of England France and Ireland the . of Scotland .. the defender of the faith I Thomas Mortte of Heath 
Houses in the the parish of Alstonfield in the county of Stafford husbandman deing sick in body but of good and perfect
remembrance the Lord be praised therefore I do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God the Creator and Redeemer of the same and my body to the earth to be buried
in the Quire of the parish church of Sheene there to remain until the generall day of  … and final judgement And then
I most steadfastly believe by and through the merrits of our Saviour  … my body and soul unto life Everlasting
And as for the dispersion of all my wordly goods and chattells my will is as following First I will and give to my welbeloved wife
Agnes all my … pewter and brass … bedding .. Item I give and bequeath unto Roger Mortte my sonne Ten shillings of Lawfull 
English money and all my apparell. I do give and bequeath unto Ellen Bul… my daughter for and in consideration of her ….
Item I give and bequeath unto Annie Mort my daughter the best and … brass … at and by the disposition of my said wife
And also and .. Forty shillings of lawfull english money to be delivered unto her by my Executors hereafter named at the feast 
of Saint John the Baptist ………….
Item I give and bequeath unto Margarette my daughter … forty shillings of lawfull english moneyto be delivered unto her by my
Executors as aforesaid at the said feast day of Saint John the Baptist for and in consideration of her fillial … part.
Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my daughter …. for and in consideration of her fillial …
Item my will and mind is to desire my welbeloved wife to reside over the most farm or tenement in I now inhabit device unto
Robert Mort my son for and during all her natural life, the said Robert shall obtain … I now leasse of Sir John Harpur Knight …
And my will is that my said son son Robert enter into land to mentain and keep John Mortte his Eldest brother with meat, drinks, apparell,
lodgings during all the term of his naturall life, And the keeping of ………
I nominate make my said son Robert Mortt my sole and lawfull Executor of this my last will and testament. And I appoint and
desire my loving … Gervasse Mort to be … of this my said last will and testament to be the same performed in all ….
Witness
Richard Johnson
Anthony Mortte
Note: details in this will appear to indicate that this Thomas is the brother of Richard whose will of 1607 is above. 
    The will of Richard was witnessed by Thomas of Heath Houses and the son of Thomas, Robert also of Heath Houses,
    entered into an indenture in 1643 with Sir John Harpur. See the transcript below
Extracted from the Will of Ralph Mort, Vicar of South Wingfield 1620, June 13
In the name of God Amen the xxiiith day of May in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and eighteen I Ralph Morte Clarke of par of
South Wingfield in the Countie of Derbie doo institute make and ordayne this my last will and testament in mannor and form following vizd
First of principally I give and bequeath my soule to Almighty God my maker and creator… forgiveness of all my ……. And my body to be buried
in the chancell of the Church of the said South Wingfield and for my temporall goods I do give and bequeath them as follows. I give and bequeath
five shillings and eight pence to the poor parishioners in Leake of Derbie to be bestowed and delivered at the disposition of the minister of St. ? In
Derbie aforesaid. I give and bequeath to divine poor in the parish of South Wingfield four pounds. I give and bequeath to the poor in the par of Sheene
in the county of Stafford where I was born five shillings to be paid the third day of January next after my death. Also I give and bequeath to the poor
of Cromford the sum of five shillings. Also I give and bequeath unto my brothers Richard Henry Anthonie and Gervase every one of them twelve pence.
Also I give and bequeath unto my sister Grace Wardle five shillings eight pence. Also I do give and bequeath unto my brothers and sisters children every
one of them five pence. Also I do give unto my godchildren everie one of them four pence. I do dive and bequeath unto the church of South Wingfield 
towards repairing of the said three shillings four pence. I give and bequeath unto my servants either of them … I do give and bequeath unto Elizabeth
Morte my late servant … I do give and bequeath unto my nephew Richard Mort two books ….. Sermons …. Also I give and bequeath all the rest
of my books to Ralph Morte my nephew and godsonne. I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my goods chatells moveable and unmoveable
whatsover before bequested my debts paid and funeral expenses discharged to Elizabeth Mort my lawful wife. I do hereby ordain and make my said
wife my sole and lawful executrix of this my last will and testament. In witnesss thereof I have put my hand and seal the day and year above.
Witness Henrie Sutton, M Hatfield, Richard Cardner
Note: with this will was a long inventory, but not transcribed.
Note that the Will of Richard Mort, 1607 mentions Grace Wardle as his daughter, and the Will of Ralph Mort 1620 mentions Grace Wardle as his sister.
    This makes it clear that Ralph Mort, Clerk in 1607, son of Richard Mort is the same Ralph Mort, Vicar of South Wingfield
Extracted from the County History of Staffordshire
    Fawfieldhead, formerley a township in Alstonfield Parish, has its boundary with Sheen on the east. The present house at Boosley Grange retains
   17th Century stonework and was probably built for the Wardle family, the occupiers in the 1640's.
VRI Records Index 2
    Ralph Mort and Elizabeth Cooke married Sept 1610 at South Wingfield, Derbyshire
From e-mail corespondence received Nov 2003 "jean durbin" jeand@multiline.com.au 
and from my attempt to transcribe the Bishops Transcripts taken from the High Sheen Parish Registers fiche D3596/1/1 1595-1807
    1600 Sep 19 Richard son of Richard and Eliz his wife baptised 
    1603 July 21 Jacobi son of Gervase Mort and Margerett Mort his wife baptised
    1606 Sep 8 George Mort, Curate of Sheen buried (it is possible that this may be Thomas, as the entry is badly faded)
    1606 Sep 18 Richard Mort, yeoman of High Sheen buried Note: his will transcribed above
    1606 Jan      Henry son of Richard and Eliz his wife baptised
    1610 Mar     Ellena Mort widow buried
    1612            Thomas son of Gervase Mort and Margaret his wife baptised
    1613 Apr     Dorothea dau of Richard Mort and Eliz his wife baptised
    1615 Feb     Alicia wife of Thomas Mort buried
    1617 Aug    Elizabeth dau of Gervase Mort and Margaret his wife baptised
    1620 Apr    Ralph son of Gervase Mort baptised
    1620 May    Richard Mort yeoman buried
    1628 May    Gervase Mort buried Note: his will transcribed below
    1632 Jun     Jacobum Mort and Eliz Buxton married
    1633 Jun     Elizabeth dau of Jacobi Mort baptised
    1634 Mar     Dorothea dau of Jacobi Mort baptised
    1636 Jan     Richard son of Jacobi Mort baptised
    1637           Anthony Mort buried
    1639 Sep    Maria dau Jacobi Mort baptised
    1646 Sep    Thomas Mort buried
    1653 Aug    Anna dau of Thomas Mort and Maria his wife baptised Note: this must be Ann that married Thomas Sutton 1680
Note: Lichfield Record Office also had a copy of a transcript conducted on behalf of the BMSGH of Marriages at Sheen 1682- Nov 1836
         No entries for any Morts. Had they moved elsewhere to nearby parishes or to Lancashire ?
The IGI records for Sheen has christenings and marriages 1660-1836
    Maria Mortt chr Jan 25, 1660 parents Thomas Mortt and Maria Note: Alstonfield also has this baptism Feb 14, 1660
    Adam Mortt chr Dec 1, 1663 parents Thomas Mortt and Maria
    Dorothea Mort and Henricum Chrichlow married Jun 26, 1664
    Maria Mort and Richardum Fletcher married Oct 5, 1668
    Maria Chritchlow chr Jul 20, 1665 parents Henry Chritchlow and Dorothy
    Henry Chrichlow chr Feb 7, 1670 (died Feb 11) parents Henry Chritchlow and Dorothy
Jean Durbin states:
    Thomas Sutton and Anne Hallows married Jan 21, 1675 in Wetton, Staffs. Anne died in childbirth in 1677
    Thomas Sutton then married Ann Mort Nov 9, 1680
    Ann is the daughter of Thomas Mort of High Sheen, the father of Richard and Adam Mort
    Ann Sutton nee Mort was buried at Wetton on Jul 29, 1689
Jean Durbin also states that Lichfield Record Office has an Index of Staffordshire Wills. Some of the entries are:
    1626 Richard Mort admon
    1628 Gervase Mort of Sheen
    1638 Ellen Mort
According to the Victorian History of Staffordshire, High Sheen was the home of the Mort family by 1620.
    High Sheen was evidently rebuilt by Thomas Mort in 1663, a stone bearing his name and the date has been 
    reset by the present entrance. His widow Mary was assessed for tax on 3 hearths in 1666. A map shows
    High Sheen to be on Sheen Hill near to the River Dove.
    In Sheen only 8 people where assessed for hearth tax in 1327 and 33 people assessed in 1666. By 1751
    there was still only 58 families living in the parish.
    The ancient parish of Sheen lies in the north east of the county on the boundary with Derbyshire. Sheen Hill rises to 1247 ft
    The Palace has a date stone WM 1673 (William Mort?) on the lintel in the main doorway. Two farms stand beneath Sheen
    Hill north of the village, Slate House mentioned in 1611 and High Sheen.
The answer to why there would be a connection between the Morts of Lancashire with those of Staffordshire may be found
in the Victorian History of Staffordshire. By 1505 the mannor of Sheen was administered as part of the duchy of Lancaster and
it was still held by the duchy in 1698. By 1724 the manor had passed on to Hugh Bateman of Derby who was succeeded by his
son Hugh by 1731. Thomas Sutton's will of 1752 mentions William Bateman of Derby. We also know that Alexander Mort married 
Mary Bateman after 1709 and she then married the said Thomas Sutton.