Family:Whitney, Lucy (c1609-1673)

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Lucy Whitney (Robert, Eustace, Robert, Robert, James, Robert, Eustace, Robert, Robert, Robert, Eustace, Eustace, Robert, ...), daughter of Sir Robert and Anne (Lucy) Whitney,[1] was born about 1610, Whitney, Herefordshire,[2] and died 5 Apr 1673, in the sixty-fourth year of her age.[3]

She married firstly, 29 Sep 1631, St. Giles Cripplegate, London, William Smallman, Esq., of Kinnersley, Herefordshire, son of Francis and Susan (Fabian)(Clarke) Smallman. He died Sep 1643.

She married secondly, about 1648, John Booth, son of John and Margery (Waiden) Booth of Durham. He died 1 Apr 1704, and was buried in Hereford cathedral. He was captain of a troop of horse in the service of Charles I during the Civil War.

She was buried in Hereford Cathedral in 1673, and also had a monument and epitaph worthy of notice. A peculiarity of these mortuary records is that, according to them, Constance and Lucy were each "eldest" daughter of Sir Robert. They certainly were nearly the same age and possibly were twins. It is more probable that Constance was the first born, but, having been brought up from early childhood by her maternal grandmother, and having died forty-five years before her sister, she was forgotten when the Booth monument was erected.

... Lucy's monument, in Hereford Cathedral, was hardly less interesting. Thomas Dingley, the antiquarian, who compiled "A History from Marble," in the reign of Charles II, made a pen-and-ink drawing of it, within a few years after it was erected, which, a few years ago, was reproduced, through photolithography, by the Camden Society--fortunately, for, during repairs in the cathedral, it was broken and its fragments scattered. He described its location as "over against ye clock house on a side wall in a chappel part of the North of Hereford Cathedral," and showed a tablet bearing the arms of Booth (argent, 3 boars' heads erased and erected sable) quartered with those of Whitney (az. a cross checky or. and gules), and below it a larger stone with the inscription.

Gosling, in his "History and Antiquities of the Cathedral Church of Hereford," printed in 1717, referred to the same as being "At the West End of the North Isle, on a black marble Tablet, enchased in white, rimmed with Gold and supported by two twisted Corinthian black Marble Pillars, on the Top two Angels trumpeting."

The arms remained on the wall of the chapel, but the other stone was removed to the cloister, and its setting of "Corinthian pillars," "Angels," etc., disappeared. There was no one to object to this act of vandalism till, in the summer of 1894, it was noticed by one of the American family, Hon. William Collins Whitney, of New York, who took steps to have the existing portions reunited in their original position.

From the accompanying illustration a good idea may be gained of its present appearance.

The inscription is in these words:

P. M. S. Luciae Booth (Filiae natu-maximae Roti Whitney de Whitney Eq:Aurti Et in primis Nuptus Gulo Smallman Armig datae) maestissimus Conjux Johannes Booth Armiger erigi curauit Hoc Marmor Non magis Prosapia^ claruit quam Pietate excelluit cujus indubitatam Charitate erga^ Pauperes dedit Tesseram Affabilitas erga^ Omnes emicuit et Conjugalis Affectus in Ea fuit Specimen Patientia indomitam Morbi ferociam Superauit, et cum ad nouam Palaestram Sole exorto Vestes induisset Corpus Exuebat placideq in Domino dormiebat Obijt III Non Apr Anno { Salut: 1673 { AEtat suae 64. Pseuche The Sicke Diseased, Wearied and Opprest Fly to the Graue for Refuge and for Rest Let then this sacred Earth my Body close And noe rude Hands its Quiet interpose Whilst I this Tabernacle of Clay forsake And to Elysium doe my Journey take But when The Trumpet a Retreat shall sound And peirce the Cauernes of this holy Ground These scatterd Ashes shall to Me repaire And re vnited equall Glory share.


To the pious memory of Lucy Booth (eldest daughter of Sir Robert Whitney, of Whitney, knight, and first married to William Smallman, Esq.) her most sorrowful husband, John Booth, Esq., has erected this monument.
Her charity to the poor gave undoubted proof that she was no more remarkable for her illustrious lineage than she was for her fervent piety.
She was courteous toward all and a model of conjugal affection.
Her patience conquered the fierce fury of disease: and as, at dawn, she was girding herself for another day's struggle in the battle of life, she put off mortality and peacefully slept in the Lord.

Robinson says:

Letton belonged, at an early date, to the Pychard family (see Staunton-on-Wye), and went with a co-heir to Edward Brugge, whose grand-daughter brought it in dower to John Baskerville of Eardisley. It seems afterwards to have belonged to the Delaberes of Kinnersley, and then to the Smallmans of the same place.† William Smallman, son of Francis S., by his second wife, married Lucy, d. of Sir Robert Whitney of Whitney, who, after his death, in 1643, became the wife of John Booth,‡ and brought Letton to him. Their only child, Mary (bap., 31 Mar., 1649), mar. John Dutton Colt (see Leominster) who thus became possessed of Letton. Sir John D. Colt sold that estate, 4 July, 1757, to John Freeman of Bristol, whose granddaughter and co-heir mar. Joseph Blisset of the same place, father of the Rev. Henry Blisset, the present owner of Letton.
† From the Sequestration Orders for Herefordshire, 1645—1647 {Add. MS. 16, 178), it appears that Henry, Earl of Worcester, had interest in annual rents issuing out of the manors and lands held by William Smallman of Kinnersley, Esq., decd., in Letton and Kinnersley. Lucy Smallman, widow, was permitted by the Committee to have the premises for life.
‡ John Booth, a cavalry officer in the service of Charles I., was son of John Booth of Durham, by Margery, d. of Wm. Waiden of Huntingdon. He m. 2. Rebecca, wid. of Sir John Kyrle, Bart., but had no issue by her. He d. 1 Mar., 1704, and was bur. in Hereford Cathedral, his wife having pre-deceased him in 1673. Harry Dutton Colt, fourth son of the above John D. Colt, was bur. at Letton, in 1746, aet. 63, and a dau , Elizabeth, m. Rev. Rowland Parry (d. 1761) Rector of the parish.

Robinson also says:

Francis Smallman (son of Francis, second son of Edward Smallman of Elton, (d. 1621) by Elizabeth Hopton) m. 1. Elizabeth Stockmede, wid. of George Craft, (by whom he had Francis, Jane, and Jone) and 2., Susan, dau. of Fabian, of со. Essex, and widow of John Clarke cit. of London, by whom he had William and Alice. Francis Smallman, who was M.P. for Leominster in 1620, d. 7 Sep. 1633, aged 68, and was succeeded by his son, William, (his half-brother, Francis, who had m. Catherine, d. of Sir Thomas Coningsby, having died s.p.); he mar. Lucy, d. of Sir Rob. Whitney, and died Sep. 1643, leaving issue, Lucy, (born 1632) wife of James Pytts, and Anne (b. 1634.)

Children of William and Lucy (Whitney) Smallman:

i. Lucy Smallman, b. 1632; m. James Pytts, of Kyre.
i. Anne Smallman, b. 1634; unmarried in 1686.

Child of Capt. John and Lucy (Whitney)(Smallman) Booth:

i. Mary Booth, bapt. 31 Mar 1649; m. John Dutton Colt.


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