Marie Southwicke married Steven Gibbons 6 June 1610 in Tettenhall. There is no christening record for Marie, as the Tettenhall parish register starts in 1602. Marie was most likely born in about 1590. Two men were possible fathers for Marie - Walter Southwick and Henry Southwick.

Steven Gibbons marriage

Steven Gibbons and Marie Southwick marriage in the Tettenhall parish register

Southwicks in Tettenhall in the early 1600s:

Walter Southwick left a will written 26 February 1612 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury:

Will of Walter Sowthwicke, yeoman of Tettenhall

In his will he mentions:

Daughter Margaret, left legacy by grandmother Elizabeth Clemson

Daugther Margerie, wife of Robert Sherwyn

Daughter Mary Ansome, my eldest daughter

Edward Southwick is owed "sixe poundes thirteen shillings fower pence"

Executors William Gibbins of Sedgley, yeoman and Robert Sherwyn of Trisell

Since Marie Southwicke Gibbins is not mentioned in Walter's will, she is most likely not his daughter, and is likely Henry's daughter.

In 1651, Thomas Southwicke, yeoman of Tettenhall left a will in the PCC  naming his wife Anne, brother John, brother Henry, and a bequest from his father Henry. Marie may be a sister. Some sources on FamilySearch list Henry's father as Thomas, born about 1550, and died before 1598, but the sources are not specified.

These Southwicks are found in the early Tettenhall parish register:


Henry Southwick was born in about 1570 of Tettenhall. He is found in a 1604 of copyholders in the manor of Tettenhall Regis. Henry died and was buried 13 January 1634 in Tettenhall.

Henry had the following children:

1. Thomas, married Anne Perry 25 June 1635 in Tettenhall; occupation: yeoman; died 11 May 1650 in Tettenhall; left will proven 18 February 1651.

*2. Marie, born about 1590; married Steven Gybbons 6 June 1610 in Tettenhall.

3. Henry, married Elizabeth Lane 7 Feb 1629 in Tettenhall; had son Thomas .

4. John, christened 1604 in Tettenhall; had son Thomas, and at least two daughters.

SOURCES: Tettenhall parish register; will of Thomas Southwick, 1651, PCC; A History of the Parish of Tettenhall: in the County of Stafford.

Southwicks in Tettenhall in the 1500s:

In 1535, Henry Southwick was listed as a clerk and prebendary at the Prebend of Bovenhull (Barnhurst).

In 1535 it was valued as being worth 7 pounds 10s. 0d., and Henry Southwick was returned as tenant of the Prebendal Manor.

Henry Souhwick, Clerk, Prebendary there.
And he hath the manor and glebe lands of the annual value f  0  6  8
And in rents of Assize, yearly   0  16  0
And in lambs and wool   1  13  4
And in tithes of grain  5 marks
And in the Easter Book  1  4  0
And in hay   0  3  4
                    7  10  0
And from this he claims to be allowed for payment to the Dean every third year for synodals   0  6  8

Leaving a clear sum of   7  3  4
The tenth of which is    0  13  4

(A History of the Parish of Tettenhall: in the County of Stafford)

"In the small window on the south side of the Fowler Chancel is preserved all that is left of the ancient stained glass which filled nearly the whole of the windows of the church, but was destroyed by zealous fanatics during the Puritan revival. In the centre can be seen the head of a priest, while underneath is an inscription as follows:  Orate pro anima Henrici Suthwyke, pbd. Bobynhull. "Pray for the soul of Henry Southwick, Prebendary of Bobynhull, or Barnhurst." This Henry Southwick was Prebendary of the Barnhurst 1530, when the Collegiate Church of Tettenhall was dissolved. The portrait is of the same period, and probably a good likeness of him." (Tettenhall Church, Past and Present,

Henry was prebendary when Henry VIII dissolved the churches in 1535.

In Tettenhall a census of families was taken in 1532, in A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1532-3. Only two Southwick families are listed in Staffordshire, listed next to each other in Tettenhall:

    Richard Sothwycke, Elizabeth, uxor eius (his wife).
    Walter Sothwyke, Agnes, uxor eius (his wife), Henry, William, Margaret, Rose, John, Elizabeth (their children).

In A History of the Parish of Tettenhall: in the County of Stafford, the copyhold list of the manor of Tettenhall Regis shows:

    In 22 Henry VIII (1531) Walter Suthwyk
    In 10 Henry VIII (1518)  - Richard Suthewik

SOURCES: Tettenhall parish register; Trysull parish register;; A History of the Parish of Tettenhall: in the County of Stafford; A List of Families in the Archdeaconry of Stafford 1532-3.

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