One of our members with Milton Abbas ancestors going back the 16th century has discovered that his family were connected to the Turbeville, Horsey, Tregonwell and other high status families.
Peter Arnold writes about Nicholas Turbeville:
“.. lived at Winterborne Whitechurch as Lord of the Manor in one of the properties that curiously Sir John Tregonwell received an annual payment of one red rose. This fact is remarked upon in the historical records of the church. Peter Trasky in his publication of Milton Abbey 1978 remarked that Tregonwell had “ surrounded himself with gentlemen”. It would be easy to assume that Turberville was such a man, as he was a noted poet, author and scholar. Turberville married Ann Morgan daughter of a wealthy Mapperton family. They had four children before Turberville was murdered by Ann`s younger brother John, who was subsequently hung at Wells Somerset in 1579-80.
At this point of the tale concentration is essential. Christopher Morgan the brother of the murderer had married Mary the daughter of Sir John Brett of Whitestaunton Somerset.
John Brett was a major land owner who in 1579 had been the High Sheriff of Somerset. His son Alexander decided to marry Ann the widow of Nicholas Turberville also the sister of the Murderer John Morgan. This made Alexander the previous brother in law of Christopher Morgan the brother of the murderer, the late John!
Mrs Ann Brett the previous Mrs Turberville died August 7th 1584. On the same date, Adm. “de bonis non” of Nicholas Turberville deceased was granted to Alexander Brett.
Note: Alexander Brett and Edmund Huntley were executors of the will of Richard Arnold in 1595.
Richard’s wealth is unknown. Wife Mary Horsey was given £600 on her father Johns`s death and £200 by her brother John on his. At the dissolution her father bought Sherborne Abbey for the sum of £1242 3s. 9d. Both father and son now lie together as life size effigies in the Wykeham chapel of the abbey.
Richard’s wealth is unknown. Richards son, Richard d.1605 whose Wife Mary Horsey was given £600 on her father Johns Horsey’s death and £200 by her brother John on his. At the dissolution her father bought Sherborne Abbey for the sum of £1242 3s. 9d.
Both father and son now lie together as life size effigies in the Wykeham chapel of the abbey.