Pedigree Index

Abney of Measham Hall

ABNEY, WILLIAM-WOTTON, of Measham Hall, co. Derby, Esq., J.P. and D.L., b. 5 Jan. 1807; m. 6 May, 1828, Helen-John-Sinclair, eldest dau. of James Buchanan, Esq. of Craigend Castle, co. Stirling, by the Lady Janet Sinclair, his wife, dau. of James, 12th Earl of Caithness, and had one son, who d. in early infancy, Dec. 1829. Mr. Abney s. his grandfather in 1827, and served as high-sheriff for Leicestershire in 1847.

Lineage.-The Abneys were seated at Abney in the Peak about the time of the Conquest; and Willesley was in the possession of this ancient family for upwards of five hundred years, until alienated from it by the late Sir Charles Abney Hastings, Bart.

JOHN DE ABENEY (son of William de Abeney, and grandson of John de Abeney, living at Wivelislie in 1318), m. about 1400, the elder dau. and co-heir of William de Ingewardeby, of Willeslaye, co. Derby, and was ancestor of the ADNEYS of Willesley, of which were SIR EDWARD ABNEY, a well-known judge, and his younger brother, SIR THOMAS ABNEY, lord-mayor and M.P. for London, one of the founders of the Bank of England: the representation in the female line of the Abneys of Willesley, is now vested in the families of KELLY, of Tobervaddy and Kellybrook, co. Roscommon.

WILLIAM ABNEY, of the Inner Temple, Esq. (fourth in descent from Robert Abney, of Newton Burguland, 2nd son of George de Abeney, of Willesley), purchased the estate of Measham, co. Derby, and erected the family mansion there. He was b. 25 Nov. 1713, and d. in 1800. He m. Catherine, dau. and heir of Thomas Wotton, of Little Cannons, Herts, Esq., and had (with two daus., Mary; wife of John Swinfen, of Swinfen, Esq. and Catherine, wife of the Rev. Thomas Burnaby) four sons: the two youngest d. unm.; the eldest, Robert, of Measham, b. in 1748, high-sheriff of Derbyshire in 1777, m. Anne, dau. of the Rev. Philip Bracebridge, and left an only dau. and heir, Anne, wife of the Rev. Samuel-B. Heming. The 2nd son,

EDWARD ABNEY, of Measham, Esq., b. in 1751, d. in 1827; having had by Hephzibah, his 2nd wife, dau. of Samuel Need, Esq. of Nottingham, two sons and a dau.

I. WILLIAM-WOTTON, capt. royal horse-guards blue: m. Elizabeth, dau. of W. Richardson, Esq. of Fulford House, co. York; and dying v.p., in 1821, left issue,

1 WILLIAM-WOTTON, present proprietor.
2 Edward-Henry, in holy orders; m. in 1833, Catherine, dau. of Jedediah Strutt, Esq. of Belper, co. Derby, and has issue.
1 Catherine, m. in 1835, to the Rev. William Sandys.

II. Edward., m. in 1822, Ellen, dau. of Hyla Holden, of Wednesbury, Esq., and left two daus., Hephzibah-Constance, and Ellen-Clarke.
I. Elizabeth, m. to Henry Walker, of Blythe Hall, Notts, Esq.

Arms-Or, on a chief, gu., a lion, passant, arg.
Crest-A demi-lion, rampant, or, a pellet between the paws.
Motto-Fortiter et honeste.
Seat-Measham Hall, Derbyshire.

Transcribed from A genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, by Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms, fourth edition, 1862;
a.k.a. Burke's Landed Gentry, 1862