your name Mouldsworth?
If your name is Mouldsworth your ancestors may have lived
in the township of that name on the edge of Delamere Forest, near
Randle de Moldeworth was living there in the thirteenth century.
Roger, his successor, who had a brother Peter, was a juror at an
enquiry regarding the Church of Thornton early in the fourteenth
century. William de Mouldsworth and his wife Lucy had the manor
in 1327. He had three brothers, Robert, John and Adam who held lands
in Mouldsworth, the latter being heir to William.
Eventually, Adam also held the manor of Little Barrow. Adam was
succeeded by his son Adam who was forester of Mara and was living
in 1364. Adam and Cecily his wife had two sons, Richard, who had
lands in Kelsall from his father, and Roger who became Lord of Mouldsworth
and married a daughter of Richard Manley. Roger was living in 1394
and was succeeded by his son Nicholas who held lands in Tarvin.
He was living in 1442 when he was seventy years of age. He had three
sons, Robert, John and Richard and it appears that the two latter
with others were indicted for an assault at Budworth in 1421.
Robert was appointed collector of a subsidy in Edisbury Hundred
and was Forester of Mara, whilst John leased the King's lands in
the forest. Richard became Forester in 1438.
John succeeded to Mouldsworth and was followed by his son Richard
and later by Richard's son, another John who was living at Mouldsworth
in 1502. John's son John Mouldeworth sold the Mouldsworth estates
and was succeeded by his son Robert who confirmed the sale in 1521.
Robert appears to have had a son Richard, succeeded by Edward who
was living at Wincham, near Northwich, in 1624. Edward's son William
Mouldsworth married Dorothy, daughter of William Trafford, of Bridge
Trafford, and had descendants.
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