Family:Whitney, Eustace (s1475-1525)

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Eustace Whitney, Esq. (John, [Possibly] Eustace, Robert, Robert, Robert, Eustace, Eustace, Robert, ...), son of John and ----- (Walter) Whitney, was born say 1475, possibly Gorsington, Clifford, Herefordshire, and died before 9 Oct 1525 when the will of "Ustans Whitney of Clifforde" was recorded.[1]

He married Ellen Vaughan, "dau. and heir of William Vaughan, the tyrant of Clifford." "Elen = Eustace ap John Whitney of Rhydhelyg" William ap Watkin Vaughan of Rhydhelyg and Clifford f. 1471-5, married Ann f. (Sir) T(hom)os Cornwall of Burford (descendant of King Edward I of England. William Vaughan of Rhydhelyg was the son of Watkin ap Roger Vaughan of Brewardine by his first wife Elsbeth f. Henry Wogan. William's brother Thomas Vaughan of Bredwardine married Elinor, daughter of Robert Whitney.[2]

He was of Gorsington.[3]

Children of Eustace and Ellen (Vaughan) Whitney, order uncertain, and possibly incomplete:

i. James Whitney,[4] b. say 1500; m. Sibyl Parry.[5]
ii. Richard Whitney,[6] of Hardwicke, m. Anne -----.
iii. John Whitney,[7] d. 1597, a servant of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The following are probably NOT children of this family. William Whitney of Abergaveney & Aberllynfi mentions his uncle Sir Robert Whitney in his will, and thus he more likely belongs in the Whitneys of Whitney.

iv. William Whitney, d. 1563; m. ----- Vaughan.[8]
v. Eleanor Whitney,, mentioned in her brother William's will, 1558
vi. Margaret Whitney, mentioned in her brother William's will, 1558
vii. Elizabeth Whitney, mentioned in her brother William's will, 1558


See The Royal Descent of Ellen Vaughan


1. ^  Faraday, Michael A. and E. J. L. Cole, editors, Calendar of probate and administration acts 1407-1541 and abstracts of wills 1541-1581 in the court books of the Bishop of Hereford, (London: British Record Society: 1989; 1525-1526 Register of William Burghill, Official Principal, Commissary General and Vicar General, page 223 9 October 1525: Ustans [sic] Whitney of Clifforde. Executor: James his son (p.3.)

2. ^  Henry Austin Whitney, Memoranda Relating to Families of the Name of Whitney in England (Boston: 1859), p. 3. See also: Bartrum Whitney Table 2; Bartrum DRYMBENOG 2(A sub 1-3) for the ancestry of Ellen Vaughan.

3. ^  Ibid.

4. ^  The executor of "Ustans Whitney" of Clifford was his son James Whitney Archive:Bishop of Hereford Court Books.

5. ^  Ibid.

6. ^  James Whitney mentioned a brother Richard in his will. This Richard named Eustace of Clifford as an overseer of his will. Although Richard of Hardwick was probably one and the same with the Richard in this family, this has not yet been conclusively proven.

7. ^  In his will, John mentions his nephew Eustace Whitney of Clifford and his son James, identifying him as being of this family.

8. ^  Henry Austin Whitney, The First Known Use of Whitney as a Surname: Its Probable Signification, and Other Data (Boston, MA: Henry Austin Whitney, 1875), p. xv.

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