THE CHIRME FAMILY
OF WELLINGTON AND HIGH ERCALL, SHROPSHIRE



Martha Cherme was born in about 1691. She married Thomas Tudor of High Ercall 14 April 1714 in Upton Magna, Shropshire. They had a son, Richard, born in High Ercall, Shropshire, then four daughters, Martha, Anne, Mary, and Ezabell, born in Rodington, Shropshire. Martha died and was buried 9 September 1761 in Rodington.


No christening record has been found for Martha Cherme, but the Cherme/Chirme name is found in the adjoining parishes of High Ercall and Wellington near Upton Magna. There are two good possibilities for Martha's parents, one in High Ercall, and one in Wellington. The first is the family of Richard Chirme in Wellington, and the other is the family of John Chirme in High Ercall.




It seems more likely that Richard is Martha's father. Martha's only son is named Richard. She also has a daughter, Anne, but no daughter named Jane or Joanne.


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
RICHARD AND ANNE CHIRME


Richard Chirme was christened January 1648 in Wellington, Shropshire, the son of Thomas Chirme and Elinor Howle. He married Anne. Richard died and was buried 25 June 1717 in Wellington. Anne died and was buried as a widow 27 November 1722 in Wellington.


Richard Chirme baptism

Baptismal record for Richard Chirme


Richard and Anne had the following children:


1. Richard, christened 1686 in Wellington.


*2. Martha, born about 1691; married Thomas Tudor 14 April 1714 in High Ercall; buried 9 September 1761 in Rodington, Shropshire.



SOURCE: Wellington parish register on www.findmypast.co.uk.



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS CHIRME AND
ELINOR HOWLE




Thomas Chirme was christened 9 March 1617 in High Ercall, the son of John and Anne Chirme. He married Elinor Howle 15 May 1641 in Wellington. Elinor died and was buried 18 March 1661 in Wellington. Thomas died and was buried 13 August 1664 in Wellington.


Thomas Churme marriage

Thomas Churme and Elinor Howle marriage


Thomas and Elinor had the following children:


*1. Richard, christened January 1648 in Wellington; married 1) Anne; buried 25 June 1717 in Wellington.


2. (Male), christened 4 April 1652 in Wellington.



SOURCE: Wellington parish register on www.findmypast.co.uk.


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN AND ANNE CHIRME


John Chirme was christened in 1591 in the townland of Tearne in the parish of High Ercall. No parents were recorded in the parish register, but he was likely the son of William Chirme. He married Anne.


John and Anne had the following children:


1. Samuell, christened 26 March 1615 in High Ercall; married Joanne.


*2. Thomas, christened 9 March 1617 in High Ercall; married Elinor Howle 15 May 1641 in Wellington. .


3. Benjamine, christened 3 June 1621 in High Ercall; married Sarah.


4. Richard, christened 12 December 1624 in High Ercall.


John's sons Thomas and  Benjamin may have moved from High Ercall to Wellington. They are found having children christened in Wellington parish in the 1640s through the  1660s, while Samuell and Joanne his wife stayed and had children in High Ercall: John (1647), and Mary (1655). Thomas and Elinor had Richard (1651) and John (1652), both christened in Wellington. Benjamin and Sarah had a son (1650), Joyce (1652), Benjamin (1662), George (1665), a son (1657), and Jane (1666), all christened in Wellington.


SOURCE: High Ercall parish register.


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM CHIRME




William Chirme was born in about 1550 of Tearne in the parish of High Ercall, the son of Richard Cherme. He was a husbandman in the townland of Tearne. No parents were listed in christenings in High Ercall in the 1580s and early 1590s, but the spacing of the christenings and the location of the townland of Tearne points to a single father, and William is recorded as the father of Anne in 1597 when father's names start to be recorded. William died and was buried 24 August 1625 in High Ercall, leaving a will dated 2 June 1625 and proven 21 April 1626. William's will lists his sons Ambrose, John and George, and daughter Anne.


William Chirme will 1625

Will of William Chirme 1625


In the name of God Amen, this second daie of June in ye first yeare of ye raigne of our Sovairgne Lord Charles by ye grace of God, Kinge of Great Brittaine, Ffrance & Ireland, Defender of ye Faith & and in ye yeare of our Lord God 1625, I William Chirme of Tearne in ye Countie of Salop, husbandman doe make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, ffirst I bequeath my soule unto ye hands of Almightie God my Maker, Redemer & Sanctifier, hoping & assureinge my soule to be saved by ye most pítious bloodshedinge of my Saviour Christ Jesus and by none other means, and my bodie to bee buried in ye píishe church of High Arcall. As for ye rest of my worldly goods with which God hath blessed mee I give theym in manner & forme following:


Imprimis, I give unto my sonne Ambrose Chirme for his childe parte twelve pence. Item, I give unto my sonne John Chirme for his childe parte twelve pence. Item, I give & bequeath unto my sonne George Chirme for his childs parte twelve pence twelve pence. Item, I give & bequeath to everie one of ye children of those my three sonnes twelve pence a piece. Item, I give & bequeath all ye rest of my goods moveable & unmoveable unto my daughter Anne Chirme the true lawfull and sole executor of this my last will and testament. And I desire my friends Thomas Birmigeton of Tearne ad George Chirme of Hombridge to bee overseers that this my last will bee píformed according to ye true meaning therein contained. In witness wherof I have hereunto put my hand & seale the daie and yeare first above written. In the písence and sight of Thomas Birmington mark, Robert Powford Sr.



William Chirme mark 1625


      The mark of William Chirme on his will

 



William Chirme inventory 1625


Inventory of William Chirme 1625


A trewe and perfecte invintorie of the goods of William Chirme of Terne, taken by Thomas Winnington, Thomas Coake, Simon Dunne and Roger Frien the xvijth day of September 1625

Imprimis, brasse and pewter   xx-s

Item, bedding and napperie   xxx-s

Item, trimon ware and iron ware  xij-s

Item, one cupborde, two table bords, one chest, twoe coffers and twoe beddsteeds  xij-l iij-s

Item, corne and hay in forte and tonone    iij  xiij  iij iii-d

Item, towe and yarne   xiij  iiij-d

Item, three sheepe   ij-s

Item, implements of husbandrie  iij-s

Item, his wearing apparel   xx-s

Item for anye thing left unpraysed or forgotten  iij-d iiij

 



William had the following children:

1. Ambrose, christened 30 October 1585 of Tearne in High Ercall; married Isabell; mentioned in father's will of 1625.


2. Thomas, christened 12 May 1588 of Tearne in High Ercall.


3. Andrewe, christened 6 January 1590 of Tearne in High Ercall.


*4. John, christened 11 April 1591 of Tearne in High Ercall; married Anne; mentioned in father's will of 1625.


5. George, christened 30 June 1594 of Tearne in High Ercall; mentioned in father's will of 1625.


6. Anne, christened 6 January 1597 of Tearne in High Ercall; mentioned in father's will of 1625.


SOURCE: High Ercall parish register; will of William Chirme, 1626, on www.findmypast.co.uk.



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
RICHARD AND THOMASEN CHERME


Richard Cherme was born in about 1520 of Ercall Magna. He married Thomasen. He left a will dated 22 September 1588, naming his son William as his executor.


Richard Cherme will 1588

Will of Richard Cherme, 1588


In the name of God, Amen, the 22 daye of September in the yeare of our Lords God 1588, and in the thirtieth yeare of the Reigne of our Soverigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of God Queene of Englande, Ffrance and Irelande, defender of the ffaith, I Richard Cherme of the pishe of Arcall Magna in the countie of Salopp, make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, Ffyrst I comende my soule into the hands of all mightie God and my bodye to the earthe to be buryed where it shall please my sonne William. And as concerning my wordlie goods I geve and bequeath them all unto William Cherme my sonne, and leave up to his discreson to geve to his sisters soe at his will, these being wyttnesses -  Elizabeth Wynnyton and Elizabeth, servants to the sayd Richard, with others.


Richard also left an inventory, mentioning items such as oxen, kyne, sheepe, rye, barley, pots, pans, candlesticks, and pewter.


Richard Cherme inventory 1588

Inventory for Richard Cherme, 1588



Richard had the following children:

*1. William, born about 1550 of High Ercall.

2. Female, name unknown - mention is made of William's sisters in Richard's will, but the names and number of those sisters is not specified. There must have been at least two.


SOURCE: Will of Richard Cherme, 1588, on www.findmypast.co.uk.




FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
WILLIAM CHERME


William Cherme was born in about 1500 of High Ercall. He left a will dated 25 June 1566, and proven 30 September 1566. In the will he mentioned:

Godson Wylliam Cherme
Anne Cherme
John Gryffyes my sone in lawe and my doughter his wife
Wyllm Curiton my sonne in lawe and my doughter his wife
Thomasen Cherme my daughter in lawe
Rychard Cherme my sone


William Cherme will 1566

Will of William Cherme, 1566

In the name of God Amen, the 26th daye of June in the yere of our Lorde God 1 thousand five hundred fifty five, I Wyllim Cherme of Terne in the pishe of High Ercall in the countie of Salop, husbandman, thankes be to Almightie God, beinge of good and pfecte mynde & remembrance considerynge the uncertantnes of thys worlde, do make this my last wyll and testament in manr and forme folowynge, ffyrst I bequeathe and comende my soule to Almyghthe God my only creator, savior and redeemer, and my bodye to be buried in the pishe churche of High Ercoll. And I geve and bequeath unto the same church for the reparations sayd nyd. Item, I geve and bequeath unto my godsone Wylliam Cherme my best panne and my best pott. Item I bequeath unto Anne Cherme the secunde best panne to be delivered after there fathers decease. Item I bequeath to John Gryffyes my sone in lawe and my doughter his wyfe 10s in money or goods. And to evrye one of there children 12p. Item I bequeath to Wyllm Curiton my sone in lawe and my doughter his wyfe 10s in money or money goods. And to every one of there children 12p. I bequeath to Thomasen Cherme  my doughter in lawe 10s in money. Also I geve and bequethe unto the people within the same pishe of Ercall 10s. Also of my goods unbequethed my funeralle beinge discharged. And I brought some upon myne own goods, my wyll  ys that my neighbors comynge to my burial shall have meade and drynke at some so manye as wyll come some. And all the rest of my goods unbequethed I geve unto Rychard Cherme my sone.  Also I ordayne constitute & appoynte my said sone Ryc. and Wyllm Cherme my said godsone my true and lawfull executors for the pformannce of thys my last wyll and testament as my trust ys for the welth of my soule & safe beinge. Witnes Thomas Palyn Rycharde Thaunder, John Puller of Roden



Richard had the following children:

1. Rychard, born in about 1520 of High Ercall; married Thomasen.

2. Daughter, married John Gryffyes.

3. Daughter, married Wyllm Curiton.


SOURCE: Will of William Cherme, 1566, on www.findmypast.co.uk.



The surname Chirme is not a common name: "This rare and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames...The surname Churm derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "cearm, cierm", noise, chatter, often used of birdsong, in Middle English "churme, chirme". As a nickname, this term would have been applied to someone considered to be particularly noisy, a "chatterbox". The surname is widespread in Shropshire and the West Midlands." (www.surnamedb.com)


 


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