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1656 John Spateman was at Renishaw at the marriage of his cousin, Mary Sitwell, to William Revell of Ogston. [1]

1657 William Revell, nephew of John Revell late of Higham esq and Mary daughter of George Sitwell of Renishaw esq wife of William, made a post-nuptial settlement, on December 16, for £1400 paid by George Sitwell for Mary's marriage portion. William granted to Mary for her life and for her jointure, the manor house called Ogston Hall and specified lands (giving tenants' names), 2 messuges in Stretton with lands, 2 messuages in Brackenfield called the Griffs with hereditaments belonging, 5 messuages in Woolley with hereditaments belonging, 1 messuage in Brackenfield with lands (tenants named for all these properties). [2] [3]

1658 Bacon Spring, the Riddings etc: Feoffment by Thomas Lowe of Crich butcher to William Revell of Ogston esq. of a close called Bacon Spring (13 acres) at Clay Lane in the parish of North Wingfield, two closes called the Riddings, Pitman, Crofts, Calfe Close or Brook Flatt, a close called the Cliffe, a close called the Springe, and another close called Calfe Close. Consideration £115. Dated February 3, 1657/58. [4]

1658 Feoffment by bargain and sale by Richard Calton of Stanton gent. and George Hodgkinson of North Edge in the parish of Ashover gent., by appointment and with consent of Thomas Calowe, James Swifte, Robert Wright, Thomas Knowles, and George Else of Brackenfield yeomen, to William Revell of Ogston esq. of Middle Close (2 acres), Broome Close (4 acres), the Paddock (3½ acres), lying in Brackenfield, part of the farm of Thomas Calowe; and a messuage in Brackenfield (tenant James Swifte), with two little crofts and one hemp-yard adjoining, and the Broome Close (3 acres), Middle Close (2½ acres), the Moorfield (3 acres), the Paddock (4 acres), one dole (one acre one rood) in Page Field, part of the farm of James Swifte; and the Meadow Close in Brackenfield (1½ acres), part of the farm of Robert Wright; a messuage in Brackenfield (tenant Thomas Knowles); and a cottage in Brackenfield (tenant George Else). Considerations: £100 to Calowe; £146 to Swifte; £27 to Wright; £16 18s to Knowles; and 19s to Else. Dated June 18. [5]

1658 On 26 October, Deed to dead the uses of a fine made between 1) William Revell of Ogston esq and Francis Revell of Lenton, Nottingham gent son and heir of George late of Lenton gent 2) John Davies of St Andrews Holborn (Middlesex) gent and 3) George Sitwell the younger of London merchant and Ralph Franceys citizen and grocer of London, in order to break the entail created by the will of John Revell of Ogston on manor and capital messuage of Ogston, lands etc in Ogston, Higham, Stretton, Woolley, Brackenfield, Morton, Shirland and North Wingfield, 2 messuages called the Griffes with land in Morton, 5 messuages with land and 2 cottages in Woolley, messuage with land in Brackenfield, cottage in Morton, 4 messuages with land and 5 cottages in Stretton, 2 messuages with land and cottage in Shirland, 18 messuages with land and 7 cottages in Higham (naming tenants to properties). [6]

1660 Edward Revell of Wooley in Derbyshire dated his will on March 16 and named his wife Margaret and [brother] William Revell as executors. Edward bequeathed his "oare mines" to his "Brother Revell" [William]. [7]

1662 William Revell was listed in the "Free and Voluntary Presents" (Gifts to King Charles II from the common people of England on his return to the throne in 1661.). [8]

Scarsdale Hundred, Ogston: William Revell Esq £20

1669 The will of William Revell of Ogston, Morton parish, County of Darby, Esq'r, was dated March 10, 1668/69. [9] The inventory of the estate was dated September 29, 1669. [10]

In the Name of God Amen I William Revell of Ogston in the County of Darby Esq'r … to be decently buried in the parish church of Shirland … I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Margaret Revell Ann Revell and Elizabeth Revell eight hundred pounds a yeare to be payde unto them att theire respective ages of one & twenty yeares … that towards the payment of my said debts and raising of the afores'd severall sumes of money hereby devised to my said daughters that all my personall estate shall be forthwith sold by my executors except the goods in my dwelling house which … my loving wife shall make use of untill my son John shall come to his age of one & twenty yeares and then my said son to have them all. Also my will is that my executors shall sell all the timber woods … Also I give and bequeath unto my loving Brothers in Law ffrancis Sitwell of Renishaw in the s'd county of Darby Esq'r and William Sitwell of Renishaw … and to my loving friend Gilbert Clarke of Sumersall in the county aforesaid Esq'r and John Wilkinson of Hilcote in ye county aforesaid … and to their heirs and assigns forever all that messuage or tenement situate and being in Wooly … late in the occupation of Widdow Smith or her assigns which I bought of Mr Robert ? and all that messuage … in Bractenfeild? … in the occupation of James Swift … and all that cottage in Bracbenfeild aforesaid with a garden … in the occupation of George ? … occupation of Thomas Callows and Thomas Knowells … occupation of Ann Hole and John Knowells to the intent that they or any three or two of them may sell the same towards further payment of my debts and raising of ye said sumes of money for my said daughters. Item … the said ffrancis Sitwell William Sitwell Gilbert Clarke and John Wilkinson and the survivor and survovirs of them shall receive the Rents Issues and profits of all my messuages lands tenements & hereditements whatsoever not in jointure to my wife and after her decease if that also during the minority of my said son John and out of ye cleare profitts thereof pay to my deare Mother twenty pounds per anum att the Feast of Henterest? and St. Martin the Bishop by equal portions for her life in case she please not to stay and live with my wife and if she please to stay and live with my wife then my wife shall maintaine her with meate drinke cloaths and other messuages during her life and pay her five pounds a yeare att the Feast dayes aforesaid by equal portions and my wife to have an allowance for it out of my estate And also pay to my sister Jane twenty shillings per Anum for her life and to my sister Dorothy the wife of Edward Curtis forty shillings per anum for her life And likewise to pay out of the same for ye maintenance and duration of my said son and three daughters during their respective minorities according to their degee and quality and payment? of ye legacies hereafter menconed … and whereas there is five pounds per anum by my bunkle? John Revells Will … I give unto my brother William Sitwell my gray nag to my sister Sitwell twenty shillings … to every one of her children vs to my sister Coxley 20s: to my brother Coxley 10s: to every one of the children 5s: Item I give unto Ann Curtis 10s: to her husband 10s and to every one of her children 2s:6d Item to my sister Elizabeth Lee five pounds over and above the money I owe her Item I give unto my sister Janes children ap2 a yeare Item I give unto my cozen ffrancis Revell of Lenton my best cloth suit and cloake … And I do make the said ffrancis Sitwell William Sitwell Gilbert Clarke and John Wilkinson executors of this my last will … and I give to each of them twenty shillings to buy them rings and my minde is that theire respective changes that they shall bee putt unto about my estate shall be payd them out of ye profitts of my Lands … I have hereunto sett my hand & seale this tenth day of March in ye one and twentyeth yeare of ye Reigne of our Sovereign Lord Charles the Second … 1668.
… in presence of Joshua Will W: Simson / Godfrey Boward

1669 William Revell Esq of Ogston, father of John, died on August 15 and was buried on August 17. Morton Register. [11]

1686-1688 Receipts for rent paid by executors of William Revell gent of Ogston deceased and by John Revell of Ogston deceased to John Jolley and Philip Wild, Dec 1686 - Jun 1688. [12]

Leonard Wheatcroft's "Elegy upon the death of all the greatest Gentry in Darley Dale who loved Hunting and Hawking" mentions Mr. Sitwell's son-in-law, William Revell of Ogston. [13]


[1] Canon Prior, "The Spatemans of Roadnook," Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society 37 (1915), 43-54, at 44, [HathiTrust].

[2] Derbyshire Record Office, Ref. No.: D37/MF/15, [Derbyshire_Record_Office].

[3] Joseph Hunter, ed. and John W Clay, Familiae Minorum Gentium, Vol. 1, Publications of the Harleian Society, Vol. 37 (London: 1894), 399, Revell pedigree, MS 174, [InternetArchive].

[4] Derbyshire Record Office, Ref. No.: D37/MT/993, [Derbyshire_Record_Office].

[5] Derbyshire Record Office, Ref. No.: D37/MT/65, [Derbyshire_Record_Office].

[6] Derbyshire Record Office, Ref. No.: D37/MF/17/1, [Derbyshire_Record_Office].

[7] Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860, [FindMyPastImage], [FindMyPastRecord].

[8] David Clay, The Free and Voluntary Present 1661 Derbyshire (Derbyshire Family History Society, 1992, ISBN 0-947964-20-7), not yet seen.

[9] Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860, [FindMyPastImage], [FindMyPastRecord].

[10] Staffordshire, Dioceses of Lichfield and Coventry wills and probate 1521-1860, [FindMyPastImage], [FindMyPastRecord].

[11] Charles Kerry, "Leonard Wheatcroft of Ashover," Journal of the Derbyshire Archaeological and Natural History Society 18 (1896), 77, [InternetArchive].

[12] Derbyshire Record Office, Ref. No.: D37/MF/18/1-4, [Derbyshire_Record_Office].

[13] J. Charles Cox, Memorials of Old Derbyshire (London: Bemrose & Sons, 1907), 330, [HathiTrust].