LEKE FAMILY

"Leeke", "Leke", "Lake" and "Leake" appear to be alternative spellings accepted by various members of this family tree.

John LEKE (Sir)

Born: 1355, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: 1415, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir)

Mother: ¿?

Married: Isabel TOWER (dau. of John Towers of Somerby)

Children:

1. Simon LEKE (Esq.)

2. Beatrice LEKE

3. John LEKE

4. Margaret LEKE


Beatrice LEKE

Born: ABT 1388, Coats, Lincolnshire, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir)

Mother: Isabel TOWER

Married: John DYMOKE of Coats ABT 1420, Coats, Lincolnshire, England

Children:

1. John DYMOKE

2. Thomas DYMOKE

3. Andrew DYMOKE


Simon LEKE (Esq.)

Born: ABT 1370, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: BET 1426 - 1430

Father: John LEKE (Sir)

Mother: Isabel TOWER

Married 1: Margaret VAUX

Children:

1. William LEKE (MP)

2. Ralph LEKE

3. John LEKE

Married 2: Jane TALBOT

Children:

1. Mary LEKE

2. Margaret LEKE

3. Elizabeth LEKE

3. Anne LEKE


Mary LEKE

Born: ABT 1417, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: 27 Mar 1455, South Petherton, Somerset, England

Father: Simon LEKE (Esq.)

Mother: Jane TALBOT

Married: Giles DAUBENEY (Sir Knight) BEF 18 May 1436, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Children:

1. Jane (Frances) DAUBENEY


Margaret LEKE

Died: 21 Oct 1454

Father: Simon LEKE (Esq.)

Mother: Jane TALBOT

Married: John MARKHAM of Sedgebrook (Sir)

Children:

1. John MARKHAM (d. 1458)

2. Simon MARKHAM

3. Thomas MARKHAM of Sedgebrook

4. William MARKHAM


Elizabeth LEKE

Born: ABT 1379, Cotham, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: 1450, Grove, Nottinghamshire, England

Father: Simon LEKE (Esq.)

Mother: Jane TALBOT

Married: Hugh HERCY of Grove (Sir) (son of Sir Thomas Hercy amd Catherine Comberford)

Children:

1. Hugh HERCY of Grove (Esq.)

2. Isabella HERCY


Anne LEKE

Born: ABT 1425

Died: AFT 1471

Father: Simon LEKE (Esq.)

Mother: Jane TALBOT

Married: Richard WILLOUGHBY


John LEKE

Born: 1390, Carlton, Suffolk, England

Died: ABT 1430, Beccles, Suffolk, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir)

Mother: Isabel TOWER

Married 1: Alice De GREY

Children:

1. William LEKE of Lakeford

2. Thomas LEKE

3. Anne LEKE

4. Catherine LEKE

Married 2: Jenet CALLEY (dau. of Sir William Caley of Northampton and Alice De Braose)

Children:

5. John LEKE


Catherine LEKE

Died: 1500

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Alice De GREY

Married: John DISNEY

Children:

1. John DISNEY (b. 1433 – d. 1480) (m. Margaret Neville)

2. Miles DISNEY

3. Maud DISNEY (b. 1437 – d. 1485)

3. Richard DISNEY (b. 1443 – d. 1492) (m. Jane Middleton)

4. Edward DISNEY (m. Catherine Blaunche)

5. Thomas DISNEY

6. Catherine DISNEY (m. William Staunton)


John LEKE

Born: ABT 1410, Meath, Ireland

Died: ABT 1475, Normanton, West Yorkshire, England

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Jenet CALLEY

Married: Jane DRAKES (dau. of Robert Drakes and Eleanor Rokeley)

Children:

1. John LEKE


John LEKE

Born: 1445, Meath, Ireland

Died: ABT 1475, Normanton, Yorkshire, England

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Jane DRAKES

Married: Maud ?

Children:

1. Lancelot LEKE


Lancelot LEKE

Born: 1465, Meath, Ireland

Died: 8 May 1559, Normanton, Yorkshire, England

Buried: Wakefied, West Yorkshire, England

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Maud ?

Married: Margaret TWISLETON (dau. of Henry Twisleton)

Children:

1. John LAKE of Irby


John LAKE of Irby

Born: 1502

Father: Lancelot LEKE

Mother: Margaret TWISLETON

Married: Elizabeth LONE

Children:

1. John LAKE of Irby


John LAKE of Irby

Born: ABT 1535, Irby, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 1575, Lincolnshire, England

Buried: Irby-upon-Humher, Lincolnshire, England

Notes: will dated 26 Apr 1575. John was "a little tailor in a little village".

Father: John LAKE of Irby

Mother: Elizabeth LONE

Married 1: Agnes THARROT (d. 1562) ABT 1560

Married 2: Margaret OSGODBY (b. ABT 1545 - d. 1601) ABT 1570

Children:

1. Richard LAKE of Irby

2. Christopher LAKE


Richard LAKE of Irby

Born: 1570, Irby, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 17 Dec 1626

Father: John LAKE of Irby

Mother: Margaret OSGODBY

Married 1: Anne WARDALL (dau. of Edward Wardall of Keilby)

Children:

1. Edward LAKE (1° Bt. of Carnow)

Married 2: Anne MORELLY (dau. of Richard Morelly of Claxby)

Children:

2. Henry LAKE

3. Richard LAKE

4. Ambrose LAKE

5. John LAKE

6. Luke LAKE

7. Thomas LAKE (Capt.)

8. Anne LAKE


Edward LAKE (1° Bt. of Carnow)

Born: ABT 1599

Christened: 22 Feb 1599/1600

Died: 18 Jul 1674

Buried: Lincoln Cathedral

Notes: He received the degree of B. A. at Oxford in 1627. He was an eminent lawyer, becoming advocate general for Ireland. On the outbreak of the English Civil Wars, he both fought and wrote on the Kings side. At the battle of Edgehill he received sixteen wounds, and having lost the use of his left hand by a shot, he placed his horses bridle between his teeth and fought with his sword in his right hand.

He was promised as his reward a barony and an augmentation to his arms by King Charles I, in 1643. But since the King was beheaded and the period of the Commonwealth intervened, nothing was done until 1661. King Charles II then made him Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, and the augmented coat of arms promised by King Charles I was in 1661 formally authorized by the College of Arms.

The will of Sir Edward Lake is dated 8 Apr 1665. In the will he leaves a bequest to the Church at Normanton near Pontefract in Yorkshire, because it was the home of his paternal ancestors. He mentions his kinsman and servant Christopher Lake, his brother John Lake, his nephew Francis Lake of Hatcliffe, the eldest son of his brother Luke Lake, and Stephen, eldest son of his brother Thomas Lake. He named his half-brother Thomas Lake, Jr. [SIC: nephew] Exec.

Father: Richard LAKE of Irby

Mother: Anne WARDALL

Married: Anne BIBYE (dau. of Simon Biby or Bybye)

Children:

1. Edward LAKE (d. young)


Christopher LAKE

Born: 26 Oct 1572, Lincolnshire, England

Died: 1674

Father: John LAKE of Irby

Mother: Margaret OSGODBY

Married: Mary BROWNE

Children:

1. Francis LAKE (b. 1616)


Thomas LEKE

Born: 1407, Kirkton, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: ABT 1458

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Alice De GREY

Married: Jane THOMAS

Children:

1. Elizabeth LEKE


Elizabeth LEKE

Father: Thomas LEKE

Mother: Jane THOMAS

Married: Richard WHALLEY (son of Henry Whalley and Dorothy Willoughby)

Children:

1. Thomas WHALLEY


William LEKE of Lakeford

Born: ABT 1434

Died: 1 Dec 1474

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Alice De GREY

Married: Catherine CHAWORTH 1462, Ripinghall, Lincolnshire, England

Children:

1. John LEKE (Sir Knight)

2. Thomas LEKE of Hasland

3. Catherine LEKE

4. Margery LEKE


Margery LEKE

Father: William LEKE of Lakeford

Mother: Catherine CHAWORTH

Married: Son PECK


John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Born: ABT 1454, Southwell Dale, Derbyshire, England

Died: 31 Mar 1505, Sutton cum Duckmanton, Derbyshire, England

Father: William LEKE of Lakeford

Mother: Catherine CHAWORTH

Married 1: Elizabeth SAVAGE

Children:

1. John LEKE (Sir Knight)

2. Thomas LEKE (d. ABT 1512)

3. Muriel LEKE

4. Catherine LEKE

5. Elizabeth LEKE

6. Mary LEKE

Married 2: Alice ?


Muriel LEKE

Born: 1475

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Elizabeth SAVAGE

Married 1: Robert WATERTON of Walton and Sandal (Sir Knight) (son of Sir John Waterton and Maud Fairfax)

Children:

1. Thomas WATERTON (Sir Knight) (m. Joan Tempest)

2. Susan WATERTON (m. Nicholas Palmes)

Married 2: George LINACRE


Catherine LEKE

Born: 1476, Sutton, Derbyshire, England

Died: 24 May 1529, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Elizabeth SAVAGE

Married: Godfrey FOLJAMBE (Sir Knight) (b. 27 Mar 1472 - d. 20 Dec 1541) (son of Henry Foljambe and Benedicta Vernon)

Children:

1. John FOLJAMBE

2. Benedicta FOLJAMBE

3. Catherine FOLJAMBE (m. Sir Thomas Neville of Holt)

4. James FOLJAMBE (Sir) (b. ABT 1511 - d. ABT 1558) (m. Alice Fitzwilliam)

5. Godfrey FOLJAMBE

6. George FOLJAMBE (b. ABT 1512 - d. ABT 1563) (m. Dorothy Barlow)

7. Anne FOLJAMBE


Elizabeth LEKE

Born: ABT 1477, Sutton, Nottinghamshire, England

Died: ABT 1545, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Elizabeth SAVAGE

Married 1: John FRESCHVILLE

Children:

1. Peter FRESCHVILLE (m. Elizabeth Tempest)

Married 2: Brian HASTINGS of Fenwick (Sir Knight)


John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Born: ABT 1458, Carlton, Suffolk, England

Died: 17 Nov 1529, Beccles, Suffolk, England

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Elizabeth SAVAGE

Married 1: Jane FOLJAMBE (dau. of Henry Foljambe and Benedicta Vernon)

Children:

1. John LEKE

2. Francis LEKE of Sutton Scarsdale (Sir)

Married 2: Alice BERTRAM (d. Sep 1538)

Married 3: Margery OFFLEY (d. 1548) (dau. of John Offley)

Children:

3. Margery LEKE


John LEKE

Born: ABT 1495

Died: ABT 1553

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Jane FOLJAMBE

Married: Margaret PASTON

Children:

1. Henry LEKE (MP)


Henry LEKE (MP)

Born: ABT 1526

Died: AFT 1558

Notes: deputy auditor of augmentations to Matthew Colthurst, a servant of the Protector Somerset. Colthurst’s previous deputy, Ralph Lambe, is not known to have acted after 1546 and Leke may have replaced him then, although his first certificate for Devon is dated 27 Feb 1548. After the dissolution of the court of augmentations certificates for west-country grants were issued by John Hornyold, one of the auditors of the Exchequer: Hornyold, compiling a list of the debts of the office for which he had assumed responsibility, discovered a fraud committed by Leke in 1553. Leke was called before Treasurer Winchester, confessed that he had failed to account for £100 which he had received, and was sent to the Fleet. After three months in prison he appeared before the Star Chamber and was ordered to pay a fine of £100, to stand in the pillory and to appear before all the courts in Westminster Hall with a paper upon his head with his offence—‘an auditor for false usage in his office’: after which he was to return to the Fleet. Eventually he was freed and his fine remitted ‘in respect of his poverty’.

Leke’s return for Lyme Regis to the Parliament of 1547 is doubtless to be attributed to his official position and connexions, particularly through Colthurst. His kin may have encouraged him to seek Membership on this occasion, as two of his uncles, John Paston and Sir Francis Leke, procured their own election to this Parliament. By 1554, when Leke was re-elected, Colthurst had attached himself to William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke. Since Pembroke was constable of Devizes castle, it is likely that Leke was a nominee of the Earl’s for the borough, as was his fellow-Member Thomas Highgate: the names of both Leke and Highgate were inserted in a different hand in the election indenture. The Journal does not mention Leke.

In 1552 Leke was granted a 21-year lease of the manor house at Iwerne Courtnay in Dorset but within a few years he had surrendered his title. He probably lived in London and may have been the Henry Leke of the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great whose widow Jane (by then married to Roger Edwards) obtained administration of his estate in Oct 1561. 

Father: John LEKE

Mother: Margaret PASTON

Married: Jane ?


Francis LEKE of Sutton Scarsdale (Sir)

Born: ABT 1510

Died: 1580

Notes: See his Biography.

Father: John LEKE (Sir Knight)

Mother: Jane FOLJAMBE

Married: Elizabeth PASTON

Children:

1. John LEKE

2. Frances LEKE (m. Son Markham)

3. Francis LEAKE (Sir)

4. Eleanor LEKE

Associated with: ¿?

Children:

5. Thomas LEKE

6. Son LEKE


Francis LEAKE (Sir)

Born: 1542, Sutton, Durham, England

Died: 1626, Newark, England

Notes: See his Biography.

Father: Francis LEKE of Sutton Scarsdale (Sir)

Mother: Elizabeth PASTON

Married 1: Frances SWIFT (d. 1610) (dau. of Robert Swift and Eleonor Wickersley)

Children:

1. Mary LEKE

2. Francis LEAKE (1° E. Scarsdale)

Married 2: Mary EGIOKE (d. 19 Jan 1631) (dau. of John Egioke and Anne Huband) (m.2 Sir Gervase Clifton, 1st Baronet)

Children:

3. Richard LEAKE


Mary LEKE

Born: ABT 1538

Died: 1575

Father: Francis LEAKE (Sir)

Mother: Frances SWIFT

Married: Robert MARKHAM (Sheriff of Nottingham)

Children:

1. Gertrude MARKHAM

2. Robert MARKHAM (Sir Knight)

3. George MARKHAM (b. 1555 - d. AFT 1575)

4.

5.

6.

7. Gervase MARKHAM

8. John MARKHAM

9. Godfrey MARKHAM

10. Mary MARKHAM

11. Anne MARKHAM (b. 1580 - d. 1607)

12. Isabel MARKHAM

13. Elizabeth MARKHAM


Francis LEAKE (1° E. Scarsdale)

Born: 1581

Died: 1655

Father: Francis LEAKE (Sir)

Mother: Frances SWIFT

Married: Anne CAREY 16 Sep 1607, Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England

Children:

1. Anne LEAKE

2. Nicholas LEAKE (2° E. Scarsdale)

3. Penelope LEAKE

4. Frances LEAKE

5. Francis LEAKE

6. Edward LEAKE

7. Henry LEAKE

8. Catherine LEAKE

9. Elizabeth LEAKE

10. Charles LEAKE

11. Muriel LEAKE


Thomas LEKE of Hasland

Born: ABT 1458, Hasland, Derbyshire, England

Died: 1523, Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Derbyshire, England

Father: William LEKE of Lakeford

Mother: Catherine CHAWORTH

Married 1: Margaret FOX

Children:

1. Elizabeth LEKE

2. John LEKE

3. Marcella LEKE

Married: Jane LEKE

Children:

4. Elizabeth LEKE


John LEKE

Born: ABT 1470

Father: Thomas LEKE of Hasland

Mother: Margaret FOX

Married: Elizabeth HOPE

Children:

1. Ralph LEKE


Marcella LEKE

Father: Thomas LEKE of Hasland

Mother: Margaret FOX

Married: George LINACRE


Elizabeth LEKE

Born: ABT 1497, Hasland, Derbyshire, England

Died: ABT 1570

Father: Thomas LEKE of Hasland

Mother: Margaret FOX

Married 1: John HARDWICK of Hardwick (b. ABT 1495 - d. 1526) (son of John Hardwick and Elizabeth Pinchbeck)

Children:

1. Jane HARDWICK (m. Sir Godfrey Bosville)

2. Mary HARDWICK (m. Richard Wingfield)

3. Alice HARDWICK (m. Francis Leke)

4. James HARDWICK (b. 1524 - d. 1579)

5. Elizabeth De HARDWICK (C. Shrewsbury) (See her Biography)

6. Thomasine HARDWICK

7. Sarah HARDWICK (m. Son Foljambe)

8. Joyce HARDWICK (b. 1510 - d. 6 Mar 1585) (m. Michael Purefoy of Caldecote)

9. Jocosa HARDWICK

Married 2: Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Children:

10. Jane LEKE

11. Margaret LEKE

12. Joan LEKE

13. Alice LEKE

14. Elizabeth LEKE



George LEKE of Chatsworth

Father: Phillip LEKE

Mother: Anne VERNON

Married: Anne BABINGTON (dau. of Thomas Babington and Elizabeth Fitzherbert)

Children:

1. Thomas LEKE

2. Francis LEKE

3. Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth


Francis LEKE

Father: George LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Anne BABINGTON

Married: ¿?

Children:

1. Francis LEKE of Chatsworth


Francis LEKE of Chatsworth

Born: ABT 1518, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England

Died: 1550

Notes: a nephew of Ralph Leke of Chatsworth offered the old family property to Thomas Agarde, for £700. The Leke family, including Ralph Leke, who owned the property as Beeley which marched with the Chatsworth land, were aghast when they discovered what Francis had done, and clamoured for the bargain to be rescinded.

Father: Francis LEKE

Mother: ¿?

Married: Alice HARDWICK (dau. of John Hardwick of Hardwick and Elizabeth Leke)


Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Born: ABT 1494, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England

Died: ABT 1550, Feyfield, Worcestershire, England

Father: George LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Anne BABINGTON

Married: Elizabeth LEKE

Children:

1. Jane LEKE

2. Margaret LEKE

3. Joan LEKE

4. Alice LEKE

5. Elizabeth LEKE

Married: Dau. HARRIS

Children:

1. Ralph LEKE of Carden


Jane LEKE

Born: ABT 1533, Derbyshire, England

Died: AFT 1603

Notes: half-sister and close friend of Bess of Hardwick, whose gentlewoman she became during Bess’s marriages to Sir William Cavendish, Sir William St. Loe and George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. Jane Kniveton was frequently left in charge of Bess household and estates and accompanied her to court for eight weeks in 1591-2, just after the deaths of their respective husbands.

Father: Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Elizabeth LEKE

Married: Thomas KNIVETON of Mercaston (MP)

Children:

1. Margaret KNIVETON

2. Elizabeth KNIVETON

3. George KNIVETON

4. Saintlow KNIVETON

5. William KNIVETON (1° Bt.)

6. Anne KNIVETON

7. Mary KNIVETON

8. Jane KNIVETON

9. Gilbert KNIVETON (Sir)


Elizabeth LEKE

Died: 1601

Notes: half sister of Bess of Hardwick and was living with her in London in 1558, before her first marriage. In 1598-1600, and possibly earlier, a Mistress Wingfield was mother of maids at the court of Queen Elizabeth. It is possible, though not confirmed, that this was Elizabeth Leeche. “Mrs. Wingfield, wife of Pollard” was buried 6 Jan 1601 in St. James, Clerkenwell (London).

Father: Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Elizabeth LEKE

Married 1: Anthony WINGFIELD

Married 2: George POLLARD of Tetbury


Margaret LEKE

Born: ABT 1534, Hardwick, Derbyshire, England

Died: 1595

Father: Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Elizabeth LEKE

Married 1: John HARRISON

Children:

1. John HARRISON (Sir)

2. Isabel HARRISON

3. Charles HARRISON

4. George HARRISON

5. Rowland HARRISON

6. Richard Augustus HARRISON (Sir)

Married 2: Richard SLAUGHTER of Sutton

Children:

7. Henry SLAUGHTER

8. Elizabeth SLAUGHTER

9. Anne SLAUGHTER

10. George SLAUGHTER


Ralph LEKE of Carden

Born:

Father: Ralph LEKE of Chatsworth

Mother: Dau. HARRIS

Married 1: Dau. PRESLAND

Children:

1. William LEKE

2. George LEKE

Married 2: Elizabeth OKEOVER

Children:

3. John LEKE of Carden

4. Anne LEKE

5. Ralph LEKE

6. Elizabeth LEKE

7. Alicia LEKE

8. Joan LEKE



Dorothy LEKE

Father: Thomas LEKE of Halloughton

Mother: ¿?

Married: William THOROLD (d. 1569) (m.2 Margaret Hussey)

Children:

1. Anthony THOROLD of Marston and Blankney (Sir) (See his Biography) (m.1 Margaret Sutton - m.2 Anne Constable)


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