Cresswell Flye was born in about 1615. No christening record has been found for Cresswell or Cressant Flye in or around Banbury. The name Flye or Fley is unusual in the area. There is a Flye family having children in the right time period in the nearby parish of Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, about nine miles southeast of Banbury. This is the family of Thomas and Mary Flye. They are most likely Cresswell's parents.

Cresswell married Margarett Neale 31 August 1637 in Banbury.

Cresswell Flye marriage

Marriage record for Cresswell Flye and Margaret Neale in Banbury:
"Creswell Ffly and Margarett Neale were married the 31 day"

Cresswell, sometimes called Cressent, was a joyner, or skilled carpenter. Margaret Neale is the daughter of Thomas Neale and Elizabeth Pope, and was christened 18 October 1612 in Banbury. Cresswell is listed in the 1641-2 tax assessment in Banbury as "Cressant Fly, 6d.". He is listed near Isaack Pyner, his brother-in-law.

Cresswell died and was buried 6 July 1652 in Banbury.

Cressent Flye

Burial record for Cresswell Flye in Banbury:
"Cressent Fflye joyner buryed 6 day"

Margaret died and was buried 19 February 1671 in Banbury.

Margaret Flye burial

Burial record for Margaret Flye in Banbury:
"19th, Marget Ffly widow buryed"

Cresswell and Margaret had the following child:

*1. Mary, christened 1 April 1638 in Banbury; married 1) Samuell Borton 28 May 1668 in Banbury; 2) John Neale 19 March 1671 in Banbury.

Mary Flye baptism

 Baptism record for Mary Flye in Banbury: "Mary Ffly daughter of Crescent Ffly baptised the 1: day"

SOURCES: Banbury parish register;; Oxfordshire and North Berkshire Protestation Returns and Tax Assessment 1641-2.


Thomas Flye was christened 27 September 1590 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges, Northamptonshire, the son of Simon Ffley and Mary Robins. Thomas married Mary in about 1613.

Mary died and was buried 6 May 1639 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

Mary Flye
 Burial record for Mary Flye in Hinton-in-the-Hedges:
"Mary Ffley ye wife of Thomas Ffleywas buried the 6th day"

Thomas and Mary had the following children:

1. Phillip, (daughter) christened 17 December 1614 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; married John Jarvis  2 February 1640 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges. (Phillip is an unusual name for a female, but is listed as the daughter of Thomas and Mary Flye in her christening, and is called Phillip at her christening, and at her marriage to John Jarvis.)

2. Cresswell, born in about 1615 of Hinton-in-the-Hedges; married Margarett Neale 31 August 1637 in Banbury; buried 6 July 1652 in Banbury.

3. Margret, christened 17 August 1617 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

4. Nicholas, christened 9 September 1620 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

5. Simon, christened 1 January 1622/3 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

6. Samuell, christened 12 December 1623 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; buried 17 December 1624 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

7. Edward, christened 27 November 1628 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

8. Richard, buried 17 August 1634 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

SOURCES: Hinton-in-the-Hedges parish register;; Banbury parish register.


Simon Fley (or Flye) was born in about 1550 of Hinton-in-the-Hedges. He married Mary Robins 12 November 1577 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

Simon Fley

Marriage record for Simon Fley and Mary Robins in Hinton-in-the-Hedges:
"November 1577  Symon Ffley and Mary Robins weare maryed 12th daye"

Mary died and was buried 8 April 1609 in Hinton.

Mary Fley burial

Burial record for Mary Fley in Hinton:
"1609 Mary Ffley the wife of Simon Fley was buried the viijth of Aprill"

Simon died and was buried 15 September 1622 in Hinton.

Simon Fley burial

Burial record for Simon Fley in Hinton:
"September 15 Simon Ffly was buried"

Simon and Mary had the following children:

1. Katheren, christened 14 July 1578 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; buried 21 November 1578 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

2. Andrew, christened 20 October 1580 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; buried 30 November 1592 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

3. Rowland, christened 6 March 1581 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

4. Ann, christened 3 January 1583 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

5. Roger, christened 20 July 1584 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

6. William, christened 23 February 1586 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; buried 12 January 1615/6 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

7. Rychard, christened 27 April 1588 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

*8. Thomas, christened 27 September 1590 in Hinton-in-the-Hedges; married Mary.

SOURCES: Hinton-in-the-Hedges parish register;

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