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Jack Priestley’s Family History

This site is a work-in-progress. There is a massive amount to cover. I have included both male and female lines. Keep coming back for more.
I have numbered the generations working backwards from Jack’s as (1)

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GEORGE TRIPP. We can trace Rose Bray’s Lincolnshire ancestors back to John Tripp and Elizabeth/Isabella Moyses who raised their family in the early 17th century. John was born in 1587 in the village of Horkstow, 3 mile south of the Humber. The Horkstow registers go back to the 1560s, but the early baptisms give only the name of the child, and not their parents.

We owe our knowledge of the earlier generations to their eldest son John. He emigrated to Rhode Island in North America, and wrote an account of his English origins. Further information has been discovered in wills.[1]

The earliest of the Tripp line that we now know is George.

The name Tripp is quite common in the area around Barton upon Humber, including Horkstow.

We do not know George’s parentage, but we know from a will that he had a brother Thomas Tripp of Horkstow, who died in 1564, and another brother William. Their mother was still alive in 1564, but her name is not given.

One of George’s executors was a yeoman. George may have been one too, but we have no confirmation of this.


MARGARET. We know that George’s wife was Margaret, but not her surname.


From the date of their children’s births, George and Margaret were probably born around 1525. This was in the reign of Henry VIII. It is likely that they were not yet adults when Henry made his break with the Church of Rome.

This was followed by the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when Henry seized their lands for himself. A reaction to this was the Lincolnshire Rebellion of 1536. Both the Rector and the Squire of Horkstow opposed the Dissolution.

When the rebels reached Lincoln, they were told that Henry would listen to their demands if the dispersed. Instead, he ordered the Duke of Suffolk to lead an army and kill the rebels. Among the 47 executed was George Huddeswell, squire of Horkstow, who was hung, drawn and quartered. The shock waves must have reverberated through the village.

It was probably then that the Manor House was destroyed. All that remains are humps in the grass opposite the church.


Henry’s young son Edward VI came to the throne in 1547, soon after George and Margaret married. Before their family was complete, they had seen the reign of “Bloody Mary”, with the country’s reversion to Roman Catholicism, and the start of Elizabeth I’s reign.


Their older children were born too early to appear in the Horkstow registers, but their names are mentioned in wills. George’s will names Edward, Margaret and John. Margaret’s mentions Margaret, John, Edward and Agnes.

Agnes was born around 1545 and married William Hornsea. John’s birth was around 1550, and Edward’s around 1555. He was not the same as Edward Tripp of Barton on Humber, yeoman, who is mentioned in George’s will

Margaret was the youngest, baptised in Horkstow on 8 Feb 1561/2. Her baptism is on the second page of the oldest surviving register. She married Richard Gryme.

There may have been other children who died before their parents.


The family grew up in Horkstow, four miles SW of Barton upon Humber. The river Ancholme flows through it. The village is sheltered under the lee of a hill. Farmland was a mixture of arable and pasture, with parts of the parish thickly wooded.

Horkstow Carrs from St Maurice churchyard [2]

The period when George Tripp died is missing from the registers. It is the account of John Tripp that tells us that he died in the autumn of 1580.

George’s will is dated 6 Aug 1580, and proved at Lincoln on 3 Oct. His son Edward is to have the house that Alexander Tripp lives in. He provides for his wife Margaret and daughter Margaret, and for Robert and Elizabeth, the children of his son John, and for the unnamed children of Edward Tripp of Barton on Humber and William Tripp. His executors are Robert Tripp of Horkstow and Edward Tripp of Barton.


Margaret survived George by nearly 20 years. She made her will on 4 Jan 1598/9 and it was proved in Lincoln on 13 May 1599. She asked to be buried at Great Ferriby. It is likely that she had gone to live with her daughter Margaret after George’s death. She makes Margaret, whose married name was Gryme, her executrix. There are bequests to her sons John and Edward and to her daughter Agnes Hornsea.

The name “Great Ferriby” is no longer used. It must have been South Ferriby, just north of Horkstow, where Margerie Trippe was buried on 21 Mar 1598/9. She had probably gone there to live with one of her children.

. She was buried in South Ferriby, just north of Horkstow, on 21 March 1598/9.



[1] Neil D. Thompson,.” Some Observations on the Ancestry of John Tripp, Emigrant to Portsmouth, Rhode Island”. The Genealogist, vol. 10 no 2. (Fall 1989):195-199. Available online at trippgenealogy.org/
[2] Horkstow Carrs © David Wright Geograph Britain and Ireland. Licensed under Creative Commons.






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