6.1. Alexander Standish[10A1]

6.1. (8) AS All the Siblings

Helen Moorwood 2013

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Helen's Story: from Duxbury to Shakespeare. The story of William Shakespeare's Lancashire Ancestry, by Helen Moorwood

10. The Biography of Alexander Standish

N.B. Most of this still stands, but where appropriate the 2004 version is now updated below by interspersed commentary in square brackets and italics. Some reformatting was necessary, and the occasional typo – whether by Peter or myself - has been silently corrected. Asap a shorter narrative version of his biography will appear, based, of course, on all details and documents in this file. Meanwhile, this is part (8) of (1) to (45) AS. [2013 HM]


(8) All the siblings

Every son in AS’s family was obviously named after someone in a previous generation. The first recorded son Thomas left behind only his burial date, and was presumably named after his Standish father and great-grandfather; [As mentioned in the list in (6), the two Thomases might well have been one and the same, with a mistranscription of a date somewhere along the line; in any case, if the first died at birth and was followed soon by another son, he would have been named Thomas, and he seems to have died young. Also, although I have slightly rearranged the order of births, it doesn’t really make any difference for the story, because James, Richard and 1/2 Thomases all died young]; the second [first?] son James was presumably named after his Standish grandfather. There might, of course, have been a previous James who left behind no record. The third son Richard was presumably named after his Hoghton grandfather Sir Richard. By the time their fourth son was born, they turned to uncles, so AS was presumably named after one Hoghton uncle who had no sons (AH), and Leonard[10A2] was presumably named after another uncle, Leonard Hoghton, yet another illegitimate younger brother of AH. (All children of Sir Richard Hoghton born in wedlock appear on their Visitation Pedigrees, and those out of wedlock in Lumby, L.C.R.S., 1926, vol. 88, Deed no. 45, footnote, which appears below under ‘The Hoghton uncles’. Honigmann, 1985, Appendix A, gives a simplified Hoghton family tree, although omitting many of the illegitimate younger half-brothers and sisters. He was totally justified in simplifying this in the context of Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’, but perhaps we can now cope with the more complex story in AS’s biography.)

The same sort of pattern applies to the daughters: Anne (x2), Mary (x2?), Elizabeth, Jane, Alice, Ellen and Margaret. ‘Cherchez la femme’ and we find all these names in previous generations of Standishes and in-laws.

AS thus grew up as the son and heir from the age of seven [twelve], with definitely four older sisters and one younger brother surviving until 1593 and some way beyond. The surviving sisters who married were Elizabeth (bap. 1558 September 14), Jane (bap. 1559 September 24) and Alice (bap. 1562 April 13), who were all baptised at Chorley and married into local gentry families, produced children, and are recorded under histories of the husbands’ families. No doubt they visited Duxbury on occasion for various family events, but have so far not revealed any documentary details that need to be incorporated into AS’s biography. They must have stayed in close contact, because all of them and their children appear in his will in 1622.

The fourth sister Ellen (bap. 1569 January 14) presents a rather different story. She was baptised at Standish, the first Standish of Duxbury baby not to be baptised at Chorley, and she never married. Her baptism at Standish Parish Church is the first herald of religious problems in the family, which perhaps resulted in AS not being baptised at Chorley in 1570/1 [AS’s baptism is now assumed as the Alexander bap. 1567 at Chorley]. Her survival as a spinster aunt gives her a potentially important role in AS’s biography, when we finally arrive at 1604 and the death of his wife.


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